My name is Maryse, I’m 18 years old and I’m a full-time portrait and event photographer from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Maryse S. Marius Photography specializes in personal branding, corporate work, couples, family and more. I’m also a full-time university student, currently reading for a BSc Economics.
I started photography a little over 5 years ago in March 2013 when I got a hold of my brother’s DSLR. Since then, I’ve constantly been at it, teaching myself all that I could learn. Over these years, I’ve done a bit of a lot of genres of photography, but I’ve found comfort and thrill in portraiture and events.
Photography has always felt so natural to me. It’s not what I choose to do, it’s what I do.
I enjoy taking headshots and portraits: pure excitement. It teaches me a little bit more about my subjects. I could tell if they’re comfortable or if they’re nervous. Couples and family photography have been a recent addition to my services, but I’ve loved every session that I’ve had so far!
In all that I do, I aim to tell a story (or as I like to say, “Capture The Essence”)- whether it is through a portrait, collection or album of photos.
Before photography came into my life, music was there, and so was writing. Through these three mediums, I am able to express myself in a countless number of ways and also to meet so many people with similar or very different stories/interests, and that’s what I live for.
As a musician, I sing and play. The guitar is my main instrument, but I dabble on a few others such as drums and piano. I love the older music, but anything with a great story is enough to capture my attention. I write my own lyrics and write poetry as well. Poetry was kind of a habit. In my spare time, I would just write and write. I’ve thought of putting together a book of poems, but some of the poems haven’t come to life as yet.
As a young artist, entrepreneur and student, this journey has been very life teaching. As with anything else, there are good times and there are bad times. I’ve improved my time management skills, and learned how to cope with different personalities, stressful situations, pressure and deadlines. I’ve also learned that fun and play is important. Even on the bad work days, it’s okay to spoil yourself with something you love. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I must ALWAYS trust the process. Everything works out how it’s supposed to, and you literally have to believe that it did, is or will, and make the most of that situation in that time.
Thank you to Bobby for inviting me to write for his blog. I’m happy that I can reach out to and share my experiences with you.
Love to all,
Instagram: @MaryseSMariusPhotos – @MaryseSMarius