Written by Melissa on October 27, 2009

Boys vs Girls…

This was my 4th time photographing this family, they have been with me since day one. In fact, their holiday photo from last year was one of my all time favorites.? Last year we had a bit of an urban shoot, this year we had a nice change in venue and hit the country.? When…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 26, 2009

Return Of The Baby Mohawk…

Except, he doesn’t have his mohawk anymore.? This little cutie pie was my first session of 2009 and he was sporting the best baby mohawk ever.? No longer a baby, this little guy just turned one years old.? I have to say, those big brown eyes made my job a dream.? He was completely the…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 25, 2009

Sisters….

It has been almost 2 years since I last saw little Miss V.? I first met her when I photographed her 1st birthday party.? Now, she is a big sister to little Miss “A,”? the happiest baby on earth.? Her mom wasn’t kidding when she said she was full of big smiles.? Miss “V” wanted…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 24, 2009

Pure “BLISS”…

I have had such a wonderful response to these Bliss Boxes since I introduced them, not only from my clients but from other photographers as well.? The company which printed the box as well as the designer of the borders and layouts, featured my photos on their blogs.? My email was flooded from photographers wanting…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Picking, In the Snow?

Well, almost.? We missed the snow by just a day.? I love the colors of the fall, but could pass on the feel of frost bit fingers.? Our preschool headed out for their annual pumpkin and apple picking field trip. Unfortunatly the weather was so chilly, we cut the trip a wee bit short.? My…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 18, 2009

This Is For Dad…

Some of you might recognize one of the sisters from this family shoot, she is the lovely Beth of Elizabeth Boutique in Poughkeepsie.? She booked me about 3 months ago to do this family shoot of her brothers and sister for a Christmas gift for their dad. I met her family out in Clinton Corners…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 13, 2009

Save The Tatas…

This weekend I have the honor of meeting Danielle, Chris and their two boys.?? Danielle, a young mom, loving wife and a dedicated teacher, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.? One of her oldest friends emailed me and asked if I would be willing to gift Danielle and her family with a portrait session.?? Some…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 12, 2009

Meet Me At Teddy’s House…

The holiday season has official began for Surprise Photography.? Like many of the families I will be meeting over the next couple of weeks,? they know what a busy time of year this is for me and book me anywhere from 4-12 months in advance.? Like this momma, who I originally met back in April…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 8, 2009

A Photographers Playdate…

3 kids, 2 photographers and a small town=take over.? Today, an online photography friend and I FINALLY met after a year or so of online chatting and months of trying to figure out a compatible date to meet and talk shop.? Of course with 3 kids, there is very little time to do that. ?…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 7, 2009

Highland HudsonFest, Walkway Over the Hudson…

Where you one of the 40,000 people to enjoy the Walkway Over the Hudson this weekend??? Saturday marked the Official Grand Opening Ceremonies for the Walkway opening.? I had my ticket, but unfortunately couldn’t make it, which I am kicking myself over. I did however, get to sneak over there later in the afternoon to…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 5, 2009

Kevin and Ling, Mohonk Moutain House…

You have to love a wedding, especially when it is a wedding of a dear friend.? The combination of Mohonk Mountain House, 70 degree weather, as well as a beautiful bride, only helped make the day even more wonderful.? Sunday was a very special day for my friend Kevin and his new lovely bride Ling….

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 4, 2009

The Grand Illumination of the Walkway Over the Hudson…

My family and I were among about 1,000 lucky people to be apart of the Grand Illumination event on the Walkway this past Friday.? It was truly an amazing site and I am glad to say we were apart of it.? ? Although the weather called for late night rain, there was not a drop…

Continue Reading


Written by Melissa on October 2, 2009

Highland HudsonFest…

The weekend has arrived, the Grand Opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson is here.? There will be many great events going on including the Illuminations walk this evening and the Highland HudsonFest tomorrow.? I will have a booth set up at the Highland Event, so be sure to come say hi if you are…

Continue Reading