Karen + Steve : MATERNITY // St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

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When I'm not photographing a wedding, I'm often hanging out in cool places documenting other milestones in people's lives! Spent some time with Karen and Steve a few weeks ago to photograph their maternity session at Middle Cove Beach and it was such a fun afternoon! So glad I could chill with these adorable parents-to-be and give them a little break together. 

Having your photographs taken is so much more than just that. It's a chance to get dolled up and feel special, get lifelong memories, and most importantly spend some quality time together.

Can't wait to capture their little one when they arrive earthside! 

Allison & Ray's Rainbow Baby // St. John's Maternity Photographer

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When you have waited and wished so long for something, it almost seems too precious to be true. 

Allison and Ray were blessed with a beautiful rainbow baby last year, but before she made her appearance we had to celebrate with some magical photos. The morning of our session, the sunlight against the snow on Middle Cove Beach was perfect, and it's like the wind knew Allison had this fabulous dress! Everything was gorgeous- just like this Mama.

"A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison." - Kicks Count

Baby Grace is now here with us and she's so cute I could squat the cheeks off her. Here she is in all her glory. ;)

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God, I love my job. 

Until next time! xoxoxo

Maddie

Michelle + Don's Wedding in Quidi Vidi // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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Michelle & Don got married surrounded by their closest family and friends down on the docks of Quidi Vidi where Michelle spent her childhood. It was such a beautiful evening by the water for their I do's, followed by an adventure around the village!

These two are THE MOST adorable, and you can honestly just feel their love coming through when you look at these photos. Capturing their lives for the evening was a total joy!

Special thanks to Todd at Mallard Cottage for the celebratory champagne and for inviting us to hang out in your backyard!

Julia + Gerry's Wedding in Gander // Newfoundland Wedding Photography

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The wind whipped around so fiercely and it rained off and on this wedding day, but it was completely irrelevant as soon as you took one look at Julia and Gerry.

You can tell that these two share their souls; they are entirely dedicated to loving one another and growing in life together. What's even more apparent is the commitment Julia and Gerry have to happiness and to being grateful, which radiates completely over everything they do. 

We had an incredible day exploring Gander, laughing so hard our sides hurt, and taking time to appreciate the magic of life, so much so that every time I look back on these beautiful people it touches my heart to remember all the blessings we counted and the real human connection that was shared. 

Enjoy this glimpse into the story of some of the most caring, kind, resilient people I've ever met. xo

Brian + Shawn's Elopement // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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Brian and Shawn. Decades together, deep friendship & beautiful love, and now husbands.

Spent an afternoon with these joyful souls last fall making it official. Their intimate elopement on the dockside of St. John's brought tears to everyone's eyes, including mine- but that's no shock.

Enjoy this little glimpse into their story. XO 

Signing their marriage document and smiling ear to ear. Love my job so much. 

JEN + CASEY : ENGAGED // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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I am more excited than Stanley from The Office on Pretzel Day!!! 

Jen & Casey are getting married this Saturday so there's no better time to loo back on their engagement session from last fall (and not just because of their adorable kitty)!

These two found each other and just knew it was right. Congratulations J+C, I can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend! xo

BEST OF 2017

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Who's got red hair, glasses, is a crazy cat mom, and was supposed to write this post like, months ago? THIS GIRL!

2017 ended in a flurry and 2018 began with some relaxing and time off so this is WAY overdue, but better late than never! Last year was my best one yet, and I'm so excited to share some of my favourite moments with you.

Looking back at time, it seems to absolutely fly, but the reality is I meet so many people over the course of a year and make many lasting connections.

Due to the sheer volume of faces I am lucky to capture, it's easy to forget about all my favourite little memories that have passed through my lens and into the hands of my clients, which is why reminiscing on all the of natural moments, raw emotion, and real love I got to witness is such an emotional experience.

So, without further ado... Here are my #maddiemillsphotofamily from 2017. Love you all so much.

Baby Olivia // Newfoundland Photographer

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I adore when clients become like family and I'm lucky enough to be invited into their lives with each milestone. The Edwards clan and I have had so many amazing times together, photographing their family, engagement, wedding, and maternity photos, and last year they welcomed their second baby girl into the world! I was so happy to capture one of her first days. Meet Olivia!

 Real life is SO beautiful you guys. It's the interactions and connection between the members of your family which you'll look back on with love and pride once your babes grow. This is why I love to do newborn sessions in your home,  documenting you all just as messy and real as can be (yes, toys in the living room and all!). Doing this for Baby Olivia and the Edwards family was so precious, and I hope you enjoy their story. x

Travel Diaries : SCOTLAND

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TRAVEL DIARIES INSTALMENT II : SCOTLAND

Let me begin this by saying I am SUCH a die-hard Newfoundland girl, and in me is a very strong passion for our island that not many places even come close to rivalling. However, If there's one place that's felt like home away from home, it was Scotland.

I was surprised to be hit with this deep feeling of home once we arrived at our flat in Edinburgh, and now almost a year later I still feel so moved by our experience when I look back on my photographs.

Every time I go through the memories you're about to see, I reminisce on a place where a big piece of my heart still remains. I can still feel the historic charm and warm culture of Edinburgh, the enamouring beauty of Glen Coe and the Scottish highlands, the whipping wind that greeted us at every loch.

It means I can close my eyes and be transported back to the time where my soul felt its most ablaze with passion for our world and the magic it holds, and I can’t wait for the day I can once again face into Glen Coe with the wind at my back.  

I think about Scotland constantly, and am so lucky that I have these photographs to remind me of the best week of my life. I hope you enjoy this little look into it. 

xo 

 

Me and my girls standing at the most breathtaking place I've ever seen. Experiencing Scotland with them was the trip of a lifetime and one I hope I remember forever.

Off on another adventure this Friday to Sweden and can't wait to explore somewhere new. Stay tuned for that travel diary in the coming weeks, and keep your eyes to my Instagram @maddiemillsphoto for live updates!

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, sharing, and supporting my passions. Love you all so much! 

xoxo Maddie

Amanda & Darrell's Woodsy Engagement Session // St. John's Wedding Photographers

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When you find out that the girl you like is actually single, you hold her close and don't let go. 

Amanda and Darrell got engaged over the holidays and their blended family will soon be official! Before the wedding planning begins however, they went on an adventure in the woods to the spot where their future home will be built. (How adorable is that by the way?!)

We trekked into the trees for a campfire (you know me- I wear hiking boots when I work so I'm always ready to go), staying cozy in a quilt Darrell's grandmother made and drinking hot chocolate. The kids soon joined us for a little skate, and I was definitely NOT jealous that a 7 year old is better on the ice than I am ;) 

Congratulations on your engagement Amanda & Darrell! Thanks so much for having me! xo

Kelli & Brad's Wedding at Rocket Bakery in St. John's / Newfoundland Wedding Photographers

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It's always been a strong belief of mine that the very best kind of weddings are the ones where you throw tradition to the wind, do things your way, and make the celebration all about love & enjoying the company of your favourite people.

Kelli & Brad did just that by keeping their wedding super laid back.

We started the day with a first look over the harbour, and it was a miracle we didn't blow away! ;) Then it was onto the park for family time (just look at their gorgeous daughter, my heart!), and drinks at Shamrock City with their bridal party. After dinner at JAG Hotel, Kelli and Brad had an evening ceremony at Rocket Bakery which was followed by a super chill cocktail reception!

Big thanks to these fellas for an amazing day (and the amazing food, haha!). Congratulations and all my love K+B!

Floral & Decor: Lacy Rose Design

Officiant: Craig Murphy - Ceremonies and Celebrations

DJ: Jordan Light & Sound

Gown: Kathy Evans Bridal Studio

HMUA: April Pink Beauty

Bridal Shawl : Rodney Philpott Designs

Venue: Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food

(Shout out to Shamrock City for having us for a drink!)

Kayla & Byron's Engagement Session on George Street in St. John's // St. John's Engagement Photographer

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When you meet, and years later get engaged at O'Reilly's, you know you gotta go back for your engagement photos! 

