Written by Melissa on January 1, 2017

Best of Surprise Photography 2016

Happy 2017!!! Every year I like to take a look back at all my sessions and select my personal favorites to be included in the Best of Surprise Photography 2016.  These images have been selected to win a 16×20 Gallery Wrap Canvas, a gift from me, for getting the most likes on my Facebook page….

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Written by Melissa on October 6, 2015

Mud Party, Hudson Valley Family Photographer

I have been the Williams family photographer for many years now, you might recall the epic photo I took at their maternity session, which is featured on my main page of my site. But when Mom told me about the idea of  photographing the whole family in a big mud puddle, I was geeked.  As a…

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Written by Melissa on August 30, 2015

Turning One, Hudson Valley Children’s Portrait Photographer

I have a hard time looking at my kids and realizing how fast they are growing up.  I get that same feeling when I watch my newborns come back for their one year shoot.  I had the joy of first meeting this young lady when she was in her mommy’s tummy.  Here newborn shoot was one…

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Written by Melissa on August 17, 2015

Owens Dude Crew, Hudson Valley Photographer

I was a little mopey at the end of this session. I’ve been photographing this dude crew for years and now they are moving away 🙁  Hopefully mommy will be willing to come back to the Hudson Valley every now and then for a playdate with me.  


Written by Melissa on June 9, 2015

Milestone Mini Session, Turning One In Style…

This little porcelain doll was in late last year for her her first Christmas mini session, now she is back to celebrate the one year milestone.  The weather was too bad to venture out, but she didn’t disappoint in the studio, she was full of smiles.   I hope you had the most fantastic 1st birthday…

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Written by Melissa on April 17, 2015

Milestone Mini Session, Hudson Valley Baby Photographer

Hudson Valley Baby Photographer –  This week I had a visit in the studio with one my previous newborns.  The last time we had a visit was for her first Christmas pictures, today I get a peek at how she has grown since then.   Isn’t her skin as soft as a porcelain doll?  I can’t wait to see…

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Written by Melissa on April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday, Fall Family Portraits in The Gunks

Doing a throwing back this Thursday to a twilight session that that produced some of my favorite fall family portraits of 2014.   These are some of the sweetest girls I know and it was such a special time we had together for this mother/daughters shoot.  Our session included a lot of dancing, posing, more…

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Written by Melissa on April 6, 2015

Voted Best Hair, Six Month Mini Session

If there were a category for “BEST HAIR” among my children portrait clients, this little guy would probably be on top.   Perhaps he could front for a baby band.  It’s always wonderful to have my newborns come in for a milestone mini session.  I love watching them grow.


Written by Melissa on February 10, 2015

Hudson Valley Family Photographer, Outdoor Family Portrait Photography

I’m so excited to finally have this family session up on the blog. To say this was one of my most favorite outdoor family portrait sessions of the year, is an understatement.  The kids rocked it, the parents rocked it, the location was one of my favorites and the lighting was perfect.  The last time…

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Written by Melissa on February 9, 2015

The Owens Family, Hudson Valley Family Portrait Photographer

The Owens family is one of my favorites, and I’ve had the pleasure to watch the grown before my eyes.  Once again ,they joined me for my holiday family portrait mini sessions as they have in the previous years.  Anyone who has dealt with a handful of boys, knows that they can be a tad bit…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2015

The Schmitt Girls, Hudson Valley Children’s Portrait Photographer

You might recognize this two from baby E’s newborn shoot this past summer.  These sisters scored the best sky of night during their holiday portrait session a the tree farm.  The golden hour didn’t let us down and gave us a beautiful yellow glow that highlighted these girls dainty smiles. And their outfits, don’t get me started on…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2015

The Serroukas Crew, Hudson Valley Family Portrait Photographer…

Every year around the holidays I invite my returning clients to participate in exclusive holiday family portrait sessions. This year Baker Brothers  opened up their doors and welcomed us to shoot on their lovely tree farm.   The Serroukas family has been with me for many years now and I have watched them go through so…

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Written by Melissa on September 8, 2014

Baby Finn, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

The first thing this mommy of 3 said to me when she found out she was expecting again was, I want to shoot outside.  So for months our number one goal was do the newborn shoot outside.  Wouldn’t you know that day it started to sprinkle as soon as they all arrived to the studio. …

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Written by Melissa on September 5, 2014

Hanging Out With Miss “A,” Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

I had such a fun evening with this family a couple months back.  Miss “A” is a friend of my son, so I knew she had a personality that matched her smile.  There was an abundance of laughs and giggles, making it ever to easy to photograph her and her family.


Written by Melissa on August 1, 2014

Loving the MacMillan Family, Hudson Valley Family Photographer….

Colleen and her kids joined me a couple months back for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions.  Its always an honor to photography any family, however when another photographer hires you, that is an extra special complement.  And as you can see, our shoot was full of fun vintage cameras that mommy brought along with her. …

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Written by Melissa on July 15, 2014

Newborn Baby “E,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

I’m always delighted when former newborn clients come back to have me photograph their newest family addition.  Baby “E” was  beyond a dream and was content just sleeping the whole time, which makes the session ultra smooth.  When it came down to baby taking a break, it was big sisters turn.   I know mommy…

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Written by Melissa on July 9, 2014

Now Offering, Milestone Mini Sessions…

I’m trying something new, Milestones Mini Sessions.  These mini sessions are ideal to capture those important moments within the first year of your little one’s life.  Milestones Minis are specifically for the age range of 6-12 months.  I do also encourage mommies who are looking for breastfeeding portraits, to contact me as well. Mini sessions…

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Written by Melissa on July 8, 2014

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions, Kelly’s Little Man….

This sweet little boy was one of  my newborns last winter.  This handsome little man came to visit me with his momma for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions.  I love seeing how grown up my babies are.



Written by Melissa on June 11, 2014

The Fischer Family, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

I love my yearly visit with the Fischer family.  If you have followed me over the past couple of years, you will remember I have photographed Scott and Margret’s wedding.  Now here we are, 2 kids later hanging out with the trees.  I love that my wedding couples grow with me, and I can’t get…

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Written by Melissa on June 11, 2014

Little Miss “A,” Hudson Valley Children Portrait Photographer

A month ago I had the joy of hanging out with this little sweet thing.  Although 2 years ago at this time the weather would have been more ideal, the way Mother Nature is working this year, it was more like a late fall day.  But little miss was perfect, not one little complaint through…

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Written by Melissa on April 8, 2014

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions, Hudson Valley Portrait Photographer

Mother’s Day Mini sessions are a long time tradition with Surprise Photography.  Sessions are open to Mom and kids of any age. Grandmothers are welcome to participate as well. If you have a group larger than 5, please let me know, you may require and extra time slot. Your session fee will be collected at…

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Written by Melissa on April 5, 2014

Sneak Peek, Hudson Valley Family Photographer

Feels soooooo good to be outside again.  The winter  chill is getting farther away and the green is starting to return.  Thank you again to the Fisher family for being the most fanatic clients.  It’s a joy to watch your family grow.


