Photographer Melissa Sheed's extensive portfolio of newborn and maternity photography features the tiniest — and most angelic — of models. Sheed uses the gorgeous natural scenery of Perth, Australia, along with her natural-light studio to create artistic compositions that highlight each family's newest addition. With imaginative props and a keen creative eye, Sheed showcases each little one's personality.

1. The Thinker

Newborn baby held in mother's hands All photos: Used with permission by Melissa Sheed

2. The Cowgirl

Newborn baby sleeping on a saddle near a horse Photo: Melissa Sheed

3. The Sweet Dreamer

Newborn baby smiling in sleep in a basket Photo: Melissa Sheed

4. Surprised!

Surprised newborn baby Photo: Melissa Sheed

5. Pretty in Pink

Newborn girl in pink Photo: Melissa Sheed

6. Little Princess

Newborn baby in a basket, with princess tiara Photo: Melissa Sheed

7. Stork's Gift

baby in a stork sling Photo: Melissa Sheed

8. Soft as a Feather

Cozy newborn baby on a feathery blanket Photo: Melissa Sheed

9. Beach Baby

Baby at the beach during sunset Photo: Melissa Sheed

10 & 11. The Twins

Twin newborns Photo: Melissa Sheed

Twin newborn feet Photo: Melissa Sheed

12. Basket Napper

Newborn baby in a basket at the beach Photo: Melissa Sheed

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