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Manchester CT Newborn Photographer | Recent Newborn Session Peeks

Hello! Thank-you for visiting Melissa Hartigan Photography and viewing my most recent blog post, Manchester CT Newborn Photographer | Recent Newborn Session Peeks. For those who are new to my blog, I’m a CT Newborn Photographer specializing in newborn and maternity photography. I love being a professional photographer and capturing my clients stories, emotions and freezing their moments in time, it really does bring me so much joy. I am so happy to be a part of these families special time and truly hope you enjoy this recent post. Here is a little peek into a recent newborn session with Miss Chisaki from Manchester CT.

Chisaki Newborn Session

Chisaki’s parents contacted Melissa Hartigan Photography to reserve her due date on our calendar.  Clients do this so that once baby is born they can call to schedule their newborn session.  All newborn sessions take place in my private Coventry CT studio.   The images that we captured during her newborn session are timeless treasures. She is such a beautiful baby; I know mom and dad will enjoy looking back at these images over the years!

Manchester CT Newborn Photographer | Recent Newborn Session Peeks

When a new mom contacts me, if they would like we set up a time to meet in person so that we can sit down and discuss their hopes for their session.  With each and every session I custom design the setups used based on these meetings. I was so honored that I would be the CT newborn photographer to take her beautiful babies first professional images, Thank-you!

Mom requested purple and white.

I couldn’t agree more that those colors were perfect with their little baby girls skin tone, she looked so happy and content. The props I hand selected worked perfectly for her, she looked especially adorable with her sweet baby yawns in my handmade wooded bed. Throughout the session I used several headbands, little outfits and wraps.

Melissa Hartigan Photography has an extensive prop collection and a beautiful couture newborn wardrobe. Parents don’t need to worry about props or set ups for their baby. I have it all taken care of. All of my clients need to do is tell me two colors they would like to see used; from there I take care of the rest.

For booking information and availability, please email us via the contact tab. I hope you enjoy this little peek into her session, Melissa

Melissa Hartigan Photography, Coventry Connecticut ~ Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Children and Family Photographer

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A few of the beautiful headbands used during this newborn session are from Pooks and Lulu

Beautiful Flokati used was from Luneberry

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  • Jessica Plourde - Beautiful work, as always! One thing I really love about MHP is the ability to capture these calm, serene moments. Newborn/infancy can often be a blur of crying and a very stressful time for parents, so having these blissful moments to reflect on and cherish is so important. I’m blessed that I was able to have those moments of my babies captured by MHP, as I’m sure Chisaki’s parents would feel the same!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Goodness… this baby girl is gorgeous! That head full of hair and sweet skin, are just beautiful with the colors you have wrapped around her. Your work for this family is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Oh my goodness what a cute baby with the best cheeks and hair! I love the purple and white setup.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - She is a sweetie!! Those soft colours are perfect for her!! You truly have a talent for photographing newborns Melissa!! Amazing work as always!!ReplyCancel

  • N Wiening Photography LTD - This baby girl is too adorable for words. You have captured so much of her personality at such a young age! well done, stunning as always!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Wagner - OH MY GOSH. What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL baby!!! She is seriously so gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Harshita - Love the session 🙂 it’s a beautiful use of ivory in every setup and little girl looked absolutely stunning in every custom setup you designed 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Suzie - Beautiful images! Just love the purple ones!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - What a beautiful baby and what a head of hair she has! I love the purple colors and the pictures on the bed are stunning. Great work as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Gorgeous baby!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hutchinson - Oh my gosh she’s a stunner! Purple is her colour for sure! Beautiful newborn portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Marcelle Raphael - This is an amazing session. The purple and the whites are just beautiful on herReplyCancel

  • Shelayna - Oh my. love that baby! She is beautiful. I think my favs were the bed images. love all that white!ReplyCancel

Melissa Hartigan Photography| CT Newborn Photographer | Naugatuck CT | Ainara newborn

Hello! Thank-you for visiting Melissa Hartigan Photography and viewing my most recent blog post, CT Newborn Photographer | Naugatuck CT. For those who are new to my blog, I’m a CT Newborn Photographer specializing in custom newborn and maternity photography. It is such an honor each time I am hired to capture these amazing life moments.  Newborn sessions are the beginning of this precious new babies life story. Here is a little peek into a recent newborn session with Miss Ainara who traveled to my Coventry CT studio from Naugatuck, CT.

