Growing up I've always dreamed of having a job that will make me happy. Just as for many kids, I think, my "dream job" has changed several times over the years. I have wanted to be a teacher, or an owner of a giant shelter for all the homeless cats and dogs I could spot out in the street, or even a singer at some point. And I do think any of those could make me happy, really! Now I have always loved to take photos, too, but I would have never thought that I could actually be lucky enough to work as a photographer. My dad spent many years working in a photo department, my grandpa used to develop film in the bathroom, I mean, "dark room", and me - I just loved to be in photos! So one way or another photography has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was in school, I can't recall pretty much any of my friends ever having a camera on them, everyone always said "Will Marina be there? She'll have a camera, so we don't have to bring ours!"
When it was time for me to go to college here in the US, I decided that I want to try a black and white photography class. Photography classes were never offered in Kazakhstan (which is where I grew up), so it was a very exciting adventure :) I was very lucky to have a wonderful teacher, and got inspired to pursue photography classes when I moved to Los Angeles. A couple years later I got my Certificate of Commercial Photography and was happily photographing weddings, quinceaneras and many other events. It wasn't until I had my own baby that I realized how much fun it was to photograph babies and children and families! With every session, my love for family photography grew stronger and the word about TinyTraits kept on spreading and I kept on meeting all these beautiful families and just having tons of fun with them while capturing some of the sweetest, most precious memories.
I fall in love with every baby that is in front of my camera and I am thrilled to meet all the new families and share their joy of having a new, gorgeous baby. I love that I get to freeze beautiful memories in time, and it makes me incredibly happy to know that I was a part, even if just a little one, of catching precious glimpses of so many lives.
I love the beauty of life, I think I have found my calling and there's no stopping me now!
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