Kathy McMillan Photography » Brisbane-based lifestyle and documentary animal photographer, specialising in capturing connections between precious creatures and their kind-hearted people.

Kathy McMillan Photography bio picture
  • Hello, my name is Kathy McMillan and I am a professional animal photographer based in Brisbane. My specialty is documenting connections between precious creatures and their kind-hearted people. I am an animal rights advocate and proudly vegan. Kindness is the guiding principle in everything that I do. x

Category Archives: Kind-hearted People

Bailey’s special home family session | Brisbane pet photographer

Beautiful Bailey is a 12 year old Alaskan Malamute, absolutely adored by his family, just as a loyal friend like him should be. His humans are foster carers as well, and I first met them when I visited to take some photos of a rescue kitty in theirRead more »

Bear and Angel, one very sweet kitty photo session | Brisbane animal photographer

Louise visited my stall at the Brisbane Vegan Markets before Christmas, and decided to purchase her best friend and flatmate Amy a session as her Christmas present. Bear is Amy’s ginger baby, and Louise wanted to surprise Amy with a gift thatRead more »

Holly and Leanne, some bonds are stronger than others | Brisbane Animal Photographer

Leanne received her session as a Christmas gift from her thoughtful children. They know just how much gorgeous Golden Retriever Holly means to Leanne, and what better gift than lasting memories? Leanne’s daughter Chrissy, who is also aRead more »

A special story for Valentines Day | Brisbane animal photographer

I have a lovely story to share with you for Valentines Day (I know it’s been and gone, but we’ll get to that!). It begins almost a year ago in April 2016, when I photographed  Dutch, a rescued Mastiff x Great Dane with his human MumRead more »

Jazzy and Abby fur-family session | Brisbane animal photographer

Dave’s partner Karly bought him a gift certificate as a birthday present, a very thoughtful gift but one tinged with sadness. Their beautiful dog Jazzy has been battling cancer for the past couple of years and sadly it has recently returned.Read more »

Photos deserve to be printed, just ask Zali and Jensen | Brisbane animal photographer

Pretty pooch Zali, and gorgeous kitty Jensen were the undisputed superstars of this family session. The focus was very much on capturing connections between these adored fur-kids and their human family Maree, Ethan and Lachie. When I first met thisRead more »

Case study: Why you need to photograph your companion animals… now | Brisbane animal photographer

I can still remember the phone call like it was yesterday, it’s hard to believe it was over a year ago. Mark called me as the winner of a Senior Pet Promotion run by Daisy Hill Veterinary Clinic, where his beloved German Shepherd Zara wasRead more »

Family session at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha | Brisbane family photographer

Last month I photographed this gorgeous family at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha, which is an absolutely perfect location for a family session. The session was a very thoughtful birthday gift for Mum/Grandmum Michaela. It made me so happy toRead more »

Rescued exhibition competition winner session – Odin and Jedda | Brisbane Animal Photographer

Whilst the Rescued exhibition was on display at Shutter & Brew back in April, I ran a competition for visitors who kindly took the time to complete the feedback form. The prize was a portrait session + gift print, and here are some photos fromRead more »

Mother’s Day session at Lake Samsonvale | Brisbane family photographer

This session was bought as a surprise by Alanna’s husband Lynden to celebrate her first Mother’s Day with their adorable son Charlie. Big brownie points for Lynden! Keeping it a secret was tough work, but Lynden managed toRead more »

Studio portrait session – get the boxing gloves out!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am now in my final week of my Diploma of Photoimaging, and during the two years of my course, I have been exposed to everything from domestic portraiture to editorial to commercial work. One of my finalRead more »

Lyra photo shoot… just for something entirely different!

I am now in my final week of my Diploma of Photoimaging, and after the past two years of study, it feels a little surreal! Throughout my course I have dipped my toe in every genre of photography, from domestic portraiture to editorial toRead more »

Baby and Doggy Photo Shoot / Brisbane Pet Photographer

Ichigo is an adorable eight year old Shih Tzu, and he is one of seven winners of a Senior Pets Promo run by a group of vet clinics I have the pleasure of working with. Ichi’s Mum Desley wanted photos taken with her six month old daughterRead more »

Real women, really beautiful part 2/ Brisbane Portrait Photographer

This post is a little late… but better late than ever! Another portrait shoot showing just how beautiful real women are, and how much fun it can be to take some time out to play dress up! Stunning Vicky is busy like all of us, but decided toRead more »

Ashley & Paige twins newborn session / Brisbane newborn photographer

Update 30 May 2016: That’s Life! magazine published an article featuring an image from Ashley and Paige’s shoot, you can read their touching story by clicking here. These little cherubs are Ashley and Paige, and my first ever sessionRead more »

Rachel and Shane are getting married / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

Rachel and Shane are getting married in China next month, however they wanted their wedding photos taken in Australia beforehand so they can share them at their reception. I like it! I treated it as a full wedding shoot, including all the beautifulRead more »

Charlie newborn session composite / Brisbane newborn photographer

I put together this little composite of Mr Charlie, just to show how expressive newborns can be! Isn’t he the cutest?! Kathy xRead more »

