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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. 


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


Mel MacManiman

oh those sweet newborn smells, cries, and meaningful stares. there's nothing like looking into the eyes of a person who has spent the last several months living inside another human. what stories those eyes can tell of this big adventure they've been on. 

sometimes i like to imagine what they'd share. maybe schaffer remembers the song dad would sing to him before bed while holding mom's belly waiting for a nudge or kick. maybe he remembers how mom's heart-rate would ease into a beautiful rhythm when she was relaxed. maybe he remembers the feeling of open, gentle hands as he emerged from mom in their bed at home.  

...just stuff i think about. ;)

i also love that grandma was able to be there during this intimate time. photos of different generations are priceless and definitely pull at my heart strings.