HELLO, THIS IS ME.
marija leilynn, the twenty year-old artist, the explorer, the wild and free. i am in love with life itself, the people in it, but most of all i am in love with the heart of jesus and i breath to express that. i express that love of life and the creator of it not only as photographer but a writer and a poet. all of this love in me is why we're both here, on my website. (thanks for being here, by the way.)
you'll often find me willingly lost in dreaming, inhibited by terrible dance moves and probably attached to my camera or pen. i love to feel alive and soak in life as it is, exploring all i can from it. deep conversations are MY JAM, but i don't mind gettin down to some 2000's rnb either. imma be everyone's hype woman on that dance floor. i adore reading and writing beautiful words the expression of emotion through words has been something that has deeply effected me, and i have a passion to teach others what goodness being vulnerable can bring. I am transitioning into school to become an author/creative writing professor in the spring. i chose that path because i believe so strongly in humanity and art and how the two coincide. this is also why i began this business.
I BELIEVE PHOTOGRAPHY IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP,
not just catching the "moment" and forgetting about the people behind them. this is about YOU. and lucky lil' me who gets to hang out and be friends with you due to my camera being the common connection. whether that's me third wheeling you and your darling up in the mountains and meadows or if we're getting cozy on your kitchen floor with your three-year-old. the reason i'm here is because of the tremendous power of relationship-and behind that relationship, LOVE.
I consider myself a hopeless romantic, which means i will probably tear up at your ceremony and steal all of your joyful emotions and make them my own on our shoot.
i'm not a fan of stiff smiles and uncomfortable looking limbs, so you can expect a whole lot of bad jokes to get you to show your true expressions. i want to find that authentic emotion wherever i can and sometimes that means getting messy and making a fool out of yourself. i search for the moments that are hidden and full of emotion because i believe they're what makes our best memories worth looking back on. reality isn't "hey look at the camera on three and say cheese!" it's your best friend looking at you in love getting ready without you noticing. it's your mom watching you dance with your dad with tears in her eyes. it's the game of blackjack your best man beat you at before you saw your bride in her dress for the first time.
I TAKE PHOTOS TO GIVE,
and to communicate for myself and others what is simply too lovely to express in words. i understand that love is many things to many people, but this is what makes life beautiful. photography allows me to give a voice to the otherwise unexplainable.
i am wildly in love with life, with people, and all that i do i want to do with meaning and passion.
so here i am, saying hey. lets be friends, and lets capture some insanely special memories together.
T E S T E M O N I A L S
"AS SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE SMILING/HAVING PHOTOS TAKEN, AND IS NOW MARRIED TO SOMEONE WHO LOVES THEM, MARIJA WAS PERFECT FOR BOTH OF US. SHE TOOK SO MUCH STRESS OUT OF THE WEDDING BY NOT ONLY GIVING US FANTASTIC AND CREATIVE PICTURES, BUT BY MAKING THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE SO MUCH FUN AND REMINDING US THAT THIS WAS OUR DAY. HER EASY GOING ATTITUDE, TIRELESS WORK ETHIC, AND OBVIOUS LOVE FOR PEOPLE MADE MY WEDDING AMAZING."
DANIEL & LYDIA
"marija gave me everything i dreamed when it came to our wedding pictures. not only was she relaxed, knew what to do in various situations, and reliable, but she was so flexible with our ceremony & reception being 3 months apart due to COVID. i am in love with our wedding photos and can’t wait to hang them all over the house."
PETER & LILY