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Maria Murray

Maria Murray

01256 396874 / 07985 571642

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Maria is a multi award winning baby photographer who specialises in taking gorgeous images of pregnant mummies, newborns and children under 5.

A mum herself, Maria has been a photographer for over 8 years and runs a successful portrait business from her studio in Hampshire, about an hour from London with easy access from the M3.  Most of Maria's clientele travel from West London and surrounding areas and she is much in demand.

Maria is considered to be the leading newborn baby photographer in the UK,  and is known especially for her creative newborn images, often photographing babies only a few days old.

Excellent customer experience is as important to Maria as the finished images, and she will always go the extra mile to ensure that you feel looked after and your session is comfortable and unrushed.

Maria takes on a limited amount of commissions and is normally booked approximately 6 to 8 weeks ahead. For more information and pricing please contact the studio on 01256 396 874 or call Maria directly on her mobile, 07985 571 642

To see some recent examples of Maria's work go to www.mariamurray.co.uk


Maria Murray


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  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      MarieS, Mother of 3
    12 Dec 2016 5:10pm

    We just had our second newborn photo session with Maria. The first one we had 4 years ago was such a success that I immediately booked her again as soon as I passed the 12 weeks scan. And this time again we were totally impressed by her talent and expertise.

    Maria knows exactly what she is doing and is a natural with children. She has an incredible patience and will work the extra line to get the best result. She is also the only one I know who can make the tricky family and sibling picture of this quality. Always so beautiful. It is the best birth present one can get!

