Say hello to Miss Maya aka @pics_missmaya, our newest member of the Little Gatherer gang. Wielding a big bad camera and an impeccable eye for style, creativity and beauty, Miss Maya has long been one of our favourite photographers and never fails to leave us feeling bewildered, inspired or in awe. So naturally we were over the moon when she agreed to come on board as a regular contributor...
With a background in illustration, it was photography that eventually captured her heart. After having two children and being a full time mum for a few years, Miss Maya rolled up her sleeves and got stuck in to photography and before long she was shooting for the likes of Temple & Webster, Milk & Soda and Gardner and the Gang to name a few. She clearly has some talent!
Her creative juices started to bubble as a little girl, spending endless hours in her mother’s art room watching her work as a fashion illustrator. With endless supplies of paper, pens, ink, magazines and letra sets it was only a matter of time before she caught the creative bug.
These days Miss Maya has no trouble finding inspiration: “To be honest, I find inspiration everywhere and I am usually over-inspired if anything and want to create images constantly (to the detriment of any house related work!).” she says.
With a particular talent for photographing children, we cannot wait to see some of the stunning images she brings to share with us all on the Little Gatherer blog. As a bit of a teaser we have included some of our favourite images from her current Instagram account… so if you like the look of these, we highly recommend following her for a daily piece of wow in your Insta-feed.
What inspired you to start photographing children?
I have always loved photographing children – I find them completely unselfconscious, honest and entertaining to work with. When I was a teenager I would get the neighbourhood kids together and take photos. I have been very lucky that my own children let me practice on them – they have no interest in the images themselves but are (mostly!) happy to go along with it.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love having an idea, quickly doing it and then coming up with the next shot. I’m not interested in perfection, but I love emotion (in saying that, I am particular, I know what I like!). I usually think about what I want to do, work out the kinks in my mind then set it up. When I add the kids it’s about seeing what they do with it and working fast. I like to be quick and working with children you need to seize the moment. It’s great practice.
I also love to make things or to change things and often pick up junk that people have thrown out and use it as a prop. Making things with paper has been a love of mine since I was a child and when I need some ‘me’ time I will usually be found making something out of paper. I find it totally relaxing and restorative and it gives me utter joy (then I look up and see the chaotic mess I’ve created around me! eeeek).
It’s also fun doing chalk drawings for a few of my photos as the kids are with me playing or drawing while I’m drawing. So it’s a way of us all being together but also doing something for ourselves. I am for sure a more relaxed mum when I am being creative. It’s definitely a big part of who I am.
What inspires your images?
I am very inspired by editorial fashion magazines, I have always loved fashion from those early days with mum. Movies totally inspire me – I love, love stories. I also love humour, love a funny story, love funny kids and definitely attracted to quirky ideas.
I also love faux animals, apart from being funny and low maintenance I guess they take direction well! We have one real cat and she’s awesome (and also takes direction well!). To be honest, I find inspiration everywhere and I am usually over-inspired if anything and want to create images constantly (to the detriment of any house related work!).
Where are your favourite places to go in Sydney with kids?
We love going to the Saturday markets at Carriageworks. Any of the beautiful beaches around Sydney. Any Japanese restaurant! The kids would have Japanese everyday if possible.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an artist like my mum or to work in movies.
If you were to make a bake the ultimate cake, what flavour would it be and what would it look like?
I love to bake but I spend way too much time taking photos and my cooking & baking has taken a downward slide (poor family!). My mum used to burn our dinner on an almost daily basis as she was trying to cook while she was finishing off a drawing. I’m starting to see a resemblance in behaviour, the husband is getting worried………
Maya will be sharing her first post with you very soon so stay tuned. In the coming weeks we will also be introducing you to the last of our wonderful contributors, we can't wait!