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    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}

Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop

I have been interested in taking a newborn workshop for quite some time. Newborn photography is an art that requires a lot of special skills and learning the proper way to pose and handle the babies. I have safely done several newborn sessions in the past, but I felt it was time to improve my posing skills and post-processing. I would really love to see a lot more babies in my studio this year. I NEED my baby fix!!

When I heard about the Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop, I knew this was the workshop I had to attend! The workshop was taught by the very talented Robin Hansen of Picsy Photography and Stephanie Schaefer of Lemonade Stand Photography. So, I flew off to Chicago, which was freezing by the way, to attend the one-day workshop.

The workshop was AMAZING and worth every penny! The girls took us through their normal work flow of a newborn session from prep, posing, styling, shooting angles, camera settings and even post-processing. During the workshop we not only worked with newborns, but we also got instruction on mom and dad shots, sibling and family posing as well. One of my favorite parts of the workshop was the take home posing guide which has proven to be super valuable after getting home. And as a sweet bonus, all the attendees got an awesome bag of goodies from the amazing workshop vendor sponsors (check out my picture below to see all my loot)! To my amazement, the workshop learning did not stop after I got home. Robin and Stephanie have been so great since the workshop ended. All the attendees continue to receive mentoring and feedback from the girls going forward.

Below are some of the shots from behind the scenes taken during the workshop; as well as some edited photos. All the watermarked photos were posed and styled by Robin and Stephanie, and taken and edited by me. If you are thinking about taking a hands on workshop, I highly recommend the Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop!

Outtake Photo Caption Contest

Who is ready for another MSP giveaway?! This time I wanted to do something fun and involve all of YOU! When editting my clients galleries I occasionally get some really hilarious outtakes. I thought it would be cool to have a contest for the best caption for those photos. So we’ll start with this picture, and if it goes well I will repeat the contest several times throughout the year. Below are the official rules of how to enter to WIN:

PART ONE

  1. You must LIKE the Melissa Stewardson Photography (MSP)’s Facebook page if you haven’t done so already – you can do that by clicking HERE and hitting “LIKE” at the top right side of the page!
  2. You must post your best caption in the comment section under the photo posted on my Facebook page – Link is here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=465995863500937&set=a.299163413517517.54260.198251266942066&type=1&theater (Please keep your comments clean. Mean spirited or bad language comments will deleted and disqualified)
  3. Mr. MSP (my hubby) will choose his five favorite captions (captions will be given to him annoymously, so it is fair)

PART TWO

  1. MSP will make an album post with the top five caption photos and then MSP Facebook fans will vote for their favorite, with a comment or like. A comment will count as two votes and a like as one vote.
  2. The picture with the most votes at the end of the contest, WINS!

The prize up for grabs is a $50 gift certificate to be used toward any MSP session, prints or products during 2014! (Sessions already booked or prints already ordered are not eligible.)

PART ONE of the giveaway will run from Tuesday, Feb. 11 until Monday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 PM PST. PART TWO of the giveway will run from Tuesday, Feb, 18 until Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 PM PST. The gift certificate will be mailed, or can be picked up!

GOOD LUCK!!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Merry Christmas from MSP!

During this busy holiday season I just wanted to take a few minutes to send out a quick thank you note. Without all of you, there is no Melissa Stewardson Photography. I am truly humbled that each of you hired me some time over the past 18 months to take photographs of you and your family! It has been such a pleasure working with each of you and I’ve made some new friends along the way! I am so blessed to do something I love for work and to have awesome clients like YOU!

So from my family to yours, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a 2014 filled with joy!

I hope to be able to work with all of you again next year! : )

 

xo,

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway WINNERS!

Hello friends! The time has come to reveal the winners of my ONE YEAR GIVEAWAY! Thank you to everyone who entered and for always spreading the word about Melissa Stewardson Photography!  And…..drum roll please….the WINNERS ARE:

  • First prize of a $125 gift certificate to be used toward any MSP session, prints or products during 2013 and Crazy Organized Clean Up Bucket goes to Heather Overholt Bragg!
  • Second prize of a $75 gift certificate to be used toward any MSP session, prints or products during 2013 goes to Shannon Lee!
  • Third prize of a goodie bag from KC’s Crocheted Creations and one from The Whimsy Shoppe goes to Jennifer Baker!