Kayla and Byron met one fateful night at the corner of the bar, underneath twinkling Christmas lights, and the rest is history. I was so glad to go back with them and witness where their love story began!

Can't wait for the wedding Kayla & Byron!! :) 

-Maddie xx

Travel Diaries : IRELAND

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In May 2017, I backpacked Europe for 3 1/2 weeks. At first I was joined by my family in Ireland, and then  by my two best friends in Scotland/England. It was most breathtaking 3 1/2 weeks of my life. This post will be the first of three detailing my travels, so I invite you to sit down all cozy and spend awhile with me. :) I am long-winded, passionate, and basically just a huge chatterbox, but I hope I allow you to experience some of the magic of this beautiful place and share my happiness with you. xo

 


How is it that going so far away feels exactly like coming home?

Many Newfoundlanders before me have taken the pilgrimage (so to speak) to Ireland, where our ancestors come from, where our music comes from, and where our very essence of being originated. Over time, this has become its own distinct and magical culture in NL. Travelling across the pond to a place that ties so much to our own island was a very surreal experience, and one what I had been waiting for practically my whole life.

It's really challenging for me to explain how overwhelming the feeling of "being home" was without prattling on for hours. If you know me at all, I'm not over-exaggerating here. Instead, I'll allow this following story to set the tone. Try your absolute hardest not to laugh at how much of a sap I am, but if you do, I really can't blame you, haha.

My cousins and I were standing in a massive gift shop in Dublin. It was tourist central. Super cheesy, but absolutely perfect. I was shopping around, minding my own business and getting little gifts for my friends back home, when all of a sudden a new playlist began over the speakers.  I literally teared up, people. The music was everything I grew up on here in Newfoundland. I knew every single word, and just stood in the store holding back sobs. Not very well, I might add.  Singing along with my cousins,  I truly realized how connected my people and I are to this country.

WELL, now that I've truly embarrassed myself, I sincerely hope you enjoy this little peek at Ireland and its beauty. The following images are a mix of cell phone snaps and my own travel photography, because you know this photographer was NOT going abroad without a real camera. ;)

 

And, just like that, it was onwards to Scotland!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing some of the magic that Ireland had to offer, and I'm so grateful you spent this time with me!

Thank you so much for following my journey so far, and I hope I'll see you next week for the 2nd instalment of Backpack Diaries!! Stories include trying haggis, looking for the Loch Ness Monster, and me probably crying  as I try to type out and describe the greatest day of my life, LOL. 

xoxoxo

Maddie

Claudia & Enrico's Wedding at Yellowbelly in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Life has a funny way of working itself out. No matter the hardships, the heartache, and the twisting path you took to get here today, sometimes you meet someone who changes everything.

Claudia and Enrico's love was each other's saving grace, and I was so honoured to spend a rainy (understatement) November day with them and their beautiful family to celebrate their wedding. It poured cats and dogs people, I don't know how else to explain it, but that only added to the magic that surrounds this couple. 

They ran through the rain, danced under the golden glow of string lights, and shared their love for everyone so fiercely. I can't think of a better way for them to have began the rest of their lives together than what you're about to witness below. xo

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(Special thanks goes out to The Inn at Mallard Cottage)

Stephanie & Brent's Engagement Session in Downtown St. John's // St. John's Engagement Photographer

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When you come home to Newfoundland for the holidays, there's no better way to be greeted than with a snowstorm! 

Stephanie and Brent totally rocked their engagement session in the snow, and had an absolute blast doing it- just the way it should be. Love couples who let their silly shine through (and not only because it makes me feel more comfortable being my dorky self)!

Enjoy their adventure below!

Thanks for having me Stephanie & Brent! Can't wait for the wedding this year! xo- Maddie

GUEST POST : Why You Need A Wedding Planner with Emilee of Life's Sweet Events

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Hey hey everyone! 

Hope you've all been doing swimmingly since we last spoke :) Today I'm SO excited to announce that as part of my commitment to helping you have the BEST, most relaxed and totally-you wedding day ever, I'll be partnering up with some of my favourite wedding vendors to chat about different elements of planning your celebration, and how they can help you along the way!

