Welcome and thank you for contacting Melissa Hartigan Photography
Congratulations on your pregnancy, I hope you are feeling well, its such an exciting time in your life. As a mother of five, I know just how special and exciting this time in your life truly is and I really do thank you for taking the time to inquire about a Newborn Session.
I have been in business for over 7 years and have photographed 700 + newborns, they are my specialty and I truly love being a part of capturing their newness. I have mentored with the most amazing newborn photographers in the industry, and continue my training yearly with both workshops and mentoring. I do this so I am always able to offer the most amazing experience to my clients.
My goal with every session is to create timeless images to cherish for years to come. As you will see most of my packages include digitals, professional prints and products. I feel in a world of iPhones and constant cell phone pictures, sharing on social media and through text messages there is a need to include them. The thought often crosses my mind that those growing up now will not have the albums filled with memories to look back on as past generations do. This is why they are included, it is important for my clients to have professional prints in tangible form to look back on year to year.
I always suggest to all who inquire to be sure they look at all of the photographers websites and facebook pages being considered. Ask questions, are they insured? Do they continue their training with newborn workshops? Have they been trained in newborn safety? This can not be stressed enough, you are trusting them with your brand new baby who is just days old. Please do not choose a photographer on price alone, you really want to be sure that you love their style. This time is so fleeting and your baby will only be a newborn once, you want to ensure that the photographer you choose will capture everything you hope they will. I always say quality over quantity.
I also suggest reading past client reviews, do they have reviews from past clients? I have over 130 reviews from past clients - if you would like to read reviews that have been left by my past client. You are able to do so by clicking here.
Here are a few past client reviews…
“I was lucky to find Melissa Hartigan Photography after a friend of mine had also used her for a Maternity Photo shoot. When I first talked to Melissa on the phone it was like speaking to an old friend. She immediately made me feel at ease and we talked about which photo packages (both Maternity as well as newborn photo packages) would work best for our family and our budget! I was concerned as to what to wear for the maternity shoot but have no fear----Melissa has a closet full of beautiful gowns at her studio that she had me pick out ahead of time. The maternity shoot was absolutely perfect and she and her assistant made me and my husband feel so comfortable----and trust me when I say she goes the extra mile to make sure she captures the best moments! We recently got to experience her warmth and expertise again recently after the birth of our son. Her studio is so warm and inviting and the photos that she was able to capture are really nothing short of amazing. She even got my son to smile and capture that in a gorgeous photo that will be hung proudly in our home. Melissa will be our family photographer for years to come and we cannot thank her enough for her professionalism, warmth, expertise and ability to capture the most gorgeous photos of our growing family.”
“Melissa is incredibly talented and working with her was a breeze - not only was she super accommodating which is incredibly important to new parents, it was actually relaxing being in her beautiful studio and she was wonderful with our son. Newborn photos are a huge investment both financially and in trusting someone with a baby, and we couldn't be happier we chose Melissa. We gave her little direction in what we wanted as far as set ups, and she delivered gorgeous, quality photos that we'll cherish forever. I can't recommend her enough.”
I know you didn’t ask but I thought I would also include fresh48 information as well.
Fresh48 sessions are simply amazing, they are a very special session for those new families who want the first few hours of their newborns life captured without having the entire labor or birth documented. Held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life, these lifestyle based sessions are perfect for remembering that first day forever. You can view examples of Fresh48 sessions here
All Newborn sessions are scheduled by appointment in my 1,700 sq ft private retail studio located in Coventry, Connecticut when baby is between 5-18 days old. If you would like to take a little peek into my studio you can do so by clicking here. I am also happy to set up a time with you to come into the studio for a tour, we can sit and chat over a cup of tea of coffee. I love doing this, its a great opportunity to meet and I am able to answer any questions you may have.
I have a multitude of knits, headbands, hats, wraps and blankets, as well as a beautiful couture newborn wardrobe and prop collection, you name it I have it. Having sessions in my studio allows me access to my ever growing collection mentioned, as well as controlling the temperature and lighting making it perfect for baby. You do not have to worry about a thing, I take care of everything.
All sessions include the Photographers time, talent and use of all props, a pre-session consultation either on the phone, through email or in person to learn more about your style preferences and vision for your photos. Following your consultation, I will begin collecting props and designing set-ups to bring this vision to life.
FRESH48 session $595
Fresh48 sessions last up to one hour and are all inclusive, the number of images will vary, minimum of 15 images. Upon receipt of your gallery the high resolution digital images from your gallery will be available for immediate downloading, you will receive a print release for personal use as well.
Fresh 48 photography is a special session for those new families who want the first few hours of their newborns life captured without having the entire labor or birth documented. Held within the first 24-48 hours of your baby’s life, these lifestyle based sessions are perfect for remembering that first day forever. I will come to your place of birth within 48 hours during day light hours, before 2pm. This is not a traditional newborn session; I will not pose the baby or bring props or lights. This will just be me capturing your baby’s sweet new moments in a fresh natural way!
Fresh48 sessions are special because there are very few (if any) things more important and emotional in life than having a baby. For a lot of moms and parents the first couple of hours and days after delivery can be a blur because of all the changes, actual labor and post delivery. I want you to remember how beautiful the two of you looked as brand new parents. I want you to remember how it felt to look at your brand new baby and how fresh and new they looked just coming into the world. There is honestly nothing like it.
