Momento Studios, Mesa Arizona {Lizzy McMillan} » Arizona's Best Newborn & Maternity Photographer

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  • Welcome, we're so glad you're here! Life is filled with thousands of little moments that together, become your family history. Our boutique photography studio is located in the heart of Downtown Mesa, Arizona. We proudly serve the Greater Phoenix Area: Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Tempe, Phoenix and Paradise Valley. Maternity and Newborn photography is our passion, and we would be thrilled to create beautiful art for your family. We invite you to take a look around. You can find information about the studio, session information and our portfolio in the links above. Scroll down to find our blog with the most up to date sessions and features.

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Lizzy McMillan to speak on photographing newborn multiples (twins+)

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I am BEYOND {see what I did there} excited and humbled to announce that I have been invited as a professional speaker and educator for the largest international newborn, maternity and family photography conference, Belly Baby and Beyond Conference in Newport Beach, California in May.

I have always had a strong passion for public speaking {weird, I know!} and absolutely love being able to collaborate with and educate others in my photography field. About seven years ago I wrote a dream in my photography dream journal that included speaking at a professional conference, and I am thrilled that dream is coming true this year!

It is no secret that multiples OWN my heart, and photographing sets of twins, triplets, quads and quints is my specialty. I am delighted to be able to share some of my tips, tricks and posing with the newborn community at the event.

There are special procedures needed when photographing newborn multiples (such as having a skilled set of newborn-handling hands for each baby), and proper sanitization of camera gear/props, safe posing etc. I am also looking forward to sharing information about the importance of collaborating with other skilled newborn photographers vs. photographing multiples solo (and how to connect with others in your area), as well as special recommendations for working with preemies and micro preemies. 

In the past 12+ years I have had the joy of photographing over 40+ sets of newborn twins, 6 sets of newborn triplets, 1 set of newborn quadruplets, collaborated to photograph newborn quintuplets, and 1-year old twins, triplets, and quintuplets. Multiples… they are my JAM! 

Over the years, I have developed a great posing flow for multiples and cannot wait to be able to share this knowledge with the newborn community! It is truly such an honor to be invited to speak with some of the best photographers in the industry. 

 

 

 

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Lizzy is the proud wife of a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Military families move often, so being able to document and preserve this important chapter in the family history of our service members is a great honor. Here are a few of our favorite newborn military photos Lizzy has captured.

Taedra Maternity Hospital 2016,

How amazing, to look back and remember that this sweet girl was so tiny, she fit curled up in her daddy’s USMC cover.

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This little girl’s daddy made it home safely from Afghanistan just a few days before her arrival.

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Santa Mini Sessions for 2016!

The 2016 holiday season marks the THIRD year of offering private, stylized portrait sessions with Santa! We are so thrilled to have our 2016 Santa Portrait Experience dates scheduled: Saturday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 10th.

Santa Ron {AKA the BEST Santa in the Valley!} will be joining us in studio again this year! He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas {yep, it’s a real thing!}. He comes equipped with an abundance of holly-jolly spirit, and endless North-Pole knowledge. We just love working with him year after year.

We will be posting sign-up information October 18th and will give you a heads up so you can set your alarms. These sessions sell out every year, and are some of the most magical moments we capture.

Just for fun, here’s a look down memory lane at a few of our favorite images from the past two years of Santa Mini Sessions:

The Santa Portrait Experience 2015:

All that glitters is gold was the set theme in our new studio in Downtown Mesa:

Amsden Santa 2015,

Anneliese Santa 2015,

 

The Santa Portrait Experience 2014:

2014 was our first year of Santa Mini Sessions, and oh what fun they were! Our team custom built the wood set, and had a great time decorating and stylizing all of the details.

Amsden Boys Santa 2014,

Peters Kids Santa 2014,

Griggs Santa Portraits 2014,

One of our favorite parts about our Santa Mini Sessions is watching the child’s face instantly light up as Santa greets them by name, and asks specific questions about their family/pet/school. We gather some key information from mom and dad ahead of time, just to make sure the experience is extra special.

Not every child is fond of Santa, and that’s ok too. Capturing the genuine interaction and emotions is a great way to document this chapter of their lives: are they terrified of ‘ol St. Nick? Or are they infatuated with his beard and tales of Rudolph?

We will post a little more about the Santa Portrait Experience for 2016 shortly, but wanted to tease you with a few images to get you in the holiday spirit!

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