Birthday Party Fun!

As a small local business, I love pairing up with other small local businesses to network, and trade services. We recently celebrated my sweet guy's 4th birthday and I traded my photography for face painting and party favors for his party. 

My friend and talented artist Emiko, owner and artist at Face Nectar Colorado drove from Denver to do some gorgeous, one of a kind face painting for all the kids. She took her time with each child to paint exactly what they wanted and made it extra special with glitter and details that you typically don't see other face painters do. The kids were so excited to see their faces when she was done! My kids wore their paints for two days and received so many compliments. It was hard to get them to wash it off. 

I also paired up with Heidi, a local momma and owner of Squishy Dough who made fun party favors for the party guests. Each favor included 2 of the softest play doughs along with 2 quality shapes made just for little hands to use and a roller. All was packaged beautifully with a custom label with my son's name on the dough containers, tied with bright colored ribbons and a thank you tag. The kids had fun creating while waiting to get their face painted. They loved how brightly colored and soft the play dough was and how amazing it smelled. Now we can never go back to the hard, store bought kind! You can see my photos on her business website!

Both ladies are using the photos I took on their marketing materials, company website and social media sites. How cool is that!? I love getting to know other business in my area, supporting each other and trading services.  If you are planning a birthday party for your kiddo, consider these lovely ladies for your party needs (and photography of course!). Also, if you need to jazz up your website with professional photography contact me and maybe we can work out a trade as well.

My son had so much fun at his birthday! Here are a few more photos from his day. 

If you have time, give these ladies some love on their Facebook pages:

Squishy Dough

Face Nectar

and your's truly:

Photography by Milana




Congrats 2016 Graduates!

It's that time of year again! A time when we honor our graduates. May they be the littlest of preschoolers or this gorgeous University graduate I recently photographed. All deserve to be celebrated for their hard work and commitment. 

I will admit, looking back, I took my graduation for granted. Maybe because I felt like going to college was "the norm." Maybe I didn't value my degree because my parents paid for it. I didn't feel like I deserved to be celebrated. I didn't feel accomplished.

But I was wrong. Getting a University degree is a privilege! In many countries, girls like myself never get educated let alone have an opportunity to attend a University.  Many parents do not support their children or have the money to pay for their college degrees. A degree represents my dedication and commitment. I may not be using my "International Business" degree by working in a huge corporation but many of the skills I acquired in school help me tremendously with my own photography business.  All the late nights studying, internships, studying abroad made me the hard working and determined person you see today. Not to mention all the relationships and friendships that are still with me today!

Meet Elaf! She is a foreign exchange student from Saudi Aurabia who graduated with a undergraduate degree in Communications from University of Colorado in Colorado Springs {UCCS}. As her photographer, I was able to experience a University graduation ceremony all over again. This time I was able to see how lucky and blessed I was to also have had this experience. I loved seeing how proud her family and friends were of her. Especially her parents who flew in to see her graduate!  Traveling across the world to a country very different from her own and earning a University degree is no easy task and I am proud to have been part of her day. 

Congratulations Elaf. Nothing but the best to you and all the success your future holds. Here are some of my favorites from her day!

A Carnival Extravaganza

Birthday parties! They are so fun to photograph. Everyone is happy! Families and friends are together and, well, it's a joyous time! I am sucker for joyous times!  Best of all, mom and dad get in the pictures and get to enjoy the party stress free, knowing that all the best moments will be captured!

These folks know how to party! A fun filled carnival themed bash full of yummy carnival food, balloon animals, face painters and a bounce house! Did I mention they had an ice cream truck (yes with music) drive by to deliver ice cream for all the kiddos too? Yes!!! So much thoughtfulness and details went into this party and I am so happy that I got to document it all!

Below are some of my faves from the day. Sir. Kingston and his cousin Miss. Kay were celebrating their 7th and 10th birthdays together. They may be cousins but you could sense they are more like brother and sister. Sharing this wonderful party together is surely a memory they will treasure!