helping creatives

their business

personalized MENTORING & COACHING 

My personalized 1:1 mentorship & coaching opportunities are designed for photographers who dream of transforming their business, improve their photography skills and attract their dream clients.

Whether you're just starting out or struggling with different facets of your business, I'm here to help you through a caring & creative approach. I want you to LOVE your business!

This is a safe and non - judgement space to ask away! I'm an open book! 


Let's Work

I get it though, you may not even know where to begin. It can be daunting to take the next step in order to uplevel your business. However, I wholeheartedly believe in seeking one on one help in the beginning. This is not a one-size fits all approach. So, if I can personally help you avoid certain pitfalls and inspire you to run your business with your HEART, then why not? My purpose is to help YOU reach your goals and initiate positive change.

If you're like me, I know you have BIG GOALS and are ready to make a change! I was there, where you are, asking myself: "How can I become the go-to photographer in my area, how can I attract top dream clients and charge my true worth?, how can I just be better at....?". 

So, are you ready to elevate your business?

i know you have

big goals

I'm ready to elevate

Are you feeling overwhelmed doing "all the things", yet, you're stagnant? Let me tell you my friend, sometimes, just tweaking your game plan a bit is all you need to grow, transform and set yourself on the path to success! I've been where you're at. I KNOW the feeling.

- liliana chavez
Maria is unlike anyone else I have ever mentored with before. With her patience and guidance, I was able to create a premium client experience. Hands down the best mentor photographer in the business!
"I was able to create a premium client experience"

love notes

Maria makes my wife laugh until she cries and sometimes snorts.

love notes

Maria loves avocados and hardly EVER farts. And when she does it smells like flowers.
                                                          are my drivers as an artist, a creative, and a mentor.

My true passion lies in helping YOU identify your brand's values & vision. Understanding the "WHY" behind the work that you do, determines your approach and the systems you implement in your business.

My hope is to provide insight into your current business model, give you actionable advice, make your processes more manageable and sustainable and infuse confidence in YOU to help you achieve your goals and grow a business you love! 

Meet Maria

Intention, Purpose & Passion

Meet Maria

I lived in Costa Rica for 10 years before I met my husband. After much debate, I finally packed up and moved [back] to Ecuador. I went back to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks to pack up a few last things. That’s when we met - on that trip! I mean...the timing of it, right? How had we never crossed paths? And well, the rest is history! We are parents to two young men with the biggest hearts - what we are most proud of. Want to hear how it all happened? 

the informal


the things I love

a fun fact

Dancing and singing to Latin music in the shower. Car windows down in the summer, with my favorite playlist. Legs up on the dash when roadtripping (clearly I'm not driving...) Laughing until my cheeks hurt, deep convos late into the night. My favorite is my morning 'cafesito' while catching up on the phone with my besties. My family is without question my #1 love ALWAYS.

100% this is for you! You're fairly new to this and are confused as to where to start! I so wish I had someone to literally sit with me and explain it all! Let's get you on the path to understanding all the nitty gritty details of your camera, gear and OMG....all that software so you can finally really start loving what you photograph.


Hobbyist & Amateur Photographers

is this

I thrive on witnessing people succeed with my help. I do! I admit it. It's ingrained in my personality type... what can I say.  Are you struggling with business workflows and crave more efficiency? Not sure about pricing structures, posing, client communication? Are you looking to finally change the game? Then I'm your person!
Established Photographers
Do you have a specific goal you want to focus on? Spaced out over 4 weeks, we'll touch on a different subject each week.


  • Improve workflows & systems
  • Finding your ideal client
  • Clear client communication
  • Elevating the client journey
  • Pricing your collections
  • Creating Templates
  • Styled Shoots
  • Camera use & gear: from auto to manual step y step

Includes a 1 hr Clarity Session to kickstart your coaching!

Let's edit a few of your images together in LR and if needed, we'll take your images into PS for additional editing.


  • Cropping
  • Exposure
  • Toning
  • Skin retouching
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Misc tips & tricks
  • Time-saving techniques!

Includes my go-to personal lightroom presets!



Pick my brain! Need to bounce some ideas? Let's chat where you're at in your business or skills. What's working & what's not.


  • Portfolio or Website          critique/review
  • The Luxury Client Experience
  • Client Communication
  • All the products I offer & why
  • Workflow Templates
  • Software, Hardware, etc. that I use to run my business
  • Camera use & gear

The Styled Shoot

  • 1 hour prep session (Zoom call)
  • 2 hour styled model shoot
  • Model will be styled in 3 unique outfits
  • Model will have professional Hair & Makeup
  • I will help you direct the senior as well as walk you through my thought process on camera angles, lenses, lighting, location, and session posing flow
  • 1 hour culling & editing in-person session
  • 1 hour Clarity Session at any point after the shoot
  • You'll obtain all rights to the images you shoot to use in your portfolio.

By the end of this Styled Shoot experience, you will walk away empowered, with a collection of beautiful images to add to your portfolio and start attracting your ideal client. And in the process, a reset to your creativity!


1:1 Mentorship

(4) x 1 hour sessions


1 hour session


A customized styled senior session crafted for YOU - one that reflects YOUR brand and that will attract your ideal client! Styled shoots are my jam and are what have consistently brought in excited clients year after year. 


full day experience

Mentoring Session

Pay directly here and we'll schedule your session!

I'm ready to do this!

+ tax

1 hour session


+ tax


+ tax

- alejandra escalante
Maria not only worked with me on the technical side of my photography, but also in building my confidence enough to value my work and raise my prices. With her help, I was able to create a seamless client experience."
"Maria helped build my confidence to raise my prices"

love notes

Maria makes my wife laugh until she cries and sometimes snorts.

love notes

Maria loves avocados and hardly EVER farts. And when she does it smells like flowers.
• Business mentoring clients (only) must reside/practice at least 60 miles outside of the 21209 zip code. 

• Mentoring clients will be given recordings of all Zoom calls included in their package.

• Payment plan options may be available. Please inquire for a customized plan.

• Mentoring sessions are generally scheduled for weekday mornings with styled shoots in the afternoon.

just a few FYIs before we get started

Where you'll

2024 Schedule!

find me in 2024




JULY 15-17

APRIL 29 - MAY 1

September 23-25

2024 is MY YEAR! Say it out loud with me!

I'd love more information!

I will be speaking at several photography conferences this year and sharing my knowledge on Creative Shoots, Workflows to create a Seamless Client Experience and how to run a Purpose-Drive Business.

If you find yourself needing to CONNECT with other like-minded photographers in a group setting to network, learn and create, I've got you covered!

Click the links below to explore which conferences may be the best fit for you. You can book your spot for a conference directly on each website using my personal code. I hope to see you there! If you have questions, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email or fill out the contact form below!


Feb 26-29 (LIVE)


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