Monthly Archives: November 2011

a round of applause

Bits & Pieces  |  Millie

Who in the world would have thought that a complete rebrand would have taken us over a year to accomplish?!

I started this business in 1999 while preparing to graduate high school. When I graduated college in 2005 I decided to change the name of the business and pursue photography full time. A couple of years later, I added associates and began teaching workshops. MHP went from zero to sixty miles per hour in no time, and it was all we could do to keep our images processed and our clients happy.

In the process of building this business, I’ve learned things—a lot of things. I’ve felt for a long time that our brand didn’t quite “fit,” so I went on a journey to discover what did. This new brand and website is a culmination of the things I discovered along the way. I could not be happier to say we finally have a brand that fits us. This brand is much more than a website. We’ve given the entire company a complete renovation from the way we communicate with our clients, to our processes, and our online presence. Welcome to our new home!

Please be sure to change your RSS feed because we’ve moved our blog location in the process and would love it if you would join us here.

There is a lot more on the way, including our “Get Matched Quiz” and many fun surprises in coming weeks and month. Stay tuned, we’ve got big plans, and we hope to bring you along for the ride!

How can I introduce this project without also recognizing the people who spent countless hours on it?

Brent – I started with a vision but you had the skill to bring it all together and make it better than I dreamed! The perfectionism with which you approach every part of your design will take you far, and we are grateful to be a small part of your success. I could never have asked for a better brother and graphic designer.

William – We pushed you, you pushed yourself and look at this beautiful website! I appreciate your drive to do something new and different and your energy and excitement while doing it.

Amanda – Your encouragement, commitment and support means more than you will ever know. Who knew I could find someone who would work as hard as I do and treat my business like it is their own. I’m so grateful for God’s provision of you in my life.

Charlene – Your friendship means so much to me. I know I’m tough but you are incredible. You hung in there, you caught the vision, and you carried it farther than I could alone. Thank you for creating such amazing copy!

Parrish – You kept me smiling. With each new video you sent my way, you nailed it. These videos remind me of the purpose behind what we do, and for that I will always be grateful.

To the best clients in the world (ours) who had a part in this project (you know who you are) – Thank you for speaking your heart, opening yourselves up to us, kissing, laughing, loving and being you. Hugs!

Melanie, Davina, & Sarah J Bray – You asked me the hard questions, you pushed me to consider new ways of doing something, you sparked a new creative flame in me. I look forward to many more deep conversation about all things business and branding!

Beta Radio – You have so graciously allowed us to use your beautiful music throughout our videos. Your music brings joy to many, please never stop creating!

15 Responses to a round of applause

  • December 2, 2011 | 11:30 AM

    This post made me tear up! So happy for you, Millie. You are truly a blessing to all who know you!

  • November 26, 2011 | 8:40 AM

    Nice job Millie.

  • November 24, 2011 | 2:19 PM

    Dear Millie & team!
    Your new website and blog look stunning! I love the new look, the yellow here and there, and all the cute little features! I really love the poster “7 things to remember” and wondered if you designed that yourself? Or purchased it somewhere?! I would love to know and get a copy if possible – it’s beautiful!
    The new space is also very pretty! I really like the design and it totally matches what your website and blog is showing about you! (Since I haven’t yet met any of you in real life)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 24, 2011 | 12:01 AM


  • November 23, 2011 | 11:29 PM

    Millie and Crew,
    It’s just absolutely breathtaking!! From the color to the typography, to the beautiful pictures of studio and staff, you NAILED it!! I’ve been waiting and waiting to see it. Way to go!!!

  • November 23, 2011 | 4:50 PM

    Wow! This is incredible! You guys did a fantastic job! 🙂 Super Congratulations!

  • November 23, 2011 | 7:11 AM

    you did it! you have this amazing new home on the web that reflects the awesome-ness of MHP! even having seen this from afar during development, i’m *still* blown away…this set of socks has been knocked completely off!! cheers to a website that is cute as pie, smart as a whip and as fun as an afternoon with you guys! xoxo, -melanie-

  • November 22, 2011 | 11:37 PM

    Love everything about it!

  • November 22, 2011 | 6:21 PM

    The pulsating heartbeat of what you and your team are about is woven throughout the site…Awesome about being intentional!

  • November 22, 2011 | 5:55 PM

    Millie, how do you do that??? Just wow every single time. Every week that we chat I’m wow’ed by the design, then the videos, then the bio pictures, then….the launch. Still amazed! Awesome work, Millie and crew!! 🙂

  • November 22, 2011 | 5:22 PM

    LOVE the new look. Congrats! =)

  • November 22, 2011 | 4:09 PM

    Holy wow, this looks amazing! Congratulations Millie + team!!! I think all the hard work was well worth it 🙂

  • November 22, 2011 | 1:44 PM

    Love, love, LOVE the new site, new pics, new blog – everything! Very nice!

