Life in the Fast Lane. At Millie Holloman Photography, the pace feels a lot like an exhilarating scooter ride: we zip, zag, zoom, and speed off in new directions faster than you can say "Green light!" Want to come along for the ride? Our blog will keep you up-to-date on our most recent photo shoots, our favorite finds, and our craziest shenanigans. Hold on tight. It's gonna be a fast ride!
We trust that your Thanksgiving has been wonderful so far! Now that the turkey’s been carved and the gravy boat passed, it’s time to save big on MHP products and services! Save 35% on EVERYTHING (well, almost everything) Black Friday through Cyber Monday!
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Save 35% off EVERYTHING we offer in our e-junkie cart including our Kits, Contracts, Webinars, Christmas Card Templates and more! Just enter the code “GRAVY” at checkout.
FOR CLIENTS: Save 35% off our Portrait Sessions, Hi Res Discs, Canvases, Prints and more. (Excludes Christmas Cards, Wedding Packages and Albums). To place your order for these products and services email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your order. Please note, orders placed through Pictage will NOT reflect this discount, you must email the studio with your order.
This sale will start at 12:01AM on Black Friday and run through 11:59PM on Cyber Monday.
No need to panic if we don’t send a link for payment right away, as long as you have your order emailed to the studio before the sale ends, the discount will be honored. If you don’t receive a reply from us until Tuesday, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. So relax and have another piece of pie. We run on Eastern Standard Time. Now shop till you drop!
Discount can not be applied to previously placed orders.
This year’s Shoots & Ladders holiday set is gonna be adorable! We’ve racked our brains to think up another set that is full of personality and we are super excited about this one. We think it will top our favorites! Cold and Cozy in the Arctic is our attempt to bring you to the North Pole this Holiday season. Bring your little eskimos to our igloo! Snuggle around the campfire, grab a cup of hot cocoa and we might even do a little ice fishing!
This session is for families and kids of all ages. Attention parents: we are making your life even easier because just like previous years, this session fee also includes 25 Christmas Cards, which we promise to have in your hands, ready to address by December 9th. Don’t have kids? That’s okay! You can play, too! Just read below for details.
This set is only three days of shooting and it’s sure to fill VERY quickly (Christmas is always our busiest time for Shoots & Ladders and we sell out every single year). So… book by right away by clicking here!
November 14, 15, & 16 we will open up our studio for sessions. No walk ins. You must have an appointment.
$150 session fee includes a family photo and individual images of your children during a 20 minute mini session (up to 3 kids – $25 per additional child) + 25 5×7 Christmas Cards (complete with envelopes)
location: 15 S 2nd Street. Wilmington, NC (must have an appointment, no walk ins)
dress: We’ve create a cozy igloo for you to cuddle under so dress warm for this frigid adventure! Cozy up in your favorite winter accessories. Hats, scarves, fur coats, puffer vests and little pops of color are perfect for this set. Still not sure of what to wear. We’ve created a Pinterest board just for this set with loads of ideas so we’ll send that link your way once you sign up!
We’ll present the images (4-6 proofs) to you online on Monday, November 25th. To get your cards back by December 9th we’ll need you to order these right away!
We’ve made it even easier to sign up this year… no more back and forth! Head over to our eventbrite page by clicking here and pick your date and time, then pay to finalize your registration!
Join our facebook page for updates by clicking here!
Our Cold and Cozy in the Arctic set will take place in our downtown Wilmington, NC studio.
That’s right FREE, no catch! Just grab a ticket (be sure to choose the time frame that works for you) then swing by our studio on October 31st with your little ones in costume and we’ll take their photo, for FREE!
We will provide you with a free facebook image which you can tag from our Shoots & Ladders Facebook Page and share with your friends and family! All images will be placed online and can be ordered as desired. Prints sold separately, candy is included!
Just one photo per child. If you are bringing multiple kids, you’ll need to decide if you want them photographed together OR individually. If photographing them individually be sure to grab a ticket for each child.
Tickets can be reserved at www.notrickourtreat.eventbrite.com. Don’t wait, limited tickets available! Children must be in costume for this session.
Life is full of changes. New seasons bring new opportunities. At MHP we live life in the fast lane. We zip, zag and zoom. Along the way we enjoy each turn this journey takes. We’ve got a pretty amazing team of photographers at MHP. We care about each other, we care about our clients and we care about living lives that make a difference. When we find someone we connect with, we don’t like to let them go. That’s exactly what happened in 2010 when a brown headed college student entered our studio for an 8 week internship. Her name was Renee and in just 8 weeks she entwined herself around our teams heart. At the end of Renee’s internship, I offered her a job as a photographer at MHP. After much discussion, she turned me down but not because she didn’t want the job. She had plans to move home to Kansas and felt that was where she needed to be. Fast forward a few years, Renee met the love of her life here in the Carolinas, married him and found herself calling NC home once again.
It does not feel like Renee every really left MHP. We’ve kept in touch! You might recognize her, MHP photographed her wedding, Lindsey was even a bridesmaid in her wedding and she’s been second shooting with us for a little while now!
This turn in Renee’s journey brought her back to MHP and the timing could not have been better. Claire informed me of some changes coming in her life, one of which includes a new baby next March and another which included going in a different direction with her career, not photography related at all. Immediately Renee came to mind and a few staff meetings and one phone call later she said yes!
