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 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 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 July 8, 2011

Zimmer Brothers, Hudson Valley Commercial Photographer…

  Recently I teamed up with my neighbor and local jeweler, Zimmer Brothers, for a Commercial shoot to promote their Hearts On Fire diamond center.  What girl doesn’t LOVE diamonds!!!  The couple in our shoot was apart of an online contest run on the Zimmer Brothers Facebook Fan Page.  Although they are not engaged yet,…

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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 December 3, 2010

The Organic Bloom, Cutsom Framing…

Surprise Photography is excited to offer you the opportunity to liven up your personal photo gallery with some fresh new frames!  The Organic Bloom specializes in “curvy, spunky, and elegant” custom frames.  They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, making them easy to coordinate with any decorating scheme.   Surprise Photography will be…

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Written by Melissa on October 4, 2010

For The Holidays, Ornament Cards…

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

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Written by Melissa on October 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary Walkway Over The Hudson…

This weekend we commemorate the  Grand Opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson.  I was very lucky to be an invited  to photograph this event as well as several others over the opening weekend.  One of my favorite shots is actually of the Mid Hudson Bridge, taken from the Walkway the night of the Illuminations…

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Written by Melissa on September 16, 2010

Anniversary Celebration…

Press Release: Waddle n Swaddle, Elizabeth Boutique and Surprise Photography will join together for an Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, September 23rd from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at Waddle n Swaddle and Elizabeth Boutique and outside the stores on the corner of Raymond Avenue and Davis Avenue, two blocks north…

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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 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 July 9, 2010

My New Gallery…

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

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Written by Melissa on May 18, 2010

Open House…

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

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Written by Melissa on March 16, 2010

Split Canvas…

A couple months back I had the pleasure to work with Beth of Elizabeth Boutique, one of my favorite shopping places in Poughkeepsie, and her siblings.  We shot at one of my favorite locations in the City of Poughkeepsie, which I will keep a secret (wink wink).   I always wanted to introduce split canvases, 1…

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Written by Melissa on March 11, 2010

What’s In The Box?…

For one of my brides, it is the ultimate keepsake, her wedding album.  Fresh off the presses, this beautiful album arrived on my door step this afternoon.  All my wedding albums are done flush mount style, meaning no loss in the crease.  There are a plethora of album cover options to choose from, including leather…

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Written by Melissa on February 15, 2010

Client Gallery…

This weekend I had the chance to swing by a clients home to take a peek at the the canvas gallery they picked up last December.  I should hire mom to decorate my home for me, we have similar taste, straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog 🙂  She took advantage of one of my…

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Written by Melissa on February 3, 2010

Redecorating…

I don’t know how many times I have talked about canvases and how much I love them, so if you haven’t heard, “I LOVE CANVASES!”  To show how much I love them, I decided to redecorate my office and the walls of Waddle n Swaddle with all canvases. Sorry frames, bye bye!   I have…

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Written by Melissa on January 14, 2010

New E-Album…

Introducing a great new line of engagement albums available though Surprise Photography.  These flush mount albums pages are are printed on  Art Watercolor paper and adhered to heavy black cardstock.  This allows each spread to lay flat with a thick and rigid look and feel. Pages are printed as full spreads and not cut so…

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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 8, 2009

Here Are A Few Of My Favorite Things, And I Am Giving Them Away!

No, I am not applying for Oprah’s job, but she has inspired me to create a list of my favorite things and share them with others.  Sorry, no cars or Black Berry’s 🙂 Still wanna win???  Those who sign the blog by December 18th will be put into a drawing and could possibly win some…

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Written by Melissa on November 23, 2009

Best Holiday Card…

When meeting with my client to do her holiday order, I thought this was a funny concept.   I am thrilled she and her husband are going with it.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall when their friends and  family open their cards.


Written by Melissa on November 21, 2009

Finally!!!!!!!

I can’t share how excited that my new website is FINALLY up.  Technology had the best of me,  my site and blog were up and down over the past 3 weeks while some wonderful techs who understand the terms like “Database ” and  “MySQL,”  figured out all the technical difficulties they were having launching my…

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Written by Melissa on November 20, 2009

Client Canvas Wall…

Since introducing new canvas clusters to my design collections, clients have been eating them up.  I LOVE a good canvas, never mind a wall of them! What is so special about a canvas?  When you pick the right photo and pick the right size for the room, it can be the ultimate center piece.  Canvases…

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Written by Melissa on October 24, 2009

Pure “BLISS”…

I have had such a wonderful response to these Bliss Boxes since I introduced them, not only from my clients but from other photographers as well.? The company which printed the box as well as the designer of the borders and layouts, featured my photos on their blogs.? My email was flooded from photographers wanting…

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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 21, 2009

Almost The Grand Tour…

FINALLY! My office is open for business.? I had a couple delays in the process, but the doors are finally open to my Design Studio.? I was a ball of nerves tonight when I met with my clients for the first time, but all went great. Encase you missed it, I opened my new Design…

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Written by Melissa on August 12, 2009

Custom Framing…

My framer, Tom Morano, just stopped by with 5 beautiful new frames for my new office over at Waddle n Swaddle.? He even surprised me with a new edging, it is so beautiful. ? Tom and I teamed up a little over? a year ago and co-designed a line of weathered like frames,? which are…

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Written by Melissa on July 22, 2009

I LOVE Canvases…

FedEx man made another fantastic delivery yesterday, 2 lovely canvases.? One of my clients called me up looking for a special birthday present for his wife.? My first question was, “What kind of ‘Best husband in the world’ do you want to be?”?? He picked a lovely 16×20 gallery wrap, which she has since gotten…

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Written by Melissa on July 6, 2009

Hudson Fest…

I am so happy to announce that one of my photos has been used for the official poster for “Highland Hudson Fest,”? A celebration of the opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson.? There is also a save the date floating around out their with another cute photo on it, but I haven’t seen it…

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Written by Melissa on July 4, 2009

New Product: Session In A Box…

This new product showed up on my front porch just as I got home from vacation, and I have to say it’s “SO FIERCE.” (Gwen, Cindy, Carolyn, & Sally, you are going to LOVE this). ? This custom session box is about 2 inches thick and includes 20 of your favorite session images, mounted on…

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Written by Melissa on March 31, 2009

UPS Man Hits Again…

Another fabulous album came via UPS today.? I know this family will be very excited to get this album, but I want to keep it for myself.? It is so cute.