Meet Maria! - Stamford Moms

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
My little boy Giovanni is 5 months old and my daughter Bria is a threenager. I call her a sour patch – first she’s sour and then she’s sweet.

What do you love about living in Stamford?
I love that we’re so close to the water here. As soon as the weather hits 58/60 degrees, my kids and I, are always at the beach. Cove is our favorite spot. It has a great playground for that’s not too high, an awesome walking path and the beach all in one! Also, I love that Stamford has a wonderful downtown. My husband Ilario and I enjoy trying new restaurants for our date night so downtown has a lot to offer!

What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Stamford?
Our friend Walter Cappelli’s restaurant, Table 104 is one of our favorites in town and now he has a gorgeous new spot in downtown Stamford called Divina. Not only is the food delicious but also it’s a super chic spot that offers fine dinning and a hip bar to grab some drinks.

Tell us about your business, Love and Limoncello Photography.
Love and Limoncello Photography is my dream turned small business. Whether you need an engagement, family or newborn session or you are looking for a photographer to capture your special event – I treat every experience with excellent care, creativity and tailor fit it to your needs. Being a boutique photographer, I make sure every experience is unique. I offer excellent customer service by discussing different options with clients and work together to create high quality, gorgeous images.

How did you get into photography?
So, it all started when my husband bought me a camera for Christmas a few years back. It was really a hobby that I was having fun with. My cousin Megan Schinella of Camp By Mama was so kind to let me take pictures of her kids often and even though the photos were very bad (LOL) she would always encourage me to keep trying. So I did and now here I am!

What do you love about your job?
I absolutely love meeting new people and exploring different locations. Having a different spot for each session whether its my studio, a beach, the park or another fantastic location – it is so invigorating to be in constant motion.

What are your tips for parents when it comes to taking family photos?
Less is more and don’t over think it! A lot of time, young families get stressed out because the little ones don’t always cooperate. Its ok! My extensive experience in early childhood education comes in handy. In regards to choosing outfits – pick a color scheme and let it guide you. Don’t over do patterns – only one person should wear a pattern.

How do you juggle work and mommyhood?
It’s really hard! I often feel guilty for leaving my babies to go do a shoot and the time it takes to edit galleries. Luckily, I have a great support system. I know when I have to go out to work my son and daughter are in good hands. I always prioritize my children and put them first. I hope to teach them both about good work ethic, working hard and believing in yourself to fulfill your dreams.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
Life isn’t perfect and a lot of times it gets really messy. You need to learn to be ok with that.

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