Choosing a newborn photographer is an important decision, as it involves capturing precious moments of your baby's early days. – the investment is truly priceless. The precious newborn moments are so fleeting…from tiny fingers and toes, the the little rolls, you’ll want to cherish them forever. Melissa works hard to take your vision of your dream session and make it a reality.
Over the last 10 years, Melissa has photographed hundreds of newborns and has been trained by some of the top newborn photographers in the country both in newborn safety as well as posing techniques. You can rest assured you’re in good hands!
As she is often booked months in advance, it is important to book your session BEFORE baby arrives to ensure a date on Melissa’s calendar.
Melissa Helman Photography is a luxury portrait studio specializing in modern, elegant & timeless maternity, newborn, and baby photography. Providing memories that families will cherish for a lifetime while creating a beautiful & unique photography experience beyond your expectations. Melissa Helman Photography is located in Greensburg, PA and serves the Pittsburgh Area and surrounding communities.
Newborn sessions take place in our cozy studio in Greensburg, PA within the first 2 weeks of baby’s life. Parent and sibling poses are welcomed and highly encouraged, if desired. In addition to capturing your moments and creating tangible artwork for you to cherish forever, providing exceptional customer service and an impeccable personal experience for every client is a priority to Melissa. She is available to help every step of the way to ensure your experience is second to none!
Get ready for an exceptional newborn photoshoot experience, tailored just for you! Let's chat about your dream photoshoot - from various backgrounds, poses, style changes, and unforgettable concepts. We'll delve deep into your ideas and expectations, and together, we'll transform your vision into a mesmerizing reality!
Prior to your session, you and Melissa will have a consultation to discuss your style, color and pose preferences. Clients have full access to hundreds of Melissa’s newborn outfits, sitter outfits props, blankets, etc.
Your newborn is here and its time for your photo session. Melissa will photograph your baby in a variety of poses and setups. Parent/sibling poses are welcomed and highly encouraged. Inquire about scheduling two sessions together to save.
Approximately 7 days after your newborn session, you’ll meet with Melissa to view your images and make all of your final selections. Approximately 6 weeks after placing your order, wall art and albums will be complete and ready to be displayed in your home!
Our studio offers high-quality archival matted prints, stunning fine-art albums and elegant acrylic wall art for a spectacular presentation of your most beautiful memories.
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with Melissa to chat more about the process and see if you are a good fit for each other. While she does leave some flexibility for last minute bookings, Melissa is often booked months in advance and suggests reserving your date as early as possible to ensure dates surrounding your due date are available.
It’s never too early to schedule your photoshoot. Sometimes we can accommodate last minute requests, but we recommend a 6-8 week notice. If you would like a weekend appointment it is important to book early as Saturdays are booked fast
Since this is a Newborn session, it’s important that Melissa captures your baby in their newest form. Ideally, newborn sessions occur within the first 2 weeks of your baby’s life. They are still very sleepy and Melissa is more able to pose them in those curly, snuggled up poses that everyone loves so much. You will receive a Prep Guide a few days before your session that lists some things to help you prepare yourself and your new baby for the session. Melissa knows that this time can be a bit overwhelming for new parents and that’s why she takes all the guess work out. You really just need to show up with your baby and their food (breast or bottle) and Melissa will take care of the rest!
You are in good hands and we want to make sure that you will have the best selection of artistic images. Melissa utilizes her impeccable lighting skills and with her artistic eye photographs your beautiful body curves. Even if its your first professional photography experience, her goal is to make sure you feel comfortable, relaxed, beautiful and empowered, pampered and confident. During your personalized photo shoot with Melissa, she will guide you through elegant poses and will focus on angles that bring out your most beautiful self.
A full newborn session lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the baby. Melissa allows plenty of time for feeding and soothing during these sessions. All babies are different and all sessions are different so this is a rough estimate of how long you can expect to be at the studio.
After you book your portrait session, we will send you tips on what you can bring and how to prepare. We are a full service studio, so you don't need to worry about bringing many clothing options.
Keeping it simple is usually best in these situations. Parents posing with their new baby should wear things neutral or muted in color with minimal designs and brand logos, if possible. Moms can wear anything from a simple camisole to a long sleeved top to a maxi dress. Something lacy, if that’s your style, is also beautiful! Dads can go with a basic t-shirt in white, tan, gray, black, soft blue, etc. As long as all the colors flow, it will be fabulous. Also, a very important thing to be mindful of is bra straps and fingernails/hands. Be sure your nails are neat since your hands will definitely be shown in the photos. Siblings should also have neat hands/fingernails (no chipped nail polish please) and clothes should fit well. If shirts or pants are too big, it tends to look sloppy. Melissa is always available to help coordinate these outfits.
Melissa Helman Photography is a boutique portrait studio specializing in Pittsburgh maternity photography as well as newborn and baby photography. Serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area including Westmoreland County, Wexford, Cranberry, South Hills and the surrounding areas.