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Meet Trailblazer Mahli Rivera and Anita Maldonado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mahli Rivera and Anita Maldonado.

Mahli and Anita, please share your story with us. 
We started off with a vision of what we love about photography. We have an admiration on how photographers can take a simple concept and make it there own. Whether it be by lights, editing, backgrounds, composition or props. We love how photographers can capture a persons beauty that maybe they themselves have overlooked. Today, we are working on expanding into more creative outlets as well as photography. We never want to limit what our minds are capable of creating.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. When we first started, we had a lot learning to do, and what were each of our strengths, and weaknesses, so when it came to working with clients, we know who works the best with the different types of photography that we do. Another obstacle is valuing our work. When we first started this business, we didn’t value the work or our creativity, which allowed for other to put a value on us. Us working and putting so much time into everything we did and we were not seeing the fruits of labor. Years later, we have come along way and our work reflects it. Advice to any young women who are just starting this journey is to not let others tell you how much you are worth.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Life Petals Photography & Design – what should we know?
We are photographers and Anita is also a musician. We have a spectrum of the different types of photography that we do because there are two of us, but we have a focus on fashion and family. whether it be us working with an up and coming designer, models or makeup artist or veterans in their fields we love being a part of how their work is being portrayed. When it comes to family photography, we range from before a family when you’re celebrating personal accomplishments, to after, when you celebrating the milestone your little one has reached. We are most proud of the work, time, learning and love we have for what we do. As creative individuals, we love that we are not limited to what we can create and be a part of.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
There’s a couple of different things that help us. Our Google calendar would be one, nothing would be right if it wasn’t for this app. Being able to share, add and look easily when we have potential clients, so we don’t interfere with anything else is essential. Plann app would be another. Being able to look ahead at what looks best on our Instagram feed and how it flows, is also a great resource.


  • Our pricing starts at $175

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Jean Alberto Ledee

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