• 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}

Baby Cowgirl! /Orange County, CA Child Photographer

I’m on a roll with blogging! Whoop whoop! Meet little Miss Cadelyn, the cutest 6 month old baby girl. I was honored to take her mommy’s maternity pictures and then her newborn pictures a couple months later. And here she is now full of personality and LOTS of energy. Little girl was the sweetest mover and shaker. I just love working with 6 month olds. Definitely one of my favorite ages to photograph. And Cadelyn definitely gave me some baby fever. I am so lucky I have a job that let’s me play with babies!


Courtney Jo Gallegos - January 20, 2015 - 4:30 am

Blessed Beyond Words by Our Sweet Girl CADELYN DRU!!! Melissa we can not thank you enough for capturing these moments and helping us to freeze them in time… We Truly Admire Your Talents and Adore You!!! ❤❤❤

Melissa Stewardson - January 20, 2015 - 5:16 am

You are too sweet Courtney Jo Gallegos! You sure know how to make a girl feel good!

Miss Ava / Orange County, CA Child Photographer

Meet Ava, aka Rock star photography subject! Her mom wanted some photos of her for a New Year’s card and this is what is happened. Pose after pose, shot after shot, she just nailed it. I absolutely LOVED working with her and her mom and could have photographed her for hours. This is the type of session I dream about I couldn’t have asked for more to start my 2015! 2015-01-08_0004.jpg


Adoption of baby Julia / Orange County, CA Newborn Photographer

A little over a year ago my good friend Nina and her husband, Mark decided they wanted to add to their family and adopt a baby. How awesome is that?! They already had two biological boys, Dominic who is 11 and Ethan who is 8 but felt they had room in their hearts for one more child.

So, in October of 2013 they started the long process and were officially approved to adopt in 2014. Just a few weeks ago, they got the exciting call that a baby girl was safely surrended and ready to be adopted. Off they went to the hospital and graciously took baby Julia home with them. What an incredibly selfless and loving gift the Morton family has given to this sweet baby!

As soon as I read the news, I knew immediately that I wanted to gift them a newborn session. Baby Julia was the perfect model for her session. I don’t think she opened her eyes the entire time and she never even pooped or peed on anyone or any prop. That is a personal record for me!

Oh and you should know the Morton’s are a big baseball family, so check out the baseball we added in to a couple shots.




Nina Morton - December 30, 2014 - 1:42 am

I can’t get enough of the beautiful pictures! Thank you! Also, thank you for the kind words!

Barbara Rodusky Parchan - December 30, 2014 - 2:46 am

Such precious pictures. She is adorable

Ellen O'Connor - December 30, 2014 - 4:27 am

Such a beautiful baby and story!

Ellen O'Connor - December 30, 2014 - 4:28 am

Fabulous pictures!

Kelli Hester Campbell - December 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

So beautiful. Julia couldn’t have found a better family. God bless!!!

Kanye Lordring - January 27, 2015 - 8:09 am

do you need a baby for adoption?? if yes contact child support in New York USA now for a good and straight adoption, i get my baby adopted there in their organization, is safe and guarantee. their E-mail is, adopt@collector.org

Uthus Maternity Session / Orange County, CA Maternity Photographer

Being pregnant for the first time is such a fun and exciting time in a couple’s life! But I don’t think I am alone when I say I couldn’t appreciate it while I was living it! I was tired, nervous, feeling huge, nesting, etc. and I am so sad that I didn’t have any professional maternity pictures taken. I am very happy that Kaitlin and Mark decided to get their pictures done, and I am honored that they chose me to take them. And look at the results…such a beautiful couple! And, I cannot wait to take pictures of their baby when he/she arrives in February!

Scheduling for 2015

I have been blessed to be completely booked for 2014 for a few months. But now my 2015 schedule is starting to book up quite fast, especially for newborns. The best time to book is during your second trimester! And don’t forget I offer a special discount if you book a maternity session too.



Avery, 7 days new

MelissaStewardson-19Wow, it’s been way too long since I have posted something on my blog. And what better subject to post about than this sweet little girl. Avery was such a great sleeper and poser for me. And her parents couldn’t have been nicer. We were able to capture some beautiful memories!MelissaStewardson-33MelissaStewardson-19MelissaStewardson-59MelissaStewardson-19MelissaStewardson-51MelissaStewardson-49MelissaStewardson-39 MelissaStewardson-45MelissaStewardson-53MelissaStewardson-35MelissaStewardson-15MelissaStewardson-19

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:


  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)


  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!


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

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