Maria J Photography

Mertztown, PA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Whether planning a wedding, birthday party, senior portraits or any other type of event that you need photography for, I will capture those precious memories! I love to get involved in the creative process for all the photography clients that I have.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the response I get from my clients when they see their pictures. It's what keeps me moving forward in this field!

Location

Mertztown, PA 19539

Background check

Complete

Years in business

6

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

87

Reviews

54 Reviews
  • Madeline M. May 23, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was amazing from start to finish. She listened to all my wants - but told me the honest truth when something didn't look right or if it would be difficult to do. She was on time day of the wedding and made me feel relaxed and happy. I always feel weird being the center of attention but she made me feel comfortable and it shows in the pictures! She got tons of the exact kind of pictures we wanted - lots of candid shots and dancing photos that brought my wedding day back to life ! I am over joyed with her work and kindness throughout the process - even my husband who was not looking forward to the pictures said he had a blast taking them because Maria was so much fun to work with! I would recommend her to anyone!!
  • Larry S. May 4, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    On time. Helped throughout the day. Captured our day with beautiful pictures
  • Lillian P. May 1, 2017
    Event Photography
    Verified Review Updated
    I hired Maria for a surprise 50th celebration for my husband. Maria was very sweet and professional! The pictures are amazing! I cried when I viewed the pictures. I tried to hire Maria for my 40th, unfortunately, she is unavailable for that date. With that being said, I highly recommend her services.!!! Will load some pictures!!! Thank you Again,
  • Verified Review Original
    I hired Maria for a surprise 50th celebration for my husband. Maria was very sweet and professional! The pictures are amazing! I cried when I viewed the pictures. I tried to hire Maria for my 40th, unfortunately, she is unavailable for that date. With that being said, I highly recommend her services.!!! Will load some pictures!!! Thank you Again,
  • Jasmine H. Apr 27, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Absolutely no regrets in hiring Maria. She is absolutely talented , extremely attentive , and personable. Could not have asked for a better experience ❤️ Will book in the future for family portraits.
  • Evelyn H. Feb 4, 2017
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing work!!!
    Maria was such a delight! She did an outdoor family portrait session for us and we absolutely loved the end result! She really made sure that we were happy with the shots during the session and she was such an easygoing person to work with. As a bonus, she did a great job entertaining our 6 month old!! We are so happy with our photos, and we definitely recommend Maria J Photography to all!
  • Brianna M. Dec 21, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing Photos for an Unbeatable Price
    Maria was great! She is very professional, friendly and warm. She made both my husband and I feel very comfortable and was open to photo suggestions that we had. Our pictures came out amazingly!!! We highly recommend her to anyone looking for awesome pictures at a great price.
  • Dan B. Dec 17, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Thanks for a Wonderful Job!!!
    We are very pleased with how our wedding photos turned out. It's amazing how many photos she took without be obtrusive. We had a small wedding and she did a great job of capturing the intimacy of the event and special moments with our family and friends.
  • Donna N. Nov 26, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Unbelievable
    I seriously cannot express enough how happy we are that we found Maria. First - she is extremely professional; an unbelievable photographer (she captured the exact look and feel that I wanted with our photos at our daughter's first birthday party) second - she goes above and beyond. She arrived at our venue early for setup and made sure to scope the area for the perfect spot for photos. She brought props and MADE a beautiful #1 motif for photos (smash the cake) specially made for our baby girl, and we got to keep it! Third - the prints are stunning and again she went above and beyond and shipped the prints in a beautifully, personalized box. Maria- you are wonderful, lovely and so great to work with! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, especially the beautiful memories you captured of my family ❤️
    Maria P. Dec 7, 2016

    You are so welcome Donna!! I had an amazing time doing this for you and getting to know you and your family!! Kayla really had a lot of fun with her cupcakes too!!!!!

