Written by Melissa on October 22, 2014

Jeremy & Rachelle, Intimate Backyard Wedding…

I have a few wedding to blog but being family and all, Jer and Rachelle are getting a bump.  This past summer my family flew to Oregon to stay with family and celebrate the vows of my husband’s younger brother and his fiance.  It was a small, backyard affair with only immediate family and a…

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Written by Melissa on August 4, 2014

Out of Office

The crew and I are packing up and heading out west for a family wedding  I will be out and will answer emails and calls once I return.  Be sure to follow my travels on INSTAGRAM


Written by Melissa on June 2, 2013

Boston Bombing Memorial….

  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Boston.  No I wasn’t born or raised there, but there is something about this city that I am just infatuated with and consider it my adopted home.  I told my husband if I could move anywhere, that wasn’t Hawaii, it would be Boston.  When the…

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Written by Melissa on April 10, 2013

Please Save the Date..

  Many of you may remember a couple months back when I posted about my friend Andrew and his lovely family.  They are very important people to me and I want to help with their mission to get people to donate blood. So I have teamed up with the NY Blood Center and we are…

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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 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 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 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 July 28, 2011

Birthday Boy…

  Yes, I am officially the mother of a 6 year old.  There is nothing that brings me more joy than my children and I can’t believe my baby boy is 6.   It is amazing how much joy and pride his little man brings me everyday. He gave me the strength to follow my dream…

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Written by Melissa on April 28, 2011

In Memory…

  This past week I lost I lost someone very important to me, my Uncle Dennis.  He wasn’t only just an Uncle, but he was also my protector.  Being the only girl with a plethora of boy cousins, needless to say, it was very difficult to introduce any boys to my family.   Lucky for me,…

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Written by Melissa on March 17, 2011

Enjoying Some Down Time, Hudson Valley Child Photographer…

  Over the past couple weeks you might have noticed a lack of session postings from me.  Don’t worry, all is good.  Normally my holiday season is so insane I take, the month of December off to focus on getting orders out and recover from October and November.  Last year it didn’t work out that…

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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 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 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 August 28, 2010

Introducing…

The Surprise Family is FINALLY proud to introduce Clinton Francis Surprise.  He was born August 22, 2010 at 1:17pm.  He was by far my biggest baby, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces compared to my 5 lbs 7 ozs and 6 lbs 5 oz babies, but he also cooked the longest.  Both of my…

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Written by Melissa on August 18, 2010

Still Here…

And still no baby.  I originally took the month of August off thinking that like my last 2 children, I would have had this baby early, in the beginning of August, and start back to work mid September.  Well, my due date has come and gone and still no baby yet.  I guess he just…

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Written by Melissa on April 5, 2010

Happy Easter…

From my family to yours, we hope you all had a great Easter weekend.


Written by Melissa on March 5, 2010

Happiest Place On Earth…

Now that Brayden is almost 5 and Kieran is 2,  hubby and I thought they were at the perfect age and it to actually enjoy a trip to Disney World.  Next year Brayden will be off to Kindergarten and that means traveling during school vacation breaks, which I am so not a fan of.  Our…

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Written by Melissa on March 2, 2010

A Little Vacation…

The time was right for us to take the family on a nice little vacation to Disney.  Was I sad to miss the major snow storm of 2010, NO!   Now we are back and I have a pile of emails to sort out and phone calls to return.  I also have about 1000 vacation…

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Written by Melissa on February 14, 2010

Who Will She Root For…

Sweet baby “E” is proof that beautiful things can really happen when a Red Sox  and a Yankee fan come together, fall in love,  get married and start a family.  The question is,  who will baby “E” root for?  Daddy is a Red Sox fan,  Mommy is a Yankee fan, and they are all currently…

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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 December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas…

From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


Written by Melissa on December 6, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree…

I am not a fan of snow, in fact one year ago today I was sticking my toes in the sand of Kauai’s beaches, escaping the New York December weather. But I have to say, the snow on the ground from yesterdays fall, made for a nice ambiance to our Christmas tree selection process.   I…

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Written by Melissa on October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Picking, In the Snow?

