Getting Started




The First Step  – Please contact me for a consultation 

In a simple phone conversation, I answer your questions about the Maria Scott Experience, and ask about your hopes and dreams and your vision for your portraits.   You learn about me –I learn about you.


Portrait Consultation

You will be invited to my studio where we can get to know each other. This will give you the opportunity to express your personality, preferences, concerns and those special qualities that make you and your loved ones unique.   It is the perfect atmosphere for envisioning what could be and how to make that dream a reality. There is time to browse at your own pace and consider the possibilities for your portraits. Our collaborative efforts at this essential get-together will help us develop an artistic direction based on what kind of portraits you prefer, what locations or settings might help tell your story, and how and where your portraits will be displayed when they are finished. We discuss clothing, locations, timing, unique challenges and any concerns you might have related to the portraits or the experience.     We will discuss session location and make initial decisions as to where and how the portraits will be created.  If you aren’t local to the Clearwater/Tampa Bay area and are unable to come to my gallery, I will send you a beautiful welcome packet in the mail with all of the info you need to be perfectly prepared for your session, and we will set up a time to talk so all of your questions can be answered.


Portrait Session

Regardless of where it takes place, your portrait session will be a relaxing and enjoyable time, well-paced and not taxing. I am practiced at putting people at ease and making sure children and parents are comfortable and in good spirits

If having portraits made is fun for families, it is even more so for couples. Imagine you and your life-partner on the beautiful beach, away from all your responsibilities, free to be yourselves. Just the two you, enjoying calm, quiet and each other. More than just a time for the creation of portraits, it becomes a time to experience each other, to reconnect, to remember.


Portrait and Frame Selection

The selection appointment is such a magical time!.  It is when you will experience the thrill of seeing and selecting from a collection of beautiful first-edition originals.

In our gallery, your images are presented first as a slide show set to music and then individually for selection. The images are projected at the specific sizes that are being considered so it is clear what the portraits will look like when they are appropriately sized. You will also see the images to scale in the settings where they will appear in your homes so that together we can determine what looks best in each space.

With Maria’s assistance and guidance you will select portraits that will stand the test of time and frames that will complete your precious art. We will discuss enhancements and modifications that will perfect your already beautiful portraits and in the end create pieces of portrait art that will beautify your homes and enrich your lives for decades.


Every portrait is a distinct expression, and each couple’s and each family’s situation is unique to them. For that reason we take the time to understand and appreciate the stories and needs of our clients. I invest in you, just as you invest in me.

It all starts with a conversation. I look forward to having one with you.

© Maria Scott Photography |  Family Photographer in Tampa, Tampa Bay, Clearwater, & St. Petersburg, Florida