modern. pure. timeless.

Full service custom portrait studio specializing in fine art heirloom artwork and exquisite service.
Hudson Valley newborn baby and maternity photographer located in Cornwall, NY.

preserve your most precious memories

Hiring a professional photographer is not about having a photo taken... anyone can do that. It's how your portraits will make you, your children and grandchildren feel in 20, 50 or 80 years from now. The fine art of photography, retouching and printing has turned into quick snaps with little to no thought put into them before, during or after they're taken. The art of customer service is all but gone. The majority is content with looking at their photos on a screen a few times, counting the 'likes' and quickly forgetting about them (or losing them!)... if they do print, it's typically on poor quality paper that is not archival, with bad color, contrast and sharpness. Why? What's the point? For photos of your Halloween party or summer barbeque this might be fine... but for the big moments and for the point of preserving your most precious memories for generations, so much more thought and care should be put into them. The most photographed generation in history will have no photos if we keep going down this path. Do you remember being a kid and thumbing through your parents' and grandparents' albums? Do you remember how special you felt seeing your portraits proudly displayed on their walls? Do you remember the last time that you were treated to great customer service? THAT is what I believe in. THAT is what I want for you and for the future generations.

ABOUT

who i am

I've loved photography since I was about 6 years old but became obsessed after learning to develop my own film in only second grade. I'm married to the most amazing man I could ever hope for and we have an awesome, funny, creative and intelligent 12 year old girl and two silly rescue dogs. I have been a professional photographer since 2002 and started my business in 2005 in Fairfield, CT before relocating to New York's gorgeous Hudson Valley in 2009.

I'm outgoing and expressive (but can also be a reserved home-body) and I love to make new friends. I love to laugh and be silly, being outdoors (but hate the cold!) and I'm pretty eco-conscious and extend that to my business as well. I love to create - I had an amazing art teacher in elementary school who gave me an appreciation of a huge variety of arts and crafts, a Mom who bakes and decorates gorgeous cakes and a Dad who was a carpenter who inspired me to build things. I love combining my love of different arts (photography, painting, encaustics, etc) and making my own unique props and accessories.

I have been told that I have an uncanny ability to make others feel comfortable... I don't think this takes any special talent or anything, I think it's just that I can be a silly, clumsy idiot in front of others, laugh at myself and keep on going! Yes, this apparently makes people feel at ease. ;)

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Things I love:
-My family - they are THE BEST!
-Chocolate chip cookies or anything dark chocolate
-Dunkin Donuts coffee and pumpkin muffins
-About a million shades of the color blue and burnt orange
-My Sonos speakers - I LOVE music!
-Super snuggly fleece
-Laughing
-The outdoors (hiking, climbing, kayaking, exploring, photographing)
-My task list on my (Samsung) phone - I can't live without it!
-A large variety of arts and crafts
-Reading - mostly to further educate myself

There are countless reasons behind why this is my chosen path, why, deep in my core, I believe in the power of the printed photograph and ensuring that it will be around longer than I will. 



My Papa died when I was five and I remember yearning to see him again. My family gathered photos and there was only one photo of him that had been taken within the past 20 years or so. Only one that I recognized him in and it had been half melted due to mishandling and the Florida summer heat... half of his face erased. That is the only memory I have left of him.

At 27 I was diagnosed with a rare chronic illness and had brain surgery at 28. This condition affected my memory and I have lost large chunks, including much of my daughter's childhood and trips we have taken. If it weren't for my photos I would not have anything to remember these moments by.

My Dad was my best friend, my confidant and my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to follow my passion and bought me my first (film) SLR camera. He passed away in early 2012 and I spent months pouring over old photos, letters, cards and movie ticket stubs. It was painful to see how few photos there were of my camera-shy dad but I cannot tell you how much I treasure the images I do have. I cannot express what it means to me that he spent money that he really didn't have (he was disabled) to have professional portraits taken of the two of us together when I was a teenager. As embarrassing as they are (with my gap toothed smile) they are some of my favorite images. 

I can't imagine there ever being a day when I don't still LOVE being a professional photographer. My Dad always told me "if you don't love what you're doing - don't do it!" and that has always stuck with me. There is nothing I would rather be doing.

There are countless reasons behind why this is my chosen path, why, deep in my core, I believe in the power of the printed photograph and ensuring that it will be around longer than I will. 






My Papa died when I was five and I remember yearning to see him again. My family gathered photos and there was only one photo of him that had been taken within the past 20 years or so. Only one that I recognized him in and it had been half melted due to mishandling and the Florida summer heat... half of his face erased. That is the only memory I have left of him.

