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Melissa and Jon met at a Steelers game. And they bought their first house together on Mt. Washington. And, their wedding will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Church on Grandview Dr., overlooking the city. So, we tried to incorporate all of this into their engagement session!

Melissa and Jon… you guys are awesome. I am really looking forward to your wedding day! Thanks again!

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  • June 17, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    Christina Montemurro - Beautiful photos! I love the first one of them lying in the grass with the church in the background, just enjoying being together.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    Mary - So pretty! Where did you find that grass by St. Mary’s? Very cool!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    Randi Voss - Gorgeous! I love the photos taken in the grass with the church behind.ReplyCancel

One thing I love about Pittsburgh is that it’s a very neighborhood-focused city. Each neighborhood has its own personality, peculiarities, and loyal residents. Ever since we moved here 2 years ago, I have been saying that I wanted to try to walk/photograph many of the neighborhoods, but I didn’t start until… well… two days ago!

Late is better than never, right? So, Brad and I took off Monday night to photograph the south side slopes.

Pittsburgh’s southside slopes neighborhood is nestled in a steep hill just south of the Monongahela river. I LOVE this neighborhood because every home is so unique, and every street holds surprise views of downtown! My favorite part of the slopes is that staircases are actually labeled as streets (as I tried to capture in a few photos)! Imagine how confusing this is for two newbies who are aimlessly walking with a map, making our way to the top of the hill!

Here’s what the beginning of our walk sounded like:

Me: “Okay, now turn on St. Thomas Street”
Brad: “hmm… I don’t see any streets intersecting here.”
Me: “that’s weird. It’s supposed to be right here according to the map.”
Brad: “well, there’s a staircase… oh. It’s labeled St. Thomas Street”
Me: “strange… well let’s climb and see where we end up!”

But, after awhile we got used to the unique streets and staircases, and we really enjoyed visiting a new area of our city. Here are a few photos of this beautiful neighborhood. Enjoy!

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  • June 16, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Leeann Marie - Awesome!! Love the vertical layouts and the fence shots!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Mary - Wow, that is so cool…I didn’t know the staircases had street names! Awesome, awesome photos by the way!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    Christy - Can you edit the UPMC off the side of building? lolReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Christina Montemurro - I love all of these! I very much want to find that playground so my kids can play while I enjoy the view. And that little skinny house is so – skinny! I love the moodiness of the silhouettes shot through the fence. Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Caryn - Love these, Milla! My favorite is the city through the fence – gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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Meet sweet little Isabella!

I have been so privileged to watch this family grow, from maternity photos to newborn photos. And now, Isabella is sitting up!

Thank you Geni! I had a blast with your sweet family, as always!

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  • June 15, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Heather - My favorite age!!! These are so beautiful Milla! Every single one of them!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2010 - 9:06 pm

    Christina Montemurro - Oh my! She is so, so cute! What perfect light in every single photo. If I were Isabella’s mom, I don’t know I’d ever pick which one of these to make into a giant canvas. I’d probably just give in and get them all :)ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Randi Voss - Milla, this is a beautiful post. I love how everything is so bright! Congrats to Isabella for sitting up.ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Hannah - What a precious beautiful girl! And how photogenic! If i were her mom, there’s no way i could choose!!!ReplyCancel

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Hannah and Dave were married last weekend at Sixth Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill. It was an absolutely beautiful day (despite the rain!), and since they are leaving Tuesday morning for their honeymoon, I wanted to post a few of their portraits before they head out!

You probably can’t tell, but it was definitely raining in many of these photos. But, they were troopers and enjoyed taking photos anyway!

Thanks Hannah and Dave! More photos to come after you return!

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  • June 15, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    Christina Montemurro - These are fantastic! They look so, so, happy, I am sure that the rain didn’t bother them in the least. I love Hannah’s dress! And Dave looks very dapper too.ReplyCancel

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Nina and Brian are past clients who contacted me recently with the happy news that they were having a second little boy! So… meet sweet little Sam and his big brother Jack.

Thank you, Nina and Brian. I so enjoyed spending time with your precious family.

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  • June 8, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    Nina - Milla–thanks for another fantastic photo session. Your work is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    aga - Wonderful set of images Milla. You captured the family as a whole and allowed each individual personality to shine through. Great, natural, real portraiture.ReplyCancel

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Justin and Erin… you are beautiful people inside and out. Thank you for let us be part of your lives and your wedding!

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  • June 7, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    Christy - What a beautiful, classic, and petite bride! I love the shot looking down in the aisle at the couple…lighting is perfect, not to mention that the setting is breath-taking.ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    Kate Miller - What a beautiful couple! Your portraits of them kissing outside are stunning, Milla!ReplyCancel

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One of the most fun parts of my job is taking photos of families over time. I have been privileged to document a few families as their children grow older (and grow in number!). And, this is one example.

