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 April 20, 2016

Maternity Session on the Farm, Hudson Valley Photographer

I was so excited to finally meet up with this growing family last winter for their maternity session on the farm.  Big sister to be took some time to warm up to me but by the end, we were best friends.  She had this draw to her that even the cows on the field couldn’t…

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Written by Melissa on December 1, 2014

Hudson Valley Maternity-Newborn Photographer

Taking a look back to one of my favorite sessions of the summer, at one of my favorite Hudson Valley locations.  Mommy had that wonderful maternity glow and big sister proved she was going to be a rocking older sister.  Thank you “B” family for the experience.



Written by Melissa on October 6, 2014

The “B” Family is Growing, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer….

I had a dreamy maternity session with the “B” family earlier this summer.  We went to one of my favorite locations to do their shoot and big sister to be WORKED that camera.  She is such a loving sweet soul, she is going to be an amazing big sister.     


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 August 30, 2013

Stunning Momma To Be, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  This could be one of my favorite maternity sessions ever.  The location was perfect, the sky was perfect and the couple was perfect.  You can’t deny she has one cute belly.  This session made me so happy and made me love what I do even more. I can’t wait to meet the little one…

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Written by Melissa on May 7, 2013

Olivia, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

Daddy-to-be gifted his lovely wife with my Welcoming Me Collection, a documentary on welcoming their baby into their family.  It’s such an honor to be apart of such a journey with a couple and for mommy, it’s such a wonderful gift to receive.  I had a lovely afternoon with these two and I’m looking forward…

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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 March 13, 2013

My Jersey Crew, New Jersery Maternity Photographer…

  This is my 2nd time photographing this family.  The first time we met was just weeks after I delivered Clinton.  It was such a great session amongst a field of sunflowers and open blue skies.  I remember being blown away the next day when she messaged me that her water broke. I literately photographed…

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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 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 5, 2012

Summer Baby, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  Taking a peek back at one of my favorite babies to photograph this summer.  He slept so soundly for our entire shoot and even let me pull of some difficult shots.  Thank you little man!



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 30, 2012

Looking Back, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  I was so excited when one of my favorite couples  told me they were expecting again.  This time hubby was a little more prepared in what to expect so he was a little less freaked out by me, the 5 foot 2 girl with a camera. Yeah, he’s a dentist with a drill and…

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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 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 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 July 19, 2012

The Story of Oliver, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  Yes, looking at momma you would never have guessed she was very pregnant with baby boy #2.  She looked amazing in both her jeans and all dressed up.  I never had such formal attire so I thank them letting me to do my “Housewives of Dutchess County” family photo 🙂


Written by Melissa on July 9, 2012

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…

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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 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 November 21, 2011

All Smiles, Orange County Newborn Photographer…

  I was on the run from one hosptial to another last month, and in my travels I had the joy of meeting this little guy.   When I got in close on him, he cracked a smile.  What a sweet and precious moment!


Written by Melissa on November 15, 2011

Baby “J” At Home, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  Just days after meeting baby “J” at the hospital, I got the privilege of coming to his home and shooting his newborn pictures.  I am a fan of older homes with character, heck I bought one, but this one had killer hardwoods and a gorgeous wooden staircase, so for me to shoot here was…

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Written by Melissa on November 15, 2011

Welcome Baby “J,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

  YES, I am still here and finally back on the blog. I will admit, I was worried I wouldn’t remembered my blog login, it has been that long.  I have had a wonderful and overwhelming holiday season.  We were shooting almost 4-5 days a week, I am normally shooing 2, so we are now…

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Written by Melissa on September 19, 2011

Calm Before The Storm, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  Two nights before the big storm hit, I got to enjoy a wonderful evening with this family to be. We hit up the CIA but there were no cupcakes or Anthony Bourdain in sight.  Apparently we missed the closing of the cafe by like 2o minutes. Like seriously,  don’t mess with a pregnant lady…

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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 9, 2011

Tiny Belly, Tiny Baby, Orange County Newborn Photographer….

  If you recall, I photographed these parents to be a couple weeks back.  She had the tiniest and cutest baby belly ever.  Now, little man is here and he is just a sweet as can be. I can’t get enough of little hands, little toes, and that little nose.