Written by Melissa on April 2, 2014

Nursery Tales, Hudson Valley Child Photographer

Time, love and energy all go into preparing the perfect nursery for our little ones.  Nursery Tales tells the story of your baby and their space.  Sharing giggles, smiles and fun it’s all about catching the moments a baby has in their own little space. Nursery Tale sessions are ideal for children 6-11 months old…

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Written by Melissa on March 18, 2014

Easter Mini Session, Hudson Valley Children Portrait Photographer

For the first time, I will be offering Easter Mini Sessions at the studio.  I’m excited about this and I’ve been putting together a pretty cute studio set up. I’ll have two dates available, with 20 minute mini sessions booking every half hour.  There are 3 collections to choice from with additional products available a…

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Written by Melissa on February 26, 2014

Family Trip to The Farm, Hudson Valley Family Photographer

Once a year I invite clients who have done full sessions with me, to participate in Holiday Mini Sessions.  This mini session couldn’t have gone any more perfect.  The kids were great, the family shot came out perfect and the kids fell naturally into position for their group shot, no instruction needed.  The kid crew…

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Written by Melissa on January 23, 2014

Throw Back Thursday, Hudson Valley Children Photographer

Lifestyle sessions are one of my favorite type of sessions.  Done right in the comfort of ones home.  It may be COLD outside, but home sessions are nice and cozy.  This photos was photographed back in 2011.  How bout those blues on that adorable red head.


Written by Melissa on January 21, 2014

Sister Crew, Hudson Valley Family Photographer

  Last summer I got to spend time with friend and fellow photographer Syndi Acampora and her family.  It was such a fun change of pace running around with 3 girls vs my 3 boys.  It was by far one of my most favorite shoots of the year and the girls were just a dream…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2014

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture, Hudson Valley Photographer

Shake it, Shake it, Shake it like a Polaroid picture!!  New blogsite = new giveaway!!!! I’m giving away a polaorid camera because they area awesome.  And since everyone hates Mondays, I’m going to make it a little happier by running this contest from Friday till Monday night. Have fun and share on!!   a Rafflecopter…

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Written by Melissa on January 15, 2014

ALL NEW BLOGSITE!!!

Welcome to the new and improved Surpirse Photography Blogsite. It has been a LONG time in the making and our rebranding process has finally hit the finish line! I have a backlog of client sessions and weddings to post and share. I thank you for stopping by and please be sure to check back for…

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Written by Melissa on November 22, 2013

FLASH SALE!!

Deck your walls lots of canvas, Fa la la la la la la la la Be sure to get in on this flash sale, PERFECT for the holidays.  Sale ends tomorrow at 11:59pm.  Pre-purchase your 20×30 gallery wrap and you have till December 31st to place your order.  Click on the photo to link to…

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Written by Melissa on July 31, 2013

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions…

  This day only comes once a year and yet it again it sold out in record time.  Mom’s always tend to put themselves on the back burner when it comes to taking picture however, in these sessions its a must that mom participates.  Every now and then we get a grandma too.  This year…

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Written by Melissa on March 16, 2013

Featured, Design Aglow…

  What an exciting morning to wake up and see our new marketing material featured on the Design Aglow blog.  I have been using their design materials for yeas and excited to see they like what we have done to make their product work for us.  This piece is for my “Welcoming Me” collection, my…

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Written by Melissa on February 24, 2013

Holiday Mini Sessions, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  Yes, the holidays  are well over however I wanted t share some mini session outtakes from some of my fabulous clients.  Holiday mini sessions are not announced, they are an invite only event for my clients who book full sessions from January thru August.  This was my 2nd year doing VIP mini sessions and…

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Written by Melissa on February 4, 2013

3,000 Fan Celebration Giveaway!!

  I am so grateful for the love and support we have received on our Facebook Fan Page.  We have reached a milestone of 3,000 fans and want to celebrate by giving something back.  One lucky winner will be drawn at random to win this fabulous 8×10 Organic Bloom frame.  All you have to do…

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Written by Melissa on February 4, 2013

Time Goes By Too Fast, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Seeing this little guy as he celebrates his first birthday makes you realize time slips by too quickly and we need to enjoy each and every moment with our little ones. I orgianlly met this couple a few years ago when I photographed their wedding, and now just a few short months I will…

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Written by Melissa on January 24, 2013

My Favorite People, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  This family is amongst some of my favorite people ever, yes ever.   To know them is to love them.  In fact, I think it is against human nature not to love them.  I have been photographing this family since my day one.  Spencer was 7 months old the first time I laid eyes on…

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Written by Melissa on January 23, 2013

All American Family, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  Many photographers see a particular family and are like, ” I would just love to camera on that family.” For me,  this is “that” family.  I have been waiting for years to get my camera and finally, the session came.  And I couldn’t have been happier with my day.  Big sis was a ball…

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Written by Melissa on January 22, 2013

Garden Baby, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  I’m freezing today but looking back at this newborn shoot make me warm, fuzzy and longing for the spring.  Mommy is  a landscape designer and owns Bloom Landscaping, so I had FUN photographing in their beautiful yard.


Written by Melissa on January 15, 2013

Lady In Red, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  This was my first time photographing this little sweetie and it was a pure dream.  I had a wonderful morning with this family in one of my favorite towns, Rhinebeck, playing in the leaves.  I’m also excited to see the wall display we put together so hopefully I will get pictures of that soon!…

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Written by Melissa on January 15, 2013

Couch In The Yard, Oh Sure, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  I love photographing this family, I look forward to it every year. This year I thought let’s try something different, “mind if we drag a couch to the back field” I asked.  “Oh sure,” they said.    I figure Momma and I are both crossfitters, we could handle the task, but the gents at the…

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Written by Melissa on January 13, 2013

Farewell…

  This has been a very difficult year for some of my dearest friends.  For the last 14 months my friend and neighbor Andrew has been battling non hodgkins lymphoma and on January 4th, 2013 we lost him to this terrible disease.  My heart is completely broken for my friend Linda and her boys.  We…

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Written by Melissa on January 3, 2013

2012 Year In Review, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  Each year I take a look back at all some of my favorite images from each session throughout the year. Take a seat, sit back and enjoy!  (Be sure to switch quality to highest available)    


Written by Melissa on December 3, 2012

BIG BIG NEWS!!!! Hudson Valley Children Photographer,

Some might expect for me to say that I am expecting, but for those who know me know better LOL.  So whats the “BIG NEW?” …..I am opening a studio!  I have been working on this for the past couple months and I can finally let the cat out of the bag.  I have taken…

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Written by Melissa on November 8, 2012

Going for Four, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer

  I was so excited to find out this momma of 3 beautiful girls was expecting again. I photographed her when she was pregnant with her 3rd daughter. So, are we going for 4 girls, or will she finally get that boy??



