Milk Bath Maternity Photoshoot - How it is done - Jenn - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Milk Bath Maternity Photoshoot - How it is done -Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer

Have you ever wished to take a bath full of money or maybe full of champagne (just like you see in the movies)… well this was kind of like that but it was full of milk and flowers!

Maternity photoshoots are so very special - this is the time to capture your connection with your ever changing body, the love you have for your unborn child and the sweet anticipation of his or her or their (just like in this case) arrival. So for those of you who are wondering about the tactics of the milk bath maternity photoshoot, how it is done, you are in the right place. I will give you some tips and tricks to make this maternity photoshoot a success!

Milk: First of all - of course you will need some milk! You don’t actually need to fill up the WHOLE bathtub with milk, you really only need SOME milk for the colour of the water to change. Some people use cream or even a powder milk - all of these will work. So start by filling up your bathtub with warm water, once it is 3/4 or 1/2 full (don’t fill it up too much, you want to make sure you can still see the belly out of the water) add some milk until the water colour changes to white.

Clothing: you can either go with a lace maternity gown or nude - totally depends on your preference. Once the bath is full with the water and some milk, jump in!

Flowers: Once you are sitting comfortably in the bath, the photographer can start adding some flowers. You want to add flowers AFTER you are in the bath as some might start to sink if you are trying to get into the bathtub full with flowers. Here is another important tip: the flowers HAVE to be real. If you try to use fake flowers, they will definitely all sink! Also make sure to buy real / natural flowers not some fancy coloured ones because they will stain your bath (yep, learned on my mistake).

Of course make sure you have good lighting (bathrooms with a natural light from a window would be ideal), and enjoy your milk bath!

Milk Bath Maternity Session. Beautiful mom-to-be is enjoying her milk bath surrounded by flowers. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milk Bath Photoshoot - Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be sitting in a bathtub full of milk and flowers wearing a white lace dress. Milk bath maternity session ideas. Calgary milk bath maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Milk bath photoshoot. Mom-to-be sitting in a bathtub full of milk and flowers. Calgary milk bath maternity photoshoot.
Milk bath maternity session. Beautiful mom-to-be sitting in a milk bathtub, surrounded by floating flowers and smiling. Milk bath ideas. Maternity milk bath photoshoot in Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta.
Belly shot in a milk bath. Milk bath maternity session. Calgary and Airdrie maternity photographer - Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be and her toddler son are enjoying a milk bath during mom’s milk bath maternity photoshoot. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
Milk Bath maternity session. Mom-to-be in the bathtub full of milk and flowers. Calgary and area maternity photographer - Milashka Photography


Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Aman - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer - by Mila Boekestyn

Winter Maternity Photoshoot at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park - What to wear and how to prepare - Calgary and Airdrie Maternity Photographer

I absolutely love the Big Hills Spring Provincial park, it is located only 20 minutes away from Airdrie, AB and it is a gem of a place - it has a waterfall, multiple bridges, a river, beautiful trees - a perfect place to go for a hike with a family or of course in my case to meet my clients for a maternity photoshoot. It is a perfect place during all 4 seasons, I love going there in the winter as much as during the summer.

I am always asked - how do the moms do it - standing in the snow, wearing nothing but a gown - aren’t they cold? They certainly do not appear to be cold…Trust me - it is NOT as easy as they make it seem - for this maternity session, this brave mama was determined to get her maternity photos outside at the end of February with -15C and some snow - nothing would stop her and the result are these gorgeous, very unique portraits of her and her hubby expecting their first baby, which they will cherish forever!

So, how does one survive a winter maternity photoshoot, what shall you know or how should you prepare for this adventure? I would start by suggesting to make sure you have some blankets ready - blankets that would help to cover you in case you are brave enough to change into a different gown as well as to warm you up between the shoots. I also always suggest to wear boots (no-one would usually see what you are wearing on your feet as the gowns are long enough and will cover any footwear, so you might as well make sure your feet are nice and warm). Then of course a nice, big, easy to put on/take off jacket - you are only going to be standing in your gown for a few minutes for a photographer to take those quick shots and then you can get a little break and warm up in your jacket, so make sure you bring a warm one. Another thing to think off and bring along is something warm to drink - maybe a nice tea in a thermos or a hot chocolate? Hot drinks can definitely help to warm you up a bit from the inside. And of course don’t forget your mittens!

