Hi, I am Michelle Salsman.
I have the two best jobs in the world. I am the mother to three beautiful children, and I am blessed to photograph babies and children to create lifelong memories.
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After graduating from DeSales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in 2002, my husband Jay and I moved to North Carolina, where I taught ballet for 8 years. After starting our family in 2009, I began my journey into photography. What started as a hobby, quickly blossomed into a passion.
My education began with online classes where I learned the photography fundamentals of exposure, lighting, and editing techniques. I first opened my business in 2013 right in the kitchen of my very own home. I quickly outgrew the small space and have had since operated a studio in downtown New Bern for the past 8 years.
To date, I have attended three in-person newborn photography workshops, located around the United States, learning from some of the very best newborn photographers in the industry.
For over 5 years now, I have specialized in photographing infants, babies, and young children. I have now photographed over 300 newborn babies. I thank God every day for blessing me with my beautiful family, and with the gift of photographing the sweetest bundles of joy.
"We took our grandson for his newborn session with Michelle and she was absolutely wonderful! I did not expect the level of professionalism and just the sheer friendliness that she has. The studio was closed for our session and she took over and changed the baby, calmed him between shots, and even changed a poopy diaper. The way she handled him was with the utmost care and she talked to us and explained her process. Such a perfect soul to do the job she does. Five out of five stars for sure!"