Written by Melissa on October 18, 2012

Size Matters, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  When it comes to proofing sessions, my clients find the ability to see their portraits at various sizes, a key to finding the perfect way to display their custom art in their home.  Being that many are use to 4×6 prints, the thought of a 8×10 on their wall seems like a poster, in…

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Written by Melissa on October 8, 2012

Baby Shower Cards, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  I am so excited to launch this new goody for my expecting mommas!  Book your Welcoming Me or newborn session with Surprise Photography and we will hook you up with these cards for your baby shower invites.  Let your guests know that you value the gift of custom baby portraiture and that Gift Certificate…

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Written by Melissa on September 18, 2012

Mother’s Day Mini, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  Only once a year do I offer mini sessions and that is for Mother’s Day.  A portion of the proceeds are normally donated to a large charity, however this year after several charity scandals, it brought to light where the donated money was going.  So this year I decided to keep it local and…

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Written by Melissa on September 18, 2012

In Bloom, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  There are only a couple weeks a year we get to enjoy the beautiful white flowers  that bloom on the campus of Vassar College, so when they do you have to run at the change to shoot there.  This is my 2nd go around with this family.  The first shoot was a surprise for…

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Written by Melissa on September 18, 2012

Cousins/Sisters, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  Recently I was invited to join two sisters and their minis for a morning in the garden. Being that these cousins live on opposite ends of the coast from one another, it was a special treat to watch these two dolls play together.  Needless to say, the camera loved them and they loved the…

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Written by Melissa on September 17, 2012

At Home With Baby “M,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  I pretty much offered mommy a job on the spot.  Baby “M” was pretty awake and she wanted a shot of baby in the bucket, not an easy to do with an awake baby. She tells me,  “give me a couple minutes.”  Within 5 minutes that baby was out!  Pretty impressive baby sleeping skills. …

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Written by Melissa on September 17, 2012

And Baby Makes Three, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  I had the joy of once again teaming up with this beautiful family to document the welcoming of their new baby boy.   When mommy mentioned shooting at the CIA I thought, yeah I can convince the pregnant lady to go get fresh cupcakes with me.  I was so excited to finally get to the…

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Written by Melissa on August 23, 2012

2 Years Young, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  A month off the blog, holy wow!  I use to hear and read all the time that if you weren’t blogging, that means you weren’t busy.  HA!!!  Between my family and work, blogging has unfortunately hit the back burner.   In a quick share, he is my man little man Clinton.  He blessed our family…

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Written by Melissa on July 19, 2012

All Boys, Hudson Valley Newborn-Child Photographer…

  I recently got to hang with this family in their beautiful farm home, and have a playdate with their sweet little boys.  Hanging with blue eyed little boys, sounds like my house.  


Written by Melissa on May 11, 2012

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…

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Written by Melissa on April 27, 2012

Looking Back, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Peeking back to one of my favorite families from 2011.  My first session with them just over the top amazing, I was questioning how I was going to top it.  Lucky for me I had 5 camera ready kids and  an super stylish mom to help me bang out another rockin session.


Written by Melissa on April 3, 2012

San Diego, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  So I just got back from a trip to San Diego.  My mission, the Baby as Art workshop. I figure if I am going to study working with newborns, then I will work with the best in the biz.  Baby as Art has even photographed celebrities such as Pink and Ziggy Marley, pretty sweet…

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Written by Melissa on March 22, 2012

Best Of The Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

The “Best of” always features the most fabulous types of food, drink and shopping in the Vally.  However, the arts are very under represented on the ballot. This year I am really pushing to get more artists recognized fortheir contribution to the Valley.   Although there is no official ballot option, there is a “Fill in…

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Written by Melissa on March 22, 2012

Twilight, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  This family was not only one of the easiest to shoot, but also one of the funnest.   Some of you foodies in the area might recognize Ed and his lovely wife.   Ed is the owner and chef at Lola’s Cafe and my favorite restaurant in the Hudson Valley, Crave.   Now I am hungry.   …

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Written by Melissa on March 8, 2012

And Baby Makes 3, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  When my friend Kara found out she was pregnant with baby 3, she not only told me via instant message, but she also booked me on the spot.  I was not only thrilled with the honor, but overwhelmed with happiness for her and her family.  I have known Kara for a long time and…

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Written by Melissa on January 4, 2012

Rock Star, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Yes, I am just showing off my kid. A  lot of us in the photo industry find that we get so lost in our work, we forget to focus our camera on what is important, our kiddies!  I am just hours from leaving my kids for a long 4 day workshop, and I have…

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Written by Melissa on December 11, 2011

Hello My Friends, Connecticut Family Photographer

  I can not get enough of this family! I have been photographing them for a couple years now.  Momma and I go back to the college days, so it has been such a joy to watch her family grow.


Written by Melissa on December 8, 2011

VIP Holiday Mini Sessions, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  I only do mini sessions once a year and offer them to the general public, but I wanted to do a little something special for this holiday season.  I understand how quickly our kiddies grow by the time holiday cards roll around, so for the first time I offered VIP mini sessions to a…

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Written by Melissa on December 8, 2011

Storm King, Orange County Family Photographer…

  If you ever drive south on 87 from 84, then you must have driven by Storm King Art Center, just off the thruway.  For years I have been dying to visit this place and finally did on a wonderful fall afternoon.  Although the sky was close to black at some points, we made it…

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Written by Melissa on September 26, 2011

Friend of A Friend, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  I met this family through the referral of a mutual friend.  I have been photographing a couple of mom’s friends for years, and finally she has joined the SP club!  An afternoon with a couple of brothers, that is something I can handle.  I have to give the boys a lot of credit, we…

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Written by Melissa on September 25, 2011

Hello Again, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  I absolutely love it when my clients bring back my newborns so I can see how they have grown up.  Whether it is one or two years later, it is such a joy to watch them grow.  This little sweetie kept me on the move and even put on a little piano show.  If…

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Written by Melissa on September 18, 2011

Tree Hugger, Orange County Newborn Photographer…

  The weather was perfect this afternoon when we photographed this sweet little boy.   We drew a bit of  a crowd while outside getting little Mr. comfy on the fur.  Apparently it isn’t everyday you see a baby on a tree stump  LOL!  


Written by Melissa on September 11, 2011

Bridal Baby, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  Yes, my first post wedding baby!!!   When I photographed this couples wedding, I was 8 months pregnant with Clinton.  Now here we are, and rolls are reversed.  And anyone who knows this couple, knows they will ROCK parenthood and I am sure baby will be a really cute one.  We will see very soon! …

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Written by Melissa on September 11, 2011

Love These Kids, Dutchess County Children Photographer…

  This isn’t my first run with this crew.  We have a history that goes way back.  But the last time was when little man was born, and that was the day I discovered the Knapp Sack.  We were able to dodge a rain storm that day, of course when didn’t it rain in August?…

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Written by Melissa on September 7, 2011

Return of My Favorite Redhead, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  So yes, major set backs over here thanks to Miss Irene and the stealing of my power for WAY too long.  I am defiantly not a contestant for SURVIVOR.  I can’t even deal with having no access to the outside world or the internet. Yes, I love my modern technology. A couple weeks ago,…

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Written by Melissa on August 22, 2011

My Baby Boy, 1 Today!!

