Welcome

"I am at war with the obvious". William Eggleston

Hi there! I am Mariella a portrait and family photographer originally from Italy and currently living in Hong Kong. I am a film photographer (yes I use actual rolls of film to photograph you) and my work focuses on storytelling portraiture for families who don't like to pose but want their stories told. I also photograph interiors and you can see my portfolio here.

I am compelled to tell stories in a unique and thoughtful way and since we all have stories to share, let me tell you ours.

We feel it all the time. Time flies by, days blur one into the other and we are all busy weaving together the threads of our hectic days. We see ourselves growing older, our kids growing faster than we ever anticipated and we feel the need to stop the time. But we don’t just want to "have photos taken", we want to  create  unique memories that truly represent our families. I believe photography does not replace real life but it can help us rescue moments from the chaos of the everyday, value them, appreciate them. If this is what you’re looking for, I can do that for you. I can rescue those moments and create photographs with them. You will cherish them forever and their value will be inestimable.

A different approach to family photography

As a photographer I am mostly drawn to human connections and portraits that are a natural expression of that.To me the story and the meaning behind the photo is just as important as the photo itself. I am a keen observer but I will direct you gently in order to recreate the scenes I have in mind, just please don’t call it posing, it sounds too boring. Think more of an ongoing conversation between me and your family where I will get to know you and photograph the way I see you. I photograph using a mix of digital and  analogue film because it gives photos that feeling of rawness and nostalgia that I love so much in photography.

If you’re looking for photos that are a bit different, if you love details just as much as you love the whole picture, if you’re not afraid of being photographed from a different perspective,   then I am the right photographer for you. However if you are afraid of more spontaneous photos, of unconventional angles and you’re worried these won’t make you look good in your photos, then I am probably not the right choice.I can’t promise your hair will be perfectly in place in every photo (I have a thing for messy hair), but I can promise you will look like the coolest, warmest, most affectionate version of yourself.

  I don’t want to give you pretty pictures, I want to give you a little window to peek into where years from now you can see yourself and the people you love the most and be amazed at the road taken together, at the splendid and brave effort of building and growing a family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bit about me

I believe in genuine interactions, passionate conversations, smiles given generously. I believe in a life lived not necessarily according to a scheme, but mostly by staying true to ourselves.I believe in less homework and more imagination, in children free to express themselves and their individuality. I am a mother of three boys and a girl dog. I believe in books. I believe in hugs and kisses.In bedtime stories, in mindful traveling and fearless living.I believe in quiet moments. I believe art and music have the ability to change lives. I believe the world is an amazing puzzle of cultures, colours and languages where each piece has its own place and full right to fit in and I am lucky to have seen and lived so much of it. And why am I telling you all this? Because I think every photograph is a product of a photographer 's mind, soul and a reflection of their believes. So if you think we might have something in common, get in touch, I can't wait to hear from you.

Thank you so so much, for reading and for being here in the first place, hope to meet you soon.

Profile photo by the awesome and darling Pim Yanaprasart.

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