Ainara Newborn Session – CT Newborn Photograper

Let me start by telling you as a CT newborn photographer that Mother Nature is very unpredictable and can sometimes be tough to work with. Little did we know that the day of the session we were going to have a huge snowstorm. I was a little worried about having the session due to the possible trechourous driving conditions. Thankfully Mom and Dad were adventurous and were able to make it to my Coventry CT studio with no problems.

It may have been cold and snowy outside but inside my private studio it was warm and cozy, the heat was cranking and we were ready for this sweet baby girl’s first professional photo session.

At 78 degrees inside Ainara became very sleepy and quite content making it possible to capture these really wonderful images. Mom really wanted the Froggy pose and she nailed it! Ainara was amazing throughout the entire session and we were able to pose in so many different ways. She was excellent in every pose. One of my favorite images from this session was Ainara hugging the hand knit rabbit, she was simply adorable in that image! I used several headbands, little outfits and wraps from my wonderful vendors. Melissa Hartigan Photography has an extensive prop collection and a beautiful couture newborn wardrobe. Parents don’t need to worry about props or set ups for their baby. I have it all covered. Clients just need to tell me two colors they would like to see used; from there I custom style their newborn session.

It was interesting to see just how much snow had fallen by the end of our wonderful session. I hope you enjoy these beautiful images and a little sneak peak.

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For booking information and availability, please email us via the contact tab. If you would like to see other beautiful images of babies captured in the Melissa Hartigan Photography studio please click here.  I hope you enjoy this little peek into her session, Melissa

Melissa Hartigan Photography, Coventry Connecticut ~ Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Children and Family Photographer

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We used items from Pooks and Lulu, Roses and Ruffles and Sunshine baby props just to name a few.

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  • casey - Oh wow Melissa!! These are stunning!! Connecticut is so lucky to have you as a newborn photographer <3ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much for your very kinds words, I so am honored each time a new family chooses to me capture this very special time for them.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Everson - She is too gorgeous for words!!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - thank you, I couldn’t agree more.ReplyCancel

  • Nataly - Precious baby. What a beautifull soft colors!ReplyCancel

  • ashley - gorgeous little girl and gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - She is absolutely darling!! I love everything about these photos!! Beautiful work as always Melissa!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Wow this baby has the best skin. Love all the neutral pink tones. What a cute photo too with the baby in the bucket holding the little doll.ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - Oh my goodness, her hair is amazing!! And you took such gorgeous newborn images of her-just adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Hoang Gralewski - love!! you are so talented with newborns!ReplyCancel

Plainville CT Maternity Photographer | Maternity Session | Nadia & Justin

Maternity Sessions are a wonderful way to celebrate bringing a baby into the world! They are among my favorite sessions to do. Nadia & Justin’s maternity session was exciting because you could truly see the magic of having another baby between them. Three year old Liam also attended the session and showed extreme excitement about their new addition! He was so cute!

When a client schedules a maternity session, you are documenting the amazing journey into parenthood.  When I meet expectant parents for the first time we chat about the new baby that will be joining their family.  Seeing the joy on their faces when talking about their baby is simply beautiful. Learning their story and being apart of this special life moment brings me happiness.

What to expect before your session

Prior to the session my expectant mamas will come in by appointment to look through and try on gowns from my maternity wardrobe.   Melissa Hartigan Photography has a beautiful maternity wardrobe which is available for use to all expecting mamas. I encourage the use of at least one gown. There are so many colors and styles to choose from.  Gowns chosen will accentuate the pregnant body, showing off that gorgeous baby bump.

What to expect during your session

When it comes to the session, I love capturing the love between my clients.  To capture the joy and excitement they feel for one another and for the baby mom is growing in her belly. The images captured are meant to be treasured. Ones to be kept and looked back on for many years to come. They are meant to show your new baby what he or she looked like when they were growing in your belly, trust me they will ask!  During the session, I will help you pose, help with hand placement and so on, but then I let you be. This is when the true feelings emerge and I capture the best images.