  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Liz , Mother of 2, Surrey
    4 Feb 2016 2:38pm
    Having researched a number of new born photographers, I fell in love with Maria's work. She captured Thomas perfectly, spending the whole day making us feel relaxed and ensuring she got the perfect shots; leaving us with the hard decision of which pictures to choose, as they where all amazing. I would highly recommend Maria; her photo's are stunning and they have captured the first moments in time of our son's journey in the world. Thank-you.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Sarah_drake7, Mother of 1
    27 Jan 2016 6:40pm
    Fantastic After looking at the Sweet Bambini website and being struck by how beautiful Maria's photographs are, I knew we needed her to photograph our baby Aria. She did not disappoint, dedicating a full day to getting each shot exactly right and giving us a huge selection to choose from. As a woman who has just given birth I dreaded seeing pictures of myself and thought I would definitely not like any of them. How wrong I was. Maria knows exactly how to photograph babies but she also knows exactly how to photograph parents and families. So professional, we will definitely be returning to Sweet Bambini for future photographs
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Lindsey J, Mother of 2, Kent
    14 Dec 2015 10:21pm
    Maria is a genius! My daughter was photographed at just 10 days old the photos are absolutely beautiful. I wish that my first born child's photos were taken by Maria I had chosen a local photographer who wasn't a patch on Maria. My son who is 4 joined in the newborn shoot and I was amazed at the shots of the two children together (I struggle to get him to sit still). We recently had a family shoot with Maria I wasn't keen on getting in the photos but with Maria's relaxed environment we felt very comfortable and she made sure we all held the best poses (not an easy task!). The photos capture my children's personality beautifully, My daughter is a pouter, she loves blowing bubbles and has chubby cheeks without any indication from me Maria captured all of this. My son is cheeky again the photos tell the story. I can't wait to decorate my home with 'real' photos. I would highly recommend Sweet Bambini my babies won't be small for long but I will always have my photos to treasure the memories. Maria's attention to detail is acceptional I promise you won't be disappointed X
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      Lindsey J, Mother of 2, Kent
    12 Dec 2015 9:02am
    Maria is a genius! My daughter was photographed at just 10 days old the photos are absolutely beautiful. I wish that my first born child's photos were taken by Maria I had chosen a local photographer who wasn't a patch on Maria. My son who is 4 joined in the newborn shoot and I was amazed at the shots of the two children together (I struggle to get him to sit still). We recently had a family shoot with Maria I wasn't keen on getting in the photos but with Maria's relaxed environment we felt very comfortable and she made sure we all held the best poses (not an easy task!). The photos capture my children's personality beautifully, My daughter is a pouter, she loves blowing bubbles and has chubby cheeks without any indication from me Maria captured all of this. My son is cheeky again the photos tell the story. I can't wait to decorate my home with 'real' photos. I would highly recommend Sweet Bambini my babies won't be small for long but I will always have my photos to treasure the memories. Maria's attention to detail is acceptional I promise you won't be disappointed X
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      khobdell, Mother of 2, Surrey
    19 Sep 2015 9:15am
    We had a newborn photo shoot with our twins at Maria's studio. Our day with Maria and the twins was a real experience and something we shall not forget. Maria was very confident handling the babies and we trusted her completely - in fact she gave us a few very useful tips for handling newborns that she has picked up along the way! We had some family shots taken and then went for a natural look for pictures of the twins together. The end result is a set of stunning photographs that we will treasure forever. Thank you!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Melissa Riva, Mother of 1
    2 Sep 2015 3:50pm
    Maria took the most amazing photos of my daughter. She was so patient and gentle which made me feel completely relaxed leaving her with my precious newborn. The photos are beautiful , I am so very happy with them and I love the idea of booking another shoot for when my little one is a bit older. (She even managed to make me look good post labour and having had almost no sleep for 2 weeks!!!!) Maria's photos will be treasured keepsakes of my daughter at this magical age.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Andy, Lana, Sofia & Aurora, Father of 2
    9 Jun 2015 4:57pm
    This was our second visit to Maria, after the amazingly gorgeous pictures she took of our first daughter Sofia 3 years ago we had to return with our second, Aurora. On arrival we were made to feel immediately welcome once again. Maria showed us to her studio and gave Sofia a bit of time to settle in, as shyness kicked in, and we were able to feed Aurora and get her to sleep ready for the shoot. After a few games with Maria and some laughter Sofia was also ready. Maria is not only an incredible photographer but also equally impressive with the children. Sofia and Aurora were soon putty in her hands as she worked her magic. Everyone was very relaxed throughout the whole day, which made it a great and memorable experience. I would highly recommend Maria to absolutely everyone! We will, without doubt, be returning in a few years. Maybe even with another member of the family (a boy this time). Thank you Maria for the great memories and fantastic pictures.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      natsan, Mother of 4
    20 May 2015 2:25pm
    We booked Maria to take photos with our new born baby at 11 days old. Maria captured some stunning photos of our baby and also of his bigger siblings. We took group shots with the kids together and of me and my husband with our baby and individual portraits, all pictures that i will cherish forever. Maria was kind, calm, patient when i had to feed my baby and made the experience lovely for all! I honestly can't wait to book her again for more family photos!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Hayley dos santos, Mother of 1, Essex
    2 Apr 2015 3:07pm
    Maria is a totally innovative photographer who captures to perfection the most special little person in your life. She is, without question an expert in her field, she is totally professional, an absolute perfectionist, she listens to your needs and makes the whole photographic session a wonderful experience producing amazing photographic memories that will last forever. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    23 Mar 2015 9:05pm
    Maria has an exceptional talent in photographing newborn babies. I will forever treasure the photos she took of my son at 10 days old as she managed to capture him beautifully. She made the shoot fun and relaxed and I will definitely be booking her again for our number 2. We live in London so we had to travel to see her but it was well worth it.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Pat cooper, Mother of 2, Essex
    31 Oct 2014 11:48pm
    My daughter had used Maria 3 years ago with our grandson lennie and captured some precious moments when he was 7 days old and we was completely thrilled with the images and service Maria provided - detail is absolutely perfect. So my daughter decided to use Maria again to capture some similar and different images of our granddaughter lottie at 9 days old and once again hasn't been disappointed. Truly magical moments and timeless. Would highly recommend Maria for anyone considering newborn photography been completely 100% happy.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Grethe W, Mother of 2, Leicestershire
    26 Sep 2014 8:30am
    We have now used Maria on two occasions, for our first born 3 years ago and again recently for our second daughter. We cannot praise Maria enough. Firstly she creates a calm and friendly atmosphere for both the child and parents and secondly her pictures are amazing. She has an incredibly ability of capturing your child's expressions and the images are very natural. Her studio provides natural light so you avoid sharp flashes for the little one. Maria is very quick and does not waste any time which is important when shooting a baby/child who only has a small window between feeds and naps. We cannot recommend Maria enough. We will for sure go back to her for a follow up shoots when the girls are older. Grethe & Richard
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    13 Jan 2014 4:33pm
    When our baby was 3 months old, we spontaneously decided to get some photos taken of him in a local photography studio. However, the photos were not exactly what we were looking for and we were a little disappointed. A couple of months later, I decided that we should try again to get some professional photos done. This time, I started researching baby photographers. That’s how I found Maria. Although she specialises in newborn photography, I was impressed with her photos of older babies. I contacted her, and from the start she was very professional and answered all my questions and concerns. When we arrived at her studio, she made us feel welcomed and comfortable, and she was great with our little baby boy. She took so many wonderful photos that we couldn’t decide which ones to choose. Both friends and family were also impressed by the lovely images she captured. Without hesitation I would recommend Maria. She is truly one of the best baby photographers around!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Maree, Mother of 1, London
    25 Nov 2013 9:35pm
    Like many new parents we were keen to get professional photographs taken of our baby girl Sophie. After doing much research we found Maria, who had excellent references and importantly, the example photographs on Maria's website really looked amazing and exactly the sort of fun and warm photos that we were after. Booking in the session with Maria was straight forward and Maria was very accommodating as we needed to change the date due to Sophie having teething problems the first time. Maria did a great job of explaining the different services she offered, all of the relevant costs and how to proceed so the whole process was very easy and stress free. So having found Maria and having booked in the session, it was time for the photo session. Maria makes sure that you have plenty booked for your photo session so providing a relaxed approach to the session. Maria was able to provide lots of advice before the photo shoot in terms of type of colours to wear which was very helpful. When we arrived at Maria's purpose built studio, we found the studio very calming and relaxing, with toys for Sophie to play with and lots of costume accessories for us to choose from and the heating was just right, especially as changing Sophie between photos. Unsurprisingly, Sophie needed a toilet break and Maria was only too accommodating of all those unexpected things babies do! Maria listened to our ideas of what we wanted from the photos and then came up with shots, backgrounds and costumes for Sophie to bring these to life. If, like us you don't have a great creative side, Maria is perfect as she can take your ideas and really bring these to life. During the actual photo shoot, Maria was reassuring and most importantly, was fantastic at getting Sophie's attention and making her smile and pose for the camera which is no small feat. Maria had a good understanding of how much time we would have Sophie's attention for and worked to make the most of this time so that by the end of the photo shoot we had many many great shots to choose from. In fact, thats the hard part, choosing the ones that you want. Following the photo shoot, Maria again clearly explained the process for how we would get the photos and take the process forward. A great option Maria provides is for a sneak peak where she provides online access to your photos very quickly in advance of the full set being available so you can share these with friends etc. Having now selected our photos and completed the process, we couldn't recommend Maria highly enough. We will definitely use Maria again for special occasions as the output has been fantastic and well worth the effort.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    18 Aug 2013 8:14am
