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

  • Arizona Newborn & Maternity Photographer

  • 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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Momento?

My parents gave me my first camera, a Polaroid, for my 9th birthday. At the time I doubt they realized the fire they lit in my heart that day. That birthday present sparked a lifelong passion and love affair with the art of photography. I became enthralled with the ability to freeze time, and preserve moments.

On occasion, my mom would babysit the neighborhood kids and I saw this as an opportunity to refine my “skills” and employ them as my models. I would haul blankets from the linen closet to use as backdrops, and round up miscellaneous décor items to use as “props” to artfully accentuate my vision.

When the parents returned to collect their children, I would present them with my polaroid-creations, which were autographed of course. I remember the warm fuzzy feeling that would wash over me as I watched their faces. It is a feeling I still feel today when I present my clients with the artwork we create for their families. I was hooked on capturing and freezing those moments. If you look closely through the studio, you will find that first Polaroid camera and some of my original artwork circa 1994 on display.

Flash forward to 2007, when I started my first photography business in Arizona. I needed a name for my LLC, and “Life’s Memorable Moments” was a natural choice, as I was focused on documenting the memorable moments in my clients’ lives. Over the years, my business and art has evolved, but the word “moment” has always remained.

In 2014 I took a HUGE leap, and leased my first commercial studio space and created a newborn photography studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. In conjunction with moving to a commercial location, I knew my brand, logo and business name needed a complete overhaul. I agonized for weeks- as a complete change (including forming a new LLC) is a pretty big step.

 

Momento-Meaning

A few weeks after I leased the studio, I had a dream that I was showing my Grandma Rose my new space. She was a feisty Latina, and savvy small business owner who passed away when I was 11 years old. In the dream, I excitedly shared my vision with her, but lamented at my dilemma on finding the “perfect” name for the rebrand, still wanting to include the word “moment”. Without missing a beat, Grandma Rose said “ you should call it Momento … the Spanish word for moment.” I loved it! In a way it seemed like a tribute to my grandma and her Hispanic heritage, and my love of the Spanish language (I lived in Costa Rica to learn Spanish in college).

Momento Studios. I woke up, and knew in my heart that it was meant to be. The rest is history!

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Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!

Just about a year ago I set out to completely rebrand my business and studio, update my entire portfolio and website. I completely underestimated the work involved with learning a new platform, as well as keeping my sanity as a mama! As life may have it, there were several speed bumps along the way that delayed the progress and launch of the new site.

I finally came to my senses, and hired an amazing web designer, Kristen from TenLeafStudios. I am proud to announce, it is finally here! I am so very thankful for my network of support including friends, family and loyal clients that have stuck with me through the “my website is being updated” phase!

Our cutest “speed bump” from this past year: Violet Rae joined Team McMillan in April 2016

Images courtesy: Cherise Kiel

Thank you for stopping by, and we invite you to have a look around.

 

Lizzy

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