Photos by Chelsea Maras

Photos by Portraits to the People 

Mother, Photographer,  Friend, Comadre, Healer, Wife, Daughter, Chingona

Becoming a mother was a catalyst into self discovery for me.  Since having Olive  , I have become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, trained as a Doula, and soon will begin training to be certified as a sound healer.  Pregnancy and birthing brought me closer to my intuition and now I feel I am truly living in my power of just trusting my gut feeling, that I now call— intuition.   Happiness comes from within, and having these tools will help me to help others discover their power.

Olive la Vida

A play on my daughter’s name, Olive, the name of my business— Olive la Vida, speaks to my intention to live and support “all of the life”.  Or, as interpreted by a friend when I shared the name “I love the life”, both are equally fitting.   I love to keep my hands busy making, inventing, gardening, changing diapers (not really)… and I’ve always loved to share.    I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We currently live in a multigenerational home, which is a fancy way of saying I live in the home I grew up in, with my parents.   I am a born and raised Santanera.

My calling to support women and families in their pregnancies and beyond came after having my own child.   Though I myself did not understand the true benefits of having a doula for my own birth ceremony, I had so much love and support from the women in my family that acted as the support.   Between the women in my immediate family, they have had 10 births, I went to them with questions, they held so much space for me and my  experience, they were my doulas.

Photography has always been a long standing love of mine.   I inherited it from my mom. My mom loved taking photos of me and her friends and I grew up watching her.   When I was 15 I got my first real job as a lifeguard for the City of Santa Ana and with my very first paycheck, I bought my first digital camera… and the rest as they say is history.