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Meet Maris Barry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maris Barry.

Hi Maris, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started my photography journey about 10 years ago- I’m originally from Estonia and was taking pictures everywhere I went just to show my family and friends back home how the life in sunny Florida looks like. One thing lead to another and before I knew it I was taking pictures of my friends, their friends, etc.

Since starting in 2012, I have done family, newborn and wedding photography but I always felt something was missing. About 4 years ago I started photographing high school seniors in and around Jacksonville – and that’s where my true passion is! Now I specialize in seniors & college graduates and I couldn’t be happier!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think anything in this life is a smooth road and if there’s a person out there telling you otherwise then I’m pretty sure they are lying!

It took me a long time trying to figure out what part of photography really makes me happy and what my strengths & weaknesses are. I was trying to do everything under the sun and didn’t specialize in anything. That meant crazy hours of editing – having small children and no sleep eventually lead to burnout and panic attacks.

It wasn’t until about 2018 when I realized something is got to give and I won’t be serving my clients well if I try to do it all! That’s when the big change came – I slowly stopped taking bookings in other areas of photography and started marketing for high school seniors and college graduates. And I’ve never looked back!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As mentioned earlier, I specialize in photographing high school seniors and college graduates. Both of these are such big and important milestones that should be celebrated and what better way to do so than booking a photoshoot and having lots of amazing images to look at for years to come!

There are hardly any photographers here in Northeast Florida that actually specialize in seniors/college grads and I’m so excited to do so.

The concept of senior photography seems to be very outdated – for example so many years high schools have pushed/highly recommended for seniors and their parents to get the pictures done in a studio and it’s basically a must. Unfortunately, so many of these families are not happy with their images and the quality & value ratio is just off. I strive to make a difference and bring awareness that there is another way out there to get your senior pictures done than just going to an old-fashioned studio! Times are changing and so should be the options of choosing where and how to get your senior pictures done!

Maris Kirs Photography seniors and college graduates will have a consultation before even booking the session. We go over everything – pricing, location options, outfit recommendations, hair & makeup ideas, etc. I show potential clients all the wall art and album options as well. That way there is no questions or concerns left and clients can decide if they would like to move forward with the booking or not.

I recently added a drone to my equipment and now offer complimentary drone photography as part of the senior/college grad session experience as well. So far everyone has absolutely loved the uniqueness of it!

I think what really sets me apart from other photographers is my attention to detail – I always put my clients first to make sure they have the best experience ever! Go check out the Google reviews to see it yourself!

What matters most to you? Why?
The happiness of my clients! 100%. I’ve told so many of my clients that I truly can’t believe that I get to do photography for a living – seeing parents of the seniors cry happy tears when seeing a slideshow of all the images for the first time is everything! My clients leave hugging and thanking me and that’s all I could ask for! That means I’ve done something right.

I’m not just making living with photography – I’m changing their lives!

Believe me when I say that so many high school seniors & college grads have left the photoshoot much more confident, feeling beautiful and believing in themselves just because I was able to “show” them that through the images. There is no better feeling than helping a young adult find their confidence!

Pricing:

  • Session fee $200 – $400
  • Collections starting at $800

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Image Credits
Maris Kirs Photography

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