Thursday, November 16, 2006

How do I place my order for the online sale?

Please email me your order. You can either call my home with your cc number or add it to your email. If you call and I'm on another line or have stepped out, please leave your name and cc information on my voice mail. No checks will be accepted unless they are brought to me at the Sunday sale. Checks need to be received before order is placed and the orders need to be placed Sunday/Monday to guarantee Christmas delivery. Don't forget to take off your 10% sale discount (this Friday and Saturday only)

Please email me the image/s that you would like to use (along with your order) if the image does not belong to me. Remember I cannot use a professional portrait no matter how old that it may be. Please note the file name of your image and what piece of jewlery that it goes with.

If you're using your TMP Portrait image/s please note the portrait number along with your last name and the name of your hostess (if your image was from a HPP). If your album is no longer online, you'll find the number on the back of the image that you have at home (typically a DSC #)

Please include this information in your email. Feel free to copy and paste if that helps.
Shipping Address
Phone Number
Email address
Note any questions or special instructions

How to order - Jewlery
For jewlery orders please go to the online jewlery album to select your pieces. Be sure to read all of the pricing info and selections for the piece that need to be made (this appears below the image). There is also an order form at the beginning of the album that you need to read carefully. You can also download a full resolution copy of the order form here - (preferred)

Please note shipping options/dates for the jewlery
Pick up at Tammy's house in Marshall - Will arrive some time the first week of December
Standard shipping to your home - December 8th-13th
**Please note that engraving will add an additional 5 days to shipping**
Rush - will be delivered to your home by December 1st-3rd

Note Cards
Please send the image number or your TMP Portrait (and the album name in which your images appear/ed). If you're using your own image, please attach that jpeg file to the email when you place the order. Please note that the inside will be plain and the back will have a small TMP logo on the bottom. See note card options and pricing below

Storyboards/Desktop Collage
These products are one in the same except one is 20x10 and the other is 10x5 and comes with an easel to be used on a desk. These are to be created ONLY with TMP portraits. You can have a storyboard with 4 images (and only ONE can be a horizontal image) or 5 images and all have to be vertical. Please note if you'd like a special poem/verse/song lyric/or special message from you. The other mini masterpiece is a 5"x5" mounted image with a headshot and thick border with a childs name. A close image needs to be used for this. Please click the storyboard the link above or scroll down for images/detailed information. *Please note there will be no time to get approval before ordering so please be sure of your selections*

If you have any questions regarding this sale, please send me an email at

We would LOVE to see you there. You will be able to see many of the jewlery pieces, note cards and a Gallery Wrap Canvas. Also custom Designed Photo Albums, Cards and more by April Rhodes with Stampin UP. Also Kathi McCrady with Silpada Jewlery will be there with a gorgeous display of jewlery. Remember your discount with me goes up to 15% off all items (except Gift Certificates) just for the Sunday sale. There will also be door prizes so grab a friend, swing through Starbucks and take a nice girls drive out in the country! Can't wait to see everyone! Please scroll down for location information and times. *DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR IMAGE WITH YOU (preferred) or least of all write down the number from online or your image at home. If you're using your own personal image please bring it on a CD jpeg format (preferred) or bring in a copy of your picture)*


Reminder that our online sale starts at midnight tonight and ends on midnight Saturday night! Our sale In Marshall Virginia (where you can see the items mentioned along with other vendors) will be from 1 to 5 on Sunday. Please see below to get details on the discounts and the location of the Sunday sale. Also below you'll find pictures and information of many of the items that will be offered during this 3 day holiday sale!!!

It's so much fun that people are so excited about this idea! I can't wait to see all of these unique items and can't wait to hear about the reactions from your family/friends Christmas morning!!!

"Thinking Outside The Box"

For the Holiday Gift Show think "outside the box" when it comes to gifts this year. For this sale only you can use your own image on TMP jewlery or note cards. Of course you can use your TMP portraits as well!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking...
Childs Hands
Childs Feet
Wedding Flowers
Childhood Home or Special location
Landscape shots of a favorite spot
Home or New Home
A little girls stuffed animal
Your Pet
Childs Artwork
Someone who has passed away - full image/hands
Teenager with her best friend
Husband Boyfriend
Vintage Image
A landscape image taken on your honeymoon or vacation
Wifes Eyes
The spot/restaurant where your husband proposed
Church you got married in
Sonogram Picture
Hand print/foot print from the hospital
To name a few....

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A day in the life . . . .

January through March I will be offering mini "day in the life sessions". They are designed to simply capture a normal day in your life. What a wonderful thing to have when the little ones are grown and gone. A little story - a few weeks ago we were in the OBX and my son was being a terror in the bali outlet (well the fact that he was four and in the bali outlet might have been our first problem ;). As I was getting frustrated that I was trying to shop and my son was busy hiding himself in bras so that his friend couldnt find him, an older lady walked up. She looked at me with the sweetest face and said "Honey, what I wouldn't give to have my boys back home on their very worst day". I write this with misty eyes because it was truly an eye opener for me. So, that made me think, more than ever, that these sessions would be something that people would love. The session fee will be the same $150.00, as the standard family sessions will be in 2007. Please click here to view a sample of a mini day in the life session -

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


November 17th and 18th only!

