ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!
My name is Mila Boekestyn, I specialize in maternity, newborn, baby and family portrature, serving Airdrie, Calgary and surrounding areas in beautiful Alberta, Canada. My business is Milashka Photography, and the word “Milashka” is loosely translated from Russian as “cutie” or “sweetheart” as that is often how we see our newborns and sometimes our partners and family members. It's with this sense of playfulness, joy, connection, and light heartedness that I will always approach our photography sessions and shoots together.
I fell in love with photography as a child: my grandfather was an amateur black and white photographer who developed his work in his home darkroom. I remember looking at the white paper and witnessing the magical process, seeing shapes appear, eventually revealing a recognizable image.
My travel, education, life and professional experience has made me appreciate how different and unique we all are, and made me see how important it is to document and have a living record of our family milestones and events so that we can not only reflect on them in the present time, but also so that we may pass them on to our children and grandchildren in the future as well.
When I was younger, I had only associated “Artistic” individuals with visual arts such as drawing and painting. That was until I picked up a camera and understood its unique artistic power in our every day lives. Ever since my 2 children were born, I spent a great deal of time capturing their every moment, leading me to study photography and pursue mastering it as an art. I am very proud to call myself a photographer, and I consider myself one of those few people who can say that I am doing what I love for a living. I love working with children and families, capturing their connections and interactions. I especially love photographing newborns – there is just a great and rewarding responsibility working with brand new life, capturing moments in time that are there and gone too quickly.
My clients have often called me a “baby whisperer” and they always mention how patient and calm I am – and I just tell them – working with a newborn for me is like meditation. It is a privilege and I am so blessed to be able to capture these precious memories for them.
WHY CHOOSE ME?
Since opening my business in 2014, I have been continuously improving and perfecting my skill set with training from world renowned photographers. I have extensive experience handling newborns and babies of any age so you can have every confidence that your little one will be happy and safe with me during our session.
I have been certified as a Qualified Newborn Photographer (QNP) with the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI), placing me amongst an elite group of photographers worldwide who currently hold QNP certification. I am also an approved and certified Newborn photographer with Professional Newborn Photographers Association, and I have won multiple awards for my images with Baby Photo Awards for photographers.
Having a newborn baby can be overwhelming and while it is important, the last thing a parent needs to worry about is the work or stress that can sometimes be involved with arranging for photography and professional pictures. My portable studio system and experience will ensure we capture the most beautiful images of your brand new baby with the least amount of disruption to your household and the most amount of parental enjoyment possible. I want you to have fun. I want things to be relaxed, flexible, and as comfortable as possible for you and your family. I want your experience to be as enjoyable as the photos we produce together are beautiful.
My business is fully licensed and insured. I photograph with natural lighting as well as studio lighting. I offer a variety of quality props and backdrops to choose from. I promise your session will be a wonderful and satisfying experience.
Feel free to visit my Testimonials page to learn more about what my clients have had to say about their experience.
I am looking forward to capturing your life’s most precious moments for you to share and keep forever.
AWARD WINNING PHOTOS BY MILASHKA PHOTOGRAPHY
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