Beautiful mom-to-be is standing on a snow wearing a red gown in the middle of a winter. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography.
Radiant expecting parents are standing on the snow in the middle of a winter while it is snowing. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous red gown. Winter Maternity Photoshoot ideas - Milashka Photography - Calgary Maternity Photographer
Stunning mom-to-be is standing on the snow wearing a red gown and a red flower crown, while it is snowing in the middle of February at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
Gorgeous mom-to-be is standing in the snow, wearing a purple gown a holding little baby boy shoes. Maternity photoshoot ideas. Maternity Photographer in Calgary, Alberta - Milashka Photography
Stunning mom-to-be in a purple gown standing on a bridge and smiling at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography. Winter maternity photoshoot idea.
Expecting parents standing in front of a giant rock in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park.
Beautiful mom-to-be in a purple gown standing in front of a river in the middle of a winter at the Big Hills Spring Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Olive - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer

It was an honour to photograph Olive for her Newborn Photoshoot as I have photographed her brother Felix for his Newborn (see it here), Milestone (see it here) and Cakesmash (see it here) sessions. Felix was such a good sport during this photoshoot - it is always so unpredictable how toddlers would behave for their siblings photos, but he was awesome - he listened to the directions, was super gentle and affectionate with his little sister and Olive was great as well - she was probably the happiest baby I have photographed in awhile, she gave me a smile, after smile, after smile….I couldn’t have wished for a better session. We did lots of cute setups, since Valentines day was around the corner, and Easter is not too far away and of course - we had to do a famous “guitar” shot as we did a similar setup for Felix (Olive’s and Felix’ dad Jon is a musician with The Black Magic Hustlers and have recently released an album, check it out here). World, meet beautiful Olive, who was 10 days fresh during this photoshoot!

Tucked in pose on a beanbag. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Newborn baby girl is photographed on a beanbag. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Newborn baby girl on a beanbag smiling and surrounded by little hearts. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Valentines Day inspired Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Newborn baby girl in a heart shaped bowl, surrounded by rose petals and hearts. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl wearing a bunny hat and holding a bunny toy. Easter Newborn inspired photoshoot. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Sleeping beauty. Newborn Photoshoot. Newborn baby girl is sleeping soundly on a little barn bed wearing mint colour outfit. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl on a little bed in a cute mint outfit sleeping soundly. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photographer
Newborn baby girl is wrapped in mint colour wrap and is smiling. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photographer
Newborn baby girl is sleeping soundly in a mint nest, wrapped in a mint wrap. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie - Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl with a little guitar. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary based photographer - Milashka Photographer.
Baby girl wrapped in a purple wrap with her little toes showing lying in a white wooden bowl. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography - Newborn photography - Newborn Photoshoot inspiration ideas.
Newborn baby girl smiling. Wrapped in a purple wrap with a purple headband, lying in a white wooden bowl. Newborn baby inspiration photoshoot. Milashka Photography - Calgary Photographer
Newborn baby girl wrapped as “Matryoshka” aka “Russian doll” with other Matryoshkas sitting on a shelf. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer - Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl is smiling and lying in a white wooden bowl wrapped in a yellow wrap and wearing a yellowfins hat. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl sleeping soundly in a cute little stroller, wrapped in a white wrap and wearing a white headband. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography.
Baby girl wrapped in a yellow wrap with a yellow hat, sleeping soundly on top of a huge sunflower. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Big brother is looking at his newborn sister in a stroller. Siblings photoshoot. Newborn Photoshoot ideas with older siblings. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Siblings on a beanbag. Big brother and his newborn sister on a beanbag. Newborn and siblings photoshoot ideas. Calgary based photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl is wearing a onesie that reads: “I totally rocked my photo shoot with Milashka Photography”. Gift ideas for newborn clients. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography.

Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer - Newborn Baby Girl - Aledy - Newborn Photoshoot by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer - Newborn Baby Girl - Newborn Photoshoot

So tiny, so delicate, so precious - introducing a 9 days fresh beautiful newborn baby girl - Aledy! She was SO GOOD to me, slept almost the entire time and was very cooperative during her Newborn Photoshoot. For Aledy’s mommy’s maternity session which we did in the mountains (you can see this session here), we used very bright and colourful maternity gowns (I have a large collection of different maternity gowns, which I offer to all of my maternity clients), so for Aledy’s Newborn Photoshoot, I tried to keep the same colours and the same theme - colourful, bright and happy. I think I succeeded! World, meet beautiful Aledy!!!

