We had SUNSHINE for these city maternity portraits in Cambridge, MA this past week. After all the cold and rain, it was such a delight. And we had gorgeous light — worth getting up at the crack of dawn for. Luckily, these two are teachers, so are used to early mornings anyway. We enjoyed a jaunt around the neighborhood and into Davis Square — even stopping outside Erika & Natty’s previous home for a quick shot there. I am so excited to get to meet their little one soon, but I do love being able to capture them as they are now, before their family grows by one. Here are some of my favorites from Erika & Natty’s city maternity portraits session:
Several months ago, I was approached by the web developer who is working with the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition on developing their new website. They needed breastfeeding portraits to use in their new design. Perhaps I could find 2-3 moms willing to model for this project? As a breastfeeding mom myself, and former volunteer breastfeeding counselor with Nursing Mothers’ Council, I was SO excited to work with Mass. Breastfeeding Coalition on this project! I knew they were on a tight deadline (they are hoping to launch the new site on Mothers’ Day), so I quickly sent a model call out into the world and was OVERWHELMED with the response.
Within 24 hours, more than 70 mothers had applied. Sifting through was quite a task, but I was so excited to be able to showcase the diversity of breastfeeding experiences in our lovely commonwealth. I was sorry I couldn’t photograph everyone who applied, but so pleased to be able showcase racial and ethnic diversity, different ages of nurslings from 7 days old all the way up to a few three year olds, and every age in between. One mom was excited to be able to help show that plus-sized moms can breastfeed, another excited to showcase her prosthetic leg is no barrier to breastfeeding her toddler. We were able to include a family with two moms, and a mom with twins. We photographed breastfeeding dyads in a cafe, at home, in a park, waiting for the T, and in a library, a pregnant mom who breastfed her older two and is looking forward to breastfeeding her new little one, and were able to showcase a pumping mom as well.
Here are some of my favorites — more than 65, and it was SO hard to narrow it down this much. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed working on this project!
I last got to photograph these folks when their daughter was a newborn, and it was so nice to get to photograph them again. This time was for home maternity portraits in their lovely home, with their charming toddler! I am so excited to meet their new little one in a few weeks for his newborn session, and it was so exciting to see Charlotte be so excited to be a big sister.
One of the nicest things about maternity portraits is that they capture a very fleeting moment — not just pregnancy which, of course, last for a limited time, but also their time as a family of three before they become a family of four.
What a stunningly gorgeous evening we had for these maternity portraits. When I started talking to Laura & Scott about what they envisioned for their maternity portraits — these last portraits of them as a family of two before they become a family of three — I mentioned there were some gorgeous cherry blossoms in a spot they may not have thought of for portraits (a glorified median in a large traffic circle (not really quite a rotary, even). When we first started talking about this, the late Spring snow was still on everyone’s minds, most trees had just barely leafed out, and these cherry trees were even further behind the times than their other local counterparts, but I had confidence that they would bloom. I kept an eye on the location, driving by several times a day sometimes, and I watched as the trees went from completely bare branches to the tiny hint of reddish buds, to LOTS of buds, to all of a sudden full blooms in about 72 hours (we *did* have some unusual weather with lots of rain and then a couple of 85 degree days, which I’m sure helped!).
We had a fantastic time and I felt so lucky to be able to capture this precious time for them as they wait for their baby’s arrival (and I can’t wait to meet their baby when he or she makes an appearance later this summer!). Best of all for me was this message I got from Laura after I posted their sneak peek:
Hi Mira, Thanks so much and can’t wait to see the gallery! Scott and I had a great time and that says a lot coming from him because he REALLY dislikes having his picture taken 🙂 Best, Laura
When you’re about to become a parent for the first time, you hear all the time from people about how you’ll never get to sleep in again (it’s not true, but can definitely feel like it sometimes!). So it can be especially hard to get motivated to get up at the crack of dawn for maternity portraits. With A & I the other day though, it was especially worth it for astoundingly good early morning light, and we were even rewarded with some gorgeous fog, and A came prepared with a beautiful hand-made mug for her tea! It was so nice to get to see these two in the last few days before they became a family of three. Here are some of my favorites from their session:
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!
- JF&CS New Moms’ Groups
- Diaper Lab New Moms’ Group & classes
- MAMAH Postpartum Group (see info on left of the page)
Tricks & Skills for Making Life Easier
- Babywearing International of Greater Boston
- Breastfeeding Help: The following groops are open to all mothers regardless of where they delivered
Second Hand Stores
- The Little Fox, Arlington, MA
- Liena’s, Winchester, MA
- Growing Up, Belmont, MA
- Apple of My Eye, Melrose, MA
- Savers, Wilmington, MA
Prenatal & Mom/baby Focused Fitness
- Lexington Power Yoga, Lexington, MA
- Fit4Mom, Wakefield, MA
- First class is free!
