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Inspiring Conversations with Mariandree Paiz of Mdree Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariandree Paiz. 

Hi Mariandree, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I fell in love with photography when I was 10 years old when my parents bought a small compact camera. I began to play around with it and captured all of our family vacations, birthdays, and special moments. When I was in middle school, my parents got me an iPod and I kept exploring photography with that by taking landscape and nature photos. Fast forward to high school, I decided to go to a school that had a visual arts program. I joined that program and took photography classes all through high school. I had the opportunity to take introduction to photography and darkroom to photography. Through these classes, I was able to gain knowledge in the basics of photography. My parents hadn’t been able to buy me a camera, so for my 15th birthday, I used my birthday money to buy one. This opened up many more doors for hands-on experience. I used my family and friends as models all of the time. 

When I was a senior in high school, I had a half-day because I enrolled in a dual enrollment program at a nearby college. I took Introduction to Photography and Editing that year. It was awesome being able to dive deeper into photography and editing. I was able to get a lot more experience. 

Ever since I started high school, I had decided that I wanted to be a photographer. My parents have sacrificed so many things for me, did not get the chance to go to college, and came to this country to give our family a better life. When I told them I wanted to be a photographer, they suggested I got a degree in something else that I loved in case photography didn’t work out for me. I’ve always had a passion for helping others, so I got a degree in social work. 

I never thought I’d be able to build a business out of my passion for photography. I saw this dream being so so so far away for me. After graduating from high school, I began to do photography as a side hustle. I didn’t know much about the business side of things, so I was just doing it a hobby/side hustle. 

When COVID-19 hit, I had so much time in my hands to focus on my photography 100%. I took this time to build my brand and decided I wanted to build a successful photography business. I had already built a good clientele, so I knew that I could go further if I wanted to. I began to do research in marketing, business, and social media. I also built a stronger presence on social media, which helped me skyrocket my business. These things led to more ideal client bookings. Everything in my business began to go very well, so I decided to quit my nanny job in order to do photography full time. 

I also decided to not work in the social work field because I want to give all of my time to what I’m more passionate about. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road at all. I have a degree in Social Work, so I have no background at all in marketing or business. This was my first year as a full-time business owner and it’s been difficult learning how to handle the business side of things. I’ve invested in social media marketing coaching, Instagram marketing, and a mentor. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Mdree Photography?
I’m a wedding and portrait photographer capturing memories for the bright, colorful, and adventurous couples. My goal when documenting a wedding is to make my clients feel at ease and stress-free on their wedding day. I strive to capture images that remind them of what they were feeling at that exact moment. I’m after emotion, connection, and real moments. I’m all about capturing the tears, hugs, kisses, laughter, and all of the little moments in between. 

When choosing a wedding photographer, you must choose someone you connect and vibe with. One of my other goals when a couples books with me is to truly get to know them. My clients are so much more than “clients,” they’re human beings and I treat them like so. I love building a connection with them. I’m a very bubbly and involved photographer. When couples book with me, they’ve got more than a wedding vendor here. The connection I build with my clients helps them feel so much more comfortable when I’m photographing them. This means that I’m able to capture their the real connection between them and how they show love to each other. 

Besides photography couples and weddings, I also focus on family and branding photography. Family photography has a very special place in my heart. I’m very family-oriented, my family means everything to me. I’m a true believer that everyone should have family photos taken at least once in their lifetime (or make it a yearly thing!). It’s so beautiful seeing how families grow and everyone changes throughout the years. Having these memories in photographs hits home! 

Lastly, with branding photography services I’m able to provide other small business owners with photographs that will attract potential clients. Every business owner should have professional photos of themselves and their brand. I love getting to know other business owners, learning about their brand, and helping them plan their session. When I do branding sessions, I dive deep into the planning process with each client. I love making each session personalized to their brand. It’s not only important for potential clients to learn about their brand, but also about them as a business owner. 

With each and every one of my clients, I strive to build a connection and provide them with an amazing service. 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
To me, success is giving it a try and doing your best. When I went full-time with my photography business in the midst of the pandemic, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. It was a 50/50 of what the outcome could be. I decided “it is now or never.” That’s why I believe that success is simply giving it a try. Giving your passion a try and doing your best while doing so. As long as you try and give it your best, you’ve already succeeded. 

Pricing:

  • Weddings start at $3,480
  • Portraits start at $400
  • Branding starts at $450

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Mdree Photography

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