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Claire Poppert is a precious 3-month old that I had the pleasure of photographing while visiting Washington D.C. last weekend. Her mom and dad, Kate and Dave, are related to Eva and John, whose wedding we photographed last December. And, we were thrilled when they asked us to come out to photograph their little one.

This session was such a pleasure for me. Not only was Claire sweet and pleasant the whole time. Okay, okay… almost the whole time. We did have a few small fits! :) But also, her sweet mama made all sorts of delicious cookies and cake bars for us to take home. I mean, amazing!

Here are a few favorites from their session. Thanks again, guys. Enjoy!



  • February 24, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    Heather - Milla!!!!! I LOVE these!!!! They are all so beautiful! Sooooo sweet!!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    Eva - Milla- You’ve done it again! Love every one of them!ReplyCancel

  • February 24, 2010 - 8:23 pm

    Milla - Thanks guys!!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    doug - Love.ReplyCancel

Happy Friday everyone!

I want to show you a few photos of our guest sign-in albums for wedding receptions. These albums have become really popular since we started offering an engagement shoot with every level of wedding coverage, and it is one of my personal favorite wedding add-ons!

The sign-in album is 10×10 inches with thick, hinged pages like our 12×12 wedding albums (and, they would look awesome sitting together on your coffee table!). It includes your favorite engagement photos and also offers room for guest signatures on every page. The color options are modern and fun, and the album color can also coordinate with your wedding album color and/or wedding reception colors. And on a personal note, I always love to see guests enjoying your engagement photos at the wedding reception!

Here are a few photos from our studio sample of Adriel and Neal’s engagement session. We have many more of these books coming in the next few months from last year’s engagement shoots. So, I will post more photos as they come in.






There are lots of color choices for this album (which you can see here). And, we have samples of every cover material in our office. So, feel free to come feel and smell the amazing choices anytime! :)



  • February 28, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Elyse - are these the same choices for regular wedding albums??ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Milla - There are actually more choices for wedding album colors. All the choices are on my main site under “album colors”! Can’t wait to see what YOU pick! :)ReplyCancel

Hi everyone! I am back today with more D.C. photos! These were a few photos we took Saturday night before dinner. It was very, very dark, and we were very, very hungry. But, we had time for a few photos, and the wonderful 50mm 1.2 barely pulled it off without a tripod!

Here are some favorites from our nation’s capitol!

The white house.



the Lincoln Memorial in the distance:


Lincoln Memorial:


The WW2 Memorial:




snow, snow everwhere:



Recently, Brad and I have started including a full set of professional printed proofs with every wedding and portrait package. And, we just received the new Milla C. Photography proof boxes for delivering these proofs to our clients!

Aren’t they awesome? I absolutely love them and can’t wait to start sending them out.

Why do we include proofs with our wedding and portrait packages?

Good question! :)

First, we love having photos in-hand and we want our clients to hold actual physical photos instead of only viewing them on a computer screen. It’s hard to see the big picture of your wedding day when you’re viewing photos one-by-one on a small screen, and because of issues with monitor calibration, the photos will look slightly different on every computer screen! You can read my posts about monitor calibration here!

Also, we want you to ENJOY your photos by putting them in frames, passing them out to family and friends, sticking them in thank-you cards, etc.

Finally, we include professional proofs with every package because we want our clients to see the difference between professional prints and consumer prints. Seriously, folks, there is NO comparison! Our professional prints are completed with a lustre coating that protects them over time. And, the colors are bright and vibrant without being over-saturated, as they often are when ordered from consumer labs. We have rave reviews about the quality of our professional prints, and I want everyone to have some in-hand!




  • February 17, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Jennifer Brindle - Love it!! Such a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    pamela marie photography - beautiful! they look remarkably like the ones i use, too… got ’em from a company called DNL that i found last year at wppi. do you use the same company??

    anyway it was great meeting you yesterday and thanks for stopping by my blog! i actually emailed you, too, but i have no idea if it made it through because a lot of email filters think i’m spam. haha!


  • February 17, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    Mary - These are just darling! Do tell where you had them made!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2010 - 8:03 am

    Milla - Hi everyone! These boxes come from DNL photo packaging. It’s a wonderful company, and their boxes are very affordable and are great quality.ReplyCancel

This week’s challenge at I heart faces is HANDS, and though this isn’t a close-up photo of hands, I chose this photo of the Caruso family because I love how they are using their hands to show love and affection.  Very, very sweet.

