T.M. Photography

Photography of Tatjanna Miller

The Aviator

in my spare time I love to go to the mountains. I found this guy on the side of a trail I was hiking, He very much reminded me of an air plane. Which is odd, because at the same time, my sister was on a plane from Texas, flying to Bozeman. And tomorrow the rest of my family arrives in Helena. This week is definitely about travel and family so I thought it apt to post the second image, which is my own son playing in a sandy creek.

Updating the Blog.

Please excuse our mess as we begin our updating! We have some great blog posts coming up and we are updating our galleries and pricing pages!!

Matthew + Heather = Something to sing about.

Once in awhile comes true love, but even less often comes a true love who is your best friend, the one you can go to the races with, the one you can tell silly jokes with and the one you can literally sing your heart out to. These two have found that kind of love.  In a small chapel on a sunny day the clouds rolled over the sun in a cotton candy formation. On this day, there are tears, there is laughter but no one who witnessed this private affair could ever doubt that there was love. Congratulations Matt and Heather, may you live each day in bliss.










Cupcakes and Cuties raffle contest. A chance to bring change.

As some of you may know, another passion (besides photography) of mine is helping people. There is nothing more beautiful then being a part of something bigger then myself and when I get an opportunity to do so I jump at it. I also love to travel.
I have the most awesome opportunity to do all three right now. some of you have already heard and some have already helped me get started in making this once and a lifetime journey. For those who have not here is the run down of what I am looking to do.

In Panajachel Guatemala, there exists an amazing ngo (non-governmental organisation) whose one and only goal is to help the indigenous Mayan people achieve a standardized quality of living. Not an easy task for an area that was racked with civil war for 36 years and devastated in 2005 when Hurricane Stan produced lethal mudslides throughout the area. But they have helped and have made a major impact on the area, by offering micro loans (with a very high payback rate, suggesting their efforts are working) building day cares and preschools, creating a senior care program (like meals on wheels offering medicines as well) providing clean water filters, clean burning stoves and training, as well as helping kids with their education and families in need of food and supplies. Mayan families has been a life changing program.

so what is my role? After the civil war Panajachel’s tourist trade began to flourish. As a photographer I can play two roles in training a group of people in “Pana” one enables the people to take work with local attractions at a higher wage taking tourism photos and the other is to teach them how to document, edit and publish the work of Mayan families, who will employ them as well. While I am there I will be also helping and documenting where I am needed which can be anything from arranging food baskets to helping with construction or the elderly. I have decided that I have plenty to offer in the way of time, talent and knowledge. But it’s a costly venture which I am willing to pay for but need to raise the remainder. I am attempting to raise 1900.00 US funds to cover the cost of travel.

So that is where WE come in! I am raffling off, First prize: 1 Photo-session including 10 or more high resolution images on disc with a 3 month print release and online ordering gallery. (a 125.00 value)  and a baby or baby shower receiving blanket gift set , including 4 receiving blankets, wash cloths, pacifiers and a binky clip, created into 4 adorable cupcakes packaged in an adorable cupcake box! (50.00 value) Photo-session can be used for yourself or as a gift.

Second prize is a mini session of 5 high resolution images with cd and 3 month print release and ordering gallery.
(a 75.00 value)

Raffle tickets are 1 for 3, 2 for 5 or 5 for 10. If you purchase 5.00 worth of tickets you will get a free ticket entered for every friend you refer that purchases!

Drawing date will be on July 2nd with winners notified by phone and posted here and our Facebook page. Here is your chance to get a session from us while helping with a great cause!

To purchase tickets contact me by message at Tatjannamiller@gmail.com or on Facebook Tatjanna Miller-photography

winners will be responsible for travel outside of 10 miles of Great Falls Montana.

Gift cards are good toward any type of photosession (childrens, newborns, maternity, individuals, families)
and can be used for a discount on (weddings, seniors, engagements, boudoir, birth or engagement)

If you’ve already scheduled a session the gift card is good for your Next session, multiple cards not allowed.

A fabulous family of four.

You may remember Florabella’s tea party from last year, well she is back and this time she has brought her lovely family with her! Thank you for growing with us!

2 times the terrific!

Not the first time these two have made an appearance in front of our lens, but each time they do, they get even cuter! How is that even possible!? 🙂

McIntosh Family.

