• Welcome to Melissa Stewardson Photography, as featured on People.com! Now booking for 2017. 2016 is sold out!

    Celebrity photographer as featured on People.com

    http://celebritybabies.people.com/2015/09/11/tarek-el-moussa-christina-el-moussa-welcome-son-brayden-james/

    Awarded as one of the best newborn photographers in Orange County, by Expertise in 2016

    Best Newborn Photographers in Santa Ana
    Melissa Stewardson Photography, located in Orange County, CA specializes in custom portraits of maternity, newborns, children and families. Experiencing a photo session with me should be fun and relaxing. I know what you're thinking...did she say fun and relaxing?! Am I crazy?! I don't think so. My goal for each session is to shoot photos that look natural and highlight the personalities and vibrancy of the people in them. While, I will shoot some traditional poses, I feel some of the best photos come during candid play or general foolishness! Time flies by so fast so let me capture your family memories today! I can't wait to get to know you and show you what I see through my lens!

    {Melissa Stewardson Photography is fully insured}

Newborn Twins Photographer , Orange County, CA // Adeline and Claire

Of course I had to do a blog post about this adorable family! As a newborn photographer, getting to photograph twins is super exciting, but also a big challenge. These little baby girls were so good to me during their session. Slept like little champs and hardly made a peep. The result was being able to get a bunch of shots of them together, as well as some individual shots of each of them as well. And the family shots literally gave me chills as I was taking them. A special shout out to Jessica McKimmey and Jessica McKimmey Photography for assisting during the session!

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Orange County, CA Newborn Photographer // Pretty in Pink

Getting the chance to meet new families is one of the best parts of being a photographer. And I love it when it’s a small world thing, when you begin chatting and realize you know some of the same people. What a privilege it is getting take photos for people and making new friends at the same time. Gorgeous Madison was just perfect and big brother was SO proud!
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Orange County, CA newborn photographer // Baby Maxwell

When a family books session after session with you, there really is no better compliment for a photographer. The Fung family is one of those families. And they are so special. Just an amazing family and how cute are they?!!! They definitely make me love my job and give me the warm fuzzies every time I get to hang out with them.

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Orange County, CA Newborn Photographer // Amazing story of friendship and love

Think about your best friend. All the fun times you’ve had together. All the laughs you’ve shared. Maybe you’ve even been through some tough times together. Now let me ask you this…..would you carry a baby for your best friend for 9 months?!

Back in May I received a phone call from a woman named Michele. She lives in NYC with her husband and she was interested in booking a newborn session with me. It’s always exciting when I get calls from strangers who want to book a session! When she told me her best friend who lives in the city adjacent to me was their gestational carrier I literally got chills! I cannot think of a bigger act of love that one friend can do for another. The ultimate selfless gift.

Fast forward to June. Michele and Brian flew out to Orange County from New York to await the arrival of their baby boy. Sam arrived at the end of the month and then we set up his session date. Besides getting to snuggle with a newborn baby for three hours, I also get the privilege of getting to know the parents during a session. Sometimes you just really click with clients, and with Michele and Brian there was a definitely connection. They now feel like friends instead of strangers! We had great conversations and just look at the amazing photos we got of their most precious gift!

And to Michele’s friend who I never met……You are a tremendous woman. Friend. Mother. Person.

XO,
Melissa
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Orange County, CA Family Photographer // Kerr Family

Photographing friends of mine and their families is one of my favs! And we had the perfect weather, light and even their outifts were spot on. Leigh, is also on the MSP staff as a hair stylist -she is amazing!!! They nailed all the poses and didn’t even complain when I made them trek through the gnarly brush! Thanks Kerr Family!
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