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  • February 23, 2010 - 9:04 am

    Jen - I love the minimalism of this one! allows you to focus on the theme and simplistic beauty! great job! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Mary - Very cool, Milla!ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Milla - Thanks guys! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2010 - 9:55 am

    Rachel - I like the unique approach you took. The silhouettes of this family’s hand-in-hand photo is fresh!ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2010 - 8:50 pm

This weekend while we were in Washington D.C., I had the privilege of photographing 3-month old Claire Poppert. I was just going through the photos from the shoot and just had to post a little preview of this sweet little girl working on her thumb. And, one little smile to go with it. :)


More to come soon of this precious little girl!



  • February 23, 2010 - 7:59 am

    Eva - These pictures are great! I can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Katie McCracken - Milla C takes incredible photos! I love the ones from Eva and Johns breathtaking winter wedding… and can’t wait to see the rest of baby Claire!!! Too Cute!ReplyCancel

This weekend Brad and I (and the dogs, of course!) had the wonderful chance to get away to Washington D.C. for fun and for work! I hadn’t been to D.C. since high school, so it was very fun to visit all the monuments and enjoy the city together.

When we are on vacation, I really try not to spend all our time taking pictures. However, the sun was shining, and I just couldn’t resist playing with that sun flare a little! :) So, here are a few daytime photos of D.C. A few night photos and lots of baby photos to come soon!


My boys headed to the Washington Monument.  Were we the only tourists there?  Almost, yes!  February is a wonderful time to visit D.C.!  :)




Love the flags and all that SUUUN!




The reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln memorial wasn’t very reflect-y.  Yes, that’s solid ice.


People were actually brave (stupid?) enough to walk around on the ice.  No, no thanks.  I walk around on enough ice just getting to my car in the mornings!


  • February 22, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    Mary - Brr…and yet so pretty! Love the sun flare and flags shots…I didn’t know your pooches went with you. Fun!ReplyCancel

  • February 22, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    pamela marie photography - absolutely love that second pic! looks like a beautiful weekend! :)ReplyCancel

I want to warn you ahead of time.

For readers who like me are currently stuck under 2 feet of snow, you should view this post with great caution, as the following things could cause the tears to start flowing:

1. SUN sun sun and more sun
2. Adorable sling-back flats with bare toes
3. a warm park complete with a river and throwing rocks

But, for those of you who are brave enough to keep reading, I want to show you another session from our photography workshop that I described here.

This wonderful family is the Sawyers, some friends of ours who kindly volunteered to bring their kids out to play in the dirt a little so we could practice shooting energetic children in a bright lighting situation!

Here are a few favorites from their session:



















  • February 16, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Heather - LOVE these Milla!! The light is gorgeous and the moments you caught are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Emily - Loved looking at these again– I have so many displayed all over the house, but some of these I don’t– you caught so many great facial expressions! LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel

This week’s theme at I Heart Faces is “I wanna dance!” One of my favorite dancing photos is of my cousins at the beach in December. They were becoming unhappy taking photos, and I said, “show me your favorite dance moves!!”

This is what happened. So cute!


  • February 16, 2010 - 10:36 am

    Mary - Love it, Milla! Beautiful lighting, too!ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Emily - Love the intensity in their faces! Great shot!ReplyCancel

Photographing children can be one of the most difficult jobs for a photographer because, unlike adults, children are always on the move and rarely want to slow down for photos.

However, photographing children can also be one of the most rewarding if you’re willing to PLAY with them and capture natural, fun moments. And that’s why last November, when my uncle was in town for a mini-photography workshop, I asked for volunteers for family photo shoots to so he could practice the art of holding a session while also running around the park, playing duck-duck-goose, riding on swings, etc.

We had such a wonderful response from friends who were willing to come out for photos, and I have three sessions that I haven’t posted yet because I was waiting for Christmas to be over (so I wouldn’t spoil any surprises). But, I am very excited to post them now!

Without further ado… the Rhoades! Up next, the Sawyers and Koerbers!

The Rhoades are some of our best friends in Pittsburgh, and when I sent an email asking for photo volunteers, Dave responded that Ali (his wife) was out of town and that he would love to surprise her with some photos of the boys! So, without further ado, the Rhoades boys!





























