I'm Marina, a photographer, living life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was born in Japan and raised in Florida, California, Belgium and Germany. After graduating high school in Bonn, Germany,  I left Europe and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida. Exploring the world is in my DNA. Traveling is my bliss and my source of inspiration. The energy, sound, taste, smell, and soul of a place stimulates me creatively. I'm adventurous, inquisitive, perceptive and very patient behind the camera. I love the power of photography and it's capacity to evoke emotions from the viewer. I've spent years helping people look and feel their best on camera. I'm good at it and would love to work with you too. As a creative and artistic person I use both my experience and emotions to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of everyone I photograph. 

Favorite things pilot husband of 26 years Allan, German daughter Laura, our furbabies Baci and Kota, puppy kisses, baby toes & toddlers, Big cats, dark chocolate & Leonidas Manons, coffee, Asian food, Stone Crabs, Champagne, Chardonnay and Big Cabs, Paris, peonies, funny people & comedies, wine tastings and dinner with friends & family

My Mission

It's no surprise that images of our families, friends and our lifetime adventures are often our most treasured possessions. Billions of photos are taken, but sadly very few result in much more than a dusty CD, forgotten in a drawer. Hiring a skilled professional to handle the process from start to finish insures you'll have high quality, priceless portraits to enjoy for a lifetime.

My mission is to make your session the most fun and effortless experience possible. Whether we're creating a confident, authentic headshot to sell your personal brand, or a timeless family portrait, I promise to help you from start to finish. We'll discuss your goals, your clothing options, locations and any other options beforehand, so you can look forward to a relaxed, engaging session. Getting genuine expressions happens when you're relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Sometimes this comes naturally, but occasionally I need to coax that out of people of all ages. Luckily with 1000's of portrait sessions under my belt, I'm confident in my ability to serve you. See some fabulous feedback here

Lastly, for my family portrait clients, imagine the gift those images will represent for your children and grandchildren one day. Nothing compares to being able to physically look back and touch your images, either in books, albums or Wall Art. Who knows what will become of CD's and hard drives down the road. Your family portraits deserve to be artistically created, thoughtfully produced into tangible heirloom pieces, and ready to beautifully display in your home for generations to come. 

Work with Me

Do you need a fabulous Headshot, an adorable Newborn on the way or perhaps it's time for an updated Family portrait?

Let's discuss your needs & desires!

Get in touch with me using my contact form for rates, scheduling and more.

Hold on to the memories, because life changes so quickly that sometimes that's all you're left with.

A Sweeney