“And everyday, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”

Iain Thomas

Hi, I’m Maria. I’m the founder of Zen Photography, a mum of two amazing boys, a music lover, and an avid reader of poetry and fine literature. Our little family lives on the Sunshine Coast after spending over a decade in Cairns, but our roots span from this beautiful land, Vietnam and Canada. We’re nomads at heart!

I look for the magic in everything. I love learning about people’s stories. I have too many photos of clouds and sunsets and flowers and trees, and even more of my kids. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I like it when people do too. I think everyday life is really beautiful if we know where to look. I value the interconnectedness of all beings and I think the biggest takeaway we get from this life is how we love and take care of one another, and how we let love in.

I hope you like what you see here, and I look forward to the opportunity of photographing you!