  My mommy emotions are on a crazy roller coaster ride today, full of laughs and tears.  My baby boy is no longer a baby, today he turns one.  His first year has been nothing but complete joy.  He is just one happy little man who draws attention everywhere we go.  His brothers are overly…

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Written by Melissa on August 18, 2011

Familiar Face, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  This little sweetie is no stranger to my camera, this is our 3rd go around and it never gets old.  Her fun and spunky attitude makes her a dream to photograph. This time around we got some additional play time with Mommy and Daddy.    


Written by Melissa on August 1, 2011

Blue Skies, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  One couldn’t have asked for a nicer day or a bluer skies when I recently met up with this family of four, down in Beacon. We met up at a dock that just recently reopened after renovations. What a beautiful look at the Hudson River and a great place to just enjoy the summer…

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Written by Melissa on July 27, 2011

2 Years Later, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  The return of one of my favorite families.  If you know them, you know they are just too kind and sweet for words.  I had a wonderful afternoon with them this time of year, 2 years ago.  Now we meet again with a sweet baby girl added to the mix.  I had a great…

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Written by Melissa on July 20, 2011

Boys Will Be Boys, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  I recently met this mom through a group of friends we both hang with and she had mentioned how she would love to have me photograph her two boys.  If there is anything I know, brothers!  I get plenty of training at home.  I have to thank Mom and Dad for letting me drag…

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Written by Melissa on July 19, 2011

Staatsburgh Farm, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Recently I met up with this brother and sister duo on a private far out in Staatsburgh, NY. We shot on a beautiful piece of property owned by a 92 year old woman, who is still out everyday caring for her gardens and riding her horses.  I look at these two kids and wished…

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Written by Melissa on July 7, 2011

Back To The Orchard, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  I am finally back from vacation and back on the blog.  Since I last blogged,  T-ball and school came to an end and my family just got back from vacation. The time to blog was just not there.  Now that we are back, I am  playing the catch up game. Before I left, I…

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Written by Melissa on June 23, 2011

Flowers At Mohonk, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  I feel like I have been waiting forever for this session to come.  I originally met this family last fall at a wedding I photographed in Cornwall.  Mommy and daughter served in the wedding party. One of my favorite photos, of that day was of all the flower girls, including this sweetie, running circle…

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Written by Melissa on June 19, 2011

California Baby, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Last week I was lucky to spend a morning with this fiery red head and his parents.  They are  here from sunny California, visiting family.  And it just so happened that the day of our shoot was his first birthday!!   Happy Birthday cool little dude and thank you for sharing part of your day…

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Written by Melissa on June 14, 2011

Girl Of Summer, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  This past week I got to spend a nice hot morning with this sweet little thing.  The first time I met mommy was about 15 months ago at the Live Love Learn fundraiser, when this doll was still in her mommy’s tummy.   Today we  all got to hang out, play some music, and scoot…

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Written by Melissa on June 9, 2011

Long Awaited For, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  This is the final stop in our welcoming journey for this sweet baby girl.  Mommy and Daddy have been waiting so long for this moment and it is finally here.  Although she feels her mommy and daddy’s love, I hope one day she has a clear understanding of what they went through to have…

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Written by Melissa on May 31, 2011

Growing Before My Eyes, Hudson Valley Children’s Photographer

  This is my fourth time photographing this family.  Our journey started when little Miss “A” was a newborn and our last meeting  being a year ago when Mr “C” was born.  For those of you who have been to my studio, you might recognize little miss “A” who is featured in one my larger…

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Written by Melissa on May 26, 2011

All Boys, Hudson Valley Children’s Photographer…

  Meet a dear friend of mine, who is also the mom of 3 boys  including a set of twins!  We originally met over 5 years ago when our oldest children were babies and we did a mommy and me yoga class together.  She is my go to person when I need a “Mommy’s Night…

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Written by Melissa on April 28, 2011

Beacon Maternity, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  Last week I got to meet with this beautiful family who is expecting their 2nd baby in the next couple of weeks.  Daddy had contacted me about a surprise gift for his wife, so they can document the welcoming of their son into their family.  When I showed up the shoot, I looked at…

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Written by Melissa on April 12, 2011

The Knapp Family, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

  Meet the Knapp Family.  You might recognize the name from previous posts on my blog.  Momma Knapp is the creator of the famous Knapp Sack.  I spent a sunny Saturday morning with her and her family at a beautiful historic site in Columbia County.  It is a location I have been eying but haven’t…

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Written by Melissa on April 7, 2011

Love The Name, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

  Why do I say that, because this little sweetie pie shares the same name as one of my precious little, crazy boys.  You might recognize this family, they have been on my blog many of times.   I have been so lucky to watch them grow before my very eyes. This past weekend I got…

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Written by Melissa on April 4, 2011

Spring Is Here, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Mother Nature welcomed the first day of April with some snow.  I am sure you are all over snow just as much as I am, so a sunny Saturday was welcomed with open arms.  This was my first shoot of the “Spring” season and this little guy was just awesome.  We did his 2nd…

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Written by Melissa on March 6, 2011

Baby Buns, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  This session was so worth the wait.  We were originally suppose to meet in October of last year but had to reschedule due to a family obligation.  Our next two dates were also postponed due to life and sickness.  Finally, we got to spend a nice Sunday morning together.  And who said clothes make…

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Written by Melissa on March 2, 2011

The Girl and The Barn, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  I have been loving my sessions the past couple weeks, I have been heading to Millbrook, NY where there are endless farms and lots of new inspiration.  I had the joy of photographing  this sweet little blue eyed beauty at her family friends home, which I would like to vacation in.  When walking into…

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Written by Melissa on February 24, 2011

Family Farm, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

I think I need to change my title to “Official Farm Photographer of the Hudson Valley.”  I have shot on several farms over the past couple of months and I am so not complaining, in fact I want more!  This day, like many others started of chilly, but it was completely doable to pull off…

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Written by Melissa on February 21, 2011

Mr. Clinton, Hudson Valley Baby Photographer…

It has been a while since I have blogged about my family, so I thought I would give you an update on baby Clinton. He is now 6 months old and growing like a little weed.  He is happy and as cute as can be, although he could sleep a little longer during the night…

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Written by Melissa on February 11, 2011

Lucky & Sister, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

You might recall earlier this year when I posted about Lucky the dog and his humans.  We met for a maternity session down on Main  in Beacon on a nice snowy day.  Weeks have gone by,  baby is now here and Lucky has a baby sister of the human kind.  She busted out some great…