I guess you could say that this story goes to show that even when something you really want doesn’t work out, it does not mean the opportunity is gone forever. If you play your cards right and wait for the opportunity to rise again, it just might and when it does… grab it and don’t look back! So that’s what we are doing folks… welcome Renee to our team! We are running full speed ahead, in fact she and Lindsey already have weddings booked for 2014!
Renee is currently living in the Highpoint/Greensboro area with plans to relocate to Wilmington next year. Renee is available for portraits in Greensboro, Highpoint, and Wilmington. Although Renee’s base for weddings will be Wilmington, NC she can be booked worldwide. At MHP we love to travel and we are excited for this new adventure!
Beware: this post has been stewing for a while. It’s me cracking my heart wide open and trying to learn a lesson in being transparent. It’s not an easy blog post to write. Part of me wonders if I’m sharing too much but then part of me knows if I don’t share it I won’t heal, I won’t be able to grow, and I won’t ever learn that it’s ok to just let down my guard and share my heart.
I’ve been on hiatus from this blog for about a year (maybe more). I used to blog often. I was a goal setter with big dreams and crazy big motivation. I’m not sure exactly what happened but somewhere along the way I lost sight of me. I suddenly stopped focusing on what I really wanted out of life and of what I was called to be. I told a friend just a few weeks ago that it’s funny how you own your own business so that you can have clarity and a life but if you are not careful it can be the very thing in life that strips all of that away. The last two weeks have brought about so much revelation that I now realize I can’t blame my business for what I’ve been through, it’s my own fault. I’ve just used work as a crutch for far too long to avoid dealing with things, too busy to fix what’s really wrong. In my blogging absence I’ve been off trying to figure things out. I’ve been working really hard to get over the crappy things in life that have happened to me over the last year and taking a few more blows along the way. I slipped into a really lonely place in my life. I became a cold hard person. For a year, I worked really hard to keep people away so they wouldn’t find out how dark of a place I was really in, trying to convince myself I wasn’t lonely, hurting or in need of help from others. I’ve been doing some soul searching down some really dark and lonely roads for several months now but I’m happy to say I’ve made some really powerful discoveries and I’m finding my way back to the light.
Call it what you will, a mid life crisis or self discovery. I’m working really hard to crack myself back open. I’m finding new inspiration and returning to the old me, only stronger, more secure and even better than before! I don’t want you to think my whole life recently has been all bad, it hasn’t. Within the past year I’ve had a lot of wonderful things happen, the discovery that both of my sister in-laws are pregnant and due six weeks apart, the launch of a new business, a new nephew born just a week and a half ago, and another one due within the next five weeks, plus I’m losing weight! However, I have been through some of life’s greatest trials in the past year. I discovered how quickly people can change and how hard it is to see someone you care about betray your trust. I also lost a dear friend, I watched her battle cancer and I watched her die. I stood by her side on May 13th as she took her last breath, then one hour later I packed up my suitcase and left her there. I wasn’t sure where to go from there, how to pick up the pieces, how to act like nothing happened, how to live like everything was ok. I left that hospital cold and numb. Life suddenly felt really strange and emotional (understatement of the year). I lost a beautiful friend that day, I also gained perspective. I have never experienced so many emotions in such a short amount of time, from extreme sadness, to peace, then anger and loneliness. I was grieving, I just didn’t know what to call it until my Mother pointed it out in conversation about a month ago when I was expressing how I felt about some things.
While going through this I took a break from social media for the most part. Much less checking in, many less posts. I’ve got some incredibly amazing people that the Lord has placed in my life. They’ve seen me through the past year. They’ve said some hard things for me to swallow, things I needed to hear. They’ve texted me encouragement, lent me a shoulder to cry on, listened to me pour my heart out. They have planted seeds that the Lord has used to soften my heart. Many times the things they’ve said haven’t solicited a response from me at all but I heard them loud and clear and somehow they made their way into my heart. I won’t say I’ve arrived and I know I’ve got many more lessons to learn but I’m feeling much more opened to them and I’m reminded that although life isn’t always fair, it really is beautiful and I’m beginning to see that beauty again.
I don’t write any of this for anyone to pity where I’ve been. I’m not sad about it at all. I’ve had some amazing revelations, grown deeper in my faith and I’ve come out stronger than before but with more humility, passion, and compassion for life. I think I’m better for it!
Funny thing is that at the beginning of 2013, I chose my one word: Present. Little did I know then what that word would bring about. Being “present” to deal with the things I needed to confront has been my saving grace over the last few months. At the beginning of the year I wrote this: It’s about living in the now, the period of time between now and the future. Not living for what is tomorrow or worried about what happened yesterday but knowing that everything I have today is enough. I must be present to see Him move in my life and to recognize His provision. Present to embrace, love, care for and appreciate those He has placed in my life. Present to hear His voice and recognize what He is doing in the now. Present to marvel in His goodness and the life I have been given.
Now it’s time for me to be present here, so I am happy to say you’ll be seeing more of me here, more of my family, more of my life, more of my thoughts. I’m making my mind stop and slow down to soak in the now. Because what I have today, right now is enough. It’s better than enough!
One thing I’m doing to bring some joy back into my life is to create a list of fun things to do. Now I’ll be pulling from this list weekly and doing whatever I pull each week for a bit! Here are some other things on my agenda in the near future to help me live out my one word:
- More journaling
- A lot more laughing, dreaming, and joking
- Finding enjoyment in the small things
- Living in a constant state of gratitude
- Taking more time to let people know how much they mean to me
- A trip to the arcade
- A game of paintball
What are you planning to do this year to live in the Present?