Saturday, February 19, 2011

Farmington Connecticut Maternity Photographer

I just love pregnancy. Each time I see a meet a pregnant client, with that excitement of the baby on its way, I get so mushy inside! And even more so because this session was of my sister-in-law for my soon to be newphew! She was so brave that we got up and held the session at sunrise (after teaching her the beauty of ever-so-so early or late day sun). And it was freezing. And it was very windy. But she is beautiful, and I'll let the images speak for themselves!

And lastly, a little before and after, because its important to me for people to understand the hard work and time that goes into each and every session. The image on the left is straight out of camera and the image on the right is my edit. This is one of the many reasons why custom photography is a completely different experience than a shoot n' burn chain studio at the mall.
Much careful time and attention to detail on every image :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

CT newborn photographer

This beautiful baby girl came to the studio today. What a precious little lady! And I cannot even begin to tell you how good she smelled! She embodied that newborn scent!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

spring mini sessions are here! Connecticut baby photographer

It's hard to think spring with all this winter weather, but it really is right around the corner! In honor of the groundhog telling us spring is on its way, I am offering spring mini-sessions at a reduced rate (from regular, full sessions). Mini-sessions are only going to be offered a few times this year, so don't miss your chace to book at a mini-price!
All mini-sessions will take place in-studio on Sunday March 27th ONLY! These spots will fill up quickly, so call or email me soon to reserve your spot!

$200 fee must be paid in full to officially book your session

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Connecticut baby photographer

Sweet little Miss Isabella! She came back for her 9 month portraits after mom and dad's maternity, her newborn debut, 3 month, 6 month and now again! She just gets cuter each time I see her. Just love her!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wow, what a year it has been. 2010 has been so good to me and my business. I have grown and learned so much but most of all I have worked with some amazing people. My clients are wonderful people who I love creating memories for. From the excitement, anticipation and beauty of pregnancy of a maternity session to the birth of a precious newborn, to toddlers, children and family....this seriously feeds my soul.

Cutest Kid Contest is LIVE! Now accepting votes!

Many people sent in images of their cute little ones for a chance to win a free session and high resolution images on a CD. Help me find the "cutest kid" by placing a vote for your favorite. Its simple!

You must be a fan of Sweet Melissa Photography on Facebook or you can't vote. To become a fan, click on this link:

Once you are there, "Like" the Facebook page and become my fan. (You must be a fan to place a vote).
Go to my photos and find the gallery titled, "Cutest Kid Contest".Find  your favorite entry or the "cutest kid". To vote, type the word VOTE in the comments box below the picture.
Please place a vote before Jan. 31, when the contest will be over.
You can only vote once (multiple votes from one fan will not be counted), but you can however, vote for more than one picture.

I can't wait to see who wins!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Show off your family and decorate your walls with custom-designed products offered by Sweet Melissa Photography

When you book a session with Sweet Melissa Photography, I can assure you that I can offer products and designs that are unique and hard to find anywhere else. Many clients prefer to order their images as digital files for obvious reasons like facebook sharing and so on. But with each digital collection I offer, they also include a discount on a-la-carte products. Take advantage of that discount and order some custom-designed products that tell a story of you and your family.

Here are just a few samples of what I have to offer:

mini- brag books
These are wallet size brag books. Each one is custom designed with images from your session. These fit easily in your purse or bag. They open up like an accoridan and the leather covers (on each end) include a magnet to keep them closed. I offer a variety of cover materials  and colors and can even personalize the cover with an image from your session. What a perfect way to show off your family! These mini-albums also make great gifts for the grandparents!

custom-designed session albums
These are lay-flat albums, so pages lay smoothly across the spread, giving it a very professinal look. These leather-bound albums make great coffee table books and are offered in various sizes! The one pictured here is a 5x7 but I offer a variety of sizes up to 12x12. The covers are customizable in color and material and can even be designed with text and images from your session!
I particularly like these albums for newborn sessions. I feel that there is no better way to document your little one's first days of life than with a beautiful, professional album. Some clients also choose to include their maternity images with their newborn album to really tell a story.

