Category Archives: Lifestyle

Timothy and Christina // Kathmandu Anniversary Session

 Timothy and Christina are two of the dearest hearts I have had the pleasure of knowing in Nepal. Seeing their love for one another and how they sacrifice for each other has been incredible. Their personalities fit like lock and key. It’s rare to find this kind of love nowadays.

In June they celebrated their 1 year anniversary and to celebrate they brought me along to capture these moments in time for them. Afterwards they shared the most delicious goat dinner with Robbie and I. My favorite memory of the shoot was when Christina was walking down the stairway from the roof and Timothy looked up exclaiming… “It’s like we’re getting married again.” I couldn’t have been more thrilled to capture these. Enjoy.

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Angel // San Francisco, CA Lifestyle Portraits

Today I’m honored to feature some special photos of long time friend and creative communications professional, Angel Chang, in San Francisco. Angel and I go way back to college days when I lived 6 floors above her and was in nothing else but a skateboard and beach cruiser phase. Yep…even then I was already the camera slinging photo girl who’d constantly cover her dorm room walls with hundreds of photo prints developed by yours truly. I was a lover, I was a fighter and I was living the college dream.

Last month,  I was invited by Angel to  be a part of her professional re-branding process (I’m still pinching myself!) while on my summer mini-session tour up in her neck of the woods. Today Angel and I share a common love for creative story telling. She is passionate, fun, compassionate and poised.  After 8 years…I was so glad our paths finally re-crossed and the 8 years that had separated us felt as if they had been none. Photos were taken just a few miles away from Twin Peaks San Francisco atop her apartment building overlooking the San Francisco cityscape.

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Stories of Hope: A Dahi Puri Stand // Kathmandu, Nepal



Today I’m excited to be sharing my very first photo essay in a series on life, love and hope in Nepal. The first installment of this series is titled, “Stories of Hope” where I explore what these elements looks like in a third world country like Nepal. Being a part of this culture for 9 months was never meant to be something I “achieved”, but rather something I journeyed through. Nepal has become a deeper part of me than ever before for many reasons and I feature these photos in hopes of sharing a glimpse of what I saw along this journey. Please stay tuned for upcoming essays!

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Some people cook for fun, some cook to eat, and some cook because they need to make a living. Keshab Rai does a little bit of all three. And he does it like no other Nepali. What initially started as a professional painting career drastically turned in the opposite direction…a career in the culinary arts, after traveling to Bombay while 18. Though Nepal is one of the poorest countries of the world with an unemployment rate of 48%, he stands in a sea of impoverished Nepalis as one who stands for hope.  Unlike many other Nepalis who are looking to leave the country for work, Keshab Rai has chosen to stay within the borders of Nepal in hopes of helping to build it into a more delightful place…through food. He has made a dangerous choice. What struck me about him was that he wasn’t here to just survive, but he is here to thrive. Today he runs a booming “chaat” pushcart business in the Nakhipot neck of town. He takes great pride in it…and so does the entire neighborhood. Daily his business feeds over 100 hungry people and monthly his net profit would easily put any other pushcart business to shame…all with one simple “thelaa” (which means “food cart” in Nepali).

While in Kathmandu on a hunger rant for something other than my usual daalbaat a few months ago, I was inspired by his street style cooking. One night at 7PM a friend took me to his “thelaa” for a quick treat of “Chaat Pat” (channa, sprouts, potatoes with tasty sauce), Dahi Puri (puri with yogurt sauce), and Aloo Nim Kim (potato with Nim Kim sauce), everyday savory and sour snacks combining puri, lemon zest, masala, potatoes, homemade yogurt, and other delicious morsels. Compared to other thelaas offering the same thing on the streets of Kathmandu, his was bustling with activity, even still at 7PM at night.

To be honest, prior to that experience I hadn’t had much appetite for “chaat”…but that night changed my life forever.  That night I was delighted to see Nepal’s version of the food truck on the scene…the Thelaa: Food served on a pushcart with four wheels. Pushcarts are commonly used by Nepali people to sell snacks, fruits, and vegetables around town and within each village.  But they are also traditionally considered to be run by uneducated, low-skilled, and low-income people. Put plainly, thelaa’s are viewed as one of the lowest jobs in Nepal. It’s not exactly what you would call a “high paying job”. But then there is Keshab Rai who has been finetuning his recipes to perfection for several years whose shop has easily has become the neighborhood favorite afternoon hangout.  Impressed with the success and passion with which he works, I decided to learn more about his story.

When asked why he does what he does…he responded, “In the future I want to help those who are hopeless…those that have an education but don’t have a job. I want to be an example to others especially here in Nepal where people don’t like to run this type of “thelaa”.  I want to show others and be an example that Nepali people can also do it.  Everyone says that this job is so small. I want to say that this job is not a small job and that this job is a big job.” And, when I asked him why his food is so good, he responded with, “I make this food from my heart.” 

Thanks for following along! More to come. I’m currently booking mini-sessions along the California Coast + Vegas. If interested…send me an e-mail here to get in touch!

 

 

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!

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