Bold & Pop : #GoingBold feature with Mira Whiting of Mira Whiting Photography
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold feature with Mira Whiting of Mira Whiting Photography
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold feature with Mira Whiting of Mira Whiting Photography

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I've always loved photography -- since I was about 12 (when I got into it for the somewhat ridiculous reason that my good friend's cool older cousin was -- but the bug really stuck). I like telling stories of who and WHY people are. I've always been drawn to portraiture, and trying to capture something essential about a person or family in a photo. I did my degree in college in history, another love of mine, but when I've sat down to think about it, the telling of people's stories is really the common thread. 

I always kept up my photography hobby, and when my middle child was about a year old, and I was home with him and his older brother, I noticed more and more people were asking me to take their photo for their holiday card, or a headshot for LinkedIn, and I realized that this could be a business that would help support my family that I was already passionate and knowledgeable about, and that could grow as my kids grew and became more independent, still allowing me to be there for the moments I wanted to be there for.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

 I frequently find that female clients -- whether they are teens or grown women, are often especially shy in front of the camera and have a lot of negative self-talk about how they look. My biggest achievement in this job is when I get to show them the back of the camera and they are surprised at how much they like how they look, and I can tell it boosts their confidence, whether they're going out for a job, embarking on a post high school adventure, starting dating again after a rough break-up, or figuring out who they are as a mom with a newly born baby, or just needed an update but were dreading having to show the world that time had marched on since the last time they'd been photographed professionally. As a one-woman company, it's also a huge confidence boost for me that I'm sending happy clients out into the world who will help spread the word about my business.

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold feature with Mira Whiting of Mira Whiting Photography
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold feature with Mira Whiting of Mira Whiting Photography

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the #GoingBold community?: 

Don't be afraid to re-evaluate if something isn't working for you and your business, even if it's something that is "supposed" to work. Last year I changed my business model from the much-vaunted in-person sales model to an all-inclusive digital model, and it has proven to be a much better fit for my own family's needs as well as for my clients, and as a result my business is doing much better than ever before. I was SO nervous about making a change because I had read so many other photographers who said that IPS was the One True Way, and I had drunk that kool-aid, but deep down I knew it wasn't working -- for me OR my clients, and I was so glad to be able to make the decision to try something else for a while to see if it worked any better -- it's one of the best parts of being your own boss!

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