Hi, I'm Maylies!
I speak German and say salad sauce instead of salad dressing.
So, let’s get the obvious thing out of the way. My name is Maylies, like “my-lease”. It’s a Swedish name and no, I’ve never met anyone with the same name either. My parents moved from Germany to Canada in 1990, eventually settling down in the “boonies” outside of Lumby, BC. Some of you might know where that is (and if you do, that’s awesome!), and if you don’t, it’s near Vernon, B.C. in the Okanagan.
Here’s what I think you need to know about me: I grew up on my parent’s organic farm and I’m pretty sure that’s where I get my can-do-it-yourself attitude. I’m a gal that appreciates milling my own flour, canning fruit and freezing a whack load of berries. If there is something I can do from scratch, you bet I’ll try it. When I look around our home, I see so many projects that I am proud of. I appreciate the imperfections, knowing I did that with my own hands.
In my family, we show our love by making food for each other. So it’s no surprise that I love cooking for my friends. I’m all about bringing people together with food, outdoor adventures, games (currently obsessed with Splendour, Codenames, and Dixit), and sharing books that I love.
So why photography? Well, after high school, when I was in the Alps working as a shepherd (you can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take her love of animals), I started making lists of what I wanted to do. Photography was consistently #1 on the list! And that’s when I stopped thinking of photography as a hobby and started thinking of it as something I could do professionally. So I applied to the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts and moved to Vancouver, BC to learn the skills I needed to make it happen.
Why wedding photography? That’s easy—the memories! Personally, I love looking back at my own photos and having those moments to cherish forever. And what’s better than the silly, fun, and beautiful moments of connection that happen at a wedding? You tell me.
Speaking of connection, that’s my #1 non-negotiable in life and in work. When it comes to your special day, I want to feel like a friend. I want to get to know you because we’re going to be spending a lot of time together, especially on your big day. We’ll plan, we’ll share our ideas, we’ll laugh, and I’ll maybe have a few tears (there’s always a moment and I just can’t help myself), because I’m just so dang excited to be a part of this day that you two will remember forever.