Shivani Baby 2 Maternity Session | Orange County Maternity Photographer

Hi there friends,

I am so excited to share my beautiful client’s second Maternity + Family Session with you all! Isn’t she gorgeous??? As most of you already know, I moved here to beautiful Orange County, CA about 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA. Shivani was one of my first clients! Almost exactly 3 years ago, I had the honor of capturing her first pregnancy and now here we are 3 years later with her second!

Shivani’s sweet little boy, Jai, has grown so big! It has been fun watching grow up into a cute little toddler. He could not stop chit chatting during our Session and playing around, and a few treats here and there helped with the most perfect smiles. He’s a sweetheart!

I can’t wait to share Jai’s little brother’s session with y’all soon! Stay tuned :) For now, enjoy!

I love capturing families with all of their happy occasions throughout the years. There’s nothing more special to me than when my clients come back to me again and again. If you or someone you know is expecting and is need of a Maternity Session in the Orange County area, please feel free to message me. I would LOVE to help you out!

You can also check out Shivani’s first Maternity session here.

And her first son’s session here.

Thank you!

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Omer + Savannah Surprise Proposal (Orange County Proposal Photographer)

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I’d like to introduce you all to a super adorable couple, Omer and Savannah! They are just newly engaged and I was honored to have been there to capture their special moment!

Omer called me on the morning of the proposal! Yeap, same day proposal! He already had a photographer booked, but they cancelled on him at the last minute and luckily I was available! He had such a perfect plan and all I had to do was play the part!

After their very first date at a restaurant in Corona, they sat outside by a lake on a bench when someone approached them and asked if they could take a photo of them. They love that moment and treasure that photo very much. So 1 year later, Omer wanted to recreate that very moment.

Since I never met them before, I had to recognize them from a few photos that Omer emailed me. Once I spotted them, I just pretended I was taking photos of trees and ducks and such. I nonchalantly followed them and kept taking photos of my surroundings so Savannah wouldn’t get any ideas.  Once they were settled on a bench, I approached them and told them they how cute they looked together and asked if I could take a photo of them. Savannah’s shocked face was priceless! After I took the photo, I asked if I could take another one right by the lake and as soon as I did that, Omer got down on one knee and proposed!!! It was so sweet, short and beautiful!!! And of course, she said YES!!!

After the proposal, we took some cute Engagement photos and had so much fun. We had to work quickly because the sun had just set behind the mountains and time was of the essence! Omer is a marine and just a week after the proposal, he was deployed out of the country. This is currently his 3rd deployment and hope he returns back home safely to his fiance and the rest of his family very soon. Thank you for all that you do Omer and Congratulations again to you and Savannah on your Engagement!!!

Are you in loooove? If you’re thinking about proposing to your sweetheart, call me! I’d love to chat with you and help make your perfect proposal come true! I’m very good at hiding and I’m also a good actress, plus my photography skills are pretty good too, hehe. I just looooove LOVE!!!

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Just for fun – a super quick iphone pic showing off Omer and Savannah’s 16×20 canvas print.

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Why Hire a Birth Photographer? | Orange County Birth Photographer

Hello!

Are you currently expecting and are in need of a birth photographer? Or maybe you’re just curious to reasons why someone would want to hire a birth photographer? I’d love to help answer some of your questions! These are just my personal opinions and beliefs about birth photography.

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I feel as if the best part is to be able to look back on one of the most special days in your child’s life.  These precious photos are not only for you to remember the day you brought your child into this world, but also for your child to see one day. What I would give to have photos of me when I was born! My mom has always told me the story of my birth and how I practically “killed” her, it’s a long and crazy story. I wish I could see proof of exactly what happened, lol. I want to see the look on my mom’s face when she first saw me. Did she cry, laugh, scream? Did she look relieved or scared? I was born in Russia and men were not even allowed in the hospital at all. So my dad didn’t get to see me until I came home at almost 2 weeks old! I would also have loved to see his face!  But guess what, your children have a chance and you can give them that.  Birth photography truly is a gift.

