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 5, 2015

Out of Office, Surprise Photography

Well, more like out of the country.  I will be on a family trip from May 6th to the 12th. I will have no phone access so please email me at melissa@surprisephotography.com.   I will be sure to get back to you once I return.  If you wish to follow my travels, be sure to…

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Written by Melissa on November 19, 2014

Baby’s First Christmas Mini Sessions, Hudson Valley Portrait Photographer

This December 6th, I will be offering “Baby’s First Christmas” mini sessions.  Sessions are more ideal for independent babies, used to tummy time or sitting independently, but siblings are welcome to help out with holding baby.  Not ideal for newborns due to lack of time with baby posing.  Please email me regarding any age concerns….

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Written by Melissa on November 6, 2014

Out of Office, Disney Wine & Dine….

  Just a quick note to let everyone know I will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to catch a flight to Orlando to participate in my first Disney Wine and Dine event. I have been training for this 1/2 marathon for about 5 months now and the day has finally come. Many of…

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Written by Melissa on October 11, 2014

Staci & Nicholas, Connecticut Lake Wedding…

I’m so lucky to have clients that truly talented when it comes the the DIY touches to their wedding.  Staci and Nicks “Day of the Dead” inspired wedding had everything from hand-painted center pieces to handmade paper flowers.  The flowers looked better than some real ones that I’ve seen in the past.    The weather looked…

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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 April 7, 2014

Unique Ladies of the Hudson Valley, April

April is foodie month at Unique Ladies of the Hudson Valley.  Our featured vendors include Beacon Pantry and Nic L Lynn Wine Cellar on the Hudson.  They will have some fabulous samples of cheese and treats on hand, as well as wine.  Tickets are limited to 40, first come first serve, sorry no refunds.  You…

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Written by Melissa on August 29, 2011

Irene, Not a Fan…

  I am going to be honest, even with all the talk of this FIERCE storm that took over the airways, I really didn’t think we would see much storm or damage at all.  My neighbors had family staying with them, who were evacuated form NYC.  Who would have thought they would see more of…

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Written by Melissa on March 2, 2011

Celebrity Waiters Brunch, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum…

      Please come and join me in an event to support the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum The 5th Annual Celebrity Waiters Brunch I am going to host a table, or two depending on how many we can fill, and I would love for you to be apart of my crew.  Those of you at…

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Written by Melissa on February 14, 2011

In Memory, Hudson Valley Pet Photographer…

For many of us who are pet owners, we consider our four legged creatures apart of our family, one of our children. Many of my sessions involve the family pet(s).    This past week I learned the sad news of two families who lost their dogs to illness. My deepest sympathies go out to these…

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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 1, 2010

Tired Tree…

The look of this tree is how my body has been feeling over the past couple of days.  Worn down and tired.  I always joke that you have to sit on me to get me to stay still, well, my body has taken over and has put me out of commission for the past couple…

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Written by Melissa on October 23, 2010

Amber and Graham’s Wedding, 10-10-10…

It should be wrong to have as much fun as I had shooting this wedding, and get paid for it.  I worked with a very talented second shooter, DJ, and my favorite videographer crew.  It was like a mini reunion for me walking in the front door of the bridal location, since I have photographed…

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Written by Melissa on June 25, 2010

Time To Vote, Trash The Dress…

Time to vote for who’s dress we are going to “Trash.”  The winner will win an artistic photoshoot with Surprise Photography,  make-up and hair done by the LaV Beauty team and Sarah Schappach of  Bella Luci Salon and accessories by Tracy Williams of my SIS designs.  Polls are open until June 30th.  Please only vote…

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Written by Melissa on March 10, 2010

Project 52…

After two weeks of straight travel, it is time for  a little catch up with Project 52.  This weeks assignment was food.  Now, I never really had a thing for cupcakes until my 2nd pregnancy.  For the first 3 months I felt awful and didn’t want to eat a thing.  Finally after weeks of feeling…

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Written by Melissa on July 29, 2009

Orange Glow…

This summer we have surely seen our share of crazy weather.? It seems like thunderstorms are apart of our daily routine.? The other night as I was putting the boys to bed, there appeared to be an orange like glow around the house.? It was as though the sky was on fire.? Mother Nature, playing…

