Hello, Elizabeth | Atlanta Newborn Photographer

I’ve been friends with Elizabeth’s mom since the start of our college days in Athens, and she’s been one of my favorite people ever since. Karen and Matthew got married a couple years ago, and when we heard they were expecting their first baby, I couldn’t have been more happy for them. They decided to wait until their baby was born to find out the sex, and what a fun surprise it was to hear when SHE arrived! Elizabeth’s newborn session was a dream to photograph, from her sweet bunny-themed nursery, to her happy demeanor and beautiful blue eyes, to her parents, who I just adore. Enjoy some highlights… we’re so glad you’re here, Elizabeth!

Evie’s One Year Session | Atlanta Family Photographer

I first met Evie and her parents when they booked me for her newborn session last year. It was a dreary morning, but we had the best time getting to know each other during their in-home session. It’s been such a pleasure watching Evie grow while photographing her throughout the Baby’s First Year package, and I’m sad that this first year is already over. It’s truly amazing how quickly time flies, and I know that’s the case even more so for her parents. Happy 1st birthday, Evie! You are so loved.

Melissa’s Materinty Leave

It’s almost time! If you’re one of my amazing clients or have been following MHP online, you’re probably well aware that the Hayes Twins are coming soon! It sort of feels like forever ago that we found out this crazy, surprising, exciting news in October, but it also feels like just yesterday. I mean, how in the world are we about to add TWO babies to our family?! We’ve been a bit busy around here with preparing for these new additions… all while in the midst of selling our home and moving into a new one that we’re really looking forward to raising our family in.

In anticipation of their arrival, I began my maternity leave on March 1 and plan to be off through May 31, 2019 as of now. I wanted to share a few details of what that means for MHP clients and what you can expect over the next few months as we take a break to grow our little family.

  • Email communication will still be available, however my response time will be longer than usual.
  • If you need to place print orders, you may do so any time via your active online gallery. Otherwise, if you need to order prints directly through me, please contact me prior to April to ensure a timely turnaround on orders.
  • I’m currently booking sessions for June and beyond, so please reach out if you want to book a maternity, newborn, or family session to take place once I’m back from maternity leave.
  • Fall Sessions will be announced in July, so stay tuned! The number of sessions I’ll have available will be smaller this year due to having two small babies at home, but there will be a handful of mini session dates as well as full session options. Clients will receive first dibs on mini sessions via email, so be sure you’re subscribed to the MHP newsletter!

I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of my clients and supporters of MHP who have been so gracious and encouraging during this time for our family! I look forward to sharing our life with twins (and a toddler) once “Cake & Ice Cream” are here!

photos by Jenny Perry Photography

A Special Nashville Session — Davis is Six Months | Atlanta Family Photographer

When one of your best girls asks if you’ll photograph her daughter’s first year (newborn, six months, and one year), and they happen to live in another state… you of course get in the car and start driving! It seems like just yesterday that Davis was born, and now here she is — sitting up and giving the cutest little poses and smiles to the camera. And that full head of hair and beautiful blue eyes? Too much. 🙂 It was absolutely freezing the morning we were supposed to shoot, and we even woke up to a light snow cover on the ground. So needless to say, we opted to shoot at their home instead of outdoors. I love when I have the opportunity to shoot at clients’ homes because it incorporates the most special place that they’ve created together. I mean, look at this beautifully lit corner of the nursery — absolutely perfect for highlighting the love between a mama and her baby.

Fall Session in Buckhead | Atlanta Family Photographer

How about those golden leaves?? The morning we shot this family session, it was cold, wet, and dreary… but the upside is that those beautiful fall leaves really popped against the cloudy sky. I love shooting at this park for the variety of backdrops and the pretty stone walls and bridge… and the trees in the fall and spring never disappoint! I’ve had several grandparents join in on family sessions this fall, and I always enjoy being able to include them in some shots because there is such a loving, joyful dynamic between them and their grand babies. It’s been neat watching the K family grow over the past couple years, and Cade actually turned one the day after this session. Oh, how time flies!