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I Found a Great Newborn and Family Photographer!

My family recently had a great experience with newborn photographer Melissa Donaldson Photography who captured my kids’ smiles in a fun photo session in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

scottsdale moms blog -1-4Melissa Donaldson is a local newborn photographer. Right away Melissa made my 2 ½ year old son, almost 1 ½ year old daughter, and me right at home in her wonderful photography studio located in the east valley. I had warned her in advance it could be a lively session with my brood, and they did not disappoint. Fortunately, neither did Melissa! She has a real ease in interacting with two anything-but-easy kiddos. Melissa took her time and was extremely patient while my older guy got into mischief and my daughter clung to me.

md photography2We managed two wardrobe changes for each kid while swapping out props and backdrops to match. I really appreciated that Melissa went with the flow. If my kids weren’t into a particular pose or setting, she’d just follow their lead and go with what worked. In our case it was bubbles. We even got a production assist from Melissa’s charming daughter whose superb bubble blowing skills dazzled and delighted my little ones.

Before the shoot Melissa walked me through tips on styling the kids and offered up several outfits she had on hand as well. When we arrived, we found her in-home studio stocked with all kinds of adorable bows and headbands, along with sweet knitted rompers, hats, and accessories. I could have played dress up with my baby girl for hours!

scottsdale moms blog -1-3Melissa has a great personal story as a small business owner and army mom. I thoroughly enjoyed our session and would highly recommend her to my friends. Check out her website to see her wide range of services from maternity and newborn shots to family portrait sessions.

Oh, and our photos turned out beautifully! The moments she captured are ones I will treasure. Second best thing to freezing time…

Melissa Donaldson Photography is offering a free 2-4 hour newborn photo session (valued at $175) to a SMB reader! Baby must be still in belly or 7-10 days new. (Prints and digital files not included)

TO ENTER…
  1. COMMENT: When is your little one due?
  2. LIKE: Scottsdale Moms and Melissa Donaldson Photography on Facebook – leave a second comment letting us know!

Giveaway runs through Friday, July 29 at midnight. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed shortly after. Open to AZ residents only.

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28 Responses to I Found a Great Newborn and Family Photographer!

  1. Ashley July 26, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Awesome! My baby girl is due the day after Christmas! Would love a chance to win 🙂

  2. Yevheniya July 26, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    My baby boy is due in October, 17!

  3. Yevheniya July 26, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Liked Scottsdale Moms and Melissa Donaldson Photography on Facebook!

  4. Alison July 26, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    Baby girl due November 29th!

  5. Alison July 26, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    Liked Scottsdale Moms and Melissa Donaldson Photography!

  6. Diana July 26, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    My baby is due August 31!

  7. Diana July 26, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Liked Melissa Donaldson and Scottsdale Moms on FB!

  8. Kristy July 26, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    My baby boy is due September 5!

  9. Masie July 26, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    My first baby girl is due at the end of August! Finally on the home stretch 🙂 🙂 {+I have liked both pages}

  10. Kelly L July 26, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Baby is due December 2!

  11. Kelly L July 26, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Liked both Fb sites 🙂

  12. Mikala July 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Baby girl due October 8th! 🙂

  13. Mikala July 26, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Liked both pages on FB!

  14. Arianna Doherty July 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi Ann and Melissa! The photos came out gorgeous! Our baby girl (our first) is due September 29th. I liked both FB pages.

  15. Alyssa Hall July 26, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Baby girl is due September 25th! I’d absolutely love to win!!! ?

  16. Alyssa Hall July 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Liked both on FB! ?

  17. Hannah M July 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    I have a 2.5 year old and another due in October! We didn’t get professional photos of our oldest and I’d love to get some this time around.

  18. Hannah M July 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    I liked both Scottsdale Moms and Melissa Donaldson Photography on Facebook.

  19. Andrea Y July 27, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Baby boy Travis due August 22, 2016.

  20. Andrea Y July 27, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Already have liked Melissa Donaldson Photography and just now liked Scottsdale Mom’s on FB as well.

  21. Kaitlyn July 27, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    I’m due Saturday! Having my first strong contractions this morning 🙂

  22. Kaitlyn July 27, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Liked both pages 🙂 ?

  23. Kristin July 27, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Awesome! #3 is due in January!

  24. Breana Robinson July 27, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Our first baby is due January 16, 2017❤️? Beyond blessed

  25. Julie Shepard July 27, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    Would love to win! My second boy will be here August 24th! I would love to get some photos of both boys too!

  26. Breana Robinson July 27, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    I liked Scottsdale moms page and Melissa Donaldson photography page !!?Fingers crossed

  27. Julie Shepard July 27, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    I liked both pages!!

  28. Brianna Gamblin July 27, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Liked both Facebook pages! My little one is due 2/2/17 ?

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