Written by Melissa on June 28, 2017

Hudson Valley Custom Newborn Portrait Photographer

We are honored  that you would consider Surprise Photography to document your little one’s very first portraits; these are the first portraits that will be treasured for years to come and will beautifully chronicle your family’s history.  Please contact us at melissa@surprisephotography.com or click here for booking details.   


Written by Melissa on May 14, 2017

A Tribute To Mom, Happy Mother’s Day

To show our appreciation to all the moms we have the honor to photograph every year, we wanted to create a little tribute to mom video.  Here are  just some of the highlight of the special moments we’ve had the thrill to capture over the year.    


Written by Melissa on January 23, 2017

First Baby of Dutchess County 2017

For the 3rd New Year, we have invited the First Baby of Dutchess County to the studio for a complimentary newborn session with Surprise Photography.  This year, baby Kamaya was welcomed at Vassar Brothers Hospital, at 3:45 am, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces.  Being the first baby born of the New Year is pretty special thing, and…

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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 November 5, 2016

Baby’s First Christmas 2016

Surprise Photography will once again be offering Baby’s First Christmas mini sessions in our studio the week of November 28th – December 3rd.  Session fee includes 20 minute photoshoot, 8-12 proofed images in an online gallery, full use of clothing closet, props and $50 print credit. There is a $25 fee for any additional siblings….

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Written by Melissa on September 20, 2016

Yup, I’m Still Here. Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

Yes, my poor blog has taken a hit the last 5 months but that’s because I’ve been a busy worker bee in the studio.  I’ve had the joy of photographing a whole bunch of babies, just like this sweet newborn right here.


Written by Melissa on April 20, 2016

Farm to Studio, Hudson Valley Newborn Photography

Remember my family maternity on the farm?  Well, her he is.  He was born a little too far from my area for me to photograph him in the hospital, but I had the joy of snuggling with him in my studio.  Along with his sister, he was the perfect little peanut and couldn’t have asked…

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Written by Melissa on March 29, 2016

Behind the Scenes, A Newborn Session with Surprise Photography

Curious what goes on behind the scenes in the studio, or perhaps what a newborn session with Surprise Photography is like? Please check out our new  video that shows you just that.  You might recognize the baby as our winner of the New Year, New Baby giveaway.  Thank you to all those who sponsored the event…

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Written by Melissa on February 29, 2016

Baby Brother, Hudson Valley Newborn Photograher

This has been a great year so far with all the newborns that have been coming to visit us.  This little guy came in with his adorable big brother who was ever so gentle with his baby brother.


Written by Melissa on December 29, 2015

New Year, New Baby Giveaway 2016

It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate the first baby born in Dutchess County.  Last year I had the joy of photographing baby Charlie, who was born at 10:43 am at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Baby Charlie was such a fun baby to photograph, he was full of smiles and personality as you can…

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Written by Melissa on November 14, 2015

Baby’s First Christmas 2015

Now booking Baby’ First Christmas mini sessions, in the studio November 30th, December 1st and 5th.   Three days, three different sets.   For full details, click on the photo below and that will bring you to our event PDF.   You can then book you preferred date  HERE.  Space is limited so be sure…

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Written by Melissa on October 20, 2015

Burlap Baby, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

It has been a while since this newborn photographer has blogged an itty bitty baby, so time for a flash back.  I loved the earthy, burlap approach we took with the styling.   Rope basket and hat by Quackles Handcrafted.


Written by Melissa on February 16, 2015

Baby in a Pram, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

A look back at this sweet little girl who was in my studio this past fall for her newborn session.   She was super sweet and such a tiny little thing.  I couldn’t have asked for a better baby and I have to send a big thanks to mommy and daddy for traveling to see…

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Written by Melissa on February 11, 2015

Madeline, Hudson Valley Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This session was such a wonderful change of pace for me.  Before I opened the studio, I use to travel to all my clients home to do a combination of baby posing and lifestyle newborn images.  As much as I loved both, over time the carting off all my stuff got to be too much…

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Written by Melissa on January 29, 2015

First Baby of The New Year, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

Welcome baby Charles, first baby of the New Year born in Dutchess County.  As reported by the Daily Feeman, Charles was welcomed at North Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, at 10:43am. Since the roll of being the first baby is so special, I thought it would be a great gift to offer the family a custom newborn portrait…

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Written by Melissa on December 28, 2014

New Year, New Baby, Newborn Session Giveaway

    The first baby of the New Year is always a special honor, and I would like to treat the first baby of the New Year in Dutchess County to a complimentary session including a $350 print credit as well as gifts from Waddle N Swaddle.  The winner will be the first reported at Northern…

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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 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 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 April 18, 2014

Baby “R,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

With the holidays came a slew of newborn boys to the studio.  This little guy was such a sweet little peanut, carrying on the family name shared by his daddy and grandpa.   I’m very excited to see how he has grown when I see him again for Mother’s Day mini  sessions.


Written by Melissa on April 17, 2014

Baby “C.J,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

This little guy was in my studio just before the holiday.  He made traveled all the way up from Yonkers for his newborn session with me and slept through his whole session.  Dream baby!   


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 October 2, 2013

Missing the Summer, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer..

  Looking back at this shoot I realize how much I miss the summer and photographing newborns outside.  Don’t get me wrong, it can be down right HOT at times, but every each ounce of sweat is worth it.   The ironic part, the last time I photographed this family we had to deal with…

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Written by Melissa on September 17, 2013

Sloop Baby, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  If you’re a craft beer lover and live in the Hudson Valley, then you should be very familiar with Sloop Brewing.  They are one of the best craft beers in the Hudson Valley and I had the joy of photographing one of the Sloop babies this past summer.  The summer season goes to quick…

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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 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 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 6, 2012

Hidden In The Woods, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer….

  When I pulled into the driveway of this house, there was a big fabulous basset hound waiting to greet me.  I almost just threw him in my car and called it a day, he was SOOOOOOOO cute.  Normally I am all over the babies, but I couldn’t get enough of the dogs.  Eventually the…

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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 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 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

Welcome Baby Boy “M,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  I should know everyone at Vassar Brother’s Hospital for as much time as I spent there the past couple of months.  24 hours young is one of my favorite sessions because I get to experience new love, the love between a parent and their baby.  You never know how much you love someone until…

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Written by Melissa on September 17, 2012

Weclome Baby “O,” Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  What an great morning I had with Baby “O,” his brother and parents.  Some of my favorite newborn photos.  The top photo was taken when baby “O” was snoozing away and as I was picking up some blankets off the floors, I looked at him and just loved how the light just glistened off…

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Written by Melissa on September 17, 2012

Just A Tad Early, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer….

  You can imagine my slight panic when I was across the county, happen to check Facebook and see that one of my clients had had her baby early.  Fresh off a red eye plane and a 2 hour drive home, I headed to the hospital just before this little guy was released to go…

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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 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 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 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 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 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 July 15, 2011

Sweetness Continues, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  My week of newborn boys continues with this ball of sweetness.  He came a tad late and since I was on vacation, I didn’t get to see him in the hosptial.  As soon as I returned I zipped right down in his house to have some playtime.  He is a super cute little peanut…

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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 June 8, 2011

Baby Brother, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

  Continuing my tour of newborns of the Hudson Valley, I meet up with this sweet baby boy who’s mommy had one of my favorite maternity sessions and  looked super fantastic after having a baby.  Still a tad bitter about that 🙂  Daddy had such a way with this little baby, I offered him a…

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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 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 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 18, 2011

Them Eyes, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

There is no doubt that this little baby girl will have beautiful eyes, just look at her mom and dad.  Mom is not only beautiful, but looks beyond fabulous for just having a baby.  I have to thank mom and dad for inviting me into their home last week and giving me the honor of…

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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 17, 2010

Baby Grayson, Dutchess County Newborn Photographer…

I have been documenting the welcoming of this little boy since he was in the womb.  I photographed him in the the hospital on Thanksgiving morning, just hours after being born.   Now it was time for his newborn shoot.  I do have to admit, I am a little jealous of this little guy, he…

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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 December 7, 2010

Baby Grayson, Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer…

Thanksgiving morning I was blessed to meet baby Grayson.  He was born to two very, very proud parents whom I photographed a couple months back.  There is nothing like holding a 2 day old baby, especially when he has a wonderful head of hair.  And what a good little baby, not one wee peep made. …

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16, 2010

Not One Peep…

Newborn sessions can normally range from 2-3 hours, depending on the baby.  This little guy set a new record, one hour.  He was just a sweet tiny little guy who let me do my thing,  while he just slept the morning away.  Not only that, in all the time he spent in his birthday suit,…

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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 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 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 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 March 27, 2010

Mr. Tiny…

A few weeks ago you may remember my shoot Maternity On Main Street, well here is the grand debut of baby “E. ”  He was actually born days after we took pictures of his parents, making him a tad bit early.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet him at the hospital but I finally got…

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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 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 December 10, 2009

Itty Bitty Boy, Well…

Well, mom may say otherwise.  He comes in at 9lbs, 2ozs.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to the hospital to photograph newborn babies. It is one of my favorite things to do.   My blog stakers might reconzine momma from a couple week or so back when we did her maternity photos.  I also photographed…

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Written by Melissa on November 30, 2009

A Long Time In The Making…

Each year, holiday sessions book several months in advance.  Last year this momma wasn’t able to get a holiday spot, so she booked me a year in advance (very smart move 😉 ).   Several months ago, mommy contacted me again and asked if we could postpone their shoot a couple weeks, as they were expecting…

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Written by Melissa on September 29, 2009

A Baby and Her Dogs…

Sweet baby “M” little was born just 2 weeks ago, surprising her family by being born a couple weeks early.? I have to mention, not only do I love? babies, but I love dogs too!? I might have to start doing pet portraits more often, like my girl Bev Hollis, who just rocks it!?? When…

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Written by Melissa on August 28, 2009

Love, Love, Love, This Birth Announcement…

I wish you could see and hold this birth announcement in person.? All of my cards are printed on a fine art linen paper (with an option of 100% recycled paper) with parchment envelope.? This card was recently printed for a returning client of mine for her newborn daughter. Did I mention I love this…

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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 July 14, 2009

All The Little Pieces…

One of my favorite parts about shooting newborns, is getting all their little parts.? Our babies grow up so fast,? so I want to help my clients remember how precious their babies 10 little toes are.? A great example of how fast time goes by, I originally shot big brother “L” when he was about…

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Written by Melissa on July 5, 2009

Got My Baby Fix…

I have been waiting months to meet this little guy.? He is just as sweet as his momma, whom I met a couple months back at the “Hot Mammas” fundraiser in April.? I took advantage of the beautiful weather and we had a nice morning outside with all the family, including all the grandmas and…

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Written by Melissa on March 29, 2009

Sweet Baby Girl…

Ok, lets start off with a little recap of the days leading up to this shoot…Baby “L” came a week and a day late.? Of course she was well worth the wait ;)? I got the privilege of meeting her this week in the hospital.? You might recall I posted these pictures previously, but due…

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Written by Melissa on March 16, 2009

More Baby Jack…

Only days old, I got to spend a little more time with Jack and his family at their home. This family is sooooo in love with this little man.?? Honestly, I have spent so much time with this little man myself over the past couple of days, I miss him.


Written by Melissa on March 1, 2009

And Baby Makes Five…

This is the 4th time I photographed this family.? Each time is just as special as the last.? When I say this family has been with me since day 1, I really mean it.? Little Miss L was the subject of my very first “official” photoshoot.?? It is always a complement to be asked back…

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