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Written by Melissa on July 16, 2009

ALEX?S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION …

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, the BabyMine Playgroup will host an Alex?s Lemonade Stand at Stop & Shop on Saturday, July 25th, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, on South Road, Poughkeepsie, New York. BabyMine Playgroup is a Moms Meetup with more than 150 members devoted to parenting, supporting each…

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Written by Melissa on July 8, 2009

Showcase…

Here is yet another fabulous treasure I came home to last week. This canvas piece is an absolute work of art.? To truly get an idea of its size, I brought Brayden out to stand next to it.?? This heirloom will surely last a lifetime.



Written by Melissa on June 24, 2009

On Vacation…

Surprise Photography will be closed from June 24th until July 3rd.? I will be sure to return all your email inquiries once I return. For all of those looking to book, I have extremely limited space in July and am now booking for August.?? Clients with open albums, I will be sure that all questions…

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Written by Melissa on June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day…

To all the papa’s of the world, I would like to wish you a fantastic “Father’s Day!”? To my hubby from the boys:? “I’m so lucky as can be, the world’s greatest Dad belongs to me.” And to my dad, I am always thinking of you.


Written by Melissa on June 3, 2009

Coldplay…

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

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Written by Melissa on May 28, 2009

Dinos…

One of my sons favorite movies in the world is “Night at the Museum.”? All of his favorite “African Animals” and of course “REXY” appear in this movie.? So before the opening of “Night of the Museum 2,” we decided to take trip to NYC to the American Museum of Natural History so Brayden can…

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Written by Melissa on May 26, 2009

Eric and Erica…

Last weekend we had the privilege attending Eric and Erica’s wedding at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.? It started off a little gray, but the weather held out and they had a beautiful outdoor ceremony.? The Surprise Family would like to wish nothing but the best to you two and we can’t wait for…

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Written by Melissa on May 20, 2009

Up and Running…

I want to thank everyone for being patient with me over the past couple of days.? Apparently hackers love me, although I do not feel the same love.??? I had some great sessions this weekend as well as pictures from a friends wedding I would love to share with you, but I just want to…

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Written by Melissa on May 15, 2009

Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House…

Just a reminder… Waddle n Swaddle will be hosting a Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House on Saturday, May 16th from 12-4pm. Meet local artisans that have products and services at Waddle n Swaddle everyday, and see their full line of products related to pregnancy, postpartum, children and family: Surprise Photography, my SIS designs, Three…

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Written by Melissa on May 7, 2009

Attention Hot Mammas…

Ok all you? Hot Mammas and friends, all photos have been posted online. If you did not get an email from me with the PDF of info, please drop me an email at melissa@surprisephotography.com.? Thank you again for being apart of such a great event.? I have to give a couple more shout outs to…

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Written by Melissa on May 4, 2009

Raise the Roof…

This past weekend we headed home to Springfield to celebrate Tutu’s 80th birthday party.? Tutu is my hubby’s grandma, who doesn’t look a day over 60. Must be that Hawaiian blood.? My father-n-law is one of 11 kids, yes I said 11!?? Although not everyone was able to make the party, this was the largest…

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Written by Melissa on May 1, 2009

Trunk Show…

Waddle n Swaddle will be hosting a Local Artisan Trunk Show Open House on Saturday, May 16th from 12-4pm. Meet local artisans that have products and services at Waddle n Swaddle everyday, and see their full line of products related to pregnancy, postpartum, children and family: Surprise Photography, my SIS designs, Three Sisters Herbals, Tickety…

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Written by Melissa on April 27, 2009

More Hot Mammas…

There were tons of photos to go through, but I wanted to give you all another sneak peek from Hot Mammas this weekend.?? Enjoy!


Written by Melissa on April 22, 2009

Hot Mammas This Weekend…

Hot Mammas, a fundraiser for Relay for Life, is this weekend and we have about 7 spaces left!? The weather is looking great, we have some awesome raffle prizes and great finger foods being served.? Some photo ideas:? Sisters, generations, best friends, mother and child or just yourself. Check raffle and photo package information HERE….

