Imagine breathing the sigh of relief you crave, having hired a trusted Newborn Photographer (aka like an extra bestie / mom), to lead you throughout the entire photoshoot planning process so that by the time your once-in-a-lifetime day arrives, you are guaranteed a joy-filled, stress-free experience for your entire session.

Tender, loving authentic newborn photos for moms who value images that tell YOUR heartfelt story

a tender, loving newborn photography experience




I believe in making your portraits feel like you and your family, without the angst to be perfect or cookie-cutter. I make it easy to capture the real you, to show off your authentic self with confidence and fun.



let's Work together

You don’t need to spend your hired photoshoot looking over your shoulder, praying that your photographer isn’t missing a single detail of your newborn baby that you spent loooooong months dreaming and wishing for. Your baby is beyond precious. And you so badly want to stop time so you can remember every little finger, soft baby smile, silly little noice, and tuff of hair. But now you can sit back and relax, knowing these tiny pieces of your family can be timeless and captured forever.

You've got enough on your plate

You’ve been dreaming of hanging those precious Newborn photos across your nursry.

But everytime you break out the camera trying to get those silly and adorable split-second moments, the baby decides to cry, or needs a feed, or some other momma-task has come your way. There's so much to think of when bringing a baby home for the first time. Being afraid that these moments will be too stressful to enjoy, doesn't have to be apart of your post partum journey. You’re not alone, I’ve been there (I lament, sobbing into my tenth coffee of the day).

You mumble to yourself “I just wanted one good picture!” while cleaning up the spilled milk. 

Newborn photos don’t have to be the ultimate stress test for you (even if past photoshoots seem to prove this true!) You’re tired of missing out on all those little moments between you and your kids, and never having any way to enjoy them again. 

You see the little fingers and loving touches between you and your baby, and know that their smiles will bring you happiness for the rest of your life. It’s your ONE WISH to have these sweet moments preserved forever and adorn your home’s walls.

My promise to you: A stress-free experience
(and the most loving photos to prove it)

Your Newborn Photos will reflect the authentic heart and story of your relationship (not the cookiecutter ‘gram photos you see everyone else spew, but REAL moments captured for REAL moms)

Authentic heart & story-telling

will lead you from stress to ease, as I manage every situation / person / event the day of your photoshoot, ensuring you can relax and enjoy your day, as if you were on vacation 24/7 (count me as your extra mom bestie who knows exactly what you need so you feel supported and understood all day long)

My trusted award-winning wedding service

as a Traverse City Newborn Portrait Photographer guarantees a full 100+ pictures in your photo gallery that will highlight the most pivotal once-in-a-lifetime laughter, blowing kisses, playing in the sand moments you’ve dreamed of your entire mom life

My unparalleled 15+ years experience

Just Imagine...

But what if the solution wasn’t just dreaming about a Baby shoot, but actually hiring a photographer whose

Not surprisingly, your walls remain blank and you sigh, telling yourself that someday things will be easier…

^^ Because your memories matter...

These are the kinds of photos that will always bring you back to these precious moments, to remind you why motherhood has been the greatest purpose of your life.

Because all of those little not-so-perfect things you love about your children - the way your daughter demands butterfly kisses when really she squishes your nose; the way your son is stubborn and difficult yet the most lovable (and secret softie when it comes to dogs); the way they both give each other big Bear hugs because they secretly love each other - those are the things that make beautiful, meaningful relationships (and therefore deserve to be showcased as the REAL you, even on a hectic days!) 

We have the same goal in mind - to highlight your authentic love story between you and your baby, keeping this fleeting moment (and heart-felt story) alive for decades to come.

Cassandra, traverse city mi



"Melissa was great to work with! She was patient and easygoing with our five energetic children, and she did a great job capturing beautiful moments with an artistic eye. Plus, she returned our edited photos sooner than promised. The photos look beautiful! I highly recommend working with Melissa!"

MAY & PETER, traverse city mi

"Working with Melissa was a dream. She made our day so enjoyable. We felt totally comfortable and loved every second of it. Our photos turned out perfect. I would absolutely recommend working with her for any event."



Simon & Liz, traverse city mi



"We loved working with Melissa! We traveled to Traverse City for our babymoon and thought it would be fun to take maternity photo while we were there. Melissa picked the perfect locations for us and sent helpful tips before our shoot to make sure we were prepared. Taking photos can be kind of awkward, but she was so comfortable and easy to work with, which definitely helped us to relax. I highly recommend her!"

got married and started our own family with the greatest love of my life

2023 / 

engagements, proposals, maternity & newborn portrait shoots in beautiful northern michigan

800+ / 

years awarded the knot's best wedding photographer in michigan award

4 + / 

experience as a fine art wedding photographer in michigan and landscape painter

15 yrs / 

family portraits & photoshoots in traverse city, glen arbor, petoskey and northern michigan

1,000+ / 


Through the

Your Newborn Photos are the only part of your post partum journey you get to take with you for the rest of your life (imagine if you never had any pictures of you and your new baby doing what truly lights you up - playing, laughing, feeding... lost forever to you?!) I know this pain! And I NEVER want you to feel this lifelong regret.

it’s no secret...

