whitney mara photography: Blog http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog en-us whitney mara (C) 2016 info@whitneymaraphotography.com (whitney mara photography) Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:58:00 GMT Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:58:00 GMT http://whitneymaraphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u724118263-o635831447-50.jpg whitney mara photography: Blog http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog 80 120 We Are So Much More . . . http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2015/2/we-are-so-much-more I have written and rewritten this post a million times now. Because the truth of the matter is, there are no words! There are no words to articulate what I am feeling right now! There are no words to express emotions that I cannot explain. But I will do my best, here we go . . .

Last year, my dear friend Erica told me she had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. After spending that night crying for her and feeling completely and utterly helpless, I realized there was something I could do! I could give her the memories of love and happiness that is her family, through photos!

We did Erica's shoot on the beach last summer and it was an eye opening experience for me. It was during a simple sunset photo shoot, one I had done so many times before, that I realized this was not just another shoot. As I sat there watching the love of Erica and her family play-out in front of me through my lens, I realized that this was probably the first time in months that Erica and her family were so carefree. Running and playing together. It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to bring that feeling to other families facing the same difficult times. In those moments I was showing Erica that she was NOT her cancer. She is a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a WARRIOR!




 

I didn't know where to start. In October of 2014 my husband, father and I accompanied Erica, her family and friends to support her at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Light the Night Walk in Nassau County. What an incredible, inspiring evening that was! Then, in January 2015, we all attended LLS's Light the Night Awards Ceremony. I sat and listened to so many family's stories. Some with happy endings, some with not so happy endings, but one more inspirational than the next.

After the ceremony wrapped I knew I had to speak with the Executive Director for the LLS. We exchanged business cards and talked in emails about my ideas and plans. I started working closely with one of the Campaign Managers of LLS and it was all coming together seamlessly.

Let me say, that what the people over at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society do everyday is beyond exceptional. It is amazing. They, are amazing! I cannot thank the LLS enough for helping me to make this happen and for their continued support with this project! 

With Erica being my cheerleader throughout this process, we collaborated on the project name and logo. I am so beyond humbled and thrilled to announce to you, officially:

We have already identified two little warriors and their families to be the first photo session families and I cannot wait to meet them and get to tell their stories through photographs!

I kicked off 2015 with wmp|UNSCRIPTED. Stating that "Life is unscripted, shouldn't your photos be?!" This is one of the most incredible, honest ways to embody that statement!

Be sure to follow me and these families on this amazing journey! I promise it will be inspiring, touching and feel good!

XOXO
-Whitney 

 

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Kara & Joe | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/10/kara-joe-whitney-mara-photography-llc  

Rain or shine, nothing was getting in the way of these two beautiful people becoming one!

Congratulations again Kara and Joe! Here's to many years of health and happiness! 

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The Sternberg Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/9/the-sternberg-family-whitney-mara-photography Life so often, too often, gets in the way. It's one of the reasons I'm thankful for Social Media outlets such as Facebook. It's allowed me to connect with old friends. Like Erica! We spent many days together in High School on our Varsity Gymnastics Team. Practices held memories like crappy equipment, orange and blue leotards, leap frog and lots of laughs. But like any good life provides, we lost touch after High School and then reconnected on Facebook a few years ago. We've congratulated each other on our marriages and then the birth of our children. We've run in to each other while shopping for diapers (a true testament to what our lives had become) and shared conversations via messaging to catch up as best we could. Erica was a friend. Always has been.

So when she told me she had recently been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma, I did what any normal friend would do. I cried. I cried because it didn't matter that I hadn't hung out with her in years. It mattered that my friend, someone I care about, was given a diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. I said to her the words she had probably heard from so many others "Let me know if there's any I can do for you". But what could I do?! I wasn't a doctor, I couldn't cure her. I wasn't g-d, I couldn't make this go away or be just a bad dream she could wake up from. But I realized that I was something! I was a photographer! I could give her entire family something. I could give them immortality, happiness and memories of love through photos.

I could give Erica the memories and proof that she was NOT her cancer. That she was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and a beautiful friend and person! I presented the idea to Erica and she loved it! A couple of weeks later we met on the beach in what some might say was the perfect weather and setting anyone could ask for. But what was even more perfect, I was getting the honor of photographing the most beautiful loving family. These photos were not posed or planned out. I asked them to be a family. To do what they do best every day, to love each other. I think you'll agree, they did, they do!

Thank you Erica & Jared for allowing me to give even this small piece of happiness to you. Thank you for allowing me to experience the love of your family. And thank you, for being friends! Erica, Just as the sun was shining for us at your shoot, so shall it for you! You are a worrier, an inspiration and one of the strongest people I know! I love you!

 On Sunday October 18th I will walk with Erica, her family and her friends in the Light the Night Walk to support the fight against cancer! Please consider supporting us in this walk and Erica in her fight against cancer by donating to the Light the Night Walk (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) at the link below! THANK YOU!

Light The Night Walk - DONATE

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And the I Win, YOU Win Winner Is . . . | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/and-the-i-win-you-win-winner-is-whitney-mara-photography I am SO beyond excited to announce the I Win, YOU Win ~ Petite Portrait Session Giveaway winner!

Thank you all SO much for participating and be sure to check back

as I will be hosting more giveaways throughout the year!

Without further adieu . . . The winner is . . . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I emailed Diane this morning and she's already reached out to me regarding her session!

 

I can't wait to work with you Diane and to share your amazing story! 

XOXO

Whitney

 

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Yoga with LH {Laura Hubschman} | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/yoga-with-lh-laura-hubschman-whitney-mara-photography Laura got me started with my own Yoga practice and you can see from the photos WHY I was so tempted by it. She is an inspiration and a amazing force of nature!! Which is exactly why I thought of THIS location to be the perfect one for her session! Thank you Laura for your inspiring ways and spirit . . . The divine in me, honors the divine in you! 

