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Melissa Pfannenstiel is a nationally published photographer who captures the most joyful times in life: from the newest days of your baby after birth to your toddler taking their first steps, through to their childhood years. Newborns and babies are her specialties. {She LOVES babies}.

Melissa has a fresh, natural style and creative perspective. Her use of color is rich and classic, and her black and white images have dimension and depth. Melissa captures delicate portraits of your newborn baby or child with incredible clarity. She began photography from a career standpoint in 2002 as a product photographer. Captures in Time Photography came to fruition in 2007.

After several years of on-location work, her custom boutique studio became a cornerstone on historic Main Street in Blue Springs in early 2011. It is the longest-running local studio specializing in newborn photography in the eastern Kansas City area.

The studio lighting methods Melissa uses are sophisticated and come with over ten years of portrait photography experience in the Kansas City area. Recently complimented by a commercial photographer and creative director from New York who brought his newborn to the studio, he said, "You really UNDERSTAND the use of light, shadow and lighting ratios."

New mothers deserve to be captured in the best light with their new bundle of joy and Melissa knows how to make your beauty shine through in parent portraits, even when you are a bit tired as a new mom. 

Melissa's studio is custom and upscale, with a wide variety of backdrop and prop options that you just can't get when a photographer comes to your home. Melissa encourages parents to select their favorite backdrops and builds upon those selections to create a set that is cohesive in color and texture.

In addition to being a Kansas City newborn photographer, Melissa provides maternity, baby child, and family photography. Studio and on-location sessions are also available for the Kansas City metro area, as well as the Lees Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Lenexa, North Kansas City and Liberty areas.


Because they are only little for a little while

As a mother and Kansas City newborn photographer, Melissa feels that baby's first year of life is one that merits to be documented with professional quality images. Not just the images you will constantly be taking on your iPhone. Images that are styled with intent and that have incredible clarity and lighting. 

As a parent, you want this first year to go by unhurriedly. Time is something we cannot contain, but Captures in Time Photography can create heirloom images to cherish so that later you recall all of those first milestones. With newborn photographer, Melissa Pfannenstiel, you will have a documented digital record of that first year for you to remember forever. This way, you can take the beautiful photographs of your tiny baby and create newborn announcements, Christmas cards, and first birthday announcements. You choose how you want to use them, whether it be printing wall prints or creating a scrapbook. Melissa specializes in providing you with captivating images of the every changing first year.

With the Tiny Toes milestone plan, the studio covers the first year: newborn, 6-month and 1-year session with cake smash. Melissa will give you images of those teeny, perfect toes and chubby, little cheeks, close-ups, pull-backs and a wide variety. You may also add a 3-month session at a discounted rate.

The studio is all about choices. When you book a session, you will receive our eight-page Backdrop Customization guide to select only the backdrops that you prefer. You can also give us some favorite colors or images of your nursery or decor and Melissa will design the session for you.

Her downtown Blue Springs studio is just 20 minutes from Kansas City and there is everything needed for newborn and baby sessions. There are vintage props and blankets, wraps, headbands, and hats galore! They are all handpicked to be the perfect size and non-distracting to the focus, which is your new, precious baby. There is no need to bring anything except yourself and your beautiful little newborn baby. In the newborn studio, there are two comfortable sitting areas. One in which parents can relax and watch the newborn photographer in action and another in a private room just for nursing. 

Our KC newborn photography studio only offers all-inclusive sessions. As a result, you don’t have to choose your favorite images because you receive EVERY ONE IN YOUR GALLERY. As a professional newborn photographer, Melissa believes you will fall in love with every image of your baby, child or family and you should have them all. Each image is hand edited individually and you will receive a personal print-release to make as many prints as you would like. Professional lab printing is also available for enlargements, canvas prints and a variety of custom options.

While all newborn sessions and Tiny Toes milestone sessions are done in her studio, Melissa also offers maternity, baby, child and family sessions outdoors and cake smash photography sessions year round.