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My dad gave our family three of the greatest gifts I can imagine.

1) He loved our mom like crazy. He hugged her in front of us. He kissed her. He told her he loved her all the time.

2) He loved us like crazy. He hugged us. He kissed us. He told us he loved us all the time.

3) He took pictures like crazy. He documented our precious childhood in photos, and I think this is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child.

Thank you dad for loving mom like crazy, for loving us like crazy, and for taking pictures of it all. I love you like crazy.





This weekend while I was in Florida, I dug around in a few of MANY boxes of pictures and found a few that I loved. Today I scanned them and had them printed larger. I just adore these photos.

Mom with the girls:

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At our favorite beach spot where we vacationed with cousins: Ocean Club North

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One of many photo shoots in our back yard. We LOVED that clowny doll.

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At the beach. Love the tan faces:

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Another back-yard photo shoot:

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In our front driveway. I love the white dresses:

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Krisan trying to run away. p.s. is she not the cutest child EVER? I love that hair.

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Dad coming home from work in the cougar. We hated that car and eventually made him get rid of it because we complained so much and wouldn’t ride with him. I feel awful about it now!

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My sweet sister. I just love the look on her face:

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In a park nearby:

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Dad with his girls:

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Sitting with happy-dog. Probably for a Christmas card.

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I wasn’t thrilled about it. But check out Krisan’s grin:

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Eating lunch:

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  • January 26, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Mary - Oh Milla, this is so much fun to see these old photos of you! I love digging through our old photos, too. You and your sister were cuties!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Krisan - OK I just had myself a teary-eyed moment looking through this! What a happy childhood we were blessed to have. I love the ones of Happy Dog especially… that is so funny. And all those curls in your hair girl!! Love you. Thanks for sharing these.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2010 - 9:34 pm

    zach b - This makes me wanna get into film! Such a good post.ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    Jennifer Brindle - Milla, these pictures are precious! You brought a tear to my eye. Isn’t family wonderful!?!ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Hannah - Wow, Milla, you certainly acquired your Dad’s talent!! These photos are such precious glimpses into your childhood! P.S. you’ve always had great hair. SeriouslyReplyCancel

Back in December, I posted some portraits from Eva and John’s wedding on the snowiest day of the year! Well, I wanted to come back and post some photos from the rest of their day, as it was truly a beautiful event.

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  • January 19, 2010 - 11:09 am

    Mary - Oooh, Milla, these are so GORGEOUS!!! {wipes drool off keyboard} I loooove your detail shots…so beautiful…and the group shots…awesome, awesome. What a lovely bride and groom, too! Simply perfect.ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2010 - 11:55 am

    zach b - Love them all Milla. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    Milla - Thanks guys! Now if we could just have that beautiful snow at every winter wedding! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Amanda - You are unbelievable friend! Those snow pictures are literally to die for! I want to get married all over again so you can take our pics. Although that wouldn’t work b/c you would be standing beside me. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Krisan - love her little glance up at him during communion!!! so precious. those are the kinds of things that will be so special to them to have. also i love the girls wearing the boys coats outside! cute idea. you, my dear sister and brother, are amazing photographers!ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    Brandi Robertson - What better thing to do on a snowed-in day than look at photos. These make me especially excited for you to photograph my wedding in July!ReplyCancel

Mary and Jay are talented photographers and wonderful friends who we have gotten to know over the past year. Mary and I met at a photographer’s lunch and then really hit it off after realizing that Brad and I attend the church that her church helped start in the city. We have so much in common, and we are so thankful for Jay and Mary both!!  And of course, we’re thankful for their dog Astin, too! :)

Anyway, Mary took some beautiful photos for us last month, so last week when the snow didn’t stop falling for days, we made a plan for her family to come out and get some snowy pictures!!

Here are a few favorites from our time together. Enjoy!!

