Member Since: 7/12/2010
Maria Palermo, owner of Palermo Photo, is truly a one-of-a kind photographer. Choosing a wedding photographer was really important to us (we LOVE photos). We couldn't ask for anything more from either her photography or her personality. Maria has been absolutely fantastic from the moment we first emailed her to ask about her wedding photography services. She is extremely fast to respond to emails and phone calls. She completely customizes each client's package including personalizing the services, products, style of photos, and types of shots. This customization helps with staying within your desired budget (although we felt her prices were very reasonable). Maria asks that clients complete an online survey to gain a sense of her clients' style and desired types of shots (the survey was really user friendly and easy...I appreciated her attention to detail). She is a lovely person with a great personality, and sincerely cares about her clients. We honestly had so much fun with her during our engagement photo shoot and wedding day. At one point during the wedding day, I was rushing and she was done with taking some photos and asked "what can I do to help you?" She was willing to help with non-photo related things which was so kind. We appreciated her style of sometimes directing us and telling us how to be positioned, but also taking so many in-the-moment photos (many of which are my favorite). Her photographs are gorgeous, creative, and captures genuine emotions. She did a wonderful job capturing how much my husband and I love each other! A few other things that make her unique. During our wedding reception, she set up a laptop with a sneak peak of photos that she took earlier that day for our guests to view. EVERYONE was commenting on how amazing her photos were (and how nice she was). In addition, she gave us a small album of about a dozen printed photos to take home that night. She also gave each of our parents a few printed photos to have that night!! It was such a nice/thoughtful surprise...we took the album with us on our honeymoon so we could keep looking at them. The guestbook (with engagement photos) was fabulous, and we love her online photo gallery. Lastly, we live out of town (5 hrs away) so wedding planning was sometimes challenging, but EVERYTHING related to Palermo Photo was super easy and enjoyable. I told Maria that we will have to travel to Pittsburgh for her to photograph our future babies. You cannot go wrong with Palermo Photo. We couldn't be happier with Maria and she truly is worth every penny!! You will love her!
Member Since: 6/18/2013
I was very happy with the pictures! I love her style of capturing the moment and not having a lot of posed pictures. She did great working with the limited time we had at the church and my huge family with little kids. She listened to what we wanted and was easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her!
Member Since: 4/5/2012
I absolutely cannot say enough about our experience with Maria and Palermo Photo. I wasn't sure where to start with my wedding photography but I had a pretty clear idea of what I was looking for. I read a ton of reviews on TheKnot and Palermo Photo stuck out as a well reviewed vendor so I checked out the portfolio and met with Maria. It ended up being one of the best decisions that I made for our wedding. Maria's personality and photographic style was a perfect fit for myself and my husband. She put us at ease at the engagement session and we didn't feel silly posing for our photos. Engagement photos were great and we were really excited for our wedding, we were not disappointed.
Maria spent almost 10 hours with us on our wedding day and she was amazing. She was unobtrusive, we all agreed that we barely noticed her while getting ready and during the ceremony. She met with me early in the week at the church to scout photo locations, and was wonderfully accommodating with specific shots that we wanted to get. Going through the pictures was a breathtaking experience. Reliving our wedding through her camera was beautiful. The moments were captured so tenderly and naturally, the only shots that looked posed were the ones we posed for! I have no idea how we'll pick the shots that we put into our photo album, they are all so great.
Maria was a gem to work with. She never made me feel like a bother, no matter how many questions I had, and I always felt like when I was working with her, I was the only bride on her calendar. She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls and in addition to that, she customized our package to give us exactly what we were looking for.
Her personality, talent, professionalism, and passion for capturing the day in a natural manner made her a wonderful choice and I would recommend her to anyone. Hiring her was one of the best decisions we made. You get what you pay for and everyone who warned me not to skimp on photography was right. For the level of service and the quality of her work, I think her pricing is extremely reasonable and would definitely hire her again if we were doing it all over.
Member Since: 7/6/2014
My boudoir experience with Palermo Photo Boudoir was great! Maria made me feel very comfortable and was a great coach along the way. I would highly recommend her!
Member Since: 10/19/2011
I purchased Palermo Photo's Boudoir Photo Shoot and was very pleasantly pleased. Maria made me feel super comfortable and told me exactly what to do as I had never done anything like this before. The photos turned out absolutely gorgeous and my husband just loved the photo book I purchased for him as a gift.
The hair and make up was wonderful prior to the shoot and Maria's pre-questionairre that I filled out prior to the shoot really helped to let her know exactly what look and direction I wanted the photo shoot to go. It was very tastefully done and I would definitely use Maria again for this type of photo shoot.
