I am often asked how I became a photographer, and my answer is always the same: I'm not really sure exactly how I ended up here! The truth is that my journey from beginner to hobbyist to full time professional photographer has been such a very natural and organic progression that it all seems to have happened very quickly, despite my being in business for over eight years. It is an incredible blessing to be successful doing something I love so much.
Some clients ask what formal training or education I have, and they're usually at least a little surprised when I tell them that I have a bachelors in Business Administration (Marketing) and have only taken one photography course in my life. That class was "Hobby Photo" in High School, circa 1996. If that makes them uneasy, they seem get over it quickly when they look at my work and read the pristine review history that I've established. Being self-taught means that my process is just that - my own! I don't have to wonder if I'm doing things "right" or "wrong," I just do what works on that day, in that moment, with that client! Doing things this way leads to a much more enjoyable experience for my clients and beautiful, natural images they will cherish for a lifetime.
Weddings: Wedding packages start at $3,800 with most couples spending around $4,800 for a complete package including hand-made heirloom wedding album, engagement session, custom photo guestbook, save-the-date magnets, parent albums and much more! Don't hesitate to contact me to set up your free consult, dates are often booked 12-18 months in advance.
Engagement (e-sessions): $350 E-sessions are usually around an hour long, at any location you'd like, including any wardrobe changes you want. This is custom photography so there are no pose/shot limits or anything like that – just us having a great time making some awesome images together. Book one of our Comprehensive or Ultimate wedding packages and get a complimentary e-session!
Newborn/maternity/children/family sessions $250-400: Now that I've opened my brand new studio in Fox Chapel, I'm happy to offer a wide range of portrait photography sessions! Studio photo sessions start at $250, offer total and private access to the space and typically last around an hour. Location/lifestyle sessions start at $300 and we're happy to come to your home or meet you in/around the Pittsburgh area to make some great custom photos together.
If you're not sure which session suits your needs, or if you just love a nice variety, you can book one of our new Hybrid sessions and get the best of both worlds. For $400 you will get both a studio AND location session. Your gallery will be full of amazing photos from both the studio space as well as a location of your choosing! Contact us today to learn more or book your session with Josh Mariana Photography!
It never gets old hearing how much my clients love their wedding photos, and also hearing how much fun they had working with me on their wedding day! I believe it's that important combination of high quality imagery and fun that has earned Josh Mariana Photography the "Best Of" The Knot title for five straight years as well as the "Best Of" Hall Of Fame. It's my clients who have granted my company these accolades through their glowing reviews, and I am appreciative of every single one!
I'd love to meet with you in person to discuss the details of your wedding day, look at samples and, most importantly, see if we're a great fit for one another. Contact me to today to schedule your free consult! Our consultations are relaxed and conversational, it is never my goal to hard-sell or make you feel uncomfortable. I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and I would love to sit down with you to learn more about your story and discuss your wedding-day plans in detail!!
Engagement sessions with Josh Mariana Photography are laid-back and stress-free. Whether you have a location in mind or if you need some suggestions, making photos with our clients in and around Pittsburgh is always a treat. While it's great to get some nice backgrounds in your photos, be it the city or a rural setting, it's always our goal to focus on the real subject: YOU! Our setups/poses are simple and aim to highlight the connection that you have with one another. We won't force ides on you, it's more about working together to make the best set of images to capture your personalities and tell the story of your relationship.
After many years of making awesome studio portraits for my clients in my home studio, I have finally branched out to open a new dedicated studio space, right in the heart of Hampton and Fox Chapel! It's a modern & warm studio, perfectly suited for newborns, kids, seniors and even small groups!
Being a photographer in Pittsburgh is sweet!! There are literally dozens of amazing places to make great photos that will capture your family or child's unique personality. Whether we shoot together in a park, or a more urban setting like the North Shore, you will not be disappointed with your final gallery. In addition to all of the fantastic local areas, your home can actually be one of the best places for your next session.
Lifestyle photography has also become a very popular option, for very good reasons. You and your family are never more comfortable than when you're at home! It's always fun to be around people in their environment and create photos that truly represent your family's unique style!