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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:

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.

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.