Family Portraits in San Jose, CA

Hello everyone! It’s been a super fun season and we have had some amazing weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m so excited to share these family portraits. We had so much fun that if I just told you how much fun we had you would think I was making it up. And you know what they say, seeing is believing so be sure to check out the video at the end.

Meet the “funnest” family ever! (Yes I do know funnest isn’t a word- I totally made it up)

traditional family portraits

Mom & dad are so awesome with son J. Everyone laughed, made silly faces, snuck up on each other, ran, climbed trees, hugged and kissed!  The only thing missing was ….. hmm nothing IT was a perfect evening!

mom and dad with kidSometimes a kid just needs to run run run…

running during family portraits

Hey come to think of it- I didn’t get a kiss??!!!!  Wait a minute, I was jipped.  NEXT time!!

a loving family

Even mommy & daddy snuck in some smooching!





Thank you guys for such a great fun time! My assistant and I will forever laugh when we watch this video!!

I can’t wait to see you guys again for more fun!!

family portraits

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing each and everyone of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a very special thank you for all your support over the years!

I am grateful for each and everyone of you who has made it possible for me to live my dream. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming year!


And because all posts are prettier with an image. here’s an photo I took this year on my first trip to Maui for “Mommy & Me” portrait sessions!

Maui Hawaii sunset

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Kara’s Cupcakes Winner Announcement!

Kara’s Cupcakes Winner Announcement!

But first I would like to thank everyone who entered! I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by to enter.  And join me in my birthday celebration!!

Mariana Maya Photogrpahy giveaway The winner is Carina!

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Congratulations! Please email me to claim your prize!!

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The birthday celebration continues with Kara’s cupcakes!

The birthday celebration around here is continuing and today it’s with Kara’s cupcakes. I am an absolute carb-aholic (if you want proof check out my pintrest board-Baked goodness)  and when I don’t feel like baking (because then I woudl HAVE to eat 2 dozen cupcakes by myself)  Kara’s cupcakes totally takes care of my need for 1 cupcake and makes me sooooo happy. Like for real happy!! OMG!

Since this year I am not celebrating in Mexico while having the sun shine on my face as I eat yummy ceviche in Bucerias, Nayarit, a wonderful small town in Mexico on the coast (more on this in a  future post).  I then say cupcakes for me and cupcakes for you!!!  I mean cupcakes are perfect for celebrating when you aren’t on the beach right?

I’m giving away a gift card for Kara’s cupcakes so you can join me in my celebration!! Enter below,  you can enter multiple times and be sure to  share this post with all your friends. After all a party is always more fun when you invite all your friends!

Here is a video showing you a glimpse of my love for this small town’s beach and why I am so sad not to be there this year for my birthday.

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Winner will be announced after November 25th, here and on facebook. Be sure to come back and check back in. Winner will need to contact me by emailing me with your mailing address to claim their prize. Gift cards will be mailed out or handed to you if you want to meet up.

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  1. Aww, I love the video. I’m not all that happy that you somehow managed to make me crave both cupcakes and ceviche in one post though. I hope it was the happiest of birthdays!

    • marianam

      Hi Claudya! Thanks for dropping by. HA! I’m glad I got you to crave both!!! and to be honest- I had shrimp ceviche for lunch yesterday and will have cake tonight. Maybe cupcakes tomorrow!