Last year, we photographed Amelia around her 1-year birthday. Some photos from that session are here and here. Well, Saturday is her 2-year birthday, and look how she’s grown!

Thank you Cami and Andrew (and Amelia!). I had a blast!

Here are a few favorites from the session:

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  • June 3, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    pamela marie - love the wide angle shots with kids!! amelia is adorable :)ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Leeann Marie - What a cutie! Love her ring pop!ReplyCancel

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i love when engagement sessions show the interests and hobbies of the couple. And that’s one of the reasons why I love Lisa and Stephen’s session so much. They love the outdoors, they love animals, they love fishing, they love hiking. And most importantly, they are very in love with each other.

This session was held at Armstrong Farms. And while I absolutely loved the property and cool old barn, they definitely should have told us to watch out for that mean ole’ goose! :)

Thanks Lisa and Stephen for your creativity and fun on the shoot! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the session…

 

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  • June 3, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Mary - Incredible stuff Milla…I seriously think this is one of your best sessions…you really raised the bar here. Love the geese shots…fishing, silhouettes, laughing..OK, all of them!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Lisa - Milla, these are fantastic! I’m glad you got some practice for our wedding at Armstrong Farms!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 11:44 am

    pamela marie - beautiful session!! have to agree with mary on all points. and you shared so many lovely pictures! i love it!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 11:47 am

    Carole Blair - Thank you so much for the great photo session you had with Stephen and Lisa. They had a wonderful time. The photos are fantastic. I can’t wait for their Wedding Day.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    Lisa - Milla…..amazing!! I don’t know what else to say. :) These are wonderful and I am inspired by everything you do as a photographer! Stephen and I both had a great time and we can’t thank you enough for all that you have done as our photographer.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Wes Harkins - Another great photo session, Milla. A nice mix of settings and moods. Amazing, as always!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Christina Montemurro - Milla, these are amazing. Those silhouettes in the barn door are breathtaking and have so much depth to them. And the back-to-back fishing silhouette is just gorgeous. Kudos to you my friend.ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Randi Voss - Great job, Milla. I love the natural expressions and good use of back-lighting. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

I am very excited to post Aliza and Chanan’s wedding from a few weekends ago. This wedding was a beautiful orthodox Jewish wedding at the William Penn Omni Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Brad and I had the privilege of being part of this wedding because our friend Mary is a friend of the bride’s family. It was our first orthodox wedding to photograph, and I can honestly way that it was one of my favorite weddings for many reasons. First, the entire day is focused on faith and family. Each ceremony reflects a facet of Jewish faith, and I was deeply moved by the love so unreservedly shown between friends, family members, and Aliza and Chanan.

Additionally, on a more selfish note, the whole day was simply a BLAST to photograph. There was lots of singing, lots of dancing, lots of eating… lots of CELEBRATING. :)

Thank you for everything, Aliza and Chanan. We truly celebrate with you as you begin your new life together. Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.

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  • June 2, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    Mary - So, so beautiful, Milla! The emotion, the excitement…the people. Great job!! Love your new blog layout, too!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    Mary - And Mazel Tov to Aliza and Chanan!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Paula - Milla & Brad (& Milla’s Dad!) – you did an amazing job of capturing the pure joy of the day. Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Kate Miller - Beautiful work, Milla! I love the wide shot of the ceremony – it’s so dramatic. Missed you at the lunch today.ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    Randi Voss - Beautiful job, Milla. I love the motion, colors, and excitement in the photos!ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    Chanan - Milla and Brad, you guys did an amazing job! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to taking pictures at my wedding because taking pictures was never a fun experience. Nobody let me goof around and they expected me to stand still for too long, which is rather torturous. However, I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that there are at least two photographers (you guys) who know how to get the job done quickly, painlessly, and professionally. I even got to make faces and mess around. Most importantly, though, is the fact that you both captured the essence of our special day so brilliantly! Anyone looking at the pictures you took of the chuppah and the dancing can see how much energy is packed into both aspects of an Orthodox Jewish wedding – the ceremony and the partying. When the pictures are done, can you send us a few business cards too? People are going to ask us about the awesome photographers we used, and we’d like to point them in the right direction…
    Thanks so much!
    -Aliza and ChananReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    Simone Shapiro - Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2010 - 9:39 am

    Aliza - These are so beautiful! You captured the happiness and excitement so well and I love looking at the pictures again and again. Thanks so much!
    – AlizaReplyCancel

Brad and I traveled this past weekend to photograph the beautiful wedding of Justin and Erin. But, since I don’t want to post wedding photos until they return from their honeymoon in Jamaica, I wanted to post a few photos of our little mini-vacation in Amish Country!