$250 non-refundable retainer is required to schedule your session or to reserve your due date on MHPs calendar, the remaining balance is due seven (7) days prior to your scheduled session date or due date (payment plans are available upon request). Cancellations must be made at least 5 days prior to your session and will be applied to a future date A travel fee of $50.00 may be charged within a 20 mile radius of Coventry CT, beyond that an additional fee will apply. *Following CT State Law a 6.35% sales tax will be added to your session fee* A $50 discount is offered when The Cherished Newborn Session is also reserved with your Fresh48 session, both sessions need to be reserved at the same time, discount will be applied to the newborn session.
Scheduling and Important Information:
Since I tend to book up rather quickly, it is highly recommended to reserve your due date on my calendar at least 4-6 months in advance. This will ensure an opening once baby arrives. Last minute bookings are never a guarantee and usually only occur if a scheduled mom is past her due date.
Newborn sessions are scheduled Monday - Friday in the mornings. Weekend sessions are available upon request and carry an additional $100 weekend premium.
A $250 non-refundable retainer is required to to reserve your session or due date on my calendar, your retainer is then deducted from your session total. Do you need a smaller retainer to book? No worries, just let me know and we can arrange for that. The remaining session balance is due seven (7) days prior to your scheduled session date or due date (convenient payment plans are available upon request and so many clients take advantage of this interest free option). *Pursuant to CT State Law a 6.35% sales tax will be added to all session fees, prints and products, prices are subject to change without notice until receipt of non-refundable retainer is received*
To secure your due date you can do so by clicking here
What to expect during your newborn session:
Custom newborn photography is like no other type of photography. It is very special and requires an investment of trust in the person that will be working with your precious new baby. Your photos will be cherished memories forever and heirlooms to future generations. As I said above I have been trained in the art of newborn posing. This has given me extensive knowledge in baby safety and soothing techniques. Your baby will be safe and comfortable throughout the entire session. Your newborns safety is my number one priority. Specific poses are never guaranteed as every baby is different, however your gallery will showcase a beautiful variety of poses and setups from your session.
Another advantage of my studio space is the relaxing parent waiting area. This is your time to sit back and relax. Feel free to catch up on emails, read a good book or even take a nap! My goal is for you to feel at home while I work my magic. Depending on your session type, sessions can last approximately 1-3 hours leaving plenty of time for additional feedings and soothing time for baby as needed.
After your session:
Within 3-5 business days following your session you will receive an online proofing gallery so that you may choose your final gallery images to be edited. At this time, additional images and package upgrades are also available for purchase. You will have one week to make your final selections.
Once your selections are submitted I will begin working on your gallery. The finished gallery will be returned within 10-15 business days. Upon completion you will receive an email notification containing instructions on how to access and download your final images. The gallery is available for downloading & viewing for seven (7) days.
For all sessions, a $250 non-refundable retainer is required to to reserve your session or due date on my calendar, your retainer is then deducted from your session total.
CHERISHED NEWBORN SESSION - $1195
The Cherished Newborn Session is a custom styled newborn session lasting up to 3 hours which includes multiple beautifully designed setups.
• 25 professionally edited full resolution digital images, with a print release.
• keepsake usb
• set of two - 2.5 x 3.5 custom designed accordion mini gift albums
• 5x7 gift print of each chosen gallery image
• 8x8 custom designed hardcover keepsake album
• pose with parents and siblings is also included if desired
CLASSIC NEWBORN SESSION - $895
The Classic Newborn Session is a custom styled newborn session lasting up to 3 hours and includes multiple beautifully designed setups.
• 20 professionally edited full resolution digital images with a print release
• 4x6 gift print of each chosen gallery image
• pose with parents and siblings is also included if desired
TREASURED NEWBORN SESSION - $695
The Treasured Newborn Session is a custom styled newborn session lasting up to 2 hours which includes multiple beautifully designed setups.
• 12 professionally edited full resolution digital images with a print release
• pose with parents and siblings is also available if desired
SWEET & SIMPLE NEWBORN SESSION - $495
The Sweet & Simple Session is a custom styled newborn session lasting up to one hour.
• 6 professionally edited full resolution digital images with a print release.
• 2-3 set ups
• Baby only
Add on: Parent or sibling shots can be added on for $55 each • if a parent or sibling shot is added, (1) image will be added, the images received will change from 6 to 7.
The Sweet and Simple session is not available for multiples.
SIMPLY SWADDLED NEWBORN SESSION - $395
The Simply Swaddled Newborn Session is perfect for those who would just like a few images of their precious new baby. I have a beautiful selection of custom hand knit wraps to be used during this session type, you simply choose the colors. Baby is wrapped for all setups and the session lasts up to 45 minutes.
• 4 professionally edited full resolution digital images with a print release.
• three set ups, example setups: 2 - props and 1 - flokati (fuzzy rug) setup
Would you like a parent or sibling shot? No problem, a switch out option is available with the Simply Swaddled Session for no additional cost. You “simply” choose either a pose with parents or a pose with siblings and we switch out one prop.
The Simply Swaddled Newborn Session is not available for multiples.
To secure your due date you can do so by clicking here
As of today I do have an opening for your due date on my calendar, however that is not guaranteed for delayed bookings and can change as other inquires come in. Again, thank you so much for considering me to be your maternity and newborn photographer, I look forward to hearing back from you soon and answering any questions you may have, Melissa
Connecticut newborn, maternity and baby photographer, Melissa Hartigan, is based in Coventry, CT and serves all of New England. To schedule your family or newborn photography session, contact Melissa.