Photographer

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Hi there! I’m Maria and I’m the person behind the camera! I have had a love for photography for as long as I can remember. My parents bought me my very first camera, a polaroid, when I was about 10 years old, since then I was hooked. I grew up in a small town of Monee, Il and now live in Valparaiso, In with my two children, my husband, and our many pets.

Photography has always been a passion, but until recently it has only been a hobby. For the last 12 years, I have been a dog groomer. I loved it, but I wanted to take a step into a creative career. A different change of pace. 
One of my favorite settings to shoot in is macro, I love capturing such a small subject so closely. I love to make something scary, like a spider, look cute, or interesting. To also see the pollen holding on to a bumblebees legs in hopes to pollinate another flower. Or a dewdrop on a flower with a bit of reflection in view. 

I also love to capture photos of the moon and beautiful beach sunsets at our National Park. 

When I’m not in photography mode, I love to drink coffee, read scary books and paint. I also love exploring nature with my kids, Collin and Gemma and our two dogs Sparky and Leo, watching my chickens’ free-range and taking care of my elderly cats, Sheena and Felix. I also love to go see shows at our local Theater and watch Netflix with my husband, Mike.

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