    My friend had photos taken of her newborn by Maria, and after seeing them I didn't want my baby's photos taken by anyone else. And when we did get them done, Maria didn't disappoint. Our photos are just stunning, I couldn't be happier with them. The only tough thing has been picking which photos to purchase. The whole end to end process was easy, and on the day Maria was brilliant with our daughter, we were able to put our fee up while the shoot was on! Can't recommend highly enough.
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      emfhauof, Mother of 1, Berkshire
    31 Jul 2013 11:29am
    Maria has photographed my daughter 5 times now between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old. My biggest regret is that I did not find Maria before this time. One of the great things about the photos Maria has taken is that she has captured my daughters natural manners and expressions, in fact the first time we went to Maria she just sat and watch my toddler run round and made a note of her mannerisms. The other thing I really like is that you can view the proofs at home for a couple of weeks and for as many times as you want in this time. It makes it much easier to choose photos you want as there is no time pressure of a one hour slot or sales pressure. I would highly recommend Maria for photographing your baby, toddler or child.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    31 May 2013 10:05am
    Maria and her photos are simply amazing! She captures the most beautiful and special moments of you and your family, resulting in stunning photos you will appreciate for a lifetime. We have had 4 photo shoots now with Maria: a pregnancy, my eldest daughter's studio shoot (8 months old) and both my daughter's newborn sessions and each time she has not only produced amazing photos but provided us with a thoroughly enjoyable experience. She is a charismatic individual who is very passionate about her craft and she has a very natural way with children of all ages. Our house walls have become a shrine to Maria's amazing photos! Highly recommend you book a session!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    22 May 2013 11:58pm
    Sounds crazy but getting our shoot done was truly a dream come true !!! When I had my first baby 2 years ago, I was at one of my new mum friend's house and saw a coffee table book that simply took my breath away !!! It had pictures of her newborn baby in the moooost adoooorable of wooly props and gorgeous foetal positions ! I had always looked at a Huggies ad when I was pregnant and thought this is how I would love to get my newborn photographed but no matter how hard we tried, we couldn't do it! When I saw the photos of my friend's baby I was in love and wanted a new baby just to go get the shoot!!!! They have to be done while the baby is between 4-14 days for best results and I had already missed the boat. So this time when I was pregnant, I booked with Maria straightaway and was blown over with the results !!!! She is extremely professional and the best at what she does!! She has handled any and every situation, she is extremely efficient with time and best of all gives you superb results, a totally calm and contented baby by the end of the shoot and what's more - she has a lovely friendly personality and was fantastic accommodating me in my wheelchair . A dream come true indeed!!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Sarah Kaye, Mother of 1, Essex
    19 May 2013 4:08pm
    I first became aware of Maria Murray’s work when I saw photos she had taken on my friend’s wall. I was so impressed and thought the pictures were so outstanding that, when I have a baby, I would like her to capture this special time. When this happened I contacted Maria who was extremely efficient and helpful and came back to me immediately with all the information I had requested. I like the fact that she has an open and honest approach; you know exactly what the session entails and the cost before you make a decision to book. We decided to go ahead with the beginnings scheme and have had our first session. I was a little nervous as I didn’t know how my baby was going to cope but Maria was so warm and friendly and made the session a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable experience. We are delighted with the results and so looking forward to the next two sessions. The only difficulty we have had has been choosing which pictures we were going to purchase due to the fact they are all so fantastic and know it will be equally as difficult after our further two sessions.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      moiry, Mother of 1, London
    20 Feb 2013 10:09pm
    We took our 10 day old baby girl for the newborn shoot and Maria did an exceptional job, she really is a true artist. I first saw her work at the baby show and just had to have it done, no regrets at all as you cannot relive the moment. She kept us as new parents at ease throughout the entire session and the end product is truly beautiful.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    19 Jan 2013 6:43pm
    We took our 6 day old Chloe down to Maria's studio, and had a great day. Maria was very calm (good for us nervous new parents) and professional, and shot some amazing photos that our friends and family continue to rave about. Highly recommended.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      LalKJ, Mother of 2, London
    15 Jan 2013 9:57pm
    The photos Maria took of our two children were stunning. We have a shy two year old, but Maria managed to get some truly wonderful and confident photos of him, that he is also delighted with! We also had photos taken of our three month old baby and they are gorgeous. She even managed to achieve what we have not been able to in six months and get beautiful photos of our two boys together both looking at the camera and smiling. After the session, we were a little disappointed with how we thought the last few photos would look as the boys started to get tired and grisly, but even through this Maria managed to get lovely photos, including one of the four of us together which is one of our favourites. As a testament to the quality of her photos, we had used Maria for photos of our first son when he was three months old and were more than delighted to return again, and the photos justified that decision.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Catherine1, Mother of 3, Kent
    20 Nov 2012 1:38pm
    Maria is a true artist and is amazing at what she does. She has done a newborn session for my son and for my twins and we have been thrilled with the results on both occasions. I feel so lucky and relived that we will have these beautiful images to treasure. I realise how important it is to trust the photographer when they are handling your tiny little ones in their first few days. Maria is confident in what she does, but always gentle and completely professional. It's obvious that she has a sincere love of newborns and of what she does and this is reflected in the fantastic results she produces. We have put our favourite image on canvas and it hangs proudly in our hall. Every visitor to our home comments on it and can't believe what a stunning picture it is. It can seem expensive, but, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for and it is so worth it!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      AAli85, Mother of 1, Hertfordshire
    11 Nov 2012 10:09pm
    I cannot write in words how happy I am with my baby boy’s photo shoot. The photos Maria has captured are absolutely precious. From the day I saw Maria’s work, I just knew this is exactly what I wanted for my baby. At first, I overloaded Maria with lots of questions, but she answered each one of them and made me feel so comfortable. Being a first time mom, I really was worried about how everything would happen that to only 9 days after he was born BUT it was the most relaxing experience and our very first outing. Maria was very welcoming once we arrived on the day of the shoot. Maria has a lovely personality and an exceptional eye for taking the most beautiful photos. After the shoot, I haven’t had the time to be able to take photos with my baby, I’m always behind the camera... and every time I see the ones Maria has taken for us, I think I’m so lucky to have such beautiful photos with him. If you are planning to get your newborns photos taken, I would not think twice about booking Maria :)
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Nuds, Mother of 2, Surrey
    25 Oct 2012 10:48pm
    Maria is quite simply the most talented baby photographer walking the planet. We were exceptionally fortunate to get a shoot at the last minute due to a cancellation, and our whole experience with her was quite dreamlike. She had an incredible way with our newborn and three year old.....got him to laugh and smile with ease. In the midst of those crazy first days of having a new baby, this was such an exciting and refreshing experience. The photos are beyond breathtaking and can bring tears to your eyes in their perfection. We would recommend no one else.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Bei, London
    24 Oct 2012 8:35pm
    "Truly stunning" - That was what I felt when I first saw Maria's work from her website. "Absolutely brilliant"- is what I think after received my shoot from Maria. The initial motivation to have a professional photo shoot was for my daughter's 100 days, we wish to memorize this special moment. Right after viewed Maira's website, we made up our mind that she is the one. We are very satisfied about the service, and the whole experience throughout the shoot was enjoyable; a nice and spacious studio, and most of all, an absolutely brilliant photographer. As her first experience, my daughter was extremely unsettle during the shoot; however, Maria showed us her professionality and great personality too, being very patient and knows exactly what shes dealing with. We will certainly bring my daughter to Maria again, and more than that, we would love to bring our second, third child to her, too. All in all, I would highly recommend Maria's service.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      sophiaa, Hampshire
