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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.

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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.

Preface

Los Angeles Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer

Thanks to Robbie’s parents, a few weeks ago Robbie and I had the opportunity of celebrating our one year up in Santa Barbara, home to pretty much the best ice cream shop in the world, McConnell’s. I couldn’t help posting the shot above – overexposed and all –  the color of the mint chocolate chip was way too match-y with Robbie’s sea foam shirt for me to pass over.

Now that I’ve finally succeeded in uploading most of my past work onto this blog, I thought you deserved a little bit of a preface before I actually start posting my newer work in this new season of my art. If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I like to do a lot of different things at once and go all out with all of them simultaneously. I believe in being a jack of all trades, master to all.  Unfortunately my high aspirations don’t always work out as planned. This has been utterly counterproductive to me when it comes to photography and one of the reasons why it’s taken me so long to finally spread my wings towards what has become a life long dream of mine.

I’ve had many phases in life (among them daring skateboarder, indie music lover, and aspiring surfer like my daddy ). But then there’s some of the things I’ve always loved which I still continue to pursue today… singing, playing guitar, piano, drums, cooking, photography, being an SEO queen, avid reader, wise counselor, and then thoughtful friend and wife.  The list can go on and on and on and it’s been difficult to focus on just one thing. Life is sometimes too much fun. It wasn’t until this past July that I had a rude awakening and realized that if I never truly took my photography seriously, my dream of beginning it as a business would never fully get off the ground.

These past 8 years have been a difficult and frustrating molding process as I’ve waited and waited and WAITED until this very point when it finally felt right to launch the business. At times I lacked faith it could ever turn into or be used for something spectacular. It was sometimes discouraging for me to see peers jumping into their businesses ahead of me. Over time, I began to let go which was probably the best thing I could do. Sometimes you have to let your dreams before they can truly live. And I did just that. But every time I let it die, it seemed to resurrect itself all over again until this past July.

Through on and off seasons my portfolio, equipment pile, expertise and eye have continued to grow steadfastly as my photographic “voice” has been chiseled through thick and thin…and continues to be sculpted to this day. After waiting these long, and often, difficult years of dreaming, I can now say the time is actually right…with a steady job and Robbie and I finally established into a year of marriage the air has never seemed so fresh. This is probably one of the best times of my life and now it calls for some focus in certain areas of my passion, one of which includes photography and this blog. Thanks for reading. I hope you will be enlightened by my work and come back to visit me often!

Stay tuned for some Thailand revisited pictures!

Meal of the Day: Shakshuka

The other day we made the best eggs we have ever had in our lives. Shakshuka.  It’s what everybody’s tucking into at a place called Dr. Shakshuka located in a tiny alley in old Jaffa. Shakshuka is a North African dish with many variations. Some add preserved lemon, others feta, and different herbs and spices. Ours had bay leaves, thyme, and saffron. Precious saffron.  We decided to eat this brunch dish as a dinner and let me just tell you: it was amazing. Enjoy the looking..it’s my 50mm’s first day on the field.

Los Angeles Lifestyle Photography Maritha Mae Photography

Los Angeles Lifestyle Photography Maritha Mae Photography

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

And…I saved the best for last! Served with a nice piece of french bread with garlic spread…we ate a heavenly dinner on our front porch.

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