Newborn Gallery

Connecticut Newborn Photography

I would love nothing more than to be your newborn’s first photographer, capturing all of their newness. This time is so fleeting, newborns change daily.  Capturing this time allows you to freeze these precious moments in time, to have and to cherish for your lifetime. 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. View a sample newborn session.



All newborn sessions take place in my private Coventry Connecticut photo studio. I also offer in hospital sessions within the first 48 hours of baby’s life, these sessions are available upon request.  View examples of our Fresh 48 newborn sessions.

Upon booking your session, we will have a pre-session consultation either in person, on the phone, or through email.  This will help me learn more about your style preferences and vision for your newborn session. From there I will get to work collecting props, and designing set-ups to bring this vision to life within my style of portraiture.  The studio is full of a multitude of knits, headbands, a beautiful couture newborn wardrobe and props galore.  It is best to reserve your session as early as possible – most clients contact me once they see two double lines on the pregnancy test.

During the session, you are welcome to sit back and relax. When I designed my studio, I had my clients’ comfort in mind.  The studio is equipped with comfy furniture, calming music, beverages, and snacks. My goal is for you to feel at home and rest while I work my magic. Depending on the newborn session chosen, newborn sessions last approximately 1-3 hours, leaving plenty of time for feedings and soothing baby as needed.

Newborn questions and answers

How do I book a session when I’m not sure when baby will be born? 
That’s easy, let me know your due date and we will reserve it ensuring an opening when baby arrives. Once baby is born, you would let me know as soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours after giving birth) and we will select a session date and time. I like to photograph baby between 5-18 days old.  I typically book 4 – 6 months in advance, so if you are interested in a newborn portrait session, please inquire while you are pregnant. Already delivered? No problem. I try to leave openings on my calendar for last minute bookings.

Do you offer any discounts?
It is not part of my policies to offer discounts by request or to negotiate pricing.  However, from time to time you can find some special offers on my Facebook page.

What do I need to bring? Do you provide the props?
You do not need to bring a thing, well besides baby.  I have a beautiful collection of couture newborn clothing, knit wraps, headbands, hats and props. Tour the Studio.

Why do newborn sessions cost so much and why are you so expensive?  I see other photographers charging half as much as you.
My pricing is based on many factors, but rest assured I have thought long and hard about pricing and I do offer interest free payment plans so be sure to ask about that.   I do realize that custom newborn photography is not for everyone and it’s not in every family’s budget.  I have a large retail studio location and there are many costs associated with that.  I am also fully licensed, insured and pay taxes to both the state and federal government.  That means that over 35% of everything I charge goes to the government and that is before our expenses (equipment, lighting, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc.).

My studio is fully stocked with all the beautiful items you see in the portfolio images.  All those different blankets, baskets, backdrops, cute hats and headbands, wraps, and unique props are all in the storage room waiting for your baby!  Many times you can see the difference between photographers in the lighting, posing, and quality of the images on their websites.  I pride myself in being able to do more than just take a picture – I am capturing your babies newness in the photographs I take as well as creating timeless keepsakes of your family.  My goal for my clients is that you leave not just with images that sit in a drawer on a ubs, but beautiful albums, artwork and prints for your walls that will last generations.

When you choose Melissa Hartigan Photography, you are choosing an experienced photographer, you will not be sorry you invested in this experience and the quality of my work. Be sure to read my reviews from past clients!  To read more about why a newborn session costs so much see my blog post.

Contact me today to find out more about scheduling your newborn session or to secure your due date on my calendar. For more information, read my newborn photography details page.


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.



Coventry, CT

(860) 803-0898