Hey there. I'm Sara McMillian. I am a proud Midwestern momma of two wild boys and wife to a handsome farmer.
I help people tell the stories of their lives with the art of photography. Capturing moments not only blesses a family with sweet memories but gives them pieces of their heart to share with generations to come.
I close my eyes and can picture my mom still dancing around the kitchen while baking the best chocolate chip cookies EVER. I see her looking over, smiling and inviting us over to lick the spoon. I open my eyes and see my boys running over while I smile and offer them the cookie dough spoon
while I dance around our kitchen.
I miss my mom, but I have the stories and endless picture books for my boys to see and know her. The photographs will always allow her legacy to live on in our home and hearts.
With my talents, I want to give you and your families the same joy of captured moments. Whether they be motherhood, newborn, senior, family photos, or a creative mini sessions, or business and branding stories.
PERSONAL / FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:
I love Jesus and I want you to too! Watching my boys learn to understand that he paid it all for us and seeing them show his love and kindness in their lives is the most rewarding thing in my life. SHINE YOUR LIGHT
Tacos....and queso.....salsa......COOKIES......give me ALL the cookies
Coffee? Yes, please! Make it an Americano
*Every time we drive by Starbucks, my children yell, "Hey mama, there's your Americano."
Podcasts and worship music are my jam. Having an issue? I have a song or podcast that will speak life to your soul.
I'll never forget. It was an extraordinary day filled with cuddles and joyful songs. A day filled with the anthems of my boys growing up, with tickle monsters, and big smiles I will remember always.
In the middle of a seemingly simple moment, my oldest son Jack ran into the living room and proudly climbed up on our couch looking at a large photograph of our family hanging on the wall. He leaned in slowly and tried to wrap his tiny arms around the photography that laying flat against the wall. He reached with all of his might to hug the photo of the 4 of us, piled on top of each other, laughing.
To anyone else, it might have looked like a sweet gesture, but to me this moment resonated in my heart so strongly that it made me stop everything to take it in. Here was my son, who one day won't reach up at me with his little arms or crawl into my lap and fit the way he does. And that day, in the home where he is being loved and fashioned into the man he will one day be, he hugged a photo that represents to him, his entire world: Us.
When I choose to press the button on my camera that miraculously allows me to hold a moment still forever, Jack hugging our photo plays across my mind. One day these little hands will turn into the bigger ones that hold the next generation of tiny feet that pitter patter down the hallways.
One day, we won't have binkies and blankets decorating our floors of our homes. Tiny shoes won't be left abandoned by their wearers. One day, we will have tiny hearts that grew in our love to become adults with their own hopes and dreams. One day, they will walk out our front doors as newly emerged adults, and we'll have to let them go so they can learn to fly solo.
But today isn't that day. And today, we have a thousand moments to hold onto until that door closes behind them one last time.
Today, those moments should hang on your walls as they hang in your heart like beautiful love imprints of the tiny souls who gave us the name we never want to change: Momma.
Sun-kissed cheek kisses. Giggles of kids running through green fields. Mom holding her baby into her child holding Mom. Life is filled with candid moments. these are your stories. These are your moments.
My photographs capture the posed, unposed, and pure JOY. It's ok to feel "weird" in front of the camera at first, but I'll walk you through posing, set up moments that feel real when you see them, and DANCE like no one is watching! And trust me, it's worth it for the end result. Images that will leave you speechless and give you the gift of memories documented for future generations to treasure too.
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How many moments have you spent with your children laughing, reading, spoon-licking, shoe-tying, and
sink-bathing? Countless. And how many photos do you have commemorating those often
mundane, day-to-day tasks that have created the home and childhood your children will look
back on as adults? Zero, I’m guessing. I know because I’m a mom. We want to remember these
moments forever - chubby faces surrounded by bubbles as water drips from their noses or their
tiny little fingers determined to make bunny ears out of shoe laces. But who is there to push the
button, freezing these moments in time? Your hands are soapy and wet as you wash their hair.
Your hands are holding on to that bike and running alongside as they (and maybe you?) work
up the nerve for you to let go. Let me help, mama. Let my hands man the camera while yours
guide, teach, comfort, and hold your sweet children. This season won’t last forever - but your
memories and my photographs will.
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I know you can still remember the first time you held them in your arms. I know you can still remember the thousand of times you vowed with your life to love them, protect them and to give yourself for them. It’s because of your love that they made it here. Although it might be hard to let go, they are ready because you loved them completely. Your love helped shape their hearts, helped made them who they are - and now it’s time to celebrate who they have become. It’s time to give them a mirror, through an image, to show them the beauty you see in them. This is their time, but it’s also yours.
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As a small business owner, I know the power of a beautiful marketing photograph. Are you in need of website, or social media photos, new office headshots? SIGN ME UP! Let's grab a coffee and discuss your goals of growth. From there I'll create the perfect photography plan, provide you a final quote, and help capture it all.
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When I was a little girl I always told my mom I wanted to live in a field of wild prarie grass. And now, I pretty much live on a piece of heaven.
I'd love to invite you to visit for farm minis. I'll photograph your family for up to 30 minutes on the beautiful 160 acres we are blessed to live on near Burrton, Kansas.
These sessions take place near golden hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Golden hour varies depending on the season.usually from 5-8 pm. You can expect to receive up to 20 edited images with the option to purchase more in your gallery.
What is the story of your home you want to remember? What are the sounds of the life you have built for through your love? Do you dance in the kitchen, or make pancakes every Saturday morning with little chefs dressed in jammies? Are your little ones growing into adults? Is it their last year in high school? I want to tell the stories of your home. From little feet running down the halls early on Saturday mornings to baseball jerseys, and everything in between. Don’t let the memories stay in your imagination - bring them to life in an image you can hold forever.