Hi! I’m Mary Elizabeth, the main photographer behind MAJECK (pronounced magic). My whole life I have felt compelled to tell stories and been drawn to portraits and the stories they would tell. As a little girl, I would pour over the pictures my family had. Moments that you can’t get back – my great-grandfather standing in front of his first car – circa 1914, my mother as a toddler standing in their front yard with bouncing curls, my great-grandmother as an old woman shortly before her death in the early 90’s sitting next to her spittoon (she was a character). Even more important to me were the pictures of my parents and older siblings. Due to an illness my Mom was paralyzed from the neck down when I was 6. The mother and woman she was prior to that event looked very different than the person she was after. Those pictures are a bridge from the past to today and I loved the story, the emotion and the growth in our family.
Sure, I could tell you how long I’ve been taking pictures (I couldn’t drive yet) or when I got my first digital camera (it used a floppy disk). So could dozens of other photographers. I’d rather share how my whole goal with photography is to help capture moment’s of a family’s story – both the happy and the sad. I want to capture the smile, the stray tear, the toddler grabbing the champagne flute at your wedding and mom grabbing for it. I’m particularly capable of doing this because my life experiences have helped guide me to a place where not only is it a privilege to be brought into weddings, funerals, births, Christmas pictures, reunions and birthdays but I recognize the importance of my presence to my customers. It is a responsibility that I take seriously and I strive every week to improve and grow because your moments matter.
My job is to capture the love story – be it between a husband and wife, parent and child, siblings, extended family or just with yourself. I want to not just capture this love story, but follow it for years to come. I invest in my clients. I wouldn’t want to do anything less. It is in your story that I see magic.
These days, when I’m not with clients, I’m with my husbands and kiddos. I volunteer as a coach for soccer and hiking so that I get extra time with my preteens and I go to MOPS because we have a toddler in the house again. I try to fill our days with laughter but sometimes between Autism (my son rocks his diagnosis), my husband’s disabilities (he is a 100% disabled combat veteran) and the general drama my girls bring to the table – I just drink coffee and sit back with my camera capturing the moment because I know too well tomorrow it will be different and I’m going to miss this. So before another moment passes, let’s connect and create some magic for your family to cherish!
I’d love to hear more about your next portrait session and offer you a quote. #createMAJECK – Mary Elizabeth