Portland Maternity, Birth, & Newborn Photographer | Sommessa

About Mel.



First of all I’d simply like to say thank you for taking the time to view my work.

My introduction to photography came somewhat unexpectedly during my years of family planning. I became encompassed by the birth world and every aspect that came along with it. Beginning doula work helped me realize that supporting families through the childbearing year was not just a job but a passion. Adding photography to document their journeys gave me another way to connect with the families I served. What started by chance has turned into my calling.

I understand the value of connecting with you and your littles to see what is truly important and I’ll capture your love in the most authentic way I can. The name Sommessa came to be from that intention.

I live in SE Portland with my husband and house full of critters (3 pups & 1 cat). When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my little family and exploring all this beautiful city has to offer.


Kind Words.

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“By far the best in Portland. I contacted Mel at about 20 weeks pregnant after discovering her beautiful work online. The process from our first meeting to delivery was so smooth. Mel always recommends meeting with her first and she took the time out of her schedule not once, but twice, to meet with me, and them me and my husband, making the day of delivery feel comfortable. Not only did she take the most beautiful birth photos that I will cherish forever, but she was an incredibly calming presence in the delivery room, putting her doula skills to good use! One week later, we had newborn photos of our little one taken in her studio (which is an incredibly soothing environment - my husband and I napped while she snapped away) and are so pleased with how the photos turned out. You won't find anything better here!”

— Shaili & Family

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“Mel, I just can’t say enough how continually impressed I am by your work. Anyone can shoot a pretty photo, but you are an expert at beautifully capturing moments; moments that are absolutely invaluable. I cannot thank you enough for helping us document this beautiful stage in our lives as parents. You are amazing!”

— Jillian & Family

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“Mel is the sweetest, most respectful photographer you could ever ask for. She took such good care of our newborn when we had his pictures done and was so easy going and kind during our maternity shoot. Can’t recommend her enough. Look forward to getting more pictures done from her.”

— Kelsie & Family

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“Mel provides exquisite skill, energy, and artistry to her work as a photographer. She works as a quiet witness to the vibrancy, transformation, and true soul connections that we experience in our everyday lives.”

— Felicity & Family

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“Mel came to our house to do newborn photos 5 days after I gave birth. How she made me look so good, I'll never know - but wow!

We did family photos a year later and the results were also fantastic. I recommend her any chance I get - she is fun, calm and really good at making everyone in the shot look amazing!”

— Jen & Family