Palermo Photo

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2020 Smallman Street , Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA map | (412) 680-4149
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Wedding: 9/4/2011
Member Since: 7/12/2010 verified review
Most AMAZING photographer!!!    posted 10/1/2011

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!

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Wedding: 11/16/2012
Member Since: 6/18/2013 verified review
Love the photos!!!    posted 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!

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Wedding: 4/20/2013
Member Since: 4/5/2012 verified review
One of the Best Wedding decisions I made!    posted 5/27/2013

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.

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Wedding: 10/20/2012
Member Since: 1/22/2011
Maria is the best!    posted 1/23/2013

We had the pleasure of working with Maria for our wedding this past October. She is incredibly professional and organized and makes you feel at ease right away. She is so efficient and managed to get SO amazing shots in a sometimes compressed amount of time (after ceremony and outdoor shots). I am looking forward to working with her again someday and would recommend her to anyone looking for a talented and easy to work with photographer

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Wedding: 7/16/2012
Member Since: 12/28/2012 verified review
Phenomenal work    posted 12/28/2012

There is no other phrase to describe Maria's work than absolutely phenomenal. My wife and I were very fortunate to have Maria available for our recent wedding. She captured every moment with a fantastic eye while remaining patient and flexible. The shots she captured were mind-blowingly perfect. Check her web site or blog out for examples. We cannot recommend her highly enough. You will be pleased with every aspect of working with her.

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Wedding: 11/3/2012
Member Since: 12/29/2011 verified review
Excellent Photographer    posted 11/29/2012

I honestly couldn't have asked for a better wedding photographer. From our first meeting, to the engagement shoot, to the day of the wedding, Maria could not have been more attentive and responsive to our needs. The pictures couldn't have come out better either! I've only had a sneak peek of the photos from the day of the wedding, but I really can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

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Wedding: 8/4/2012
Member Since: 12/14/2009 verified review
Palermo Love    posted 9/17/2012

Maria Palermo of Palermo Photo is truly fantastic. She was so professional from the very beginning. Some wedding vendors can be difficult to get in touch with; that was never the case with Maria. She was always quick to get back to me, offer ideas, and calm my nerves. We did an engagement session with Maria, and I loved all of the pictures. It was hard to select just a few to put on display at the wedding. As for the wedding day, Maria was prompt and reliable. She took great photos that will never go out of style. Her pictures are classy and classic. The best part of having Maria as our photographer was that she gave us a few pictures to take home the night of the wedding. Our parents each received two pictures to show off to friends, and we got a photo album with about 20 pictures to show everyone at the after party! Not to mention the fact that she displayed an iPad with pictures from the day at the reception. My other friends have been waiting over three months for pictures, and we had some the night of our wedding and the rest just over a month later. Needless to say, Maria is professional, classic, and awesome to work with!

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Member Since: 9/13/2012 verified review
amazing boudoir experience    posted 9/13/2012

I had the most amazing experience with maria doing a set of boudoir photos for my anniversary present. I was so nervous and didn't know what to expect but from start to finish she made the experience completely comfortable and smooth. And the pictures! They turned out better than I could have ever imagined! My boyfriend was so so so so surprised when he saw them! To anyone who has ever thought about doing a boudoir shoot I highly recommend and it and highly recommend maria! Her professionalism and attention to what you want and what would make the shoot best for you was such a welcome treat.

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Wedding: 8/29/2015
Member Since: 9/18/2010 verified review
Boudoir    posted 9/7/2012

I went to Maria Palermo for some boudoir photos for my fiance and was awesomely surprised! I am always so self-conscious about myself in regular photos, let alone ones showing more skin. I loved every shot and had such a hard time choosing which ones to get I ended up getting a CD with all of them on it! Maira was a lot of fun and made me feel glamorous and pampered throughout the whole experience! Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a top notch boudoir or wedding photographer!

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Wedding: 5/19/2012
Member Since: 1/31/2009 verified review
Absolutely Wonderful!    posted 6/23/2012

Maria is an amazing photographer. She captured every moment of our wedding including little details, but never got annoying or in the way. She took over 1000 pictures and not a single one is bad. I would recommend her to anyone!

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Wedding: 5/26/2012
Member Since: 1/31/2011 verified review
Perfect!    posted 6/18/2012

We have not even received our photos yet, but based on the ones that Maria has posted on her website and the way that she worked on our wedding day, I am 100% sure that we made the right decision when picking her as our photographer. She was very responsive by email and phone. She was willing to come out near our house to meet with us. She helped with little things on our wedding day. But most importantly, she took amazing photos and definitely captured the types of shots we wanted, even though it was hard for me to even explain what that was! I hope to use Maria in the future when we have kids! :)

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Wedding: 10/13/2012
Member Since: 7/5/2011 verified review
Palermo Photography is great!    posted 5/6/2012

Maria is amazing to work with! I wanted to give my fiance something unexpected for a wedding gift, so I purchased a Groupon for a Boudoir session with Palermo Photography. As most brides would be, I was a little nervous shooting half naked photos with a perfect stranger, but it turned out MUCH better than I expected! During the shoot, Maria was professional, friendly, supportive, and made the experience not only comfortable, but enjoyable. After the shoot, her communication was always prompt and thorough as far as letting me know when the pictures were up to view and how to select which ones I wanted, etc. She even met with me in person when I couldn't figure out the website myself (doh!) and helped me select the photos I wanted. The quality of her work is also fantastic. She took over 300 photo of me during our brief session, and I liked almost 100% of them (much more than expected). It made it very difficult for me to select the ones I wanted in the book for my fiance because I liked so many! Overall, I would highly recommend Palermo Photography.