  • Angela F. Nov 26, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Best photographer !
    Maria was amazing !! She was so prepared for our day and made sure we got every shot that we wanted. Our pictures turned out perfect and we received so many compliments on them. We are so happy we found Maria. She made our day that much more special
  • Meryl W. Nov 21, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Soooooo happy with Maria J Photography!
    Maria's work is absolutely top notch and she's wonderful to work with before and during the event! My husband and I can't rave enough about the tons of pictures we received from our daughter and son-in-law's wedding, and I get tears in my eyes every time I look at them! She magnificently captured nature's beauty surrounding the truest expression of emotion, giving us countless cherished memories to enjoy forever. We're so happy we chose her and we highly recommend that you do the same!
  • Janis C. Nov 20, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria's Professionalism
    This was a small wedding job but Maria treated it as the important day that it was to our niece and her new husband. The final photos (1 large and 2 smaller) captured the essence of the day and will be treasured by our niece for years to come. Maria's professionalism added the right touch to the event.
  • Chantel H. Nov 18, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Best Family Photographer!
    Maria was easy to work with, and very open to my suggestions about poses. She also had some great ideas as well. What I especially liked is that her photos come out super professional-looking and I really felt that I got my money's worth of photos. She was prompt, delivered the photos in record time and made the whole experience easy. She even got my 2 year old to smile! She was great and would highly recommend her for any of your family photographs.
  • Carrie L. Nov 17, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Highly Recommend
    Maria was great to work with from our first meeting and on. You can tell that she is very passionate about her work and always wants to produce the best possible product! She was very easy to talk to and down to earth..she made us feel comfortable even doing the mushy pictures! I would highly recommed Maria!!
  • Michelle M. Nov 12, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Great job !!
    Maria photographed my friends 50th birthday ! She was great xo
  • Katelyn D. Nov 1, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Memories that last forever
    Maria listened to what we wanted and exceeded our expectations.
  • Andrew C. Oct 25, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Ecommerce products
    Great work ethic. Had a fun and efficient photo shoot for ecommerce products.
  • Cleveland M. Sep 6, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Best Choice
    To start, Maria is OUTSTANDING in both attitude and professionalism. About our project, I was seeking a family portrait near my mom’s residents and sought photographers in the PA area (I live in VA). We contacted Maria two months before the project in order to get ideas, costs, and address other planning concerns like color schemes and best times to shoot. Maria provided solid recommendations of ideas and places that were family friendly and within our budget. We settle on Longwood Gardens which provided great backdrops for multiple family poses. My family never been there before, but the place was very calm, warm and inviting and the kids were able to stretch their legs. In the end, I purchased several 8x12s of various poses (given to my wife, brother and sister) and two canvas photos of one pose (one for mom and me). I plan to purchase more as Christmas gifts later this year. I highly recommend Maria if you are seeking a personal and professional photographer who will take the time with you to plan your memorable moment.
    Maria P. Sep 6, 2016

    Thank you, Cleveland! Your family was FUN to work with and I had such a good time getting to know everyone!