Member Since: 10/31/2012
There are many photographers in the city of Pittsburgh, but none have the passion for capturing the beauty of a wedding like Maria. She is a bride's dream photographer. From the initial meeting to the big day, Maria was there for insight, advice, and support. She doubled as a wedding planner, helping us map out the exact timeline for our day. It was so calming knowing that I could relax and let Maria guide us through every detail of our day. Not to mention the absolutely beautiful pictures! We were thrilled with the photos from our engagement shoot and wedding day and we received so many complements on both. Working with Maria felt like we were spending time with a friend, and you can't underestimate that comfort on a usually hectic day. I would highly recommend Maria to any bride, just make sure you have plenty of yummy wedding cookies for her!
Member Since: 11/8/2013
Lauren was absolutely wonderful to work with! I cannot thank her enough for all she did to capture our special day.
Member Since: 9/17/2012
Maria made us feel so comfortable and it showed in all of the pictures. She is very creative and took control of the photo sessions so we didn't have to. Lots of fun during the whole process!
Member Since: 1/21/2013
Having never done a boudoir photo shoot before, I was a bit nervous but Maria made the entire experience comfortable and fun. I gave the photo album to my husband as a wedding present. He LOVES it.
Member Since: 6/28/2014
I originally found out about this service as a Groupon. It included the session, hair, and make up. I looked at Maria's portfolio and saw how amazing the pictures were so I got the Groupon.
Before the session, Maria made sure that confidentiality was a must and she asked me to answer a questionnaire to help her better the shoot..this included what look I was going for, my comfort level, and even what I would be able to purchase afterwards.
When I got to the photo session, I brought my mother because I knew we'd have a lot of fun. The hair and make up girls did a great job. They had the professional tools and great personalities. I told them how I wanted my make up and hair and they nailed it. I didn't know that I could look that good! It took about 30 min to complete.
During the actual shoot, Maria was extremely professional. I am no model, so it was so easy with Maria guiding me on where to turn, or where to position my hand, or to smile or stay serious.
She's very knowledgeable on how lighting can affect the shot and which lenses to use for which shots.
Once the shoot was over, she sent a link with the proofs for me to choose which ones I liked the most to be included in my photo book. I got the photo book as a gift for my husband the night before our wedding...which he LOVED, by the way. He couldn't believe it was me. Once I chose the pictures, my photo book came in the mail very shortly after.
This was such a fun and amazing experience. It gave me a chance to give my husband something personal and to capture my pre-wedding body. I was comfortable the entire time and would definitely do this again for my future second husband (juuuuuust kidding).
Member Since: 6/26/2013
Maria Palermo is amazing!!! I created a 'book' for my husband as a wedding gift and she was absolutely fantastic!! Maria, as well as her makeup staff, were incredibly professional and made me feel completely comfortable! The pictures turned out great and my husband was trilled! I have already recommended her to my friends and family and wanted to write a review to let others know that she is the way to go! I highly recommend!
Member Since: 6/3/2011
I had a great experience with Maria for this shoot.It was my first time doing anything like this and she made me feel extremely comfortable right from the beginning. Her team of make up and hair stylists were great and they made me look the best I could have looked! Maria coached through the entire shoot and took her time making sure you had the right pose, your hair was in place, your clothes weren't bunched, etc. The photos turned out amazing and I am so glad I did it! It was really fun and I would highly recommend this package to someone looking for a special gift for their significant other :)
Member Since: 8/8/2013
I wanted to find a wedding photographer that my husband and I would both be comfortable with, since he's not really into posing for photographs. His parents also generously offered to pay for photography, so I wanted to be mindful of their money. We researched and talked to a lot of photographers, and found that Palermo offered a great value - a full day with two shooters and full rights to our photos, for the price that lots of photo studios were charging for 6 hours with one shooter.
So, we already felt pretty good about Palermo, and when we talked to Lauren on the phone, that sealed the deal. She was friendly, listened carefully to our vision for our wedding photos, and it didn't hurt that she, like us, was a Penn State grad! During the course of our wedding planning, I had the opportunity to meet with Lauren twice in person (I don't live in Pittsburgh, so she was very accommodating of my schedule and was always able to make something work when I was in town) and we were asked to fill out an extensive online questionnaire that helped Lauren establish a detailed schedule and shot list for the big day so that we didn't have to worry about it. A couple of weeks before the wedding, Lauren even visited our venue in the South Side to scout out good settings for outdoor portraits.
On our wedding day, Lauren and her second shooter, Jessica, were at the venue and ready to work even before we arrived. They were both so kind and unobtrusive - they were really fun to work with the entire day and evening. It really helped that Lauren expertly manages unique venues and the craziness of family portraits.
10 days after the wedding - which felt like no time since we were on our honeymoon for a week - I received a link to our proofing gallery. Looking through them with my husband was so much fun. I don't know how they did it, but Lauren and Jessica were everywhere - they captured every moment of the ceremony from every angle and got great candids of us and many of our guests. Their photojournalistic style was exactly what we were looking for.
In short, Palermo Photo has friendly, responsive photographers that work with you to understand your vision and take beautiful photos - for a reasonable price. Thank you, Palermo!
