Maria | Social Media Manager & Educator

Maria is a social media manager for wedding professionals and realtors. Her business SMS Media is based in the Washington D.C. area. For months, Maria and I have worked together with different clients, me doing their branding images & her working on their social media strategy, as well as teaching me different things about the world of social media through her course. Throughout all of these amazing interactions, we had not met in person till  her session…but we didn’t skip a beat!

For her branding session, we wanted to present Maria as the professional that she truly is, but in a relaxed way. Showing her spunky personality, cool style, & true knowledge about her industry, we selected a location in Arlington, Virginia that would give us diverse looks in a small area. Using some of her go-to work tools, we showed her in action while keeping her in an environment that showcased the lifestyle that she seeks for herself & for her clients…flexibility, professionalism, & success. 

Chatting about the ways Maria would use her images, made sure to shoot them specifically for her purposes. I created many images that have a lot of white space, leaving her room to add text in stories, as well as shooting them in a portrait orientation for use on Instagram.

Maria is a wealth of knowledge & experience…and shares much of this on her instagram feed, make sure to go follow her at SMS Media! Take a look at her services here.

meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.