  • February 13, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    Mary - No kidding about having to do a lot of running around…but these are beautiful and really fun. I’m sure their mom was happily surprised!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2010 - 6:47 pm

    Stephanie - These are precious!! I love the ones of Dave with the kids!…if only Ali were there, but that is a nice surprise :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Ali - Milla – these are great and hung all over my house as you know! I love your eye for grabbing just the right minute/glance/instance. It was such a nice surprise for me!

    Thanks for posting these :)ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Terry Gillard - Great pictures Milla, No wonder Dix and Al are such proud grandparents. I bet Ali was thrilled. Nice job and great subjects!!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2010 - 7:30 pm

    Dixie - Milla – These pictures are wonderful! You have really captured the essence of my little grandboys! The pictures of Dave and the kids are truly heartwarming. You’ve captured the happiness in their eyes and brought tears to mine. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2010 - 8:48 am

    Christina Montemurro - Milla, these are lovely! If these were my kids I would be buying up a whole bunch of big canvases. And great job with the swinging pictures. It is hard to get a sharp swinging shot and you’ve nailed it!ReplyCancel

I am back today with more product photos to share.

Brad and I only have a few more wedding bookings open this year, so we have been turning our marketing efforts to 2011 and thinking about additional services and products that we’d like to offer our clients in the future. We have redesigned our wedding packages and have made many great updates to our album offerings as well as product packages that include cards, framed collections, and beautiful canvas prints. And, we have added a very exciting service: the Milla C. Photo Booth (more to come on that later!)!

To reflect these changes, we have created an new pricing pamphlet that we will be sending to prospective clients. Instead of sending pricing via email as we have done in the past, we will now be mailing these beautiful cards with all our pricing and package information for you to have in-hand!

So, if you are interested in more information about our wedding or portrait pricing, you will see a new box on our contact form asking for your full address.

Here are a few pictures of the new Milla C. Photography pricing pamphlets!





  • November 18, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Jessica Maloney - My fiancé, Ryan and I will be getting married 9/27/14 and are searching for a photographer! You came highly recommended by a friend! If you have a chance please send us more information.. packages/availability. Thank YouReplyCancel

After an entire day stuck inside with the snow falling outside, Brad and I couldn’t wait to get out and walk around the neighborhood a bit. It was absolutely freezing, but there is nothing like breathing that fresh, cold air.

Here are a few photos from our walk:

my sweet husband

what a dork. a very cold dork.



this isn’t much good now!


the cars are covered.





Don’t even think about taking that parking spot!


  • February 10, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    Mary - Heh, y’all look so cute! Nice detail shots too, though my favorite is the chair! We also took a walk this afternoon…couldn’t take being cooped up anymore!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2010 - 7:04 pm

    Mary - I mean, Milla, you look cute! Guys don’t want to look cute…ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Milla - Thanks Mary! haha… but he did look cute huh? :)ReplyCancel

Over the next few days, I am going to post some photos of our packaging, pricing brochures, and albums that we have been working on over the cold, snowy winter months! We are very, very excited about everything, and I can’t wait to show you the facelift that our products have undergone recently.

These DVDs for high-resolution client images have been screenprinted by North Coast Interactive, and the beautiful tins were recommended to me by Caryn Azure and come from Effectuality. We will use these DVDs to send high-resolution images from weddings and portrait shoots, and we also will use them for making DVDs of our music slideshows!







The theme of this valentine’s week at I heart faces is KISSES! So, here’s one of my favorite Mt. Washington kisses from Elyse and Boris’s wedding. What a precious moment!

Happy Valentine’s everyone!


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  • February 8, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    Mary - Love this shot! It’s so hard to get the right amount of view with the right focus on the people…you got it perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    Amy - Now THAT’S the way to do a kissing shot! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    kristin - Oh la la! That is a lovely smooth:)


  • February 16, 2010 - 11:24 am

    Elyse - haha i didnt even see this I LOVE ITReplyCancel

Happy snowed-in day everyone! Unfortunately, we had a wedding scheduled today that had to be moved to next weekend, but we figured we needed to put the cameras to use somehow! So, we went out and took some photos around Greenfield.

Hope you are all tucked away safe and sound in your homes. Hopefully we’re past the worst!














  • February 6, 2010 - 9:52 pm

    Mary - I love the beautiful contrast of the blue and white…and that little berry plant thing photo is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Sam - so beautiful!!ReplyCancel