I never really fit in. And 22-year old me is okay with that.
Growing up with some serious bullying, abuse, toxic friendships and other shitty experiences turned me into someone who always builds people up and makes those around me feel happy, loved, and worthy. I care a lot about putting good into the world because I know exactly how much unkindness there can be, and I try to put a smile on the face of everyone I meet. Who couldn’t use just a little more kindness or love in their day?
Just a girl & her motorcycle.
On a motorcycle, you’re never supposed to look down at your hands or at the dashboard; you're only supposed to look at where you want to go. Learning to ride with my dad when I was eight, having a painful accident at nineteen, and getting right back on at twenty-one (trembling hands + big fat nervous tears + all) taught me the power of awareness and presence in everything I do. Basically, you have to trust your own instincts + body + the motorcycle in order to get to where you want to go, and that is the most crucial lesson I could have ever learned about life, too.
The one where everything burned.
It’s a pretty indescribable feeling to wake up one day and realize the only thing you own is the clothes on your back and the contents of your tiny purse. Not even a hairbrush to fix your madly unacceptable bedhead. All jokes aside, my family and I lost our home to a total-loss fire while I was in high school. It wasn’t easy, but it taught me the difference between prioritizing stuff vs. memories, feelings and people. Making every moment count and surrounding myself with people who truly love and support me is so much more crucial than anything I could ever buy.
Books on books on books.
I’m a book nerd. I was 100% that kid sneaking a flashlight under the covers to finish the chapter past my bedtime, & it made me into the big, dorky-level romantic I am today. The epic, star-crossed, all-encompassing love stories I read about grew new universes in my heart and my mind that my bullies couldn’t touch if they tried. Once I looked up, though, I found that real life love stories are sometimes even better than the ones in books.
The magic of the Arizona desert.
I grew up in a city so so vibrantly full of color and open fields and cacti and wildlife, and I have so much respect for the insane magic of mother nature. Getting lost in the way light and shadow and color and movement come together to create things that our eyes just can’t look away from has always inspired me, but learning to actually capture these things with a camera was the ultimate game changer. Cameras make art tangible. Add in a super in love couple, and there’s nothing quite like it ;)
Finally figuring it out.
Capturing my first wedding brought all of these things together at once. Hello, “Maia’s DUH Moment.” Suddenly, I found a way to not only witness the crazy amazing epic love stories I’d always read about in books, but I also found myself becoming the storyteller who got to capture and share them. And I don’t take that responsibility lightly. I want every photo of your wedding day to make you feel the way you felt in the moment, every time you look at it, the same way that one moment in a book or a movie makes you cry every time (don’t deny it). I want to capture your forever love, exactly the way you dreamed it would be. I want to be the best damn wedding storyteller I can be.
"Maia brings a unique familiarity and warmth to her photos that makes each and every one seem like they were taken by an old friend. She is EXCEPTIONALLY good at keeping the joy of the day front and center, and she has a keen eye for moments that just can’t be staged or repeated. We absolutely LOVED the action shots of our friends and family dancing and getting to relive the candid memories of the day!!"
"I just can’t recommend her more highly, or tell you any more how incredible she is!! She interacted with every single member of my family with impeccable grace, and they all still say how much they love her. More than that, she managed to strike a flawless balance between being a warm and interactive presence in the day and celebration, and also melting into the background during the most intimate moments, which allowed everyone to feel comfortable and at home!"
"Sweet Maia is truly a magician. Both my fiancé and I dread having our photos taken, and yet Maia made this such an intimate and remarkable experience for us! We will truly remember this day and making these memories with her forever and ever and ever. She was the perfect combination of professional, assertive, playful, loving, and creative. She made an hour feel like 10 minutes (which is a big deal for a guy that hates getting his photo taken) and made us feel so adored and so comfortable in our own skin."
"If I could add more than 5 stars for Maia, I would. She is honestly and truly the best photographer/person you will ever meet. Maia worked with my now fiancé to plan + execute the most amazing surprise proposal and produced the most beautiful photos that truly captured the beauty and vulnerability of this intimate moment in the mountains of Santa Barbara. We've already booked her for our wedding! :) We were lucky to work with such a special human! You will end up with the most beautiful photos, the greatest memories and a lifelong friend!"
"I met Maia for the first time at our photoshoot, and I instantly knew how FUN it was going to be. She is such a thoughtful individual and a talented photographer. Little things made our experience so memorable! She played BIllie Eilish during the shoot (I LOVE BILLIE), and she helped us carry our bags as we moved locations. Most importantly, she made us feel SO comfortable and encouraged us to be nothing but ourselves. I had an amazing experience from start to finish. Maia is clear, timely, and very professional, all while being the nicest person ever! It was a truly a privilege to be able to work with someone as kind, sweet, and thoughtful. Again, thank you Maia! We cannot wait to work with you again!"