A Very Mills Christmas Card by Michael Durr

Since 2010 I have been photographing my good friend’s Christmas card. Every year we don’t think we can top the previous year and every year we tend to set a new bar. It has become an extremely fun holiday tradition and it has reached the point where I send their card to my family. Not only is it fun to send these out, but it is equally as fun discussing ideas throughout the year and of course the shoot day is a blast. (Sometimes) Take a look through the holiday card archive and let us know which one is your favorite.




Merry Christmas!

Love, Matt and Gina Mills

and the Durr’s

Christine Marie Braniff by Michael Durr

Christine Marie (Dodero) Braniff passed away after an 8 year battle with ovarian cancer on January 17, 2018 at the age of 60 years, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on December 24, 1957 in Chicago, IL, to Dr. Frank and Anna Dodero. On March 20, 1982, she married James T. Braniff, Jr.; together, they have two children. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jim; son, Jimmy (Shannon), and daughter, Brianna (Brett) Volini; two grandchildren, Bode and Brayden. She is fondly remembered by her brother, Frank (Doreen) Dodero; and by her sisters, Fran (Tony) Aquila, Sandy (Buck) Remi, and Roberta (Joe) Romano. Christine contributed her artistic abilities as a Graphic Designer to Hoffman Estates Park District, Willow Creek Community Church and Awana Clubs International. Christine enjoyed relationships with God, family, and friends. Her interests included drawing, painting, sketching, design, photography, and dance. Anyone who knew her was inspired by her compassion, generosity and faith. A Celebration of Christine's life was held between 2pm-6pm, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Awana Clubs International Headquarters, 1 E. Bode Road, Streamwood, IL. 60107. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made at National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Read Chris's story at

Tributes to Christine from her daughter Brianna, son Jimmy and husband James

A Child? by Michael Durr

I am more then excited about the birth of our son Logan James Durr. He has been so much fun already and his mother and I are looking forward to the many adventures ahead. 

Now, someone get me the Ghostbusters!

He's short, his belly button sticks out too far and he's a terrible burden on his poor mother.

Logan James Durr
9-9-2017 5:49pm
10lbs 5oz

North of Eight – LIVE at the Taste of Westmont by Michael Durr

North of Eight doing there thing at the Taste of Westmont.

7th Heaven – LIVE at the Taste of Westmont by Michael Durr

7th Heaven put on amazing show at this year's Taste of Westmont.