The Milky Way


As photographers, we freeze moments in time that will stay in the hearts of families for generations.


What we do matters.


We want to create beautiful photos (...you know, like the ones that fill our Instagram feed). But sometimes the art we envision isn't quite what we see on the back of our camera.

Sound familiar? I hear you.

When I got into the world of newborn photography, there were a lot of tears (not the happy kind!) and I felt really alone (and frustrated).

Luckily - you don't have to try to figure it out on our own.


If we haven't met yet,

I'm Lisa

I created The Milky Way to offer the friendliest, most convenient online education for photographers like you, to help you quickly learn the skills you need to create the art you love and a business that truly lights you up.

I'm passionate about creating communities where new and experienced photographers can connect with one another in a positive, drama-free space.

I just want to remind you that if I can do it

so can you.

I started with absolutely ZERO knowledge about my camera, lighting, posing or editing.

But with patience, passion and some mentors who gave me a hand-up, my work has improved (and so has my confidence!)

I look forward to being a part of YOUR photography journey - to help you evolve and push your creative limits!

Some Random Facts About Me


I LOVE (and I do mean LOVE) cheesy rom-coms.


Hot yoga is my happy place (though I'm sad to say it's the first thing to go when I get busy).


I've photographed close to 1,200 newborns.

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Over 18,000 students have joined our classes and retreats (#grateful).

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So what's with the name

"Milky Way? "

Fair question..."The Milky Way" doesn't exactly seem like a likely name candidate for a photography school.

This space originally was created because my inbox was overflowing with DMs and PMs from photographers wanting to know how I used studio lighting, tips on newborn posing, how I did my edits, and I knew I couldn't keep up answering them one-by-one.

Since my photography business is called Milk & Honey Photography, the name “Milky Way” was just a fun play on words because I was sharing the 'milk and honey' way of doing things (Get it? Yeah...it's a groaner!)

I never imagined it would grow to include online Retreats with thousands of students and over a hundred different instructors...if I would have ever imagined, I likely would have come up with something else!  (perhaps we'll rebrand in the future!)

A Community for Everyone.

When all voices are heard and reflected, all feel welcome.

Read our Diversity + Inclusion statement here


Giving Back. Together.

Since 2012, we've collectively helped hundreds of children access education in their communities through our 'Take a Class. Give a Class' with our charity partners - Matoto + Village Impact.

Other organizations we support are Water.org, Virgin Unite, KIVA.org and our local food bank.


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It's hard to describe what she does. Stuff. Lots of stuff (except stay silent...she never does that!)

Random facts you don’t need to know: Erin is scared of the dark. As in, really, really scared of the dark. She also used to pick lemons in Australia. It wasn’t a long career. 2 days to be exact.



Digital Dynamo

Whether it's researching our YouTube episodes, crafting articles or doing any of the million other tasks we throw her way, this former-Milky Way student-turned digital dynamo shines her light!



Team Unicorn 

Corinne can be found producing our podcast, helping our amazing students access their retreats and downloads to trying to keep us on task (no small request!)  - and a thousand things we still haven't told her yet...shh!



Community Mentor

If you have a question in one of our Facebook groups, there’s a good chance Leah has answered it!  As a former student who blew us away with her dedication to helping other students, we were lucky to have Leah formally join our team as a Community Mentor.