I AM SO HONORED THAT YOU ARE HERE, EXPLORING MY WORK!
I'm Mariah! I am a mid-twenties, Minnesota MAMA with a love for all things - nature, exploring, ROAD TRIPS WITH OUR POP-UP CAMPER, Snowboarding, HUGGING EVERYONE I MEET (BEFORE COVID), Saying "literally" way too much, Hosting KITCHEN dancE PARTIES, Loving On MY family, and of course, my cameraS! I am the SASSY WIFEY to, MattHEW ALAN, My PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDER Hunk of A Hubby. He ALSO HAPPENS TO BE MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART of 13 years! We now share the exact same initials, "M.A.K." THESE DAYS WE GO BY "mOMMY AND DADDY" to our SWEET 3-year-old baby girl, OAKLEY KAYE. There isn't a gig that REMOTELY compares to motherhood but THE Passion I Feel FOR CREATING ADVENTUROUS + AUTHENTIC IMAGERY Just FLOWS THROUGH MY VEINS. I AIM TO CREATE IMAGES THAT FULLY EMBODY WHO YOU ARE, IN THE PURE ESSENCE OF NOW. WHEN WE LOOK BACK AT Photos, WE CAN REMEMBER PRECISELY HOW WE FELT IN THAT Fleeting MOMENt. That IS WHY I STRIVE TO CULTIVATE REAL FEELS THROUGH A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED AROUND WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU LOVE. if you feEL awkward when you Are taking portraits - Chances are You will remember That forever even if the images are beautiful. I Love BRINGING MY CLIP ON SPEAKER TO SET THE TONE BY PLAYING YOUR FAVORITE JAMS EVERYWHERE We GO. I HAVE ENDLESS "ACTION PROMPTS" UP MY SLEEVE THAT DON'T FEEL FORCED OR AWKWARD. I pride Myself on turning "awkward couples" Into Magazine worthy Models. I AM A "PEOPLE READER" so I CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN THE VIBE IS ON. WHEN MY CLIENTS ARE HAPPY - I AM HAPPY. I WANT YOU to BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK AND SUBMERGE YOURSELF IN THE PURE NOSTALGIA of this season in your life. MY HOPE IS THAT I JUST MIGHT ALLOW YOU TO SEE YOURSELF IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHt through my imagery. THIS JOURNEY HAS BECOME SO MucH MORE TO ME THAN CLICKING A SHUTTER BUTTON AND DELIVERING Beautiful IMAGES. Getting Here was a Journey of Highs and lows. I Have ALWAYS Had an Entrepreneurial Spirit, AND I PRAYED ABOUT Making My Own Schedule FOR YEARS. IT WAS AT MY MOST SUCCESSFUL tiME ON PAPER THAT I FELT THE LOWEST INSIDE. In 2015, I WAS ATTENDING THE JOURNALISM SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOR ADVERTISING. I was ROCKING A 3.9 GPA BUT I FELT SO LOST IN THE IDEA OF SELLING MY SOUL TO A CORPORATE PATH For VALIDATION. I DECIDED TO DROP OUT AND NEVER LoOKED BACK. FOLLOWING MY HEART WAS THE SCARIEST, BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. SINCE THEN, I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF PHOTOGRAPHING HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES, FAMILIES AND HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO CAPTURE 25+ WEDDINGS IN JUST 3 SHORT YEARS. MY FIRST CAMERA IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS A SMALL RED NIKON CoOLPIX DIGITAL CAMERA.vWE RECENTLY GIFTED that very camera TO OUR DAUGHTER AND SHE PLAYS WITH IT DAILY! Since the ESTABLISHMENT OF LOVE BIG LIVE SMALL IN 2017, I have put everything into INVESTING IN THE BEST GEAR to provide top quality work to you, my friends.
THE MISSION BEHIND LOVE BIG LIVE SMALL IS SIMPLE - LOVE LIFE NOT THINGS. IF YOU Support THIS MISSION aND LOVE WHAT YOU SEE Here - Well Then, LETS DO THE DANG THING! YOU CAN CATCH ME AT THE OTHER END OF MY INBOX WAITING TO CONNECT WITH Authentic AND Adventurous HUmans LIKE YOU!!
XX Hugs, MARiah
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I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU, BABES!