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)

  1. COMMENT: When is your little one due?
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Giveaway runs through Friday, July 29 at midnight. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed shortly after. Open to AZ residents only.


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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

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