Congratulations to the winners! You all will be getting emails or Facebook messages from me about your prizes.  I can’t wait to see how you decide to use your MSP winnings.  Giveaways are so much fun!  Stay connected to Melissa Stewardson Photography Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any updates or specials that I offer in the future.

Here is the scoop on how I got the winner:
1. I used www.random.org to generate a random list of all of the entries, which assigned a number to each entry.
2. I then used the same website to randomly select a number between 1 and 137 for the winners.
3. Below are screen shots of the winner selections!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Stewardson - June 19, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Poo! I wanted to win! Next time 🙂

Jas Williams - June 19, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Congrats to the winners, those lucky ducks! Melissa, I can’t wait to get something booked with you…hopefully in August? I will message you for more info…

Heather L Overholt Bragg - June 19, 2013 - 9:50 pm

I won, I won, I won!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - July 9, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Hi Jas! I just realized I never responded to this. So sorry! Are you still interested in book something next month? Let me know because I already have a few booked and I have a vacation planned at the end of August. Thanks!!

Fan Giveaway!! !

Yahooooo! It’s finally time for my one year anniversary FAN GIVEAWAY!! I am so thankful to ALL of you out there that have supported and encouraged me this past year, that I wanted to do something for YOU! So here we go!!! Below are the official rules of how to enter to WIN:

  1. You must LIKE the Melissa Stewardson Photography (MSP)’s Facebook page if you haven’t done so already – you can do that by clicking HERE and hitting “like” at the top right side of the page!
  2. You must share the link to this blog post on your Facebook wall by pasting this link into your status and telling your friends about the giveaway! http://melissastewardsonphotography.com/fan-giveaway-261.html
  3. You must come back to this blog post and leave a comment that you did the two previous steps. This comment is considered your entry, so don’t forget this very important last step!

SOOOO…you’re asking….what can I win?!

  • First prize is a $125 gift certificate to be used toward any MSP session, prints or products
    during 2013! (You can also give this as a gift to someone else) and Crazy Organized Clean Up Bucket
  • Second prize is a $75 gift certificate to be used toward any MSP session, prints or products
    during 2013! (You can also give this as a gift to someone else)
  • Third prize is a goodie bag from KC’s Crocheted Creations and one from The Whimsy Shoppe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The giveaway will run from Thursday, June 13 until Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 PM PST. The winners will be selected using an online random generator and announced Wednesday morning. The gift certificates and prizes will be mailed or dropped off (if you live close) to the winners.

Thank you again for your awesome support over the past year. You guys are the BEST!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Kelly Chacon - June 13, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Liked, shared, commented. Check!

Courtney Burkes - June 13, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Done, done and done…I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a win!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Good luck Courtney!

Jenny Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Yup did it 🙂

Jennifer Dreher Baker - June 13, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Done. Good luck to me!

Chrissy Darrah-Medina - June 13, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Liked, shared & posted! Thanks for the tip 😉

Sandra Ortiz - June 13, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Wow, she’s good…I need to get Mikey some baby pictures (missed his newborn stage)

Jenny Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:19 pm

She is great. You would love her.

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Yay! We need to nail down your date for August!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Yay!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Yay!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Sandra, you can enter to win!

Sarah Templeton - June 13, 2013 - 8:46 pm

I’ve copied, pasted, liked (a zillion times)~so excited for you Melissa! I can’t believe you taught yourself all of this! The picture you posted of Madison is Anne Geddes calendar material!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Sandra, you can enter to win!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 13, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Thanks Sarah! I have you all entered! Good luck!

Maricela Montijo - June 13, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Check on all. Here’s hoping me and Eli get to have some great pictures taken 🙂

Brooke Sticht - June 13, 2013 - 10:43 pm

All set! Love the work you have shared!