Precious Charlie newborn session / Brisbane newborn photographer

This little bundle of perfection is Charlie, and I was smitten from the moment I laid eyes on him. I was given the greatest compliment when Charlie’s parents saw the images, and his Mum said “…we love how you capturedRead more »

Real women, really beautiful part 1/ Brisbane Portrait Photographer

I have been gathering and making pretty items of clothing over the past couple of months with the aim of creating a dress up wardrobe for glamour style portrait shoots. I have been itching to experiment with adding texture to portraits too, so itRead more »

Styled wedding shoot, she ran off and married a country boy / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

The images below are the result of a collaboration with a team of amazing wedding vendors and talented models. We chose a country eco elopement theme, and a selection of images from this shoot were published by Eco Brides Magazine recently, whichRead more »

Johanna and Neil got married / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

Johanna and Neil got married on 15th August 2015 at Cedar Creek Lodges on beautiful Tamborine Mountain. There’s no better way to tell the story than with pictures. Kathy x  Read more »

Why I am offering FREE engagement sessions for two same-sex couples / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

If you are unaware of the support and momentum building around marriage equality in Australia, it’s time to pull your head out of the ground and shake the sand out of your ears! Particularly with the news over the weekend that equality has now beenRead more »

Baby Eva / Brisbane Baby Photographer

How cheeky is this little Miss? I chose Venman Bushland National Park for seven month old Eva’s shoot, envisaging a fallen Autumn leaves look. I remembered the carpet of brown leaves there when I last visited in October last year. Silly me! ItRead more »

Newborn session – little Nate steals my heart / Brisbane Newborn Photographer

Is there anything as perfect as a newborn? I am obsessed with using my macro lens to take close-ups of little fingers and toes, noses, ears and mouths. New babies are… I can’t think of a better word… delicious! And precious littleRead more »

Miss Layla tells me about her new baby brother / Brisbane Children Photographer

Last week I photographed newborn Nate and his big sister Layla. I will spread this story over two posts, since I actually did the shoot over two days! Day one started with three year old Miss Layla telling me that the best thing about having a newRead more »

Family session at Botanical Gardens Mount Coot-tha / Brisbane Family Photographer

Now that I am almost done with study for this semester, I can finally catch up on some blogging. Woo-hoo!  I have had a few shoots that I haven’t had time to talk about, so here we go! My good friend Jane wanted some family photos taken whilstRead more »

Fashion shoot on the Gold Coast / Brisbane portrait photographer

One of my subjects this trimester is Commercial Photography. You know… food, fashion, architecture, the stuff that appears in magazines. I can’t say I enjoyed my food assignment all that much, although I did enjoy eating the desserts IRead more »

Styled Wedding Photo Shoot #4 at Brisbane Powerhouse / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

When Chrissy put the call out on our student Facebook group that she wanted some photos taken in her wedding dress, of course I jumped at the chance. Then when she said she wanted to do it at one of my favourite locations to shoot, BrisbaneRead more »

Styled Wedding Photo Shoot #3 at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

What better day to do a styled wedding photo shoot than on Valentine’s Day? Love was certainly in the air at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. The sun was shining, birds were singing, people were smiling… cash registers at florists andRead more »

Styled Wedding Photo Shoot #2 at Brisbane Powerhouse / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

This is the second styled bridal shoot I have done in a bid to get myself wedding-ready pronto! You can see the images from my first shoot here. Thank you to the beautiful Steph for just doing your thing and looking stunning! The Brisbane PowerhouseRead more »

Styled Wedding Photo Shoot #1 at Boondall Wetlands / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

I am booked to photograph two weddings in August, and I haven’t actually shot a wedding yet! So a massive thank you to the two lovely couples who are taking a chance on me based on my portraiture work, and my promise to get wedding-ready quickRead more »

It’s all about the Light / Brisbane Portrait Photographer

Every time I exclaim to my husband, “Oh my goodness, look at the light!” he laughs at me. Not to make fun, but just because I get so excited and he knows my next comment will be a disappointed “Oh, now it’s gone”. Photography is quite literallyRead more »

Wedding-ish Self-Portrait Session / Brisbane Wedding Photographer

So, what’s an aspiring wedding photographer to do when it’s a weekday afternoon and she gets the urge to practice taking wedding-ish shots, but has no model? Go buy a bunch of flowers, doll up, and practice on herself, that’s what! Did I feel aRead more »

Sweet engagement shoot at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha / Brisbane Engagement & Wedding Photographer

Johanna and Neil are the sweetest couple. The way they look at each other, the jokes shared just with a look, I can’t wait to capture their wedding day in August! For their engagement shoot I had visions of lots of wide-angle shots taking in theRead more »

Newborn photography… preparation, patience, and poo! / Brisbane Newborn Photographer

I had my first newborn photo shoot this week with the scrumptious Baby J, and wow did I underestimate how much hard work they are (the shoot, not the baby… well, maybe both!). All the amazing photographers who earn a living from this genre, IRead more »

Never work with children or animals! / Brisbane Children Photographer

Never work with children or animals they say. After doing six children’s photo shoots in one weekend (am I completely mad?!) I cannot say I agree. Whilst there were challenges at times (impending tantrums, face-pulling, yawns) it was actually…Read more »