206 Alexander Ave, Strabane, PA | Directions 1536340.253972 -80.195757
Each time we attend a photo session and the picture viewing, I think to myself that this is as good as any pictures of my son and our family could get, but then somehow Maria outdoes herself and takes things to yet another level at our next session. Our portraits are not the typical pictures that you could get taken anywhere; they are literally pieces of art which I will cherish forever.
My family and I had 3 great experiences with Maria and her studio. Each of my children Brett, Madison and Morgan had their senior pictures done by Maria. She really takes her time. Maria has a unique gift with making you feel comfortable and capturing the beauty in all that she photographs, just take a look at her portfolio her photographs are absolutely beautiful, creative and unique. I cant wait to see Maria again when we have our family portrait done. Quality, professionalism, experience and friendship is what you get in return when you choose
We went to Studio M for senior pictures. We are so happy with the final package that we ended up with. Maria really took her time to make sure each shot was the best photograph possible. Her knowledge of lighting and positioning is really great. The only trouble was figuring out which ones to choose, because they were all so terrific!! Her studio is awesome. It really lent to a lot of ideas that we never thought of but inspired us to work with her on the fly for some shots that we never expected or imagined. Excellent photographer & wonderful experience! So so awesome... and we will definitely be back!!!
Happy 2014!! I've been meaning to get on here and write a review for some time now. But, alas, time gets away from all of us when we work, raise our kiddos, take care of our homes and then get up and do it again and again. I'm going to also post this on a few other review sites. I tend to do that when I really believe in something.
My experience with Maria and her staff has been more like developing a lifelong friendship than just a session with a photographer that will take a few pics and then just "forget about it", (enter Soprano accent here...) lol :) We never felt rushed and she really took the time to get to know my daughter... to really capture her essence on film. And she certainly did. I wish I would have met her sooner. I look back at the pics of my kids in the photo album that were taken it seems so long ago... but it's only been 10 years or so. When I walked into Sears and they took the same shot over and over with the same backdrops. Kids in line, as we try to, as parents... keep their hair from getting all mussed up from the impatience, wanting OUR kids to look perfect once it was our turn. My son holding a rubber duckie and posing a wooden bucket... which is something that he would never do. He is still, to this day, a 'germophobe'. Fast forward to the pics with Studio M with Maria... and the pics of my daughter had things in it, interesting poses and locations...that reflected her true personality. My daughter's senior pictures were incredible. I've kept an eye on Maria's work via her website & FB over the years and fall in love with many of her ideas. The one with a tattooed soldier holding his newborn... skin to skin, not showing the soldier's face, but showing his incredible muscular strength but yet the gentle baby-holding care for the little guy that was probably born when he was away fighting for our country. Maybe that wasn't the case. That's the point. It's the wonderment that she creates in her pictures that anyone viewing them, is captivated. The close family and friends know the real story... but anyone looking at that picture, wonders and imagines the story behind it. That's the artistic magic.
I think that is the difference. Maria is an artist. She blends her passion for people and pictures and the results can be breathtaking. The pictures that I have, still in my office, even though my daughter is now in her 20s... those pictures capture her true essence and they will live on forever They will be looked at way down the road, maybe even 100-200 hundred years from now... and our future generations are going to look back and be able to say, "Wow... no wonder we are so dang good looking... Great Great Great Grandma was hot!" And it from with an artist's eye that my daughter's beautiful senior images were captured.
They aren't just photos, they truly are heirlooms. Anyone with an iphone or digital camera can take a picture. What I received, was so well worth the money and is an heirloom that will live on and on. Thank you Maria for your professionalism and sharing your gifts & talents. I know you continuously educate yourself, as I've watched you win awards over the years, being recognized by your industry. And I've watched as you just get better and better. Keep posting on Facebook!! My whole family loves seeing your new ideas and how you capture the human spirit. We'll be in touch soon as my son's senior year approaches. I'm just sorry you don't do weddings! Snap on!!!