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  • January 11, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Mary - Oh Milla, these are WONDERFUL!! You are so AMAZING!!! Ha, I was definitely laughing as I scrolled through the photos…Astin’s such a dork (and so are we–I LOVE the snow angel photo!). And despite our awkwardness, you made us look very comfortable in front of the camera. Thank you, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Nancy - Milla,
    These photos are wonderful – even aside from the fact that I am Jay’s mom! You are so talented and I’m thankful that Mary and Jay are your friends. Isn’t my Mary a doll??ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Irene - Oh, these are just beautiful!! I love portraits in the snow!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Connie Wise - Hello Milla, Your pictures are truly wonderful! I admire your work.

    Connie Wise (aka Trista Shah’s mom!)ReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Joel and Amber - I know I’m a bit late to comment on this, but this shoot is perfect in every way! The snow, the light, the smiles, the composition, everything is so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

Meet Sam, Meg, and Sean! Sam is a friend who contacted me about scheduling a session for her parents’ Christmas present. She and her siblings Meg and Sean hadn’t had pictures taken in a very long time!

Well, I was thrilled to photograph their family, and I was even MORE thrilled that it happened to snow 6 inches the day before our shoot! They were very brave to come out in the snow, and we had so much fun hanging out together. There is something very special about watching brothers and sisters who love each other and aren’t afraid to show affection! Love it!!

Here are a few favorites from the shoot.

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  • January 9, 2010 - 2:47 pm

    ChrissieK - I love these pictures… they just so capture “sibling!” Just so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Sam - words can’t describe Milla. She’s too good for words!! :)ReplyCancel

While I was in Florida over the holidays, I was lucky enough to hold a mini-session for my cousins on St. Augustine beach! My dad (who is the source of my love of photography) also came along, and we took some sweet photos of Baylen, Collin, Brooklyn, and Addison on the beach!

Here are some favorites from the session!

Sweet Addison:
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The boys:

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Sweet Brooklyn on the rocks:

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Addison is too young for playing on the rocks!

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All three doing their favorite dances:

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And now good smiles:

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I love you guys!!

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  • January 8, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Stephanie - Your pictures are truly amazing Milla!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Mary - These are sooo beautiful! But what a contrast to the weather we’ve been getting around here! Love the shot of the little girl walking away towards the water.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Milla - Thanks so much Steph and Mary… I so appreciate it! Quite a switch from our snowy weather, right?! Just wish I could be there more often! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Emily - Holy cow, these are good! And I’m sure it helps to have such good subjects! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    Vacation Part 2 » Chappell Blog - […] Our cousins Britt and Marie and their 4 kids came over one day, too. And, we did a mini photo session for them which I posted at this website. […]ReplyCancel

When I woke up this Saturday morning to a thick blanket of snow, I was so excited! Brad and I photographed Eva and John’s wedding on the most beautiful day of the year in my opinion (yes, that’s right! This Floridian still gets very excited about snow)!

Eva and John are a wonderful, sweet couple who were SO brave and excited to hang out in the snow for some photos. I won’t be able to edit their whole wedding until after the holidays, but I wanted to post a few favorite portraits from their day.

What a beautiful couple, inside and out!
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  • December 21, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Mary - Milla, I was thinking about you all day on Saturday when I saw you were getting snow. I’m so glad you got such BEAUTIFUL, fun snow photos! What a gorgeous and brave couple! Really, really lovely.ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2009 - 6:50 pm

    Krisan - Milla, these pictures are STUNNING. So beautiful in the snow, I love it! They will be thrilled. I have been thinking of you so much lately and can’t wait to see you next week.ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Melissa - They look like they were having a blast. Beautiful pics!!ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    Milla - Thanks so much… I must say, it was SO much fun to play in the snow! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Emily - Milla, these pictures are absolutely magical- what amazing treasures for that couple! I saw them yesterday and was absolutely blown away- had to come back today when I had a moment to comment! Fabulous, fabulous job. Merry Christmas, friend!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Sara - Milla, it was so wonderful working with you! You did such an exceptional job capturing John and Eva on such an incredible day! Thanks for the beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Christy - I hope our winter wedding pictures turn out as beautiful as these. I might actually have to start hoping for snow!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2010 - 1:38 pm