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When you hire someone else to take the birth photos, it means that your partner gets to actually be your partner and not have a camera stuck in their hands or watch you labor through their lens.  Your partner should be there to hold your hand freely and look you deep in your eyes and tell you that you are beautiful and how amazing you’re doing and how close you are to meeting your baby. There’s nothing more beautiful. I love watching couples grow more and more in love during labor and once the baby is here, the love literally pours out of them. It’s so hard to explain, but it’s so incredible to watch!

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I already touched on this earlier, but the moment you get to see your child for the first time is so irreplaceable.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your 1st, your 3rd or your 10th baby, they are ALL so special and every single birth is a memory that must be treasured.  Ask any mama her best moments of her life and she will undoubtedly say the birth of her child or children. I love capturing those memories so much.

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But it’s not just the birth mama’s moment that’s special, but the moment the daddy sees his baby, or another mama, or adoptive parents or surrogate parents. I also love seeing the grandmas and grandpas and sibling interactions. They are all so very special.

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I feel like I have a million more reasons I want to tell you why birth photography is important, but I’m trying to keep it short. Birth Photography is just awesome! Hire one, you’ll never regret it!

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Thank you for reading!

Milana

Orange County Birth Photographer

www.milanaphotography.com

Colin Newborn Session | Orange County Newborn Photographer

Hi there!

I’d love to introduce you all to sweet little baby Colin! Isn’t he precious?! I love newborn sessions! He was a bit under the weather during our shoot, but he did his very best!

Colin’s daddy loves football and I think Colin does too now! He also decided to show off his Superman cape for us. Funny story: the Superman cape is actually his daddy’s from when he was a little boy! Isn’t that amazing? I love that! Family heirlooms are so important and I always love incorporating them into Newborn Sessions.

I also had the pleasure of photographing his family when Colin was still in his mama’s tummy. You can view his mama’s Maternity Session here: Nicole’s Maternity Session. It’s so fun photographing families from when they are first expecting their baby during their Maternity Session, then once they’re here, I get to photograph their Newborn Session and continued to many more Milestone and Family Sessions. I seriously have the best job ever!

Thank you to all of my amazing clients for trusting me to capture their most special memories. If you are currently expecting or even if you already have a newborn and want to photograph this precious time, please contact me. I would LOVE to help you. I absolutely love being an Orange County Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer!

Love,

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Nicole Maternity Session | Orange County Maternity Photographer

Hi world!

I enjoyed Nicole’s Maternity / Family Session so much. Her little girl was such an absolute doll and was excited to become a big sister!!! Maternity sessions are not only about the mama who’s expecting, but for everyone around her. I love capturing all of the family members celebrating an upcoming baby. It’s so very special, why shouldn’t this time be celebrated by all, right?

We met up at a beautiful park in Irvine, CA, right before sunset and it was perfection. That one hour before sunset gave me that gorgeous golden light that I LOVE so much!

I’ll be sharing baby Colin’s Newborn Session with you all soon! Oh and just for fun, I have included a shot of Nicole’s wall. These are the 4 canvases she ended up ordering for their living room, on top of beautiful mounted prints and gifts for family members. Remember, don’t just settle for digital images, buy some prints. I love tangible products so much and I would be happy to help you choose the best ones for your home.

If you or someone you know is expecting, I would love to capture a special Maternity Session for you or your loved one! I’m an Orange County Maternity photographer, but I travel all around the area. Please contact me today!

Thank you!
~Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Baby Maeve Birth Story | Orange County Birth Photographer

Hello World!

I had the honor of photographing Maeve’s beautiful home birth. This was a pretty special birth for many reasons. One, I photographed another fellow birth photographer’s birth, which was way too awesome! Christine photographs births and newborns in and around the L.A. area. It’s a little different than photographing a client’s birth who is not really into photography, but Christine was so incredible and never made me feel nervous and I totally felt at home. It was truly an honor!

The other thing that I loved was that this was my very first home birth! I have photographed births throughout the Atlanta, GA area and all around the Orange County and L.A. areas here in California, and also at birth centers, but this was the very first home birth and I was just beyond excited! I have been wanting to shoot one for like ever, and finally this was the one!

