Milla Virginia » Photography by Milla Virginia

The first time I met Norma and Tim, they sat on our couch in our living room, played with our dogs, talked candidly about their relationship, and simply put me at ease with their laid-back attitudes and their obvious love for each other. So, needless to say, I was very excited to finally get to work with them a few weeks ago on a beautiful, sunny spring day in Latrobe.

Norma and Tim, thank you for being YOU. I so enjoyed our time together and truly feel like you are now friends, not just clients. Here are a few favorites from your session – enjoy!

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  • May 22, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    Pamela Marie - LOVE that third shot, Milla! All beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Jason Snyder - nice nice!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2012 - 1:06 am

    Amanda Moore - beautiful pictures, milla :) I recognize the location — I ran many miles there growing up!ReplyCancel

My parents met in veterinary school at Auburn University. They dated, got married, and moved to Florida, and about a year before I was born, they opened a tiny little animal hospital in Tavares, FL. It was originally housed in a little white building on East Alfred Street, where they had two doctors and no employees, and one room served as an exam room, pharmacy, treatment room, etc. They tell stories of sitting around, mom pregnant with me, hoping someone would come through the front door and pay $8 for a doctor visit. 30 years later, Tavares Animal Hospital is an AAHA certified veterinary clinic with 4 full-time doctors and 25 employees who provide compassionate, high-quality medical care to thousands of patients.

And, while the accomplishments of the clinic and staff are truly noteworthy, Tavares Animal Hospital is even something more to me: it’s the the place where I first went to “work” as a kid holding dogs and cleaning cages. It’s where I learned to care for animals of all shapes and sizes – kittens, puppies, raccoons, squirrels, and even the occasional snake! And, it’s where I learned that a workplace can function as a second home.

Since the Tavares Animal Hospital just celebrated its 30th anniversary, I wanted to take some “day in the life” photos of the work that goes on behind the scenes. It was so much fun hanging out around the clinic, getting to know the staff and capturing the work that they all do so very well.


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  • May 15, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Rachel Wolverton - This is really great, Milla. I remember that old building well – my how far TAH has come!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    Allysen Willa FitzPatrick - Oh I loved working there! Love how you captured it… so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    Beth Crook Insalaco - Awesome work, Milla! This looks like a great place! Love that last one :)ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Sonja Crisp Bennett - So makes me wish I could take my babies there when they need some TLC – great pictures – you captured it so well!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Franz Martens - Great pictures, makes me miss our friends, Dr. and Mrs. T!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Brett Thomas Winters - awwww milla I love it!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 12:20 am

    Katie Rubin - Such beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Kim Faircloth-Atwater - I am so so blessed to have been a part of this place for 12 of their 30 years. I feel like I got the best training as a technician and as a person. I learned so much from Richard and Celia Thompson and I hope they know how much I appreciate them. These photographs are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Sylvia Spencer - Love your parents and Tavares Animal Hospital! Thanks to them we have had 2 great yellow labs!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    Bonnie McDonald Roof - Wow…I got a little teary there. What wonderful photos. Brought back all kinds of happy memories for me. I loved assisting on surgeries with your Dad. He taught me how to trach and prep and do x-rays and sub Q injections…and clean kennels and give a good bath and dip. Ask him about the red tailed hawk that had a broken bone. That surgery was so delicate. After I got pregnant (your Mom made me two maternity dresses which I cherished) I quit working at TAH. But I still remained a client and to this day am a client. Ask your Dad about the time he treated my chicken! And once I even brought in my baby goat so he could set her broken leg. She bleated so loud the people in the waiting room all wanted to see the cute little goat! <3ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Carrie LaCava - What great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Elizabeth Ann Hall - Great pictures Milla! It has become such a wonderful clinic because of your parents. They are both so sweet and have always made me feel special and loved when I have been around them. Not to mention they raised two amazing girls!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 11:54 pm

    Richard Roof - I remember that little cottage that was first the vet hospital. I started going there with my Pokey cat from the very beginning (around 1978). Since then, I had Angel-cat, Smokey-dog, Brandy-dog, Lady-dog, Bugle-Boy dog, Mollie-dog, Midnight-cat and Belle Starr-cat; all started out as pups and kittens with Richard and Cecilia as their doctors. And they (the Dr’s and staff ) were loving and caring all the way through their long (animal) lives and were there for us when it was time to say goodbye to them. Now, after a short hiatus from animals, we have a cat named Ninja and two beagle pups – Droopy and Shadow. God bless all of you at Tavares Animal Hospital!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 12:37 am

    Martha Eldridge Shaw - Milla, these are wonderful pictures. So glad you came and captured our “typical” work days. I love being a part of the TAH family.ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 1:13 am

    Jamie Reid - Milla you did a great job in capturing TAH! I am so grateful to be a part of the TAH family.ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 3:07 am

    Jenna Young - Milla, I love seeing these pictures! You have such an amazing gift of capturing the moment. I feel I’ve been on a tour of the hospital and family memories!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Marcia Kennedy McDonald - Such a wonderful story through amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. Your dad and I went to school together in DeFuniak Springs. He was such a kind, caring person even back then.ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    Celeste Thompson Barefield - Milla, these are great. I have to add… they are BOTH amazing veterinarians, the best in my opinion. Just wish they were closer!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    Clinton Luster - my girlfriend kelly crane works at your hospital… I think you guys are doing great work.. god bless you all =).ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2012 - 1:53 am

