Just over a year ago, Stephanie and her family relocated to beautiful and diverse Chile. This marks her 4th continental move; she has lived throughout her native United States, Japan, and Italy. (This international experience has led to quite a few travel opportunities! A selection can be viewed on the website). Her residential studio is located in Las Condes, complete with full hair-and-makeup services and wardrobe styling.
I wanted to share this beautiful article from the Sydney Morning Herald.
So often, I hear from my clients that it’s been long – too long – since their last family portrait. Some say 5 years, 10, 20… and some, never. So many pictures of the kids, the pets, of dad – but rarely do moms get out from behind the camera to be in portraits with their families.
One day, I will remember to post on my blog when things are still relevant… But this is probably as close as you guys are gonna get. My solo exhibition at the Sembler Gallery, via Veneto – Roma, will be closing in only 5 days! (Hey, better late than never.)
Below is the writeup from the April 12th edition of the US Embassy’s VenetoViews newspaper regarding the exhibit. You could say I have an “in” with the editor. 🙂
To read at full-size, right-click and select “open image in new tab”
And below are some quick snapshots of the hanging exhibit
The wall of monochrome pet portraiture
The wall of high-dynamic-range travel photography
HDR Triptych of Burano – which has seen better color… This image didn’t really do it justice. Go see the exhibit!
The Roman Forum canvas borrowed from my living room. Photographed this last December.
People checking out the exhibit. Burano seems to be the big hit.
My bio & artist statement
Some pull-cards and business cards
Another view of the pet photography wall
Just getting around to posting this from about… er… 3 weeks ago? Hey, considering my track record, that’s not that bad! Seeing as I have 3 shoots I keep *meaning* to post from six months ago… Anyway, these are two photographers from Rome – well, one’s in Rome, and the other is from Rome, but works in California (apparently we traded spots.) We spent the day photographing in Matteo’s absolutely gorgeous studio – I’m so jealous. Was teaching a little pet photography, so here are some updated Hailey-beast photos, too.
Hailey hammin’ it up.
My favorite of Hailey – she’s just such a diva with a camera. (It’s frightening really.)
Riccardo, just chillin out…
Riccardo and Matteo doing the “Roman Thing”… Hand gestures.
My favorite. Too funny. Yes this is what photographers do when trapped in a studio for too long.
The Blue-Steel look… (If you’ve never seen Zoolander, you must!)
How to list my blog with search engines, that is! (And here you thought this would be some deep philosophical thread – sorry to disappoint.) Anyway I listed my blog and about 2 days later, it was republished. Well, I thought it was cool (and sufficiently ego-stroking.) Wish she would have just asked me for the photograph she picked though – didn’t need to have the “previous” button showing. Neat blog – definitely check it out.
Check out her very cool blog here: http://www.swarakarnik.com/pageaday/stephanie-millner/
More photography to come soon. Some pets, some portraits, some studio work, some OLD stuff (oopsie!), and we’re going to Norway and Germany soon so lots and lots of cool stuff from up in the Arctic Circle!
Monday night I photographed the Merck Summit for Individualization of Fertility Treatments in the absolutely beautiful Villa Tuscolana in Frascati. About 250 doctors attended from the Far East – countries including Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Singapore we in attendance. Overall – a very interesting experience. My new studio manager, Sofia (there will be a post about this later) covered the event with me. We sat through two very interesting lectures given by some European doctors – or… they seemed really interesting anyway. Kind of technical (ok, VERY technical), but from what I gathered there has been some remarkable improvements in fertility treatments when treatment is individualized to the patient.
Oh, and there were a LOT of cameras. I think every attendant had two! And peace signs. Peace signs in every image. Long story short – we had a lot of fun and cannot wait to shoot a wedding in that location!
As you can see, I’ve found a new plugin for Lightroom (Mogrify) creating these awesome new frames that match my stuff more. Hope you like the new look of the blog images!
The gorgeous dinner set up in the tents overlooking the Casteli Romani
Two views of the interior of Villa Tuscolana (and some Fisheye Lens Love)
Love this one – how pretty is this?!
And the cameras…
These were the two speakers for the evening
And some people enjoying themselves at the event… with peace signs!
Seems like everyone had a great time!
Still trying to get over the shock… 🙂 This year’s scores from 2010 International Print Competition have come out.
I don’t know if you remember any of my posts on print-comp in the past, but here’s generally how it works: You first buy a semi-expensive (approved) print-case, and then agonize for months over which 4 prints you’ll be entering. Then, about 2 weeks before the case deadline, you get 4 rush prints from your lab, stick labels on the backs, and rush to the post office to pay the overnight delivery charge you could have avoided if you’d just picked your prints earlier in the first place. OR, if you’re really lucky, you went through this for Regional Print Competition, you already have your seals, and you can just re-ship the same case to Nationals. Then you kind of forget about your case until the week before print-judging, and agonize over “when will the list be out!?” for the next 2 weeks. In a perfect world.
