• 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

    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}

Jayden / Brea, CA Cake Smash Photographer

Cake smashes are always guranteed to put a smile on my face. I love working with one-year olds and then add in a cake….YAHTZEE! I love how each baby is different in they way they react to the cake. Jayden was such a little model in front of the camera. Although he didn’t much care for eating the cake, he was a little ham and had smiles galore! I think we wrapped this entire session in 20 minutes…world record!


Rivera Extended Family // Orange County, CA Extended Family Photographer

This session has been months in the making! I received an inquiry from Crystal just before Christmas last year about getting a gift certificate for her parents 40th wedding anniversary! Her and her siblings wanted to go in on the gift and surprise their mom and dad with it. Isn’t that sweet? Such a great gift idea. Months later we scheduled the session for March and here we are. Four familes consisting of 15 people is a lot to organize, but this family was so accomodating and fun that it made my job fairly easy. I love working with extended families and have my work flow down to a “T” these days. Thanks Rivera families for such a great sunset session!


Bailey Boo turns two!/ Orange County, CA child photographer

It is always a treat when I get to photograph members of my family. And I have been lucky enough to document my niece Bailey since she was a newborn (one of my first in a make shift studio). I just adore how these pictures illustrate her beauty, sass, sweetness and girly personality! Auntie loves you Bailey Boo!!

Amanda Brown - April 1, 2015 - 12:09 am

You always magically get the best photos even when it seems like she won’t stop moving for one second and the shoot is a disaster. Love these!

Melissa Stewardson - April 1, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Ahhh, thanks for the nice note!

Newborn Amelia / Orange County, CA Newborn Photography

I love working with this family! I first met them when I did big brother Nathan’s newborn photos 15 months ago. Then we did a holiday season back in November, with baby Amelia still in mommy’s tummy. And now, here she is, just as perfect as could be! I just adore her name, and she was such a sweetie during her session. And can you tell her mommy requested we use a lot of purple in her photos. : )

Baby Jace / Orange County Newborn Photographer

I had the honor of photographing little Jace’s mom and dad at their maternity session and they were so great! I was so excited to work with them again and meet their new bundle. Jace was the sweetest little guy during his session. He was such a good poser and sleeper and had the most perfect newborn skin. I just love how his gallery turned out. Check out some of his shots below. 2015-02-25_0006.jpg


June Bug / Orange County Cake Smash Photographer

June was such a little sweatheart during her one year cake smash! But I need to back up and give you the story of how this session came to be. I received an email via my website from a woman who lives in Alberta, Canada. She wanted to purchase a gift card for a friend who lived in the same city as me and surprise her with the photo session. Come to find out she and June’s mom met in an online birth group when they were both pregnant but they have yet to meet in person. I mean…how awesome of a friend is that?! I love this story and I loved getting to meet June and her mama last week. And even cooler is that both mama’s will be meeting in person for the first time next month!


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