During this sale you can purchase any of the mentioned gift items for 10% off!!!!!

Items must be purchased these days only to get the discount and to guarantee Christmas delivery.

Purchases can be made via email. Please conact me with any questions that you may have.



Sunday, November 19th from 1pm - 5pm
Location: Marshall Rescue Squad in Marshall Virginia (right off of route 66) 8472 West Main Street

*All TMP gift items will be 15% off at this sale*

There will also be drawings to win a free portrait sitting ($120 value), Stampin' Up product of your choice including custom made albums, cards etc. ($25 value) or a Set of Cone shaped sleek sterling silver filigree earrings on french wires from Silpada Designs ($30 value)

Yes, I have officially lost my mind to take this on right now =). However, I really want you to have the opportunity to see the new jewlery line and be able to give your friends and family a unique portrait gift this Christmas! I also LOVE the wonderful items made by April with Stampin' UP and have and wear many of the Silpada jewelry items that Kathi McCrady will be displaying. You can see their great stuff at the Sunday sale.

Gift items
*All of these items will be on display at the one day sale* All of the portrait items must be with images previously taken by Tammy McMillan Photography, with the exception of the jewelry. Make sure that you have your image with you when you come to the sale and/or know the image number that you want to use for your gift (can be found on the back of the image that you have at home).

For THIS SALE you can order jewlery with your own image or a TMP portrait. There will be a $12.00 editing charge for using an image that does not belong to TMP. Please remember that I cannot use an image that belongs to another photographer. You must bring with you the image that you plan to use (if it does not belong to me) the day of the sale. Otherwise, the discount will not be available and the piece will not arrive by the holidays. All of this jewlery is Sterling Silver and the image is actually part of the pendant or tile so there will be no issues with water damage. This is a gift that your loved ones will cherish for many years! Click on either image to be taken to the gallery with all jewlery pieces.
These tiles are gorgeous and only $45.00!!!!!
(necklace not included but they are available to purchase)

Notecards with your TMP image or this stock image
Folded 5x7 notecards in packs of 24
Your choice of paper, watercolor or art linen
Standard - $52.00 (optional uv coating $8.00)
Art (watercolor or art linen) - $60.00


Gallery Wrap Canvas
These are just beautiful and are designed for hanging without framing . Canvas mounted on masonite (for framing) is also available
11x14 - $130.00
16x20 - $180.00
20x24 - $240.00
20x30 - $300


Desktop Collages
These are mini storyboards 10" x 5" displayed on an easel. The design will be the same as the large storyboards, but are a smaller version for the desk - a holiday offer only! 5"x5" name collages also available. Each style is $55.00

A Gift Certificate for a portrait sitting makes a GREAT gift!!
Purchase these at this show only for the old pricing before the 2007 price kicks in. The GC price is $120.00 (for up to five people) - For gifts only! The 10 or 15% sale discount does not apply to Gift Certificates for portrait sittings.


20X10 Custom Storyboards with your custom wording, poem or song
These are very popular. The size is unique and looks great on the wall.



April Rhodes, a Stampin' Up Rep will be there offering gorgeous scrapbooks designed just for you. She will also be offering Stampin' Up gifts including homemade Holiday Cards, Greeting Cards, framed art and more. If you choose to use your Tammy McMillan Portrait images in your custom designed album. You will receive your 20 TMP images for 50% off!!!!!!!!! This offer is only availble with your purchased custom album and only available for a quantity of 20. April will of course design albums with your own personal images as well. Please feel free to contact april with any questions 540-439-4287 or via email at

Kathi McCrady with Silpada will also be there. Silpada is a gorgeous sterling silver jewlery line. Stop by to see the great holiday gifts that she has to offer. Her jewelry is unique and beautiful - maybe you should send your husbands to shop!!! You can check out her website at the link I've provided above as well!

*Items can also be ordered online from these vendors. Please contact them via their websites or contact information provided.

Mini Session at Sky Meadows State Park

I photographed this family last year at a Home party, but it's amazing how many wonderful people cross my path at HPP's and I never really get to know them because I have such a short time to work face to face with them. This family however stood out to me. Genuinely warm happy people. You just feel instantly comfortable around them. Well, she called me this fall and wanted an apt. but there was a pretty extensive waiting list ahead of her. I sent out a last minute call for a few mini sessions at the park and she quickly responded. God works in mysterious ways because having the opportunity to get to know her has been nothing short of a blessing. We have so much in common and have become instant friends. Photographing her boys was such a pleasure. It was so neat to watch the bond between these boys. It is obvious that they are carrying on that wonderful peace and warmth that their parents have. It was also so wonderful watching Andrea's dad with his grandsons. Wow! Does that grandpa love those boys and it was great to capture that relationship too when he wasn't looking ;). Thanks again Andrea! I look forward to years of capturing that great family of yours.

