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Melissa Donaldson
Gilbert, AZ
United States (US)

Member since December 24, 2018

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Business Hours
Mon 8-5
Tue 8-5
Wed 8-5
Thu 8-5
Fri 8-5
Sat 10-630
Sun N/A

Appointments available
email, text, or phone call.

Melissa Donaldson Photography, LLC.

Portrait Photographer, Melissa Donaldson, is an award winning and published newborn photographer. Who specializes in creating timeless baby pictures. Melissa has photographed hundreds of babies, newborns, and children out of her home studio, located in Gilbert, Arizona. She has been photographing newborns for ten years.
I am the mother of three children, with my youngest being 7 and my oldest at 22 years old; I’m a military mom, an entrepreneur, and a wife. Throughout my career, I’m continually joined or been invited to several professional organizations. Such as, I’m a proud member of the “Professional Photographers of Arizona”, “”, “International Newborn Photography Association”, and “Best Newborn Photographers”.

My formal photography education began while I studied Photography at the Academy of the Arts, San Fransicso, CA. Education also hasn’t stopped and continues to be my focus, with numerous hands on workshops several classes geared towards newborn posing and safety, infant first aid and CPR. I aspire to provide the very best classic custom newborn, maternity, child, and family portraiture. In a safe comfortable environment you and your family can relax in and enjoy. As a mom I understand the importance of capturing the smallest details and the importance of preserving imperative moments that you want to keep for a lifetime and beyond.

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  • Pricing Menu Available
  • Digital only
  • Ordering methods offered: Online ordering
  • Delivery Methods Available: Electronic delivery
  • Props and costumes provided. You can bring your own to use as well.
  • Experienced with multiples (twins, triplets, etc)
  • Current Police Record Screening Available
  • Done in-person training with Justine Miller, Mark Wallace

What others are saying…

“Thank you Melissa for all the beautiful pictures of our twins. We had a great time working with you and absolutely love all the photos.”

~ P. Vaishampayan

I can’t express enough how much we love working with Melissa. She takes her time and makes my family feel relaxed. She is a natural artist. I love how she is always making sure my daughter is safe as well as trying to capture great shots. She also does a great job with communicating with us and working with our special requests.”

~ Shannon Papadantonakis

“Melissa, Every year you amaze us with your talent. These photographs of my family are absolutely stunning! You are dialing in your craft, getting better every year, like a great wine. Juxtapose, I am losing my hair and going grey. My girls are growing up. You are capturing their transformation from children into young women. This year your work is nothing less perfect. The lighting and color is breathtaking, you got it all! Beautiful. Hope you are well. Thank you for capturing our emotions with your camera. Missy and I will cherish these photos for as long as we live. My children will have these long after we are gone. They will understand and reflect upon these moments and know that we loved them with all of our hearts. Thank you and have a Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas”

~ Matt Flansburg

“We have absolutely LOVED working with Melissa Donaldson! We booked her “Watch Me Grow session” and so far, we have completed the maternity and newborn shoots. She has always been very professional and awesome to work with. I was amazed at how patient she was during the newborn shoot and we could not have been happier with how our photos turned out for both. We have since worked with her for a family shoot, which again, turned out fantastic. She has a sincere passion and creative eye for her work and is always displayed through her photos. She will be our family photographer for many years to come!!”

~ Heather Cadieux

“I cannot say enough about how much we LOVE our newborn and family pictures taken by Melissa Donaldson. She was so patient throughout the newborn session. She has a perfect balance of personal and professionalism. The love of her job is proven by her beautiful pictures. Melissa is who we will work with for all of our future photo sessions and will be recommended to all of our family and friends.”

~ L. Arroyo

“Love your work Melissa Donaldson, it truly is in a realm all its own. And you truly made our venue, The Elegant Barn, shine in the few shots that I’ve seen. Would love to see more from your day at the Elegant Barn. Thank you!”

~ The Elegant Barn

“We had an amazing holiday family photo shoot with Melissa this weekend. She was so efficient and such a joy to work with. I would HIGHLY recommend her if you’re considering pictures. Our pictures came out better than I could’ve dreamt of. Thanks again Melissa!!”

~ Nia Hughes

I had an amazing experience for both my maternity & newborn photos with Melissa. The end results just what I had hoped for and I love every single picture! In the newborn session, Melissa is so patient and had such a calm environment, making it so easy for what my son needed during that session. I felt so comfortable in both sessions. I couldn’t be happier and strongly recommend her!!

~ Collette Huxtable

We chose Melissa to take pictures of our newborn baby, and we couldn’t have been happier with her work. It was easy to schedule time with her and her in-home studio was so relaxing! Having a 6 day-old baby, it was SO nice to hang out on the couch and watch TV while Melissa took photos! Her photos are creative and she incorporated items that are meaningful to us. I fully trusted her with our baby. She had us come back to her home to view the finished photos and a slideshow video with all the photos. Within 10 seconds, I was in tears with how beautiful the photos turned out! I would 110% recommend Melissa for any photo shoot and I’ll definitely use her again in the future!

~ Hayley Risser

She’s amazing!! Almost 5 years ago she did our newborn photography pictures with our sweet Valentine baby. She took her time, made sure the baby was fed (by mama) and happy sleeping. Then on our Family has used her throughout the years for cake-smashes, school pictures, to all our family (holiday) pictures. She’s incredible, sweet, and honest. We just love her and all the photos/memories she provides our family! I highly recommend her!

~ Missy Drew

I had my newborn’s photos done & maternity pictures. She was great. Wonderful customer service. Super down to earth. & takes wonderful photos. We received the images quick considering all the photos she’s edited.

~ Taylor S.

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