  • November 22, 2011 | 12:07 PM

    Love the new look!

  • November 22, 2011 | 11:48 AM

    Congrats Millie…everything looks awesome!

kristen + andrew

Engagement  |  Rebecca  |  

I got to travel to Columbus, Ohio for Kristen and Andrew’s engagement session!  I had never been there before, but I found Columbus to be an absolutely beautiful city!  It was the perfect fall day, the leaves were just beginning to change, and there was just a touch of chill in the air.  Perfect for two snuggling love-birds!









Kristen and Andrew, what I love the most about our time together is getting to see how completely and totally in love you are!



3 Responses to kristen + andrew

  • December 2, 2011 | 11:35 AM

    Seriously? Seriously. Rebecca, this is a great set of engagement photos! What a beautiful couple! I don’t know them, but through these photos I can see their love and respect for one another. Excellent job!

  • November 22, 2011 | 6:18 PM

    So great Rebecca!

  • November 22, 2011 | 5:51 PM

    Rebecca, I LOVE this session!! So sweet and intimate. Just awesome!

sigrid + bart

Amanda + Brent  |  Engagement  |  

Brent and I had the pleasure of meeting Sigrid and Bart for their engagement session, when they came into town all the way from California! They actually moved out there together to try something new (very cool and adventurous of them). They are getting married in Florida in February and we are so pumped to be documenting the big event. Sigrid wanted to incorporate open fields, sunshine and the idea of travel into their session. Of course, mother nature had some plans of her own and we had to work with light drizzles, soppy grounds and ominous clouds. But we didn’t let that stop us from having a great time!











Sigrid and Bart…on this day you reminded us to have fun in the moments we are given and hold the ones we love close.

2 Responses to sigrid + bart

  • December 5, 2011 | 8:05 AM

    You two are so beautiful. You know I love the tree it takes me back to the “white” photo shoot. Ahhh I miss you both

  • November 23, 2011 | 6:44 PM

    These are amazing!!! I love the ones in the tree…Makes me feel like I was there:) You really know how to capture the moment.

courtney + kevin

Engagement  |  Rachel  |  

Courtney and Kevin are a super sweet couple from New York. They are having a destination wedding in Wilmington, North Carolina, and thought it would be fun to do their engagement session on one of the most beautiful places in the south… Bald Head Island. We had such a great time driving around in our golf carts as I played tour guide / photographer!











Three ways I can describe Courtney and Kevin as a couple … fun spirited, engaging, and in LOVE!


2 Responses to courtney + kevin

  • January 25, 2012 | 9:06 PM

    These are gorgeous Rachel! GORGEOUS!

  • November 22, 2011 | 6:19 PM

    Love it!

martine + jake

Amanda + Brent  |  Weddings  |  

Martine and Jake are one of those fun-loving couples who you can never forget, and there wedding was nothing less! Their spanish-styled wedding(after all, Martine is a Spanish teacher to kindergarteners) was full of colorful flags, vibrant flowers, delicious food, and great fellowship with their friends and family. It was a beautiful day filled with many unforgettable memories, lots of smiles and of course, sweet love! And if the day couldn’t get any better, Martine and Jake featured the TruthBooth at their wedding complete with sombreros, spanish lace fans, and even a piñata!

Martine’s students stopped by before the ceremony to see her dressed up in her gown. When she walked out to greet them, their smiles and gaping jaws told everything they were thinking. Several of them shouted out “Muy bonita, Mrs. Allison!”, as they looked upon their teacher. And without skipping a beat, Martine smiled back at them and said “Gracias ninos!”



















Martine and Jake, We will always remember your unforgettable proposal story, the sincere words spoken during the ceremony, the funny faces forever captured during the cake cutting, the dance circle at your reception, and your grateful hearts. We are so glad to now know you as friends.

Florals, Paper and Design: Salt Harbor Designs
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center
Music: Active Entertainment
Catering: A Southern Thyme

3 Responses to martine + jake

  • January 25, 2012 | 9:07 PM

    The map & rings are amazing.

  • December 2, 2011 | 11:36 AM

    I want a sombrero picture!

  • November 22, 2011 | 11:46 AM

    when i saw the picture with the sombreros on the new site, i thought, that MUST be cash’s kindergarten teacher!! he is one lucky boy to have such a wonderful teacher – stunning bride, pictures, and wedding!

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