  • Katie H. Aug 31, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was absolutely amazing. She got tons of really great shots, but mostly she stayed in the background. We were free to enjoy our reception, knowing we were in good hands.
  • Gary P. Aug 20, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    She did a great job with the photos and working hard to get the best shot! Smooth experience and no issues I would definitely recommend her
  • Christine M. Aug 16, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria worked very hard in the heat to provide us the best possible memories. She literally climbed up hills and over rocks to get the best shot.
  • Heidi S. Jul 24, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was fantastic. She photographed my son's Bar Mitzvah. She took pictures in the synagogue the day before and captured so many great moments at the party. We were very pleased with the quality and pricing.
  • Darlene S. Jun 4, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We hired Maria to do a pre-college graduation photoshoot, and she was more than accommodating for all our needs. She was a pleasure to work with as we went to a lot of different locations to take pictures with my entire family. She even offered her own opinion as to what spots would be best for the pictures we were looking for. Fantastic experience, amazing pictures.
  • Phyllis T. May 31, 2016
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Maria was thoughtful and inquisitive about the "me" I wanted to portray in my pictures. She captured "me" perfectly and made me feel very at ease and even giggle at myself during our photo shoot together. I have received nothing but compliments on my new profile pics.
  • Kelly F. May 25, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    This lady did a wonderful job the day of our wedding. So personable and laid back but got the job done. It was ugly weather and she still made the best of it. Love her and can't wait to see the amazing pics.
  • Melanie B. May 9, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Extremely pleased! Maria photographed my son for his senior portraits. She clearly enjoys what she does and it is evident in her work. We will be using her for all of our professional portraits in the future.
  • Catina S. Feb 26, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    I absolutely love Maria!!! Maria did my daughter's Sweet 16 Valentine's day weekend and I'm ecstatic that I made the right decision choosing her as my daughter's photographer!! Maria is very professional but not stuffy, she is a beautiful person, has a great personality and is very down to earth. Maria did her job wonderfully, she wasn't intrusive and she blended in with the guest. After the party she kept me informed of the picture uploading but nothing could've prepared me for the picture proofs!!! My husband and I had lumps in our throats viewing the proofs!! They were nothing short of spectacular and so many of them, posed and candid, she has an amazing eye and pays great attention to details. I will be using Maria J Photography for all my photo needs!!
  • Natasha W. Feb 20, 2016
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria is the BEST photographer in the world! She was so helpful and kind to all of my guests. Photos came out beautifully! For future events, we will only hire Maria! Love you Maria !
  • Harry T. Feb 6, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria did a terrific job on our wedding. We couldn't have asked for better. Her photographs turned out great under difficult indoor lighting conditions. She organized our wedding portraits of the wedding party, family and friends, so that the process was well organized, reducing the amount of time people needed to be wait around for portraits. She had great ideas for shots, that we had not thought of doing and was very amenable to all our special requests. Maria even was able to Photoshop in open eyes in a key bride photo, where the bride had blinked. We received full rights to reproduce the photographs that were taken and got access to them via an online gallery that she created as well as a USB drive. We got much more from Maria than we had contracted for. We heartily endorse her for quality and service and value!
  • Pam M. Jan 7, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria did a family portrait for us to give as Christmas presents. This was a last minute request and she really came through for us! Plus, she really made if fun. I HIGHLY recommend her anytime you need to get some pictures done.
  • Anne D. Jan 5, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria is an absolute true professional. As a gift to my parents, my sister and I hired Maria to take family photos. Leading up to the photography event, Maria responded promptly to my plethora of questions and even talked to me on the phone to discuss photo ideas. Not only was Maria patient in working with my family and my young niece (6 months old) and nephew (2 years old), she was flexible in customizing our order to fit our needs. We were a bit apprehensive about having professional photos done, but Maria erased those worries by the click of one photo. She made the entire experience joyful and a fond memory that we will continue to cherish. She listened to all our ideas, provided her own, and continued to shoot photos until she got the right ones. Apart from Maria's kind and gentle demeanor, her photos were amazing! She was so present in the moment that she began taking photos of just my niece and nephew playing around. Those are hard to capture and Maria did it beautifully. Hire Maria! You will not go wrong. She is a joy to work with and your photos will be spectacular!
    Maria P. Feb 29, 2016

    Anne, I had so much fun with your whole family! I do hope we can do it again in the future!

  • Beth A. Dec 8, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria and Garret were great to work with. They were very professional, punctual, flexible and friendly. They made everyone feel comfortable as they were being photographed. I would recommend Maria!
  • Grace T. Nov 30, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was great and very professional. She always got back to me and answered any questions I had. She was great with my four year old. We are pleased with the outcome of our photoshoot.
  • Andrea B. Nov 23, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was very patient with our young children and very accommodating. She suggested a wonderful outdoor venue for our holiday photos. We will definitely be hiring her again for family photos and would recommend her to our family and friends.
  • Samantha R. Nov 22, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Originally we had booked a Christmas mini, we showed up with my SIL, my husband and myself, we told her we had never gotten engagement pictures or wedding pictures or professional pictures at all and she was super happy to accommodate and accomplish both photos in the one session, she was super fun and easy to work with!
  • Krista S. Nov 10, 2015
    Family Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We could not have been happier with the day we had with Maria and our beautiful photographs that we received! She is super easy to work with, has a lot of fun and exciting ideas, and is super talented! We are so happy we found her and plan on using her talent many more times in the future as our family grows!
    Maria P. Nov 10, 2015

    I had such an AMAZING time with your family too, Krista! I'm so glad I found all of you here on Thumbtack and can't wait to do more photo sessions with your family!

