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Well Hello There…

The blog portion of this website has been on a bit of a hiatus lately, hasn’t it?
I’ve missed writing, and with all of my focus geared towards clients, it’s time to learn a bit of balance.

If you follow me on instagram, you’re a bit more aware of some of the adventures I’ve been having lately. If you don’t no worries, you can follow me HERE, and know that I’ll be updating you all slowly and surely, here on millistephania.com

Thank you to all of my readers, may it be by you tuning into the blog, following via email or even by sending me a coffee! I appreciate every single one of you….

Now it’s time to write!

Family: Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way

Meeting Virgina + Allan was so heartwarming. They’ve known each other since 4 years old, and started to date at the age of 23. Now at this stage of their love, the love has blossomed with their newest addition, Brooklyn.

Virginia wanted to capture Brooklyn in her first days, to have that memory forever. I was so proud and humbled to be the one to do that for her. These are the moments that remind me how much I truly love my job. What a blessing.

Brooklyn, with her tiny little fingers, and cute button nose, was absolutely precious.
I didn’t have to do much to show off how cute she was. She was a doll!

If you’re interested in having a family session of your own, please feel free to reach out to me today!

COUPLES: JAYSON + MIRTHA

Want to know one of the perks of following me on Instagram, you get information first!

At the beginning of the holiday, I announced a giveaway session. Anyone who decided to participate was automatically entered into the raffle, as long as they followed the simple prompts, like following my photography Instagram account. Which you should definitely do here.

Three winners will be chosen, two winners will receive a free session and the last third person would get 50% off of their session. I mean that’s a great deal!

After a week, winners were chosen at random. Jayson won second please, and he wanted to redeem a session as a couple portrait session. We started our process and had all the details ready to go.

He and his girlfriend have been dating for five years and when I asked him what did he want to remember when he wanted to look back at the memories we created together, his answer was simple—–he just wants to remember how young they were—- how adorable! How could I not be excited to be part of such a loving journey?

We met at our agreed-upon location and I’m not going to lie, it was extremely cold this day!
Especially since we were so close to the water. Mirtha was such a trooper and I feel bad every time she trembled. I even offered my scarf and gave her a huge chunky blanket in between shots. Good thing this session was only for half an hour, and that’s all we needed to create some magic.
Despite our hurdle, my beautiful couple was on a mission and they look good doing it!


So my advice is to follow me on Instagram because you just never know when you can win a session of your own.

Family: Maldonado Christmas

Christmas isn’t a season.It’s a feeling

It’s that wonderful time of the year again. And after the year that we have had, We need all the positivity and enlightening spirit we can get.

This year has made you realize the things that truly matter. It’s not fancy clothes, going out and spending money at the clubs, it’s pending time with love ones and not taking them or their time for granted.

We never really know when it’s going to be the last time we see that favorite cousin, that uncle that always makes you laugh, or your grandmother who spends all her days in the kitchen making your favorite meals.

No matter the age, I’ll always be daddy’s little princess.

Family feeds your soul, they are always there to bluntly tell you the truth even if you don’t wanna hear it, and always be the ones to have your back in public, and then yell at you about in private.

It’s all love.

This session was so heartwarming for me to do, I’ve known my neighbors for almost 20 years, (Damn I’m getting old) And I’ve never seen My neighbor Liz, once show off any family photos.

Which is why this year I told her that nothing would make me happier than gifting her a family session with her family. Her daughter who’s away at college, her teenage son who is almost about to finish high school and her loving husband of many many moons.

They’ve been through so much this year, and if I could bring a little joy into their lives I was going to do that.

As soon as I told her the news she got so excited, and straightaway knew that she wanted everybody in pajamas, at home, all cozied up together. It was perfect.

It was great to see everybody laughing, and enjoying themselves at the session. John and Liz even showed me their last portrait session taken 17 years ago, when the kids were so tiny. It was taken at Sears and it was hung up on the living room wall and you can instantly see the style of the 90’s.

I laughed and joked that it was about damn time!

They both mentioned they couldn’t wait to get their new ones printed and framed to show off to anyone that walks in through the doors.

Once I delivered the gallery, I received messages of praises. This is one of the best feelings that comes with job, making those memories tangible.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and cherish the ones you have next to you.

Family: Dear Santa…

Feliz Noche Buena! It’s here guys we officially made it, it’s the holidays! It hasn’t been the easiest year, but it’s time to celebrate, we definitely deserve it.