The first guest post is by Emilee, a local planner and owner of Life' Sweet Events! As a wedding coordinator and human, this gal is so amazing all around, and really has a lot of passion about what she does (which is helping couples be able to ACTUALLY experience their wedding day with no stress!)

She's going to chat with you about the benefits of having a wedding planner by your side, and answer some of your burning questions below! As a photographer, I can't tell you how truly valuable it's been to have a wedding planner there as part of my couples' wedding days. They help my couples stay relaxed, organized, and actually excited about planning their wedding! Take it away, Emilee! 


BENEFITS OF HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER 


Picture yourself on your wedding day, sitting in the makeup chair surrounded by your maids as your mom giggles over the sweet note your darling has just sent. As the photographer is snapping photos, you’re sipping a mimosa and enjoying this moment to the fullest. 

This sense of being relaxed and experiencing all the excitement is something you’ve been waiting for since the day you said “Yes” and put that ring on your finger!

This is how our clients spend their wedding day. 

How, you might ask? As a wedding planner, I take the stress, organization, and the coordination off your plate so you can be a part of your wedding day. After all, you are the couple of the hour!  

So, how does a wedding planner make your day easier? 

Well, it starts when you begin your wedding planning! Since we are organized people by nature, we keep our clients organized too. We keep you on a planning schedule, making decisions, and booking vendors as you go to help to create a plan that not only suits your needs but keeps you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed. 

While we keep the details of your day straight, we also handle the coordination of your vendors, answering questions, and scheduling their drop offs/set ups so you don’t have to worry about the little details, which keeps your wedding day stress free. 

Now you might be thinking, “while I’m drinking those mimosas and hanging with my beauty team, who will pick up the lunch trays and the bouquets? Who takes the phone calls as the vendors set up?”. You’ll be glad to know that a wedding planner and coordinator also takes care of that! We are the wedding day point of contact, and your gal the day before, too! 

So, while Maddie is snapping those photos of your momma putting on your veil, you won’t have 25 notifications dinging on your phone or five people running errands! 

But how can I afford a wedding planner?”

Well, it’s fairly simple! We help you make your budget so that you can stick to it, discussing the individual day of details that are most important to you, and we help you find great vendors that fit within the budget that we’ve already created. We can also help you avoid costly last minute changes or DIYs, because you’ve planned ahead. 

We offer our professional advice and experience to help you make the most of your wedding budget, and some of our clients say that we pay for ourselves in the stress we save you on your big day!

Our goal as wedding planners is to allow you to experience your day, make memories all day long, and save you money! 


So. Experience your wedding!! Let your wedding planner take over the tedious details, act as your point of contact, and free you up to relax enjoy every moment.

Have fun!! After all, this is your celebration, right?

Emilee Marsh, Life's Sweet Events

Marsh.emm@gmail.com

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Caroline + Andrew's Boil-Up Engagement Session in Flatrock // St. John's Wedding Photographers

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When you're having a Newfoundland inspired wedding next year, you need the engagement session to match. 

Caroline and Andrew spend their mornings in the backwoods with their beagle Molly, so of course we had to venture out for a boil up and do just that. 

Bet you've never seen an engagement ring in a Jam-Jam before ;)

Congratulations to Caroline and Andrew, can't wait for your wedding next year where I can do the Newfie Stomp all I want and not be judged. LOL. 

Xo

Maddie

Terri-lynn + Andy's Wedding in Twillingate, Newfoundland | St. John's Wedding Photographers

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Their story began 12 years ago in high school, driving back and forth between two small towns until Andy *finally* asked Terri-lynn to be his girlfriend. Flash forward to last weekend, and they went back to Twillingate where it all began in order to celebrate their love. 

The coastal wind battered everything in sight. We were all shaking from the cold. I'm pretty sure it was below 0. The weather wrenched the location plans. But absolutely NONE of that mattered, because Terri-lynn and Andy had the most perfect day- imperfect weather and all.

The love these two share is fierce, warm, and full of the most beautiful laughter. It was an honour to brave the cold on the sea for these two, and I wish them a lifetime of absolute happiness. 

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Pride!!

Until next time, XO

Maddie