Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I specialise in wedding and lifestyle photography for couples, families, and individuals seeking meaningful photographs to preserve important moments in their lives. I come from a background of photojournalism so my style of photography is honest, emotive and natural.

I established Zen Photography 8 years ago to document love stories and family milestones with authenticity.

If this resonates with you, then I’d love the chance of documenting a chapter in your life.

But before you decide to share a part of your personal story with me, I thought I’d share some things about me first.

I’ve drifted a long way (born in Vietnam, grew up in Canada, met this guy in Japan!) and in the end found myself crafting out a life here in this little tropical paradise, where I now live with my partner, our two boys, and our gentle giant of a puppy. My nomadic past has made me highly adaptive and given me a bottomless craving for travelling.

Some more things about me…

Good food and honest friends are two things I insist on having. I choose stimulating conversations and meaningful connections over small talk, always.

I cannot live without music.

When I’m not chasing light I play taiko (Japanese drum) and perform with a local taiko group at various festivals and events.

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

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 the milestones myself and understand the importance of having honest photographs to preserve personal history.

I was a journalist before becoming a full time photographer, and strongly believe in thoughtfully captured imagery and genuine storytelling. I do this through photojournalistic-style photography,  combined with classic portraiture and fine art photography to tell the best visual story possible.

My approach to photography is low key and unobtrusive.

Whatever story you’re wanting to share with me and my camera, I’d love to be there for it.

Maria