Newborn baby girl wrapped in the yellow wrap with a sunflower headband, lying in the middle of a giant sunflower prop. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl wrapped in a purple wrap, lying in the white wooden bowl, surrounded by purple flowers. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Airdrie Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl, wrapped in the mustard colour wrap, lying in the white wooden bowl. Newborn baby photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl wrapped in the white cloth, lying in the white wooden bowl and sleeping soundly. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Airdrie and Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Potato sack pose - newborn baby girl wrapped in a mustard colour wrap on a bean bag and cream flokati rug. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary photographer specializing in Newborn and Maternity portraiture - Milashka Photography
Newborn Baby girl, lying in a heart shaped bowl - newborn photography ideas. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl is holding a purple bear, wrapped in a purple wrap and wearing a purple hat, lying in a white wooden bowl. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl in a bucket. Mint colour wraps, hat and curly layers. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl lying on a white backdrop. Baby rolls. Newborn photography ideas. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
Chin on hands pose. Newborn Photoshoot on a beanbag. Beautiful newborn baby girl is lying on a beanbag. White wrap and white backdrop and white headbands. Newborn Photoshoot idea. Calgary Newbon photographer - Milashka Photography
Two sisters on a beanbag. Older sibling is hugging her newborn sister. Newborn siblings photoshoot idea. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photography. Milashka Photography
Mother and daughter shot. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Mother is lying down on a flokati rug and have her newborn daughter nearby. Calgary and Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Mother with her two daughters. Newborn Photoshoot ideas. Calgary and Airdrie photographer - Milashka Photography

Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Sarah - Calgary maternity photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Calgary Maternity Photographer

I was so happy when Sarah has chosen to do a Mountain Maternity Session as we are so blessed to live in a gorgeous part of the world so close to the Rocky Mountains in a breathtaking Alberta, Canada. There is nothing better than capturing the beauty of the nature along with the beauty of a mom-to-be - a match made in heaven. I love all the colours of the gowns that Sarah has chosen for this maternity session, she looked like a Snow Queen. And don’t let the sun fool you - the temperature was -10C, the air was crispy cold but nothing could stop this brave beautiful mama. I can’t wait to meet her baby girl in January!

Beautiful mom-to-be in a red gown in beautiful Kananaskis Country with mountains in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Beautiful expecting mother to be in a red gown on a snow with Rocky Mountains in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Gorgeous mom-to-be in a beautiful red gown on a snow with trees and Rocky Mountains in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Beautiful mother to be in a white gown on a snow with Rocky Mountains and forest in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Beautiful mom-to-be in a gorgeous white gown standing on a snow with Rocky Mountains, river and forest in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography.
“Blessed” - the sun is shining upon this pregnant mama, she is standing on a snow in a beautiful white gown with Rocky Mountains and forest in the background. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Beautiful mother-to-be in a gorgeous white gown standing on a snow in Kananaskis Country. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Proud mama to be in a gorgeous mustard gown standing in the snow surrounded by Rocky Mountains in beautiful Canmore, Canada. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Gorgeous mommy-to-be wearing a mustard colour dress, standing on a snow and surrounded by Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography
Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography. Beautiful mom-to-be is standing on a snow in a middle of winter in Kananaskis Country, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography. A beautiful portrait of a mother and daughter both wearing mustard colour gowns standing on a snow in the middle of a winter in beautiful Kananaskis Country in Canmore, Alberta, Canada surrounded by Rocky Mountains.
Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography. Beautiful mother to be wearing a purple gown, standing on a snow, surrounded by Rocky Mountains in a beautiful Kananaskis Country, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Gorgeous mother - to - be in a gorgeous purple gown standing on a snow surrounded by Rocky Mountains in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Mountain Maternity Session in Alberta - Milashka Photography.

Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Olivia - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Olivia was born at 9lbs 1oz! She has 2 older brothers, in fact I have met Olivia’s parents when her middle brother was born for his newborn photoshoot! It is so nice to see my newborn clients all grown up! Olivia did so good during her newborn photoshoot, she was sleepy, calm and I just loved her chubby cheeks, such a yummy baby girl. Her older brother was so worried that I would take her home, he kept reminding me throughout the photoshoot that Olivia is there to stay and NOT to be taken anywhere lol. World, meet beautiful Olivia!

Newborn baby girl on a beanbag with chin on hands pose. Chubby cheeks baby. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn photographer
Newborn baby girl in a froggy pose on a beanbag. White backdrop. Newborn photographer in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl’s profile photo. Photoshoot on a beanbag with a white backdrop. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Bum up pose on a beanbag with white backdrop. Baby girl on a beanbag. Newborn photography. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Flower in bloom. Ana Brandt inspired shot with a baby girl wrapped like a flower. Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta Photographer. Milashka Photography
Rainbow baby photoshoot idea. Baby girl in a dreamcatcher basket surrounded by flowers and holding a unicorn. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby girl in a wooden bowl wearing a lilac hat, holding a lilac bear and surrounded by lilac fluff. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
A simple Christmas inspired set up with a newborn baby girl in a bowl. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl with a unicorn plush toy. Airdrie Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a crate. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Little baby girl wrapped, wearing bear bonnet and holding a tiny little bear in her hand. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a stroller. Newborn photoshoot in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Tired little baby girl is yawning in a potato sack pose on a beanbag. Newborn photography ideas. Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Siblings love. Newborn photoshoot with 2 older siblings. 2 brothers looking at their newborn baby sister in a stroller. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
Shhhhh, she is sleeping - said older brother. Siblings and newborn photoshoot ideas. Newborn photography. Milashka Photography - Calgary photographer

