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Summer Family Photo Ideas


Spring is in full bloom and it feels like we’re jumping right into summer! Warm weather brings good moods all around, so bring on the outdoor photo sessions! Now is the best time to get the family together to capture unforgettable moments – Check out my 5 tips below for the best photo ops this summer!

  • Head on over to the beach – A must-take and at the top of the list! We’re lucky enough to live by the coast, but whether you go to the beach every week or are going for vacation, be sure to get a photo of your toes in the sand. Wake up the family early for an early morning  photo session (your probably up anyways).
  • Have a family picnic at a local park – I just hosted our spring mini sessions at the Arlington Reservoir and it was the perfect day. Summer days will be no different, so pack a picnic and take photos with family over lunch in the park. You can bring flowers and bubbles for the kids for a dynamic photo session.
  • Go out for ice cream – Cool off… As if you needed a reason to enjoy your favorite ice cream! Run, don’t walk to your local ice cream parlor for the ultimate summer photos. I l love getting shots of food at special events and think it’s fun to incorporate this into a summer day.
  • Take photos outside of your home – With the plush grass and flowering trees, it’s nice to take photos at your home; Sit on your front steps or play a game in the back yard. Not only will you have memorable family moments, it’s nice to look back at your house to see how it changes over the years and from season to season.
  • In the pool – Summer is for relaxation – Grab your favorite pair of shades and lay back with a good book. Take photo of your family lounging by the pool or an action shot of the kids jumping into the water because this session definitely screams summer.

No matter where you take photos or what you do, remember to just have fun!

I absolutely love photographing the everyday and special moments.  I specialize in family photography and would love to help you this upcoming season for a fun, family photo shoot. Feel free to reach out if you want to set up your summer session! – mira@mirawhitingphotography.com



Thanks for reading!
-Mira

Boy’s Spring Portraits | Arlington, MA

Boy’s Spring Portraits

With Spring being so  busy with client sessions, it can be a little hard to find time to update portraits of my own family.  My 7 year old, Jesse, had been asking for a little while if we could do a portrait session of just him.  See, he’d gotten a “Super Secret Spy Notebook” as part of a spy kit prize for selling popcorn for his cub scout den.  And while my husband was surprised by the choice, the little notebook has barely left his side for the past six months.

When Jesse told me he wanted me to take pictures of him as a spy, I quickly went to my town yardsale Facebook groups asking if anyone had any spy costume pieces we could borrow for an evening — while there was lots of enthusiasm from the other parents, sadly nothing quite materialized.  As it turned out, though, that was for the best.  When I explained to Jesse that I was waiting on a friend who thought she had some neat costume pieces for our shoot, he looked at me with this very clear “Mom, what planet are you from?” look and said he clearly should just be in his regular clothes since otherwise everyone would KNOW he was a spy, and that wouldn’t be very good for spying, now would it?

Gorgeous Lighting

When our Friday evening plans got cancelled, and the light driving home was gorgeous, I asked if he’d been willing to go for it now, and he said yes!  Now, like all the parents reading this, even though it’s my job to take photos of other people’s children, my own children always present a particular challenge — there’s just something about me being their mom that makes them not want to cooperate *ever* when I want to take their portraits, and none of my fail-safe tricks that always work with other children work on them.  So having Jesse’s buy-in was HUGE for this (and now that my four year old has seen these, he wants his own portrait session too — I’m super excited about this ripple effect!).  Here are a few of my favorites:

capture the season photography

Spring Mini-Session FAQ

My May 5th Spring Mini-Sessions are quickly coming up and I’m getting really excited.  Often times I get a lot of questions about the mini-sessions from parents and thought I would compile an Mini-Session FAQ for anyone that may have similar questions. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Who are mini-sessions for?
Mini Sessions are great for clients who are busy and don’t have a lot of time for a full photo session or just want a few updated photos for gifts or cards. If you find you’re always scrambling in the Fall to get pictures done for your holiday cards, this is a great way to get that to-do item off your plate early in the year. Mini-sessions can be a great fit for families, couples, or even individuals who just need an updated headshot. If you’d like to have more people at your mini-session (grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles) I recommend booking two slots back to back so we have a little more time to accommodate them.

What happens at a mini-session?
A mini-session is a little taste of my full sessions — We’ll do some posed shots, play some games, and get a chance to capture the love in your family.

Why are you fundraising for the Peirce Elementary School PTO?
Right now, budgeting is tight in our public schools, and the PTO works hard to support teachers and the students to make sure they have those little extras that help make school a better learning experience for everyone — from building a science to garden to building community that helps students feel safe, supported, and welcome at school, this is really vital work for our town to have happy healthy kids who grow into happy healthy adults!