    4 Oct 2012 11:02pm
    One of the best Photographers in Uk. She is so easy to be with..i have been recommended my every single friend to hire her for my newborn baby and that is what i am going to do
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Lina naomi, Mother of 1, London
    3 Oct 2012 9:36am
    This is one of the most fun and memorable experiences my husband and i had with our new baby boy. I knew the photos would turn out beautifully but i didn't realise how much we would laugh and love actually taking part in the whole shoot. The atmosphere is so calm and cosy and playful and Maria is such a warm, lovely person to work with. She has thought of everything a new mum/dad and baby would need to make the experience as easy, fun and comfortable as possible. When we did receive our photos we were blown away with how creative, elegant and unique they looked. Everyone who sees them loves them and they will take prime position in our home. The whole experience from the shoot to viewing the pictures to ordering them was seamless and enjoyable. I cant wait to do this with baby number 2 :)
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      tashipope, Mother of 1, London
    28 Sep 2012 9:30pm
    The photos that Maria Murray took of our baby girl take our breath away every time we look at them. Maria is wonderfully creative, has gorgeous ideas an incredible eye. She spends a serious amount of time perfecting the shots after the session, differentiating herself from other photographers we have worked with. The results are simply magnificent and we will treasure them forever. On top of her skills, Maria was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is obviously great with babies but is wonderfully kind and caring towards Mum which is really important in those first few days after giving birth when you feel fragile and exhausted. Her studio was quite far for us to get to and the journey seemed daunting with such a little one but it was well well worth the trip. I was worried about being in a studio for so long but there's a side lounge with a sofa and TV to relax on while Maria works with baby and a little window where you can watch that part of the session which was brilliant. I would advise anyone thinking about newborn photography to drop any other ideas and book Maria right away!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Nubblee, Mother of 1, Essex
    3 Sep 2012 10:03pm
    What a wonderful experience... We arrived at Maria's amazing studio to a very warm welcome. 9 days after the arrival of our baby girl we were both tired & a little bit nervous, but Maria made us feel instantly at ease. Your every need is catered for during the shoot, refreshments, baby changing facilities, even nappies & milk! We felt totally comfortable handing baby over, then relaxed and let Maria work her magic. She had a real connection with our baby whilst shooting and captured the most stunning images. The results were the most beautiful photographs for us to cherish forever, that still make me cry whenever I look at them. Maria thank you so much for a fantastic day, you are a true artist and a pleasure to watch at work. We cannot recommend you highly enough, see you next year for another session. P.S. Thank you also for the formula night feed tip, it worked a treat ;-)
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Haywardc007, Mother of 1, Hampshire
    29 Aug 2012 9:28pm
    Maria photographed my newborn son at 9 days old. Maria was fantastic and i would recommend anyone that is looking for something different to give Maria a call. Maria was extremely helpful and accommodating with a specific prop that i wanted to use. Maria has a great talent and produced some beautiful pictures, she even managed to make me look good!!!! All in all a fantastic experience and i have some gorgeous photos to cherish
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Sahota, Mother of 2, London
    18 Aug 2012 10:53pm
    Maria photographed our twin boys at around 4 months. The whole experience was fantastic, Maria knows her field inside out.  She was brilliant with the boys, warm, gentle and kept them entertained.  She was quick, and confident in her ability as she was able to capture many different shots moving between them quickly, which we will cherish for life! I had heard of Maria's work before hand through family members as well as other photographers in the industry. Maria is spoken of very highly.  Now seeing her at work and our photographs I can say the hype is very much spot on. A lovely lady who has a true passion for photographing babies and you can see this reflected in her pictures. Maria provides memories for life, captures moments that I believe others couldn't. My photos show my boys personalities which will be shared across the family and kept for many years to come!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Mumjo, Mother of 2
    16 Aug 2012 12:59pm
    We have used Maria twice now - once for our daughter when she was 7 months old, and more recently with our newborn son. We have been thrilled with both the process and the results both times. Maria is thoroughly professional and makes the photo shoot fun and easy for everyone involved - she was fantastic with both our children. The results were everything we'd hoped for and I can't recommend Maria enough.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Flissy, Mother of 1, London
    15 Aug 2012 10:34am
    Our first little girl who was 11 days old at the time of her Newborn session with Maria - we found that she was really creative, professional, friendly and made us feel at ease and even the way she handled littlen - you knew bambino was in safe hands (especially as its your 1st babby). We started off looking at props (could have gone for all the little beautiful colourful hats) but instantly she knew what we wanted for our photos - the studio was easy to find and clean. When we received our sneak previews we were overcome with joy and delighted of the outcome - what a talent to have. She captured photos that we can look back with joy in years to come. Maria is wonderful in every single way and definately book her for our next bambino. Highly recommended.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Marie, Mother of 2, London
    11 Jul 2012 10:22pm
    I couldn't wait for the photo shoot with Maria and I wasn't disappointed. I discovered her in magazine too late for my first baby so I quickly booked her when I got pregnant again. And I am so happy I did. The shoot went very smoothly with Maria knowing exactly what she was doing. Her great expertise in dealing with babies and children meant that we got some amazing pictures - even with our fussy toddler, I was very impressed! I enclosed some of her pictures in my birth announcement and I had so many positive feedback - everybody thought they were superb. I will definitely book Maria again for baby number 3!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Fi-G, Mother of 1
    30 May 2012 10:53pm
    Beautiful results and a wonderful experience. A session with Maria is always a pleasure. She knows how to get the best out of your baby/toddler, and our location session was perfectly pitched to keep the Mr engaged, but not exhaust him. We timed the shoot for when we had family over from Australia, and the forecast was for heavy rain for a fortnight. Working quickly and efficiently in a gap in the weather, Maria was flexible enough not just to get the shots, but to wrangle four adults as well! The photos from our newborn session get comments from everyone who has seen them, and they remind us not only of our son as a tiny baby, but also of a wonderful time in Maria’s studio– a welcome interval in the overwhelming first few weeks of parenthood. Maria is a pleasure to work with, from booking the session to ordering the images, and we only wish we could bring her back to Australia with us.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Peta, Mother of 2, London
    27 Apr 2012 3:14pm
    There is something truly special about Maria's ability to capture babies so beautifully, and also their parents who've not slept for a week... Maria photographed our son William when he was born 2 years ago, and the photographs simply took our breath away. So when our baby girl arrived earlier this year, no one but Maria would do. We have referred countless friends to Maria and are always thrilled to do so. You have such limited time and energy to capture those early precious days of your newborn, why would you not get a gifted professional to do it, and she is, truly gifted!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    25 Apr 2012 2:57pm
    Maternity - We had tried to take pictures at home but we just weren't able to do my bump justice! I therefore searched the internet and found various sites and was drawn to Maria's unique style, quality and ability to capture the beauty of pregnancy. I was a little nervous when I arrived but we chatted and Maria put me at ease by making me a cup of tea and looking over her portfolio, we deciding what I wanted to get from the shoot and proceeded to take various photos. The preview came through and I was blown away with the results, they exceeded my expectations and that of my partners. I now have beautiful images of my pregnancy that I will always treasure. Only weeks after the birth of my son I looked back at these and was amazed at how much I missed my bump and how special a time it was to be pregnant. Newborn - I was a little apprehensive booking with newborn session so soon after the birth but I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was. Maria took Ethan and for about 3hrs worked her magic whilst me and daddy had a nice rest on the sofa! The preview came through and we were delighted with the pictures and that we would have such a beautiful recorded of Ethan when he was brand new! I had one of the shots made into thank you cards and everyone commented on the beautiful picture of Ethan putting it on their mantle pieces to admire for longer. I have since recommended Maria to friends showing them our pictures and many have booked sessions or are planning to.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Inesitom, Mother of 2, London
    25 Apr 2012 11:17am
    We found Maria trough an NCT friend. Her pictures looked beautiful! I was too late to book a new born session for my daughter, but when I had my second baby we did a new born and family session. And I was very happy with the results. My husband wasn't that excited to drive all the way to Hampshire with a 10 days old baby and a toddler in the car. But from the moment we arrived we both realise all the drive was worthy. Maria was super professional explaining everything, how will be our day and the photo shoot. We felt so comfortable during the session. Her playing area for our toddler is great. Ines was entertained the whole day. Maria has such good hands with kids and because she is a mum too we had lots of things in common and we couldn't stop chatting. Never felt rushed or pushed into something we did not like. Her advice in terms of background and poses was excellent though. When we received the pictures we were so happy with the result and was so difficult to choose. I couldn't recommend Maria more.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    14 Apr 2012 6:44pm