And thirdly, it was a BIRTH! Plain and simple! How can a birth not be cool right?!  I arrived close to 5p.m. and Maeve was born at 11:29p.m. Christine did such an incredible job and her birth team was beyond amazing. Her husband and her doula never left her side and her midwife and the assistant were so knowledgeable, calm and just incredible. I wish every mama had a team like hers surrounding them during their birth. And when little Maeve joined us Earthside, ohhhh it was just pure magic! She barely made a sound, latched on like a champ and was just perfection.

I loved how right after she was born, the midwife did the newborn screening check right on their bed, while mama and dad lie down next to her and watched. And then they just cuddled up their baby and hung out on their bed. That part was so cool, no need to travel anywhere. Just relax and enjoy parenthood!

To see more of Maeve’s Birth Story, please feel free to check out the Birth Story Slideshow on YouTube here. Congratulations to the happy parents and welcome to our world Maeve!

If you or someone you know would like a Birth Story photographed in the Orange County or LA areas, please feel free to contact me. I would LOVE to talk with you!

Thank you!

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

 

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Liana Maternity Session | Orange County Maternity Photographer

Hello dears,

I had so much fun photographing this session. It’s not always easy to photograph family members and it can be a bit nerve-wracking too, but with the right people, it can also be really fun. My cousin Donik and his wife Liana are expecting their first child and didn’t really want a full Maternity Session. They just a wanted a few simple and quick pics right in front of their house and I was happy to oblige.

Liana looked so gorgeous in her floral dress, it was so hard only taking a few photos. I was so happy when my cousin Donik agreed to be in a few shots too. I still can’t believe he’s going to be a father! I still see him as my lil’ 6 year old cousin, hehe. But here he is all grown up, married and expecting his first baby. Life is amazing!

So excited for our family to expand! It’s about time others in my family stepped up and started having babies, I’m kinda tired popping them all out myself, hehe.

Congratulations again Donik and Liana! So excited for you both!!!

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Alexander Family Session | Orange County Family Photographer

Hello dears,

It’s that time of the year again! Holiday family photo time! I had the honor of photographing my friend Maggie’s family, who is also an amazing photographer here in Orange County. We became friends after meeting in a local Orange County Newborn group and found out we have a lot in common. My girls love playing with their daughter, Milana! Yup, I said Milana. We share the same name! Cool, right?! I think so!

Holiday sessions are so fun! Our children grow up waaayyyy too fast and it’s so nice to freeze time and capture their innocence. And then you have beautiful photos to hang up all over your house and of course for holiday cards as well.

Right now is the perfect time to book your Holiday Session for 2016! I have limited dates available, so please contact me right away! I look forward to capturing your family!

Happy “early” holidays!

Thanks,

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Nora Newborn Session | Orange County Newborn Photographer

Happy Weekend!

Meet baby Nora! Isn’t she adorbs? I had the pleasure of photographing baby Nora along with her mom and dad and very protective doggie. She was such a princess!

I love photographing babies in the comfort of their own home. Makes it so easy on mommies and daddies too! I just walk in, set-up a mini studio, shoot away until my heart is content, and then I clean up and leave. Eayy peasy right? hehe.

Congratulations to the new mommy and daddy and welcome to our world sweet Nora!

If you or someone you know is expecting or have a little one and you want to capture this sweet time in their life, contact me right away. I’d be happy to help you preserve this moment for you and your baby! XOXO

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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Baby Raiyu Birth Story | Orange County Birth Photographer

Hellllo loves,

I had the honor to photograph the birth of sweet baby Raiyu. His mom Laura and his dad Adam were sooo excited to welcome their little man into the world. Mama’s water broke at 1a.m. on LABOR DAY! I got the call at 6 a.m. and then headed to the Beach Cities Midwfery birth center shortly after. Raiyu made his mama labor all day on LABOR Day and made his grand entrance at 4:09p.m. on September 5th, 2016. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20.5″ long.

Beach Cities Midwery is awesome, I love that place! I had my 3rd baby girl at the same birth center, in the room across the hall from where Raiyu was born. Nancy Pol was the attending midwife and her and the entire team was amazing!!! It was a pleasure watching them do their magic and document the entire birth story.

Below I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos from Raiyu’s birth. If you’d like to see more, please view their slideshow here: Raiyu’s Birth Story.

Congratulations again to the happy family and welcome to our beautiful world Raiyu!

Milana

www.milanaphotography.com

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