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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

originally this darling family booked me to photograph the homebirth of their surprise baby. part of being a birth photographer is keeping an open mind to the changes and unpredictability of birth. really, that's all part of the fun! 

when labor began a few weeks early, mama ended up with a different birth team than originally planned. new faces during such an intimate time would make anyone feel more vulnerable. i was ready for the call to come photograph when the family let me know they changed their mind. of course, i was supportive of their decision. i let them know there is so much to still celebrate and photograph after the birth. i came back a few weeks later to their adorable Portland bungalow and photographed them bonding with their perfect, little girl.