WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I still remember the chilled air in the airport lobby. It was not something I was used to. The chairs were cooled to the touch, the world was moving fast around me.
I remember looking to my right while sitting in the cool chair and seeing my dad through a rectangular window with his hand pressed against it. I remember trying to be strong, when on the inside I wanted to crumble.
This was a pivotal moment in my life and one that has forever changed how I view the world.
I came to this country with my mom, step-father, and then four year-old brother in the pursuit of the American dream. Leaving behind everyone and everything I ever knew: my dad, grandparents, uncles, cousins, friends, language, and customs.
I can’t tell you the impact that something like this has on a child, but I can tell you this: I value family above all else.
When I press down the shutter, I look to capture a moment that you might not see right now & only I see while on the outside looking in. I’m want to show you the look on your face when you hold your newborn; your smile when you hug your toddler; how your hands tightly grip your loved ones back as you embrace in the hopes of never letting go. I want to show you how you look while staring into his eyes and thinking of all the things that had to happen to get you here, in this very moment.
Family is all I have ever been in pursuit of and I know that for many that has a different meaning. I want to be there with you in your definition of family. Whether that is a young couple madly in love ready to commit to a lifetime together – that’s family. A new couple eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new soul – that’s family. A single mom holding her daughters hand through life while figuring out how to be both mother and father – that’s family. A couple that after years of marriage with older kids realize just how much they love and value each other and how thankful they are to have each other in their life – that’s family.
Let me be in this moment with you and give you in return a memory you can see and treasure for generations.
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WHY THE CRUNCHY NEST
I’m often intrigued by what is behind someone’s name. Why was it chosen? What does it mean? So let me share with you a little about how The Crunchy Nest came to be.
The answer, as you can imagine, is pretty simple: I believe in a pure, raw, and organic way of approaching photography and life in general. I’m not perfect, far from it. I have weaknesses for things that might not be earth-friendly or holistic, but I do work hard in trying to live a cleaner, less polluted life both for my health, the health of my family. and the earth.
And because my photography is a reflection of me, I only offer products that I can stand behind. The decision of what I offer you does not come lightly. There is a lot of research and heartache involved, because if it doesn’t feel good to me, even if it is a beautiful product, I don’t offer it to you.
Unfortunately, not all photo paper is eco-friendly or FSP certified, although the movement has started, it is not easily available or affordable. However, rest assured that a lot of thought and consideration went behind every part of The Crunchy Nest from the ribbon that ties your prints to the album company we chose to work with, everything has a story. Please go visit our Prints and Products page to hear a little more about our products.
While browsing our site, pay attention to the symbols next to our products, as they will be able to offer a little insight.
We align ourselves with companies that create products with purpose. Some have repurposed new uses for Mountain Beetle Pine wood, our fine art prints are made with 100% cotton, and our knit vendors offer cruelty free and/or organic yarn.
MADE IN USA
This is extremely important to us. All of our products are from vendors are in the USA and they are companies who care about customer experience and excellence; whose competitive edge is not price but quality.
MADE WITH LOVE
From the hand-crafted wooden boxes that hold our prints to our albums, all of our products are made with love by companies whose ideals are aligned with ours.
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Maylin Brito is a fine art portrait photographer, known for concentrating on human connection. She can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Work With Me page on the website.