Category Archives: Family

Yu Family

2015 was about me rethinking why I do what I do. For me photography has always been about telling stories that matter most and using my art to give back (while making a few bucks at the same time!).  Eight and a half years ago in San Diego I was just embarking on a journey of discovering what it meant to do photography meaningfully.

I will say that Mike and Judy were two of the very first people to ever believe in my work as a way of making a difference in this world. Back in 2007 together with a few friends, I had just begun a college collective of artists who cared deeply about justice among the poor in Africa and saw our art as a means of giving back. Soon we were positioning ourselves to sell our art and have 100% of the after-cost proceeds go towards a few non-profits that served the poor in Africa. That year I was approached by Judy who was looking for a way to do party favors without them having to be so party-favorish at her upcoming wedding…upon seeing my work the two of them decided to purchase several of my prints to give away to their wedding guests. In the end we were able to give a considerable sum towards supporting orphans in Africa through International Justice Mission and World Vision.  Back then I was floored by how far we went with this simple little idea. Today I still am. It was Mike and Judy’s belief in my work that has given me courage even today, to continue what I started with 7% of my proceeds today going towards giving back to meaningful causes. Never in my dreams did I think I’d ever get to be doing this.

Last fall I was sweetly surprised to bump into Mike at a friend’s BBQ in Pasadena and we reconnected. They spoke with the same vigor and passion for change that they did then. 8 and a half years later after our first meeting they had their firstborn son, Remy Jeriah Yu. I was so honored when Judy asked me capture their new family with little Pudgy their dog. Of course, there didn’t have to be much convincing.

Last Sunday they dedicated Remy at church and I was so glad to be there to witness it and and smile upon his beautiful face.

Thank you Mike and Judy for believing in me as much as you have. The power of your support goes beyond words.



The Cole Family // Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles

01Cole Descanso Gardens Family Portrait Photography

16Cole Descanso Gardens Family Portrait Photography

10Cole Descanso Gardens Family Portrait Photography
11Cole Descanso Gardens Family Portrait Photography

15Cole Descanso Gardens Family Portrait Photography

I first got to know this beautiful family as friends before we left for Nepal. We connected through our common love for international countries…in which they have spent extensive time in. When I was invited to take these photos, I was floored at the chance of capturing one of the beautiful ways they commonly spend time as a family: taking little Joshua to the park to run around, and play fun games. I adore the simplicity, joy and energy of their relationship with each other. Thank you for having me along!

Mini Sessions in June

It’s been a long 9 months since we’ve left the states for the far away land of Nepal for a few personal projects of ours. It’s been wild, it’s been great, but mostly good and absolutely worth it. In fact, I would never trade the experience for a thing. I went to Nepal to get into new branches of work I haven’t gone into before without any promise of what would happen when I returned. Well, I’m returning in 4 days on June 1st to continue wedding and portrait photography in the states with a new perspective to continue my journey in art.

To celebrate, we’ll be going up and down the California Coast (yes…driving!) to see old friends and clients we’ve missed for the past year, revisit sights and sounds we’ve missed the past 9 months, and I’ll be taking pictures along the way. Plus, it’s a really good excuse for us to see everyone again :-)

Here’s our June 2014 itinerary where I’m currently booking 30 minute mini-photo sessions:

June 5: Berkeley, CA
June 7-8: Bernal Heights, San Francisco
June 10: Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
June 13: Las Vegas, NV
June 14: Malibu Hills, Los Angeles
June 21: Quail Hill, Irvine

What is a mini session? A 30 minute photo session designed for couples, singles or families where I photograph you and you get to be you. Photos are delivered 2-3 weeks later on a disc at which time print orders can also be made.

DETAILS: Each 30 minute mini session is $150.00. If booking for >5 people, each additional person is $20. A non-refundable payment in full is due to retain your space. Should it rain, boo! We’ll be sure to schedule a make-up date.

Space is limited so e-mail me at marithasears@gmail.com to grab your spot today! Hope to see you there.

Mini Sessions in June

 

Hi guys! It’s been a long 9 months since we’ve left the states for the far away land of Nepal for a few personal projects of ours. It’s been good, it’s been hard, but mostly good and absolutely worth it. In fact, I would never trade the experience for a thing. I went to Nepal to get into new branches of work I haven’t gone into before without any promise of what would happen when I returned. Well, I’m returning in 5 days this June and hopefully, I won’t fall flat on my face.

This June I’ll be back with a boom to hit off the 2014 wedding season.

To celebrate, we’re doing a West Coast Mini tour where I’ll be throwing 30 minute mini-sessions up and down the California coast to see old friends and clients we’ve missed for the past year, and to visit the sights and sounds we’ve missed so much since we’ve been gone. We’ll be hitting up Irvine, Los Angeles and San Francisco for couples, singles and families. Plus, it’ll be a fun way to see you again!

What is a mini session? It’s a 30 minute photo session designed for couples, singles or families where I photograph you and you get to just smile and relax. Photos are delivered 2-3 weeks later on a disc for you to print out wherever you’d like.

Here is the June 2014 CA Road Trip Itinerary:

June 7-8: Bernal Heights, San Francisco

June 10: Lema Ranch, Redding, CA

June 13: Las Vegas, NV

June 14: Malibu Hills, Los Angeles

June 21: Quail Hill, Irvine

DETAILS: Each 30 minute mini session is $150.00- extra person charge after 5 people is $20.00 per person. A non-refundable payment in full is due to retain your space. Should it rain, boo! A make-up date will be scheduled.

Come join us in celebrating this joyous occasion! So who’s in?!? Email me at marithasears@gmail.com to reserve your spot today!

Spread the word everyone!

The Jettons // Pasadena, CA

Very rarely does Robbie join me on photoshoots but this one was one of the exceptional few. The Jettons are an amazing family. Their kids are the most precious and their parents even more astounding. I love this family so much. I am inspired by Rhodalynn’s heart for justice, her love for others and her passion for change. Their kids are the most precious..We are Judah’s best friends. My favorite part when delivering the photos was when Josiah texted me and said…”Aunty Maritha, this is Josiah. Goodbye and thanks.” The way these kids love is so amazing. Enjoy!