Hi! My name is Mariya and I am a Cleveland based photographer specializing in engagements, elopements and weddings.
If you are reading this, you wanted to know a little more about me. So here goes...
I started taking pictures about 10 years ago. I was young and was learning all the techniques. I was very artsy and creative growing up and photography was another avenue just like drawing and painting. I dabbled in all sorts of photography over the years and even dipped my toes into weddings as a second shooter in 2017. There was one month that summer when I had a wedding to second shoot every weekend. I learned a lot from those weddings. 
Around that same time, I was figuring my life out. I enjoyed photography but didn't think to pursue it full time. I always did photography on the side while having numerous full time jobs. In January of 2020, I decided to go part time at my job to make a full time effort into photography. But in March of 2020 everything fell apart... I had to change my plans for the future. I won't go into too much detail, but it was a weird year for me like it was for most of us. My spirit was gone. I tried hard to not lose all hope. Life never goes as planned. 
In December of 2020, I started my career in the IT industry! I also decided to go back and complete my master's degree part time. And of course, I decided to get serious about my photography once again. My spirit came back and now I am in the best place I have ever been! While I may not be a "full-time" photographer, I practically do it all day, every day when i'm not working my day job, even on my lunch breaks...
I started taking pictures in 2009 on my first camera. I would go around taking pictures of anything and everything! Back then I didn't think I would come so far in my photography journey where I'm getting the opportunity to immortalize important moments in other's lives. I have come a long way since then. Anyway, enough about me, I would love to hear from you!
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