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Written by Melissa on January 27, 2011

Love Me A Redhead, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

How can you not adore a redhead.  Mommy came to me when this little sweetie was first born to do her newborn photos, but unfortunately I was about to give birth any minute to Clinton so I had to turn her down.   Lucky for me, rather than go to someone else, she waited.  What an…

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Written by Melissa on January 11, 2011

A New Baby Boy On The Ranch, Ulster County Newborn Photographer…

What a great week for me.  I got the pleasure to meet two newborns, just 24 hours old, within days of one another.  This little man joined the world just days before the new year.  I always love to see how the older siblings take in their new baby brother or sister in the hospital. …

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Written by Melissa on January 11, 2011

Hello Old Friend, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

Over the holiday vacation I got to meet with two families from out of state, one from Florida and another from Tennessee. Although I consider each one of my sessions special, my visitors from Tennessee were extra special. Richard and Caroline are old friends from back in the college days. Richard and my husband were…

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Written by Melissa on January 10, 2011

Surprise Photography, Best of 2010

Digging through my three different hard drives, I 1) can’t believe how fast this year went by and 2) feel so luck to have had such a wonderful year. Each year seems to get bigger and better, I hope this never ends. I am so lucky to have had such a wonderful group of clients…

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Written by Melissa on January 6, 2011

There’s No Snow In Florida…

A couple months ago I got a phone call from Dana, who currently lives in Florida with her family, regarding an extended family shoot during her visit home to New York.  She was excited about the idea of having snow in the photos, and she sure got her wish.  The night before our shoot, NY…

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Written by Melissa on December 31, 2010

Birthday Girl, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

I was beginning to think that this session was cursed. I am never sick and this year when I got it, I got it good.  I had to cancel my first session with this birthday girl when after a week of a high temperature, I came down with a not so nice ear infection.  I…

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Written by Melissa on December 13, 2010

Bros…

Boys will be boys: high energy, lively, playful, and a wee bit camera shy.  That is how I live my life everyday, minus the camera shy part. A couple weeks back I met with these two little dudes for  a little urban fun.  We had a couple touches of snow before we met, but it…

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Written by Melissa on December 1, 2010

Double Trouble, Connecticut Newborn Photographer…

I was beyond overjoyed  when I got to meet these sweet baby girls just before Thanksgiving.  These precious girls are the daughters of a friend of mine from way back in the college days.  This is my 3rd time photographing this family and of course, it is always a charm, even though they are Yankee…

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Written by Melissa on November 23, 2010

West Point, Orange County Family Photographer…

Last week I had the privilege of not only meeting this very smart little boy and his parents, but visiting  the West Point Campus as well.  I shot here a month ago with a wedding, but I really didn’t get to take the time to really take it all in. When you come on to…

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Written by Melissa on November 22, 2010

Little Peanut…

I was beginning to think this shoot was never going to happen.  Our original session date got rained out, our 2nd date, rained out. On our third date, the skies were beyond blue, but the wind was so fierce we had to end early.  On our fourth date, it started to sprinkle as I pulled…

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Written by Melissa on November 21, 2010

Return of Curly Sue…

This is the 3rd time I have photographed this super sweetie.  For those of you who have been to my studio lately, might recognize her from one of my studio samples.  One thing is a little bit different this time around, the curls are gone.  Sadly, she outgrew them. Not that it matters, she is…

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Written by Melissa on November 9, 2010

Over the River and Through The Woods…

This past weekend I met up with this beautiful family of four on the grounds of their family estate.   The grounds were just gorgeous, there was no questioning why mom and dad got married there 5 years ago.  Sometimes when at such a beautiful location, a photographers mind can go into creative overload.  You want…

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Written by Melissa on November 6, 2010

Kieran…

Today my baby turns 3 years old.  He is the craziest and funniest little dude I know.  He is he life of the party and Mr. Adventure.  How we have not been to the emegency room yet, is beyond me. I love you little man, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!


Written by Melissa on November 4, 2010

Sistas…

Back to one of my favorite little towns to meet two beautiful sisters.  There was more a chill in the air with this trip, so yes, Cold Spring was cold.  Although the temperature was a bit low, the energy in these girls was high.  They were ready for some camera action and really hammed it…

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Written by Melissa on November 2, 2010

My Little Pear…

The leaves are beginning to drop to the ground, but luckily we were still able to capture the beauty of fall this weekend when I met up with little “D” and his family.  Normally we end shoots with a snack break, but we began this one with a pear break.  A lot of parents like…

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Written by Melissa on October 31, 2010

Weekend of “Classics” Continues…

My second “Classic” shoot was with one of my favorite families that I have been photographing for 4 years.  I can remember the first phone call I had with mommy back before we did our first shoot.  We were both new mommies and having to deal with having to go back to work and leaving…

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Written by Melissa on October 29, 2010

Classic Weekend…

Last weekend was the weekend of “Classics.”  Both families I photographed, have been with me for the past several years.  This little sweetie was one of my very first sessions after my son Kieran was born and I have seen her every year after that.  Now that I think about it, I might have to…

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Written by Melissa on October 23, 2010

We Meet Just In Time…

Mommy and I were playing phone and email tag just before this sweet thing was born.  Finally, we had human communication just after little “L.B” came into this world.  Although my weeks during this time of year are beyond hectic, I cannot resist newborn and I was excited to get her in within my 12…

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Written by Melissa on October 18, 2010

My Secret Barn…

I can’t claim finding this location since one of my previous clients brought me here, but I will not release its location.  It is a small, sweet little spot that is well hidden and I’m not sure I want to share it with others (wink wink).   When I met here with this family, mom and…

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Written by Melissa on October 12, 2010

My Favorites Together…

Here are a few of my favorites things together in one place, Main Street Cold Spring and these two kiddies.  Many of you who follow my blog or have been to Waddle n Swaddle, probably recognize these two.  They have been on my blog I don’t know how many times and are featured in many…

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Written by Melissa on October 8, 2010

Mr. New Jersey…

Yes, I am not on top of my blog game like I normally am.  I have a great excuse, boys, boys, a side of more boys, topped of with  October,  my busiest month of the year.  With 3 kids wanting my attention, my limited time is getting stretched even more thin, forcing late nights for…

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Written by Melissa on October 7, 2010

Shhh, Don’t Tell Dad…

I do a lot of “don’t tell dad” shoots, I might have to add them to my price list.  Last weekend I met up these sweet kids and their dog at Lawerence Farms down in Newburgh. They told dad they were going to the Vet.  I do have to thank Lawrence Farms for allowing this…

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Written by Melissa on October 4, 2010

For The Holidays, Ornament Cards…

New this holiday season, ornament cards.  For those who like something a little bit different and are trying to upstage their holiday card from the year before. These cards are 5×5 round and are printed on a fine art linen paper.  Holiday sessions are fully booked, but these cards will be available as announcements, save…

