Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Perrells | Family | Rockville, MD

I love my nephews. They are so cute and are growing up so quickly. I love how different they are from one another. It is amazing to me to see how they (and all people) were each born with a unique personality, which makes it so fun to see them play and interact with one another. My oldest nephew, Trey, has such a calm temperament, and he’s such a good older brother. I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the 5 years I’ve known him, and WHY oh why is he almost as tall as me when he’s only in second grade! For shame!  The twins are three, which means they can actually stand still and “pose” if you will. YES! But they are such boys. I tried to get them to give each other a hug, and they just stood there looking at me like I was dumb. :)

One thing that the contest really cemented for me, which I kind of did already know through my SIL, is that mothers rarely get to be in any family photos because they are they family photographer (let alone so many other jobs/roles in the family)! All you mothers out there – get in those photos! Get your husband to take photos, if you’re out somewhere, ask a stranger to take a photo for you, or learn how to use the timer on your camera. I’m sure it can be hard with young children, but one day your children will cherish those memories and photographs with you in them. They’ll love looking at how their own parents have grown through the years. I found this one photograph of my parents before they had kids, and I have yet to give it back to them because I find it so cool. Maybe I’ll share it here one day, but they don’t even know I have it! All that to say that the last photos in this post I wanted to center around my beautiful SIL. She’s a phenomenal mom, let alone woman, and I will definitely be going to her for advice when my husband and I start our own family. I asked all the boys to give mommy a kiss, and it was too funny: JT just stood there, and then the twins looked at each other and laughed. Yep, such boys.

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Contest Winners! And Thank You!

Maria Kim Photography | Autumn Rose | Nature | Rockville Civic Center
Thank you to everyone who participated in my contest! I am humbled by your entries and am filled with gratitude that you shared your stories with me. I got such a diversity in entries: single mothers, expectant mothers, mothers who were the family photographer, women reinventing themselves, people starting their own business (kudos to you! we should talk!), wanting to gift someone they love with this opportunity, wanting to share beautiful portraits with loved ones afar, and wanting to boost self-confidence. When I started the contest, I did not anticipate that I would be so touched to read your stories and that it would be so hard to pick a winner. Ultimately, it came down to two entrants, Debbie Bryant and Senia Rodriguez, and I’ve decided to award them both a session, so congrats to you two! I am very excited to provide this opportunity to both of my winners.

Debbie Bryant, also known as “Pink Gramma”, entered for her son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Carrie, and their two young children, Ethan and Olivia. They are a young family getting by on a single income. However, what really got me was when Debbie told me that their wedding photographer got their wedding date mixed up, so they didn’t have a photographer for their wedding! As a photographer, I value having beautiful photographs to capture beautiful memories and moments, so hearing that they didn’t have a photographer for even their wedding really broke my heart. And I loved how Debbie ended her entry: “As ‘Pink Gramma’ my wish for them would be a sunny day in Vancouver at the beach… all smiles.” Cutest. Gramma. Ever. (Sidenote: I LOVE Grandmas and Grandpas!). Congrats Debbie (and Adam, Carrie, Ethan, & Olivia)!

Senia Rodriguez entered for her cousin Cherry, who is a single mother to her young daughter Jizell. In Senia’s words, “Cherry is a hard working single momma! She works 12 hour shifts taking care of mental illness patients and then going home spending time with her daughter as much as she can…She is very giving and does not expect anything back which is truly motivating in a lot of ways that I am still trying to grasp…I respect and applaud her for all that she has done for our family.” Cherry also has a side business baking cakes at  CheNJezzyCoolCakes, and she is completely self taught. Talk about hard working! Senia is in her early twenties, and she was raised by a single mother. Through her cousin, she sees how challenging it is to be a single mother, and maybe that begins to color her relationship with her own mother differently. To be honest, I was really impressed by the love and respect Senia has for Cherry that was evident throughout her entry. She clearly looks up to Cherry and it is exciting to hear the kind of impact Cherry is leaving on Senia. Congrats Senia (and Cherry & Jizell)!

And again, a BIG thank you to everyone who has participated! Look out in your email as I will be sending you a Thank You gift!

Andrew & Stefani | Engagement | Rockville, MD

Andrew and Stefani are getting married in January! Andrew is my bro, and he was also my lunch buddy when we used to work together on the same team before I moved to Vancouver. He made work really fun, I could pick his brain on any topic, we were usually at “war” with someone, and even our interns turned out to be mini-mes and were bros as well. I miss working with him, but he’s a dude, so he gets by just fine at work. It was a pleasure to meet Stef after hearing so much about her, she’s super sweet. One of the fun things about taking couples portraits for your friends and family is that you get to see them be cute and lovey dovey with one another when, especially with guys, they aren’t typically like that in public. It was fun to photograph and hang out with them.

Congrats and many blessings to you guys!

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