hi, My name is Maryam and I'm a time traveler.
One of my favorite favorite things to do is to go through boxes of old photographs. This is not a euphemism for browsing through my Facebook feed, I have literal boxes of old photographs. There is nothing like sifting through old pictures and feeling the paper between your fingertips. It just takes you right back through your memory bank and deposits you in the past. I have a deep nostalgia for old family snapshots and I want my work to be representative of that. I want to give you a professional quality family snapshot. A picture that represents what your life is like in this moment. So in 20 years, you'll pull out those photographs, feel them in your fingertips, and be transported back in time.
I studied photography in college and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on fine art photography which expanded my vision and challenged my creativity, but just didn't feel like what I needed to be doing. So I started taking photos of families. I tried to do what everyone else was doing and just didn't love posing, editing stray hairs, or the forced smiles and the bribing of children ("if you're good we'll go get ice cream after!" spoiler alert: this almost always ends up in frustration for everyone), so I kept looking and learning. I took classes and workshops and came to the realization that what I wanted to do was give families a raw and real photographic representation of their lives. And here we are.
I love every moment. The crying as much as the laughing, the kissing and hugging and snuggles and frustrations and the comfort given afterward. I want to remember all of those things in my life and if you do too, I'd love to speak with you about creating an honest session that documents your family as they truly are.
This should go without saying but I believe all people are created equal and we all deserve to be shown love and respect. I am pro-diversity, pro-equality, pro-love, and pro-empowerment. I welcome all families no matter your race, religion or if you are a member of the LGBTQ community. It seems ridiculous that I feel like I have to state this explicitly but we live in a weird and wild world and I refuse to embrace ambiguity. Everyone deserves to be photographed in a way that shows who they truly are. <3
Maryam Salassi is a photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, Fresh 48, and young family sessions. She works with families to create sessions that reflect the current season of their lives, and offers heirloom albums and fine art prints that can be passed down through generations. Maryam works throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and travels regularly to Dallas, TX as well. She can be reached by visiting the contact page.