Written by Melissa on September 8, 2011

Baby “N,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  This is the last shoot in our series of 3, with with baby “N,” and our journey of documenting his welcoming  into this world.  I truly hope this is not the last of our visits since he is just the sweetest little thing, plus I can’t get enough of his mommy.  Our emails going…

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Written by Melissa on August 19, 2011

Here’s Noah, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  My recent track record for all momma’s is pretty much, you are going to go late.  Last year if I did maternity photos, you either went early or on time.  This year, at least a week late.  My apologies especially in this summer heat.  I think it’s me.  My little Clinton went a week…

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Written by Melissa on August 12, 2011

Military Momma, West Point Maternity Photographer…

  Recently I visited West Point to hang with a momma to be and her daughter for a big surprise for Daddy.  Right now, Daddy is overseas defending our country and his return is eagerly awaited back at home in the states. Momma is expecting baby girl number two and wanted to show off how…

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Written by Melissa on August 12, 2011

Still Here, Westchester Maternity Photographer…

  Yes, the blog has been very neglected over the past couple  ofweeks.  Not only have I been super busy with shoots, but my 3 little men have kept me on the run as well.  So my apologizes on the delayed blog posting, I have so much to share, just need to make the time….

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Written by Melissa on July 20, 2011

Tiny Tummy, Hudson Valley Materntiy Photographer…

  I recently got a phone call from this momma, who is 35 weeks pregnant,  to discuss doing her maternity and newborn photos.  We were cutting it close on time to the baby’s birth but luckily that weekend, I was going to be close to her neck of the woods.   So we were able…

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Written by Melissa on May 23, 2011

And Even More Babies, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

Wrapping up my 3rd trip to the maternity ward in 6 days, was this cute little monkey boy.  When I walked into his room for my visit, the VIP party was in full swing.  He was surrounded by family and lots of love.  Again, mommy looked super fantastic for just having a baby and daddy…

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Written by Melissa on May 22, 2011

Babies, Babies, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

The week of the babies continues with this little sweetheart.  You might remember this family’s maternity photos from Mohonk Mountain House a couple weeks back.  Well, baby is here and the light of her mommy’s eye.  Daddy was a complete natural and even sporting the new VIP bracelet that are giving to all the new…

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Written by Melissa on May 16, 2011

Welcomed With Love, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  Something was in the water this week because babies were being born left and right.  I was at the hospital 3 out of 6 days this past week.  I even got a sneak peek on a set of triplets there were in the nursery.  This is the little guy who started it all.  We…

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Written by Melissa on May 15, 2011

Comfort Of Home, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

  Sometimes there is no place like home.  That is where I met up with this couple who are expecting their first baby in just a couple weeks (isn’t she the cutest!)  And of coarse, puppy dog joined us for the most of the shoot as well.  She wouldn’t have had it any other way…

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Written by Melissa on May 4, 2011

Two Princes, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  A couple months ago I met up with this family to photograph their maternity photos, now they are proud to introduce baby boy #2 into their family.  What a little darling he is with his full head of hair.  And with another prince in the house, mommy still remains Queen of her castle.


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 11, 2011

No Fear, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer

  We all have some kind of  fears or phobias in our life.  Mine, any spider, even the itty bitty ones and the dentist.  What is daddy to be’s fear you ask?  Me, the 5 foot 2 chick with the camera. I have a camera, he has a drill.  Ok, only joking. In the end,…

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Written by Melissa on February 13, 2011

Farmer Boy, Ulster County Newborn Photographer…

Two months ago I had the pleasure of working with this family when we did momma’s maternity photos on their farm.  Then just days after Christmas,  their baby boy was welcomed into the world.  Normally I photograph newborns within the first 12 days of life, but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, we were…

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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 February 8, 2011

Lola’s Little Sister, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

My first visit to this home was on New Years Eve when when I met then Mommy and Daddy to be for their maternity photos.  It was then I had the pleasure to play with Lola, the happy, playful puppy.  Lola is the sweetest pup, very protective of her family.   Now here we are again,…

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Written by Melissa on January 25, 2011

It’s A Tiny Baby Girl, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

This past week I got to take advantage of a snow day and headed over to Vassar Brothers Medical Center to meet yet another tiny little newborn.  These first time parents were recently featured on my blog when we shot their maternity photo, yes that tiny little belly bump in the snow.   Sometimes it just…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2011

Baby Girl Beech Tree, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

Here she is again, baby Beech Tree.  This session was the  last in our “Welcoming Me” series.  In the womb, in the hospital and now at home, we have documented some very important moments in growing of this family.  I have to say, I love this couple, they are just great people to be around. …

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Written by Melissa on January 16, 2011

Lucky and Baby, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

The top accessory/prop for photos this year, the dog!  I love dogs, so when a client asks if they can incorporate their dog into their photo, I’m like heck ya!  I always felt as though having a dog was one of the best ways to prep oneself for parenthood.   They rely on you to…

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Written by Melissa on January 16, 2011

Snow Baby, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

What I love about my clients, is their appreciation for photography and the art that it is.  When I walked into this couple’s home, I could see their love for photography right away.  Their house was decorated with images from their wedding, taken by one of the best wedding photographers in the Hudson Valley.   I…

