Honestly, most days, I don’t even know, haha. I’m a work in progress every day! Constantly learning new things about myself.
What I do know is….
I grew up in a really small town called Anza, it’s about 35 minutes out from Temecula, Ca. In this small town is where majority of my family lives, where I got my “edge” and also where I met the love of my life. We’ve been doing this life thing together for about five years now and we’re engaged!!
I’d say we’re a pretty great team along with our wild pup-child, Jagger!
My personality is somewhat that of a sour patch kid.. I am a complete sarcasm enthusiast and most would call me a spitfire or firecracker but I love super hard and protect even harder. Along with all of that, I really just like to have fun and I try not to take everything too seriously! I’d like to say I’m a good representation of “kinda classy, kinda hood”. I am not one to sugar coat and if you’re asking for it, my honest opinion is there to be heard.
I’m a fan of modern coffee shops, avocado (even though I’m allergic), road trips and mountain aesthetics.
Most people ask me, “what is the meaning of Merakii?”. The answer is passion. To leave a piece of yourself in your work. When I say, “leave a piece of yourself in your work”, I mean that personally but also for my clients. I want them to have a session and in 10 years, look back on it and be able to remember exactly how it made you feel.
My photography story… It’s kind of long and really sentimental but I feel it’s important to how I got here. So if you’re into that sorta thing, keep reading….
For as long as I can remember I was playing with disposable cameras. Having my mom take them and get the film developed all the time. Taking pictures of everything under the sun. That be it rocks, trees, my toys, literally anything. I can’t recall what about it had me so intrigued and content. As I grew, I sort of faded out of it and began picking up other hobbies, but even in doing those, I at least had a point and shoot for me and all of my friends. Around the time I was a sophomore in high school, my dad had a really nice Canon. I was jealous and obsessed with it, haha. I begged for months for it or for him to get me one. Finally, the pleading worked! He handed it over and said “don’t let it go to waste, I want you to do something with it!”. So I did… for a little while. Then it faded again. Fast forward to 2015 (I graduated 2011), my dad passed away unexpectedly. I was lost, confused and angry. I couldn’t find any solace. I kept feeling this urge to pick up the camera again. So I did. Of every moment and everyone in my life that I always wanted to have memories of. It became so apparent to me how not enough of us do this. We let the days pass by forgetting things that were so special about them. I decided I wasn’t going to do that. Because I didn’t have a ton of pictures with or of my dad aside from my childhood years. Fast forward again to now, I have a thriving business and I owe the force behind it being the spirit of my dad.