Throughout the session I encourage my clients to think about baby and how their life is going to change.  I ask them to think about holding baby for the first time, to think about what he or she will look like. Imagining these things provoke the emotions which are simply amazing. With each click of my shutter my goal is to capture their connection and love.

Nadia and Justin were amazing to work with. I loved the excitement and animation shown by Liam for their new baby!  Nadia looked so amazing in my maternity gowns and the amazing outdoor colors and her gown choice made her stand out so beatifully. I can’t wait to meet their sweet little one next month!

I hope you enjoy this little peek into this gorgeous maternity session for more additional gorgeous maternity images click here. If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn session for yourself please click here.  Thanks so much for stopping by,  Melissa

Melissa Hartigan Photography, Coventry Connecticut ~ Newborn, Baby, Children and Family Photographer

 

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The beautiful gowns worn during this session we chosen from MPH maternity wardrobe. A few of MPH’s favorite vendors are Sew Trendy Accessories and TAoPaN.

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  • Nataly - Amazing session. Love your settings! Photos with kissing belly is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Awww… what a great big brother he will be.ReplyCancel

  • Candy Hoehn - This was an amazing maternity session. Your locations in Connecticut are gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - Beautiful photos! Stunning momma to be!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - Beautiful! 💜ReplyCancel

  • Megan - BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Justin - Never get tired of looking at these babe!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • casey - Such a gorgeous maternity session!! Looks like you have some beautiful settings to use!!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - Wow! Stunning images!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - these are gorgeous Melissa! colors, emotion… everything is lovely!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Sharon - I love all the family maternity photos here, especially the ones with the son!!! You are right, he is soooo cute!ReplyCancel

Why does a Newborn Session Cost So Much?

When I was recently asked “Why does a newborn session cost so much?” I was glad to explain and went into quite a bit of detail explaining why. Surely many of you maybe wondering the exact same thing but just haven’t asked.

First off, I more than anyone understand the expenses that come with a new baby (I have five children), we all have budgets. Please do not hire a newborn photographer solely based on price;  careful consideration should be given when hiring your newborn photographer. Does the photographer that you are hiring have training in newborn safety and soothing techniques? Do they have the knowledge on how to handle and safely pose a brand new baby that is just days old? After all they will be handling your precious baby therefore this is a very important question. What is their background and experience? Do they attend workshops and continue their education, what is their training, how many newborns have they photographed? Are they legitimately in business or is this a hobby?

Back to why does a newborn session cost so much and breaking it down. There is so much more than meets the eye when you really dig into a photographers business.

The workshops and training can be very costly, one two day workshop can cost at a minimum of $1900.00, not including travel. One to one mentoring can cost triple that. Equipment (multiple cameras, lenses, backdrops, lighting, computer and software). Another large expense are the wonderful props, yes, all those cute hats, headbands, outfits, wraps and blankets are quite expensive. For example, some hats cost $50.+, a beanbag fabric drop can cost between $35.-$75. One complete newborn bucket setup can cost anywhere between $300-$500; an average newborn session has 5 or more set ups (buckets, baskets, beanbag).

Before and after your session come hours spent setting up and cleaning. After each session there is cleanup, all the props and outfits used are cleaned, washed and sanitized.

The hours spent hand editing your beautiful images, the ordering of prints and flash drives. The cost of insurance, do they have a studio and all the overhead that comes with it? The expense of the nanny to watch my children while I’m with yours… I am sure there are many other expenses as well that I haven’t even touched on.

Again I LOVE what I do.

I absolutely love doing what I do. It brings me joy to capture these first fleeting moments that only happen once. Please choose wisely, and remember a newborn is only a newborn once; each and every photograph tells a story, they tell your story. That photograph will never age and it is something you will have to look back on and to cherish forever. Please don’t dwell on the newborn session cost when choosing your photographer.

I would love to have the opportunity to capture your memories; to me nothing is more fulfilling than capturing a moment, an expression or an emotion that is at the core of a relationship. I love documenting those special moments. I simply love what I do. Many thanks for your interest in my work and I hope to one day touch your heart with images of your beautiful children and family.

In conclusion, I hope this article answered or at least opened your minds a little as to why a newborn session cost is what it is.  ~ Melissa

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The gorgeous outfits used during this session were hand made by Pooks and Lulu and The Fox & Heron

The absolutely precious doll used was hand made by Tildonia Dolls by Olga Storozhuk, these little loves are hand made and are absolutely prefect.