Make em' BIG!
Larger prints {starting 11 x 14} can be mounted on mat-board for a unique, frame-less look. These mat-board prints are also lustre-coated for longevity and prestine quality.

Story Boards
Custom-designed session storyboard are the perfect way to tell a story of your family! These story boards start at 11 x 14. They  can be mounted on mat-board for a unique, frame-less look. These mat-board prints are also lustre-coated for longevity and prestine quality.

Gallery Wrap Canvas
Canvases are printed all the way around the edge of a stretcher frame, providing a gallery wrap. The gallery wrap canvas is the ultimate in artistic statement and elegance... creating a true work of art for your home or office. The bigger the better. The one pictured here is an 11x14 and in my opinion, its not big enough to make a statement on my wall.  However I just ordered a 18x24 that I can't wait to show off!

An image of your newborn looks amazing above his/her crib. How about your family mounted on your mantle or above your sofa? Decorate your home with images that tell a story of who you are.

Gift with Purchase
When you choose to order a collection with your session, you not only save money {over a la carte ordering} but you also receive unique gifts. Starting with the classic digital collection, receive this image tin to store your 5 x 7 reference prints {also included in the collection}. These tins offer a unique and modern alternative to your old fashion albums.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sweet Melissa Photography - newborns, maternity, children and family

Thanks to Trina Ferrantino of for her amzing interview and well-written article about Sweet Melissa Photography.
click here to read the article!

Please vote for me!

Please click to link and take a few seconds to place a vote for Sweet Melissa Photography. One small business will be chosen to win a small business grant. Help me have a btter chance of winning with MORE votes! Thanks!

vote here!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

K and E's Maternity Session SNEAK PEEK

This adorable couple is expecting a little girl in just a few short weeks. What fun we had today catpuring her pregnancy! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

CUTEST KID CONTEST...Win a FREE session and images on a CD... a $425 value... FREE!!!

I am looking to spice things up and meet some fresh faces so I have decided to run a contest on my Facebook fan page. Here's the deal...

1. Send ONE favorite picture of your little one (son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, etc.). Email me the picture at
I will then post your picture to a special contest album on my Facebook fan page.

2. Become a fan of Sweet Melissa Photography on my Facebook fan page either by clicking the Facebook link on my blog or by clicking here:

3. Send people (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) to "lik" my Facebook page and VOTE for their favorite picture (ie, YOURS!!). You can vote for an entry by commenting the word "vote" in the comments section of the picture.

4. The winner will be announced January 31st. The winner is the photo with the most amount of votes. A VOTE IS A COMMENT LEFT ON THE PICTURE'S COMMENT SECTION STATING "VOTE". A person voting MUST be a fan of my Facebook page to vote. Votes from people who are NOT fans will NOT be counted.

1. All entries MUST be submitted by January 15th. I will post all entries on Sunday January 16th. The voting will take place immediately!

2. ONE entry per person.

3. At least 10 entries MUST be submitted in order for the contest to run.

4. Only separate comments made to a picture (stating "vote") will count as a vote. Simply "liking" the picture by clicking "like" will NOT count as a vote.

5. ONE vote per person. Multiple votes by one person will not count.

6. Voting will continue from Jan. 16th- Jan 30th. Winner will be announced Jan 31st via my Facebook fan page.

7. Submitted images must be of a child or children 18 years or younger.

8. For obvious reasons, photos taken by professional photographers will not be accepted.

9. Does not apply to already booked sessions. Winner must apply winnings to a new session.


The winner will receive a FREE session and a CD of your 8 favorite images from the session. A $425 value!

The session must take place in the greater Farmington Valley or in my studio located in Farmington. The session must take place on or before April 30th, 2011.

Let the fun begin!!!