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The Everyday Life Workshop is for you if:

  • You have invested a lot of money in a DSLR camera and still don’t feel like you are getting great photos of your kids.
  • You have looked at all the buttons on your camera and decided it would just be easier to stick to Auto mode.
  • You feel like you sometimes get a “lucky shot” and would like to make that happen more often.
  • It is important to you to document the lives of your children, especially while they are young.
  • You need a day just for YOU to learn and be inspired!

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Here is what a past participant had to say about the Everyday Life Workshop:

“I highly recommend the Everyday Life Workshop! Megan is so knowledgeable & patient that she made it a breeze to not be afraid of my DSLR camera. I had my Canon for several years and never once changed the setting off “auto”. This awesome 1-day course allowed me to now take dramatically better photos by learning the basic principles of my DSLR camera. It was a great atmosphere with nice reference material, fun photo subjects, awesome food – just wonderful! I am now enjoying my kids activities and love of photography on the “manual” setting!”

workshop description

Since the day I became a mom, always having a camera by my side has been important to me. I’ve tried to capture not just the big events, but the small moments, too. By capturing those small moments with my camera, I look back and I see the beauty that our everyday life holds. The photographs of moments that seemed mundane and simple at the time are the ones I treasure the most.  Now that my children are getting older, their lives are so different, yet I am capturing their moments much in the same way; the activities they love, the first day of school, losing the first tooth, reading their favorite book.  One day, I will have the story of their childhood captured for them to share with their children and grandchildren.  That is an incredible thought!

This workshop is for beginner DSLR users who do not have a good understanding of how to use their camera in the manual setting, and it is for those who want to learn how to tell a story of their child’s everyday life through their photographs.

workshop date & time

Friday, June 26, 2015 | 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

workshop location

North Dakota Heritage Center | Bismarck, North Dakota

what we will learn

The basics of shooting in manual mode: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture

Identifying what is correct exposure

How to work with the natural light you have available

General rules for composition and how it can improve your photo

How to tell a story with your photographs

Tips for getting more natural and candid shots of your children

what’s included

50+ page workbook that details the lessons learned at the workshop for you to keep and refer to afterward

Shooting time with children for hands-on learning and Q&A with Megan

Lunch and drinks

A swag bag and drawings for some fun photography related items

what you need

A DSLR camera

Your camera’s user manual, if possible

Any lens. You can bring the kit lens that came with your camera, or I highly encourage you to invest in a 50mm lens PRIOR to attending the workshop. The 50mm f/1.8 lens is very affordable (just over $100) and it will allow you to do so much more with it’s lower aperture capabilities, like getting the coveted blurry background everyone wants to achieve! It is a great lens for taking photos of children, as well.  You can find them here: CANON | NIKON

workshop cost

$250 (plus ND sales tax), due in-full at the time of registration. The workshop will be limited to ten participants. Your registration fee is not refundable, but if you are unable to attend, your seat may be sold to someone else.  Registration closes on Monday, June 22.

what this workshop is not

This workshop is not for professional photographers or those with to the desire to have a photography business in the future. Photoshop and editing will not be covered in this class, and there will be no business discussions.

how to sign up

Email Megan Milbradt at and I will send you the information to pay for your registration. Your seat will be reserved only after payment is made and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  I recommend registering as soon as possible because seats are limited.

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I am so thrilled to announce an incredible project that I am a part of with a group of fellow Bismarck, North Dakota photographers.  Compassion Week is an event created by local photographers who want to donate 100% of their time and skill to those who start sponsoring a child.  Starting NOW, upon beginning a sponsorship, you can book a free photo session with a number of talented photographers in town!

I have personally chosen to support The GOD’S CHILD Project, which is an organization that my family has supported for years based on their mission and the incredible impact that they have made in the lives of thousands of children and families around the world.

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From The GOD’S CHILD Project website:

The GOD’S CHILD Project is an educational development organization dedicated to “breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation.” Since its founding in 1991 by Patrick Atkinson, it has grown to more than 12 distinct programs in five different countries.

Today, The GOD’S CHILD Project cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned, and poverty-stricken boys and girls in addition to providing health and community-based services for 8,700 widowed, abandoned, and single mothers and their dependents in Guatemala, El Salvador, Malawi, and India.