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  • N Wiening - These newborn images are sensational. I just love your natural and pure style. A style that will last a life time!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Everson - She is gorgeous!!! Love all the different poses you got!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kandi - Such great points! You are worth every penny you charge!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - What sweet photos. Ensuring your photographer has been trained in newborn safety is everything!! I would be willing to bet a low cost photographer has not invested in safety training. This plus the ability to freeze time and have these images forever really gives value to these images.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Wagner - great points! your words convey the truth- training in safety is so important!!!! beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Oh I love those photos!! And I love that you’ve taken the time to put together this to help educate others on why newborn photography is priced what it is. <3ReplyCancel

  • Ann Jessup - Brilliant post! There is so much more that goes into newborn photography than most people realize!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - This is a really great post. It’s so important for new parents to think about other things involved with a newborn session, not just how much it is going to cost. Your work is beautiful. Every image proves just how much you’re worth!ReplyCancel

  • Milana Photography - You’re absolutely right! Even though you love what you do, you have to charge what you are worth. And you are priceless! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Baotran - I love all the points you bring up! Newborn photography is such an investment and having a trained professional is so important!ReplyCancel

  • Candy Hoehn - This post is perfect! I couldn’t have explained it better myself!ReplyCancel

  • casey - So many costs you never think about when first getting into this.. Its still one of the greatest jobs out there!! Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Nataly - Great post! Your photos are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Allen - Great perspective on the value of a professional. With these images you are worth it. They are priceless!ReplyCancel

Melissa Hartigan Photography| CT Newborn Photographer|Naiara newborn |Haddam CT

CT Newborn Photographer | Melissa Hartigan Photography

Hello! Thank-you for visiting Melissa Hartigan Photography and viewing my most recent blog post. For those who are new to my blog, I’m a CT Newborn Photographer specializing in newborn and maternity photography. I am so happy to be a part of these families special time and truly hope you enjoy this recent post. Here is a little peek into a recent session with Miss Naiara and her sister Zavia from Haddam, CT.

Naiara Newborn Session

Naiara’s mom contacted Melissa Hartigan Photography to do a newborn session in my Coventry CT studio with Zavia, the big sister and her new precious little baby girl Naiara. I just love the names of these two sweethearts! The images that we captured during her newborn session were amazing. You could tell there is going to be a special bond between these two sisters and these two will enjoy looking back at these images over the years!

I was so excited and honored to receive this repeat call! Nairara’s mom contacted me to let me know they were having a second child and I would be the CT newborn photographer to take her first professional images. I remember vividly capturing those great moments during Zavia’s newborn session. I’m so pleased the family picked Melissa Hartigan Photography to be the professional to capture those images again, Thank-you!

Mom requested purple, pink and blue.

I couldn’t agree more that those colors were perfect to debut her next little baby girl Naiara, she looked so happy and content. The props I hand selected worked perfectly for her, she looked especially adorable with that baby smile in my antique bowl. Throughout the session I used several headbands, little outfits and wraps.

Melissa Hartigan Photography has an extensive prop collection and a beautiful couture newborn wardrobe. Parents don’t need to worry about props or set ups for their baby. I have it all covered. Clients just need to tell me two colors they would like to see used; from there I custom style their newborn session.

For booking information and availability, please email us via the contact tab. I hope you enjoy this little peek into her session, Melissa

Melissa Hartigan Photography, Coventry Connecticut ~ Newborn, Maternity, Baby, Children and Family Photographer

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Some of the headbands use for this session were from Pooks & Lulu

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  • Nicole Everson - Oh my goodness she is SO squishy!!! Just perfect!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Jessup - I love the pink, purple and blue! What a perfectly beautiful baby and sister!ReplyCancel

  • Carla - What a perfect session! I love the sibling set!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie - Amazing images! Love the sibling shots!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - What a beautiful baby and big sister! Love her name!! And Ilove everything about those photos!! Your work is stunning Melissa!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - This is a stunning session of this baby girl! Love the purple!!! Great CONNECTICUT newborn session!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Precious and beautiful little one.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Your photos are priceless!ReplyCancel

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