Maggie Gallego - June 14, 2013 - 12:14 am

All 3 steps done. Love your work! 🙂

Kelley Cahow - June 14, 2013 - 12:56 am

I did it! Hoping to win! 🙂

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 14, 2013 - 1:05 am

Thanks Maggie! You are officially entered!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 14, 2013 - 1:06 am

Thanks Brooke! Good luck, you are officially entered!

Shannon Elwell Lee - June 14, 2013 - 4:06 am

Did all 3 steps 😉

Melissa Martinez - June 14, 2013 - 4:32 am

I’ve copied, pasted, and ready to be chosen! Even of I don’t, I want to do Ava’s 1yr photos with u. Wish me luck!

Heather L Overholt Bragg - June 14, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Completed all 3 steps! Can’t wait to have you do our family shoot! 🙂

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 14, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Thanks @[1509932323:2048:Melissa Martinez]! You are officially entered to win. No way that Ava is close to being one already?!!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 14, 2013 - 10:40 pm

YAY! Thanks Heather, you are officially entered!

Kristen Rish Victor - June 16, 2013 - 4:49 am

Liked and shared!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 16, 2013 - 5:29 am

Thanks Kristen! You are officially entered.

Colby Morgan - June 16, 2013 - 7:00 am

All done!!! Thx 4 the heads up!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 16, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Great! You are officially entered. Good luck!

Candy Counts Elwell - June 17, 2013 - 5:07 pm

I posted! Love the work you do! I’m Shannon Lee’s mom! Fingers crossed I win! I would Love Grammie Picture like Sandy Jacobson!

Kathy Templeton - June 17, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Ok I posted and I love your work Melissa! I am Jeff Templeton’s Mom and would love to have a grandparents with all my grandchildren picture done by you! Wish me luck!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 17, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Thanks Candy! You are officially entered!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 17, 2013 - 8:18 pm

Thanks Kathy! You are officially etnered. Good luck!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 17, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Candy, did you LIKE my page as well?

Holly Newcomb Turek - June 17, 2013 - 9:41 pm

I did it!

Sandy Jacobson - June 17, 2013 - 10:05 pm

I have my fingers crossed for Grandma Kathy!!! <3

Andrea Thieme Jorgensen - June 18, 2013 - 1:25 am

I did it 🙂 congrats on your first year!

Leila Jordan - June 18, 2013 - 4:11 pm

I liked, copied, and commented. Love your pictures. Hope I win. 🙂

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 18, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Thanks @[1440314778:2048:Andrea Thieme Jorgensen]! You are all entered!

Melissa Prine Stewardson - June 19, 2013 - 12:14 am

Thanks Leila! I have added you to the official entry list!

Bailey, 10 days new

Ever since my sister found out she was preggers, I was dying to take her baby’s newborn pictures. There is something to be said about taking pictures of your own family members. It’s just somehow that much more special. And, when I found out the baby was a girl, (SQUEAL) I was even more excited!!! I feel like I have been planning the session details and collecting props, fabrics and headbands forever.  So when it was finally time to take her pictures, I was super ready and excited. She has the sweetest little face and she was so fun to photograph. Check out some of her precious shots below!

 

 

 

Patty and Adolfo

Although I do not photograph weddings (too stressful), I do LOVE them! I am one of those girls who watches all those cable wedding shows. You know them -Say Yes to the Dress, Bridezillas, My Fair Wedding, etc. And I will pretty much look at pictures from any wedding. Six years ago I had a lot of fun planning my own wedding. So when Patty and Adolfo came to me to take some AFTER their wedding pictures, I was super excited. They did have a photographer at their wedding, but Patty wasn’t really happy with any of the portrait pictures. She wanted something to display on her walls at home. So she put her dress back on (which by the way I was secretly jealous of- who wouldn’t want to wear their dress twice!), bought another bouquet and boutonniere, and got her man to get all dressed up too. I think we got some great shots of this beautiful couple. The best part was they were up for anything and really fun to work with. Congrats Patty and Adolfo!

Francine Almstedt Dewhurst - June 29, 2013 - 2:11 am

AFTER wedding photos!?! What a great idea. All the fun and none of the stress.

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