    I booked Maria to take photos of our newborn daughter after seeing her work on her website. We arrived with our toddler in tow for the photo shoot and Maria made us feel at ease straight away. She managed to do the whole shoot in less than 2 hours as our baby slept through it all. We were absolutely delighted with the photos that she took. The only difficult part was choosing which photos to buy.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      MelissaWilson, Mother of 2, Hampshire
    6 Mar 2012 10:21pm
    I first saw Maria's work in a magazine review and thought the photographs were amazing but surely these babies had to be models and it must of taken hours to get shots like these. Regardless we booked a session and we couldn't wait. Our daughter arrived 8 days overdue and we had missed our initial session. No matter Maria rescheduled us for a few days before Christmas and we had such a lovely day. Our eldest daughter was entertained by all the toys, DVD's and outfits Maria provided and Tilly our newborn was looked after by Maria with a few pit stops for feeds. The results are fantastic and we had such a difficult job choosing the photos. Maria you are natural with children and this shows in your work I can not recommend you highly enough. Our photos will be cherished forever.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      esoni, Mother of 1, London
    21 Feb 2012 10:17am
    Maria is an excellent photographer and a knack for clicking the best moments for a lifetime of memories for the little ones. I'm glad that I found her in the internet and can say 'She is really the Best'. Thanks Maria we had a great overall experience and extremely happy with photographs of our 5 day old princess.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Lourenc, Mother of 1, Hampshire
    5 Feb 2012 10:10pm
    After seeing Maria's work just a couple of weeks before our little boy was due, we knew immediately that we had to get a newborn shoot booked. She was kind enough to help us out on short notice and on the day she made us feel completely relaxed and took the most gorgeous photos of our baby. Our next visit to Maria will be in a couple of months to capture our little boy as a toddler and we can't wait. If you want gorgeous memories captured, then book a photo shoot with Maria!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      MamaBel, Mother of 1, Surrey
    26 Jan 2012 12:43pm
    5 STAR - Forgot to do the rating after my review below :)
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      MamaBel, Mother of 1, Surrey
    26 Jan 2012 12:41pm
    Maria Murray ia a brilliant photographer with a knack of illuminating babies. Apart from an eye for a great picture, innovative props and a relaxed environment, she strikes a quick bond with babies which means she gets shot that only she can. She is a great example of what happens when talent meets focus. Highly recommend her superb service, where babies her concerned call Maria
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      cr99, Mother of 2
    17 Jan 2012 1:55pm
    We have just had our 4th shoot with Maria, this time for our new little baby. Maria gets fantastic results, she really knows what she is doing. We spent several hours at her new studio, with a kids playroom adjoined so our toddler was occupied whilst Maria was busy with the bub. I can't recommend her highly enough, the results are brilliant. We get comments on the pictures of hers around our house all of the time.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      rchlmercer, Mother of 2
    10 Jan 2012 11:29pm
    We just had the first of our 'beginnings' sessions with Maria for our daughter and cannot rate Maria highly enough - 10 stars if it was an option. We did the beginnings sessions with our son a couple of years ago and am pleased to report only Maria's location has changed. Fantastic one-of-a-kind photographs that really are things to enjoy now and memories to treasure for years to come. The whole experience from the initial telephone call is both personal and highly professional. Maria has a wonderful attitude and manner, both to children and life, and this is reflected in the photographs she takes and way in which she conducts her business. A fantastic experience for a family to share.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Natalie1982, Mother of 1, London
    9 Jan 2012 7:53pm
    We found Maria Murray when looking on the Internet and opted for her as she seemed to be the best at what she does - she certainly did not disappoint us, the photos of our 5 day old daughter are amazing and worth every penny we spent. Maria is a natural with handling babies and i felt very at ease leaving everything up to her and just sitting back watching the shoot. We will definitely be using Maria again when our baby is a little older.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Asmaira, Mother of 1, Buckinghamshire
    22 Dec 2011 11:28pm
    I wanted a photoshoot which was different from everyone elses and that is what i got from Maria Murray. Not only did I get amazing photos which are loved by all our family and friends but an amazing experience. We were made so comfortable, my so many questions were always answered, and my daughter was looked after extremely well. All we had to do was turn up with our little one and Maria took care of the rest. Maria was recommended to me and I definately highly recommended her and I certainly look forward to our next shoot.Thankyou Maria for capturing the moments I will never have again I am glad I made that booking and I am sure my daughter will be too when she is older :)
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Amberg, Mother of 2, Wales
    18 Dec 2011 9:09pm
    As we all know, our little ones grow up so quickly, I know this so well as my son will be 21 years old this month and my daughter will be 1 year old! Where has the 21 years gone and did I take enough pictures to remind me what a little angel he once was, the answer was no I didn't..... So 20 years on my little girl arrives, wow, time to get lots of photos. We searched locally in Cardiff and found someone to capture those first cherished months. Sadly when the photos came back the moments were captured but very disappointing, the colour was rubbish and the poses had no imagination or ahhh factor. The next stage was to capture her when she was sitting up, by chance we googled and found Maria, her website caught our eyes, we travelled a good few miles to get to her but OMG it was sooooo worth it, we could not believe how easily she engaged with our daughter and how her imagination and expertise captured the best photos and moments that we will ever have, enough said from me, see for yourself, thank you Maria we are delighted and cannot wait until we can get her to capture our daughter as a toddler in 2012
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Bec78, Surrey
    15 Dec 2011 1:46pm
    I was searching for photographer who is based close to London to do pregnancy photos for me as soon as I knew the arrival of my little one in my week 6 of pregnancy. Maria is simply the best that I have found, her pictures are very artistic and can tell the excitement of the mum-to-be & dad-to-be! I booked an early session in order to get the final pictures received before Xmas! Before shooting, I was worried about what to do since it's our 1st child, we have absolutely no experience in pregnancy shooting. Maria is very professional, she prompted us through what to do, how to do and gave us a lot of encouragement. There is no embarrassment at all although I am a conserved person in general. My husband and I feel that it's a very nice experience to remember & we shared some laughs together in the relaxing atmosphere. Maria's pictures do not disappoint us and they are at the same quality as shown in her blog! We are going to show the pictures to our friends during the baby shower and will definitely let our daughter know how we looked when we were expecting her! My maternity pictures are like my wedding photos, it's sweet to look back in years & years time!!!! Definitely worthwhile to take them!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    13 Dec 2011 9:43pm
    Maria was recommended by a family member who used her for the newborn pictures of their son. We were so impressed with the results we booked as soon as we could. The photos we have now of our daughter are wonderful and you just cant capture these images yourself. The day was fun and relaxing. Maria was very patient and professional with our baby as they arent the best models ! We highly recommend Maria and we are thrilled with the pictures we have.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    12 Dec 2011 1:42pm
    We chose Maria to photograph our newborn daughter based on a recommendation from a friend and we’re delighted we did so. During the shoot Maria was kind, gentle and patient with our daughter despite her being a difficult model who refused to sleep for all but the shortest of periods! The pictures that came out of the shoot are just a joy, a delightful keepsake of our daughter’s early days. We would thoroughly recommend Maria to anyone looking for top quality pictures of their new little bundle of joy.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Lisa M
    24 Nov 2011 6:30am
    My family has now had two sessions with Maria, one for each child. We are happy to drive out of London to see her as her pictures are the best of any that I have seen. She managed to capture the spirit of my children (sparkly eyes, sweet smiles and naughty little grins) while making them look absolutely beautiful at the same time. She moves smoothly and quickly from shot to shot. My daughters (one rambunctious toddler and one 9 month old) were not bothered by the shoot at all and really seemed to enjoy having their photos taken by Maria. There were no tears; only smiles. I cannot recommend Maria enough - her pictures truly are the best.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      mom to 1, Mother of 1, Essex
    16 Oct 2011 9:33pm
    I booked Maria on the spur of the moment and can honestly say that it was the best decision ever. Maria made us feel very comfortable and time flew by. The resulting photos were out of this world. She has a special knack for capturing unique pictures of your little one. I just love the photos taken and now have a permanent reminder of these precious moments.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      luciedarcie, Mother of 1
    8 Oct 2011 2:22pm
    PERFECTIONAL! I searched high and low for a photographer, and found her, mria handled my baby with love and care, and she really cares about what she does its somthing she is very pasionate about, it was hard work choosing our final photos as every one was fantastic, thankks maria, love lucie and darcie xxx
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      nikki lea, Mother of 3, London
    5 Oct 2011 7:24pm
    Experierience was really lovely i had my newborn photographed and Maria has something very special and is definately a natural with babies. Made us all feel really comfortable and the photos were absolutely amazing. Will definately be going back for more photo sessions in the future.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Preethi, Mother of 1, Hertfordshire