Fall Mini Sessions - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Fall Mini Sessions - Calgary Family Photographer

Fall is a busy time for photographers as many families want to update their family portraits and capture the beauty of the Fall season with its beautiful changing leafs and mild warm weather. This year in Calgary, Mother Nature almost forgot to bring us Fall and started with Winter: snow in September and freezing temperatures…. We didn’t get to have those nice warm Fall days till the end of October and by then most of the leafs were gone!!! My Fall mini sessions were happening at the end of September and the weather could have been better… So I am very grateful to all of my amazing clients who were brave enough to come out and see me for their photos! First day of my mini sessions was at the Edworthy Park, which is a beautiful park in the Northwest section of Calgary along the south shore of the Bow River and the second day was at the Confederation Park, which is also in the Northwest and both parks are very popular with local family photographers. The most popular colours this year for everyone’s wardrobe were blue and maroon fallowed by mustard. It was great to see all of my regular clients as well as to meet new ones. I am hoping to see you all again in the future. Thank you for the great year!

Calgary Fall Mini Session. Family Photographer. Milashka Photography. Edworthy Park
Calgary Fall Mini Sessions. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography. Edworthy Park.
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Edworthy Park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Edworthy Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Edworthy Park. Calgary Family Photos. Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Edworthy Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Edworthy Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Confederation Park. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Confederation Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Confederation Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Confederation Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography
Calgary Fall Mini Session - Confederation Park. Calgary Family Photographer - Milashka Photography

Baby milestone photoshoot - Benjamin - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Baby milestone photoshoot - Calgary Family Photographer

I met this family for the first time when big sister Ella was just turning 1 for her cakesmash photoshoot (which you can see here). Since then I had an honour to photograph some of their most important milestones - Ella’s second birthday (that is when I found out that Ella would be a big sister), Benjamin’s newborn photoshoot and now this session, which was a combination of family photos, Ella’s birthday (she is now 3 years old) as well as Benjamin’s baby milestone - or what I also call his “sitter session” (when the baby can sit unattended). I can’t express how happy it makes me when my clients call me their “family photographer” and invite me to come and capture their most precious milestones. I am looking forward to many more years of working with this beautiful family!

Proud bit sister is holding her baby brother and smiling in this lifestyle inspired photoshoot. Calgary lifestyle family photographer. Milashka Photography
Siblings. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Sibling lying on the bed in this lifestyle inspired photoshoot. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby boy is lying on the bed in this lifestyle inspired photoshoot. Milashka Photography. Calgary baby photographer
Baby boy is sitting and smiling in a cute hat. Calgary photographer. Milashka photography
Baby boy sitting on a bed, holding his bear and smiling. Calgary lifestyle photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby boy is sitting and holding a wooden horse. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
Family portrait. Family of 4. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography

Family session - Jessica - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family Session - Calgary Family Photographer

The weather in Calgary is unpredictable - it could be sunny and warm in the morning and freezing by the afternoon, that is why I always offer an option to take pictures inside and outside or both! This is what we did with Jessica’s beautiful family. We started with some indoor pictures, followed by some pictures at a local park. The girls were so well behaved, were super excited about their photoshoot and gave me their best smiles and giggles.

Sisters sitting on a bed and smiling. Calgary children photographer. Milashka Photography
Sisters are telling secrets. A big sister is whispering a secret to her little sister’s ear. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Big sister is kissing her little sister. Christmas inspired photoshoot. Neutrals. Calgary children photographer. Milashka Photography
Christmas inspired photoshoot. Love neutrals. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little girls is holding her lantern in this Christmas inspired photo session. Calgary Child Photographer. Milashka Photography
Sweet little girl smiling in this Christmas inspired photoshoot. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Little girl is smiling in this Christmas inspired photoshoot. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Little girl is smiling and looking into the camera. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little girl’s portrait. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Family of 4 sitting on a bench. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Portrait of a family. Calgary portrait photographer. Milashka photography

A stroll in a park - Family photoshoot - Lise - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

A stroll in a park - Family photoshoot - Calgary Family Photographer

Let’s take a stroll in a park, I told my friend Lise, and I will capture beautiful memories for you and your kids. That we did! I love this family, they are always so much fun to photograph. There is no posing and no plan, just “be yourselves”, play, run and have fun. It’s not only about capturing memories on paper, it’s also about having a memorable experience of a fun photoshoot.

