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Hi everyone! I am stopping by the ole’ blog to announce an exciting new development for Milla C. portrait clients: the brand-new-hot-off-the-press Milla C. Design Guide!

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When I am developing new ideas and options for my packages and products, I always try to put myself in the position of my clients. If I was going to hire a photographer to take my family’s photos, what would I hope to receive from the session besides beautiful photos? What would make the whole experience Amazing? (yes, Amazing with a capital A!)

So far, I have come to two important decisions.

First, I know that I would want photos IN HAND after my session without having to pay anything extra. I don’t want to just look at photos on my computer screen; I want to see the colors, feel the finish, smell the ink, show my friends, put them in my purse, stick them to my refrigerator, etc. So, that’s an important part of every Milla C. portrait session: a full set of professional 4×6 prints in your hands shortly after your session.

Secondly, I would want help deciding what to DO with my photos once I have them! In the past, when I have had a bunch of photos that I loved, I often ordered a random assortment of enlargements while having no idea how if they would fit together well or where I would want to display them. For this reason, many of those photos are still in boxes in our storage room.

To remedy this problem, portrait sessions now come with the brand new Milla C. Design Guide! This design guide aims to help you order wisely and to save time by suggesting what size enlargements to order and where/how to display them in your home! This design guide also comes with information about other products such as fine-art leather albums and smaller desktop photo collections.

I really hope that this guide helps everyone feel more confident about the process of ordering and displaying photos in their home, and now I am back to brainstorming what else would make our sessions more Amazing with a capital A! Any ideas?

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  • June 25, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    Melissa - YOU are so creative!!! I am so excited about this!! How smart to help people place them in their homes..because you are RIGHT—half the battle is getting them printed and PLACED in the home~ Lots of HUGS!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Amanda - Did you make this guide yourself? I agree with Melissa, you are SOOOO creative and AMAZING (with a capital A)!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2009 - 3:45 am

    Milla - Thanks guys!! yes, I designed it myself with some help from a photography design template I bought. I'm so pumped about it! Love you both!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2009 - 7:33 am

    Rachel - seriously milla, i am always so impressed by your work and all your ideas! so excited for you getting this little business going in such a great way. =)ReplyCancel

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Brad and I are super excited because after a portfolio and website review, Milla C. Photography was accepted by Photographik: the elite photographers network to be listed in their online directory and to be part of their online community. You can see us next to the little black arrow in the photo!

Photographik list photographers from all over the world who they think are “the most talented and accomplished wedding and portrait photographers….

Membership is exclusive and granted only to those photographers who demonstrate excellence in the fields of wedding and portrait photography.”

Yippee! Stop by and see us here: Milla C. Photography on photographik

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  • June 26, 2009 - 3:30 am

    A. - Congratulations! Also, I took a look at the sample photos there and I esp. like the one w/ the guy in the brown sweater unfocused in the foreground and the catch of the girl's eye/ half of face in focus through the lens. So pretty and a nice capture. Your photos are exciting to me!ReplyCancel

This week, I got to hang out with Mansour and his family in highland park. We fit a lot of activities into a couple of hours! Bike riding, fence climbing, ball kicking, duck feeding, swimming, etc. I mean, Mansour has a lot of energy! I was worn out before he was!

Thanks Basma for contacting me. I enjoyed spending time with your lovely family. Here are a few favorites…

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I have decided to start a series of posts on this blog with answers to general questions about photography that I get from friends, from clients, from other photographers, etc.

And since I had a question about this just yesterday, I decided to begin by talking about monitor calibration.

I know! I know! It sounds boring. And if you really just want to see some photos, feel free to scroll down to the next post and check out the adorable children who have been gracing my computer screen lately. However, monitor calibration is an important part of working with digital files, and if you stay on and read, you may just learn something that will change the vibrancy and accuracy of your photos!

This topic comes in two posts. First I will talk to people who are interested in photography; then I will talk to my clients specifically.

