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BaltimoreBrandts
Wedding: 9/4/2011
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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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The Knot Member 2013
Wedding: 11/16/2012
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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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PghPensFan
Wedding: 4/20/2013
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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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amyn44
Wedding: 8/29/2014
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Fantastic Photographer posted 9/22/2014

We spent so much time searching for the perfect photographer for our wedding that would help capture our day in a beautiful and unique way. Maria was fantastic to work with. She is super friendly and helped us relax for the photos. Our pictures turned out so well and we get exactly what we were hoping for. We would recommend Maria to anyone looking for a photographer that has an eye for great shots but will also make sure you get all the photos that you want as well. She was amazing! And, also importantly, kept everyone on time and able to enjoy the wedding.

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Knottie90192719
Wedding: 9/1/2014
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Maria was nothing short of perfect shooting our wedding day! Posed shots can take a while to get done, but she knew exactly what she wanted at a location she had never seen before, and she got the job done efficiently and with beautiful results. She used her humor to keep things light and was naturally able to put people at ease.

The posed family shots were great, but Maria's talent truly shined with her candid shots of the ceremony and reception. She was able to capture every nuance, mood, and reaction of myself and my wife, as well as our family and friends. We will be able to remember every detail of our wedding thanks to Maria!

We will definitely be using Palermo Photo for any other event that we would like to be photographed, and will strongly recommend Palermo Photo to other people!

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mgr136
Wedding: 10/5/2013
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Excellent!!!! posted 9/6/2014

I couldn't be more happier with my decision of choosing Palermo Photo for my wedding day! Maria is the supreme photographer because she is not only friendly and warm, but she is professional, creative, and knows how to take charge. Organizing large bridal parties for pictures with tight time constraints can be a difficult task, but not for Maria! She was able to get every shot while making us feel calm and comfortable at the same time! She has an extremely wonderful sense of humour and calming presence that put all of our nerves to rest on the big day! She is a sheer pleasure to work with and really made me feel like she cared about me on my big day! You really feel like you have a relative or best friend taking your pictures and not a stranger! She was so thoughtful by reminding me to eat, asking if I needed a drink of water, or helping me bustle my gown! When you choose Palermo Photo for your wedding day you will really feel like you are in the hands of a professional and friend! It was the best choice I made for my wedding day because choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make and I am glad I had Palermo Photo by my side on the most important day of my life! :)

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mshallenberger
Wedding: 9/4/2010
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Boudoir posted 9/4/2014

I had boudoir shots done for the first time with Maria and she was amazing! She and her hair and makeup team made me feel like a model!

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Knottie12495279
Wedding: 10/15/2025
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Boudoir photos posted 9/4/2014

I did my first ever boudoir photo shoot with Maria Palermo and I couldn't have been more satisfied! Aside from her outstanding photography, Maria has a wonderful personality. I felt completely comfortable around her and she made the experience fun -- always making sure I was relaxed and having a good time. At one point, I even told her that I felt like we could be really great friends. Overall, I was extremely happy with the quality of the photos and I would highly recommend Maria to anyone!

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sarahhainer
Wedding: 5/31/2014
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Maria Palermo was my photographer for my wedding, and also I had engagement photos taken with her.
Not only is Maria an amazing photographer, but she is also wonderful at capturing candid moments, special moments, and things that you might not think about on your big day.
She is also really good at directing you, which is a really good thing, since we aren't all used to modeling for the camera!
Maria was very thorough, she even had us fill out a spreadsheet regarding our photo preferences and names of important people. She is also very easy to contact and response quickly, which is wonderful when you are dealing with so many things for your wedding. She is also very knowledgeable in the Pittsburgh area, so she can help decide where the best locations for photos are for your wedding day (and engagement!). She is super friendly and fun, and I couldn't give her a stronger recommendation. She won't disappoint! Her photos are the proof.

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EileeneG
Wedding: 6/28/2014
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Maria photographed our June 2014 wedding and was completely wonderful to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends. She is so easy to work with - quick to respond to emails/phone calls, super friendly, and just really knows her business. When I talked with Maria the week before the wedding to finalize all of the details for the day, she helped me think of a few timeline issues that hadn't really occurred to me. I was not the type of bride that had a schedule set for the wedding day in 10 minute increments, so it was a good thing that Maria is so experienced! She really went above and beyond her photographer role to help us think about the day as a whole. Also, the photos turned out so beautifully! I can't wait to make our album, but I know I'll have a hard time picking out photos for it because they're all so awesome. Even though it was about 95 degrees when we were outside taking pictures, we had such a good time doing our wedding photo shoot and couldn't be happier with how the photos turned out. Maria is an excellent photographer.

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Wedding: 7/29/2006
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Maria Rocks posted 8/5/2014

Maria is a professional who is courteous, fun, and a downright awesome photographer. She captured me as a woman in a way that I could never ever imagine. She showed me what I look like but in a way that I couldn't every begin to see myself through my own eyes. Maria rocks!

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Knottie31926176
Wedding: 9/5/2015
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Great!! posted 7/15/2014

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!

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christinan06
Wedding: 11/3/2012
Perfect Valentine's Day Gift posted 7/10/2014

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.

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lczs
Wedding: 5/3/2014
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Look No Further posted 7/2/2014 (modified 7/2/2014)

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!

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eacraft
Wedding: 5/10/2014
Wonderful! posted 7/2/2014

Lauren was absolutely wonderful to work with! I cannot thank her enough for all she did to capture our special day.

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RyanDMcDonough
Wedding: 6/14/2014
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beautiful pictures posted 6/30/2014 (modified 6/30/2014)

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!

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M&RRidener
Wedding: 5/25/2014
Boudoir Photo Shoot posted 6/28/2014

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.

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Knottie41302288
Wedding: 5/20/2014
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Boudoir Photo Shoot posted 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).

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a1yssac
Wedding: 6/14/2014

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!

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Geemarie23
Wedding: 9/29/2012
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Maria Palermo - Palermo Photo Boudoir posted 6/27/2014 (modified 6/28/2014)

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 :)

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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

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