    21 Sep 2011 10:25am
    Maria is an exceptional photographer and has an amazing talent - truly a gift from god! She has taken our daughter Jia's photographs and was absolutely outstanding! The way she conducted the whole session was very warm and friendly yet professional. She did an absolutely fantabulous job of being the best nanny for 2 hours with our little darling sweetheart. Jia was so comfortable with her and was in a nice relaxed environment. The best part was there was no kind of expectation on the baby .. She would keep it very flexible and take the best photographs according the the baby. Love your work Maria . Only downside , I wish I knew her when my darling angel was born for me to have a new born session. Wish I could see them through Maria's photography! I would highly recommend Maria and donor miss the opportunity to book a newborn session with her.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      tracyn, Mother of 1, London
    24 Aug 2011 10:56pm
    Maria is an outstanding talent. She photographed our wedding last year, and she most recently photographed our newborn daughter Amelia. When we arrived with Amelia at her photo shoot, Maria declared herself to be our babysitter for the next couple of hours, and we sat on her sofa enjoying a cup of tea while Maria worked her magic... Friends and family are amazed at the results, likening the quality of her work to the famous Anne Geddes. Of course Maria has her own style, and her photos are vibrant and colourful. The only downside to working with Maria is that with so many gorgeous photos to choose from, we ended up spending countless hours over the course of a few weeks agonising over which photos to select.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Sarah259, London
    11 Aug 2011 12:08pm
    I was really lucky to get a last minute appointment with Maria when my daughter was born last June. I didn't worry for a minute handing her over to Maria - she is absolutely brilliant with newborns and puts them and you totally at ease. It felt like a bit of a marathon session - Maria really takes the time to get a variety of shots and will break if the baby wants a feed or needs a cuddle. The room is warm and there is relaxing music playing. I could have slept for the entire time like my daughter if I hadn't have been chatting away to Maria and looking through her amazing albums of work. The photos are fantastic. I couldn't decide which ones to get and ended up getting almost all. They are so cute and such a great memento of a very special time. Maria also persuaded me to have some photos with my daughter and, although I was initially reluctant, they are now my favourite shots. I have just booked Maria again for our second child due later in the year.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Kfriell, Mother of 1, Hertfordshire
    7 Aug 2011 2:57pm
    Maria was recommended to me by a work colleague who had seen pictures that her friend had done of their newborn. When I saw the beautiful pictures I just knew that I had to book Maria for when my little boy Harry was born. I know that new mums can feel very nervous about taking their newborn anywhere so soon after the born but I can honestly say it was a real pleasure to take Harry to Maria's studio for his photos, she made both Harry and I very relaxed. I sat back and left Maria to get on with what she does best, create beautiful timeless pictures. The most difficult part was deciding which of the amazing pictures to have. I look forward to booking Maria again for Harry's next session in the very near future.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Mum x3 , Mother of 3, Essex
    7 Aug 2011 11:41am
    We went to Maria on recommendation of a friend, so we had seen her work and loved it. It was an amazing experience and Maria was brilliant with Oliver. We also took our two older children and had family shots, all of which turned out amazing. It was really hard to pick the final photos because I loved them all so much.
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      Mum x3 , Mother of 3, Essex
    7 Aug 2011 11:40am
    We went to Maria on recommendation of a friend, so we had seen her work and loved it. It was an amazing experience and Maria was brilliant with Oliver. We also took our two older children and had family shots, all of which turned out amazing. It was really hard to pick the final photos because I loved them all so much.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Mother of Saskia, Mother of 1, London
    3 Aug 2011 7:32pm
    We were totally blown away by the photographs of our daughter, Saskia, at just 5 days' old. The photographs are absolutely amazing. We could not thank Maria enough, not only for the fabulous photos but also for a wonderful experience. Maria is very laid back and made the photo session a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. I would definitely recommend Maria's newborn photo session. Maria is an exceptional, first class photographer. We will certainly use Maria again.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      blackburn71, Father of 1, Durham
    28 Jul 2011 6:25pm
    Fantastic shots of my baby Jeanne. We had a great afternoon at Maria's studio felt totally relaxed throughout the whole session. Really amazed at the quality of the final photos something no ordinary photographer could achieve. Will use again in the future and would give Maria a 5 star rating.
  • Rated 4.5 / 5
      Mr_Aboo, Mother of 2, London
    25 Jul 2011 10:03pm
    We spent a long time deciding which photographer to book to have photographs taken of our newborn and decided to book Maria. I am so pleased we did, as beyond the most amazing and beautiful photographs she took of our 7 day old boy, the photo session was also a really enjoyable. Maria makes you feel very relaxed and has a lot of experience in handling newborns. She also spends time discussing and putting together the various colours and types of photographs so you get images that you will love. Our only problem was trying to decide which images we wanted to purchase as we had so many to choose from that we loved. If you are hesitating, don't go and book the session you will not regert it.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Jeannette, West Sussex
    20 Jul 2011 12:18pm
    We have first met Maria when looking for wedding photographer and have been lucky to have her to capture our wedding. She always said that photographing babies is her passion and you can certainly see that when looking at her work. So when I fall pregnant the first thing I did was to call her to book a session for our newborn. I know she is very busy. Maria has an amazing talent, she is extremely professional and such a perfectionist. She manages to capture the most candid and beautiful shots, they are not just your normal pictures but pieces of art that you will have proudly hung on your wall. The images she creates are extraordinarily beautiful! She has ability to capture those priceless and unique moments of your baby personality. We absolutely love them; the only problem is to decide which pictures to chose. The session itself is such a fun and relaxed affair. Maria is so down to earth and has fantastic energy. It was a pleasure to watch her working with our baby Benjamin, we felt very comfortable and at ease. As a first time mum I thought my baby was probably safer with her with the vast experience she has :) We cherish the pictures as well as the experience and can't wait to work with Maria again in the future. Thank you Maria Jeannette, Ninos & Benjamin
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Bronwyn, Surrey
    20 Jul 2011 10:30am
    Absolutely beatutiful images captured so naturally, Maria's images are so fresh and so real! I have been taking both my children to Maria since they were babies, Maria is an incredibly talented photographer! Thank you to Maria for giving us such special memories of our most precious little girls.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      wheeldog, Mother of 2, Essex
    3 Jul 2011 2:53pm
    A newborn baby is special, and those first few days where they are still all sleepy and squidgy don't last long at all. We were so pleased to be able to have Maria photograph our 4 day old daughter, and she captured some really memorable and unique photos that we will treasure forever. My initially sceptical husband was bowled over by the studio session we had with her. Maria is incredibly patient, and puts both parents and baby at ease (even for those shots requiring newly-postnatal mum to get her kit off for those gorgeous skin-to-skin photos!). She never makes you feel rushed, and takes her time to get the photos you want. We had such a problem deciding which photos to choose. Our friends and relatives have all commented on how beautiful the photos are, and one refused to believe that the canvas I have on my wall was actually of my daughter (surely that's from a magazine cover?). You will not regret booking her for your newborn shots; other photographers may try to copy, but do not compare. My one regret is that I did not discover her when my 4 year old son was born.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      shiv, Mother of 1, London
    28 Jun 2011 9:43pm
    Maria is wonderful. I am so glad we chose her to photograph our baby girl. She had a wonderful manner with her and really captured her personality in her photographs. We all had lots of fun too. I'd recommend her to anyone and if you dont believe me just check out her blog for yourself. Maria is a TALENTED photographer and worth ever penny!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      loxi, Mother of 1, London
    30 May 2011 12:27pm
    marias work is absolutely incredible, we took our son for a newborn session at 7 days old, and she captured a precious time in our start to family life. Something that is timeless and the attention to detail in the images is great. We felt completely comfortable in the studio and the choices as to what we wanted to achieve from the session was ample. Marias service from start to finish has been exceptional and her website is beautifully displayed.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Victoria 3, Mother of 3, Essex
    17 May 2011 12:35pm
    8 days after giving birth to my twins I dragged myself, the twins, toddler, husband (and a whole lot of other stuff) out for our newborn photo session and boy was it worth it !!! The whole experience was fantastic, a relaxed studio, toys to keep the little one busy, Maria was fantastic with the whole family (controlling my 2 year old son and putting up with my sleep deprived husband!) and the result - outstanding photographs. Would recommend this experience to anyone.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Sadies mummy, Mother of 3, Buckinghamshire
    11 May 2011 12:06am