I have about 3 to 4 years working with Darlene from Suitheelscurves , my favorite blogger. She focuses on everything from lifestyle, family and plus size fashion. She’s so freaking sweet and every time we work together, it’s always fun!

Since we like to work together in batches, let me explain, we take one day, with a whole bunch of outfits, and create content in bulk. So to me I didn’t think it was out of the ordinary to show up and go in one a few concepts today.

Little did I know that’s Arlene, had a pretty nice surprise up her sleeve, or should I say in her belly!

Creating these announcement images for Darlene was such a blessing, I definitely jumped up and down and gave her a huge hug! Now Michaela is going to be a big sister and her excitement is nothing short of enthusiastic.

Dear Santa, this year, a family of 3 will become a family of 4!

Daddy + Me: Moises + Hunter

I’ve been itching to photograph a Daddy + Me session. As much as I adore documenting mother’s I’ve been wanting an intimate session that captures the love of fatherhood. So when I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph Mo and his son, Hunter, there was no way I was saying no.

Our day started with some brisk air, which I was worried was going to be a little bit too cold for Hunter. We decided to shoot full force right under the sun to keep warm, which ended up making things perfect, while I promoted Dad and little man to run around and play.

Once Hunter started skipping, chasing daddy and playing tag, his shyness quickly faded.

One of my favorite prompts for toddlers,
“Show me your muscles!”

What a great mini session with father and son. As always, I’m honored to be that fly on the wall with my camera. You don’t always need a special occasion to hire a photographer, it’s those little movements that matter the most.

If you’d like to reach out to me and have your loved ones photographed you can do so by clicking the button below.

Speak to you soon!

Engagement Session: Sade + Patrick

Completely swooning over this dreamy engagement session with Patrick + Sade.


Let me tell you, I was so honored to be the one to capture this couple’s love. I used to work with Sade at a non-profit last year, and she and I bonded immediately. All our lunches were spent together gossiping and talking about our love life (which mine is a disaster), God, and practically hashing out situations from other coworkers in the office.
It was the best hour of my 9-5.

Now Sade is happily living in North Carolina and it’s safe to say that I miss her and our talks.
I told her when she comes to visit, she better make some time for me. Little did I know that I was going to greet her with open arms, and her with a big old rock on her finger. I was so ecstatic for her and quickly told her she needs to get her things together so I can document this newest chapter of her life.

Meeting Patrick and seeing Sade be so comfortable and silly with him, only showed me how much love they have for each other. Which only made my job behind the camera so much easier. Sade was a little nervous at first, but once I played a little music for her to relax, we were in the groove. This session is easily once of my favorites.

Thank you so much for trusting me to document your love. I wish you many years of happiness.

If you’re interested in your own engagement session, or if you want to document your love with your spouse, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to be part of the process.

Maternity Photography: Kathleen

This past summer, in between all of the madness of Covid, my beautiful friend Kathleen was going through her newest chapter in motherhood. I was so excited to help plan her session and to document her journey with her soon to arrive baby girl.

We made our way to one of my favorite hidden gems, making this the perfect location to document her in all her glory.We had briefly talked outfits prior and as soon as I saw Kat in her pastel-colored tulle maxi dress I knew it was going to be a really good session. This gown was to die for!

I mean look at all this detail. All that fluff!
Can I have one in every color please?

I know she told me she was practicing her expressions in the mirror, since she was a little nervous, but that quickly went away!
Can we talk about how gorgeous Kat is looking, I mean!

Are you, or do you have a loved one who’s expecting? I’d be honored to be the one to document their journey.

Maternity Photography: Lindsey + Jason

I don’t want my children to follow in my footsteps.

I want them to take the path next to me + go further than I could have.

It’s so beautiful how we can find people who can make us so happy.

I had so much fun photographing Lindsey+ Jason who kept cracking jokes the whole time!

I was trying to be professional guys, could not stop laughing! 😄

Headshot Session: Harvey

“Being a gentleman never goes out of style.”

Menswear fashion photography has always been on my list. Men need some attention too, and when Harvey contacted me I was ready to go!
Harvey needed some new portraits for his linkedin, social media and some other platforms, and took full advantage of a sale I was throwing. His birthday was the same day as his session and I knew I had to make his session a little fun… He was laughing and broke his nervousness in front of the camera.
I think he did a pretty great job!