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If you’d like to book a free photo session with me for the week of April 26 – May 2, aka Compassion Week, you can start by visiting The GOD’S CHILD website, begin sponsoring two children of your choice, and then contact me (link in the menu above) to schedule your session.  With your two sponsorships, you will receive a complimentary 20 minute mini-session along with 10 fully-edited, high resolution digital files (via a digital download) with print release.


For more information on the project and all of the incredible Bismarck photographers participating, please visit our website at:

I’d also love for you to join our social media channels so that you can see the impact that our community is making during Compassion Week.  It’s going to be awesome!

Follow us on Twitter | #CompassionWeekND | Follow us on Instagram | RSVP on Facebook

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Thank you so much to Carly Loves Amos Photography for the use of their amazing images from a recent trip to Ethiopia.

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You’re invited!!!

What:  A Matilda Jane trunk show | All images are from the MJ lookbooks found here

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2015 | 2:30-4:30 pm

Where:  Megan’s home | 8000 Cordgrass Drive, Bismarck (click here for google map directions)

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What is a Matilda Jane trunk show?

It’s an opportunity for you to come and see, touch, oogle and *TRY ON* any item you may be interested in. If you find something you like, we can order it at the trunk show and it will ship directly to your home.  PLEASE feel free to bring your children, especially your little girls so they can try on the clothing, too!  The clothes are really 1000% better in person, so if you can come to the show, I highly recommend it!  And it is really easy to see how the pieces all mix and match together at the show, too.

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What is Matilda Jane?

Matilda Jane is a clothing company that sells their items exclusively through trunk shows…no online ordering, not sold in stores! The clothing is designed in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not only do they sell adorable clothing for girls, ages 0-14, they also have an AMAZING adult line for women.

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Why does Megan love Matilda Jane?

Matilda Jane’s designs are youthful and playful.  The textures, patterns and colors of the clothing truly capture the spirit of childhood.  Each piece is made with incredible quality, which means that they can be worn time and time again and once they are outgrown, can be passed on to sisters, cousins and friends, still looking and feeling brand new.  The thing people always say when they actually come to a trunk show to see and feel the clothes is, “The fabrics are SO SOFT!”  You truly have to see these clothes to appreciate the quality and uniqueness of them.

My daughter, Rory, is almost 9 now and I love that the clothing is still age appropriate and modest for her.  They started a new tween line this year, as well, with so many perfect pieces for the older girls.  Rory gets so excited for every Matilda Jane trunk show, knowing she gets to pick out another beautiful “twirling” dress and it never fails, anytime she wears her Matilda Jane clothes, she gets so many compliments, which puts the biggest smile on her face!

As a photographer, I love telling my clients about Matilda Jane because while the clothes are comfortable and well made enough for every day wear, they really do make the perfect special occasion outfits, and especially photo session outfits!  All the pieces from the collections coordinate so well, including the pieces for women, providing options for every girl in the family’s own personal style.  And with all of the beautiful colors, it makes coordinating the the boys’ clothing so easy, too!  I know how hard it can be for us moms to dress our family for our family photo sessions.  If you come to the trunk show, I can help you dress your entire family for your session in no time!

What if I can’t come to the trunk show but still want to order?

If you are unable to attend, please contact me at and I will hook you up so you can order!

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EXCLUSIVE Matilda Jane mini-sessions!

I don’t typically offer special sessions like this, but if so many beautiful little girls in Bismarck are going to be dressed up in these adorable clothes, they MUST be photographed!  And with green grass and beautiful weather approaching, it seems like the perfect time.


Place an order from my Matilda Jane trunk show on April 18th, and you will be eligible to book an exclusive mini-session to take place in the month of June, 2015.  Sessions are for your Matilda Jane wearing girls and their siblings, only…no family sessions.  (Specific session dates will be determined at a later time when we know the weather will be nice.)


$495 (plus tax) to be paid in full by May 8th, 2015


20 minute outdoor Matilda Jane mini-session

Private online gallery of 10 images for viewing (available for 7 days)

10 fully-edited, high resolution digital files on a USB drive with print release

10 5×7 prints, one of each image

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I hope to see you at the trunk show, and I am looking forward to our mini-sessions!  Please contact me today if you’d like to book one!  Email Megan at or call 701.426.3814.  I’ll talk to you soon!

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I was blown away by the response to the first feature of the Moms of Bismarck|Mandan series.  Totally blown away!  Watching the praise and beautiful comments that Angela received for days after it was posted, made me fill up with pride and gratitude.  I was proud to see the moms of our community come together to support one of our own, and so grateful that you all took the time to read it, share it, and send words of encouragement.  I’ve said it several times before, and I’m going to keep repeating it…when we take the time to really, truly get to know someone, it can change our perspective on how we see others and ourselves.