    Eva - Milla and Brad- the pictures are FANTASTIC! I have shared the slideshow with friends, family, and co-workers and everyone has been blown away. It was absolutely a pleasure to work with you both. Thank you again!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    nancy geiger - My daughter is getting married Aug 26th, 2011, we are looking for a photographer! We go to Cornwall and were given your name, llove your work!ReplyCancel

It’s cold and overcast outside but warm and happy inside. I had a few minutes this afternoon to relax, so I indulged in a little decaf, Christmas music, and Annie Leibovitz. I ended up shedding a few tears, as this book is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. If you appreciate photography, I would recommend this work of art.

This collection of Annie’s photos is a stark reminder that life is short. That friends and family are what matter. And this afternoon, I have been inspired to document more of it in photographs.

Have you had any bits of inspiration this Friday? I hope your weekends are snowy and beautiful…

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This summer, Geni and her family had me out to take Maternity photos as they were expecting their second little girl.

Now, introducing Isabella! She was born November 3rd and is a beautiful, healthy, sweet little girl! And, I am lucky enough to be documenting this little girl’s first year in photos! Here are a few photos from our first session.

Thanks again Geni. It was a treat meeting Isabella, and I look forward to watching her grow.

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Last month, while my uncle came to town for a photography business crash-course, I sent out a request for photo models for engagement and family sessions so he could have a sense of what it’s like to run a session – to give direction, to find locations, to encourage interaction, to deal with children, to keep everyone smiling! :) Well, Maggie and Tyler were some of our friends who responded as well as a few other families whose sessions I’ll post here soon!

Maggie and Tyler have been married since last summer but never had engagement photos done, so this was a perfect opportunity for us to practice!

Here are a few favorites from our session, taken by me and Uncle Ray (who is an amazing photographer!). Thanks again Maggie and Tyler! We so appreciate you both giving your time to us and your kisses to each other! We had a blast. :)

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  • December 14, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Mary - Oooh…awesomeness…I love the Strip District. And it looks like you found some spots I haven’t seen before.ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Stephanie - Like I said before – I love the colors in these pictures!!!!ReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Stephanie - I love the people in them too! :-)ReplyCancel

Steph and Jerrod are sweet friends of ours who celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week. So, last weekend, Brad and I met them at Mellon Park for some photos to help them celebrate!

Here are a few photos from their session. Happy Anniversary guys. We love you dearly!

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  • December 10, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Mary - Sweetness…and it doesn’t even look like December!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    Caryn - LOVE THEM!! Oh so beautiful :) Those are definitely real Steph smiles!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    Milla - Thanks guys! Yes, it was great taking photos of friends… so fun and relaxed! And, on a beautiful Pittsburgh day! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2009 - 9:26 am

    ChrissieK - oh…. i got all teary! what fantastic work, milla. of course, the subjects didn’t make you work too hard ;) i’m wowed. beautiful people inside and out!ReplyCancel

Remember Leighanna and Shawn from this preview a little while ago? Well, I am back with a few more photos from their portrait session!

Leighanna and Shawn were married on a cold, rainy day. But, they weren’t bothered by either the cold or the rain!  They just grabbed umbrellas, put on some UGGs, and took us to North Park where we had a GREAT time taking pictures of them and their wedding party. Here are a few favorites of Leighanna and Shawn together. And this reminds me to say (again) to our 2010 couples, please plan plenty of time for bride-groom portraits. You will never, never, never, never regret it!!

Thanks Leighanna and Shawn for being so wonderful!

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  • December 9, 2009 - 10:41 am

    Mary - These are so beautiful, Milla! Way to make that camera work on a rainy day!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    Milla - Thanks Mary! You are great inspiration for braving the elements! :)ReplyCancel