Hi! My name is Maria and I am the eyes behind the lens. 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 journalism and apply this truthful approach to my photography.

I established Zen Photography 11 years ago to document love stories and family milestones with authenticity. Life as art, as I’d like to call it.

If this resonates with you, then I’d love the chance to work with you.

I’ve drifted around a few continents and in the end found myself crafting out a life here in Australia, where I now live with my partner, our two boys, and our dog. My nomadic past has made me highly adaptive and flexible.

Some more things about me…

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

I absolutely cannot live without music. From gangster rap to classical to Icelandic folk… I like to mix it up!

When I’m not chasing light I play taiko (Japanese drum) and perform with my team Cairns Taiko at festivals and events.

Some people live to work. I work to travel! And photographing weddings in new places is such a thrill.

About my work…

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 beautiful photographs to preserve our personal history.

I studied psychology and journalism in my 20s, before realising that I was passionate about two things: connecting with people, and making photographs. I’m a firm believer of thoughtfully captured imagery and genuine storytelling and  I apply this belief by combining my photojournalistic style of photography with classic portraiture to tell the best visual story possible.

My approach to wedding photography is low key and unobtrusive, giving you space and freedom to be yourselves while I do the hard work of capturing the story from the best angles.

If my style speaks to you and you love what you see, I’d love to hear more from you. :)