  • Nicole J. Oct 12, 2015
    Event Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was simply perfect! She was very easy to communicate with and understood exactly what we wanted for our pictures. We had a small elopement ceremony she took pictures from the small details to group shots. You can tell she truly loves what she does and is an amazing photographer! We will certainly use Maria for our next event or family pictures!
  • Daina K. Sep 18, 2015
    Portrait Photography (for children)
    Verified Review
    This is a complex ongoing job for a book I'm writing called "Marion and Stella" and Maria is doing photographs which to match my "mock-ups" for the illustrations,. This is different from her beautiful wedding photography because the perspective and action needs to match the mock-up and also the story. It took a while for me to sew the costumes and send them to her and she has just sent me the first pictures, and they fit perfectly into the illustrations.
    Maria P. Sep 18, 2015

    Thank you so much Daina, I can't wait to do more pictures for your book! The most exciting part will be when it's all finished to see how everything works out.

  • Charlotte M. Jul 19, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria and a helper were there to photograph my daughter's wedding yesterday, July 18, 2015 at Penn Oaks Golf Club. It was one of the hottest days this year and some of us are still recuperating. Maria was wonderful the whole day, keeping everyone organized and where they needed to be without us having to think about a thing. She had a list of shots and was great with sticking to the requests as well as new ones that came along. I have seen her photos from previous jobs and that was the main reason we chose her company, along with her reasonable pricing! We haven't seen our photos yet, obviously, but I am excited and anticipating amazing pictures to look at for years to come!! Thanks for your blood, SWEAT and tears, Maria!
  • Megan R. Jul 12, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria did my husband and I's wedding. Before the wedding she was excellent and being available to contact at all times and she was always so pleasant to talk to. The pictures she took at our wedding came out beautifully and she really worked well with our requests. I would highly recommend!! :)
  • Rebecca L. Jul 9, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria was fantastic and professional. She showed up right on time, was good with communication, and made our whole family feel at ease with portrait taking. The pictures turned out awesome and we are very pleased with Maria. Thanks!
  • Joyce F. Jul 4, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    she did a great job. when ever I called her she answered right away always was very help full I have not gotten the pictures yet so I can't comment on that.
  • Kylene E. Jun 28, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria is an AMAZING photographer who made the day a lot less stressful. My husband and I cannot describe the experience we had with her. She was very professional and organized. My mom and other family members commented on how great and friendly she was! Thank you so much!
  • Rachel W. May 5, 2015
    My son's pics came out great!
  • Nancy L. Apr 29, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Hi, just want everyone to know what a great experience we had with Maria. We had had a destination wedding in Jamaica and decided to have an after party/reception here at Center Square Golf Club. She showed up early, took plenty of pictures of husband and me and then of all family members, She was thorough and had everything done in precise and quick fashion. We never missed anything. She took plenty of pics throughout the entire reception and was very friendly and professional. I would recommend her to everyone. Way above and beyond duty. In fact, I had a couple people ask for her card for their anniversary party and a graduation..AWESOME!! PS I always thought people's relatives wrote these raves. lol
  • Courtney K. Mar 25, 2015
    Maria is wonderful with children for family photo sessions!
  • Jessica G. Mar 14, 2015
    Maria does an amazing job of delivering beautiful photos even when the subjects (in this case, 3 children under the age of 6) are not always cooperative. She is always on time, friendly and patient. We especially love her candid shots of the family.
  • Donna G. Feb 25, 2015
    Maria has taken our family photos for the last couple of years, and each time has been an excellent experience. Maria is both professional as well as creative, and she brought a fresh perspective to each of our shoots. When it came time to choose our photos, we were amazed not only with the number of pictures to choose from, but also with the difficulty we had in narrowing down our choices. We will definitely use her services again in the future!
  • Serena C. Feb 25, 2015
    Maria is the best photographer! She is very creative and artistic and takes a lot of pictures. Her prices are extremely reasonable. And she's very easy to work with. She's taken some of the best pictures of my kids.
  • Melissa T. Feb 24, 2015
    Maria is a wonderful photographer and captured family memories that are priceless. She works great with children and we received our prints quickly! I highly recommend working with her!
    Maria P. Feb 25, 2015