I hope that this series is something that you will look forward to each month.  If you’d like to receive updates via email, you can subscribe using the button in the upper left corner.  PLEASE leave some encouragement and/or your thoughts in the comments.  It is a lot to ask for someone to open up their mind and their heart and share it with us so graciously.

If you are not familiar with the background of this project or if you’d like to nominate an inspiring Bismarck|Mandan mom that you know, PLEASE GO READ THE ORIGINAL POST (or click the icon on the right).

I am thrilled to share with you the February featured mom, Tammy Czapiewski!  When I received this nomination, I knew right away this was a woman that I needed to meet.  She has experienced something that is a mother’s worst nightmare, but from her pain she has worked incredibly hard to create something positive from it.  Her strength is incredible, and she is extraordinarily inspiring in so many ways.  And the timing could not be better because the Czapiewskis just added a new little family member!  Tammy was nominated by her friend Sarah Grendahl, and this is and excerpt of what Sarah had to say:

I don’t know this mom well, but I am blessed to call her my friend.  Her name is Tammy Czapiewski.  Tammy always has a smile on her face. Always. But I could always see sadness in her eyes.   I later realized that she also had a daughter, Addison, who passed away when she was at her first week of daycare.  My heart breaks for her whenever she posts a picture of Addison.  I know she must be going through so much pain, but she continues to smile at everyone she meets. She has this great, kind, gentle and fun spirit, and she’s a wonderful mom. She doesn’t see herself as strong, but she is stronger than she knows.

She is fighting through her pain and trying to make something positive in her grief by passing Addison’s Law.  She is also due to have another baby in just two weeks.  She’s a strong and inspiring mother, and I only wish her and her family the best.

1.  Tell us your story!

My name is Tammy Czapiewski. My home town is Devils Lake, ND. My parents are Paul and Alice Winnegge. I have one brother, Paul, who lives in Devils Lake, and a sister, Kim, who lives in MA. I graduated from Lake Region State College in 2003, obtaining my Associate degrees from the Office Management and Administrative Assistant programs. I have been working at the Bismarck Police Department for ten years and am happy to call Bismarck home.

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2.   Tell me about your family.

I met my husband, Pete, in 2001 when I was a senior in high school. We met at Pizza Hut. He was a cook and I was a server. We both attended college together and got married in 2004. We have called Bismarck our home for ten years. My husband is an officer with the Mandan Police Department.  We have three children; Dylan, Addison, and Jordyn. Dylan is 7 years old and is a phenomenal boy. He is smart, funny, loves sports, and has such a kind heart. Addison would have been 3 years old but passed away at 6 months old. She had the most beautiful brown eyes and her smile lit up the room. She had the most infectious giggle and was such a sweet girl. Jordyn is five weeks old. She has so many facial expressions and loves cuddling.  She is starting to smile and coo and I love watching her change and grow each day.

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3.  What is a typical day like for you?

Right now, I’m still on maternity leave so a typical day consists of waking up at 0600 with my son and getting him ready for school. We leave the house for school at 0800 and then I come home and spend the day with my newborn. After school, we go to Dylan’s activities. On the nights where nothing is scheduled, we spend the night together as a family and enjoy movie nights and game nights. Right now, my son’s favorite game is Monopoly so we spend many evenings playing that.  When my maternity leave ends, my new routine will include returning to work with my baby. I’m so blessed to be able to bring Jordyn to work with me for a few months and look forward to having more mommy/daughter time together before she starts daycare later this summer. We end our day with our nightly routine of books and prayers.

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4.  What is one thing that you wish to accomplish, but haven’t yet.

One thing I wish to accomplish would be for Addison’s Law to pass this year.  This is something I’ve worked on for a long time and is very important to me. This law would ensure that safe sleep standards are being met in licensed daycares. Recently, the bill for Addison’s Law passed in the House and will now be going to the Senate in March to be voted on. I am very hopeful that this bill becomes a law this year.

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5.  What is an everyday moment that you’ve had with your family that you cherish?

An everyday moment with my family that I cherish is when we are all together at the end of the day. Every day is different…sometimes we have family game nights, sometimes we have movie nights, and sometimes the guys are being loud and crazy while Jordyn and I are cuddling on the rocking chair. I love all of our moments together but simply being together in the evening is my favorite time of day.

