April Milani

April Milani is a Fine Art photographer capturing beauty. Being able to convey emotion, a moment in time that can be preserved in the shot long after it risked being forgotten in our every-day lives.

In her work, we see pure art, powerful portraits, lots of emotion and something mysterious, dark, yet so beautiful. There is so much more than the common children’s photography.

April Milani is a military wife and homeschooling mother of two boys. They are stationed in Washington State. Her work as a photographer is integrated with everything else she does on a daily basis. There are no typical days in the Milani household.

It all started in April’s grandmother’s kitchen with her Polaroid camera. She made April really think about the shot before she took it. She would always tell her “you only get one shot, so make it count”.

Although April went to college for black and white film after high school, her journey wasn’t that straightforward, and as a young adult, photography and her went their separate ways. Being a mom caused our paths to cross again, and she began to fall back in love with taking pictures because it allowed her to see her kids through the lens which inspired her in a number of new and different ways. Like most everything else that touches her life, she is rarely satisfied just taking on hobbies and doing things ‘for fun’. she wanted to know the art-form inside and out. she can’t just learn the basics of something and move on – she believes in fully immersing myself. So after that spark was reignited, she studied and completed the photography course offered at New York Institute of Photography.

One day, after April was featured on the blog within Inspiring Monday , April wrote to them: “Thank you! This photo means the world to me. My son has uncontrolled epilepsy and Asperger’s. So when he has fun with the camera it makes my heart sing. I’m glad you like it too”. And this is how the story about an amazing boy and astonishing, touching photography begins… This is a story about usual-unusual childhood, strength, love, emotions and all the challenges in raising a child with Asperger’s syndrome and epilepsy. Certainly, this is a story about the power of photography

Photography is a way for April to connect – with herself, with her kids, and with those around her. She have never really been one for words – pictures are her preferred form of communication – but it is really an all-encompassing benefit. She uses her art as a personal therapy – a way to work through and process the stress and challenges that we face on a daily basis. It isn’t just for her, though. Chronicling this journey provides her with an opportunity to chart how far they have come as a family, and also allows her to really capture the vastly different moments as they experience them. April says there are no typical days in their household. Moods and challenges and breakthroughs happen to them as they hang on to a swinging pendulum. Sometimes it is through the combination of these unique challenges and her photographic vision that they are able to find the beauty in the midst of the challenges.

April is a part of the Mad Hatters, a group that focuses on storytelling through photography. With weekly subjects or themes that vary widely in both their content and the amount of direction they are given, she found  it was a fun and challenging group to be a part of. The idea for Monster came from a weekly challenge to create an image from a children’s book, but her son Jake, in the photograph, was part of creative process, too.

April does love both digital and film. With digital, her first choice is her Canon Mark III. Her 50mm and Lensbaby lenses are most reached for out of her camera bag. For film, she have almost 50 film cameras, so I wouldn’t pinpoint just one. she picks up whatever she’s in the mood for at that moment.

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