Welcome and thank you for contacting Melissa Hartigan Photography
Congratulations on your pregnancy, I do hope you are feeling well. This is such an exciting time in your life and I thank you for taking the time to inquire about a maternity session. This time in your life is so fleeting and I would love to capture the beauty that your body beholds in creating a new life. My goal with every session whether it is in studio or outdoors is to create timeless images to cherish for years to come.
My calendar tends to fill quickly, so if you are considering a session please let me know once you read through everything so we can secure a day and time that works well for you. For maternity sessions I like to plan them between the 29th – 34th week of pregnancy so the belly is the perfect size, but gives you some time before delivery in case baby decides to come a week or two early. Last minute bookings are never a guarantee and usually only occur if a scheduled mom is isn’t feeling well.
Custom maternity portraiture is like no other type of photography. I have also been trained in the art of maternity posing; this has given me extensive knowledge on flattering poses, angles and lighting techniques. All Maternity session are customized to meet my clients needs. MHP has an exceptional collection of the most beautiful couture maternity gowns and silks. All of which are available for client use during their sessions. All gowns shown on my website, my instagram and facebook business page are from my maternity wardrobe, you can view examples here. I was named The Best Maternity Photographer in the State of Connecticut, if you are interested in reading the article it can be found here.
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 maternity workshops? Have they been trained in art of maternity posing and lighting techniques? 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, 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 clients. You are able to do so by clicking here.
Here are a few past client reviews…
“Melissa was a pleasure to work with. She was super responsive to my emails and scheduled us for a time that was convenient with our work schedules. I dreamt of having a picture of my toddler kissing his little brother (via my belly). When we brought our toddler in he was at the height of his terrible two phase and this had us frazzled, but Melissa was as cool as a cucumber. She was so patient and managed to get me to relax and voila we got the exact shot I wanted.
She had gorgeous gowns to pick from and found two that complemented my personality and skin tone. (I've had so many people ask me where I found my maternity gowns.)We got our sneak peak photos so quickly it surprised me. I was also blown away by the final products.
I HIGHLY recommend Melissa to anyone considering maternity and newborn photos. She is so professional and passionate about her craft. There is no way you will walk away unsatisfied.”
“Melissa took the photos for both our maternity and newborn sessions, and I can't say enough about how awesome she is. From her responsiveness via email, patience is answering my 1,001 questions (even before choosing her as our photographer) to taking my personal journey to motherhood to heart and creating special, very thoughtful props for our newborn session. I was really touched by the gesture. And, of course, she is a wonderfully talented photography who took beautiful pictures of my "baby bump" and my precious bundle of joy. We will treasure them always. I highly recommend Melissa.”
All sessions include the Photographers time, talent and use of the MHP maternity wardrobe, 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 planning your session to bring this vision to life.
Maternity sessions are scheduled Monday - Thursday. 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*
All outdoor sessions are held on location, locations are chosen by Melissa within 20 mile radius of Coventry CT. Outdoors sessions are scheduled approximately 90 minutes prior to sunset ensuring the most gorgeous light for your session. If outside portraits are desired at a location other than Melissa's chosen location, a travel fee of $50.00 may be charged within a 20 mile radius, beyond that an additional fee will apply.
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 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.
timeless maternity session - $395
The Timeless Maternity Session is an Indoor or Outdoor session lasting 30 minutes.
Heirloom maternity session - $595
The Heirloom Maternity Session is an outdoor or in-studio maternity session lasting one hour.
Heirloom session add on option:
$250 add on if you would like both in-studio and an outdoor session
A $75 discount is offered when the Cherished Newborn Session is reserved when scheduling your Heirloom maternity session, both sessions need to be scheduled/reserved at the same time, discount will be applied to the newborn session.
To secure a date you can do so by clicking here enter your due date on the forms and I will be in touch to schedule your session once everything is recevied.
As of today I do have an opening for your maternity session 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.