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6.  What is one life event that really shaped who you are today?

Becoming a mommy shaped me into the person I am today. It is a blessing to be a mom to my three kids and is hands down the most amazing gift I’ve been given.

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7.  Share a story about someone in your life who has made a significant impact on you.

When my daughter, Addison passed away in 2012, my life changed forever. She passed away at daycare and she is the reason I am advocating for Addison’s Law to be passed. Addison was laid down for a nap while she was fussy and awake and was not checked on for 45 minutes. Additionally, there was no monitor in the room that she was sleeping in. Addison’s Law would require all licensed daycare providers to have annual training regarding safe sleep practices and SIDS training. My daughter passed away on her third day of daycare at just six months old. It is my hope that this law will save other parents from having to endure the unthinkable tragedy of burying their baby.  One day, I will share Addison’s story with my son and daughter and I know they will be proud of Addison.

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8.  If you could share one piece of wisdom to all mothers, what would it be?

Slow down and enjoy all of life’s moments with your kids. They change so much every day and it is so important to make memories with them rather than always rushing through life. Your kids are only little once…everything else can wait.

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9.  What are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of my family. They are my everything and bring me so much happiness each day. I am blessed to have such an amazing husband and kids. Watching my son become the incredible boy that he is brings me so much joy and I’m so proud of him. He has such a huge heart and is an outstanding son and big brother. I am so proud that our family is so strong and loving and I know we can get through anything together.

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10.  What do you love most about your husband?

My husband and I have been together for 14 years and married for 10 years. I love his sense of humor and how he can brighten my day with his smile. He is a phenomenal husband and dad. Watching him interact with my son and daughter melts my heart and I fall in love with him more and more each day. He is my rock and my best friend and I am so blessed to have him as my husband.

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11.  What photos are you most grateful to have?

I am most grateful to have some amazing pictures from our last vacation with Addison. It is so great to have those moments in time captured forever of my then 4 year old son and 6 month old daughter. I look forward to taking more pictures of my kids as they grow and hope to start scrapbooking some day when life slows down a bit.

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12.  What do you wish you had more photos of?

I wish I had more family photos. It seems like the majority of the pictures that I have are pictures that I have taken so it would be nice to have more pictures of all of us together as a family.

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13.  What is the best piece of parenting advice that you have ever received?

Simply to just do the best that I can. There will be days when dishes are in the sink and the never-ending laundry pile is getting larger. Spending quality time with my kids is the most important priority of mine. At the end of the day, if my kids are healthy and happy, I have succeeded.

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14.  What is something that causes you fear or anxiety?

I worry that my kids will never know how much I love them.

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15.  What is your favorite quote or verse and what does it mean to you?

Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today. I love this saying because it really puts everything into perspective.

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16.  What do you feel is your most admirable trait?

I feel my most admirable trait is that I am a very loving person. I hope that is something that I pass down to my children as they grow up.

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17.  What would you like to change about yourself?

I would like to learn to relax more and not plan things so much. Life is so much more fun when I’m not constantly focused on what is next on my to-do list.

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18.  What is something about you that would surprise even the people who know you well?

That I’m very strong-willed. If there is an issue I feel strongly about I will put everything I have into it to make a difference. When it comes to my children, I will always be their biggest advocate.

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19.  What is the most important thing that you hope to leave your children with?

I hope they know that I will always be there for them and that they know that I loved them with my entire being. I hope they know they can do anything they set their minds to and that I will be there for them every step of the way. Most of all, I hope they realize that they are my most treasured blessings.

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20.  What is something that your children have taught you?

My children have taught me how precious time is.

And a few favorites, just for fun!

Favorite book?  The Notebook

Favorite meal?  Steak, grilled potatoes and corn on the cob

Favorite Holiday?  Christmas

Favorite color?  Pink

Favorite TV show?  Modern Family

Favorite household chore?  Laundry

Favorite song on the radio right now?  Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Favorite Disney Movie?  Wreck it Ralph.  I love watching that movie with my son.

Do you know a Bismarck | Mandan mom who you feel is incredibly inspiring? It can be anyone who inspires you in any extraordinary way, the only criteria is that they must be a mother and live in the Bismarck | Mandan area. Please send me a note telling me a bit about this mom and how they inspire you!  Email to:  EVERYDAYARTPHOTO@GMAIL.COM

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