Well, this year, that didn’t play out quite as I hoped. (And I already admitted I would be doing it the last minute – you can see already… aiming pretty low here!) Back in February, I ordered my 4 prints (that were, surprisingly enough, firmly decided upon months ago.) Two came in perfectly, one came in on the wrong paper, and one had a Photoshop problem that needed to be fixed. The replacement of the one on the wrong paper came in almost immediately… but there was some waiting involved for that 4th print. And more waiting. And more waiting… APO mail is slow, indeed.
So it finally comes in, and I rush to PosteItaliane (or as I prefer to call it, “Hell”) over at Termini. First mistake. When will I learn, oh stupid American I am, that nothing in Italy is a “rush”… I realize when I get there that I didn’t put my print labels on, so I run around Stazione Termini trying to find a roll of tape. Not an easy word to translate, and the hand-gestures I was making to simulate “tape” was apparently an obscene one… so yeah… the word for “tape” is, apparently, “striscia” – which will save you from making rude gestures to shop clerks. I go back to Hell, I take my number, and wait in line. For an hour and a half.
FINALLY my number comes up. Turns out I waited that last 1.5 hours in the line to pay bills. Wrong line, can’t help me. I take another number. And wait some more – another hour and a half to be exact.
Then I find out, Hell can’t ship a print case. It needs to be wrapped because of the exterior strapping. In plastica dura. Oh, don’t know what plastica dura is? Yeah, join the club. All I could make out was “go to grocery store – ask there.” Now, not sure if you’ve ever experienced Italian customer service – but let’s just say it makes the DMV look like a fun afternoon. After going into this same store 3 different times (and literally leaving in tears – seriously, the manager pointed and laughed at me for trying to “mail a package” there)… I finally figured out that plastica dura is, in fact, SaranWrap. Of course it is – why wouldn’t the post office want me to make my print case freezer fresh?! (Don’t ever go to Despar in Termini – they’re very mean!)
€100, and the promise of 3-day delivery later… I was finally able to leave Hell. Dropped a message to Regional Print Competition to let them know to expect my case, and verified 5 days later. Nope, never got there. The tracking number that Hell uses to locate a package apparently doesn’t work overseas. Why? Because (get this stroke of genius…) the tracking number changes once it leaves Italy. Smart, right? So to this day, that first case is still missing.
Well, then I realize that I will need 4 new prints for Nationals – deadline is fast-approaching. Except, my print case is missing, and I wouldn’t have any time to get the images to Italy and then out to the competition. *IDEA!* Last year’s case had come back to my parents’ house, and I told them to just leave it there. So – while I don’t advise this method… I called my lab and begged them to use some extra love and care while printing a second set of competition prints, and then drop-ship them to my parents. (This alone makes me LOVE BayPhoto and if you don’t have a lab yet – you need to use them!) I forwarded the labels and forms to my dad, and drew up some PDF’s on case assembly. He mailed the prints I never got to see. 🙂
Apparently, it all worked out… Still in shock though… All 4 prints not only merited, but were accepted into the Loan Collection! One of only 7 photographers internationally this year (and that list is some very good company!) The title for 4 prints “going Loan” is “Diamond Photographer of the Year” (which explains that new line on my gmail signature.) – HUGE honor. Extremely excited. And if I need to go through PosteItaliane again for this next year… Consider it done!
“Looking Up” – hairless rat owned by Andrea R. of Virginia
“Grey and Balding” – Sphynx owned by Kristi K. of Virginia
“Look Who We’ve Got Our Hanes on Now” – Papillions and Golden Retriever owned by Sarah S. of Virginia
“Healthcode Violation” – hooded rat owned by Andrea R. of Virginia
Last weekend, Dave, my father-in-law Fred, and I went on a little adventure outside Rome, to beautiful Lago di Balseno in Northern Lazio. Absolutely beautiful hidden gem – tourist free, fantastic food, and beautiful vistas everywere. We visited a few cities, including Tuscania, Marta (where we ate in a restaurant full of cats – it was great!), and Cività. Best part about Italy, I’m totally convinced, is that you can pick any random town off a map and decide to go on a whim – and it’s like it’s own little mini-vacation. And I was happy because I got to spend the day shooting these…
Doorway – Cività
Window – Cività
Ant on a Flowering Olive Tree – Cività
And since I couldn’t resist a panoramic… This is the hill we climbed up to get to the town.
Panoramic of Cività del Bagnoregio
It would be really nice if you’d vote for my image! I know it’s a lot to ask, but it makes me all happy when I see people bother to click on my image. So make me smile some and register, please! This is my entry for the cover contest for Professional Photographer, our industry’s trade magazine. And by voting, you also make Kasha & Jorge very happy because this is their sweet sweet dog, Spartacus. And you should want to make them smile because they got married last weekend – so consider it your wedding gift to them, by helping make their dog a star! (I’m good with guilt, hunh?)