Mom and kids and a dog walking in a park. Fall in Calgary. Calgary family photographer. Milashka photography
Mom and sister looking at the man in their lives. Family photoshoot in Calgary. Milashka Photography
Siblings are hugging their mom. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Man in a middle. Family photo with mom and her two kids. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Brother and sister doing the Floss Dance. Family photographer. Calgary. Milashka Photography
Mother and son looking at each other in a park. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Mini me. Mother and daughter portrait. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
Portrait of a boy. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Portrait of a girl. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Family photoshoot with mom and two siblings. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Mom and her 2 kids are sitting on a bench. Calgary family. Milashka Photography

Cakesmash photoshoot - Mahaan - Calgary Baby Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Cakesmash photoshoot - Calgary Baby Photographer

I cannot believe that it has been a year since I have photographed little Mahaan’s newborn session. His parents have purchased one of my Bundles for Baby’s 1st year and I had an honour to photograph Mahaan during all his important milestones. You can see his newborn session here and his sitter session here. This was his third session with me and as with all of my Cakesmash sessions we took some family photos, Mahaan on his own, cakesmash action and bubble bath after the cakesmash. Mahaan had a great time smashing that cake and really enjoyed the bubble bath. Happy First Birthday dear prince!

Happy 1 year old sitting on a sled and smiling for his Christmas inspired photoshoot
First Birthday board and a birthday boy. Milashka Photography. Calgary Newborn and baby photographer
Family portrait. Parents, toddler and a dog. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography
First Birthday photoshoot. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Baby boy is reaching for his birthday cake. Milashka photography
Happy little prince smashing his birthday cake. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Milashka Photography
This cake is yummy! Birthday boy is trying his cake. Cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary photographer. Milashka photography
Little boy is covered in cake. Cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Birthday boy is covered in his cake smiling. Cakesmash photography. Milashka Photography
Cakesmash done! Birthday boy is done with his cake. Cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby boy is taking a bubble bath after smashing his cake during a cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography

Family photoshoot - Downtown Calgary - Prince's Island Park - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family photoshoot - Downtown Calgary - Prince's Island Park - Calgary Family Photographer

For this family photoshoot, we decided to explore Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary. Prince's Island Park is an urban park in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is developed on an island on the Bow River, immediately north of downtown Calgary. It was named after Peter Anthony Prince, the founder of the Eau Claire Lumber Mill.  Prince's Island Park is a beautiful park that holds many large events throughout the year, it also has a famous "Peace Bridge" and a very cozy and delicious River Cafe. This cool and modern family was fitting beautifully to the urban style of the shoot in the "City of Bridges" - Calgary, Alberta.

Family of 4 standing on a Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Family of 4 standing on a Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary family photographer - Milashka Photography
Mother and daughter in downtown Calgary beside the Peace Bridge. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Boy is standing beside Peace Bridge in Calgary downtown. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Girl is sitting on a rock and smiling. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Family of 4 standing infront of the Bow River in Calgary downtown. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Family of 4 sitting on a rock and wearing sunglasses. Calgary Family photographer. Milashka Photography

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Lennon - Calgary Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Calgary Newborn Photoshoot - Baby girl - Calgary Newborn Photographer

When I have met Maria and Drew they didn't know if they were having a girl or a boy as they were keeping it a secret (you can see Maria's maternity session here), but they had already picked out the name for their baby - Lennon - inspired by the legend - John Lennon.  Beautiful Lennon was so good to me during her newborn photoshoot, she gave me the biggest smiles and I just wanted to take her home with me, such a sweetheart! Welcome to the world sweet Lennon!

Beautiful newborn baby girl wrapped in lace with a bonnet on a beanbag. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Portrait of a beautiful newborn baby girl in a white bonnet smiling on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a blue romper on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Beautiful newborn baby girl in a cute pink romper on a beanbag. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Froggy pose - Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photographer
Newborn baby girl lying on an antique bed. Newborn Calgary Photographer - Milashka Photography
Beautiful newborn baby girl sleeping soundly on an antique bed. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Sweet little baby girl yawning on a beanbag with tulips beside her. Calgary Newborn Photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl in a nest - Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Smiling newborn baby girl in a crate - Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Newborn baby girl lying down in the middle of a sunflower and smiling. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Composite image with a stork holding a newborn baby girl. Calgary Newborn photographer - Milashka Photography
Dad is holding his newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
Mom is holding her newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer - Milashka Photography.
New parents and their precious newborn baby girl. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography

Airdrie Family Photoshoot - Nose Creek Park - Nataliya - Airdrie Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Airdrie Family Photoshoot - Nose Creek Park - Airdrie Family Photographer

Finally I did a photoshoot in my own little city - Airdrie, situated North of Calgary only about 30km away from downtown Calgary at the park on Main Street - Nose Creek Provincial Park. I have moved to Airdrie 4 years ago from Ontario, and fell in love with it.  Airdrie is famous for the Airdrie Pro Rodeo, which is held each year at the end of June and is TONS of fun.  Airdrie has everything a young family might need or want - Genesis place - a sport complex with anything you could wish under the stars - skating rings, swimming pools, gym with a full running track, basketball and soccer fields, trampoline gymnastics and many many more activities. Airdrie has all kinds of amazing and delicious restaurants - here are just a few of my favourites - Italian, Mexican, Indian, Thai and Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and of course local Canadian cuisine. Airdrie has tons of kids' sports and activities like gymnastics at the Little gym and dancing at the Star Bound Dance Company (SBDC), and of course many schools including French Immersion and Catholic schools. We have our own mayor - Peter Brown (who is very personable - he made an effort to came to my daughter's school during Remembrance Day ceremony and spent time with veterans and kids) and we have Airdrie Community Health Centre with very patient staff that is open 24/7!  I love my city and if you haven't been here yet, you should definitely come and visit!

This family photoshoot was tons of fun - just a stroll in a park with kids playing and laughing and making jokes, baby smiling and parents loving it all :-) Here are their pictures! Enjoy!

Beautiful Family of 5 sitting on a blanket during a warm summer evening. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Family of 5 walking and holding hands during a warm summer evening at the Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, Alberta. Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
Girl sitting in a tall grass. Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
Girl is standing beside a tree with red berries. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography
Cute baby boy with blue eyes staring right at the camera. Airdrie baby photographer. Milashka Photography
Lovely couple in Nose Creek Park, Airdrie, Alberta.  Airdrie family photographer - Milashka Photography
Little sister is giving a kiss to her older sister. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography
Lovely family of 5 on a warm summer evening at the Nose Creek park in Airdrie, Alberta. Airdrie family photographer. Milashka Photography.

Blast from the Past photoshoot - Liam - Heritage Park - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Blast from the Past photoshoot - Heritage Park - Calgary Family Photographer

This was a very special photoshoot with my friend Jenn and her adorable little guy Liam.  I have been photographing Jenn and Liam since Liam was just a little peanut in a belly.  Since this photoshoot was all about the "Past", you can visit Jenn's journey with Milashka Photography by clicking on these links to see all Liam's previous sessions:  Jenn's maternity session, Liam's newborn session, Liam's First Christmas, Liam's First Valentines, Liam's First EasterLiam's Baptism, Liam's Cakesmash, Liam's Christmas.

This photoshoot was about visiting the past - beautiful Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. Liam was dressed in a very cute overall and old style hat (which amazingly he wore the whole time and didn't even try to take it off). He was fitting in perfectly with the surrounding and was enjoying the whole experience: riding the train, visiting school, blacksmith shops, post office, old houses and everything else the Heritage Park has to offer.

Little boy dressed in the old style clothing beside barn. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography.
Little boy dressed in the old style clothing looking at the upcoming old style train at the Heritage Park, Calgary. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Cute little boy walking proudly at the farm. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Curious little boy at the Heritage Park, Calgary. Calgary photographer - Milashka Photography
Mom and son. Little boy sitting on a cannon infant of an old house. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little boy dressed in old style clothing pointing at something. Calgary Child Photographer. Milashka Photographer.
Little boy in an old style school looking curiously at the camera. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little boy with a newspaper at the old style post office at the Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography
Little boy dressed in an old style clothing standing in tall grass and smiling. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Newspaper anyone? Little cute boy standing in the red Royal Mail wagon at the Heritage Park in Calgary holding old style newspaper. Calgary child and family photographer. Milashka Photography
Sweet little boy looking at the window on a train at Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta. Calgary family and child photographer. Milashka Photography

Family photoshoot - Lindsay - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family photoshoot - Calgary Family Photographer

Lindsay lives on a beautiful acreage with a big red barn and donkeys and horses and cats and cows - the rustic, country feel that any photographer would be super excited to photograph, and on top of that, Lindsay's hubby have assembled this amazing antique truck - so of course THE TRUCK was the centre of this photoshoot.  We had such an awesome time during this family photoshoot, even one of the cats decided to join us.  Here are some of my favourite images from this session.