    I came across an advert of Maria's whilst I was pregnant, I hadn't thought much about having my baby photographed before then and my other two children were photographed by the normal high street stores most parents end up taking their babies too. The next day I called Maria to book a session, Maria was warm and friendly and gave me all the info I needed. The day of the photoshoot we arrived for 9am, On meeting Maria I felt like I had known her for years as she immediately made us feel at home, we were told to make ourselves comfortable and then she worked her magic! You could just tell by the way she was with the baby she was a mummy herself, my daughter was at ease the whole time, this is something lots of other photographers lack she seems to "click" with the babies and the images you end up with really show that! We were there for a few hours and my partner ( who hates having his picture taken) joined in with the pictures too. Although you have a rough idea of what your photos might look like from looking on the website, nothing prepares you for actually seeing your proofs, when it's your precious bubba all curled up in cute positions looking all snuggled and edible its hard to decide which images you don't want! They are better than you can imagine! It also makes me wish Maria was taking photos when my other two were newborns. The images are priceless and something to treasure! We have since visited Maria again but this time with the other two children which are older and have had another fantastic experience,my daughter felt like a model for the day and my son who's not so picture confident loves the images of himself too, if you are looking for pictures of your baby or children that you really love and have a timeless look then Maria is your photographer, you won't be disappointed!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Ruchi, Mother of 1, London
    10 May 2011 1:44am
    Highly recommended. Book now! Prior to our daughter's birth, we debated whether we should get newborn photographs of her (i.e. was the expense necessary given all the other expenses!) and searched for hours on the internet for a photographer who would wow us (and reasonably priced). Everyone seemed to be recommending Maria - one day we received the cutest advert in our NCT newsletter of a newborn photo by Maria wearing an adorable purple hat. We caved and called Maria immediately knowing it would be expensive. By the time we connected we were too late to take newborn shots (recommended within the first 10 days SO CALL EARLY) and took Maria's guidance to wait until she was at least 11 weeks old (now i understand why). The day arrived and Maria was so warm with our little one - she also managed to take newborn style shots while our daughter was sleeping. We were so pleased with the results and like the other reviews, had difficulty choosing which ones to buy. Yes, we spent much more than we expected but in return we received priceless photos of our little one.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    9 May 2011 4:53pm
    I found out about Maria online, and I couldn't recommend her more highly. She took the most AMAZING pictures of our precious little daughter, and captured the cutest pictures of her. We were looking for something that had a timeless look, and very natural, and I was not disappointed. She was so professional, and she made both us and the baby feel completely at ease. Despite our little girls numerous 'accidents', Maria wasn't phased at all, and dealt with it just like she was her own. The only problem I am having is deciding which ones to choose, there are all just perfect. If you are contemplating whether to get newborn pictures of your baby, well look no further - Maria is the best out there....and take it from me...I spent about 10 hours on google trying to find the perfect photographer!!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Katie, Mother of 1, Essex
    8 May 2011 4:43pm
    Maria has photographed many of our friends' babies and weddings and we said we would definitely use her when we have a special occasion to celebrate and we were not disappointed. I booked Maria after my 12 week scan as I know she is very busy. After having our baby, I was a little nervous about taking a newborn out for a photo session but my nerves were calmed as soon as we walked into her studio. Maria has the ability to make a nervous new mother feel at ease and watching our little one have his photos taken was magical. Maria went through all the options (i.e. props and background colours) and then Maria set to work. As our son was naked all day, I did worry about any little accidents but Maria was so calm and collective and took care of him like he was her own. The work she has produced of our little son is just outstanding and we are so pleased with all the photos. The hardest thing is deciding which ones to buy! However, Maria helped us to make the right decision. Thank you so much Maria as we will never be able to capture those first days again of our precious little one. xx
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      turtlette, Mother of 1, London
    7 May 2011 11:05pm
    We cannot get over the fact that Maria made my daughter look even more cuter than real life and not once did our daughter cry during the photo session. Maria is a caring and very professional baby whisperer who knows how to put newborns and fretful new parents at ease. We had a hard time choosing the photos and packages simply at how many of them turned out well (Glad to say, Maria's advise was precious). Although pricey, it is money very well spent and not once have we regretted my choice! We shall definitely be a returning customer and already dread that she won't be based near us for much longer! Book your photo sessions today! Thank you Maria for the wonderful family shots of the 3 of us. Maria, Floyd and Francesca Maya
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    4 May 2011 11:43am
    I decided to use Maria after reading such brilliant reviews and being impressed with the many photographs on her website. Maria photographed my two sons- aged 4 months and 3 years. I have had quite a few photography sessions with others in the past but Maria by far tops the lot! The photographs turned out amazing- very tender, natural beautiful shots of my children, and each one telling a story. The only problem I had was trying to decide which ones to eliminate as they were all fantastic, so I ended up buying all of them! I totally recommend Maria to anyone considering a children's photographer. She is extremely professional, talented- you won't be disappointed with the results.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    3 May 2011 8:58pm
    When we were initially looking for a photographer for our newborn baby girl's photos we knew we wanted something different and we certainly got that using Maria Murray! Maria's simple yet artistic touch is evident in all of her work. We absolutely love the images Maria captured on the day of our daughters photo session and certainly had a hard time trying to pick the best one's for the package we purchased. We would definitely recommend Maria to anyone looking for a professional photographer to capture their baby's special moments. Thanks Maria! Eva and Mo
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      V Taylor, Mother of 1
    3 May 2011 10:39am
    I highly recommend Maria Murray, she is such a fantastic photographer and an incredibly warm and easy going person. From start to finish she made the whole experience a pleasure. We are so pleased with our photos, and although I agree with some of the comments that they are a little on the pricey side, it is absolutely worth it! I under estimated how much fun we would have at the photo session itself, we did not stop laughing throughout the session and it felt very relaxed and natural. Thank you Maria!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      preston, Mother of 1, Hertfordshire
    14 Apr 2011 8:29pm
    Maria Murray is one of the most talented photographers i have ever had the pleasure to meet. from start to finish she was professional and amazing at her job, i work in the industry myself and i am very critical of photographers work and marias work can not be faulted, as soon as we got to her studio she made my son Preston and myself feel very comfortable with her, as im use to being behind the pictures and not in them, My son only being four months old loved her strait away and she built up a relationship with him which is the most important thing in photography and this shows in the pictures, my only regret is i love all of them and it was difficult to choose which pictures i wanted but thats a plus in my book and i wish i found her when i was pregnant i give Maria Murray 5 stars Thank You !!!!!!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      katefarr, Mother of 2, Essex
    1 Apr 2011 10:32pm
    I can't recommend Maria highly enough. In the 3 years that we have known her, we have had 3 fantastic sessions with my son. The pictures all capture his cheeky personality and Maria has a unique and special way of dealing with babies and young children, which put them at ease in front of the camera. She has so much patience, and this was especially evident at our most recent session with our new baby daughter who was just 6 days old for her newborn shoot. We treasure the moments she has captured and always have trouble deciding on favourite shots from each session. Nobody takes pictures like Maria; her passion for her work is clear, and we can't thank her enough for capturing our little family so beautifully.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Lou Ando, Mother of 1, Essex
    30 Mar 2011 6:15pm
    Ooops! I would definately give Maria 5 stars! ;-)
  • Rated 0.0 / 5
      Lou Ando, Mother of 1, Essex
    30 Mar 2011 6:13pm
    I found out about Maria through a couple of friends that used her. I couldn't believe it when I saw her pictures, as they were so different to the usual types of pictures I have seen, these were gorgeous and so natural! Straight away we decided that we wanted to get our baby's photos done with Maria and booked in for the shoot (we had to wait 2 months as she is so busy!) Although they are not the cheapest, we are over the moon with the photos and so glad we had them done. She has a great way with babies and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      heidim-s, Mother of 1
    21 Mar 2011 10:00am
    At 5 days old, my son Spencer had his first photo shoot with Maria. I was really concerned that he was too young, but Maria assured me that this was one of the best stages to capture a newborn - and she was right! From the moment we arrived at her studio she made us feel completely relaxed and allayed all my worries and fears. I was a very nervous first-time mum and she made me feel completely at ease. I warned her that I was sure Spencer would kick off and be impossible the minute he arrived in the studio, but I stood back in amazement as Maria worked her charms and made him feel completely relaxed. She wielded him with one hand and her camera in the other with complete expertise that comes from years and years of practice. At no time did I feel the safety of my baby was compromised. Maria worked quickly and efficiently and her artistic eye caught just the right emtions to convey. And the results were absolutely astounding: I had cards printed and many of my friends thought the cards had been purchased. As I suspected when we were in the middle of the session and I could see Maria's work taking shape, we were unable to limit ourselves to only a few photos - they were incredible! It wasn't the cheapest undertaking in the world, but I have no regrets at all about having his photos taken professionally by Maria and would do so again in a heartbeat! Thanks Maria!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    7 Mar 2011 3:05pm