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Written by Melissa on October 2, 2010

A Girl and Her Dogs…

It is truly and honor to be asked to photograph special moments and times in people’s lives.  It is even a bigger honor when they come back year after year. One of my favorites is photographing my previous newborns, for their first birthday. It is like watching my babies grow.  Last year I met this…

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Written by Melissa on September 30, 2010

Flowers on the Farm…

When I arrived at this farm last weekend, I was excited because for me it was a new, fresh spot to photograph at.  The first thing you are greeted with when you pull in, is this long beautiful field of flowers.  Over to the right, the apple picking orchards extend so far back, you can…

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Written by Melissa on September 28, 2010

Hello Baby Blues…

This has to be the perfect age to have a photo playdate with.  It isn’t just the big baby blues, though I do love them,  but the innocence , the playfulness, the desire to explore and the wonder in their eyes over something as simple as a fall leaf.   This little guy was all of…

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Written by Melissa on September 25, 2010

Mr. Peanut…

You might recognize this new mommy from her maternity shoot last week, Field Of Dreams.  Like the movie, “If you build it, he will come,” well, we shot it and he came.   Just a day after we met, I got an email and it looked as though baby boy decided it was time to…

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Written by Melissa on September 23, 2010

A Day Apart…

Just one day after giving birth to Clinton, I was in my hospital room, checking my email and was shocked to hear that one of my clients was actually right next door and just had her baby girl.  Why was I shocked, well, she was beyond early.   In fact, we were set to meet at…

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Written by Melissa on September 15, 2010

Back In Action…

This is my first weekend back shooting. I have had a lot of people tell me they were amazed I was back in it so quickly.  I do have to mention, besides one newborn, my last shoot was at the end of July.  I took the month of August off thinking I was going to…

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Written by Melissa on September 7, 2010

New Product, Image Folio…

I have been looking into some great new products to include with my product line.  I have some great samples that I am dying to show off, but first I am going to show you you this great image folio, a modern way to put your images on display.   This folio is not only…

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Written by Melissa on September 4, 2010

Baby Clinton…

Normally a newborn shoot takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on the baby.  This shoot lasted several hours over 2 days.  Lucky for me, it was my baby and the shoot was at my house.  I will admit, it wasn’t all baby.  Recovery on your body post baby always varies.  I was pregnant a lot…

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Written by Melissa on July 26, 2010

Monkey, Bear, and The Little Red Wagon…

It has been almost 2 years since I last met with this family, when little man “C” was about 6 months old.  Mommy and I have literally had this session planed for about 6 months now, and the day has finally come.  It has been been a long time in the waiting and probably only…

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Written by Melissa on July 21, 2010

Old Home Charm and Two English Setters…

This session was bitter sweet for me.  It was a great session, but also one of my last of the summer.  I not only loved this family but LOVED this families house.  It was an older home just full of character and charm.  You should have seen the size of the pocket doors!  It did…

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Written by Melissa on July 19, 2010

Little Lady Fairy…

It has been a couple of years since the last time I have seen little Miss “M.”  In fact the last time we met, I was pregnant then too.  Since I saw her last, she has shot up a foot and grew a long head of hair.  What has stayed the same  is those beautiful…

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Written by Melissa on July 12, 2010

Gone Fishing…

Many of my clients call and book me out months in advance, just  like this family.  So when the day finally comes to meet, it is like meeting an old email pen pal.  When we talked back in February,  mom wanted to do a special shoot for dad that included one of his favorite past…

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Written by Melissa on July 9, 2010

My New Gallery…

I love helping my clients put together print and canvas galleries for their home.  I have some great tools and layouts that help my clients visualize how their images could look hanging on their walls, even before they are sent to the printer.   Well, hubby and I just celebrated our seven year itch anniversary so…

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Written by Melissa on June 25, 2010

Itty Bitty And A Tad Early…

I feel so lucky to have had 2 newborn shoots in a row go so smoothly and walked out with very little laundry to go home with.  My original date with this sweetie wasn’t actually for sometime but baby surprised Mommy and Daddy and dropped in to the world a tad bit early.  Of coarse,…

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Written by Melissa on June 14, 2010

At Last…

After almost 2 years of emails, I finally had the privilege to meet with this family this past weekend.  And even after a long wait, we almost had to wait even longer because of the weather.  Lucky for us we were able to make it work, and just in time.  With the final click of…

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Written by Melissa on June 6, 2010

Miss New Jersey…

Yesterday Mother Nature once again heard my pleas, and held out on the rain.  So far this year she has been good to me, knock on wood, and I really needed it Saturday since this sweet family came up from New Jersey to hang with me for the morning.   Little Miss “E” was just super…

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Written by Melissa on June 2, 2010

We Meet Again…

Although he was not a newborn when we first met, Mr “G,” he was a young 3 months old.  I have a special attachment  to babies that I photograph at such a young age and I am privileged to watch them grow over the years.  It makes me realize how fast time goes by and…

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Written by Melissa on June 1, 2010

Tot Trends Weekly Cover…

I am excited to finally show off my picture on the cover of Tot Trends Weekly Magazine, an online magazine the features products made in the USA.  I love the magazine for finding hot and trendy new products for my little ones. I have submitted photos in the past, but this time they emailed me…

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Written by Melissa on May 25, 2010

Hanna Andersson Shoot…

Well, this session could have been an ad shoot for Hanna Andersson with these 4 beautiful sisters and their baby brother on their orchard.   I can’t express how much I loved this session.  It was on overcast day, not too hot,  all the girls were so excited, couldn’t wait to get their pictures taken and…

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Written by Melissa on May 24, 2010

And Then Comes Boy…

The first time I  photographed this  family was a couple years ago when the youngest daughter was just a baby.  Finally after 3 girls, this family has welcomed a  little boy, proudly named after his daddy.  I was originally suppose to photograph his birth, but he came 3 weeks early and I was out of…

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Written by Melissa on May 23, 2010

Giving Is Awesome, Family 2…

Thaddeus has to be one of the strongest little boys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  Last Christmas he was nominated as one of my “Giving is Awesome” recipients and after reading his story, I knew I had to meet him.  Since he was an infant, Thaddeus has suffered from seizures and has…

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Written by Melissa on May 18, 2010

Open House…

If you have yet had the chance to swing by Waddle n Swaddle’s  new digs at 32 Raymond Ave, we would love for you to join us on Saturday May 22nd, from 1-4pm  for an Open House.   Not only will you get to check out my new Design Studio, and shop at Waddle n Swaddle’s…

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Written by Melissa on May 14, 2010

Baby Girl #3…

A couple weeks back I met with this beautiful momma and her girls for a maternity shoot at their home.  A month later, we now have a new star of the show, baby girl #3.  I got a glimpse of what life with 3 kids is going to be like when we welcome our 3rd…

