Kansas City Newborn Baby Photographer

Families, Seniors, & HEADSHOTS

Hi there, so nice to meet you

A multi-faceted and fun-loving photographer with more than a decade of experience (it pains me to type this bio), Melissa Pfannenstiel (FAN-IN-STEEL) began as a Kansas City newborn and baby photographer in 2007. Nationally published, she captures the most joyful times in life with heirloom portraiture: from baby's first days through their teenage years. Newborns and babies are among her favorite things, but she truly adores the variety of the craft.

Melissa enjoys shooting all age groups with a fresh, natural style, and creative perspective. Her use of color for portraits of families is rich and classic, and her black and white images have dimension and depth. By the same token, Melissa captures delicate portraits of your newborn baby or child with incredible clarity and sharpness.

Melissa began photography in 2002 as a product photographer for a dot-com startup. After her first child, it turned out that people were more fun to capture than computer parts. Captures in Time Photography came to fruition in 2007 after several years of on location work. Her boutique studio is on historic Main Street in Blue Springs (aka the Mayberry of Jackson County). The studio location became a cornerstone for photography in early 2011. It is one of the longest-standing retail portrait photography studios in the eastern Kansas City area.


Known for her extreme patience and quirky, happy personality, Melissa makes photo-sessions feel like more of a play-date than a daunting task on the checklist. Kids love this and often give her a great big hug as they have seen her almost every year since they were itty-bitty and know they are in for little bit of fun.


Melissa's studio is large and modern, with a wide variety of backdrop and prop options. Melissa will ask plenty of questions to get a sense of your personal style and builds upon those answers to create a set that is cohesive in color and texture to the client's tastes.

Melissa also provides maternity, child, family, senior, business branding and headshot photography. Studio and on-location sessions are also available for the KC metro area, as well as the Lees Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Overland Park, Olathe, Independence, Leawood, Lenexa, North Kansas City, Brookside, Mission Hills and Liberty areas.





CAPTURING emotion.......... inside of the studio and out

Because they are only little for a blink of the eye

As a mom, Melissa feels that baby's first year of life is one that merits to be documented with professional quality images. Not just of your baby, but mom and dad as well. Images that are packed with emotion and that have incredible clarity and lighting.


We create the traditional images that grandma will love and go BEYOND to capture genuine moments that YOU will love, whether they happen in the studio or your home.


With our Tiny Toes Baby Plan, we have you covered for all of baby's first year portrait. It includes a newborn session, 6-7 month session and 1-year session with a cake smash. Each session will have variety: teeny toes and chubby cheeks, close-ups as well as images with lots of airy space that work so amazingly in a canvas on your walls. Best of all, you can come to the studio, or I can come to you!


The downtown Blue Springs studio is just 20 minutes from downtown 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. Melissa also offers lifestyle, in-home sessions if you would like her to come to you.


When you book a session, you will receive a questionnaire so that Melissa can get a sense of your style, likes, and dislikes. From there, she will personally style your session and give you feedback while asking for your input so you know what to expect when you arrive for your session. Melissa guides you through the planning process every step of the way for your shoot at the studio or your home.


Melissa's newborn posing style is "baby led" and is pediatrician approved. She believes that newborns should be fully respected and works to recognize their cues when they are uncomfortable. Fully-trained in posing safety, she lets babies guide themselves into more natural poses that are most comfortable to them and that resonates in her images.


Fully licensed & insured

Captures in Time Photography
1133 W Main St.
Suite 200
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Also serving these areas of Kansas City:

Kansas City | Leawood | Mission | Lenexa | Olathe | Overland Park | Shawnee | Oak Grove | Grain Valley | Liberty | Parkville | Lee's Summit | Independence