Family of 4 in front of the barn and old truck. Calgary Family Photographer. Milashka Photography
Family of 4. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
Family of 4 standing in front of an old truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Family of 4 holding hands. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Family of 4 standing in front of a big red barn and an old truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography
Boy standing beside an old truck and red barn. Calgary family photographer - Milashka Photography
A little girl sitting on the truck. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.
A boy and a girl with a cat. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
A boy and a girl looking at donkeys and a mini horse. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography

Maternity session at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Maria - Calgary Maternity Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Maternity Session at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park - Calgary Maternity Photographer

I was very excited for this maternity session as it is in one of my favourite places - really close to Airdrie and Calgary, Alberta - Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. If you have never been there before, you have to check it out and go for a little hike - it has everything you need without going too far from the city - waterfall, forest, rocks, river, bridges. A very picturesque place and perfect for pictures.  When I have met Maria for the first time, she has mentioned that she has envisioned her maternity photos to be done in the forest with trees and sunset and right away I thought - Big Hill Spings park!  As you may know I offer a wide variety of different gowns that you can wear during your maternity session. Maria has picked beautiful pink, blue, green and purple gowns - we wanted to make sure we cover all the bases and got some "girly" and "manly" colors as Maria and Drew did not know if they were having a boy or a girl. This photoshoot turned out pretty good, Maria and Drew rocked this session and you don't need me to tell you as you can see this for yourselves - these two are SO IN LOVE!!!!

Beautiful expecting couple standing on a bridge. Mom - to - be is wearing a purple dress
Expecting couple in a forest. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful purple gown.
Expecting couple in a forest kissing. Mom-to-be is wearing a blue dress. Calgary Maternity Photographer. Milashka Photography
Beautiful mom-to-be wearing a blue gown in front of the waterfall. Calgary maternity photographer. Milashka Photography
Beautiful mother to be in a gorgeous pink gown in front of a waterfall. Maternity photographer in Calgary, Alberta. Milashka Photography.
Expecting couple in front of a waterfall. Mom-to-be is wearing a gorgeous pink gown. Calgary Maternity Photographer. Milashka Photography
Mom-to-be wearing a gorgeous pink gown in front of a waterfall. Calgary maternity photographer. Milashka Photography
Expecting couple in love. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful pink gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary Maternity Photographer
Mom-to-be wearing a beautiful pink gown in front of a waterfall at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Milashka Photography - Calgary maternity photographer
Expecting couple on a bridge. Mother-to-be is wearing a beautiful pink gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary's maternity photographer
Beautiful mother - to - be wearing a gorgeous green gown at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Calgary Maternity Photographer - Milashka Photography
Expecting couple in a forest. Mom-to-be is wearing a beautiful green gown. Milashka Photography - Calgary's maternity photographer.

Mickey Mouse Cakesmash - Tegh Singh - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Mickey Mouse Cakesmash - Calgary Cakesmash Photographer

This was my third photoshoot with Tegh Singh and his lovely family, it was so great to see him grow from a tiny newborn to a little toddler. You can see his Newborn session here and his Sitter session here. I offer Bundle photography packages where you can choose to have multiple sessions to document different milestones throughout your baby's 1st year. You can choose to have 2,3, or even 4 sessions with me during your baby's first year and usually the First Birthday / Cakesmash is the final one.  It is always a bitter sweet - seeing my little newborn clients all grown up eating their first birthday cake but also realizing that I am not going to see them again for sometime. Tegh Singh did enjoy his Mickey Mouse cake prepared with love by his aunt. He started out by being very suspicious about the cake and the whole idea, but once he tried the cake and realized how good it is, he couldn't believe his luck - "All of this for me?!" Happy First Birthday dear Tegh Singh, I hope to see you and your amazing family in a near future again!

Birthday boy with long curls and long eyelashes, looking suspiciously at the photographer. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Mickey Mouse Inspired Cakesmash set up. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Milashka Photography.
Mickey Mouse Inspired Cakesmash Photoshoot. Birthday Boy is about to taste his first bite of his birthday cake. Calgary Cakesmash Photographer. Milashka Photography
Birthday boy is enjoying his cake during his cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary cakesmash. Milashka Photography
Birthday boy suspiciously looking at the photographer during his cakesmash photo session. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photographer
Birthday boy is enjoying his cake. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little hands and feet covered in cake during a cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby boy covered in his Mickey Mouse towel and holding a rubber duck, looking suspiciously at the photographer. Calgary Cakesmash Photoshoot. Milashka Photography

Newborn Photoshoot - Russian Inspired Photoshoot - Baby Boy - Roma - Calgary Newborn Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Newborn Photoshoot - Russian Inspired Photoshoot - Baby Boy - Calgary Newborn Photographer