Introducing our unparalleled, stress-free experience for the mom who values story-driven images that are authentically YOU

Once you book with us, receive a life’s worth of inspiring step-by-step Photoshoot advice (especially if this is your first baby), customized Day-Of Timeline, Family Shot Lists, Outfit Guidelines, and Posing Instructions to feel candid and REAL - all to easily set you up for success - so you can experience your Newborn Pictures in Northern Michigan with vibrancy and joy in a way that works for YOU… all designed and curated so you can receive the best gallery of photos you will ever have!

This process is the exact method I have used to perfect the Newborn photo experience of over 1000+ moms...and 15+ years photographing families and kids in Traverse City of award-winning experience for moms JUST like you, looking to hire a portrait photographer that feels more like another mom-bestie, rather than a random stranger.

curated for

our cherished moms


our newborn

An online gallery with unlimited downloads (FREE for you, your family, and your extended family members so they can enjoy your pictures as much as you) Including an option to order prints, canvases, and albums directly from your gallery, without the hassle of trying to figure it out all on your own

Online Gallery

100 beautifully curated images to tell your authentic story, edited with an artistic light & airy style (no slapping on random filters - I personally hand-craft each and every single photo that I create for you)

20 Fine Art Images

60 Min of Coverage

1 hour of Newborn portrait coverage in beautiful location of your choice (whether its sand dunes, beaches, Lake Michigan, botanical gardens + more)

Custom designed Newborn Package, designed specifically for you to achieve your dream  photos with you and your kids.

Custom Package

With the push of a button, you will have a photographer (aka like another best-friend / momma who always has your back) here to take care of every detail from today until after your photoshoot, so you can always feel fully supported and understood

Book today, and you’ll walk away with all this good stuff. Every Newborn Photo Package includes:

Book today, and you’ll walk away with all this good stuff. Every family package also includes:

Want to dive deeper into our Baby photography package?

All-you’ll-ever-need Outfit Guide and Posing Guide (+ a secret Pinterest Board for your dream outfit inspo)

Outfit & Posing Guide


An Exclusive Newborn Photoshoot Magazine that will walk you through all your session planning needs so you don’t have to spend hours scouring the internet for answers - it’s all put together in a beautiful digital magazine exclusively for our Lux Light Mommas

Exclusive Photoshoot Magazine


A personalized Photoshoot Timeline that is tailored to a successful outcome for all your personal details, favorite locations, pose inspiration, and more (written exclusively by me, for you!)

Day-Of Timeline


A Family Shot List for the day-of, so you don’t have to fear leaving anyone out and feel guilty later on

Family Shot List


All booking is completed online for your convenience, so you can save your session details on your own time (I know how busy you are!)

Online Booking for Convenience


Coordination for the best lighting and location inspiration for all your Newborn photos, ensuring you get those dream images you've always longed for

Location + Lighting Suggestions


Unlimited monthly communication with me so you can rest assured someone always has your back and knows exactly what you want executed, down to the smallest detail

Unlimited Communication


Hand-edited images all fine-tuned personally by me (no computer-generated, lack-luster filters used here!)

Hand-edited Imaged


Fast turnaround time to receive your edited images after the photoshoot (don’t be one of those horror stories that has to hound their photographer for a glimpse at their pics even months after the day!)

Receive Your Images Quickly


bonus 10

The best heart-led Newborn photos of your life. Period.

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Melissa was a dream to work with. Such a great communicator prior to my big day but on the actual day, her creativity just flowed"

What our moms are saying


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may + peter swift


Melissa was an absolute joy to work with!! Highly recommend!!! From the moment we booked she had incredible communication and many words of wisdom and advice along the way. On our photoshoot she was very professional and also made us feel very comfortable and at ease. We can’t say enough great things about our experience with her.



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simon + liz smith


Stop what you're doing right now and reserve Melissa! The images she captured are once-in-a-lifetime &  gorgeous!”



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amiee danson


I feel like there are not enough words to describe how truly amazing our experience with our choice for Melissa as our photographer for our wedding. Not only was she incredible with constant communication. She made us feel at ease with everything."



Book your session today

Imagine getting to finally hang those REAL timeless Newborn photos (with a fun & stress-free experience to prove it) on your home's walls, so you can remember all the best parts about being a momma.

With this one click, you’ve procured a best-friend and photographer all-in-one. I’ll be in touch monthly to help you create your perfect timeline, shot list and more. Expect me to be your voice and backbone from today until even after your portrait date

Pop the Champaigne (or double-shot espresso)

Once you choose your Newborn Package, you’ll receive a digital invoice to pay your deposit (50% down) and sign your contract. This will officially save your date for your Northern Michigan photoshoot!

Select Your Custom Newborn Package

Fill out an inquiry form with your estimated delivery date and the vision you have for your day. I will then be able to send you our Pricing Guide with any custom packaging needs to help you achieve your dream Newborn pictures.

