I'm Maria Berlin and I’m a wedding photographer based out of Northeast Florida. Since I started this business, I found that it's easier to be myself than try to keep up with a curated, fluffed up version of what I'm not. That’s really what drives what I want my work to represent too. This is a people business and I want the photographs I take to bring out the most authentic representation of everyone I get to work with.
I do understand your need to know a little more of the logistical/technical side of things though! I think the assurance of hiring someone who is legit and who will handle things professionally is important so here’s a brief synopsis: Before photography (beyond a hobby), I managed in retail for 6 years and was a third wave coffee barista (one of the best experiences!) for 2 years while transitioning into full time photography. While I didn’t love refolding the same shirts on a table 20 times a day, I LOVED the customer service aspect of those jobs. Making people’s day and experiences better was something that made me feel good and made those jobs fulfilling beyond a paycheck. The day I decided that I should continue my love for customer service AND get paid for my photography, I set up the business side of things right away and in the right way (LLC, contracts, taxes, insurance, industry standard gear and editing software, etc) and constantly invest in myself and my business. I’ve been a working photographer for 3+ years and continue to be a lifelong learner mostly because it’s fun and I like to nerd out on it.
A few of my favorites to help us connect: I love people but I’m an introvert at heart, a good whiskey cocktail, all the coffee, donuts as a novelty and as a food group, I'm awkward in FRONT of the camera (good thing I work behind it!), The Office is most likely on while I’m working, I own and help run a vinyl record pressing company with my husband and our best friend, I’m an occasional cusser but I like to feel out the room first just in case, enneagram 9, wannabe “cool” mom to a 6 year old boy who is way cooler than me.