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To those photo enthusiasts out there, have you ever ordered prints from your digital files, only to find that the color (or lightness/darkness) of the prints was different than what you saw on your computer screen? Or, have you ever seen your photos on someone else’s monitor and realized that the colors look slightly different?

The problem has to do with how your monitor is calibrated! Basically, your computer monitor has a built-in color scheme through which you are viewing websites and photos, etc. The problem is, most monitors’ schemes do not match those of your camera, of your photo processing lab, or of other computers. While the difference is often minimal, it could really effect how your photos appear when printed. So, it is important to calibrate your monitor and other devices to match your printing lab!

The calibration device that most professional photo labs recommends is the Eye One, and they recommended that you calibrate your monitor monthly to make sure that the color scheme is accurate.

I must admit, when I first heard that I needed to put down the money for something like this, I was very resistant. However, the difference in the quality of my printed photos has increased dramatically! They now print bright and vibrant where they used to sometimes be flat!

So, if you are developing an interest in photography and want your prints to POP, this a device worth investing in!

Now… on to the next post: thoughts for my clients!

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I am back to the blog after a wonderful weekend with family in town! So, let’s begin with a few more photos from Amelia’s session.

Black and White photos are timeless and clean. However, I also like these color photos because her yellow summer dress was so colorful and cute. I love those sunglasses, too!

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Sweet Amelia just turned one last weekend, and her parents wanted some photos to document the big day! So, Brad and I went out yesterday to spend some time with this wonderful family, and we had such a great time.

Thanks Cami for having us out. We loved meeting your little one!

I am going to post these in two separate posts, as I have converted some to b&w and left some in color. First, a few b&w photos!

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If you have read my previous posts on child photography, you know my aversion to cheesy studio portraits. I think photos of children should be lighthearted, fun, and real! However, I know many parents who like studio portraits because of the beautiful light and clean background.

So, what should a parent do? Take the kids to a photography studio? Hire an on-location photographer?

I have a great solution! For parents who want some “studio” photos of their children in addition to fun, natural photos offered in normal on-location sessions, I have created the new Milla C. FUNbooth!

The FUNbooth is more than just a photo booth. It’s a portable studio with a backdrop and nice lights that I can set up in your home to capture some relaxed, beautiful pictures of your children and family. The kids don’t have to leave the house, and of course, we just have FUN!

Here are some FUNbooth pictures I took at a recent session. These girls not only had a blast having their pictures taken, but they also helped me set up and take down the studio in their living room and enjoyed being photographer’s assistants for the afternoon! Thanks, girls, for being so awesome!

The FUNbooth can be added to any of my portrait packages for an additional cost. Feel free to contact me for more details.

(I am also about to start offering the FUNbooth for wedding receptions, too, so stay tuned for more information on that!)

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  • September 22, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Amcy - the first painting has a great sense of oatpcil depth. and i like the starkness of your last painting in black and white. it’s nice to take a color break from time to time. happy new year!ReplyCancel

When my sister and I were growing up, we used to always say that our dad was just surrounded by GIRLS! However, this sweet family is REALLY full of girls… three beautiful ones with adorable personalities.

The oldest is Lucy… she’s learning the violin and helped me with all my gear while I was doing the photo shoot. She also found a very cool butterfly in the yard and named him Caramel…

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The middle girl is Libby… she just had a birthday and got a cool slip-and-slide! Here you see a reenactment.

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The youngest is Janie. She is great friends with Jack (from the last post) and hangs right with her big sisters.

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Thanks everyone! I had a great time hanging out with you this weekend…

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  • June 8, 2009 - 12:03 pm

    Calis - Milla, don't they have the CUTEST freckles! Love it! Takes me back to the days when I watched Anne of Green Gables non-stop :o) Beautiful girls!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Milla - Yes I COMPLETELY agree! They were just adorable…ReplyCancel

Nina (the mom of this precious little boy!) contacted me months ago to schedule a session for her family of three and her sister’s family of five, and yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend time with the whole gang!