The M definitely stands for "MONEY". Studio M is ridiculously expensive. One should not pay the cost of used car for senior pictures. I blame myself for not asking in advance but could not even have imagined prices that high for a photography studio in a Canonsburg. These are definitely New York or LA prices. The pictures were good, not great. Some images did not even look like my daughter and she was contorted in some strange poses. The sales pitch, where the photographer gathers all of your family in a room and shames you for not spending more, was a horrible experience. My elderly mother actually cried because she couldn't afford one picture. Senior pictures took over eight weeks to get back. Pictures were supposed to be emailed to the school were not. Part of my daughters head was cut off on wallets (though I will say the photography agreed to replace free of charge, maybe because I spent over $2000). Perhaps Studio M is the place for the super wealthy but for someone who works for a living, I will never return. When a person has to go online to tell you how "honest" they are that is probably a good indicator that they are not so much so.
I had originally seen the kiosk for Studio M in South Hills Village Mall. I called the number and got more information on what Maria was looking for in a senior model. At this time I had no idea what a fun time I would have. My mom, aunt, and I went to the studio a few times and each time were welcomed with smiling faces and very personable people. The day of my shoot was so much fun and the time flew by fast, I had no clue we were taking pictures for three hours!! When the pictures were ready to look at we had such a difficult time deciding which ones to print. Maria does wonderful work and I am keeping her at the top of my list for future events in which I will need a photographer. I highly recommend Studio M for any pictures you need done.
1. It's obvious with two comments in over a year and then a flurry of comments within A FEW DAYS that the owner found this site and is posting reviews as multiple fake people. It doesn't take an FBI analyst to see these posts carry the same syntax, style, and wording. Not to mention, going out of the way to add information only the business owner would put up.
Check out some of the other review sites... Looks like it was a concerted effort on a few sites on the same days.
2. Yes, I am disgruntled. I had the same experience as the first two posts below. Great photos, good photo manipulation, good experience being photographed, nice set. Then I was SLAMMED with pricing when I went back with my sister to look at my photos and buy some. Be prepared to spend 2k or more if you want more than a few items. It was too late to get anything reshot with someone else, I had my baby already! HEARTBREAKING!!!!
DO NOT GIVE HER A DIME OR ONE CLICK OF THE SHUTTER UNTIL YOU ASK TO SEE ALL PRICING.
3. THINK ABOUT JANET P's POST
If her household income is truly under 70k and she does 3 sessions a year at a minimum (as she states) then she is spending around 7%-8% ($6000) of her household income on photos a year if her pricing is anything close to mine. What person in their right mind would do that?!? Wouldn't you rather save for your children's education or pay your home off early? We're talking 60k in photos in a 10 year span. My husband and I truly value our children but we also value our fiscal wellbeing and you can do that without going to Sears or WalMart.
4. I have an art degree, good taste, and can tell the difference between a novice with a nice camera and a professional. I don't say that to brag but to show that I have an eye for art. You DONT have to pay these prices to get good results (Janet didn't do a great job on her homework). I ended up paying $1200 for our baby's newborn and 6mo photos (not WalMart prices), got the entire catalog digitally and got dozens of inquiries of where they came from along with hundreds of comments from visitors in our home and on Facebook.
5. PARENTS, YOU HAVE OPTIONS!!! DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!
If you are looking for priceless memories, Studio M is the place to go. Maria is the perfect blend of professional and personal. Her talent is beyond words and the care she takes with her clients is extraordinary. Be prepared to be amazed by her vision.
If you want a priceless photograph, go see Maria. Her vision is innovative, unique and above all - amazing! She is one of the most gifted photographers I have ever seen in my life.
I went to Studio M to have a portrait done of my children. Studio M exceeded my expectations. The studio itself is gorgeous and Marias work is as well. She was so great with my children. Our portraits are amazing works of art that I will cherish forever. Thank you so much to Maria and everyone at Studio M for an amazing experience!
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