Member Since: 5/21/2011
Maria was our photographer for both our engagement and wedding photos. Without a doubt, she was excellent and we highly recommend her to anyone considering. She was great to work with--neither of us particularly like posing for photographs but she was very good at getting us to relax. She even did a good job wrangling our wedding party together for group shots! I can't claim to be any great judge of the artistry of a photograph, but her work feels very evocative. She's able to use natural lighting to great dramatic effect. Her editing is excellent and tasteful; some of her photographs were in black and white and doing so always added something to them.
We were married in our hometown, which is a five hour drive from Pittsburgh. We were delighted that she and an assistant traveled so far to be part of our experience. She didn't charge extra for this beyond paying, for a room.
All in all, Maria is excellent; she's good at what she does, she's pleasant to work with, she charges reasonable rates, and she's willing to travel. I can't recommend her enough.
Member Since: 2/28/2010
Maria, you're gorgeous! We had to say that. To everyone that reads this review: we had the privilege of having Maria spend the evening with us yesterday to take pictures. The shoot involved my parents for their 46th wedding anniversary and it also included my husband and I and we are celebrating our 3 yr wedding anniversary. Maria, I first want to thank you for being so accommodating and flexible with our schedules and you were so understanding and concerned when we had to cancel due to illness on my husbands part. That really showed me how sweet and caring you are. Well, we are so happy to have met you and can’t thank you enough for your spectacular work. You captured a range of wonderful emotions, great angles and the colors are so vibrant. You really captured the essence of our being. This is just what I was hoping for, so thank you very much for the great work. Words can’t even begin to express how we feel about you. You are fun and interactive not only with us but my parents. And because of the the language barrier with my parents you were still able to to make them laugh and were so helpful with the positioning and had great ideas. Thank you- that really did touch me. I was very impressed. You are creative and skilled. We all could see that you genuinely have a passion for photography. I was so surprised on how quick you were able to send me the pictures. It was literally one hour after the shoot. We were so excited to view them and happy that you captured all those little moments. I have worked with a few photographers in Pittsburgh and no one has been able to produce these beautiful pictures as you have. I know it's just a camera that takes the picture but it really is YOU behind it that was able to create something special. I can honestly say Pittsburgh is blessed to have you as the best photographer! I can't wait to work with you again. My only true regret is not having you as my wedding photographer. I can't wait to talk about you with the rest of my family and friends but they will clearly see your work once we are able to decide which pictures we would like (we love them all) and display them in our homes. My parents are so grateful to you as well and say "Muchas Gracias!" We all had a blast and thank you for making it a memorable experience!
Member Since: 11/9/2008
Maria did an amazing job as our photographer! She captured the day in a unique and creative way, just like we wanted! The photos are gorgeous. Maria is easy to work with and can help you come up with a vision for your wedding photos. I would absolutely recommend her to any brides to be!
Member Since: 8/13/2013
Not only did I feel comfortable, but all of my flaws were forgotten. The hair and makeup were incredible and I have had mine done many times in the past. The pictures turned out so beautiful that I forgot about being self conscious. My husband and I love them! They were not specifically for my wedding, but would have been a fun engagement or bachelor party gift. :-)
Member Since: 8/12/2013
I really enjoyed my boudoir session. I decided to do it for my long-time boyfriend as a Christmas present because he's always loved the pin-up look. Although the poses are not pin-up style, he nonetheless LOVED the photos and the idea that I wanted to do this for him! His biggest problem was picking which ones to purchase! He actually wants to hang a few of them up in our bedroom. Overall, I felt beautiful (esp. after the hair and makeup), and once I calmed down I was able to relax. If I ever do it again, which I would, then I would certainly be more bold this time around :) I also thought Maria had good direction so I knew how to pose the whole time. My only criticism was that I found the website to view the photos quite confusing.
Member Since: 2/26/2012
Maria was such a pleasure to have as our photographer for our wedding. Her work and style of photography was a perfect fit for us and what we wanted out of our wedding photos. Not only was her work amazing, she was fun to work with as well. She wasn't afraid to put our groomsmen into place when needed and was sure to always have a smile on her face while doing so. I felt so comfortable with her following me around all day, most of the time too comfortable where I didn't even know she was there! She captured so many moments that I didn't know happened or realized happened and I get to enjoy those moments now and forever through her beautiful work. We can not thank Maria enough for the outstanding and persistent work she has exceeded our expectations with throughout our engagement and our wedding day.
Member Since: 8/10/2010
My boudoir session with Maria was fabulous! She made me feel very comfortable and was very professional. The pictures turned out amazing and my husband LOVED them as his 1 year wedding anniversary present. I would definitely recommend Maria to anyone as she was a great all around photographer. I would especially recommend doing a boudoir session with her to bring your SEXY BACK!!!
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So few mediums have as much emotional impact as a photograph. Palermo Photo will capture the passion of your life’s moments, blending romantic photojournalism and natural, fashion-inspired poses to create memories true to the feeling of the moment, the client, and the message.
- Starting Price Range: $2,000-$2,999
- Other Styles: Boudoir, Trash the Dress
- Specialty: Photojournalism
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013