Family photos after cancer diagnosis

When a family gets word that their loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be life changing. This sweet family is getting ready to walk into one of the toughest seasons of their lives, and they chose me to capture their relationships before the battle began. In this video, you will get to hear from Emily, the mother facing a breast cancer diagnosis, about the reason she chose to have photos done at this time.

I loved that she also said she hopes to do photos again after dealing with the treatment. I so loved seeing how hopeful and courageous she is. Her family (extended family included) even went to the lengths of making special shirts that they wear in support of her as she prepares for her surgery and other treatments. Please enjoy this beautiful session and pray for this family if you think of it.

– Milena

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Caruso Family Portraits

This family is so special to me! I have been friends with the mom since we were young(er) and single! And now we are both married mamas of babies and super busy! It’s always a real treat for us to get together and especially when we get together for photos!

For this session we were celebrating the birth of their third baby and first boy! Baby Justus! He is just beautiful! But this poor guy spent his first few weeks of life in the hospital battling RSV, so getting to see him healthy and ready for photos was cause for extra celebration!

We focussed a lot in this session on snuggles with mama and daddy as well as big sisters. I really wanted to document the loving transition this family is in and I think we really were able to capture that.

If you enjoyed this session, imagine how much you will enjoy your own! Contact Me to book your session now! Looking forward to the next one,


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Happy New Year!!!


Happy New Year from Memories By The Smile!! Since June last year, I really dropped the ball on updating my blog posts! Haha! So this video is a quick little recap of last year and an exciting look forward for 2018!!

Last year’s awesomeness included:

  • Me having a baby boy in March! (you gotta watch the video to see his cute face!)
  • The beginnings of me sharing some personal projects that enhanced my lifestyle approach to photography
  • Day of Memories Sessions!
  • Splash Pad minis
  • Fall Family Sessions!
  • And I got to participate with a beautiful fundraising opportunity that I explain in the video

Going forward in 2018:

  • Let’s shoot more Day of Memories Sessions!
  • I will be using video to blog my sessions
  • Sign up for my Newsletter to be alerted about upcoming special offers
  • Splash Pad minis in the summer again
  • Fall Family Sessions in the fall again

And please contact me if you think my services can be used to help with fundraising of any sort!

I am so looking forward to being part of your special memories this year. Let’s make 2018 our best year yet! See you soon! – Milena

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