Meet Mari

Hi, there! Welcome to Smileygirl's blog! This is the place where you can get to know me, my style, and how I develop my sessions. I'm a portrait photographer, specializing in Family and High School Senior photography in Hampton Roads area.

My family and I recently made Virginia our home. There is so much I love about this region, the weather, landscape, and people. I can do without the traffic. I guess that's the price you pay for living in such a great area.

My love for photography came from my family's move to Europe. Capturing the breathtaking landscapes became a must and thus, I received my first Canon DSLR from my wonderful husband. Learning how to use it became important and I was in love and hooked with photography, after my first photography workshop in Garmisch, Germany. There was no stopping me then.

The transition from landscapes to portraits was fairly easy because of my children. I was already shooting them anyway. It was just nice to have willing models at my disposal. This is not to say it was easy. Posing and getting them comfortable in front of the camera took some time. It was all worth it because it helped me get to where I am today.

The decision to turn this hobby into a business was given lots of thought. In the end it became about what photography offered me. It offered me my own schedule, my own rules, my own life. It made it possible to do something I love without giving up those I love.

Because I love what I do, I want to capture authentic moments during your family or senior session. It's the raw emotions that make your portrait session one-of-a-kind. It's these emotions that bring to life the photographs we hold so dear to our hearts. Capturing your family's togetherness and interactions truly inspires wonderful artwork to be displayed in your home or office and to share with your friends and family.

Let's meet and create together!

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I'm a Hampton Roads photographer who works with families in Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, & Poquoson.

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