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Wedding: 11/19/2011
Member Since: 11/30/2010
One word....AWESOME    posted 2/13/2012

Pictures are a huge deal for me and I went crazy on my search of photographers in the area who would get all of the details on my big day! Then I found Maria! From the moment we met her, I knew she would be the one to capture all of the memories. Through my whole process of the wedding, Maria was the best vendor to work with. From our engagement session to the wedding day itself, Maria did such a wonderful job on all of our photos, and let me tell you, she took a ton! I have well over 1000 photos. I am glad that I told her exactly what we wanted and she delivered! I would recommend Palermo Photo to anyone who is getting married and is looking for a professional and fun photographer!!!!!

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Wedding: 9/17/2011
Member Since: 7/6/2010 verified review
Loved Maria!    posted 11/4/2011

We got married in September of this year and Maria was our photographer! We could not have asked for anyone better. We loved our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures. Maria is very good at capturing the moments. We did not get a videographer and after seeing our wedding pictures we definitely didnt need one. She captured all of the special moments. Maria is such a professional and great to work with. We highly recommend her! Thank you Maria!!!

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Wedding: 9/3/2011
Member Since: 1/5/2010
Love her!!    posted 11/3/2011

Maria is an amazingly creative and talented photographer. She has the ability to take photos that make a statement, capture the moment, and tell a story.

Maria's work is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer.

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Wedding: 10/1/2011
Member Since: 7/5/2010 verified review
Highly recommended!    posted 11/2/2011

My husband and I were so happy with Maria as our photographer! She worked with our wedding party and our family so efficiently to get everyone's cooperation and attention to get some amazing photos. The weather was around 40 degrees and lightly raining on our wedding day. But she still went outside on a bridge with us to take some great pictures of me and my husband. We didn't spend to much time outside because it was so cold (and I was in a strapless dress) but she was able to take some of my favorite pictures there in such a short amount of time. Even my dad and father in law commented on how great our "sneak peek" pictures look. We can't wait to see the entire album! I am highly recommending her to all of my friends that will be getting married in the Pittsburgh area. You cannot go wrong with Palermo Photo!


Wedding: 10/8/2011
Member Since: 1/21/2010 verified review
Fabulous Wedding Photographer!    posted 10/27/2011

Maria was the best! She photographed our wedding on October 8th. Maria is professional, creative, and very much in tune with her clients' expecatations. Additionally, she is very responsive during the time leading up to the wedding to ensure that everything is perfect and runs smoothly on your wedding day. Maria had a sneakpeak of the pictures running on her laptop during the reception and she even gave us a small photo album at the end of the evening. I received tons of compliments from guests on the photos and on Maria as well! She did a fabuous job!!

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Wedding: 10/15/2011
Member Since: 6/3/2009 verified review
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.    posted 10/27/2011

I had the opportunity to work with Maria for our wedding two weeks ago. Maria was fantastic. Leading up to the wedding day, Maria was extremely organized, professional and knowledgable. She has been through the "wedding process" many times and was willing to provide some guidance (without being intrusive) as to the process, recommendations and next steps. She provided thoughtful checklists to shape how you wanted your day to be, good shots, etc. and the conversations with her leading up to the day were very helpful. Then, the day of, Maria was fantastic. She lead us and the bridal party through the pictures, was on hand and anticipating what should come next to make sure the formal pictures went well. Then, she was everywhere - at the reception - I swear there were three of her - it seems like she was everywhere - getting every moment. She was absolutely incredible. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. It was a true pleasure to work with her.

Also, she gave my husband and I a preview book (with a few pictures) the night of our wedding. What a cherished momento - and it goes to show how good her pictures are that she could produce such amazing photos the day of the wedding....amazing!!

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Wedding: 3/19/2011
Member Since: 10/2/2002 verified review
Love, love, love my pictures!!!!!    posted 9/28/2011

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Maria Palermo! My husband and I met with several photographer during our selection process, but instantly knew Maria would be our photographer. She has the perfect combination of creative flare, attention to detail, and professioanlism that made her a pleasure to work with. From the engagement session to the wedding day, Maria was extremely accommodating and a joy to do business with. Maria took time to get to know us as a couple and ask us what our expectation of a photographer are...and she exceeded our expectations. I thought her prices were reasonable and the photos are high quality.

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Wedding: 5/28/2011
Member Since: 3/23/2010
Definitely a good choice!    posted 9/10/2011

We used Maria as our wedding photographer in May and she was fantastic! We absolutely LOVE the photos and the album that was included with our package. We've gotten so many compliments! Maria was also able to keep our unruly wedding party under control, which is something that is NOT easy to do!

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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 2013The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
  • The Knot Best of Weddings 2012The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012

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