About Miss Z, aka, “The Southcoast Baby Whisperer”
Bring me your babies! Bring me your children!
When working with your children, both teeny and big, I have tons of patience and always put safety above everything else. Several clients have proclaimed me a “Baby Whisperer”. Whether it’s the baby who took almost an hour to settle or the toddler having meltdowns, I have tons of tricks up my sleeve to ensure that your photos will be exactly what you wanted. Tears happen, but at my sessions, they don’t last long. You can rest assured that I have the experience and calm demeanor to make everyone feel at ease.
You’re hiring me because you want something tangible to put in your hands. You look at the photos and remember the feelings you had when they were taken – holding your tiny newborn in the palm of your hand, receiving big bear hugs from your toddler and even the sassy attitude your pre-teen daughter used to give you. Looking at your images, you are reminded of the 3 year old boy that always said “I love you mommy” any chance he had, and now he’s sitting next to you, a 25 year old man. Or that sweet 5 year old with the most infectious giggle and now she’s 30 and it’s your granddaughter who has the exact giggle of her mom. Photos give us something tangible to hold onto, since we can’t actually bottle up those precious moments to bring out at a later time (although I sometimes wish we could!) When you’re gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table with all of your relatives and you bring out the photo albums, you’re reminded of the time you and your sister went exploring for bugs and came back covered head to toe in mud or when Uncle Louie took his dentures out and washed them under the sprinkler. Just seeing a picture provokes all of these great memories and are something to be shared for generations. These memories are what I will create for you.
Sessions are done either at my downtown New Bedford studio or on location in the Greater New Bedford area (your home, beaches, parks, etc.) I also utilize many different props that add an element of fun into the photos. My images are a mix between timeless and creative. I work with you to create that special family memory – when you book a session with Miss Z Photography I take time to find out what you want out of your session and then strive to deliver that and so much more. I supply all of the props – clothes for newborns, toddlers and preschoolers, and designer gowns for mamas-to-be. I believe in building a relationship with all of my clients. Miss Z photography always goes “the extra mile” to ensure comfort, ease, and satisfaction. I customize your session based on colors, themes and what you love. My studio has a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of coffee and chocolate on hand. I can show you how your products look on your own walls before your order while I help you choose the best images and products for your needs. When your amazing prints and products arrive, Miss Z delivers your order right to you, at no extra cost.
My love affair with photography begin when I was about 8 years old. What would now be considered vintage, my 110 cartridge camera used to be my sidekick when I was a child. I was shooting everything I could – from friends, flowers, books, toys, and even toilets! (True story, ask my mom about the roll of film she developed in the 80’s that had about 5 images of her upstairs toilet!) All I wanted to do was practice taking pictures of anything so I could one day take photos like the ones I saw in old family photo albums.
Memberships, Affiliations, Associations & Awards
In addition to the many photography and newborn safety classes I have taken, I’ve also been trained by Ana Brandt of Belly, Baby, Love Photography. She’s a world renowned newborn and maternity photographer to the stars. I’m also a member of PPA – Professional Photographers of America, PPAM – Professional Photographers of America, Massachusetts division and NAPCP – the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. I’ve won parents choice award from Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy Magazine, and I was chosen as one of the top newborn photographers in Massachusetts. I volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – an organization of volunteer professional photographers who dedicate their time and talent to photographing babies born asleep.
Mark A. Zion – Mr. Z
When I was seventeen my dad bought me a 35mm camera from a yard sale. I had told him I wanted to get into photography because I wanted to do something where I could be creative. It was an old 1970’s style 35mm film camera (long before the days of my current digital camera). I took pictures of everything with it for about a year, but with the stress of graduating high school and working two jobs, the camera and my hobby sat on the back burner.
It wasn’t until years later, when I became much more politically active and started photographing protests and even shot some film footage for a documentary, I realized how much I had missed it. That along with being married to a woman with a passion for photography reignited my passion for it as well. Now I specialize in artistic photography, real estate photography and photojournalism.
I’m a photographer for New Bedford Guide and am a back-up photographer for Miss Z Photography