maria zen photographyHi! I am Maria and I’m a wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer based in Cairns, Australia. Before you decide to share a part of your personal story with me, I thought I’d go first.

I’ve drifted a long way to end up here in this little tropical paradise, where I now live with my partner, our two boys, and one rambunctious puppy. My nomadic past has made me bilingual in English, Vietnamese with understanding of Japanese and French.


Some more things about me…

Good food and honest friends are two things I insist on having. I crave stimulating conversations and meaningful connections.

I cannot live without music. My eclectic taste in music gives Spotify a workout when I’m in the editing studio, playing everything from Pearl Jam to Ben Howard to Halsey.

When not chasing light I play taiko (Japanese drum) with the Cairns Taiko team, and attempt to get over performance anxiety by performing in front of large crowds of strangers.

I must absolutely  get on a plane at least once a year and go somewhere, preferably to places with a great food culture and lots to see. Travelling is my biggest addiction so wherever you’re getting married, my bags are always ready. (PM me for current destination wedding deals!)


About my work…

I hold the highest standard for my work, and take your wedding/portrait very seriously. I cannot stand the thought of you missing out on an important moment on your wedding day or your newborn baby not having a meaningful photograph with his parents to treasure when he grows up.

The passion I put into documenting key moments in my own life is the same passion that I put into documenting the lives of my clients. I have gone through all of the milestones myself and understand their importance.

I believe in thoughtfully captured imagery and genuine storytelling. I do this through photojournalistic-style photography, (I was a journalist in my former career), combined with classic portraiture and fine art photography to tell the best visual story possible.

My approach to photography is laid back and unobtrusive. I use my skills and vision to transform real life moments into pieces of art that you can cherish as the years pass.

So if you’re about to get hitched to the love of your life, or if you two are about to welcome your first baby into this world, I’d love to be there to document that milestone. Whatever story you’re wanting to share, I’d love to hear it. xx