Family: Four Fathers

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Back to back barbecues, you gotta love a man on a grill. This time, four of my favorite men were to be celebrated while we chowed down on some burgers. My father Fon had all his kids here, (there’s five of us) and almost every one of us is making him a grandpa. This is Chris’s, and Mauricio’s second father’s day, and my brother Luis is ready to bring in another blessing into the family.
This time, we also stuffed our faces with steaks and ribs, and you better believe I snuck some pieces into a tupperware for tomorrow’s work lunch.
I took a little walk with Luis and his girlfriend Jen to take some pictures of the lovebirds and the belly. I’ll be sharing some of those soon, so stay tuned! (And if you’re already following me on instagram, you’ve already seen a few.)
For all of the father’s that raise us, we love you,

Family: Fractured & Hungry

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A couple of weeks ago now, my brother was hit by car. By the grace of God, he’s with us alive and well, just limping a little bit. Since he’s been on bed rest for a little while, and probably bored out of his mind–One of his close friends, Alex wanted to throw him a little barbecue to get him out of the house… even if it may it be only a few feet away.
It was a nice night, and such a nice gesture. I woke up early to  clean the back yard a bit, and a few moments later, Alex and I were in Costco stocking up on supplies (and yes I made him push me in the cart all over the store)
Here’s to happy healing, and being grateful for blessings,

Photography: Ivana Noble

Another successful session, this time with the lovely Ivana Noble.
She did absolutely great, and this shoot hit a new record for me, as it being the quickest and most effortless partnership to date. We met up, Ivana didn’t need much direction, and 30 minutes later turned to “it was so nice working with you” and “goodbye’.
Talk about getting the job done right.
Here’s to hoping I have more productive opportunities like this,
Best,
See more of my photography HERE or on my instagram @millistephaniaphotography; Interested in your own photography session? Contact me HERE.

Illustration: Taza, Twins & a Clementine


Bloggers, there are everywhere. When you’re one yourself, you tend to gravitate to other bloggers, and they somehow become like your virtual little family—in a non creepy way of course.
One of the many personalities that I tend to follow on instagram is Taza from lovetaza.com. She’s about to burst out twins, and when I saw this most adorable picture of her eating fruit, I picked up my apple pencil and got to work.
This is only the second time I’ve drawn a pregnant woman, (see the first HERE) and I gotta say, I don’t hate it. Maybe I should start a series. (We’ll see, because I may just be brainstorming out loud here)
I love the colors I used, purple just always seems to sneak into my work somehow, how do you always do that purple?
   I hope you guys like this illustration, and if you’re curious enough, she recently gave birth to two healthy girls, you can read that post HERE.
Best,

Photo Journal: Governor’s Ball 2018

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My brother is now an adult… which only makes me realize how old I’m getting! (Can I crawl into a hole now?)
The big 18… I remember all the dumb shit I used to do as a teenager, but those are stories for another blog post. I’m a big fan of  gifting experiences, not always something materialistic, so it was only right for me to get him tickets to Governor’s Ball. Governor’s Ball is held in Randalls Island, and the line up was looking really good with N.E.RD., Khalid and Eminem. And wherever Slim Shady is, Kat is sure to be there (and the panties she insisted were going to land on stage)
As always the park was packed, and it seemed the crowd was younger every time we turned around. Kat and I vowed to invest in VIP tickets next time we do this.. where the grown ups watched comfortably. (Especially because I don’t think my temper likes being pushed in the crowds) Khalid happened to be one of my favorite performers of the night, and without a doubt, Eminem did not disappoint, especially when he brought our 50 cent on stage with him. Even though it started to rain (and so happy we bought an Eminem rain jacket from the merch shop) singin out loud in the rain made it a memory we could never forget.
Check out a few of my favorite shots from the night, before my camera decided to die and leave me with crappy cell phone pics. (You can also see more of my concert photography HERE)
Ps. Love that we noticed Jason Genao in the crowd, asked if he could take a picture with my little brother, who totally made his day. My brother spread the pic to his group chat where they were all jealous that he got to meet “Ruby” from Netflix’s “On my Block”

Illustration: Dislocated

   It’s been a hell of week. My brother is out of commission due to an accident. It’s been scary thinking about what if?
   We’re all so grateful he’s alive. Right now he’s taking it slow since it’s time for healing.
This illustration came naturally, seeing as he had one dislocated toe that needed to snapped back into place, and a fractured ankle that we’re waiting for the selling to go down.
See you guys soon, it’s time to slow down a bit.

Family: Amaury’s 1st Birthday

Now that I’m practically the only sibling (not counting my 18 year old brother) without a kid, it’s pretty standard for the kid parties to take over my life. So many kids, so little time, and it seems that they grow so quickly. Still feels like he was just popped out.
The youngest of the bunch is turning 1. My nephew Amaury, my little grumpy old man (because he always grunts at you with an attitude) was being celebrated.
Originally we were supposed to spend the weekend in the Poconos at a water park, but since he wasn’t feeling so well, it was a safer bet to keep it at home—and stay away from other germ infected children.
For it being a last minute gathering, my sister Jula and her boo Mauricio did a great job of throwing everything together. The theme was Paw Patrol, and they all had the adorable t-shirts to match.
Check out some pics from our night and a Happy Birthday to my little old man!
Best,