• 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}

Beautiful Liliana //Orange County Newborn Photographer

Lilana was definitely one of the most gorgeous newborn babies I have ever photographed! She was also so good to me throughout her session. She slept almost the whole time and went into the poses perfectly. It was one of the sessions where I just could’ve photographed her forever. And her sweet parents were also a dream to work with. Check out all the great shots we got.

Hosting the Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop! // Orange County newborn photographer

I was so excited to have the opportunity to host the Simply Fresh Newborn Workshop last month in my brand new studio! Robin Hansen of Picsy Photography and Stefanie Schaefer of Lemonade Stand Photography are the amazing instructors and they flew all the way from Chicago to teach the workshop. Although I have previously taken the workshop, they were gracious enough to let me take a few shots throughout the day. Of course I jumped at the chance to learn new techniques, angles and posing advice. I never want to stop learning or evolving my photography skills. One of my favorite things about hosting the workshop was getting to meet some new photographers in my area and create new partnerships and friends! And if you are thinking about taking a newborn workshop, I HIGHLY recommend Simply Fresh! It’ll be the best investment you ever make for your business.

(All edited photographs of the posed babies were posed by Robin and Stephanie. All edits completed my me).
Thanks again Stephanie and Robin!


New MSP hair and make-up team // Orange County Photographer

I am very excited to be adding some new members to the Melissa Stewardson Photography team!! Please welcome the awesome hair and make-up duo, Leigh Kerr and Tonia Lonigro! Take the stress out of getting ready before your photo session and get pampered by these two. They simultaneously do your hair and make-up at the same time so it’s quick and relaxing. And, the best part…your hair and make-up will LAST the whole session and photograph beautifully. This service is perfect for new moms for their newborn session, or before a maternity or family session.

Griepentrog Family// OC Family Photographer

I love getting to meet new friends as first time clients. And this family was just ADORABLE!! I wanted to snuggle these girls all night! We had the most glorious light and this location is one of my favs. Check out some of the goodness we got in their photos below!


OC Fair Family session/ Orange County, CA Family Photographer

My client had a vision to do her family photos at the OC Fair over the summer. I was absolutely in LOVE with the idea and couldn’t wait to take the photos. We got there first thing when it opened to avoid crowds and having to see lots of people in the background. She wanted colorful and fun and I think we hit the nail on the head!  I may have to do some sessions there next year!


Tarek and Christina El Moussa newborn session/ Orange County, CA photographer

I am finally getting around to blogging about my newborn session with the El Moussa family! Many of you probably recognize Christina and Tarek El Moussa as the hosts for the super fun and popular HGTV show, Flip or Flop – I am a HUGE fan! When Christina contacted me to do the session I was SOOO excited, but also nervous! I had previously worked with them on some marketing photos for their website some months back, but taking newborn photos at their awesome home was truly an amazing experience! Beyond doing the photos, there was also a cameraman from the Flip or Flop show there taping me do the session. Can you say nerve-racking! You’ll see a behind the scenes shot below. Thank goodness I put some make-up on that day! Whatsmore, about a week after taking the photos, Christina contacted me to see if People.com could publish one of my photos. EEEKKK! Hello, YES!! They ended up posting two of my favorites from the session! The link to view the article is posted at the top of my home page on this website.

I would also like to publicly thank Jessica McKimmey from Jessica McKimmey photography for assisting me during the session. She was so great! She also gets the photo credit for the behind the scenes photos.

Lastly, I have to mention how great this family was to work with. I only briefly worked with Tarek, but I spent more time with Christina – talking before the session, during, and meeting a second time to order her prints and canvases. She is SO sweet, gracious, beautiful and down to earth! And little Taylor is already a pro in front of the camera, and so gorgeous! Check out some of the lovely photos from their session below!


Carol Czarnecki - January 31, 2016 - 1:14 am

Beautiful family!!

Sandra Douglas - February 12, 2016 - 2:34 am

Omg! What gorgeous photos!!! Everyone looks absolutely enchanting!! Continued success with your show, and good health, happiness, and love, for your family!!

Jessica Tufaro - March 24, 2016 - 4:46 pm

I am a big fan of this show. I watch the new episodes and reruns all the time. They are a beautiful family and I wish them continued success. Taylor looks just like her dad with her mom’s coloring and the new baby is gorgeous. Melissa you did an absolutely great job with all the photos.

Tracy Smith Gomes - May 12, 2016 - 1:03 pm

So sweet!!! So happy for you guys !!!!!!

Laurie Jean - June 24, 2016 - 4:32 am

I love you guys! Beautiful family!!

Mona Morgan - July 15, 2016 - 4:52 am

A beautiful family. Congratulations on the addition to the family

Sara LeAnn Miller - July 17, 2016 - 9:08 pm

beautiful pictures for a beautiful family!! love watching u guys on TV!!

Tammy D. Rhodes Padgett - July 22, 2016 - 4:55 am

Very Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful family. Congratulations on your new baby boy

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