Member Spotlight: Maria Mack

17 Nov

Maria Mack
Maria Mack Photography
Weddings, Portraits and boudoir
Website: http://mariamackphotography.com/
Blog: blog.mariamackphotography.com

Are you a morning or evening person? Evening!! Although ever since I had two kids they keep making me get up in the morning!

Coffee or tea? Coffee, and lots of it!

Something that’s overrated: Long strolls along the beach! Just kidding…what isn’t overrated! Everything is overrated.

Something that’s underrated: Customer Service. I can’t stand dealing with companies that don’t get the meaning of good customer service and the effect that it has.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Cheese….Brie, goat, Feta, Cheddar…the list goes on!

Website/blog(s) you visit daily: Facebook, pinterest, and different bridal blogs…style me pretty, elizabeth ann designs, wedding chicks, ruffled. I think it’s really important to stay visually inspired everyday.

Who is the photographer that inspires you most? Right now I have three, Elizabeth Messina, Stephanie Williams and Jose Villa. But if I had to pick one, I would say Stephanie Williams from thismodernromance.com.
There is a certain mood and softness in her work that I absolutely love!

Tell us about your very first shoot: My first official wedding was my husbands best friends wedding. Which I shot in film, I didn’t have the right lens for when we were in low light situations, so a lot of the images where grainy from using high speed film to compensate. Overall I guess it came out OK.

What is the one thing in your bag you would throw yourself in front of a speeding train for? Although I am fully insured I might still be tempted if it was my 85mm f1.4. she’s my favorite!

I am passionate about: My kids, the love of my life Ray, my work, friends, family, keeping my clients happy, trying to find balance in my everyday life.

To tweet or not to tweet: I tweet occasionally.

What are the top 5 things on your “photographer’s wish list”?

-Nikon 70-200mm f2.8

-another full frame body

-finding more time to spend on branding

-being able to afford a studio manager

-as a mother, balancing work and home time

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer?
My constant need for my next shoot to be better than my previous one. I really struggle with this. I like pre visualizing a shoot and having a game plan beforehand, but there’s times when I have to let go and realize that I can’t control everything.

What do you find most rewarding?
The reaction I get from some of my boudoir clients, although most of the time the session is for their significant other, it’s very rewarding to know that I made a client feel beautiful! I even had a client that was separated from her husband, get back together, after he saw the images from her session.

For my wedding clients I realize time and time again what an honor it is for me to capture one of the most important days of their life. I feel blessed to being doing what I truly love (full time). It took me years to figure out what area of photography I would enjoy the most, at times I find myself tearing up during a ceremony! That is how I know that I am addicted to shooting weddings!

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One Response to “Member Spotlight: Maria Mack”

  1. Red wedding gowns February 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    $author you have a very interesting blog, i have saved it and hope to visit back soon. Thanks for such a usefeul post.

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