Welcome and thank you for contacting Melissa Hartigan Photography
Thank you for your interest in a Milestone Session. I would be happy to be a part of capturing this very special milestone.
Below are my session offerings for a one year milestone session. If you have any questions once you read through everything please let me know, Melissa
This time is so fleeting, my goal with every session 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. Last minute bookings are never a guarantee and usually only occur if a scheduled session has been postponed or rescheduled.
All Milestone sessions are customized to meet my clients needs. 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? What safety and policy procedures do they have? Have they been trained in art of 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 200 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 client reviews…
"My husband and I absolutely loved our maternity shoot with Melissa. The entire experience was super fun. We felt at home as soon as we stepped inside her studio. Everything was super clean and organised. She also has an amazing collection of gowns and complementing jewellery in the MHP client closet. The way she captured my husband and I, was just amazing and her energy was infectious! She also gave us a tour of the studio and showed us where and how the newborn photoshoot will take place. We are super excited for our newborn shoot with her in couple of months"
"When we walked into Melissa's studio, we were absolutely blown away by the space she has. The different settings, backdrops, and props were endless! The photos of her stunning work with infants around the studio absolutely blew me away. Melissa so clearly enjoys what she does. She was patient, kind, and knew how to grab our 5 month old son's attention to snap the perfect photo. Going to any business with a baby during the Covid-19 pandemic is definitely worrisome, although going to Melissa's studio, however, did not concern us whatsoever. She goes the extra mile in her safety precautions to not only protect herself, but also her clients and her family. I would absolutely recommend Melissa to anyone who is interested in getting professional photos taken of their sweet baby!"
All sessions include the Photographers time, talent, a pre-session consultation either on the phone or through email 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.
Milestone sessions are scheduled in studio Monday - Thursday. Weekend sessions are available upon request and carry an additional $100 weekend premium.
A $150 non-refundable retainer is required to to reserve your session 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 (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*
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.
All inclusive milestone session - $599
$499 for prior newborn clients
The All-Inclusive Milestone Session is a studio session lasting up to 45 minutes.
• 20 professionally edited full resolution digital images, with print release
• 2-3 outfit changes (client provided)
• Up to three setups
• 5x7 gift print of each gallery image
If cake smash session - MHP provides a simple triangle colored banner. Banner color choices and a picture of your cake smash outfit must be received 3 weeks prior to your session, otherwise blues for boy or pinks for girl will be used.
**One child - no family, sibling or parent pictures will be taken during the All Inclusive Milestone Session**
* Smash cake and smash outfit are not provided, client provides cake and outfit. MPH Recommends an amazing local CT baker who will create anything you can image, she will also deliver your cake to the studio the day of your session. Her information will be given to you after you have scheduled your session.*
ALL INCLUSIVE MILESTONE SESSION ADD ON OPTIONS:
$250 add on - Custom designed cake smash theme. Fee covers time, prep and purchases made to customize the setup. All items purchased remain the property of MHP, one month notice is required for a
custom designed cake smash theme. Add on for custom theme is to be paid at time of booking. Smash Cake and Cake Smash outfit are not included in this fee, recommendations will be given on cake design and outfit to ensure they match the custom designed setup.
$100 add on - Immediate Family/parent shots are offered as an add on with additional time added to your session. The image number remains the same.
ALL INCLUSIVE MILESTONE MINI SESSION - $399
$299 for prior newborn clients
The all-inclusive milestone mini session is a studio session lasting up to 20 minutes.
• 6 professionally edited full resolution digital images,
with print release
• 1 outfit (client provided)
• One setup
**One child - no family, sibling or parent pictures will be taken at mini sessions as time does not allow. This is not a cake smash session.**
To secure a date you can do so by clicking here enter your child’s birthdate on the forms and I will be in touch to schedule your session once everything is received.
As of today I do have an opening for your milestone 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 child's 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.