Brad and I stayed in a small town called Strasburg for the long weekend. We found a country inn that allowed dogs (of course!), and we just had a great time away from the city and work. Strasburg was actually Erin (the bride)’s hometown. It was a beautiful little town – founded in 1733 with many historic homes and American-flag lined streets. It was surrounded on all sides by miles of Amish farmland, which we enjoyed exploring more than anything.

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We walked from our hotel to a small covered bridge where Turk could swim and Tuco could watch! :)

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and we found a friend in the grass on a hike! :)

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I loved the horse and buggies everywhere.

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… and the historic homes with adorable flower-filled yards!

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And then… the countryside. Brad kept saying he would move there in a heartbeat! And I kept saying “yes but what would you DO there?!” :)

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Beautiful wheat fields at sunset. Love it!

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Photos from the beautiful wedding to come soon!

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  • June 1, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    pamela marie - love that first sunset wheat shot- beautiful!! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    ChrissieK - LOVE the shots, Milla. Beautiful work! Did the Amish give you any trouble about taking their pictures? I got flipped off by a lil boy around 5ish (amish) when I was taking their pictures.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    Christy - We drive thru there as a scenic detour on our way to Jared’s brother’s B&B in Westchester. I must say that I’ve never seen Turk look so happy as he does coming out of the stream! Keep up the great work, Milla.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    Jennifer - Oh my gosh, Milla! I grew up in Strasburg! And Jack and I were just spending the day there on Saturday! What a small world … you captured Lancaster County perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 12:18 am

    Emily - Beautiful as always, Milla! Caleb’s folks live near here, so we’ve spent many an hour driving through these little towns. And we’ve taken Phin to the Strasburg railroad multiple times, where you can ride a real steam train! It is very quaint, but I agree, “what would you DO there?” :)ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 12:32 am

    Christina Montemurro - Milla, what a stunning set. The wheat at sunset is an amazing photo that I hope you will hang in your home. BIG. But my very favorite is the third image with that teeny DOF and the gorgeous curves of the field. Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Melissa - so pretty..makes me miss living in the country :-(ReplyCancel

I just got home from tonight’s engagement session at Armstrong Farms and uploaded the photos, only to find the most hilarious photo.

This goose did NOT want me getting too close… it kept trying to peck at my camera! But I was not afraid. (well maybe I was, but just a little!)

:) More to come soon from this awesome shoot!

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  • May 27, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Kate Miller - This is so great! I’m glad he didn’t peck your camera though!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2010 - 12:05 pm

    Lisa - I think this describes the goose perfectly!! HAHA how funny, I absolutely LOVE it. We can’t wait to see the rest, you’re the best Milla.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Christina Montemurro - Too funny! You never know what you’ll see when you’re shooting on a working farm!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Scott - Milla, this picture reminds me of a story that will be best told using MS Paint, so I may have to get on that. But earlier this Spring, LB and I tried to take Ada (and John) to feed the ducks and geease at a nearby park. It ended very shortly due to me being terrified of the geese. Geese are mean.ReplyCancel

Lindsay and Vinny were married at Heinz Chapel with a reception following at Soldiers and Sailors Museum.

Here are a few photos from their day. Thanks Lindsay and Vinny! We loved being part of your beautiful wedding!

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  • May 26, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Mary - Way to rock your Heinz magic…and what a gorgeous veil!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    Randi Voss - Milla, I am in love with photo #1 with those hair curlers. Great job at Heinz Chapel yet again! Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    Anonymous - Milla – these are amazing! And you are absolutely astonishing!ReplyCancel

Happy Wednesday!

This is just a simple “good morning” from me and the boys… Brad’s out of town this week, so it’s just the three of us around here!

Have a great day everyone.

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Aaand a little spit bubble for the road…

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  • May 26, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    Mary - Goodmorning Tuco and Turk! Astin says “hi” and he’s looking forward to seeing one/both of you tomorrow!ReplyCancel

Since it’s mother’s day, I thought I’d post a surprise mother’s day session I did a few weeks ago! A sweet friend of mine was surprised today by her husband and son with updated photos of her boys. I just love this little guy.

Here are a few favorites from this mother’s day session!

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  • May 10, 2010 - 10:36 am

    Stephanie - I can’t even handle these pictures. It’s been soooo long since I’ve seen him I feel like. Wonderful pictures as always Milla and way to go Anthony!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Randi Voss - Milla, I love the expressions you captured in the first three photos with Dad. Great job, I love to see dads interacting with young children….adorable!ReplyCancel