Couples, Engagements + Anniversaries

November 23, 2018

Ivana + Sam

Ivana & Sam are the most kind-hearted and genuine people you will ever meet!

My branding designer & editor, Ivana, is from Bulgaria. I hired her just over a year ago and I knew right away she was special, and a God-send for my business.

She cared just as much as I did about the editing and makes sure she puts her heart and soul into all she does for RMP. She helps me stay on track with deadlines, is just as picky as I am with quality control & she even designed my complete new branding that was unveiled this Spring. I still review everything and make sure it’s perfect before I send it to my clients, but she saves me countless hours that I can put back into the client experience.


When she found out I was shooting a wedding in Greece, she realized how close we would be to each other and that we just had to finally get together, what an opportunity!

Meeting her and her boyfriend Sam was a joy. We shared lots of laughs and stories and I left with my heart feeing so full. They also second shot and worked with me on the wedding day, so cool.

After we said our goodbyes I couldn’t help but sit there in amazement at what God had done. Brought me close with someone across the world, then orchestrated a way for us to meet? I am blown away at this whole experience.

God spoke the worlds into existence, think of all he can do in your life if you let Him.





  1. Hi Rochelle,
    I really enjoyed looking through your website. We have a lot in common… LOL
    The 1st and I felt was the most interesting is, not only are our names the same, but our husbands names as well. Honestly it took me a moment of thought after making this realization. The 2nd but equally important is your love for God and how it has shown through in all of your blog posts. There are a lot of other similarities in our personalities, but the last comparison I will mention is your love for photography and people.

    I’m new to Saint Louis and I am working up the energy to get my photography business up and running. In 2016 my younger sister lost her battle with cancer. As you can imagine that was a horrible moment in my life. Since then it has been a challenge everyday. More recently I have been feeling better and I know in my heart my sister wouldn’t want me to give up on my dream of being a professional photographer and owning my own studio someday.

    So with that said… I have been investigating my competition. =)

    As I said initially, I truly enjoyed reading your story and looking at your images. Thank you for being here, oh and by the way… I think I love the story and pictures of your friend and co worker Ivana the best.

    God Bless you both and your fur babies,
    Rochelle Douglass McEathron

    • Rochelle Maples says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Rochelle! That is so cool that we both have the same name and our husbands too! God has truly blessed me by guiding me to this amazing career that I love and I just know he’ll do the same for you. I’m sorry to hear about your sister but you are so right that she’s smiling down on you, watching you follow your dreams! Good luck in your business and welcome to Saint Louis!

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