sibling photo at newborn session big sister with baby brother in a bucket

Our Top Maternity & Newborn Photos of 2023: Capturing Your Journey

As another year winds down, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for the beautiful families who’ve entrusted me with capturing their maternity journeys and welcoming precious newborns into the world. It’s hard to believe that I have been photographing maternity and newborn sessions for almost 20 years now!

This year, I’ve witnessed countless moments of pure love, anticipation, and joy. From the radiant glow of expecting mothers to the tiny fingers and soft yawns of newborns, I’ve aimed to create timeless portraits that tell your unique story.

Here’s a look back at our top 10 maternity and newborn portraits from 2023, showcasing the beauty, love, and wonder of this special time:

1. This sweet girl smiled SO much at her session. This image is one of many that I captured her big beautiful smile! She was the most expressive baby I’ve ever photographed!

newborn baby girl in pink lace dress in a heart prop smiling

2. This stunning mama to be was about to give birth to baby #5!! I was over the moon excited to work with her again for not only her maternity session but also baby #5 newborn session just a short time after. The last time I photographed her and her family was over 15 years ago!

pregnant woman in cream boho dress at sunset

3.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a big sister more excited about her baby brother! As you can clearly see, her excitement is written all over her face!

sibling photo at newborn session big sister with baby brother in a bucket

4. This is one of my most popular parent pose at newborn sessions! I myself love the simplicity of this pose and the dreamy light. I was so honored to capture both their first and second baby’s newborn sessions!

parents with their newborn girl kissing

5. This session had the most DREAMIEST light pouring all over this beautiful couple at their maternity session! I live for that warm, golden light for outdoor sessions. This is one of my personal favorite maternity images.

close up of baby bump at sunset

6. This pretty girl and I share the same birthday! Obviously, she’s pretty stoked to be birthday besties with me!

newborn baby girl smiling

7. This smiley guy is my sweet nephew! I was lucky enough to witness his birth and within hours of his birth he was smiling. I was beyond excited to have captured his big smile at his newborn session. They always end up being parents favorite images!

newborn baby boy on neutral blanket smiling

8. Earlier this year I expanded my studio and was able to double my space which allowed me to start offering studio maternity sessions. They are quickly becoming a favorite of mine! I was so thrilled to hear that this pretty mama felt so comfortable and beautiful at her session. It truly made my day.

studio maternity session pregnant woman in lace cream dress

9.  This dad had ONE request for his son’s newborn session: to get a shot of his son in his motocross helmet. Dad is big into motocross so of course I had to make it happen. Love this unique image!

newborn baby boy in motorcycle helmet

10. Profile shots are my favorite! I make sure to try and get them at every session. My clients almost always choose this image and I can see why. There is something so angelic about this backlit profile image and parents fall in love everytime they see it.

newborn baby girl profile close up


These are just a few glimpses into the magic we can create together. I specialize in crafting a stress-free and enjoyable experience for busy moms like you. My Temecula studio offers a complete experience, from a client closet filled with stylish options to expert guidance on posing and newborn handling.

Ready to capture your own maternity or newborn journey?

  • Schedule a free consultation: Let’s chat about your vision and create a session that perfectly reflects your family’s style.
  • Download our maternity style guide: Get inspired with outfit and posing ideas to feel confident and radiant in front of the camera.
  • Browse our newborn portfolio: Explore the wide range of emotions and moments we capture during newborn sessions.

I believe every family deserves beautiful portraits that preserve these fleeting moments. Contact Melissa Lyn Photography today, and let’s create timeless memories you’ll cherish forever.

I’d love to chat. Here’s how you can connect with me:

Melissa Lyn Photography
Your Temecula Newborn Photographer
(949) 433-0975

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I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Melissa, your Temecula portrait photographer. My specialty and passion is documenting maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits. My mission is to deliver heart stopping images of you and your loved ones together that you will treasure for a lifetime. Images that you will look back on years from now that will put a smile on your face, bring tears to your eyes and fill your heart with joy remembering that special milestone we captured together.
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