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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 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 5, 2011

Born On Christmas Day, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

Introducing baby Beech Tree, she was born on Christmas Day.  What a true gift for mommy and daddy this holiday season.  I was shocked when mommy sent me a note saying that she was here.  I knew she was late, but it never occurred to me that she could actually come on Christmas morning.  Just…

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Written by Melissa on December 14, 2010

Horses And Hounds, Ulster County Maternity Photographer…

I was beginning to think this session was never going to happen. First, momma to be was sick for an extended period of time, then I was sick for a period of time.  Finally we were able to meet between sicknesses, for momma’s maternity shoot.  I had a slight fear that being so close to…

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Written by Melissa on November 19, 2010

Baby Beech Tree…

I was excited when I got a phone call from a dad to be who wanted to buy a special gift for his wife for her birthday.  He had been referred to me by a friend, for my “Welcoming Me” collection.  As we were talking on the phone, I found out he was the owner…

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Written by Melissa on October 19, 2010

Tick Tock, Tick Tock..

Any day now I am expecting a phone call from this awesome couple telling me they are on their way to bring their first baby into this world. Well, maybe I should correct myself, their first human baby.  As you can see they brought one of their four legged babies with them to their maternity…

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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 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 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 21, 2010

Field Of Dreams…

Yes, it has been a long week between blog posts.  The past week has been a blur, filled with 5 shoots, party planning and of course, lots of being mommy.  Speaking of mommy, I first met this mommy to be a year ago, by random chance, when walking back from the Grand Illuminations Celebration of…

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Written by Melissa on August 8, 2010

Best Nursery Ever…

I previously mentioned that this beautiful momma and myself were in a race to the finish line to see who had their baby first.  Well, she totally beat me and as each day goes by, she has beaten me by a lot!   I know how excited she was about the newborn shoot and how important…

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Written by Melissa on August 6, 2010

Knapp Sacks…

A couple of months ago I photographed a newborn who was wearing this beautiful knit sack when I arrived.  I sent out a little shout out to the maker to contact me, and she did.  I have come across a lot of baby cocoons and sacks like these through other photographers and ETSY,  but non…

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Written by Melissa on August 4, 2010

She Beat Me To The Finish Line…

You might remember when I posted the maternity session of this beautiful momma to be and her hubby almost 2 months ago.  I actually ran into momma a week ago at the Drs office and I was convinced  that I was going to beat her to the punch.  Well, I was wrong.   Her little man…

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Written by Melissa on June 15, 2010

A Race To Baby…

I first chatted with this momma to be, a couple of months ago when she called about me doing her maternity/newborn photos.  I loved our conversation the phone, she sounded fun and sweet, but then asked her her due date.  To find out, she is due a week before me.  I questioned whether or not…

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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 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 6, 2010

Maternity On Main Street…

Today I had the pleasure of photographing one of the cutest and kindest couples, I have had the pleasure to work with.  As you can see, they are expecting a precious little baby in just a few short weeks. I met this couple a few weeks back at my office, and we just hit it…

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Written by Melissa on December 2, 2009

Isn’t She Lovely…

Here is one of my favorite mommas.   The last time I photographed her, was last spring when she had her son.  Surprise!! no pun intended, we are back and days away from baby #3.   This session was totally planned last minute and I am so glad we were able to do it.  I can’t wait…

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Written by Melissa on August 9, 2009

Yoga Momma…

This was such a fun shoot for me.? For a while now, I have had this metal image of taking photos of an expecting momma doing yoga.?? Last night I met with this expecting? yoga momma, who is not only the sweetest thing, but pretty limber considering she is due in just 3 weeks!? Best…

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Written by Melissa on March 10, 2009

Just a Tad Late…

Meet Jack William Alfaro.? We were suppose to meet a week ago, but little man was a little more comfortable where he was.? He truly was worth the wait.? What a precious little baby.? Mommy and Daddy couldn’t have looked any happier.? Welcome baby Jack! Please feel free to share some love with the family…

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Written by Melissa on February 22, 2009

Make It Work…

I so felt like I was photographing a model shoot today, what a hot momma. .? I am actually glad it snowed? today, we turned her dining room into a studio and had lots of fun (some pictures a little too personal to show). ? We actually made a make shift dress out of a…

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Written by Melissa on February 22, 2009

Only Days Away…

This sweet momma to be is due any day now.? And I have to say, I was afraid of wearing her out, but she was such a trooper stomping through the snow with me.? In fact, I think she wore me out. ? Most men tend to gain sympathy weight, I think I caught sympathy…

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