We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Paolini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
This is the easy part! I was a full-time, stay-home-mom to four kiddos and when the last of them headed off to pre-kindergarten I was feeling the need to take back a bit of life and do something for myself. Kind of to prove that I had it in me to take care of me again. I love being a mother – that will always come first (even though they are all teenagers). I took something that I already spent hours doing – photographing my children and our life and gave myself one year to see if I still enjoyed it with the added bonus of the business side of things. My friend Laura was also a huge impetus. She encouraged me to take the leap of faith and believe in myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist I am most at home capturing families in a natural state. That can be in their own home or at a beautiful location. The images that I create for my clients are filled with their bonds and connections. Laughter and anger both make beautiful moments. It’s the emotion that speaks to me through my lens.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I live so close to the Atlantic Ocean we would have to start there! Deerfield beach is as beautiful a beach as any. Sometimes I can’t believe I live in this paradise. Then we’d have to eat at The Whales Rib, about 1/2 block off the beach. I’ve been going there for 31 years! We’d also have to spend an afternoon in The Everglades – a natural area unique to South Florida. The Everglades National Park is about an our south of me, but it’s just as beautiful at Arthur R. Marshall park in Delray Beach. An afternoon in Wynwood, Miami is a must also. The local and world famous graffiti is continually changing. There is the nest Taco restaurant right near Wynwood Walls – although, the name escapes me, President Obama has also eaten there! I’d have to round out the trip with an evening in South Beach. I always enjoy the Art Deco buildings and who doesn’t love walking around listening to music from every restaurant and passing friendly people. I’d have to hit up one of the vegetarian restaurants. – Planta is always awesome.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hahahaha. I guess I jumped the gun a bit in my last answer. As I said earlier, Laura Reiss, friend and founder of KindnessMatters365 saw something in me and my personal work that had her encourage me to run with it as a business. Sometimes it takes seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes to have your own eyes opened.