What does my session fee cover?
Your session fee covers the photographer’s time for the session itself and editing your images. Your session fee includes three full-resolution digital downloads with a print release (so you can print anywhere you choose).  You have the option to purchase additional files and professional prints through my lab (those purchase will also help support the Peirce PTO!).

Can I pick my location?
All of these mini-sessions will take place by the beautiful Arlington Reservoir and walking path.

Why do you have such early timeslots and late timeslots?  It would be so much easier to do this at noon!
The images you see in my portfolio were shot at what photographers call “Golden Hour” — within two hours of sunrise or sunset, when the light is at its most flattering.  The light in the middle of the day has harsh shadows that are not as appealing.  With this particular location, there is some open shade a little later in the morning that allows for a bit more time of usable light.  Those early morning sessions are perfect for families with little ones who are up anyway, and are also great for families with older kids who may have sports or other activities later in the morning — you can support this fundraiser without messing up any of your other Saturday plans!

My spring sessions are on May 5th at the Peirce Elementary School.   I would love for you to be a part of them! Sign-up here.

5 Things I Love About Taking Photos

 From taking photos of my own family to other families, its a privilege and a passion that I will forever LOVE!!! With Valentine’s Day just on the horizon, I thought I would pair five things I love about taking photos with with recent photography work that I also love. Enjoy!

 

1. Documenting memories: The importance of photos will only grow as our lives go on. Looking back and being able to see beautiful photos of my kids at every age will forever be my favorite reason why I take photos – To forever preserve these precious moments in time.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Creating a moment: Often times I find myself caught up in the moment that comes with every photography session. Truely getting lost in the moment with my camera and my clients is what allows my best work to shine through.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Telling a story: Every photo we/I take tells a different story. Whether is be love, pain, happiness, empathy, fear, or pure joy, each photo has it’s own little story. How cool is that?!

4. Provoking emotions: Nothing brings me more joy than to watch my clients look through their photos. Looking at beautiful images of their family provokes heart-warming emotions that I will never get tired of watching.

5. Freedom & art:  Photography allows me the freedom to be my own artist.  Each day and at every photography session I am constantly working on perfecting my art. It’s something I love and feel so lucky to get to do for work.

 

 

 

 

Do you take photos? What do you love about it?

4 Reasons Why I Love Indoor Sessions

Why I Love Indoor Sessions

It’s that time of year where my focus shifts to more indoor photo portrait sessions. I’m glad it does! Although the great outdoors makes for beautiful backdrops, there’s something special about photographing families in their homes. I am happy to share with you my top 4 reasons why I love indoor sessions.

  • Comfortable setting. Kids (and adults) tend to act more at ease and relaxed in front of a camera when they’re in their own home. This safe space makes for the most personal sessions.  I especially love it when kids share their favorite books with me or the whole family gets involved in an activity. (Playing a game, building with blocks, cooking, etc)
  • Sessions are unaffected by weather. If there’s one thing we cannot control in life, it’s the weather! Although snowy backdrops are some of my favorites, uncontrollable wind or rain can put a damper on a session. So, with indoor portraits, we eliminate this stress completely. We can spend more energy on capturing great photos.
  • Personalized backdrops. Featuring your home or favorite room in your photos can add a nice touch to any photo session. It freezes a moment in a space that you spend time in every day. Looking back on the photos, this backdrop could be the house your child grew up in or a way to remember the first home you lived in as a family.
  • A variety of backdrops all in one place. If you can’t decide on one backdrop, indoor sessions are for you! Without having to travel far, you can change up backdrops by taking portraits in your favorite room. Perhaps your newborn baby’s room, or in front of a colorful rug.
Reach Out

Here’s a peek at some indoor portraits below! I hope you enjoy and feel free to reach out. If you would like to learn more about booking indoor photo sessions.

Why I Started A Photography Business

Small Business Saturday is right around the corner and it got me thinking about when I made the leap three years ago (November 2014) to start my own business. I often get asked why,  when,  and how did I get my start in photography.  It’s been an amazing three years and today I wanted to share more of my story and wisdom with you.   Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Why I got my start: I’ve always loved portrait photography since I was a young teenager.  Several years ago, I found I was being asked by more and more friends to take their holiday card photos, and I started looking into what would be involved in starting a portrait photography business.  One of the reasons I majored in history in college was that I loved learning about people’s stories, and helping to re-tell them, and this seemed like a fantastic way I could do that in a different medium.
  • Why I love it: My favorite part of having my own portrait photography business is that it’s never boring — there is always something new, and each client I work with brings a little of themselves to their portrait session, so even when I’m doing lots of the same type of portrait work it’s always a little different each time.
  • The biggest reward for being my own boss: I can pursue something I’m passionate about and truly chart my own course while still helping to support my family.
  • My advice for future business owners: Research, Research, Research!!  Do your homework and figure out what direction you want to go in, and it will be much easier to get there.

Here I am back in high school when my passion for portrait photography began! Thanks for letting me share my story with you.  It really makes me proud to be a small business owner.
~ Mira

Getting a Head Start on Holiday Cards

 

I know, we all think we have so much time to prep for holiday season until suddenly Thanksgiving shows up out of nowhere! GET AHEAD of this busy season so that you can actually enjoy your time off with family and friends.

If creating a holiday card is on your to-do list this year, I recommend scheduling your photo session during the fall. The foliage is perfect and the cold weather isn’t quite here yet, so an outdoor photo shoot is actually enjoyable! Not to mention, it’s great to get this done before it gets too dark out after work.

 

Once you your photo session is complete, there are endless options for creating print work. You can get your professional photos printed on blankets, canvases, calendars and more! This time of year, the most popular request I get is for fall photo shoots, so that families can use these photos for their holiday cards! Read my 3 tips below on how to design a holiday card people will love –

  • Coordinate your outfits – You don’t have to match exactly, but if your family comes dressed in cohesive fall colors, your photos will look even better when printed!
  • Make it simple yet eye catching – Don’t over clutter your card with a collage of 10 photos. Clean and simple doesn’t necessarily mean boring, but choose 1-3 of your favorite photos to highlight, will make your card stand out.
  • Use quality materials to print – If you’re investing in a professional photographer to take your photo, it’s worth it to use quality paper to print your card on. There are also ways to spruce up the overall look with foil stamping or embossing.

 

Need help designing and printing your cards? Check out my 5 go-to sites for printing holiday cards –

Check them out and see which one seems like the best fit for you! A lot of these websites will send the holiday cards directly to your address list, so you can save time by stuffing envelopes.

Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out if you would like to get a head start on holiday cards by booking your fall photo shoot – mira@mirawhitingphotography.com

 

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First Year Package – Calvin

Today I’m sharing a glimpse into my First Year Baby Photography Package with baby Calvin.  As I photographer I love getting the chance to build a strong relationship with families and babies, and this package allows just that. So when Mom, Leah, signed up for the First Year Photography Plan I was excited to get the chance to watch Calvin grow… and grow he did!  From his first newborn session (look at those tiny fingers) to eating squash at 6-months to walking at his one year shoot, it has been an absolute joy to capture his first year!

Being able to capture not one but many big milestones through photographs in the first year is priceless.  Calvin’s mom Leah shares her experience and why she is a huge fan of the One Year Baby Photography Package…

Q & A with Calvin’s Mom Leah

1. Why did you feel it was important to capture Calvin’s first year of life through professional photos? I had heard from other moms that the first year goes by so quickly and that you get to used to what your child looks like at their current age that it’s hard to remember them being small. We thought it would be a great memory to look back on to see how he grew and changed in that first year when they are growing and changing so much. I also feel like the first year feels like a long time and you don’t notice the incremental changes along the way until all of a sudden your baby looks like a little kid, and I wanted to be able to remember how he looked over the first year. We take photos on our own, too, but having a series of intervals set for us was helpful in making sure we had really nice quality photos of Calvin that captured his progress.

2. What do you love most about the photos? I love how Mira captured Calvin’s personality at each age. I can get a sense of what he was like as a person, not just what he looked like, from the photos. I also just love having family portraits at each stage – it’s neat to see how we all changed together as a family. She did a good job of situating us so that there was a nice background to the images as well.

3. What have you done/or plan to do with all the photos so far? So far I’ve just stared at them on my computer, haha. But I’m planning to either make a printed album, or to hang up a series of one image from each photo shoot framed up together. Likely both, when I get around to it.

4. What did you like most about working with Mira? I really liked how Mira was able to find poses for Calvin that didn’t look posed, that seemed to capture him in action. He’s a very active baby, always on the move, but she was able to capture nice moments of him both in action as he moved around and the rare moments when he sat still to look at a book. Mira was also very professional and gave us good direction during the family portraits of how to hold our heads and how to sit so that the images were nicely composed.