Here are some pictures of Jack. Next I’ll post some photos of the adorable girls in her sister’s crew.

Thanks Nina and Brian! I enjoyed spending time with your sweet family.

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What do you get when you mix a goofy boxer with floppy ears, an old boxer with pointy ears, a slow morning, and treats? Constant company!

And yes, I am unashamedly wearing socks under my flip flops. My reasoning? It’s JUNE, so I will wear flip-flops. However, it’s 54 degrees. So, this is the best solution!

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Well, it’s a wonderful Friday in June, but somehow it continues to be cold here in Pennsylvania. “What’s the DEAL?” this Florida girls asks!!

I don’t mind the cold, though, as I have been tucked away inside our warm house working on a project that I’m really excited about – my new and improved “tips for beautiful wedding photography” packets!!

When planning their wedding day, couples often ask me how to prepare for and how much time to allow for wedding photos. So, I have put together a packet of my “5 tips for beautiful wedding photos!” that I will send to couples after they book. These babies include information about ceremony times, bride-and-groom portraits, lighting for outdoor photos, etc., and I am sending my first batch out today!

I hope these are helpful for everyone, and if you have any other questions about wedding photography (or any kind of photography!), leave a comment here and I’ll answer them on the blog for others to read, too!

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  • June 8, 2009 - 3:38 am

    A. - These satin bows are so pretty. I also really like the third photo in this set – wonderful, wonderful. Thanks, Alison from FacebookReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Milla - Thanks Alison! I really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

Meet Rkan!

Rkan is a sweet little boy with the coolest hair I’ve ever seen! His family met me at Phipps last weekend for some photos, and we had a great time in the beautiful sunshine.

Here are a few of my favorites from the session. Thanks, guys, for everything, and best of luck in the future. I so enjoyed meeting you all!

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  • June 4, 2009 - 7:55 am

    Rachel - Milla, you do know that if you keep up all this wonderful photography, you are going to have to do my wedding (whenever that may be…years from now haha), right??ReplyCancel

  • June 4, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Amanda - love his hair! too precious!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    Milla - Rachel, you are so funny. Of course! I love any chance to hang out with the Tidwell bunch!!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Carlo - Hello! How are you? Thanks for stopping by . We deratoce on and off when we have the time because we both have full time jobs at the moment. What exactly would you’d be interested in? Do you live in Maryland?ReplyCancel

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Today I had the chance to hang out with Lauren and Natalie in their beautiful home in Cranberry. Natalie is the coolest, sweetest 10-month old! She was sporting some very cute leggings, and she was constantly smiling with those big beautiful eyes!

Thanks Lauren for having me out. I loved spending the afternoon with you both.

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Casey and Anthony are high-school sweethearts who are now expecting their first child, a boy named Vaughn, in just a few months.

Brad and I went out yesterday to take photos of this sweet couple, and as we heard their story, we were so impressed. These two met in highschool, went to different colleges and continued dating long-distance, graduated, got jobs, finally got married, and are now expecting their first. What a great story!

Here are a few photos we really liked. And, I would be majorly remiss if I didn’t give credit to Brad for my absolute favorite photos from this shoot. Beautiful job babe.

Thanks Casy and Anthony. We so enjoyed hanging out with you both, and we can’t wait to meet baby Vaughn in a few months!

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Caitlin and Rolf were married this weekend in Pittsburgh, and Brad and I were honored to photograph the grand event. Their day was truly beautiful: the ceremony was held at the Broderie Room in Phipps Conservatory, and the reception dinner was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown. Caitlin and Rolf were surrounded by family and friends as they stated their vows and celebrated their love, and now they are traveling in China for their honeymoon.

Here are a few of our favorite pictures of Caitlin and Rolf’s wedding. Thanks again, guys, for letting us be a part of your day.

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