My name is Maryam, and I was born on the island of Guam in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to a Belgian father and an Iranian mother who fell in love in Texas. This international mashup lent itself to a globally-inspired world view and a love of travel. I was fortunate from a young age to be exposed to all varieties of art and culture, and I knew I wanted to be something creative when I grew up, even though I wasn't sure what that would manifest as at the time.
In college I took my first photography class and I was hooked. I cut my teeth learning to develop my own film and printing my own photographs in the dark room. I really just couldn't get enough of that weird vinegar/onion-y smell of the developer (it's not an easy smell to describe...) and I spent quite a lot of time experimenting and learning new techniques. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and I'm so glad I did.
I've always been fond of photographing children and their interactions with their families because children very rarely hide who they are. They haven't quite learned to mask their emotions which makes for really interesting and honest photos. I try my best to step back and allow for authentic moments and the pure bond that forms between parents and children, siblings, even best friends.
At the end of the day, I want to create photographs that stir something inside of you. Memories you can hold in your hands that will give you all the feels when you look at them in 40 years.
If you're looking for a photography experience that's relaxed and stress-free, I think we'll get along just fine!