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Portland, Oregon

Portland Maternity, Birth, and Newborn Photographer, Sommessa. Mel specializes in photography of the childbearing year and birth doula services in Portland, OR. 

Lifestyle Baby Details

Lifestyle Baby Details for Portland Newborn Photographer, Sommessa. Mel specializes in maternity, birth, newborn, and family photography in Portland, Oregon.  


Lifestyle baby sessions take place in my studio or in your home. They typically last around 1-3 hours but this time varies depending on how baby is feeling. My sessions are very baby led and relaxed. It's difficult to guarantee a certain amount of images but typically my clients receive 60+ images in their online gallery with no less than 30 images.

Families are encouraged to book their newborn session before baby arrives as I take a limited number of sessions each month. Sessions are scheduled on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday within the first 2 weeks of life. Weekend dates can be scheduled with an additional fee. An information packet is shared with the family after the birth of the baby to help them prepare for their session.

There's never a wrong time to have your baby photographed, which makes the first package (i) great for older babies. For newborns 15-30 days old, the second package could still be a good fit. If you'd like to view example galleries please connect with me!

lifestyle baby i - candid session with family
*studio or home - $595

This session is spent snuggling your little one and doesn't included beanbag posing. The family is welcome to change outfits throughout and feed baby. This session is not limited to newborns and is great for older babies as well. For families with limited window light, studio sessions are offered. My studio space is located in the Buckman area of inner SE Portland. The same intimate, cozy moments are captured but with optimal lighting.

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lifestyle baby ii
with lightly posed photos of baby
*studio only - $695

Everything listed above is included with this second package, but it's designed for newborns. I will provide everything for the session, but if you have a special item (bonnet or blanket) that you'd like me to include I'm happy to! I'll lightly pose baby on a posing beanbag and on the studio bed. Please keep in mind that I do not provide naked, overly-posed images or prop shots. The rest of the session will be photos of you connecting with your baby. That can be done in an outfit you provide, skin to skin, or while baby is swaddled in one of my wraps.

My studio space is located in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood of inner SE Portland. The same intimate, cozy moments are captured as an in-home session but with optimal lighting.

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