And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
— Roald Dahl.
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My name is Vanessa Maldonado. I was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1981, number 6 of 8 siblings. I spent my primary school years in Koreatown (still one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city) and later Mid-City, very close to where I live now. I have been shooting since I was a freshman in HS, and back then fell in love with the hours lost playing in the darkroom. I still love film but transitioned to digital back in 2006. I shoot events, families, weddings, and portraits. My favorite things to capture are in between moments, the moments that show connection and interaction, and a bit of the story of who you are. My greatest goal is to share your beauty with the world.

I am serious about my coffee (the drinking part at least), I love waking (I’m already that old lady with a walking schedule), and I love movies, ALL the movies, but some of my favorites include: Before Night Falls, Moonlight, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Roma.

I have an incredible partner and a 4-year old who rule my world!!