    Our daughter had a shoot with Maria at age 3 months. Maria was so calm and accommodating even when our daughter seemed to cry whenever we put her down. Thanks to Maria's patience we got some truly beautiful shots. I highly recommend Maria. You will not be disappointed!

  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      cr99, Mother of 2
    27 Jan 2011 5:37pm
    My son has had 2 shoots with Maria, one at 4 months at our home and then at 1 year at Maria's studio. Both shoots were lots of fun and Maria captured our son perfectly at each age. We are so pleased with the shots, so much so that we bought all of the digital images as we just couldn't pick our favourites! We can't recommend Maria highly enough, her work is beautiful and you'll definitely be happy with the results.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Tarin Lee, Mother of 1, Surrey
    23 Jan 2011 1:08pm
    I found Marias work online after a long and hard search to find material I thought was beautiful and wanted to re-create with my own son. The creative initiative used with the music as well as various props was very enticing to say the least. Upon contacting Maria I was a bit disappointed to find she was fully booked as I had hoped to get the pics done. She did however offer to accommodate me should she have a cancellation. I was pleasantly surprised when this happened and this service in itself with follow up is something I find though scarce, extremely professional. When visiting the studio on the day Maria welcomed me into her home and made me feel like an old family friend. Her open and friendly nature made me feel comfortable having her handle my newborn baby boy( said by first time mum). I strongly urge anybody visiting her to take her suggestions to heart regarding the colours and props to use. We did and are so happy with the result. I know I will be returning for another session with my baby boy as the experience in itself was enjoyable and she really captured a special moment in time for me. I'm one happy mummy.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    6 Jan 2011 9:28am
    We are so pleased with the photos of our daughter that Maria has taken for us and would highly recommend her for the newborn shots alone. Our first session at 13 days was fairly easy and Maria got some beautiful and original shots. The second session with an 8 month old who was on the move, teething and a bit grumpy was a bit more challenging - Maria's professionalism and perserverance paid off and she got some really beautiful pictures that captured our daughters character perfectly, making the decision of which shots to choose incredibly difficult. Amazing photos that you'll treasure forever.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      lily77, Mother of 1, London
    4 Jan 2011 11:38pm
    I cannot recommend Maria highly enough, her work is truly unique and so fabulous! Before my baby was born I carefully researched photographers specialising in newborn and baby photography. I was highly impressed by the work displayed on Maria's website and compared to others offering similar services, Maria is clearly in a totally different league and possesses an amazing gift. We were so excited about our shoot and could not wait to see the results! Aside from her outstanding photography, Maria is extremely professional, warm and very accommodating. She was wonderful at engaging with our little baby girl and brought out her budding personality to produce amazing and natural shots. We are so delighted with our beautiful photos and will forever treasure them. I have recommended Maria to all my mummy friends who were very moved by our photos and Maria is the talk of our baby group! We can't wait for our next session with Maria when our little girl is 8 months old. Her work really does speak for itself so it is well worth checking out her fabulous website!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Pep, Mother of 1
    21 Dec 2010 6:43pm
    Our son's first trip out was at 5 days old to have a studio session with Maria. From the outset Maria made the whole experience a fantastic one for all three of us. Maria appears to have a natural affinity with babies and her studio is fantastic. Over the course of a few hours we got to watch Maria at work (with lots of laughs and conversation along the way) which also meant we had the added bonus of taking a few hours out to just watch our little boy. Maria spent time with us to establish the shots, props and colour schemes we wanted and the results are fantastic. It has been far too difficult to pick a favourite and our families are delighted with their Christmas presents! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone and if you are in any doubt, just have a look at her photos, they really do speak for themselves.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      mummywood, Mother of 1, Essex
    9 Dec 2010 9:52am
    My son was 4 months at the photo shoot taken at Maria's house. The photos are absolutely stunning and make it a very difficult choice for the parents and family. We are extremely pleased with the results and will definitely go back when our son is a little bigger or if another sibling comes along. Maria manages to capture wonderful expressions and we will definitely treasure these photos forever.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      wvg2010, Mother of 1, London
    2 Dec 2010 8:52pm
    My son has now had two shoots with Maria and we have been over the moon with the results of both. Maria has the ability to put you and your little one at ease very quickly and make even the most photo phobic person feel relaxed with the camera. Our first shoot was when our son was 12 weeks old and gave us some heart melting photos. He was so relaxed during the shoot he even fell asleep! Our more recent shoot at 9 months captured his emerging cheeky side and playfulness. It was definitely the more challenging shoot as he was not only teething but also getting over a cold - but despite that Maria got some stunning shots, and recommended the perfect background colours which really complemented his complexion and made his eyes look amazing. We have enjoyed both photo shoots immensely and couldn't be more pleased with the photos. Maria is a truly amazing photographer with a genuine passion for what she does.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      tarab, Mother of 2, Essex
    8 Nov 2010 2:25pm
    I have had the pleasure of working with Maria on two occasions...an outdoor shoot and a studio session, and on both occasions she made it fun for the children and put us at ease too. A two year old and a 14 month old can sometimes be diffcult, but Maria has the patience, skill and flexibility required to get the very best out of children. Her exceptional talent is reflected in the finished product, as the photos are amazing! I love the bespoke service that she offers and when you receive the photos, it truly is a magical moment as you realise that she has captured your childrens personalities completely. An outstanding photographer who I would highly recommend...thankyou!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Ravs, Mother of 2, London
    22 Oct 2010 9:21pm
    I'm not sure where to begin when describing Maria!! Words just don't do her justice. She has taken absolutely gorgeous pictures of both my little boys - we always get a 'WOW' reaction from other people when they see them! The photos just speak for themselves really. The photo session is very comfortable as Maria is absolutely brilliant with babies, kids and adults. The difficult part is choosing the pictures - I'm awful at it, but Maria is extremely patient, hardworking and helpful. The finished product (photos) and service (Maria) are just out of this world. My advice is booking your session well in advance to avoid disappointment!! Thank you Maria!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      Rebecca Condron, Mother of 1, Essex
    15 Oct 2010 6:26pm
    Maria took the most amazing images of our little boy thats him above with the little blue hat on her images are amazing Maria is amazing at what she does she is one of the nicest people i have ever met and she is without doubt the best photographer ever i have recommended Maria to every pregnant lady i have seen i am so lucky to have found Maria just weeks before i was due to have my baby because i would have been devastated to miss out on such a special event in our little boys life. Carter has grown so much already and having those images of him at only 7 days old will be treasured forever you never get that time back but with Maria's images i will have that moment in time captured forever. Thank you so much Maria!
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      KerryLaiders, Mother of 2, Essex
    14 Oct 2010 5:24pm
    I just adore Maria's pictures. She has photographed both our boys and I wouldn't ever go to anyone else. Her pictures are stunning and grace our walls like pieces of art yet they capture the children so beautifully its like seeing them as newborns again. Its just so dam hard to choose which ones to order! Thanks Maria
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      D, Mother of 2, Wiltshire
    13 Oct 2010 11:48am
    Maria was recommended to us by a photographer who respects her work greatly, he told me that we would 'not be disappointed'! We entirely agree with his recommendation and opinion, we are thrilled to have found Maria and are completely delighted with both the shoot as well as the results. We have dithered over the choice of beautiful images of our family. We are so impressed with the way Maria has captured our children's personalities. She has an eye for subtle detail and a natural and relaxed manner with the whole family. We would highly recommend Maria.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    10 Oct 2010 5:53pm
    After finding Maria's fantastic website, we decided that we just had to take our 6month old son along for his first professional photoshoot. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and comfortable by Maria. We liked the fact that Maria took the time to build up a good rapport with our son and made him comfortable with her. Throughout the shoot Maria explained what she was going to do and did not rush us in anyway. The photo's where amazing and we would recommend Maria to anyone thinking about getting their children/baby professionally photographed. We hope to see Maria again with our 2nd baby (in the not too distant future).....
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
    1 Oct 2010 2:10am
    We drove for over 2 hours to visit Maria's lovely home studio, with my newborn son, and I was so glad I did, what a fantastic experience. Maria made us feel so welcome and at ease and the way she treated our precious little newborn son was absolutely amazing. The session was personal and unhurried and we were so happy with the wonderful photos that Maria managed to take. I would certainly recommend Maria to anyone who is looking for really special photos that will be treasured forever. Thank you Maria we are so glad we found you.
  • Rated 5.0 / 5
      clairepeate, Mother of 2, Essex
    20 Jul 2010 12:07pm

    Maria is a wonder! She is very down to earth and makes you feel very comfortable, even if you normally feel uncomfortable having your picture taken. Her skills with children and babies are second to none - you only have to look at her website to see that. We had a family photo session with Maria and we are thrilled with our pictures - the worst part about the whole experience is choosing which photos to buy - it took me a week! My gorgeous photos now take pride of place in my home and everyone has commented how beautiful they are. I would recommend Maria to anyone and everyone and very much look forward to a future photo session with her.