At 27 I was diagnosed with a rare chronic illness and had brain surgery at 28. This condition affected my memory and I have lost large chunks, including much of my daughter's childhood and trips we have taken. If it weren't for my photos I would not have anything to remember these moments by.

My Dad was my best friend, my confidant and my biggest supporter. He encouraged me to follow my passion and bought me my first (film) SLR camera. He passed away in early 2012 and I spent months pouring over old photos, letters, cards and movie ticket stubs. It was painful to see how few photos there were of my camera-shy dad but I cannot tell you how much I treasure the images I do have. I cannot express what it means to me that he spent money that he really didn't have (he was disabled) to have professional portraits taken of the two of us together when I was a teenager. As embarrassing as they are (with my gap toothed smile) they are some of my favorite images. 

I can't imagine there ever being a day when I don't still LOVE being a professional photographer. My Dad always told me "if you don't love what you're doing - don't do it!" and that has always stuck with me. There is nothing I would rather be doing.

my "why"

Photographs are one of the few things that become more valuable and precious over time.

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the studio

My studio is located in Cornwall, NY, just off of Main Street (with dedicated parking!) in the beautiful Hudson Valley, just minutes from Newburgh and West Point and an easy trip from Monroe, Woodbury Commons, Middletown, Fishkill, Beacon, Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie and New Paltz.

The 1500 square foot space is stocked with: 

- 5 ready-to-go sets so we can move through different things as quickly as baby will allow

- a wide array of newborn props, hats, bonnets, headbands, wraps, blankets, backdrops, wool and rugs (almost all in earthy tones)

- a comfortable sectional couch, ottomans, bench, glider and patio chairs on the deck for your comfort while you wait

- a TV with cable or grab the tablet and catch up on Netflix or Hulu

- cold drinks and snacks

- a coffee machine (with an assortment including decaf and tea)

- changing table stocked with supplies

- a toiletry basket in case you forgot something

- a fan in case you get too hot during a newborn session (it does get HOT!)

- toys, books and coloring and activity books for older siblings

- two great lunch places within a one minute walk

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behind the scenes video
and interview with autumn

behind the scenes and an interview with autumn

back to the beginning

about autumn

portfolio

Autumn is an extremely talented and professional photographer. She photographed our wedding and did an incredible job. She has a wonderful knack for putting people at ease and capturing truly beautiful moments. When we saw our wedding photos we were amazed at the countless gorgeous pictures she had taken. When we shared them with our friends and family, everyone gushed about how beautiful they were. (We still hear about them 6 years later).

When it came time to choose a photographer to take my maternity photos and pictures of our newborn, there was no choice - it had to be Autumn. She was so amazing taking those first photos of our little guy. She was so sweet, gentle and caring. Even when he wasn't cooperating, she managed to turn on her Baby Whisperer magic and create many heart-melting photos of our boy. She will be taking additional photos of our little guy throughout his first year and we can't wait. 

Autumn has been there for the biggest moments of my life. I am so grateful that she is the one that captured these milestone events on film. I wouldn't have had it any other way.

it had to be autumn"

" There was no choice -

-Nicole and mike-
trumbull, ct
engagement, wedding, maternity (2), newborn (2), baby's first year (2)

The photos were amazing..! The poses she chose melted my heart. Autumn handled my baby with gentleness, care and compassion. My infant was safe and happy and warm and his photos will last a lifetime.

with gentleness, care
and compassion."

" Autumn handled my baby

-clara and bart -
newburgh, ny
newborn

Autumn has come on several occasions to our house to take pictures of my boys. Let me tell you, she is amazing at what she does! My children are notorious for being difficult when it comes to sitting down and smile! Autumn has been so patient, flexible and creative upon coming on these challenging situations. I've always been so surprised at how many good pictures she took considering how bad my kids were :)  

I have also used Autumn to take pictures of some of my product and she did an amazing job as well.  

It's been nice to see Autumn grow throughout the years and become such an accomplished photographer. You should use her!

patient, flexible and creative"

" Autumn has been so

-caroline and chris -
shelton, ct
children, family, product

Autumn is an amazing photographer!! She made our family feel so comfortable and relaxed and I really think it shows in the portraits! I can't say enough good things about her and I can't wait for our next session!!!

So comfortable
and relaxed"

" She made our family feel

-kat-
new hampshire
child and family

We used Autumn for maternity and newborn photos. She did a beautiful job and spent over 2 hours with my daughter. We also have a very rambunctious 2.5 year old little boy who can't sit still but somehow she was able to get photos of our entire family that make it look like he was sitting still! She ensures every photo you choose is touched up. I am glad I also took her advice on a particular pose and outfit for my maternity photo because although I was hesitant it came out absolutely gorgeous.

Spent over 2 hours with my daughter"

" She did a beautiful
job and

-valerie and garrett-
virginia, formerly west point
maternity, newborn, first birthday cake smash

Congratulations on your pregnancy or recent birth of your little one! Newborn photos are best scheduled within the first two weeks of life but ideally, 8-12 days old (most are reserved during the second trimester). Babies sleep deeper, still are used to being cooped up in the womb so they have that newborn curl and their skin typically hasn't started getting all crazy yet (baby acne pops up quickly!). If you love the pictures of babies curled up in cute poses, baby in a basket, hanging in a hammock and sitting in impossible positions, the only way to really do those is very soon after birth (and often with some Photoshop composite magic!). Your baby is in charge and this means sessions can take a few hours, depending on the type of photos and variety you are looking for. Patience is definitely key and I have a whole lot of it. What if your baby is already over 2 weeks old? We can still get some beautiful photos but depending on baby, we may not be able to do much in the way of different poses or props. For 4 weeks to 3 months I suggest a lifestyle session.




You wouldn't trust your newborn baby to an inexperienced OBGYN or pediatrician, don't trust your baby to an inexperienced photographer! I have been a Professional Photographer since 2002 and a mom since 2003. I am very well versed in both professional photography and baby safety. My number one concern, even more than getting great images, is always your baby's safety! I am fully vaccinated and if I or anyone in my house is sick I will give you the option to reschedule. If a newborn is on my schedule they are the only ones that I will be photographing that day as it takes a great deal of time to be sure that every blanket and wrap has been freshly washed (in baby friendly detergent!) for each newborn baby whether they had been soiled or not. If a cute pose cannot be achieved safely it will either be taken in many frames with someone spotting or holding baby which are composited together or not at all.

Safety first

Congratulations!

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Pre-booking your session prior to baby's arrival guarantees availability for your session. I only accept 3 due dates per week to ensure that I can accommodate early and late arrivals and have the flexibility to work around any issues that may arise. Most families book in their second trimester. 

While I am extremely skilled at settling babies, occasionally baby is just having a really bad day - if baby is just not having it I am happy to have you come back another day at no charge. 

My sessions are custom - we'll chat during your consult (and touch base again to be sure nothing has changed once baby arrives) about what about your session is most important to you, what you love and what you don't. Colors, decor in the room(s) you plan to hang portraits in, products you're interested in all the way down to whether or not you like things like hats, bonnets, wraps, props, etc.

There are so many styles of newborn photography and many options for sessions - which is right for you? First off, let me tell you that dressing babies up as plants, food and animals is not my thing. I do however love photographing babies in beautiful poses and in a multitude of baskets, crates, carriages and of course with blankets, fabrics, wraps, headbands and hats. My style leans toward muted, earthy colors with lots of great textures and even when using props it's pretty simple and timeless. In most cases I start my baby photo sessions off with baby lying on a blanket, typically with no hats, clothing or props... just showing off that beautiful baby as-is. If that is all you are looking for, a shorter session would be appropriate. If you would like to add more hats, headbands, poses or props, these sessions generally take about 2-3 hours. Patience is key - it takes time to lull baby into a deep sleep, move him or her around for each pose (and get them to stay there long enough for the photo), breaks for feedings, fussiness and diaper changes, changing out blankets and props... it's quite a process. Lucky for you, I've been dubbed 'the baby whisperer' by many clients - I won't need a whole lot of assistance so you can think of me as a mother's helper for our session time and take a little break (perhaps even a nap)!

My Signature Session is by far the most popular and averages approximately 2-3 hours with feeding and soothing breaks. It will be incredibly warm in here to ensure baby is comfortable - naked babies don’t like the cold! A fan, light snacks, cold drinks, coffee (decaf too!), and tea will be provided for you as well as a comfortable place to relax and watch TV, Netflix or Hulu, hook up to the WiFi or just take advantage and grab a nap! There are also two great lunch places a minute's walk away. I have a changing table stocked with newborn sized diapers, sensitive wipes and hand sanitizer for your convenience as well as a glider for feeding breaks and toys for any older siblings.

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