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

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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 October 5, 2009

Kevin and Ling, Mohonk Moutain House…

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

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Written by Melissa on October 4, 2009

The Grand Illumination of the Walkway Over the Hudson…

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

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Written by Melissa on September 18, 2009

Yeah, It’s Fall…

Summer made its appearance for about about a week and now fall has busted on through.? Although I prefer barefeet to my fuzzy socks, I do welcome colorful mums, foliage and picking apples straight off the tree.? With school back in full swing, it is important to find time with friends that we no longer…

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Written by Melissa on September 11, 2009

Back To School…

I love that Staples commercial with the dad dancing down the isle to the song, “Its the most wonderful time of the year…..” as he tosses school supplies into his shopping cart, followed my his 2 pouty kids.?? Of course, I have a kid who loves school, so he was just as excited to go…

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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 8, 2009

At Least the Sky Was Pretty…

But the way the Red Sox? played at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night sure wasn’t.? Infact, I am sure my Yankee clients will never let me hear the end of it 😉 ? Hubby and some friends and I headed to the new ballpark in the Bronx for what is always going to be a…

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Written by Melissa on August 4, 2009

I’m Still Here…

Just enjoying some time with the kids and family.? We all know how busy summer’s can be with birthdays and enjoying the few sunny days we have. ? I took the past 2 weeks off to spend some quality time with the family time, hang with good friends as well as work on the transition…

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Written by Melissa on July 30, 2009

Birthday Boy…

I am not sure why #4 has hit me as hard as it has, but my baby boy is another year older.? As much as any child can test his parents patience, and he does, Brayden is a complete joy and amazes me every day.? I am so proud to be his momma.? And he…

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Written by Melissa on July 24, 2009

Lake Minnewaska…

One of our favorite places to go for a day with the family and dogs, Lake Minnewaka.? People from all over come here to swim, hike, bike and climb.?? We had some enjoyable weather on Sunday, so we hit the trails.? Kids and dogs took a nice long nap when we got home 😉


Written by Melissa on July 15, 2009

Dundalk…

I sometimes refer to the days in which I worked in the field in which I went to school for, as my “former life.”? In my former life, I was an Exercise Physiologist and I did my intern in Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.? I lived in a small down called “Dundalk,”…

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Written by Melissa on July 13, 2009

Virginia…

Our next stop on our vacation included a short stay with some friends of ours that relocated to VA a couple years back from Poughkeepsie.? Brayden and their oldest were born about 6 months apart, and the best of buds before they moved. ? I knew it would be so much fun to have ALL…

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Written by Melissa on July 7, 2009

DC

The family and I ran away from NY last week for a nice little family trip with the boys.? The last vacation, Hawaii, they were left behind with the grandparents. So we wanted to have some family time with the boys. ? Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the 1300 photos I took but…

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Written by Melissa on July 3, 2009

I’m Back, For Good…

It seems like I have been gone more this month than I have been home.? The joys of summer!? The Surprise Family ran away for a little over a week to Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia.? We had a great time watching some baseball and visiting with some friends.? I took way too many photos…

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Written by Melissa on June 18, 2009

I’ve Been Away…

The past couple of days we have been spending a lot of time with our family in New England. We celebrated the life of someone we loved and lost, as well as welcomed a new member to the family.? We laughed, we cried, we enjoyed a little beach time and we took lots of photos…

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Written by Melissa on June 10, 2009

Quadricentennial Boats…

Last night the family and I headed down to Highland’s new (but not finished) Riverfront Park for the arrival of the Flotilla.? I have to say, if you were on the Dutchess side of the river, you were all set.? Unfortunately, the Ulster side did not get the same boat love.? So today, Kieran and…

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Written by Melissa on June 3, 2009

Coldplay…

With the beauty of Facebook, an old college roomy of mine had posted that she was looking for a date to the? Coldplay concert in Hartford.? Since hubby and I have loved Coldplay for as long as I could remember and he had a birthday coming up, I was like, ” We want to go!”?…

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Written by Melissa on May 11, 2009

Trip to the Island…

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

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Written by Melissa on March 30, 2009

Just My Kids, and Some Allosaurus Eggs…

Easter is just around the corner and so is my trip to Atlanta, so I had to get the kiddies outside to take advantage of some nice weather and get their Easter photos taken care of.? Nothing makes grandparents more happy right! Since we won’t be seeing Nana and Papa for Easter, they came to…

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Written by Melissa on February 17, 2009

The Road to Hana…

It has been a while since I posted some of my 2nd honeymoon photos from Hawaii. I took so many, it is hard to widdle down to my favs and pic the ones I want to post online.? The one thing that is a must in my book in Maui, is the road to Hana.?…

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