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 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 February 21, 2016

Sitter Mini Sessions, Easter Edition

Join us March 15th, as Surprise Photography will be offering Easter Mini Sessions for babies aged 6-12 months.  These sessions are geared towards children who are able to sit on their own for a small period of time or really great with tummy time.   Sessions will be photographed at the Surprise Photography Studio at 1…

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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 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 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 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 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 March 25, 2014

4k Fan Giveaway, Hudson Valley Photographer…

I have to thank all those who have followed and supported me over the past 7 years.  Whether you’re an old or new fan, without your support, I couldn’t do what I do.   Thank You!!    



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 October 29, 2013

Contest Time!!!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway



Written by Melissa on July 31, 2013

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions…

  This day only comes once a year and yet it again it sold out in record time.  Mom’s always tend to put themselves on the back burner when it comes to taking picture however, in these sessions its a must that mom participates.  Every now and then we get a grandma too.  This year…

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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 24, 2013

Holiday Mini Sessions, Hudson Valley Children Photographer…

  Yes, the holidays  are well over however I wanted t share some mini session outtakes from some of my fabulous clients.  Holiday mini sessions are not announced, they are an invite only event for my clients who book full sessions from January thru August.  This was my 2nd year doing VIP mini sessions and…

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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 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 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 October 4, 2012

Best of Surprise Photography, May-August…

  It is time to give something away, a 20×30 gallery wrap canvas to be exact!!!! I selected my “Top Picks” from my May-August sessions or weddings and put them up your you to pick your favorite.  Be sure to head over to my Facebook Fan Page to “LIKE” your favorite!!  The image with the…

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16, 2010

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions…

I never do mini sessions so this is a true treat for mom!  (Mom, forward this link to Dad!)


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 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 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 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 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 22, 2010

learn-love-live- the event…

Last night was the learn-love-live event, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. There was an incredible turn out at Cosimos, 176 ladies were there last night.   I saw a lot of friendly familiar faces in the crowd and even ran into old coworkers that I haven’t seen in about 10 years.  Aging myself there…

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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 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 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 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 September 26, 2009

Thank You!!!!!!

I can’t thank you all enough who showed up for the Grand Opening party last night. I saw a lot of familiar faces and met a lot of new ones.? I am guessing we had about 75 people in and out through out the night. There was so many people, I barely had time to…

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Written by Melissa on September 23, 2009

Grand Opening Party…

Just a reminder we are days away for our Design Studio Grand Opening party as well as the? celebration of the 2 year anniversary of Waddle n Swaddle.? We are expecting a great crowd but, the more the merrier.? We would love to see you there.?? There will be gift bags for the first 50…

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Written by Melissa on September 15, 2009

Lots and Lots of Goodies…

The Grand Opening party is only a week and a half away.? I was able to score some great goodies for some giveaways including an overnight stay at the Hilton in Holyoke MA, nice and close to Six Flags!? One of my favorite goodies I have scored,? has to “bee” one of my favorites so…

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Written by Melissa on August 27, 2009

1st Anniversary Celebration…

Last week some friends and I attended the 1st Anniversary of Elizabeth Boutique on Davis Ave in Poughkeepsie.?? Some of you maybe familiar with her store and her great goodies, or? you may recognize EB? from the “Hot? Mammas” fundraiser event we co-hosted last April.? As for the celebration itself, I finally snagged myself the…

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Written by Melissa on July 27, 2009

Christmas in July…

Holidays will be here before you know it.? I know, we barely had? a summer.? Last years holiday sessions were booked by the end of August.? Well we are coming to the end of July and I only have 4 dates remaining.? If you are interested in more information regarding those dates, please drop me…

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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 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 June 23, 2009

Hot Mammas-Relay For Life…

I know I previously mentioned the great success of The Hot Mammas Event.? I again want to thank all of those who participated in the event and note that together with Elizabeth Boutique, we raised $2100 for Relay for Life.?? I look forward to doing more events like this in the future and I also…

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Written by Melissa on May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day…

“A mother holds her children?s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be!


Written by Melissa on May 1, 2009

Recession Chic…

Last night my girls and I headed over to Bella Luci Salon in Poughkeepsie for the Recession Chic-A Runway For Breast Cancer event, co hosted with Beth Madsen of Elizabeth Boutique.?? There was a fantastic turnout and a great fashion show.?? The fashion show included 7 looks, all shown with day and night accessories and…

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Written by Melissa on April 26, 2009

Hot It Was…

WOW, it was an AWESOME, but very hot, day for our HOT MAMMAS event at Elizabeth Boutique in Poughkeepsie.? I want to thank all of those who came out to help raise money for Relay for Life.? I will do a better shout out later to those who donated our fabulous raffle prizes, I just…

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Written by Melissa on April 13, 2009

Kids Expo-Day 2

It has been a WEEK since my last post.??? Thank you for being patient with me.? Some of you know I spent all of last weekend shooting the Kids Expo in Poughkeepsie. Then at 6am Monday I hopped, what I would consider the scariest plane ride of my life, and head down to Atlanta for…

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Written by Melissa on March 18, 2009

Official Sponsor of Kids-Expo

I am excited to announce that Surprise Photography is an official sponsor of the Kids-Expo, presented by IBM. The Kids Expo will be held on April 4th and 5th at the Mid Hudson Civic Center and Children’s Museum.? Entrainment includes “Dog On Fleas” and “The Magic of Michael Mintor.” I will have a booth set…

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Written by Melissa on March 16, 2009

Time To VOTE…

For my Fresh Face x 2.? The top 2 will join Gnorasaurus and myself for a great product shoot next month.? Thank you for taking the time to vote!? Voting ends Friday night. [polldaddy poll=”1460419″]


Written by Melissa on March 9, 2009

Top 40 Under 40…

Surprise Photography would like to congratulate Jenn Sullivan of Waddle n Swaddle, for being one the of the recipients of the 40 under 40 Shaker Awards.? This event is? hosted by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce.?? I look forward to celebrating with her and all the others tonight.? And of course, I will…

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Written by Melissa on February 20, 2009

Latest UPS Dropoff…

It is always fun to see the UPS or FedEx man/woman swing by the house with some new goodies.? This package was from my fabulous canvas company.? LOVE THEM!?? This particular print is a 20×24, which for those in love with 8x10s, will think this is HUGE.?? I am a believer that for a great…

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