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Meet your Maker(s) – Mia Beach Photography

November 3, 2011

As part of my new job at Paper Crane and in preparing for the holiday season, I will be highlighting an artist whose work is represented at Paper Crane each week throughout the season.

This week I’m honored to introduce you to Mia Beach of Mia Beach PhotographyPaper Crane features prints for sale and boasts a gallery opening featuring her Bit Parts series this Friday, November 4 from 7:00p-10:00.

The thing you notice first when you walk up to meet Mia Beach are the three beautiful children that don’t just tag-a-long behind or beside her, but with her. A sweet young man of 13, a precociously precious young lady of 7, and an adorable wide eyed (and eared) baby just over a year. Photographs of these children are what first attracted me to Mia Beach just over two years ago, when I first met her at the initial Bloomington Handmade Market. Reminiscent but far from derivative of Sally Mann, I was attracted to Mia’s photography like a moth to a flame. Her candid black and white photography drew me in to the stories of her family, her life, her surroundings, and really there was no looking back.

From this the young woman of merely 30 comes a lifetime of growth in celluloid; photographs capturing not only the lives of her children, but portraiture of sometimes strangers and lifelong friends. {I’m overjoyed to report that I had Mia capture my baby’s one year photos last July and the results were . . . undeniable.} Perhaps those over 2,000 four leaf clovers she boasts to have found in her lifetime, and the hundreds of paper cranes that hang floating from her bedroom ceiling have created the peace, the tranquility, and the luck that Mia Beach Photography exudes.

Mia’s portraits are both at once captivating and oddly unnerving (in a good way). Her ability to capture the moment and the personality of her subjects is on key and worthy of bragging. She takes these traits on the road with her wedding photography business: Double Image Photography that she shares with partner Lisa Fett.

Portraiture, weddings, engagements; all in Mia’s repertoire, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, to use a cliche of all cliches. What’s most interesting and intriguing about Mia’s work are her series starting with Departures {a series exploring her time as a teen runaway and her understanding of death and loss after growing up with a coroner for a grandfather}, Nightmares {photographs and scanograms exploring nightmares that led to Mia’s childhood insomnia}, and most recently Bit Parts {a juxtaposition of images referencing  different cultures and eras and the interaction of man to his environment}. I would be remiss if I did not also draw attention to Mia’s amazing Lightboxes.

Mia’s semi-sweet personality shows through her photography in the shades and shadows that create the perfect white balance from a print made in her own dark room: in the family that she has helped to create here in Bloomington, and the business she continues to grow in the form of Mia Beach Photography, Double Image Photography and 8 Story Press.

Mia also serves as a Gallery Coordinator for Paper Crane and operates an Etsy Store where she sells her photographic prints as well as silkscreened t shirts, kids clothes, and napkin sets. You can find her on Facebook at Mia Beach Photography and online at mia-beach.com.

Don’t forget – Mia’s Bit Parts series will be at the Paper Crane Gallery for the month of November, and the opening is this Friday, November 4th from 7p-10p.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 2:06 pm

    Awesome feature! Love her imagery! Very nice.

  2. November 3, 2011 8:36 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful article on one of my favorite people. (I am not biased, however.)

  3. Jessica permalink
    November 4, 2011 11:02 am

    Beautifully written Talia! I can’t wait to see Mia’s show tonight!

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