I am a photographer here to serve high school seniors, small business branding & family joy.  
 hutchinson, Kansas

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I am Sara, a Kansas girl who is here for moments, nights out on the farm with my boys, ear pods in and a good podcast or worship song.
I am an enneagram 2w9, a very helpful, indecisive old soul.  I feel ALL the feelings!

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Sara McMillian

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I am a storyteller, a wife and a mother. I’m an encourager who is in love with life and has known such great loss. From the depth of grieving over the death of my dear mother to the overwhelming joy at the births of my boys, I have found that life is a symphony that can swell and wane in joy and loss.

My journey through these experiences has taught me the importance of capturing all the moments in life. Photos of dancing in the kitchen with the kiddos are just as important as Christenings and Christmas. Photos tell the story of families forever and I treasure every single one I have of the mother I miss and of my boys as they so quickly grow up before my eyes.

I was a photographer before I became a mom. I never knew how much my sweet, little boys would change everything! Every day, during this short season of life, I think to myself, “How can I remember these days forever? How can I freeze time to remember how sweetly they sleep? How they wait at the door for Papa to visit? How they play in the wind and the wheat with mismatched boots? What can I do that my future self would thank me for?”

And, so, I press the shutter button. I capture memories, smiles, cookie crumb faces and the sweet, soft round cheeks of my little boy sleeping. I freeze time when I photograph my husband carrying both of my boys in his arms at one time, as I know in the blink of an eye they’ll be driving tractors and trucks of their own. When I’m sitting at their high school graduations and weddings watching them walk into life as the strong men I’ve raised, I’ll be so grateful for the photos of them as the little boys I miss.

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.

families

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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baby love

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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seniors

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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branding

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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love stories

These sessions are for a front yard wedding / engagement shoot on your grandma's land to celebrating 10 years of marriage or a new beginning together.  I am here for all the love you are celebrating!  Hold on to what matters, hold onto each other.  Let love be the reason you chase joy daily!

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Life is precious, but the rapid pace of our day-to-day schedule means we sometimes miss the little moments we want to remember. The pitter-patter of tiny toes, giggling together about an inside joke, enjoying a treasured family heirloom, these are the authentic, joyful moments a Lifestyle Session with Sara McMillian can help you capture. 

Our memories can sometimes feel like a movie, and it’s often the everyday moments we cling to the most. Spending time with your children, baking cookies like grandma used to, the tender embrace of your child, Sara will capture the moments you feel in your heart and bring them to a canvas so they’ll never fade away.

Sara has a mother’s heart. Let her meet you where you are and photograph the tender, loving moments that your family shares.

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