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The Errico Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/the-errico-family-whitney-mara-photography The love that radiates from this family is completely and utterly INFECTIOUS!! I was honored that they let ME capture these images for them! They were such a beautiful and inspiring family to work with! 

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I Win . . . YOU Win | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/i-win-you-win-whitney-mara-photography

 

"The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is proud to announce Whitney Schloss of Bayside, New York as a 2014 International Image Competition winner. Schloss competed against thousands of image entries and claimed the first place spot in the Maternity category, with her piece “He’s Almost Here”. Designed to recognize the world’s most successful child photographers, the NAPCP Image Competition called for images across a range of category subjects including Maternity, Newborn, Babies, Children, Siblings, Toddlers, Tweens, Seniors and Family. Image submissions were carefully judged by a blue-ribbon panel of experts based on impact, technical merit, composition and creativity."

 

That was the message I received back in April! It has been surreal ever since! I just received my matted image with the Winners Gold Badge affixed to it and it's already framed and hanging on my wall in my office. Every day that I look at it I think "I would not, could not be here without YOU!" My amazing clients. You allow me to capture your families memories and special moments! You allow me to cuddle your babies, play with your children and love your families! And I DO! So firstly, THANK YOU! Thank you for letting ME be the one to tell your families stories through photography! But thanking you, just didn't seem like enough. So what better way to thank you, then to do an AWESOME giveaway!! 

 

The Prize is as follows:

The Petite Portrait Session ~ A Mini Session filled with all the fun and excitement of a full session for a little less. A 30-minute [in home or on location] session that includes
8 high res images and an online proof gallery.
(Valued at $499)


Terms & Conditions:
MUST live in one of the following areas to participate and win (New York Five Boroughs or Staten Island - Eastern or Central New Jersey)
You may participate if you are willing to travel to one of these areas for the session as well.  
Cannot be used for newborn sessions
Cannot be combine with any other offers
Value cannot be applied towards another package
Must be booked within 6 months of winning - based on availability

 

The rules are simple. Use the Rafflecopter submission below and do the three steps. You must like Whitney Mara Photography on Facebook, Share the post on Facebook (as a public post so I can see it to confirm your entry) and comment on this blog post with why you would LOVE to win a photo shoot with me! The winner will be announced by the end of the day on Monday July 28st. Good luck to everyone and again, THANK YOU!! <3

XOXO

~ Whitney ~

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Harris Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/the-harris-family-whitney-mara-photography The Harris Family was BEYOND fun to work with! These spunky, beautiful little girls were FULL of life and an incredible reminder to not take life for granted! Thank you to mom and dad for allowing me to capture these awesome memories for them! 

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info@whitneymaraphotography.com (whitney mara photography) Award Winning Photographer Family Photographer Lifestyle Lifestyle Photographer Long Island Photographer New York Photographer Photography Whitney Mara Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/the-harris-family-whitney-mara-photography Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:51:38 GMT
The Maiman Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/the-maiman-family-whitney-mara-photography The Maiman family was SO much fun to work with! These boys are amazing and SO handsome! Here's a sneak peek from their awesome session! 

 

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Elizabeth ~ Senior Style Session | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/7/elizabeth-senior-style-session-whitney-mara-photography Elizabeth is clearly gorgeous. But not just because of what you see in-front of you. Her heart and soul poured out of her from the moment we met! Loved working with this beautiful, inspirational young lady! 


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Baby A is Three Months | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/6/baby-a-is-three-months-whitney-mara-photography I could just munch on his cheeks all day long!!! So in love with this adorable little man. He totally stole my heart! 

 

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info@whitneymaraphotography.com (whitney mara photography) Lifestyle Newborn Newborn Lifestyle Newborn Lifestyle Photography Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/6/baby-a-is-three-months-whitney-mara-photography Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:11:06 GMT
Welcome to the World Baby K | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/welcome-to-the-world-baby-k-whitney-mara-photography Check out handsome Baby K!! He slept like the little champ his mommy and daddy knew he would be!

 

 

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The Prince Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-prince-family-whitney-mara-photography So much fun to work with this incredible loving family! Had a blast playing with the kids! This is one beautiful bunch!

 

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The Keaster Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-keaster-family-whitney-mara-photography MORE twins!! Be-still my heart, I can't get enough of these two and they're adorable little family! 

 

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The Lam Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-lam-family Check out this beautiful family! I love an adorable set of twins!! 

 

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The Hazan Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-hazan-family-whitney-mara-photography One of my favorite families to work with, sweet Baby C has the most stunning soul I've ever met in a child! She is just gorgeous (like her mom and dad!)

 

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Anna & Samer E-Session on Roosevelt Island| Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/anna-samer-e-session-on-roosevelt-island-whitney-mara-photography This beautiful couple was soooo easy to photograph! Tons of fun to work with and clearly completely in love! 

 

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Welcome to the World Baby G | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/welcome-to-the-world-baby-g-whitney-mara-photography Sweet sweet Baby G! I knew we were going to get along from the day I photographed your mommies adorable belly! 

 

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Welcome to the World Baby D | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/welcome-to-the-world-baby-d-whitney-mara-photography Sweet Baby D, you had me at "hello"!!! This precious little beauty was incredible to work with, as were mom and dad! 

 

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The Gatto Family | Whitney Mara Photography http://whitneymaraphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-gatto-family-whitney-mara-photography It's sessions and moments like these that make me contemplate moving to the West Cost!! HAHA!! The Gatto Family was ADORABLE for their beach session and SOOOOO much fun to work with! 

 

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