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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

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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.

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Capture the Perfect Spring Photos!

Start your Spring off right with these photo tips

With all the snow storms hitting Boston, it may not feel like it. But spring is just around the corner! March 20th marks the first official day and I couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get me wrong, I do love snow-filled photo shoots. But I’m completely ready for spring backdrops and warm weather to be here.

To get you excited for warmer weather, I am sharing 5 fun tips on how you can capture the perfect spring photos this year. Try one or all five –

  • Kids jumping in puddles. Splashing in puddles is not only fun for your little ones, but it makes for a great photo op! The look of pure joy on their faces will make the mess worth it! Imagine your little one running around in a rain jacket and umbrella. We can, of course, save these photos for last!
  • Babies in a field of flowers – Newborns, toddlers, teenagers and adults for that matter! One of my favorite parts of spring are the new blooms the warm weather brings. Flowers make a stunning backdrop and whether you’re sitting in a field or walking through, the candids are sure to be amazing.
  • Pop of color or accessories – Break out that favorite spring dress or colorful outfit. Yellows, bright blues, oranges and pinks will instantly put a smile on your face for your photo shoot. OR add a flower crown for a fun addition.
  • Picnic in the green grass – What better way to celebrate spring that in a field of lush green grass? It’s a simplistic, yet beautiful backdrop.
  • Balloons – Whether your backdrop is water, a brick wall or a field of flowers, colorful balloons always make for a cute prop! The color contrast is perfect if you plan on sending out printed cards!

PLUS, I am excited to announce that I am now booking spring mini-sessions  on May 5th that will benefit the Peirce Elementary School PTO! Reserve your preferred time 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.

 

 

 

 

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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