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Nichole and Chris were married one and a half years ago on a boat circling Manhattan. Their had a black-and-white themed “Old Hollywood” wedding, and family and friends flew in from everywhere to celebrate with them. Last week while I was in New York, Nichole and Chris put back on their wedding outfits and met me on Roosevelt Island for some day-after photos to remember their wedding day while creating some awesome portraits of the two of them in the city they call home.

Here are a few of my favorites from their shoot. Thanks so much, guys. I had so much fun running all over the city with you! :)
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  • April 21, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Mel Bachman - As usual… These pictures are amazing! Gorgeous job, Milla! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Mary - Beautiful, Milla! I love the guitar one!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    rebecca - Oh my gosh, Milla these are so fun!!! I wish I could have seen you while you were up here!ReplyCancel

Justin is a New Yorker. Alison is from Pittsburgh. And they are very in love with each other and with both cities.

Since they are getting married in Pittsburgh, I traveled to New York for an engagement session in their neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. And man, did we have a night for photos: fog, mist, darkness, and awesome city views. Thanks for being so wonderful Justin and Alison. We truly enjoyed our evening with the two of you.

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  • April 20, 2011 - 12:20 am

    Caryn - They turned out awesome, Milla!! Such a fun shoot!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Katia - Beautiful!!!LOVE THEM ALL but my favorite is them with the bridge in the back (color/large format)…WOW striking!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Gerhard - Great work Milla!! The bridge is also my favorite but the streetshots are also beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    joey - I loved Brooklyn Heights! I stayed in an apartment two blocks from St. George. that way my stop everyday on the subway. We were one wk apart : )ReplyCancel

I just got back to Pittsburgh tonight after a wonderful trip to New York with my friend Caryn. We had an whirlwhind visit full of photography, friends, food, reading, music, subways, talking, and walking… yes, lots of walking. And, I loved this week because not only did I get to spend time in the greatest city on earth, but I got to catch up with great old friends and make some pretty sweet new ones, too. :)

I have photos from four awesome sessions to come, but for now, a few Android highlights will have to do!

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  • April 16, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    Caryn - Such a great trip! Love your previews – can’t wait to see your shoots!ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Mary - Yay! Love these, Milla! I can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

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I am really excited to post these photos! Lisa and Stephen are really special people to me, as Lisa started out as a colleague and Milla C. Photography team member and has over time developed into a good friend.

I first met Stephen about 5 minutes after meeting Lisa when he ran by a job to drop off camera batteries (remember that, Lisa?). I knew he was a good man then, but honestly, he’s one of the most kind, loving, strong grooms I’ve ever worked with and he loves that Lisa like crazy!

Here are a few photos from their awesome wedding day. Enjoy!

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  • April 5, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    Lisa Crespo - Absolutely amazing Milla :) I totally remember my knight in shining armor delivering my batteries, haha. He’s always there to rescue me lol. I love these photographs more than I could even begin to describe to you. You portrayed our wedding day as perfect as it really was to be there. I love you guysReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    pamela marie - camp konakwee for real? LOVE it! :) :)ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    Cyndi Crespo - Love the pictures! It is like being at the wedding all over again. you did a wonderful job capturing all their cute little lovee faces. Great Work!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Carole Blair - Amazing job. You made Lisa and Stephen’s day truly special. The photos will be treasured forever. Thank you so much for everything.ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Mary - Milla, I love these! Great framing, incredible moments, gorgeous light. You rock!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Eates-A-Lot - … Love these… I can’t believe Stephen got married… Photos are just stunning!

    (Oddly enough, I am related to Stephen. Pittsburgh is so small for a big city!)ReplyCancel

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When Maggie and Patrick first met with me to talk about their wedding plans, one of the first things that we discussed was what type of photos they could expect in March in Pittsburgh. We talked about how much I love snowy wedding photos and how we just have to be flexible and willing to have fun no matter what happens. However, as the date approached, we were hopeful that March 19th was going to be an absolutely perfect sunny cool spring day. And so it was.

Maggie and Patrick were married at the stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral and held their reception at the PIttsburgh Athletic Association. The day was perfect from start to finish, and we were so grateful to have been part of it. Here are just a few favorites from their day. Enjoy!

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Special thanks to my friend Irene of Irene Smith Photography for shooting with us and contributing some of these beautiful photos!

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  • April 1, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    pamela marie - beautiful wedding, milla! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Krista Roman - You did such an excellent job, Milla! Maggie looked stunning and these photos captured her special day perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Anonymous - Fabulous! Great effects, and you captured the joy exquisitely.ReplyCancel

Jade and Ken joined me at our studio in the strip for some engagement photos yesterday, and I must say… what a day it was for photos! These two are getting married in August at Nemacolin Resort and after working together yesterday, I can honestly say I couldn’t be more excited. Nemacolin is one of the most beautiful venues in this area, and Jade and Ken are so sweet and in love (which makes my job easy) :)

Enjoy a few favorites from their session:

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  • March 30, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    Mary - Love these, Milla! Great use of light!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2011 - 9:35 am

    Stephanie - wowza! So great…ReplyCancel

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I absolutely adore snowy engagement sessions. So, when Becky and Keith suggested taking out Becky’s awesome antique childhood sled and playing in the white powdery goodness, I was totally pumped. Thanks, guys, for being so adventurous and fun even long after your hands had gone numb! :) I absolutely love these images and look forward to working with both of you again.

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  • March 17, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    pamela marie - LOVE these, Milla!! Beautiful session! :)ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Kate - Super gorgeous as usual. Love the pop of red against the snow. Also: you are so brave – it looks freezing! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Becky - Milla! Thank you so much for braving the cold snow for us. Our families still haven’t stopped talking about how much they love your work! You’re the best :)ReplyCancel

Two years ago on this very weekend I woke up in a beautiful little hotel room in Tokyo, Japan, made green tea in the electric kettle, showered in the tiny shower, walked downstairs for breakfast in the lobby, and prepared for the wedding day of one of my best friends, Naoko. Two years ago on this very weekend, a group of friends and family in Japan enjoyed a joyous weekend full of laughter, food, drinks, celebration, and hope for the future.

This weekend, however, has been very different for many people in this beautiful country. For those who lived nearest to the earthquake epicenter and the resulting tsunami, it has been one of terror and hopelessness, and though I am thousands of miles away and feel somewhat helpless to know how to help in the midst of a tragedy like this, I want to do something. So, I am offering two days of 1-hour portrait sessions with all proceeds being donated to disaster relief in Japan.

I will be holding one portrait session day this week and one next week, and these portraits are for anyone – couples, families, kids, dogs, etc. The information is as follows:

Dates: Thursday March 17th and Wednesday March 23rd
Time: All day, 1-hour time slots
Location: Mellon Park
Donation: $150

If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email (milla@millacphotography.com) to receive more details.

Finally, though most of our lives go on as normal today, take a moment today to remember those who have lost everything. And, for my friends who know and love Naoko and Masaki, she has sent word that her family is safe and healthy and that they are grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

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  • March 14, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    Melissa Chappell - wow, Milla! What a wonderful idea! Hope all your slots are filled!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2011 - 9:28 am

    Anonymous - GREAT IDEA MILLA! I cant stop thinking about those people, right now the winds are blowing the radioactive material away from Japan.ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2011 - 9:29 am

    joey - Love this idea Milla! We need to do everything we can for Japan!ReplyCancel

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Laura and George live and work in Washington D.C. but love Pittsburgh and wanted to have their wedding here in the city, surrounded by family and friends. Since their reception will be held at the Pittsburgh Golf Club, we decided that Schenley Park would be the perfect place to take their engagement photos. Here are a few favorites from their session. Thanks again for being so wonderful to work with, Laura and George; I loved meeting you both and am looking forward to October!

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  • March 1, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Mary - Love these, Milla! I like how you’re seeing light differently!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Beth - You weren’t kidding…They ARE sweet! Nice work, Milla!ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2011 - 10:52 pm

    Kate - Oh, wow. These are freakin’ awesome! Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    Katia - Milla…these are so great!The lighting is gorgeous and I love the one under the tunnel…the brick colors and the way her hair is light up…is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Bridget - I absolutely love your photos! Where is the bridge in the background? Is it a far walk?ReplyCancel

One sweet couple. Twenty-four degrees. One PGG Place, downtown Pittsburgh. Yes, I did skate backwards while holding a camera in front of my face… but only because Matt assured me it would be okay (and it was!)

Erin and Matt, you are perfect together. Thanks for being so much fun to photograph.

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  • February 23, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Erin Mitchell - Oh Milla, you are truly so talented. I am honored to have this beautiful wedding experience depicted through your work. :) love you lotsReplyCancel

It’s rare to meet a family so head-over-heels in love with each other, but that is the only way I can describe the Mitchell family! Tana and Justin are crazy about each other and in love with their two kids, Ella and Jake, and I was lucky enough to hang out with them to document this stage in their lives.

One of my favorite places to photograph a family is in their home; at home, families can play and snuggle and be themselves while I capture that natural interaction. So, for this session, we started out at home and then went to downtown Pittsburgh to bundle up and enjoy the cold weather! Enjoy a few of my favorites from this session:

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  • February 16, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Stephanie - I fell in love with this family through your pictures….ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    JC Romanillo - Beautiful images…Beautiful family… I Love the lighting and composition, more importantly, they look so happy, so in love.ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    Kate - OK, so I am officially now your blog stalker. ;) These are wonderful. Also, that little girl’s outfit is to die for.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    Hannah - Oh Milla, what a sweet family! The picture of the little girl (so cute!) with her dad made me want to ball. You captured so much love and life here, I’m sure they’ll treasure these for years to come!ReplyCancel

I haven’t done an Inspiration Everywhere post in awhile, but today is the perfect chance to do so. Ray Lamontagne’s Hold You In My Arms has has been a long-time favorite and inspires me today as always. Not only are the light and angles of this recording visually inspiring, but the song itself is moving and sweet.

Enjoy this video and don’t forget to dream this Valentine’s Day… it’s going to be a wonderful year full of great creativity and beautiful weddings with each of you!

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I see him on the street corner, selling sunglasses and scarves, smoking a cigarette, and I move closer but avoid eye contact. I watch him silently while photographing the street, the cars, things that are easy. But, fear of the unknown is lame; if I actually learned anything last week, it is that I need to try to understand something about who he is.

Turns out he’s cold. He’s joyful. He’s a hard worker. He’s kind. He’s a Steelers fan. He’s funny.

I am grateful to have met another soul in this world.


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  • February 12, 2011 - 6:07 pm

    Huy Nguyen - Yeah Milla!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    michele bowman - very nice my friend!!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    Crystalyn - Milia – this is beautiful. Thanks for reaching out… and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    rosaura - oh milla! you are so awesome! xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2011 - 10:48 am

    Ryan - So great Milla! I love that you’re getting out there and there doing this.ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Katia - Milla!These are so raw but amazing at the same time. The light is amazing and the explanation that came with it is great!You are such a gentle soul Milla.ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2011 - 9:54 am

    David Murray - Go Milla! Great to see you pushing it!ReplyCancel