Brandy and Art, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…


The back story to my union with this couple:  I grew up in small town Rockville, Connecticut where my mom watched kids from her home.  30 years later, my mom is on Facebook and sees her friend’s son, whom she use to sit for, is now engaged and living in Poughkeepsie.  My mom being the proud momma she is, says hey “My daughter is a wedding photographer in Poughkeepsie, give her a call.”  So 30 years after originally meeting in small town Rockvillle, we meet again in Poughkeepsie.  Not only did we once live in the same small town, he also works with my husband.  Kind of crazy huh!

For those of you who are foodies, like I am trying to be, you must check out Brandy’s blog, Nutmeg Nanny, which now has me craving no bake chocolate biscoff cookies right now. And thank you to  Crave, who will be catering Brandy and Art’s wedding, for letting us shoot in their restaurant.   Can’t wait to eat at…..errrr photography this shin-dig!

  1. Melissa: Yummmm! July 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  2. Nutmeg: Thank you so much for sharing this! We had such a great time at the engagement shoot and cannot wait for the wedding! We will have such a great time eating...I mean taking pictures :) July 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

The Story of Matthew, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…


I was so excited when this couple contacted me about photographing their maternity/newborn session. I have known them through  friends for quite a few years and we share a mutual love, Hawaii.  You couldn’t ask to work with a sweeter couple.  Laura has a contagious smile and laugh that just makes you happy.  Almost as happy as shooting by Corisno Cakes which was kind enough to open for us to score some cupcakes!


Cristina and Robert, Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer…


Their engagement shoot was a trip but at the same time one of my favorites of all time, it isn’t too often I get to hang in Central Park.  Now, a year later here we are again and it’s their wedding day.  It really makes you think about how fast time flies.  I have to thank them for being awesome sports for allowing me to drag them through the streets of Hastings On Hudson and a laundromat for pictures.  This wedding also confirmed the question I always hear in meetings with potential brides, “what happens if you are sick,”  I live off of Gatorade and shoot my butt off. Congrats to Cristina and Robert for a wonderful day and to a lifetime of happiness.

There is only one happiness in life,
to love and be loved.
~ George Sands ~



  1. Ann: Absolutely stunning and gorgeous work Melissa! This couple must be beyond thrilled with these wonderful memories you captured for them!! June 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Amanda, Hudson Valley Senior Photographer…


It is not often I get the chance to photograph seniors, but this stunning young lady is the daughter of my favorite Henna lady.  Yes, I have a favorite Henna lady, Tipsy Turtle.  She also has helped out with my boy crew in the past and they just love her.  I forget sometime how fun it is work with the senior crowd and doing some minor trespassing.   No worries, no apple trees were harmed during this shoot.


Model Crew, Hudson Valley Child Photographer….


Don’t ask what has taken me so long to blog about this fabulous crew.  Mom literally booked me a year out for this session so that she could have the colors of the fall.  Normally the more children I photograph, the harder the shoot, but not this crew.  They were just amazingly easy and so wonderful to work with.  I look forward to the chance to do it again!


  1. jessie: My favorite place! Beautiful indeed May 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm