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 March 5, 2016

Out of the Studio…

I will be out of the studio and away from my computer from Saturday March 5th through Thursday March 1oth.  I’m heading off to WPPI in Las Vegas for a dose of photography  inspiration. I’m excited to be participating in both creative and business classes and visiting one of the best product conventions in the…

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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 September 16, 2015

Mid-Hudson Marketplace

It’s time for the 2nd annual Mid-Hudson Marketplace, and this year we are moving our venue to the gorgeous grounds of  Nostrano Vineyards.   The event, which features homegrown artist, makers, crafters, farmers, mom & pops and pop up shops, will take place October 10th, from 11am – 5pm.   Come join us for some…

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Written by Melissa on June 18, 2014

New Kid on The Block, Poughkidsie

It’s so exciting to see great changes in the Hudson Valley, including ones that are geared towards young families living here.  Poughkidsie opened last week, just a half mile north of my studio. It has some great features unlike any other play space in the area.  There’s a play village on one side and art…

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Written by Melissa on May 30, 2014

Mid-Hudson Marketplace, June 5th

  We are very excited with how everything is coming together for next Thursday’s marketplace event.   We have a wonderful group of local businesses coming together under one roof to showcase their goods and services.  You can find our EVENT PAGE HERE with up to date information on events and vendors. Currently our vendors include:…

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Written by Melissa on January 17, 2014

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture, Hudson Valley Photographer

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

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Written by Melissa on January 15, 2014

ALL NEW BLOGSITE!!!

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

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Written by Melissa on 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 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 12, 2012

50 Pint Challenge…

  Going off the norm, some of you are aware of my position on cancer, ummm it sucks!  That is the clean version for the web.  My  friend Andrew has been battling Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the past year and in that time has received around 35 bags of blood product.  In an effort to…

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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 September 18, 2012

Mother’s Day Mini, Hudson Valley Family Photographer…

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

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Written by Melissa on 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 February 9, 2012

Pin Up Girls, Part 1, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  I love to give myself a project.  My projects are a way for me to step outside of my box and to  have some good creative fun.  Earlier last year, I had someone send me an email and asked if I would ever consider doing a Pin Up Girl shoot.  Let me think, “HECK…

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Written by Melissa on February 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies…

  Totally off topic, but I wanted to share this fun treat that I found and made with my own twist.  Being that today is the Super Bowl, I thought I would make a fun football themed treat.  I went on a mad search for the football shaped Oreo cookies, but couldn’t find them in…

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Written by Melissa on January 2, 2012

Year In Review, Hudson Valley Photographer…

  I am going to admit, although Surprise Photography had a wonderful year, I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2012.  My personal life took some real bad hits with unexpected deaths of friends and family, a dear friend being diagnosis with cancer and Kieran taking about 10 years off my life with…

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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 March 25, 2011

Live Love Learn, The Donation…

  It has been almost 2 months since Live Love Learn and I am proud to announce that this past Thursday, our group of fabulous ladies presented a check to the American Heart Association for $5182.00.  Yeah, how awesome is that, double of last year!!  I want to thank everyone who came out not only…

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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 January 18, 2011

Ladies Night, LIVE LOVE LEARN…

Don’t forget, Thursday evening is our LIVE LOVE LEARN event.  I fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association.  Tickets are $25 and include goodie bags, door prizes, hearth healthy food, gifts, exclusive offers from vendors and a chance to win some amazing raffles.   Tickets are still available for purchase at Elizabeth Boutique, Bella Luci Saloon,…

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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 8, 2011

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day, Hudson Valley Photographer…

In addition the the LIVE LOVE LEARN event on January 20th, I will be hosting Valentine’s Mini Sessions at my design studio located in Waddle n Swaddle Poughkeepsie on January 28th and 29th.  LIVE LOVE LEARN is an event to improve the education about the importance of heart health in women.  To kick off heart…

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Written by Melissa on December 13, 2010

And The Winners Are…

I will be in touch with all of you on how to claim your prizes.  CONGRATS!!!!


Written by Melissa on December 8, 2010

Here Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!!!

It is that time of year again, time to giveaway some of my “Favorite Things.”  Last year we had a lot of fun with this, this year the giveaways are bigger and better and I have a lot of them.  We have a lot of great local products and goodies as well as some random…

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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 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 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 1, 2010

Not A Bad Afternoon…

Last weekend I treated myself to a visit to Mohonk Mountain House for a little spa action.  Baby is taking his toll on my body and I needed just a little time to relax my muscles and enjoy a wee bit of quiet time, with a prenatal massage.  After my session, I took some time…

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Written by Melissa on July 10, 2010

Balloon Festival…

Last weekend I got up nice and early, on a Saturday morning no less,  to head over to the Walkway to catch a glimpse of the annual Dutchess County Balloon Festival.  It is always a question on whether or not they will launch and this morning, all of them did.  I would have loved it…

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Written by Melissa on July 9, 2010

My New Gallery…

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

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Written by Melissa on June 1, 2010

Tot Trends Weekly Cover…

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

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Written by Melissa on May 23, 2010

Giving Is Awesome, Family 2…

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

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Written by Melissa on May 18, 2010

Open House…

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

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Written by Melissa on May 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 11, 2010

Giving Is Awesome, Part 1…

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

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Written by Melissa on April 7, 2010

32 Raymond Ave…

That is our new address.  Waddle n Swaddle has moved and so has the Surprise Photography Design Studio.   The new store is bigger, brighter and right across the street from the old one.  The studio has a couple more updates that need to be made but otherwise we are up and running and open…

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Written by Melissa on March 24, 2010

Celebrity Waiter’s Brunch…

This past Sunday, The Grandview hosted The Celebrity Waiter’s Brunch,  a fundraiser for the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.  It was a great success with about 150 people in attendance, including 2 of my guests that won tickets on my blog giveaway.  The brunch featured 16 Celebrity Waiters that included the Mayor of Poughkeepsie as well as…

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Written by Melissa on March 11, 2010

Celebrity Waiter’s Dinner…

Surprise Photography has signed up as the official photographer of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s Celebrity Waiter’s Brunch.   With this honor, I have been given two tickets, a $150 value and I want to give them to you.  Here are the event details: Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM The Grandview 176 Rinaldi…

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Written by Melissa on February 20, 2010

OneLight…

I have been eying this workshop from afar for the longest time. The problem, it always sells out and sells out fast.  So when the new dates for the 2010 workshops were announced, I pounced on it.  Now normally I am a natural light shooter.  I love natural light, I love working with it, however…

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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 11, 2010

New Paltz Times…

I was recently contacted by Megan Labrise of the New Paltz Times to discuss my involvement with Lenses of Love, a fundraiser for Haiti orphans.  Charity is a very important part of my life, so I jumped at the opportunity to be involved when my friend Sally Clark asked me to be apart of this…

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Written by Melissa on February 9, 2010

Firetruck…

I love vintage and things with texture, so when I drove by this vintage firetruck, I knew I needed to stop and check it out.   I have driven by it on several occasions and thought how I would love to bring my boys here to take some pictures.  Well on this day I didn’t have…

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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 26, 2010

Lenses of Love…

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

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Written by Melissa on January 18, 2010

learn-love-live: celebrate your heart…

Invite your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, daughters & co-workers of all ages to learn how to incorporate hearth health into your full, fun & crazy lifestyle; Love yourself with fashion & beauty tips that make you feel good; & Live a long healthy life by incorporating exercise & nutrition into your daily routine. Be the first…

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Written by Melissa on December 21, 2009

And The Winners Are…

Thanks to the 100 or so of you who entered my “Favorite Things” contest.  I can’t wait to do it again next year, bigger and better.  Congrats to the winners, if you haven’t  already seen your name on my Facebook Fan Page, here is a nice surprise:


Written by Melissa on December 13, 2009

Giving Is Awesome, Part II…

So, you heard about Giving is Awesome.  The premise is simple: think of someone you know who deserves custom photography but can’t afford it.  Nominate them  to win it.  Enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling you brought to the world.   Last year, Giving Is Awesome had over 500 photographers give away $500,000 in gifts.  Pretty sweet…

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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 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 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 7, 2009

Highland HudsonFest, Walkway Over the Hudson…

Where you one of the 40,000 people to enjoy the Walkway Over the Hudson this weekend??? Saturday marked the Official Grand Opening Ceremonies for the Walkway opening.? I had my ticket, but unfortunately couldn’t make it, which I am kicking myself over. I did however, get to sneak over there later in the afternoon to…

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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 October 2, 2009

Highland HudsonFest…

The weekend has arrived, the Grand Opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson is here.? There will be many great events going on including the Illuminations walk this evening and the Highland HudsonFest tomorrow.? I will have a booth set up at the Highland Event, so be sure to come say hi if you are…

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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 14, 2009

Just Enjoying A Summer Day…

With the rain being such a downer this summer, I wanted to brighten up the day a little.? The boys and I headed out this morning to a favorite spot in New Paltz, to catch some fresh blooming sunflowers.? I was feeling inspired after one of my favorite photog pals posted some great photos on…

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Written by Melissa on July 23, 2009

Opening August 09…

This August, Surprise Photography will be opening? “Surprise Photography Design Studio” in Poughkeepsie.? This space will not be a photo studio, but a gallery to display all my new goodies as well as to meet with clients.? My mission with the new studio is to help make the the post session process, as smooth as…

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Written by Melissa on July 20, 2009

DragonFly…

A friend of mine recently approached me about doing some new photos for her website. She wanted something fresh and new that related to her work in holistic healing.? This was an exciting project because of the nature of the shoot as well as it was something so different for me.? The artistic juices were…

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