LA Photographers - Kya Shae

During my recent workshop on the west coast I randomly ran into Kya Shae.  I was sitting in my buddies studio in Salt Lake City, Utah watching The Daily Show and eating breakfast. 

Kya walked into to the room and I instantly knew we had to make art together.  I ended up DMing her through Instagram the night before she left for LA and asked her to come in the next morning for a quick shoot before her flight out.  

She walked in with her sweet grandmother and we made this shoot together.

If you'd like to see ALL of the photos that I gave Kya then you can head over to my Patreon page and check out my behind-the-scenes work.  

Mark Maya - Photographer - Educator

Mark Maya Photography, 217 North Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC, 27703

Did you know 10 years ago when I decided to become an educator I was really scared?  I didn't feel like I had the confidence, social skills or basic knowledge to teach. Honestly, some days I still don't. 

I've learned more than I ever thought possible through teaching photography to teenagers with severe disabilities, middle and high schoolers, university students and countless individual photographers. 

I'm someone who believes in being prepared. Being prepared for teaching others is a task that only time can prepare you for. Time spent struggling through something with others. Solving problems and figuring stuff out together. Learning from each other and our mistakes.

I'm excited that we get to learn together and I promise to always be prepared and spend time on my craft while being honest and organic. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.