Category Archives: Lifestyle

Travel Diaries | 7 Days in Hawaii

Happy 2012! Okay, I rarely do 2 posts in one week. But this week a miracle happened and somehow you’re seeing this post up. I know you’ve all been waiting for these babies…so eat ’em up, they’re here to stay. Over the holidays, Robbie and I had the chance to go to our home away from home…the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a family tradition my family has had since I was 13. My grandma being born and raised here, my father making frequent visits there as a child, and our love of paradise all just contribute to the fact that it’s been our natural instinct to stay knitted to this place. This year I was particularly excited to show Robbie my typical stomping grounds on the west side of Oahu — Ko’Olina where the view is beautiful and the breeze is warm.

I guess you could say that my New Year’s Resolutions for photography are existent, few and far between. But I did make them this year. #1 is to keep up an ongoing inspiration and style board describing my photographic voice, style and what I’m aiming for…made possible via my account with Pinterest…coming all too soon. #2 is to slow down my shooting pace and take cleaner, clearer shots. It’s the first one I’m really excited about. But together the two will prove to be a powerful force. I guess my trip to Hawaii was a good beginning for some of these inspirations and moods.

Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

And of course there’s no escaping a trip to Leonard Jr’s Hot Malasadas, a food truck off the side of the road in Aiea where they make it live and fresh. This is the second location they’ve got and from what I’ve heard from my aunt, they are a lot fresher here. If you’ve ever watched Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate”, you’re probably familiar. Malasadas are a portuguese ethnic treat which remind me of donuts. Topped with plain sugar or cinnamon, they can be filled with chocolate, coconut, or nothing if that’s the way you like it. It all started in a hole-in-the-wall bake shop in Kahahulu in 1952. Today the tradition holds strong and they are served as an exotic desert in many fine restaurants. You can bet that the ones we scraped up were hot tasty morsels that melted in our mouths.

Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time. :)

Girls + Barbies and Little Clothes Too | Westlake Village

As a lot of our friends know, Robbie and I dream of going back to Nepal one day to live there not for a short amount of time…it’s a dream waiting to happen. Last month, Robbie’s Nepalese host family came over for BBQ to Robbie’s parents’ place in Westlake Village. With Nancy being the mother that she is, she managed to have a “Barbie Party” with the Barbies on loan from the neighbor’s 7-year-old daughter for the night.  The girls were totally ecstatic about this and couldn’t take their eyes off of them, including 4-year-old Juju. Let me just say the idea was a hit. I love that there were Barbie clothes everywhere by the end of the night.

Sonia and Sophia don’t do a whole lot of talking on their own unless you actually keep drawing a conversation out of them…but the Barbies definitely made them talk.  And Juju was another story. Seeing the girls play with the dolls brought back a lot of memories from my old days of imagination living in a play-world. It was strangely beautiful seeing these doll-like girls, playing with American dolls, sitting there in an admiring state. I love kids…and I’m excited for some of my own.

Anytime Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

Aren’t they dolls?

Los Angeles Anytime Photographer Maritha Mae Photography

Los Angeles Anytime Photographer Maritha Mae Photography

When I told them I was going to take their picture, this was their natural pose – they stood up real straight with their hands behind their backs.

Los Angeles Anytime Photographer Maritha Mae Photography

I have a few fun photo shoots lined up for this month! Stayed tuned for what’s in store.

Erika Faye | Lifestyle Shoot

Erika Faye, poet, purse designer and founder of the Papa Project.

The most awesome part about this shoot is that it went completely unplanned. Of course, Erika knows I always keep a camera on hand so I imagine she was minorly and subconsciously ready. Erika designs purses and was on a hunt for the perfect fabrics for her clients at the textile shop downtown in the Fashion District. As soon as inspiration hit, we decided to go for it against a rusted gray background, an aqua background and a red background and compare the three. The rustic gray was my favorite. I love this girl, and I love her free, free soul. Oh by the way, she knows how to work the camera.

Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Photographer by Maritha Mae Photography

Erika | Anytime Shoot

It was a pretty rainy but it was also pretty sunny. Erika is probably one of my favorite people to photograph…she’s always got a new story to tell through her actions.

Los Angeles Lifestyle Shoot Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Shoot Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angeles Lifestyle Shoot Maritha Mae Photography

Nikki | Headshots

Nikki loves theatre and when she asked me to do her head shots in preparation for auditioning for an upcoming musical, I was totally honored! Here is what ensued…

Los Angles Lifestyle Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angles Lifestyle Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angles Lifestyle Photographer Maritha Mae Photography
Los Angles Lifestyle Photographer Maritha Mae Photography