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


Lizzy McMillan | Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

Professional Newborn Whisperer™ I Creative Portrait Artist I Studio Owner

Lizzy McMillan Multiples Whisperer Newborn Whisperer Momento Studios rachel vanoven

Image courtesy of Rachel Vanoven


Ok, now for the serious stuff:


My love affair with photography began at a very young age. When I was a child, my parents gave me a Polaroid camera for my 9th birthday. I would pose and capture images of the neighbor-kids my mom babysat, delivering the finished “product” to their parents proudly (if you look around the studio, some of those early Polaroids decorate the walls). In high school I dabbled in film photography and would get lost in the darkroom for hours, watching the magic of my portraits come to life before my eyes.


I loved photography so much that I minored in photojournalism from Arizona State University, while working for both a children’s portrait studio and as an apprentice wedding photographer. In total, I spent 3 years in the children’s portrait studio, earning the Certified Professional Children’s Photographer distinction, and 5 years as an associate wedding photographer. I completed my Masters degree in Small Business Administration (MBA) in 2011, and am a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through the Professional Photographers of America- a distinction that less than 3% of photographers ever achieve.

I am extremely proud to be the ONLY Certified Professional Photographer in Arizona that specializes in newborn and maternity photography. The CPP is a distinction that less than 3% of photographers ever achieve. 

The Newborn Whisperer™  + The Multiples Whisperer™ …

When the brides I had photographed began to start their families, I found my true calling: capturing the beauty of motherhood and creating newborn art. Since 2003, I have dedicated myself to perfecting the art of newborn and maternity photography. In addition to photographing over 1800 newborns, I have invested in education to study posing, lighting and proper safety techniques across the country with some of the nation’s best newborn instructors including: Ana Brandt, Rachel Vanoven and Amber Maness.

After 14 years as a professional photographer, and  8 years specializing in newborn photography, I am now active in educating new photographers through speaking at conferences, private mentoring, and teaching workshops worldwide. I am honored to be recognized as one of the newborn photography industry’s most experienced and talented photographers and instructors. 

I am thrilled to have contributed as an instructor at the nation’s largest newborn photography education conference: Belly Baby and Beyond for the past 2 years in Southern California. Earlier this year I was internationally recognized as a premier instructor and invited to teach for the Milky Way Newborn + Maternity Retreat {Online}. Sharing my knowledge of newborn safety, photography and business is a passion of mine, and I feel extremely bless to be able to travel the world to help foster growth and education in the industry.

Additionally, I am an official Ambassador for Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI), an Ambassador for Stand in Baby, the photography industry’s newborn safety posing doll, and have been an instructor for Professional Photographers of America for the past 3 years as a Super1Day instructor. 

Over the years, my clients have given me the hard-earned moniker: The Newborn Whisperer™. Along my journey, I began specializing in the photography of newborn multiples, and gained a second moniker: The Multiples Whisperer™. I have the most extensive experience and portfolio in Arizona of photographing twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets.

Momento Studios is the premier photography studio in Phoenix, Arizona for working with multiples.

I am dedicated to documenting your family history by creating heirloom quality art, while executing strict safety practices. As a mother of three children, I know all too well how fleeting the moments of childhood are. I absolutely love snuggling new babies, and feel so blessed to be living my dream job. It is an honor and privilege to be able to freeze time to preserve those moments (momentos) for my clients.




Reyna Boveé

Professional Newborn Snuggler I Associate Portrait Artist I Social Media Guru

Reyna Momento Studios Arizona Newborn Photographer



Lizzy and I have worked together since 2008, and pride ourselves on providing you with a unique, safe and enjoyable experience unlike any other Arizona newborn photography studio. As a Professional Baby Snuggler, it is my job to ensure all your baby’s needs are met during your session. Lizzy and I work together throughout your newborn photography session at our studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona to document your beautiful family. I especially love seeing families come back to the studio for milestone photo sessions. Watching your children grow, and playing a part in freezing time for you is such a treat!

I have been practicing the art of photography since 2010. I have dabbled in senior, wedding and newborn portraiture over the years. I absolutely love snuggling babies, helping to wrangle toddlers and reassuring new parents as Lizzy and I create art together. 

I am also fascinated by the digital-art side of photography, and have completed several courses in Photoshop and digital art.

I absolutely love collaborating with you and Lizzy to create unique art for your family. I believe your portraits should tell your story, and am thrilled to be a part of documenting that story for you!

My husband Tom and I will be welcoming our first child, a son, later this year. As I am on my own journey to motherhood, I have realized firsthand how imperative it is to document this piece of our family history. 



Momento Studios is not an in-home or garage studio. We are a boutique portrait studio located in a historic building in the heart of Downtown Mesa, Arizona. We are fully licensed, certified, insured and in good standing with:

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