Cheers to 2015

2015 was a big year personally and professionally; I got married (!!!), moved my office into a collaborative studio, traveled from the desert to the mountains shooting in over 3 countries and 30 cities, expanded my photography mentor sessions, worked with amazingly talented stylists and creatives, signed on to some exciting projects for 2016, ate more veggies, and spent less time in front of the computer & more time with my family. I'm so grateful to all of my fabulous clients who invited me into their relationships, their homes, and their lives. Thank you for asking good questions, for laughing at my jokes, for pushing beyond your comfort zones, for getting drinks and burgers after shoots, and for letting me do my best work. And thank you to all my faithful readers-- cheers to you and the many adventures that await! xx

Quesadillas and the Kindest Words: A Year in Review

This past year is hard to categorize, quantify or label. At times it was busy and exciting; in other moments it was quiet and slow, full of the wonderfully mundane in-betweens that we so carefully avoid sharing on social media. There were seasons of energy and intensity, hard work and little sleep, challenge and reward. There were hours upon hours of editing, with microwavable quesadillas and podcasts as my daily bread. And there were moments of true and incomparable joy, like when I held my tiny, fragile niece for the first time, or when Tyler knelt down on a cold day in June and asked me to be his wife. This year was many things.

High up on my "2014-grateful-list" are my clients who trusted me, who were kind and patient, who believed that good art takes time and is always, always worth it. Thank you for not caring if your dresses got dirty. Thank you for exploring new places with me and for pushing yourselves to new comfort levels. Thank you for making sure that I ate dinner, for group hugs at the 11th hour and for sharing some of the kindest words I've ever heard and read. I couldn't do this job without you.

2013: A very good year

I've had an incredible season- one that surprised me, challenged me, and encouraged me to keep pushing and growing. I shot some of my favorite weddings, engagements, and personal work this year, and I'm so grateful for those clients who trusted me and became friends. I don't know if there's anything better than that.

Throughout the year I've been keeping a little post-it note of things I've learned- some photography related, some life-related. Thought I might share a few with you:

Vanity Fair is the perfect in-flight magazine. If you put off your dentist appointments for two years, your inevitable reunion will be unpleasant. Everyone you meet knows something you don't- find out what it is and learn from them. Read books you don't agree with, and surround yourself with people who think differently than you. Do your research before you shoot. Take time to plan. Do work that excites you, that isn't commissioned, and is entirely for yourself. Don't throw a lobster dinner party if you're allergic to shellfish. Seek out constructive criticism- don't be afraid of it. Find a good hairdresser, therapist, and dry cleaner- these things are all necessary in your 20's. Keep an "Idea Dump" book and take time to revisit your thoughts- don't let your ideas go to waste. Use your social media platform- whatever size it may be- to share your voice and speak about what's important to you. Taco Bell is no longer a good option. Don't overwater plants. Give freely. Ask why. Call home.

Thank you to all my wonderful couples and clients, and to my faithful blog readers who encourage me and follow along on my journey. Cheers to you. xo www.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.marissamaharaj.comwww.

2012 Was a very good year

A lot of people have recently asked me what it's like to be a wedding photographer. Here's my answer:

Sometimes being a photographer means quiet moments with wonderful people. Sometimes it's fist pumping and shouting in excitement because you got a shot that's better than you hoped. Sometimes it's long hours editing in front of the screen, with season 5 of Friends playing in the background for the 20th time. Sometimes it's a five hour layover in El Paso, where the only restaurant in the terminal is closed and you're eating a fig newton by an outlet. Sometimes it's being completely overwhelmed by the hospitality and love of strangers, being treated like family, and not even feeling like you're working.

I love my job. All of these moments- and plenty more- add to the humor, depth, and joy in my life. I'm grateful for all of my wonderful clients this year who've challenged me, trusted me, and embraced me. This post is for you.

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