- The Energy Barre – Stoneham, Beverly, Medford and North Reading
- They also have childcare at select locations
Library Story Times/Events
- Robbins Library | Fox Branch, Arlington, MA
- Belmont Public Library, Belmont, MA
- Winchester Public Library, Winchester, MA
- Woburn Public Libary, Woburn, MA
- Lexington Cary Library, Lexington, MA
- Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA
I hope you find these helpful! We welcome any additions you may have.
– Thanks for reading! Mira with MiraWhitingPhotography.com
Gorgeous mom-to-be and her feisty middle guy capturing this moment for them in their Maternity and Big Sibling Portraits
What an incredibly gorgeous morning with this stunningly beautiful mama who is due any day now with baby #3. We went to the Arlington Reservoir, because mom was on strict instructions to not walk very far. And we had lots of good options for backgrounds right near the parking lot. This mom hadn’t been sure she was going to make it to the maternity session. Her little boy was so eager to make his appearance, but she did after dropping her oldest at kindergarten. Her middle child came with her, and he was so sweet and excited to be a big brother — when I asked “Who’s going to be a big brother?” he got the best smile on his face and raised his hand as high as he could. Here are a few of my favorites from our time together, and I can’t wait to meet this little guy soon!
A sneak peak of a lovely in-home maternity portrait session
What a treat to photograph Jess and her two older children as she gets ready to welcome babies #3 and #4 into their family this spring. Here’s a little peek, and I can’t wait to show more soon:
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!
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.
What a gorgeous evening to be enjoying the great outdoors! I had a fantastic time with Mike & Rebecca at Great Brook Dairy Farm this evening. This gorgeous state park is a place this couple already loves to go for ice cream and to visit the animals, and I’m sure it will be a favorite spot for their child as well.
We had lovely golden hour light, and I can’t wait to show them the rest of their images! Even more, I can’t wait to meet their little one in June!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Kat, who is 35 weeks pregnant with her third child. She has a wonderful daughter and a son, and a great husband, but this session was all about celebrating her, and how gorgeous she is.
One of the tricky things with a late-March due date and wanting to do outdoor maternity portraits is, of course, the weather. When we first started talking about Kat’s session, I had thought maybe there would be snow on the ground, which could be all sorts of fun to work with, and definitely lead the session in a particular way. As this “winter” (in quotes because it’s been so crazy mild!) has gone on, though, I started to think maybe we could have a nice outdoor session without all the heavy coats and breaks to warm up. Sure enough, as the date for the session approached, I was keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, and it was consistently predicting 45 degrees and sunny — perfect, I thought! I am a hardy New Englander, Kat is originally from Colorado, and no stranger to cold weather, so this should be a great early spring session! Even as I was getting ready to leave my house, 10 minutes away from our location, the forecast was reading the same. When I got in my car, however, the thermometer read 35 degrees. Uh oh, I thought. Maybe I was just parked in the shade? There were a lot of open spaces where we were going, so I held out hope it would be a little warmer. No such luck — as I pulled into the parking lot, the thermometer on my car read 33 degrees. Wrong direction! Oh well, I figured we’d make the best of it — find warmer spots, take lots of breaks and warm up in the car if necessary, whatever it takes, right?
I was pretty early so I’d have time to scout out the location, since this one was new to me. Since I wasn’t going to be IN the images, I bundled up, figuring I had almost an hour before Kat even arrived, so there was no use in getting cold yet, and off I went to explore. I scouted out about 5 different options for where we could set up, all within about 20 minutes, but still, I was absolutely freezing by the time I got back to my car (which luckily had been baking in the sun, so was plenty warm!). I was starting to get a little worried.
Before the session, Kat had proposed several clothing options — I helped her select what I thought would both be most flattering and most comfortable. The dress we decided on was gorgeous on her — a perfect green to complement her eyes, with just enough embroidery detail to add some interest without being distracting. The downside? It had short sleeves. Luckily, she had a lovely brown sweater and high brown boots which would help pull in the browns of the environment we would be in (who are we kidding — even “early spring” in New England is definitely still pretty brown!). I had to hope it would be enough to keep Kat warm through the session.
As we went along the session, I tried to keep us moving as much as possible — instead of flowing evenly from one pose to another, there was a lot of back and forth so Kat wouldn’t get too cold staying in one spot the whole time. We also moved around the space a lot — starting in one spot, heading across the parking lot and up a hill, heading back down the hill and across a field, and then heading all the way to the far corner of the area — Kat even climbed up onto a fence at one point! She was amazing! I kept checking in to see if she was getting cold and wanted a break, but she wanted to keep going, so we did. The light was phenomenal, and Kat was a real natural at posing, despite her protestations otherwise. Here is a quick sneak peek, and I can’t wait to show Kat and her family the rest of the images soon!
What a beautiful, bright, sunny morning we had today at Robbins Farm Park, with the Boston skyline visible, if hazy, in the distance. And what fun I had capturing this family of four shortly before they become a family of five. The playground held a powerful sway over the younger half, but they were amazingly cooperative with the promise of getting to play while we finished up with their parents. Even the chilly weather this morning didn’t phase this family. I can’t wait to meet their new little one when she arrives and get to show them the rest of their images from this session, but for now, here’s a little taste: