My name is Melissa Surprise, and I create forever memories. Being a professional photographer means I stop time, write wordless stories and paint with light. When you think about your favorite photos, what makes them so compelling? For me, each belly photo of my three sons, the “Surprise Dude Crew,” is an intimate time capsule of my journey into motherhood. That depth of emotion that these photographs evoke in me is what inspires my work at Surprise Photography. I want you to have gorgeous images of yourself and your own loved ones that brighten your spirit and fill your soul for years to come.


Your pregnancy goes faster than you can imagine, maternity photos give you the time to focus on the new life you’re creating.


We always wish we can keep them little forever. Since we haven’t figured out how to freeze time, we do just that by capturing the moment through photography.

brother and sister


Family portraiture is the best way to document your legacy, watch how they grow, and look back on the journey of your life.

woman in forest with newborn

Family and happiness together in a picture


“I was lucky enough to have Melissa do my head shots for my small business. Anyone that knows me would tell you how the prospect of getting that done would make me want to curl into a ball and hide. Well, Melissa didn’t just make the experience tolerable, she made it FUN, perfectly suited to my taste (and the feel of my biz), and dang did they ever turn out great. A total pro with a great “bedside manner” to put even the most nervous client at ease. Book this woman, you won’t be sorry!

-Kristin Kaiser Nelson

“We can’t recommend Melissa enough! Her work is amazing and she is wonderful to work with. Our walls are now covered with her photos of our family, which makes us so happy, and everyone who sees them is blown away!

-Elyse Atkind Brocks

sisters girls playing


We are so pleased you are considering Surprise Photography and look forward to working with you to exceed your expectations. Custom portraiture is an investment in beautiful artistry that will be treasured for generations to come. We are committed to capturing your family in an original, artistic, and natural way, to create the heirlooms that will become your family’s history.
We invite you to book your consultation with our studio, to discuss session as well as vision, goals and outcome.


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