Written by Melissa on May 30, 2009

Hideaway In Highland…

I can’t believe such a beautiful, peaceful place is only minutes away from my home.? I guess I haven’t lived here long enough to know all of Highland, but today I was just loving it.? This couple came up with their precious baby boy from NYC to visit this weekend and invited me over to…

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Written by Melissa on May 29, 2009

School Days…

This is was my 3rd year shooting this school’s preschool photos.? The kids are so cute and so much fun.? They have great grounds to work with including a big pirate ship!? Sorry, the use of tacky fake backgrounds will not be seen here :)? If you are interested in me shooting your preschool next…

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Written by Melissa on May 28, 2009

Dinos…

One of my sons favorite movies in the world is “Night at the Museum.”? All of his favorite “African Animals” and of course “REXY” appear in this movie.? So before the opening of “Night of the Museum 2,” we decided to take trip to NYC to the American Museum of Natural History so Brayden can…

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Written by Melissa on May 27, 2009

Photographers Heaven…

The location I shot at last Saturday was a pure dream for any photographer.? I seriously went into creative overload.?? Normally I don’t like to shoot at any location more than a couple of times, just because I get bored, but I think I could do 10 shoots at this house and never use the…

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Written by Melissa on May 26, 2009

Eric and Erica…

Last weekend we had the privilege attending Eric and Erica’s wedding at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.? It started off a little gray, but the weather held out and they had a beautiful outdoor ceremony.? The Surprise Family would like to wish nothing but the best to you two and we can’t wait for…

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Written by Melissa on May 25, 2009

Return of Red-headed “J” Man…

Last weekend I got to hang with an old friend of mine.? You might recognize him as my little yogi on my website as well as one of my featured photos when I was on display at Barnes and Noble.?? “J” man has an awesome spirit and lots of energy 🙂 I also got the…

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Written by Melissa on May 22, 2009

Let’s Give This A Shot…

Ok, first blog post after the hacker fiasco. Lets see if we got this working.? Last weekend I got to meet with some of my favorite people.? They have been clients of mine since the very early days of “Surprise Photography.”?? Little man “S” was about 7 months old the first time I met him.?…

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Written by Melissa on May 20, 2009

Up and Running…

I want to thank everyone for being patient with me over the past couple of days.? Apparently hackers love me, although I do not feel the same love.??? I had some great sessions this weekend as well as pictures from a friends wedding I would love to share with you, but I just want to…

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Written by Melissa on May 15, 2009

Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House…

Just a reminder… Waddle n Swaddle will be hosting a Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House on Saturday, May 16th from 12-4pm. Meet local artisans that have products and services at Waddle n Swaddle everyday, and see their full line of products related to pregnancy, postpartum, children and family: Surprise Photography, my SIS designs, Three…

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Written by Melissa on May 11, 2009

Trip to the Island…

Bannerman Island that is.? After first seeing this island many years ago from the train heading to NYC, I have always wanted to go check it out.? So yesterday Hubby thought a little outside the box and rather than a typical Mother’s Day dinner out, we took the Bannerman Island walking tour.?? Of course, what…

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Written by Melissa on May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day…

“A mother holds her children?s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be!


Written by Melissa on May 9, 2009

Field of Dreams…

With the weather being really funky today, I was very nervous that we were going to have to postpone our session.? Luckily we ran with it, and it truly was a dream session.?? Not only was the? family great, but they brought me to a fantastic location.?? We even got “Mini” in on the action….

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Written by Melissa on May 7, 2009

Attention Hot Mammas…

Ok all you? Hot Mammas and friends, all photos have been posted online. If you did not get an email from me with the PDF of info, please drop me an email at melissa@surprisephotography.com.? Thank you again for being apart of such a great event.? I have to give a couple more shout outs to…

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Written by Melissa on May 4, 2009

Raise the Roof…

This past weekend we headed home to Springfield to celebrate Tutu’s 80th birthday party.? Tutu is my hubby’s grandma, who doesn’t look a day over 60. Must be that Hawaiian blood.? My father-n-law is one of 11 kids, yes I said 11!?? Although not everyone was able to make the party, this was the largest…

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Written by Melissa on May 1, 2009

Trunk Show…

Waddle n Swaddle will be hosting a Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House on Saturday, May 16th from 12-4pm. Meet local artisans that have products and services at Waddle n Swaddle everyday, and see their full line of products related to pregnancy, postpartum, children and family: Surprise Photography, my SIS designs, Three Sisters Herbals, Tickety…

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Written by Melissa on May 1, 2009

Momtrepreneur Of The Month…

I am a HUGE fan of our next Momtrepreneur of the month, meet Kathy Preston of Gnorasaurus.? All of us in the Surprise house pimp Gnorasaurus wear.? In fact, I had matching shirts made for hubby and the boys last year for hubby’s birthday.? So cute!? This year, Kathy and I teamed up for my…

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Written by Melissa on May 1, 2009

Recession Chic…

Last night my girls and I headed over to Bella Luci Salon in Poughkeepsie for the Recession Chic-A Runway For Breast Cancer event, co hosted with Beth Madsen of Elizabeth Boutique.?? There was a fantastic turnout and a great fashion show.?? The fashion show included 7 looks, all shown with day and night accessories and…

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