• Welcome to Melissa Stewardson Photography! Now booking for 2021

    Celebrity photographer as featured on People.com

    Awarded as one of the best newborn photographers in Orange County, by Expertise in 2016 and 2018
    Best Newborn
    Photographers in
    Santa Ana
    2018

    Melissa Stewardson Photography, located in Orange County, CA and established in 2012 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}

Family Beach Session // OC Family Photographer

Catching up on some long over due blog posts. This family was an absolute dream to work with! The little boy was amazing for me throughout the session. He was so good, I think we wrapped the shoot within 25 minutes. And you cannot beat the beautiful beach back drop.
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Holland Baby Shower // Orange County, CA Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing Stefanie’s baby shower a couple of weeks ago! Check out how cute all the decorating details are in the photos below. Her family and friend did an amazing job and how awesome is her back yard?! Next up for Stefanie is a maternity session with her hubs and then I get to snuggle her little boy during a newborn session – my fav!

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Ellis Family Urban Session // Orange County, CA Family Photographer

Wow! I am really becoming fond of doing family sessions in an urban setting. And working with a family like this makes it even more awesome. So sweet and gorgeous to photograph. Whatsmore, we had some amazing light that night. And to make it even better…we finished shooting in under an hour…whoo hoo! I may have gotten a little carried away with the number of images on this blog post…but I couldn’t help it. Thank you Ellis family – I hope we can work together again in the future!

XO,
Melissa

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Sanders Twins Cake Smash // Orange County, CA child photographer

Watching these little peanuts grow from tiny newborns, to playful almost one year olds has been a real privilege! I may have done a tiny happy dance when their mom told me she wanted to do a cake smash session. What is more fun then watching babies dig into their first cake…getting to see two of them do it at the same time! Before the cake came out we did have a chance to get some beautiful, playful shots of the two of them together, by themselves and even a couple with mom and dad! Thanks for a great afternoon Jim and Robyn!

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Karen Platner - April 17, 2015 - 4:13 am

beautiful….as usual. But then again, I may be a little prejudice 🙂

Beautiful Alana // Brea, CA Newborn Photographer

One of my favorite parts of newborn sessions are meeting first time parents at the studio. The love and care they show for their newbie is unlike anything else I see at my job! Robyn and Danny were such a joy to work with. And can we just talk about baby Alana’s AMAZING hair!!! She was such a gorgeous newborn! Just an amazing session. Thanks Hernandez family! XO

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Robyn Hernandez - April 15, 2015 - 10:46 pm

Thank you Melissa!! We are so in love with Alana and you’ve captured her perfectly!

Melissa Stewardson - April 16, 2015 - 2:11 am

She is such a beauty, just like her mom!

Andrew // Orange County, CA Newborn Photographer

It is pretty special to do a newborn session after you have met the parents during their maternity photos. I was really looking forward to meeting baby Andrew for the first time. And he didn’t disappoint! He wa THE best poser! So curly and calm throughout! And check out that tool box. Daddy wanted some pictures taken with Andrew inside since he works with tools. I think it turned out pretty cute.

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