It’s my birthday month!

My birthday month starts in just a few short hours (ok days-November really,  but whatever)! And let me tell you – I celebrate all month long! This year I have decided to celebrate by giving you,  the awesome people who make my life as a photographer worth every moment, a chance to win a Birthday portrait session!!!

What is a birthday portrait session?  Well it’s pretty much anything you want it to be as long as it has any one (or all) of the following items in your session:

  • A fancy dress, sparkly shoes, a fun tie, suspenders, a tiara or a hat- I mean you have to dress up to celebrate right?
  • Balloons, streamers, and/or confetti
  • Champagne to toast another fabulous year! or your favorite soda pop if you are not 21 and older ;-)
  • A birthday cake! To be eaten with or without hands. Smashing totally allowed!!

Does my birthday have to be in November? Nope! Your birthday can be whenever, however your session must have one of the above items in it and must take place by January 15, 2015 as stated in the fine print.

birthday portrait giveaway

Your birthday portrait session will include the following:

  • 1.5 hours, indoor/outdoor locations of your choice
  • Online Gallery of proof images to choose from
  • one 11×14  storyboard
  • a video of your session to share
  • $100 Product credit

To enter follow the below  instructions, directly in the box (and if you leave a comment leave it in the comments area below this post).  There’s quite a few, and each one is worth an entry so you have multiple chances to enter, totally worth it, right! All entries must be received by 11/04/14 no later than 11:00 pm (PST)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced on the blog and on the Mariana Maya facebook page. Be sure you like the page so you don’t miss the notification.
  • You must claim your prize within 2 calendar days of announcement, by emailing me: Example: announced Monday- Claim by end of Wednesday
  • Session will take place at a location of my choosing. Which can be anywhere in the Bay Area. You must be available to travel to the location on set date. We will pick a  date together from a list of dates I will offer you.
  • Session valid for a Monday – Thursday session.
  • Session will take place on a date agreed upon by photographer and winner between. Session must be booked and completed by January 15, 2015. Failure to do so will forfeit your winnings.
  • Session valid for up to 3 people. (bring your BFF, parents, a loved one or your furry friend to help you celebrate)
  • Anyone can enter- minors MUST have legal guardian’s permission  and the legal guardian must be present at time of session.
  • This promotion is run solely by Mariana Maya Photography and is not affiliated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter nor any other social media you might have seen/heard about this on.

You read up there that I celebrate all month long right?? Be sure to check the blog and facebook page often, you never know what other celebrations I might have  lined up for the month! WOO HOO!!!!


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Surviving & Thriving 5th Anniversary Fundraiser

Surviving & Thriving 5th Anniversary Fundraiser was one of the most amazing events I’ve attended this year! It was held at the amazing Lot Twenty One Studio  in the San Francisco Dogpatch.

I was asked by a friend in 2012  if I could donate my time and photograph this event. I had so much fun that night and met so many great people. I was bummed I couldn’t make last year, so when I received an email about this year’s 5th anniversary event I immediately added it to my calendar so I wouldn’t miss it! And I’m so glad I did!

The night was filled with old friends, new friends, great food, laughs, tears, hugs, kisses, music, inspirational speeches and so much more!

Surviving & Thriving 2014 Event collage

Detail shots from Surviving & Thriving 2014The floral arrangements were so pretty. Thank you to Soulflower Design Studio of San Francisco.

There was also a silent auction! Most of the artwork hanging on the walls in these images and many more items were up for auction!

surviving and thriving 2014 donations

All proceeds from the night (and continued donations through this link) benefit SFWAR & WOMAN,Inc.

Surviving & Thriving 2014 black and white images

If you missed this event or want to relive some of the moments you can check it out here.

A gallery of all the images from this event can be found here.

A special thanks to all the contributors!  To see a full list of all the contributors and also to donate to either organization follow this link!

Hope you can join next year.



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Nine month baby portraits

Hello friends! It’s the moment you have all been waiting for.. this adorable little girl’s nine month portraits!!  OK just kidding maybe you ALL haven’t been waiting but I know lots of her fans (aka her family) have been.

urban family portraits

I know for sure I love love love looking and looking at these pictures. And the video at the end… OH MY GOD!  I will forever cherish it. You see this is my little niece!!!  So of course I can go on and on about this session… but I won’t well not for too much.

I loved shooting this portrait session not just because of the obvious  niece thing, but also because I love walking around the Lake Merritt Oakland, CA area.  Oh and there was also a Yummy yummy milkshake and burgers break we took mid session.. but never mind that. On with the photos…

black and white baby portraits

baby looking at the camera

OK isn’t she seriously cute?? she goes from super serious intense looks to giggling and melting my heart in like 2 seconds or less.


black and white baby portraits

Interested in booking  a  session to get your very own video to share with everyone you know?  Give me a ring 408-916-3474 or drop me a note

walking in Oakland, CA


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One month baby portraits

One month baby portraits. Introducing this precious baby girl.

little baby feet

You know when you meet someone and you are so comfortable with them? That was totally me and this family.

family baby portraitsMy favorite part of the entire session was Mommy humming to her little one. I died! Being in that room full of love is definitely one of the best parts of being a photographer.  You’ll see in the video (down below) how cute the humming is.

And this cute cute this little girl OMG!!

baby cute faces

And let’s talk about Daddy. Can you say he is totally and totally doomed in a house with these two gorgeous girls that he loves with all his heart. Watching him look upon them lovingly was more than these words can say.

B&W baby portraits

I am so excited to share this session with you guys. Check out the video!

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