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Mara Wolff: childhood wonder

Let me introduce you to my new photographer crush, Mara Wolff. I love how she uses light. And how cute her gosh dang kids are. And of course, the striped pajamas and shooting through glass. It’s all stuff I love and I love how she does it. But there is something more to her photographs, a way she uses the light and glass and softness to really bring out the emotional pull of childhood.

striped pajamas in window by photographer mara wolff little girl in ballet tutu in window light two girls hugging on white bed image kids feet by photographer mara wolff cute girl in window light photograph cute girl in green shirt in window image kids in light windows photographs brooklyn heart red sweatshirt with sun flare image

Mara shot all these images on film with her Contax 645 medium format camera.


Compilation Post: one photo at a time

How do you build an outstanding portfolio? How do you get a gallery full of amazing images? One at a time.

Remember to keep shooting your personal work. Shoot your own kids, your own family. Experiment. Take chances with your photography. And keep your favorites. Edit your own work critically. Show what you love and what you want to shoot.  Blog only what you are inspired by. And build that portfolio.

And I’m asked all the time.. what do we look for here at Let the Kids?

We love the not camera aware shots, the ones where they interact with themselves or each other. We love color. We love film. We love movement. We love emotion. We love the shots that show us how life is, the ones that are from a different perspective, that communicate and make us feel.

Have a great day!


Brian Whitt: family on the bed

Brian Whitt sent us this amazing family session, all photographed on the parent’s bed.

I talked about how intimate and relaxed the family photographs can be when they are shot in the family’s home but taking it one step further is to shoot the whole session on the “family bed.” The bed where the kids run to in the middle of the night. Where they watch Saturday morning cartoons. Where mom nurses the baby and everybody has had their turn falling asleep in that bed.

I remember my parents’ bed and crawling in there on weekend mornings to watch cartoons and read the comics in the paper. What better place for a family session?

baby eating moms hair in sunlight image by brian whitt gorgeous image of baby boy looking up on white bed family of three snuggling on bed by photographer brian whitt baby girl on white bed family by photographer brian whitt couples feet on white bed image by photographer brian whitt baby girl in black and white image mom and daughter laying close with eyes closed on white bed photograph baby crawling in black and white by pohtographer brian whitt baby on bed in light with hair sticking up image by photographer brian whitt