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Written by Melissa on May 10, 2010

Mother’s Day Minis…

I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  2 weeks ago I had the pleasure of treating some moms to a special present with mini sessions at Vassar College. Some were a surprise, some were not, either way, Mom won!  This was the first time I have offered mini sessions and…

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Written by Melissa on May 5, 2010

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll…

Recently I met up with this cool little man who is basically a clone of my son Kieran in almost every way.  Beautiful long bland hair, blue eyes, very curious,  full energy and a love for cookies.   We did a urban photoshoot at one of my favorite locations, followed by some shots at a…

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Written by Melissa on May 3, 2010

The Secret Session…

A couple weeks ago, I met with a sweet little man and his Daddy. The first time I photographed this little guy was when he was just 1 day old.  When he was 2 weeks, we did his newborn shoot. It was the first and only time a baby has ever peed on my camera. …

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Written by Melissa on April 13, 2010

Baby Bear…

It has been just shy of a year since I last photographed this family, one of my favorite shoots of last summer.  Anyone who has been to my office has seen a display of there shoot up on my gallery wall.  This was our third shoot and each one gets sweeter.  Recently this young family…

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Written by Melissa on April 11, 2010

Giving Is Awesome, Part 1…

For the past 2 years, I have been participating in the  “Giving Is Awesome,”  portrait giveaway.  It is when you, my blog readers, to nominate someone you knows who deserves the gift of custom photography.  After a flood of nominations last year, this year I decided to gift two families rather than one.    One…

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Written by Melissa on April 5, 2010

2 Girls and One More On The Way…

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this fabulous momma this past weekend.   Her and her husband have two beautiful daughters and will welcome their 3rd this May.  Although we shot a lot inside, we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day.  In fact, it was 30 degrees warmer than my shoot last…

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Written by Melissa on March 29, 2010

Brother and Sisterly Love…

This past weekend I got to meet up with this sweet dynamic duo.  Mom and I got a little nervous since it was a wee bit chilly outside and how the kids would handle it.  Luckily we found a great in door space to shoot some pictures and then headed to the great outdoors.  These…

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Written by Melissa on March 22, 2010

Can’t Get Enough…

A little over a month ago, I was privileged to meet with this “Lovely Little Lady.”   This past weekend I returned to her home to continue  documenting her sweet young life.  We got down on the floor, played some blocks and chilled with the cat.  We did venture outside since it was beyond beautiful outside, …

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Written by Melissa on January 26, 2010

Lenses of Love…

Surprise Photography is honored to announce their partnership with Lenses of Love: Hearts for Haiti, a national non-profit endeavor dedicated to helping the people of Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake. Surprise Photography is offering their support to organize relief services by offering their current $150 sitting fee to be donated to raise money…

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Written by Melissa on January 24, 2010

Lovely Little Lady…

I have to say, the 9 month mark is one of my favorite ages to photograph children.  I love the amount of interaction they have at this stage.  This lovely family invited me out to their home today to meet Miss “A,” because they want to deck their walls with her big blue eyes.  …

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Written by Melissa on January 22, 2010

Bathing Beauty…

Many of you have already seen this on my Facebook Fan Page. I appreciated the great response, so I thought I would share it here too.  Here is my little bathing beauty, with the biggest eyes and lashes that any woman would pay good money for.


Written by Melissa on January 11, 2010

8 Degrees…

That was the temperature out this weekend when I met up with this family of 5.   The older 2 kids were rock stars!  Especially Miss “M,”  she was a true trooper for our 5 minute shoot outside. She even tagged on for brothers turn.  It was a tad to cold to get a family photo…

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Written by Melissa on December 28, 2009

Santa Baby…

I had the pleasure of documenting the arrival of this Christmas baby, when I photographed mommy’s maternity photos as well as the baby at the hospital just hours after he was born.  One of my favorite shoots is newborns at the hospital, it is such a fresh and real look at the arrival of a…

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Written by Melissa on November 29, 2009

One Proud Family…

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and appreciation for what we have, and those who are special to us.  It is a time in which most families, near and far, come together to celebrate a special feast.  This Thanksgiving, the “S” family came together to not only enjoy a dinner, but also to spoil a…

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Written by Melissa on November 21, 2009

Bros…

Blue eyes, red hair… what a combo these two brothers were.  They were all about doing the boy thing, playing rocks, talking trains and eating lollipops.  Lucky for me I came packing, with 2 pops in my bag.  It is amazing how a little bribery can go a long way.   What is also amazing is…

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Written by Melissa on November 15, 2009

A Baby And Her Horse Farm…

Shooting at 2 horse farms in a week, LUCKY ME! Can you believe this sweet little thing is only 6 months old.  She is completely full of life and full of smiles!  In the 90 minutes I was with this family today, this blue eyed beauty made not one peep.  She just smiled and went…

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Written by Melissa on November 11, 2009

A Girl and Her Horse…

I would be  lying if I said I had never photographed a horse before. In fact, now that I think about it, this is my 3rd time, my 2nd with this beautiful young lady.   Her mother had me come to their horse farm to photography Miss L with her horse as a gift for…

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Written by Melissa on November 9, 2009

Big Blue Eyes and The Great Red Wall…

Continuing on my tour of Northern Dutchess County this weekend, I swung into Rhinebeck to meet up with Jessica and Josh Burckhard of Rhinebeck Chiropractic.  I first met this family earlier this year when I featured Jessica as one of my Momtrepreneurs of the Month.   This time they invited me up to photograph their…

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Written by Melissa on November 8, 2009

Running In Red Hook…

This weekend I got to meet up with a fun  family up in the Red Hook area.  They brought me to a great new location with beautiful grounds and lots of running space.  There, the kiddies played a mean game of hide and go seek, jumped off rocks, and ran the hills.  Little man took…

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Written by Melissa on November 3, 2009

Farm and Charm…

Twice in one day I was lucky enough to shoot at a location that provided me with two of my favorite things, a cutie pie and lots of texture.? This little boy, and his dog, are lucky to have a lot of land to run around and be free with nature.? He also has a…

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Written by Melissa on November 2, 2009

Beverly Hillbillies…

They said it, not me :)? When driving to this shoot yesterday morning, I started thinking how cool it would be to move the family couch outside on to their beautiful farm.? I totally thrilled when Dad was completely into it and not only took the couch outside, but way out into the cow pasture.???…

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Written by Melissa on November 1, 2009

Baby In Red…

This is one special little guy to me.? This is the 3rd time I have photographed him, and he is only 8 months old.? Some of you might recognize him, he is the newborn on the back of my business card and he has his own canvas wall at Waddle n Swaddle.? We had this…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. ?…

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Written by Melissa on September 21, 2009

Best Dressed…

Yesterday I got to meet with this beautiful family up in the Rhinebeck area.? I absolutely loved the kids outfits and accessories, good job Mom! ? We found a great new location, which I am going to keep a secret ;), that offered fantastic grounds, lovely views and lots of texture.? Miss “A” really knew…

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Written by Melissa on September 20, 2009

Talk About Having Your Hands Full…

How lucky am I to get to shoot 2 sets of TRIPLETS in one summer.? The last time I photographed this family is when all the babies just arrived home from the NICU.? Now they are toddlers and run circles around mommy, daddy and big brother.? I have to laugh when I think about setting…

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Written by Melissa on September 19, 2009

The Third Time Is Always A Charm…

This is the third time in the past two years that I have photographed one of my favorite red heads.? Last weekends rain shower held back our plans to meet, but today made up for it.? It was a tad nippy out this morning, but? I have to say, Miss “V” took the chill better…

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Written by Melissa on September 8, 2009

Hometown Visit…

Somers, as a teenager, was boring town to grow up in. But now that I have a family, I wouldn’t mind raising my kids there.? You know, so they could be bored too.? To complete my trip to New England, I met up with one of my oldest friends from high school, his lovely wife…

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Written by Melissa on September 7, 2009

My Old Roomie…

What a long? but fantastic weekend.? I headed to New England for some destination shoots and a wedding.? I have had several friends who said, “If you are ever in the area, I want you to shoot my kids.” Well, I made my way to the area!? The weekend started off great and only got…

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Written by Melissa on August 19, 2009

Boys of Summer…

Today is was a day of enjoy what summer is all about, Tattoos and Baseball.? Just kidding, well….maybe about the tattoos part.? The boys and I had a fun guest over this afternoon and of course, there is nothing that makes a little boy happier than a little dino ink. And we finally had a…

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Written by Melissa on August 16, 2009

Babies Babies Babies…

For the 2nd day in the row, I was thrilled to get to shoot another newborn boy and his big sister.?? I originally photographed big sister when she was only weeks old, and today I got to visit her new home and meet her precious baby brother.?? It is weekends like this that I realize…

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Written by Melissa on August 15, 2009

A Fairy and Her Baby…

…brother that is.? I was so excited when friends of ours called to announce their 2nd baby had been born.? I couldn’t think of a more wonderful couple, so hubby and I are just beyond trilled for them.? Big sister, aka Little Miss Fairy, was beyond a doll.? I couldn’t get enough of her and…

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Written by Melissa on August 10, 2009

The Sweetest Thing…

What a sweet little boy I had the privilege of photographing this weekend.? We were able to pull of our shoot on Sunday, between the morning and afternoon rain.?? Little Man “C” brought his Mommy and Daddy as well as he Grandma for some photos too.?? Him and his family made my job a dream…

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Written by Melissa on July 19, 2009

Over The River, And Through The Woods…

This past weekend I was invited back to see little “S” and his sweet little sister.? I first met this family about 2 years ago when “S” was just a baby himself, and now he is a great big brother.? Sister has fire red hair that goes great with her all smiles personality.? She was…

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Written by Melissa on July 11, 2009

Past, Present and Future…

I was so glad that the early weeks predictions of Saturday thunderstorms held off, and we had wonderful weather this morning. ? This session tied in the past, present and future for this family.? The past being the cute little wagon that mommy brought, that once belonged to her grandfather. One happy little man and…

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Written by Melissa on June 20, 2009

Rain Rain Stay Away So Little “J” And I can Play…

With the crazy amount of rain we have been getting this week, I was convinced that this shoot was going to be rescheduled.?? However, lucky for us the rain stopped and it stayed away long enough for us to get our session in this morning.? Little “J” and his parents took me to a “Quiet”…

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Written by Melissa on June 8, 2009

Birthday Girl…

I just love it when my newborns come back for their 1 year shots.? Not only do I get so see how much they have changed, but you can see their little personalities shining through.? Little Miss “A” was only about 2 weeks old when we first did her photos. and yesterday she turned 1!?…

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Written by Melissa on June 6, 2009

3 At 3…

How lucky am I to get to shoot 2 separate sets of triplets.? When mom and I met at this session today, we were like “FINALLY!”? We have been planning this shot for these three, since last winter.?? It was a beautiful day, it started off a little rocky, but ended with smiles and lollipops.?…

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Written by Melissa on June 2, 2009

Anything For A Friend…

Normally I don’t do extended family shoots, but for a dear friend of mine, I am willing to break all the rules :)?? This weekend little man “B” celebrated the big 4 and since some very special people came into town for the party, so? his mom asked me to meet up and take some…

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Written by Melissa on June 1, 2009

Grandparents Day…

I love it when my clients come back for more. It lets me know that they appreciate my style and love what I do for them.? Little Miss “A” is one of my favs from last fall so I was thrilled to get to shoot her again. ? You might recognize her beautiful blue eyes…

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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 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 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 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 April 28, 2009

What Happened to Spring…

These kiddies earned their ice cream!? Thinking it would be a little cooler shooting later in the afternoon, I was quickly mistaken.? Is is just me, or did we skip spring?? Last year this couple and I had to cancel our first shoot because of flooding.? This year? we had some major heat, but the…

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Written by Melissa on April 20, 2009

T Man…

There is nothing more fun than seeing my newborns again when they turn one. You realize how quickly time goes by.? T’s mom and I go back quite a bit.? We met through friends and just clicked.?? Here we are years later all married with babies :)? She has been one of my biggest fans…

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Written by Melissa on April 18, 2009

The Riley Factor…

Little miss has been a favorite subject of mine for a long time.? As much as I LOVE taking her photo, since she is an absolute doll, I thought today was a great day to focus on Mommy and Daddy.? We all love to decorate our home of our children, but we we tend to…

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Written by Melissa on April 16, 2009

Kayla…

While in Atlanta, I got the chance to visit with a very dear friend, my maid of honor,? as well as her baby girl.? I didn’t forget about you Doug (Dundalk). ? This was my first time truly meeting Kayla and since momma has a birthday coming up, why not give the gift that I…

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Written by Melissa on March 15, 2009

Shhhh……It’s A Secret….

Don’t tell dad.? This is a surprise, no pun intended, for Father’s Day.?? And no, you are not seeing double, TWINS!? And of course a fabulous older sister who made a great assistant.?? We had a great little after noon playing, running, jumping, etc.? At one point, I thought I was doing a commercial shoot…

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Written by Melissa on February 9, 2009

Bribery…

I love bribery, it can be a wonderful thing, sometimes :)? I bribed my little guys with lollipops, which I am sure were a big hit with every photog who shops at Target :)??? Why buy Valentine’s Day cards, mommy has more fun making them. The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind…


Written by Melissa on February 2, 2009

Fun in the Sun and Snow…

The “S” family and I have had this session planned for several months now.? The one major requirement, SNOW.? Lucky for us, there has been no lack of snow in the Hudson Valley lately.? A beautiful day combined with a wonderful family = great photos.