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 April 20, 2016

Maternity Session on the Farm, Hudson Valley Photographer

I was so excited to finally meet up with this growing family last winter for their maternity session on the farm.  Big sister to be took some time to warm up to me but by the end, we were best friends.  She had this draw to her that even the cows on the field couldn’t…

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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 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 May 7, 2013

Olivia, Hudson Valley Maternity Photographer…

Daddy-to-be gifted his lovely wife with my Welcoming Me Collection, a documentary on welcoming their baby into their family.  It’s such an honor to be apart of such a journey with a couple and for mommy, it’s such a wonderful gift to receive.  I had a lovely afternoon with these two and I’m looking forward…

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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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 November 19, 2010

Baby Beech Tree…

I was excited when I got a phone call from a dad to be who wanted to buy a special gift for his wife for her birthday.  He had been referred to me by a friend, for my “Welcoming Me” collection.  As we were talking on the phone, I found out he was the owner…

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Written by Melissa on October 19, 2010

Tick Tock, Tick Tock..

Any day now I am expecting a phone call from this awesome couple telling me they are on their way to bring their first baby into this world. Well, maybe I should correct myself, their first human baby.  As you can see they brought one of their four legged babies with them to their maternity…

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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 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 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 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 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 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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