I was so excited when Roma's mom - Lila contacted me for a newborn photoshoot as she has specifically requested to have some of the Russian heritage inspired photos.  Both myself and Lila have originally come from Russia to Canada, so it was dear to my heart to nail this photoshoot and to make sure I represent!  I have previously done Russian inspired photos with little girls (wrapped them up as matryoshka (aka Russian doll)) and took photos of them wrapped up with a bunch of matryoshkas lined up (you can see this image here), however I was at loss as to what to do for a newborn baby boy.  So I started thinking back to my childhood, what did I like to do, what movies did I like to watch... and I have remembered one specific movie that I have watched over and over again about four youngsters who became heroes in the Russian Civil War and were at the end of the movie honored and acknowledged by the Red Army called "The Elusive Avengers" (aka "Neulovimie Mstiteli"). As soon as I thought of this movie, I was on a mission to get that special Russian Civil War inspired hat called "Budenovka". I have contacted one of my vendors in Russia and asked her to make me that specific hat, which she did.  Once I got the hat, the rest of the picture just came together in my head - I need an antique horse, baby in a basket and a fur - and voila - Russian Inspired photo is ready to be made.  While waiting for Roma to be born, I have visited the local Russian produce store called Yummy Russia, where I often buy some yummy Russian food and they were selling a pair of boxing gloves in Russian flag colors with RUSSIA written all over them (those decorative boxing gloves that people usually hang on their front mirror in a car), right there and then I had another idea for a Russian inspired shot - little Russian boxer! I got the gloves, ordered a little blue overall and was waiting for my Russian little model to be born!  World, meet handsome Roma!

Russian Inspired Newborn Photoshoot. Baby boy in a basket wearing a Russian Civil War hat - budenovka with a wooden horse beside him. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Russian Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Russian Inspired Newborn Photoshoot. Baby boy wearing a blue overall and Russian boxer gloves. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Russian Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby boy smiling on a beanbag. Calgary and Airdrie Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby boy wrapped and in a crate, wearing a bunny hat and holding a little bunny toy. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography.
Newborn baby boy wearing a bear hat and holding a little bear toy wrapped in a cloth and in a crate. Calgary Newborn Photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby boy in a bowl surrounded by fur. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography.
Newborn baby boy in a basket with a cute brown hat. Calgary Newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn Baby boy on a blue backdrop on a beanbag. Calgary newborn photographer. Milashka Photography
Newborn baby boy on top of a bed. Calgary and Airdrie newborn photographer. Milashka photography
Froggy pose. Newborn baby boy. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography

Smash and Splash session - Prairie - Calgary cakesmash photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Smash and Splash session - Calgary cakesmash photographer

This was the final session - Smash and Splash / 1st birthday photoshoot from 3 sessions Bundle (Newborn / Sitter / Cakesmash) for Prairie. It was such a privilege to photograph her first year and to see her grow from a tiny newborn (see her newborn session here) to an adorable baby (see her sitter session here) to a Birthday Girl. Prairie's photoshoots were always easy - from an easy newborn, she grew into a happy, easy going toddler.  And although she wasn't too much into smashing the cake, she has definitely enjoyed the splashing part of the shoot. Milk bath filled with flowers? - yes please! - what else do you need after being covered with icing?!

Happy 1st Birthday dear Prairie!

Birthday girl is sitting in front of a cute white tipi surrounded with flowers. 1st birthday set up photoshoot ideas. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby girl wearing a white romper smiling.  Umbrella and tipi set up. 1st Birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby girl is turning ONE. First birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little girl is turning one. Balloon, ONE letters, pompoms decorations. First Birthday photoshoot ideas. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Cakesmash photoshoot. Baby girl wearing a pink romper smashing her cake. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Birthday girl trying her cake. Cake Smash Photoshoot ideas. Calgary baby photographer. Milashka Photography
Happy baby. Cakesmash session. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography
Little hands and feet covered in icing after a successful cakesmash. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography
Baby with beautiful eyes looking straight at the camera. Cakesmash photoshoot. Calgary. Milashka Photography
Baby is crawling away from a smashed cake. Calgary cakesmash photographer. Milashka Photography.
Milk bath for a one year old. Little girl sitting in a milk bath, surrounded by flowers and smiling. Milk bath photoshoot. Calgary photographer. Milashka Photography.
Milk bath photoshoot ideas for a one-year-old.  Little girl splashing in a milk bath, surrounded by flowers. Calgary milk bath photoshoot. Milashka Photography
Family shoot with a one year old birthday girl. Calgary family photographer. Milashka Photography.