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Self-Love in Motherhood : A Milk & Hannah Photo Mission | Columbus OH, Birth and Motherhood Photographer

Mothers who are critical of their bodies breed daughters and sons who are critical of their bodies.

Mothers who love and respect their bodies breed daughters and sons who love and respect their bodies.

How you choose to talk about your body and how you treat your body--will affect so many more people than just you. 



A main mission for Milk & Hannah Photo is to encourage radical self-love. 

It is the reason that photographs include nipples and butt cracks. The reason that stretch-marks aren't photo-shopped away. I won't remove wrinkles, or fine lines...whatever the fuck those are. I don't ask you to smile, and I won't ever "take off ten pounds". I don't choose the best angle for your chin at your birth, I choose the angle that shows you while you work your ass off to bring a baby into this space.

The way your stomach skin curls or doesn't curl. The slight dark circles under your eyes. . The stretch-marks on your thighs. The +20 pounds or the -20 pounds. The defined calves or abdominals. The slick or frazzled hair. The frown, or the laugh, or the hiccup, or the yawn. Your breasts and where they lay across your chest, a little lower than before or just as high as they were.  Those things need to stay in photos. 

Because they're YOU. Right now.
and they're beautiful.

And talking about WHAT OUR BODIES ARE isn't a BAD THING. We're allowed to talk about our bodies RIGHT. WHERE. THEY. ARE. and EMBRACE that without GUILT or SHAME. We're allowed to talk about stretch-marks and sagging breasts and vagina lips and blood and mucus and extra skin. We're allowed to talk about growths and bumps and bruises and leaks. And we're allowed to say those things and not feel a tinge of "I'M LESS THAN."

We are what we are.
Inside and out.

And loving yourself, right where you are... it can change the entire world. It can breed a new world of people who love themselves and encourage other people to love themselves. 

And that is power.
That is worth working towards.

From a by-product of a line of women who were too critical... I implore you to change the world... and to love you.



The Birth of P | Columbus OH Birth Photography | Milk & Hannah Photo

It was late.
Very late.

I rode up the elevator and walked into where a Mama was nearing the end of her stunt as being "home".
She was beautiful, peaceful, happy, and ready.

Several hours, a nap for four, hot coffee, a handful of popsicles, and one pair of blue socks later...

There she was.
A 5-pound Moonbeam.

Wide-eyed, wondering, wonderful.

She couldn't stop staring at her Mama.
She knew she was looking at Home.



This is the story of darling Baby P.



welcome, P.



Copyright, Print Release, & Digital Images : What you need to know

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine reached out to me with this message:

It was an innocent question, that there isn't a whole lot of information on out there in the world-especially when different photographers have different policies. I'm here to break down some of the communication into easily indigestible facts regarding Milk & Hannah Photo 's stance.

1. What is Copyright?

Copyright, by definition is the exclusive legal right given to a creator. In this instance, we're talking about Photographers and the works they create, photographs.

When taking a photograph, the person looking through the viewfinder, and clicking the shutter button and therein capturing a photograph, legally owns the image captured in it's entirety. It is their intellectual property and they are Copyright Owners.

 Being a "Copyright Owner" entitles you to ownership rights that are exclusive to you.

These include (and are not limited to) :

  • Reproducing the Photograph
  • Distributing Copies of the Photograph
  • Displaying the Photograph

These rights are given to all Photographer's and their copyrighted property through the US Copyright Act at 17 U.S.C 106. It is a legally given and upheld right.


Let's break down those bullet points, yes? Here's where it gets a little real and what you could be doing that is illegal activity.


"Reproducing the Photograph "

A Copyright Owner is the ONLY individual allowed to reproduce photographs unless express permission is granted stating otherwise.

Saving photographs you have not taken, whether to your desktop or smartphone, and printing them is illegal. There are no exceptions. Artists and individuals alike are protected from this activity and you can be held financially liable for breaking the law and infringing upon a photographer's property.


"Distributing Copies of the Photograph"

A Copyright Owner is the ONLY individual allowed to create copies of their work. You many not scan a photograph you've ordered to make more copies. You may not print copies for family or friends without express permission. This is illegal. You can be held financially liable for breaking the law and infringing upon the financial gain of an artist.


"Displaying the Photograph"

A Copyright Owner is the ONLY individual allowed to show or display a digital or printed image. You may not right-click and save an image and upload it to Instagram. You may not right-click and Save As at all. That infringes upon the rights of an Artist and you could be held financially liable.


2. Print Release VS. Copyright.

Having a print release from your photographer is different from transferring copyrights from your photographer.

A Print Release allows you the specific right to create printed works from digital images supplied by a photographer. That's all.

A Copyright release from your photographer allows you to obtain FULL OWNERSHIP of the images from your photographer. The photographer releases all legal rights and you then hold full rights to the images.

A Copyright Release from a photographer is RARE and even when offered, the price range is in the hundreds to thousands of dollars PER DIGITAL IMAGE.

Be sure to clarify with your photographer which they offer-and which you are seeking.


3.) Instagram Filters / Editing Apps

Without express permission to do so, sharing an artists work on social media is illegal.

However, many photographers supply images low-resolution images specifically for use online-so that you're able to share with family and friends. Usually, they require a written credit statement (Photo by: Blah Blah), and business tagging when applicable.

When uploading photographs to Instagram and any other social platform, it is illegal to alter it with an editing filter. It is also illegal to resize or crop an image. You may NOT alter an image in which a Photographer or otherwise holds Copyright Ownership.

Adding text, warmth, cropping, sharpening, etc. is all prohibited and infringes upon an artist's rights.

Just because a Photographer doesn't send you a Cease and Desist (DMCA) letter every time you infringe upon them, doesn't mean they CAN'T. It's best to be respectful of their work!


4.) What if there's no Watermark?

Luckily for photographers, we don't have to watermark our images to make them our images. And because of that, even if you've come across images without a watermark, you aren't entitled to use them just because they aren't protected.

Think of it this way:

You're walking down the street on a sunny day and you realize you're thirsty. REALLY thirsty. You glance to your right, and notice that the house next to you has a hose out front! Do you walk onto the property to use their hose?



Be smart about online image use.

I'm guilty, too and will be working on this more, and scouring my social media for times now and in the past in which I've been guilty of the very things I'm speaking of.

People work hard on their creative pursuits.
It isn't okay to take advantage of them with advancements in technology. Get permission to print images. Get permission for social media use. At the end of the day, it's breaking the law. And beyond that, it's hurting the hard work of a business owner.









Lifestyle, In Home, Personal

Visiting The Jennings' | Canal Winchester, Ohio | In-Home Lifestyle Session, Milk & Hannah Photo

I stopped to hang out with the fabulous Liz Jennings of Liz Jennings Photography and talk business. She's a Lifestyle Newborn and Birth Photographer in Canal Winchester and an awesome friend.

I wasn't planning on taking any photos, but the light was awesome and the colors drew me and so... on-the-spot lifestyle session happened and I captured some of my favorite images ever.

If you're interested in booking something like this, feel free to reach out.

Hope you enjoy these moments, too.