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maren

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I'm Maren

The only East Valley Arizona photographer who helps you strengthen your marriage, home, and family.

hey mama,

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If you’ve ever felt discouraged by the daily expectations of marriage, motherhood, and homemaking…

If you’ve ever felt mom-guilt because you just don’t have the energy, and even if you did, you’re sure it still wouldn’t be enough…

If the dishes and the laundry and running here and there, and everything else leaves you feeling used up…

If you’ve ever felt guilty because you have nothing left to give to your partner…

If you’ve found yourself counting down the hours to bedtime… every day…

If you’ve ever struggled to remember why you wanted to be a mom in the first place…

If you’ve ever felt so distracted by all the things, that you feel disconnected from the ones you do it all for…

mama

i see you!

HOMEMAKING IS HARD.

MOTHERHOOD IS HARD.

MARRIAGE IS HARD.

JUGGLING ALL THOSE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME…? HARD!

…and some days it feels impossible.

This is where i come in!

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hey mama,

I'm a lot like you

I photograph busy mamas and their family’s who struggle to find joy amidst the chaos that is life, because I do.

As a grad-school wife living with my in-laws, mama to one, frequent nanny to another, and fumbling homemaker, I am all too familiar with the chaos.

Our overflowing to-do lists, though helpful, often cause us to forget the things that matter most and miss the life we’re so busy pursuing to enjoy.

That’s where I come in. I know that your partner means everything to you, that you love being a mom, and that homemaking is a sacred calling.

But I also know, on more days than you’d like to admit, you struggle to find the joy. The rush, rush, rush, self-doubt, and overwhelm steal the joy.

As a result, you feel guilty, deficient, empty, and without purpose.

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the story

my journey to joy

“Do you enjoy being a mom?”

It had been a year of big changes for us.

I stopped working, we moved states and in with my in-laws, Matt started Physical Therapy school, I became a full-time, stay-at-home-mom and homemaker, and the pressure was on to turn my photography business into a viable income stream.

9 months later, that question was the harshest wake up call I have ever received.

With it, I had to admit that my family was in crisis, and I was a big part of the problem.

I was going through the motions, doing what I had to, what was expected of me. But I was always grumpy, stressed out of my mind, and frustrated that I couldn’t get more done.

I was there physically, but mentally and emotionally, I was far, far away.

I realized I’d lost sight of the why. Why the dishes, the loads of laundry, the cleaning and the meals mattered. I’d forgotten that the business I was trying to build was meant to serve my family, not the other way around.

I forgot to find the joy in every moment spent with my baby girl and wonderful husband and the life we’d set out to build together.

so…

I did what I always do when I know I need to adjust my perspective. I looked at my life through my camera lens.

Making a photograph requires one to pause and breathe, to go beyond simply being, and truly see. 

Reexamining motherhood through my lens helped me bask in the joy of the journey, mess and all, and the enchanting moments, small and simple, happening right in front of me.

and now... I'm helping others do the same.

In every session, I strive to create real moments that showcase your family’s unique personality and relationships to help you truly see, to remind you what matters most, and to give you strength and courage to carry on.

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Get to Know Me

#1 How many siblings do you have?

Seven! 2 older sisters, 5 younger brothers.

#2 What is the best advice you have ever received?

Sometimes our greatest weaknesses are our strengths taken too far.

#3 What was your major in college?

Human development with an emphasis on child guidance.

#4 What are you most scared of?

Scorpions!

#5 What’s something You can’t live without?

A good soak in the tub

#6 What are some of your favorite things?

Eucalyptus Spearmint Candles (BBW), jigsaw puzzles, cozy blankets, and making memories.

#7 What’s your secret talent?

Harry Potter trivia

#8 What Your Favorite Inspirational Quote?

Happiness is the destination, but it’s also the path. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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