Recent Home Portrait Party Favorites

Okay, there's no way that I can touch on every family that I've photographed at Home Parties in the last month or so. Therefore, I'll just share with you a few of my recent favorites! Home Party images are very different for me in that I often use a backdrop (which I don't do much in private sessions anymore) and that I only have 15 minutes for the mini session. It's hard to bring out true warmth, relationships and fun in people in that short amount of time, but amazingly it still manages to happen!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

New logo border

So, how completley cool is my new logo border? I'm just loving it! Gina Geigley, my friend and fellow photog made this for me. She's such a giving and talented soul, you need to check out her beautiful work - Thanks again Miss G!

Where it all began.....

I so love doing couples shoots! Engagements are always fun because it's new love. That completely lost in each other, nothing else in the world matters kind of love. It's exciting. It's fun constantly learning new things about one another. It's a head to toe tingley kind of love.

My favorite though is mature love. Love that has endured through hard times. Love that transforms the instant you see the miracle of that wonderful bundle of joy that God has lent to you. Love that has been constant through thousands of diapers and nights of no sleep. Love that fights through infertility and the loss of people that we love. Love that has watched as their children marry and move out and as their grandchildren come to visit.

It took me many years to understand that it's okay if we don't feel like we're head over heels in love with our partner every single day. Marriage is about a commitment. It's about paying bills and dealing with issues, and getting up again tomorrow and doing it all over again. It's about not giving up and doing everything in your power to make it work. It's about respecting one another's feelings and overlooking their quirks. It's about a strong love that has lasted through many years. We all still have those new love kind of days where it's tingley again. It's the days though that I can look at my husband and know without a shadow of a doubt that we're in this for the long haul. That we can get each other through anything that comes our way. For me, it's all about that feeling of looking at someone and knowing that wherever you are, as long as you have're home.

Here's a few pictures from a recent couples session. We had a nice evening and had the park all to ourselves. Thank you Shannon and Dee Dee, for helping me take a step back in this crazy holiday portrait season to think about the important things in life. I get so many wonderful emails from customers about how thankful they are to have these images to always help them to remember. What they don't realize is, dealing with each and every one of them with their own unique personalities and perspectives helps me to grow as a person each day and "I" am so thankful for that.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Here's a little peek into my life........

I never take the time to share personal pictures on this blog. I guess it's only fair that I turn the camera back around on my life every so often ;). This little four year old blondie is mine. I love this little boy more than life itself. He inspires me every day. He helps me to view life like a child instead of the "adult with blinders" that I typically am. If it weren't for him and what he's taught me the last four years, I'm not sure that my work would have the same feeling. I feel so blessed that God has loaned with this little guy and I so enjoy every minute that I have with him. Now if I could only get a decent shot of him, that would be accomplishing something! ;). The other little sweetheart in these images is my nephew. Don't you just want to kiss those little cheeks for days? He is such a sweetheart and he is such a lucky little guy to have such wonderful parents. Here's a few shots of our day at the pumpkin patch.

"Just be yourself". Perhaps I should have said something different ;). This is the result of having a camera shoved in your face for four years straight - ha!

Far behind.....

Sorry guys. I'm so far behind on showing you guys my latest sessions. It's been a busy but fun fall so far! I'll see what I can do to catch up today between cleaning, proofing and playing Hi Ho Cherry Oh ;)

The love of a family

I have known Chrystie for quite a few years now. She wen't to C0llege with my brothers and I've always loved her fun personality. It was so nice to see her find the love of her life. Someone who has just the same wonderful personality and a perfect fit for Chrystie. It's been so nice to see Chrystie's transition into a wife and mom. It's crystal clear how much she loves her boys. I don't think that anyone can ever prepare you for motherhood. They tell you about all of the "technical" aspects, but they can never prepare you for what this motherhood thing is going to do to your heart. The quote "Making the decision to have a child is to choose to have your heart go walking around outside your body forever" is soooo true! It's the most wonderful, yet the most vulnerable feeling on the planet. Aiden is such a sweet boy and I had so much fun with you guys. Thanks so much for allowing me to capture this little moment in your lives as a young family. I hope these images are something that you will always cherish.

It was so neat to capture Aiden practicing his first steps to daddy. I love that concentrated look that they get when trying so hard and also so excited that they're really walking all by themselves.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


What Do You Do All Day?

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?" "Yes," was his incredulous reply. She answered, "Well,today I didn't do it."

Priceless stuff right there! =)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Beautiful Miss Jessie

Doesn't she have the cutest squished nose smile? She is such a beautiful young lady. Jessie, her mom and I had so much fun doing her senior portraits s at Sky Meadows! Congrats on your senior year. I'm sure you will do great things in life!

Her mom and I got a kick out of this look she gave me. It's one of my favorites

Little Zachary

How cute is this picture? I just love it! Zachary and his family were so much fun to work with, and are such a happy loving family. Zachary is so incredibly expressive. So many slogans and catch phrases wen't through my mind while looking through his pictures. He is such a cutie pie! I hope to have the rest of your pictures finished some time this weekend Katie. Here's a few that jumped out as my favorites in the mean time =). It was a blast working with you guys!

This picture technically isn't great because the light was a bit harsh, but how can I not share this picture? The look on his face is priceless. That's a definate "Don't even think about it" face.