I can not complain about 2017. It was so much kinder than 2016. I won't be making any New Year's resolutions this year. Instead I will just strive for more in 2018. More LOVE not only for others, but myself too. More road trips, laughter, hugs, stars, sunsets, art, creating, books, dreaming, tea, walks, exploring and adventures. I just want to move forward and live the best life possible. I am going to focus a lot more on my art. Shifting away completely from traditional family portrait photography and working on the obscure lifestyle work that I truly love. To all of you.... I hope 2018 will be your best year ever. And that you all can be a little kinder to yourself and others.
"At some point in your childhood, you and your friends went outside to play for the last time and nobody knew it."
" I can live with god and with suicide.
The same thing holds if I close my eyes....
It's a truth so pure it can kill you dead..
A taste of heaven mixed with hell inside of my head."
The past almost five years on Zivity have been a very positive experience for me. It has allowed me to create art with my friends whilst also making some new ones along the way. Including a great network of models and photographers. Before Zivity, I really didn't have a place to share my work or express myself in the ways I wanted. They allowed me to push my creativity to places I did not think possible. I was able to win several photography contests and with the help of my beautiful friends, be featured on the front page with the best of the best. Seriously! Some of the most amazing artistic nude photographers from around the world. My work was side by side with theirs. I was completely overwhelmed with emotions during my features. And of course a lot of fan girl moments to be had. I know a lot of people are upset with their decision to close. I had a wide range of emotions, but now I am just sad that it is ending for us, but glad it happened. A lot of people have asked me what this means for my ART, especially my adult work... and the answer is, I really do not know. Thank you to all the fans of my work, the beautiful ladies I have worked with over the years, and the backers who support my projects. And especially thanks to my friends and family who "proof" my work before it goes public. I know I drive you all crazy. Goodbye Zivity 💞 Thanks for the memories.
I get a little tired of people who assume that just because you have kids, you are automatically completely uncool, and that all your time is spent wiping babies from head to toe, giving spit baths, criticizing their every move, volunteering for PTA, blogging in your spare time, clipping coupons before crock potting a pot roast, ironing the clothes, bleaching the whites, mopping the floors, harvesting your eggs, sewing for your etsy shop, scrapbooking the little things, taking pictures of everything they do, saving for college, reading Dr. Suess, socializing at the bus stop, sweeping the floor, laughing over coffee with your jogging stroller, wearing your birkenstocks and listening to Baby Einstein.
Just because I DO THESE THINGS OCCASIONALLY.
Does not mean for one second that sometimes I don’t just want to be a kick ass girl with streaks in her hair, a ring in her nose, a tattoo on her arm, concert tickets in her purse, vodka in her fridge, a leather mini-skirt in her closet, her best single friends and a standing reservation for Las Vegas once a year with a don’t ask don’t tell policy, and the desire to just once be seen as more than the mother of 5 kids. Sometimes I just want to be seen as a “Maggie”. A “Maggie” with an extremely adorable set of children… (I joke, but sometimes it's hard to over come labels. )
Married + 5 Children
Born in New York
Living in Chicago Land
Italian + Mexican American household
Published Photographer + Artist
Lung Cancer Activist + Advocate
Social Media Enthusiast
Openly in Grief Therapy
Believes in Freedom Of Religion
Studied Animal Science
Backpacking + Hiking
Crystals + Meditation + Yoga
Writing + Scrapbooking + Blogging
Foodie + Cooking + Baking
Tropical Fish Keeping
Coffee + Coffee Shops
Travel + Road trips
Okkervil River + Good indie bands