I love return clients, I think it’s great when you can get to know a families personality as a whole. The Mcintosh family is one of those!

Excuse my absence, I was documenting life!

Fact: one of the most awesome things about being a photographer is getting to document each beautiful moment.

Fact: My clients have some of the best darn moments ever!

Don’t believe me, just look!

See! I’m incredibly blessed to be able to document such wonderful moments in such wonderful peoples lives. thank you for allowing me to do so!

Summers story. (A senior with a courageous story)

A little over a week ago I had a session with Summer. Going into the session I had no idea how emotional, heart warming and fun the session would be. I always talk to my clients when we meet up, just to get a good feel of their personalities, their expectations and wants. Summers session was no exception. I have sat here the last few hours trying to decide how to approach this post, I wanted it to be as lovely as the Summer is but I also wanted it to be an eye opener, because sometimes in life we simply forget to stop and smell the roses.  In the end decided to let Michelle (Summers mom) tell her story.

“Its kind of a long story, but here it goes. When Summer was 8 she was playing in the room with her sister. She came out and told me her neck hurt. Thinking it was something that they did while playing I didn’t think to much of it and told both girls to go to bed. the next day I took the girls to school and told the office if her neck still hurt to call me and I would take her to Doctor. Well they called me but she had vomited in class, not anything to do with her neck. I took her home and treated her symptoms, which were “flu like” after 3 days of “flu like symptoms” she seemed fine. she was going to go to school the next day, but woke up in the morning and came to my room telling me that she vomited in the bathroom sink. Thinking it was just the tail end of the flu I told her to go back to bed.   

 She woke up abut hour later and her fever was back, I gave her some chewable Tylenol, She chewed them like they were paste. I gave her a drink of water, but she went totally lathargic. I kept screaming at her asking her what her name was, but she just looked right through me.I had finally gotten her to sit on the couch, She would come to every now and then but for the most part she was larthgic. I called my husband at work and he told me to take her to hospital. I attempted to get her into my van, she started foaming from her mouth, not knowing what a seizure looks like I had no idea what was happening.

I pulled up behind a police officer on Central Ave W. and got his attention. he escorted me to West Campus ( they have no emergency facilities) They took Summer and I to East campus via ambulance. We were met with dr’s all over. She was having hallucinations and screaming like she was posessed. I’m not sure how many hours later, but we ended up in ICU, where she cont. to hallucinate and have seizures. The seizures were getting so bad that she was seizing more than breathing, so the intabated her, and eventually they put a “trach” in. We Spent from March until Aug in the hospital. They told us she wouldn’t make it out of the hospital, then when she did they told us she wouldn’t make it to the age of 10, well when that passed they said she wouldn’t make it to 18.

We had 24 hour nursing when we first brought her home, but now we have no outside help, its only family who takes care of her. She continues to have seizures but she is 19 now and walks when she feels like it, she eats from a feeding tube because she cant swallow, and is incontinent. and does not talk, but we believe she understands more than anyone knows. She has taught us how to be strong, and never give up

Summer is our inspiration. The dr’s finally after 2 years told us it was viral encephalitis. It ate away her brain and left holes. But it couldnt touch her spirit.
 Summer will graduate this year at the age of 19, once again something they told us would never happen.”

When I met Michelle, Cassie and Summer I had no idea of what was about to happen, but just being with them during our session was completely inspiring . The family, without words showed me the story of human strength and love and also to never take a moment for granted. This beautiful young lady has the strength to endure everything life has put in her path, I think we can all learn from the lesson she is teaching. Thank you Summer, Michelle and Cassie! And Congratulations to Summer for graduating this year!
learn more about viral encephalitis



  





Heather and Matthews, Day after session.

I met Heather about 10 years ago in a random night of karaoke, and no, the word karaoke and bad singing in Great Falls are not synonymous with bad singing, in fact Heather has the lungs of athlete and the voice of an angel. When I learned she would allow me to do her and Matthews wedding, I was very happy! Heather is a spark of light so often missed in this world and when you add Matthews humor and patience to the mix, well, you have simply put, an amazing, beautiful couple. Congratulations Matt and Heather!

On a side note, Heather was one of the very first people to let me shoot portraits of her. She has believed in me from day 1 and she definitely has a special place in my life for it!