5. Would you recommend the year package to any expecting or new moms? I would definitely recommend the first year package to new moms! Even though it can feel like it moves at a snail’s pace when you’re in the thick of it, it goes by so quickly and you forget so fast what they were like when they were tiny. It’s really meaningful to me to be able to look back at really beautiful pictures of Calvin and to see what he was like as a little guy. I know I’ll cherish these photos for years to come.

 

Preview all the photos below –

Such a cutie, right?!  If you’re thinking about a One Year Photo Package please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. You can also click here to learn more about the One Year Photography Packages. Our goal is to capture the baby around 4 months, 8 months, and 12 months.. I find this is when major milestones often to occur, but the timing is flexible and can be tailored to your family’s needs.  Booking the photography package results in a $500 savings.  Learn more about my pricing here.

Thanks for reading & viewing!

Mira with Mira Whiting Photography

 

 

Local Resources for Parents

Are you ready for the baby, everyone asks as you near your due date.  How the heck would you even know?  I know I certainly didn’t — with any of my three kids (some things you’re more ready for after the first time, but then there are always new things that come up!) That being said, I know there were a lot of community resources that were a huge help to me when I realized just how not ready I was, and helped me meet the challenges in front of me, whether that was night wakings, navigating the city with a child and without a car, breastfeeding help, and more.  At the newborn portrait sessions I shoot, I often end up talking to the new parents about how they’re doing, and finding that they might find one of these resources helpful, so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list for those clients and others to have at their fingertips.   Do you have something to add?  Let me know!  I’m always happy to grow this list!

 

Drop-In Groups

Tricks & Skills for Making Life Easier

Second Hand Stores

Prenatal & Mom/baby Focused Fitness

Library Story Times/Events

I hope you find these helpful!  We welcome any additions you may have.

– Thanks for reading!  Mira with MiraWhitingPhotography.com

 

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Maternity Leave

July-31

As those of you who subscribe to my monthly newsletter are aware, I will be taking a maternity leave from August 15 – October 1 to care for my third baby, due in late August.   I am excited to get to start shooting again in my very favorite season, Fall!

Please send me a message  if you’d like to put a session for your family or business on my calendar after my leave — now is a perfect time to book a Fall session!  Please be patient if you send a message while I’m on leave — it may take me a little longer than usual to respond.

I’m very much looking forward to hitting the ground running in October when I’m back, and have some exciting events planned — stay tuned for more information!

{Tripod Tuesday} Practicing What I Preach

I spend my working life helping other families understand the value of the printed image for their children, and those children’s children.  And I particularly spend a fair amount of time convincing reluctant parents, moms often in particular, to get in front of the camera either on their own or with their children.  I explain that these images will be treasured by those children.  I usually manage to convince them 🙂

You know what I’m not so great about?  Getting in front of the camera myself.  I have lots of gorgeous, funny, poignant, name-your-adjective images of my own children.  I have lots of pictures of them with my husband, their dad, and with their grandparents and other important people in their lives.  I make a point of it!  And I always get them printed, just like I encourage my clients to do.   But there are hardly any pictures of me, their mother, with them.  I think I could count on one hand the number that have been taken in the last year.

I’m currently expecting my third child, due in August, and I will say that in many ways, much as we are excited about this new baby coming into our lives, it can be a lot harder than it was when I was pregnant with the others to take the time and really focus on this baby, this pregnancy.

Sunday I had a maternity mini-session, and I decided that I would bring along my tripod in case there was still a little light left after I was all done with taking the clients’ images.  The light was fading quickly, but there was just enough to get this self-portrait — a moment in time where I am focusing on the baby, and my hopes and dreams for him.  Some time just for the two of us.

This image will be printed, and it will be something I treasure, and I hope he (and maybe his children) will treasure.  And I’m so glad I took the time to get in front of the camera for once — that was my Mothers’ Day gift to myself.

April-20

Snow! | Mira Whiting Photography | Arlington, MA

I feel like half the time I’m blogging about something that isn’t a session with a client, it’s snow.  Well, it’s winter, right?  And snow is just about my favorite weather.

Today’s snow was *not* my very favorite kind, but I hear we’re getting a large amount of that on Tuesday.  And today’s heavy wet snow was excellent for playing in and building snowmen.

Our street is not a high priority one for the town to plow, so my husband built a snowman with a bunch of the snow from the street, and the snowman was a little taller than he is (he’s over six feet tall).  One of the neighbor kids named the snowman Albert (we held a naming contest — first person to suggest a name won 😀 ).

Jacob happened to be napping this morning, so it was so nice to get some time to spend with Jesse doing big kid things.  And towards the end of the morning, all the neighbors were out shoveling and playing too, which is always so much fun.