Sorry for the long (too long!) delay in posting. We’re finally getting settled in to our new place here in Aventino, Rome. Somehow, even with a 4-month post delay, I am STILL behind in posting a lot of sessions and news and things. As you can see, there’s a whole new website look, which, while I completed myself, I owe many many thanks to Betsy for not blocking me on Yahoo for the endless string of questions! So here’s 2 updates from the recent past.
First, in January (yes, 2 months ago!) I got my Craftsman Degree – or Cr.Photog. – from PPA at Imaging USA 2010. It was quite the event. Liz was my sponsor and congratulated me with a high-five on stage (we’re not huggy people)… even after she managed to break my first medallion on the way up the stairs. We were doing a dry-run of the lift-hair/hang-danglie maneuver – except that I had rather big hair that night. (Convinced my friend Andrea to do it for me – so it actually looked good for a change!) Anyway, the hook got caught in a clot of gel, spray, and hair and the whole thing broke… Liz runs back behind the curtain (me, next up on stage mind you!) with “I NEED A NEW MEDAL!!!” Them: “Why? We just gave you a medal.” Liz: “Now is NOT the time to argue about this!” It was close… the stage-hand was almost my sponsor (it’s all good though – Terrell is a cool guy!). Anyway, it worked out in the end. Here’s some pictures for proof that my buddy Joerg took.
Liz, bedangly-ing me:
Our obligatory high-five (That’s PPA ex-prez Ron Nichols in the back. Unfortunately for him, he had the room across the hall from us. We left him offerings to make up for what we can only assume was a tremendous lack of sleep caused by yours-truly. We were the “loud room” on the floor… shocker, I’m sure.)
And here are some other fun ones from Imaging:
Below: Giant Pink Elephant with a… Fez, maybe? He was on the side of the road so we just HAD to pull over!
From left: Barbi, Me, Erin, Deb, Liz
So now the interesting part of this story… “But you live in Rome, what were you doing in Tennessee?” I hear you ask.
As everyone knows, “getting there is half the fun.” Erin and I wrote an article about our ridiculously complicated, albeit extremely fun, trip from Italy to Imaging USA. It was published in this month’s copy of Professional Photographer Magazine. It was, however, edited quite a bit (for length – apparently, I’m long-winded?) Here’s the original version for those of you who are curious!
So Many Countries – So Little Time: Our Travel to Imaging USA
By: Erin L. Clark, CPP and Stephanie Millner, Cr.Photog., CPP
Living in Europe is great. Lots to do, and even more to photograph. However, there isn’t the same type of photographic community as in the States. So, when Imaging USA came around in January, we set out on an epic adventure to Nashville.
Our round-trip journey from Italy to Imaging took us to over fifteen major cities and four countries in twelve days. Our trip started nearly a week prior to Imaging flying from Italy to Frankfurt, Germany. Since we both have access to free military travel, we decided to take Space-A flights from the major air-terminal in nearby Ramstein, Germany.
When flying Space-A, flexibility is imperative: you can’t really decide where, or when, you want to travel. We wanted to arrive somewhere – anywhere – in the US. That day, six different flights were scheduled for the East Coast. Unfortunately, one flight was full, four more were cancelled, and another was delayed indefinitely. After over fourteen hours waiting, we luckily got on a last-minute flight out to Dover, Delaware on a C5 jet.
The C-5 is quite an experience. You shimmy up very steep and icy ladder. After a somewhat treacherous two-story vertical climb (holding your bags), you find whatever space you can and settle in for an eleven hour flight back to the states… seated backwards.
We arrived in Dover and drove back to Washington DC with a local photographer-friend, and stayed with her (thanks Liz!). On Friday, after a frigid thirteen-hour van ride, we finally arrived in Nashville.
IMAGING USA – we are here and having a blast. And it’s over in less time than it took to get us there. Now to get back to Europe…
First was the van-ride which took almost twice as long. Sure, we had to make a few stops along the way – mostly for coffee and shopping. We arrived back in Washington, DC at nearly 5:00am, only a few hours before our next Space-A flight was scheduled to leave Baltimore, MD.
Only – THAT flight was cancelled – as was the next one, and the next. The dreaded free flight home was not looking promising. We desperately called every military airport on the East Coast determined to catch ANY flight back to Europe. The choices were more than slim – nothing was scheduled for days.
With no other options, we bought one-way-tickets back to Italy. Surprisingly affordable… except the only airport we could fly from was in New Jersey. The next day we drove to Newark National for a flight to Rome, via Brussels, Belgium. Naturally, we had to make a quick stop for sight-seeing, waffles and chocolate – an obvious necessity after 12 days of travelling.
Was it worth it? Absolutely – nothing beats seeing old friends, hearing great speakers, and eating Belgian chocolate. Would we do it again? Yes – but, next year, we’ll research round-trip tickets on a commercial airline first!
Stephanie Millner, Cr.Photog, CPP is a pet photographer in Rome, Italy. Erin L. Clark, CPP is a portrait photographer in Sicily, Italy.