    Thank you Melissa!! I hope I get to capture more precious memories for you and your family soon!

  • Lori T. Feb 21, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Maria took our family portrait in her studio. The session was an hour long and we didn't feel rushed at all. She did a wonderful job and she has a great personality while trying to get everyone in the correct poses. The photos looked great and I was very impressed with her work on the photographs. She digitally added a textured background to the photos which is exactly what I was looking for. She also suggested taking photos of just my son outside and I'm so glad she did because I absolutely LOVE the photos.
    Maria P. Feb 21, 2015

    I had so much fun with you and your family, Lori. So glad you love the photos! I look forward to photographing your family more in the future!

  • Ann R. Feb 12, 2015
    Maria did family portraits at our home. She was awesome to work with. She took her time and we didn't feel rushed. We could not be happier with the results! Wonderful job! We will definitely be using her again.
    Maria P. Feb 21, 2015

    Thank you Ann! I always have fun photographing your family!

  • Samantha D. Feb 9, 2015
    Maria has taken pictures of myself and my family for several years. Her photography is amazing! She always captures the most beautiful angles and moments and has the ability to go beyond the standard studio poses. She spends the time to get to know you and what you want and need. Anyone who sees pictures of my family or the professional shots for my business, have commented on how beautiful and who is my photographer! She is the photographer for my wedding this summer and I am beyond excited to have her there on my special day!I HIGHLY recommend Maria Petti for any of your photography needs!
    Maria P. Feb 22, 2015

    I cannot wait until your wedding day Samantha!! It's going to be BEAUTIFUL!!

  • Charlotte R. Feb 8, 2015
    Maria has a gift and a great eye. She listens and is a true proffessional.We were so glad to have picked her for our family photos. Great to work with and so talented..Highly recomended..
    Maria P. Feb 22, 2015

    Thank you Charlotte!! Can't wait to do more for you!!

  • Susan B. Feb 8, 2015
    Maria did a photo shoot at a Christmas tree farm. Our photo shoot included seven people. She took her time getting all the different poses. Had excellent theme props. Ex. Cocoa mugs, stringed marshmallows, fancy red ribbon garland on live Christmas trees, metal signs with "Happy Holidays"and "Let it Snow." She is creative and her quality of work was beyond my expectations. She was on time and all set up for the shoot when we arrived. I had a difficult time narrowing my choices from the proofs; I absolutely loved all them. I highly recommend Maria!
    Maria P. Feb 25, 2015

    Thank you Susan!! I always have fun with your family! I'm so glad that you all loved the pictures!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When I have an interested client, I like to work on the package that's right for them. After all is worked out, I then put everything in a contract so nothing gets left out.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend as many workshops as I can - online and on location
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I do have a standard pricing system in place, but I will customize a lot of my quotes here on Thumbtack to suit my clients needs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Many years ago, I started with a film camera and I did video for a band, so I've always had the interest in photography.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with business professionals shooting their headshots and / or website and other miscellaneous promotional material, couples for weddings and engagement sessions, seniors in high school, children, families, bands...
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have just photographed a chef for a local magazine that will be getting published in the next couple of weeks.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Communication is key! The best thing is for the photographer to understand the types of images the client is looking for.