    Tracy Roxx - – – love it! – – Wish Vince & Mr. Peter would have been there – – Tavares Animal Clinic Staff is awesome! — Vince has been there since he was a kitten (almost 3 years now) and my resuce special needs cat Peter is going on 2 years – – both are doing great! – – the staff here goes above and beyond – – they are just wonderful! – – Vince and Peter give you two meows up! meow!ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2012 - 2:01 am

    Derek Zappitello - Been going here for 25 yrs and hope to be going for 25 more…..they are simply the best (even if they are from Auburn).ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 1:39 am

    Annette Driggers Frerking - I remember those first days. We too had just started a practice just down the road. Of course it was a people place not a dog. We took our beloved Klyde to your Mom and Dad, then Roscoe and Rusty. They helped us through the horror of losing Roscoe. We feel like family. It has been fun to watch the clinic grow! Congrats on 30 years.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Andi Taylor Clee - Really Wonderful Photos. Tavares Animal Hospital took such loving care of all of our family pets.ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    Jill Heflin Hatfield - This photos are great! Our pets, Jack and Smoke, have been long time patients. All the doctors have been wonderful and helpful. We don’t hesitate to call when we need to. Thank you all for being so kind and warm to our babies when we have needed you..ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    Ellie Lee Mills - I’m just upset that vet visits don’t cost $8 anymore… ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Kim Faircloth-Atwater - I remember you goat! ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 7:42 pm

    Bonnie McDonald Roof - Hi Kim! I remember you! <3

  • May 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

    Richard Roof - more like around 1982, I forgot Pokey, Angel and Smokey were all started out at Dr. Townsend’s office. Then I noticed a veterinarian had set up shop next to the fire station…..the rest is history……ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Maragret Little - Marcia, Is this Dick Thompson’s daughter?ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    Marcia Kennedy McDonald - Yes Gator. Isn’t her photography amazing? You can just feel the care that they all have for the animals as you look at her pictures.ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Dick Bardsley - Gr8 commentary Richard. I always had dogs & cats – one Burmese cat named Ara (got her in Saudi) almost outlived me – 23.ReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2012 - 2:35 am

    Tom Baugh - Richard and his wife are good people went to them many years even know they are tigers fans lol but changed vets to palmetto tonya is Tennessee fan but loves Tim Tebow lolReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2012 - 2:53 am

    Holli Winn - WOW!!..That is amazing and makes me feel really good about the great and positive things facebook can do and offer!! from one Lake County animal lover to another I THANK THEM FOR THEIR COMPASSION AND THEIR PASSION..and thanks to your beautiful pictures and story it never has to be forgotten!!…A heartfelt thanx….EVEN IF THEY DID GO TO AUBURN!!..ReplyCancel

Last week, I had a wonderful time in Florida with my family, and while I was there, I was able to photograph the family of one of my oldest friends!  Lauren and I have been friends all our lives, and it was SO much fun spending a little time with her sweet husband Daniel and her little man, Brock.  Brock was quite the grill-master, and for this Pittsburgh girl, there’s really nothing better than a session complete with live oaks, spanish moss, and sun.  :)

Here are a few favorites from this session.  Thank you, Lauren and Daniel.  I had such a wonderful time catching up, taking photos, and taking in a little sunshine with you both.



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  • September 22, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Laura - Such a beautiful family! That son looks very loved and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Photos really do a great job capturing happiness and true feelings! I would love to move my family to Florida, I feel we would enjoy ourselves more there then in Kentucky! But it’s all about timing! Until then we enjoy vacationing in Palm Bay! The Palm Bay Hotel ( is great for families looking to save money and have a great time all at once!ReplyCancel

I woke up this morning to happy news. Two more of our images were chosen by Fearless Photographers, a group of the some of the best documentary wedding photographers in the world and many of my favorite people in this industry. These two images are from Ellie and Josh’s Atlanta wedding and Jamie and Jon’s Pittsburgh wedding.

To see the rest of the images chosen, visit Fearless Photographers here!


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  • April 23, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Caryn Azure - Congrats, Milla! Beautiful shots!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Sam DeSocio - That’s great.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Samantha Conroy - The first one is just breathtaking! Love all of your photos. :)ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Bethany Schartner Snoke - Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Kristin Strunk Lowry - Milla–I stumbled across your blog & have really enjoyed looking through it. You are so talented, and your pictures are beautiful! Many congrats on your success! :)ReplyCancel

One of my favorite things to photograph is families. I love capturing people in their homes or favorite spots, simply doing what they normally do together.

Well, Nolan’s family was no exception, and we had a wonderful time together last week capturing Nolan at his 6-month mark. One thing I can say for sure about this little man – he is one HAPPY kid! As you can tell from the photos, he is constantly smiling and giggling and, well, shoving everything he can into his mouth! :)

Thank you, Kylie, Drew (and Mindy!) for allowing me to be part of your lives. Here are a few favorite photos from this session. Enjoy!

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  • April 18, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Chrissy Dumire - oh my goodness, he is just the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    Courtney Rodgers - He is the best yoga baby ever.. and the cutest :)ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Ellie Westrich - SO CUTE!ReplyCancel