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Book today, and you’ll walk away with all this good stuff!

Our Newborn Portrait Sessions start at $450 for the entire 1 hour of coverage, online gallery, and all 10 bonuses

Led by her heart-and-soul, who takes the time to genuinely get to know you and what truly will warm your heart (and your home’s walls) for decades to come. 

Hire a best-friend-turned-photographer you know and trust,
with over 1,000 photoshoots under her belt

Don't worry - we will work on getting those "Christmas Card" pictures where everyone is ACTUALLY looking at the camera (yes miracles do happen ;)

But we can also play games, get dirty, sing awkwardly loudly and run amok, to bring out those authentic relationships. It's all about balance, momma!

you value play just as much as slowing down

No, things aren’t going to go perfectly on the day of…but you’re ok rolling with the punches and enjoying the intimate moments with your kiddos

You cherish the present moment and want to enjoy the experience of your family time (presence over perfection, please!)

You’re more about the REAL moments and REAL laughter that feels like you.

You don’t want a photoshoot gallery full of awkward looks and weird unfamiliar poses

You’re in the right place if

Yes, that's me. I'm all in!

planning their next trip
wine enthusiasts

planning their next trip
wine enthusiasts
planning their next trip

our clients are 

who we work with /

 Plus, she returned our edited photos sooner than promised. The photos look beautiful! I highly recommend working with Melissa!" - Erin, family shoot in glen arbor, mi

"Melissa was great to work with! She was patient and easygoing with our five energetic children, and she did a great job capturing beautiful moments with an artistic eye."

Kind words from our Mommas

let's Work together

Because I am so confident in the service and high-end photos that I PROMISE to deliver to my families, I am only a click away from any communication, questions or support that you need throughout this entire portrait photoshoot planning process. I’m here from start to finish for YOU (no fear of ghosting here). My service is tailored and customized to you (which is why I am VERY LIMITED with my bookings.

Your happiness, guaranteed (aka I’ve always got your back!)

Hey, I’m Melissa, and I believe in creating dreamy, REAL family photos for REAL couples, who value joy over hustle, fun in the present moment, and laughing at the imperfect moments of life.

Because your portrait shoot is more than just a one-and-done sorta day. It’s a huge milestone that you’ve been waiting for your entire lifetime for. And as a professional painter-turned-photographer, I’m here to tell the visual story of your day, led with heartfelt emotion and genuine experiences with the people you cherish most to share in this magical moment in your kid's livesx.

Years from now, I don’t want you to look back and feel like your photos are just another digital folder on your desktop that you should do something with. Every time you view your gallery, my goal is to transport you right back to the moment, so you can relive and fall head over heels in love with being a mom, all over again.

I’m your sunset chaser, dog lover, probably-make-weird-faces-at-your-kids kinda girl

About melissa

As someone who ACTUALLY promises to be dedicated to your happiness, I will be here for you, day in and day out, to be your cheerleader and support system and to personally guarantee that you will LOVE your family portraits.

over 145+
5-star reviews

we love our moms + families

frequently asked questions

we love open and candid conversations

01. can mom & dad be in some pics?

Yes absolutely! Pictures with baby and parents are some of my favorites! We typically do the pictures of the family members all together at the end of the session - once all baby pics are done. 

02. What should i dress my baby in?

Don't stress about outfits - I bring all props, clothes, wraps, furs, and blankets to each session. We will coordinate before your session to determine which colors and style best fits you, so your Newborn Photos fit your aesthetic and your home perfectly.

03. How/when will we get our photos?

I pride myself on a quick turnaround (I don’t want you to become one of those horror stories where you practically have to track down your photographer to get your hands on your images!) You will receive your entire gallery of images (all hand-edited personally by me) quickly, so that right away, you can keep your love and enjoyment of your wedding day alive!

The photos will all be delivered to you in an online digital gallery. Unlimited downloads for you, your family and your extended (if you choose to share the gallery with them) is guaranteed!

04. Can we send you a list of the photos we want?

Ummmm yes! I’m a Pinterest-aholic myself. So I love a good inspiration board. Send ‘em all my way and guarantee that you and I are on the same page for the duration of your Newborn portrait shoot together.

05. How can we book you?

Inquire through my Contact Page, or send me an email to melissa@luxlightphotography. If you are from a different area and are vacationing in the Northern Michigan or Traverse City area, I suggest booking your family photos as quick as you can, so you can make sure I am available for your vacation dates. Contact me ASAP, to see if I still have your desired portrait photoshoot date available.

06. what if mybaby cries the whole time?

Don't worry - as a fellow mom, we've alllll been there on the days where there are meltdowns, more tears than smiles, and just an "off" day! It's all going to be OK, I promise!

This is where working WITH your baby is so important. We've got lots of tricks up our sleeves - from heartbeat soundtracks, warming pads, cozy prompts....we will work with your baby to help them (and you) feel relaxed and comfortable.

Keep the memories,
the tiny toes, the sweet gassy smiles of your baby alive with the right photographer!

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Everyone says watching your kids grow up is a blur, but it doesn’t have to be…


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