Veronica · Married on 05/16/2009
Maria and her crew were beyond amazing! I looked at a few different photographers in different price ranges, but at the end of the day, the photos from your wedding day are the "first heirloom of your new family", and my husband and I decided we would allot more money for this. We couldn't have made a better decision. I was filled with emotion and Maria is not only is amazing at capturing true moments in emotions, she is very comforting and soothing. She has worked with many brides, and knows exactly where you are coming from and caters to your needs. She covers the details you may be to overwhelmed to think about! The family photos were a piece of cake, and quick and painless!Sent on 06/09/2009
She has such a creative edge to her, and really made our photos unique to my husband and me and us as a urban couple. I know when I look at our wedding photos in 10, 20 years, I will have the same feeling I did that day, a true gift to capture emotion, rather then just image! The best money we spent on our wedding was on Maria and her talent!
I know when my husband and I welcome a new addition to our family, Maria will be there to capture this too!
Thank you Maria
Tracy · Married on 05/31/2008
Maria is a complete artist. She has an amazing eye, unbelievable attention to detail and a raging fire in her belly for what she does. She's infectious!Sent on 07/02/2008
Maria shot our e-pics, my boudoir pics and our wedding at the end of May. The photos are breathtaking, I have never seen anything like it and can honestly say the y are works of art. I am without words at her talent, her spirit and her fun!
She approaches her work with warmth, professionalism and an artistic eye. Once you meet with her and Tutt, you'll never want to work with anyone else.
Christin · Married on 10/06/2005
When my now husband and I frist met with Maria we were all instant friends, we talked shop of course but then we talked about us, about life and about our journey together. We booked her right away and have been friends with her ever since.Sent on 03/31/2007
We were so excited aboutmour engagement session, we werent expecting to get to kiss and play for two hours but we LOVE the images, they are really US.
On our wedding day Maria walked in grabbed my hand and we hugged like old friends, it was such a relief to have her there with us, she was able to capture every beautiful moment with out ever feeling like I was working or tired of the photography.
When we all saw the final slideshow we were crying, laughing and speechless, reliving every amazing moment, to this day we play the DVD and laugh, cry and relive.
Maria took care of us from beginginng to end making sure we truly enjoyed every moment of our wedding day.
Maria has photographed our kids, my family and now my pregnant belly. She has continued to blow me away with her amazing imagery, always beautiful and always timeless. Her photographs are our treasures.
Sara · Married on 01/07/2007
Maria is an incredibly talented photographer. She is bubbly, fun, creative, complimentary, and really made me feel like a star. Her photographs are not run of the mill. They are truly artistic and striking, worthy of going up on the wall.Sent on 11/30/2007
Since Maria started Happenstance rather recently, her prices are a very good value - probably the best in the area.
On the other hand, in my personal experience, scheduling has been a bit difficult and there have been times where communication and responsiveness on Maria's part was poor. She apologized and fully made it up to me, however, and I trust that in the future, she will become increasingly better at balancing her time and organizing her communication with clients. She is a wonderful person and you will sense this immediately when you talk to her. The problems I had with her were definitely genuine mistakes.
Britney · Married on 01/01/2007
We had our wedding in 2007 and time has still not healed the wounds of our horrible experience with Happenstance Photography by Maria located in the San Francisco Bay Area. After paying $3000 (which she told us was a "deal") we received 2 Ziploc bags of 4x6 "average" prints 2 1/2 months later. During the wedding,I had to hunt her down to get all my family pics done, not including as she was leaving (without asking if we wanted anything else) having to ask her to finish her job. I feel all the paperwork she had me fill out beforehand was useless because she didn't go by any of my preferences. She never set up the promised engagement photo shoot and pestered us for payment way in advance (later finding out she needed it because she was in the middle of a new project at her office). I have a hard time seeing my friend's wedding pics because ours were so bad and costly. I feel horrible that our special time was not captured as I was promised. I had to take some of the family and wedding party shots to Walgreens to get blown up so at least I felt like I had something.Sent on 05/17/2012