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Written by Melissa on April 15, 2009

Learnfest…

Last week I hoped the smallest plane I have ever been on, and headed? down south to Atlanta for the most fantastic workshop.?? The instructors were some of the best photogs in the country, and my fellow classmates were just top notch people. ? The ideas and information I took in was very over whelming,…

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Written by Melissa on April 13, 2009

I’m Back…

I am officially back in the office, aka living room :)?? I had a fantastic trip to Atlanta and I can’t wait to share some images.? Once I get caught up on some emails, phone calls and business, I will update the blog with some great photos 🙂


Written by Melissa on April 4, 2009

Kids Expo, Day 1

Wow, it was a bit chilly outside today.? It’s even chillier out when you are driving around P-town on a golf-cart.? But, it was fun :)? I spent most of the day today at the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum where I got to see Dog on Fleas perform. How fun where they!? I had a…

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Written by Melissa on April 3, 2009

So, What Are You Doing This Weekend…

For me, I feel like it is more like, what am I “NOT” doing this weekend.? Most of the weekend you will find me at the Kids Expo.? As an official sponsor and photographer, I will be there for the whole weekend covering the event. For those attending, be sure to swing by my booth…

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Written by Melissa on March 23, 2009

A Day for Hot Mammas…

Reservations are STRONGLY recommended. Call Beth at 471.2817 For more information on Relay For Life: For more Hot Mamma information and participating vendors, go HERE or look for Hot Mammas under the info bar on the top runner of the blog


Written by Melissa on March 20, 2009

Save The Date…

More details to come… Thanks to Michelle for the fabulous? logo: Next Level Consulting


Written by Melissa on March 14, 2009

Little Miss Perfect…

This little sweetie pie made my job way too easy.? In fact, it was so easy I was just waiting for something to go wrong :)? But nothing did.? I can’t wait to see her again in the fall for holiday photos! BTW,? my hubby wants to golf with your hubby 🙂


Written by Melissa on March 10, 2009

Just a Tad Late…

Meet Jack William Alfaro.? We were suppose to meet a week ago, but little man was a little more comfortable where he was.? He truly was worth the wait.? What a precious little baby.? Mommy and Daddy couldn’t have looked any happier.? Welcome baby Jack! Please feel free to share some love with the family…

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Written by Melissa on February 26, 2009

Hanging With The Best…

This past Tuesday I headed to Philly? to hang with some of my favorite fellow photog friends from all over the country.? We shared secrets, showed off our products and did a lot of chit chat and being silly.? I was truly inspired by those around me.?? This is a true group of talented gals!…

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Written by Melissa on February 14, 2009

Happy Day of LOVE, Givin’ Some Love Back…

First of all, thank you to all of you who entered into my New Blog Contest.? I do have to say, it was hard to beat the winner, this momma rallied up the troops and spread the word and banked herself mucho points.? So, it was no surprise to draw her name, Jenn….can’t wait to…

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Written by Melissa on February 13, 2009

Greener Photography…

I have always tried to do my part to conserve and be as earth friendly as possilbe, not only in my home, but in my work too.? All my packaging materials including photo boxes and tissue paper are all made of 95-100% recycled material.? All my shipping supplies including boxes, bubble wrap, air pillows and…

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Written by Melissa on February 11, 2009

First Communion Mini Sessions…

Receiving First Communion is one of the most important milestones in a young Catholics life. It is also a day of family and tradition. First Communion Portraits are treasured keepsakes for parents and their family to cherish the innocence and hope for the future of their children. On March 21st and 28th, I will be…

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Written by Melissa on February 6, 2009

Share the LOVE…

Share the love with me, and I will give some back to you.? Refer a friend and they shoot a session anytime from now until Feberary 28th, all referral bonuses are DOUBLED!! Not only are they doubled for you, but your friend as well! SWEET! Newborns, engagements, seniors, etc are all included. And if that…

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Written by Melissa on February 1, 2009

Welcome to My NEW BLOG!!!

It has been a couple months in the works, but it is finally here, my fabulous new blog!? There have been a lot of changes with SP over the past couple of months and a lot more to come this year, so I figure, why not start with a new look.? First,? you may have…

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