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I just finished editing Sunny and Chrisian’s session from last Monday, and I wanted to post a few photos as well as their music slideshow!

Sunny and Christian were so much fun to photograph. They have been married a while but wanted a few more photos to remember the day, so we spent time in Schenley Park, the Strip district, and Mt. Washington as they enjoyed champagne, climbed monster tires, and re-enacting their proposal. Thanks, guys, for everything. We had such a blast!

To view the slideshow, hit the “play” button in the middle of the first photo and wait a few seconds for it to load! It can also be found here.

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Good morning everyone! I am sitting in the Pittsburgh airport about to leave for Zack Arias’s One Light Workshop in Atlanta. Wielding camera, pocket wizard, and a playlist including Fleetwood Mac and CCR, I am set for a day of traveling. I’ll be back with updates on the workshop; it should be a great few days full of Atlanta humidity and intense instruction from one of the absolute best in the business.

Also, before I leave, I wanted to stop by and post a preview of our latest photo shoot… Sunny and Christian! Brad and I hung out with these two last night, and we are so excited about the photos. For now I’ll post a few photos from Mt. Washington, but stay tuned for champaigne, wedding dresses, and monster truck tires! :)

Thanks again Sunny and Christian. We had such a blast with you guys and now just wish you’d move back to Pittsburgh! More will be coming soon…

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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?

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!

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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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…

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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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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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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Sara and Andy are very in love, and Sara is very pregnant!

Sara and Andy are expecting their first child in a few months and they contacted me to ask for maternity photos to document this time. We took some studio pictures for them to enjoy and then we headed outside for some natural pictures in the beautiful West Park.

Sara and Andy were a joy to hang out with, and I must say, Andy is hilarious and certainly knows how to make his wife (and me) crack up!

Thanks, guys, for allowing me to photograph this amazing time! I so enjoyed it.

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