Mariam Lowery
About Us

My name is Mariam Lowery, but everyone calls me Mari. I'm also known as "Smileygirl," which is how my business got its name.


I'm a natural light photographer, using the existing environment of the shot to create dramatic and beautiful images. Most of my sessions are therefore done outdoors. 


I live in Yorktown with my husband, who is in the United States Army, four children, and my wonderful in-laws. I got serious about my photography business while stationed in Germany, and now am happy to be photographing families in the natural beauty of Hampton Roads, Virginia.



My mission is capturing fun, one-of-kind artwork. Let's see what we can create together! 




Pre-Session Consult: The pre-session consultation provides me the time to get to know you and your family.  This allows me to design a session that fully captures who your family is and ultimately produce the most memorable portraits. In addition, wardrobe, location, and plans for images will be discussed.  More often than not, images are shared immediately on social media but rarely printed for the family to enjoy year round.  I eagerly encourage clients to saturate their home with their personal art - either by wall art, albums, or other types of fun displays. Having photos printed is a wonderful way to celebrate your family!  


Session Day:  I will guide your family's interactions, playfulness, and solicit genuine emotion, all while capturing the image.  Remember, this is not the day to stress, the kids don't have to be on their best behavior, and showing love is key.  My goal for the end of the session is not only to capture invaluable images but to help you create lasting memories with your family, for generations to come.  


After The Session:  Roughly two-three weeks after your session, we'll meet to review and select final images.  Additionally, a la carte products will be available for purchase. If digital files are purchased, the album will be sent to you within 24 hours of final selection. As for products, once the final selection has been made the order will be placed within 48 hours and delivered once it arrives.  


So what are you waiting for? Give me a call or send an email - I can't wait to meet YOU!