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You've worked hard to build an amazing business and you're so passionate about what you do. Together, let's show the world and your potential clients the beauty of your passions and the real you- knee deep doing the work you love.

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It all starts with a genuine desire to develop a real connection so I can capture your true authentic story.

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Step Number One

Reach out and let’s get a call or video call scheduled! We’ll chat about your vision and what type of imagery needs you have.

THE step-by-step process

Step Number Two

After our conversation, you'll receive a proposal to review.  Once your proposal is approved, we can book your session and hold your place on my calendar!

Step Number Three

In-person planning meet up to go over all the little details to ensure we make magic together the day of your session.

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“Working with Maria West is like experiencing a breath of fresh air combined with a burst of sunshine all in one beautifully wrapped package. Her friendly calm nature can put even the most anxious of photo subjects at ease. She has been given the gift of seeing everyone in the very best of light and she conveys that when she is at work; sharing genuine and kind comments to help put her clients at ease and make them feel beautiful.”

Christi Barbour, Barbour Spangle Design

“Maria is an absolute pleasure to work with. I have worked with Maria on many photo sessions for multiple clients and her vision and talent come to life in her photography. Every photo session we do together, Maria goes above and beyond and the photos are exactly what my vision is at each photoshoot. Maria is amazing to work with and she has a fun, friendly and overall amazing personality. Working with Maria is always a joy! She is passionate about photography and it shines through every picture she takes.”

Cabell Johnson, Spark & Gather

“Working with Maria is such a delightful experience. Beyond the incredible photographic talents that she brings to the table, she has an intuitiveness in capturing interior spaces in a way that brings to life all of the intentional design details of our projects. Maria always brings positive creative energy to every photo shoot. I am in awe of her talent!”“Working with Maria is such a delightful experience. Beyond the incredible photographic talents that she brings to the table, she has an intuitiveness in capturing interior spaces in a way that brings to life all of the intentional design details of our projects. Maria always brings positive creative energy to every photo shoot. I am in awe of her talent!”

Leslie Moore, Leslie Moore Designs

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MARIA WEST

Wife to Taylor.  Boy mom to Ryder (4) and River (1).
Fur mom to Grady (Aussie) and Riley (Beagle).

Lover of:  Jesus, Ice Cream, Decaf Dirty Chai Coffee, Tulips, Lake Michigan, Hiking + Exploring the World with My Boys, Travel Adventures with Taylor, German Johnson Tomatoes, Nature, Dogs and Horses.

Meet YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am half Mexican and half Dutch. As a child I was an artist and an equestrian. I started riding when I was 7. Horses and art consumed my life and I loved every moment of it.  

When I was 17, I met a horse photographer while I was competing with my horse at a show. He offered me a job, and that is how I began down the road in photography. Horses + Photography? How could it get any better?

I went to Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI from 2001-2005. It was there that I met my husband, Taylor. He was a furniture design major which was incredibly fascinating to me. I graduated with a BFA specializing in Painting. Being a part of and immersed within a creative community and learning new mediums gave me vision. My husband and I joke often that we wish we could go back to college.

After graduation, Taylor moved home to High Point, NC to begin working in the family business as a furniture designer. I moved to NC a few months later, and began working as an illustrator for a furniture designer. I enjoyed all of the details of the design world and learning a new avenue for my creativity. I kept love for photography alive by always taking my camera on our adventures, and eventually started taking photographs for families and weddings. My little side hustle grew, even though my full time was dedicated to being an illustrator and designer. I enjoyed meeting new families and lovebirds and documenting their stories. I eventually left my full-time job as an illustrator and began working freelance. This gave me the freedom to pursue photography even more and also gave me even more creative freedom. This was a big jump for me, but I worked hard to build up a client base and continued doing what I love.

We were married in 2011. It was also in 2011 that I officially began my business as Zozo Photography. “Zozo” came as an homage to my very sweet first rescue dog. She was a treasure to me and we loved one another so much. I sadly lost her in 2010. It was so hard losing Zoey and I still think of her often – my Zozo.
  




I began riding again in 2011 and began competing in the Hunter Jumper world. It was a thrill and I realized how much I had missed this big part of my heart! My Dad always joked with my husband that once were married, my horse habit was my husbands problem now!

We had our firstborn, Ryder Holden in June 2015. In 2016, I left my freelance work as an illustrator and pursued photography solely. It was important for me to still be able to spend time with my little one while I pursued my passion, and I worked to find a balance while my business grew.

In February 2018 the High Point Discovered team was formed and I was honored to become a part of it. It felt like so many of my passions were coming together in such a unique way. Combining my love for community with my passion for storytelling through beautiful imagery was and continues to be an honor.

We had our second son in August 2018. River Willem has made our lives crazy, fun and wild and we wouldn’t have it any other way. My motto these days is “embrace the chaos”!



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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am half Mexican and half Dutch. As a child I was an artist and an equestrian. I started riding when I was 7. Horses and art consumed my life and I loved every moment of it.  

When I was 17, I met a horse photographer while I was competing with my horse at a show. He offered me a job, and that is how I began down the road in photography. Horses + Photography? How could it get any better?

I went to Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI from 2001-2005. I met my husband Taylor there. He was a furniture design major which was incredibly fascinating to me. I graduated with a BFA specializing in Painting. It was amazing being a part of the art world and learning new mediums within my creativity. I thrived at Kendall and my husband and I often joke we wish we could go back to college. 

After graduation, Taylor moved home to NC to begin working in the family business as a furniture designer. I moved to NC a few months later, and began working as an illustrator for a furniture designer. I enjoyed all of the details of working in the design world and learning about a new avenue for my creativity. I kept love for photography alive by always taking my camera on our adventures, and eventually started takign photographs for families followed by weddings. My little side hustle grew, even though my full time was dedicated to being an illustrator and designer. I enjoyed meeting new families and lovebirds and documetigin their stories. I eventually left my full time job as an illustrator and began working freelance. This gave me the freedom to pursue photography more and also gave me more creative freedom. It was a scary jump for me, but I made it work and worked hard to build up a client base and continued to do what I love.

We were married in 2011. It was also in 2011 that I officially began my business as Zozo Photography. “Zozo” came as an homage to my very sweet first rescue dog. She was a treasure to me and goodness sakes we loved one another. I sadly lost her in 2010. It was so so hard losing her. Her name was Zoey, but I called her my Zozo.  




I began riding again in 2011 and began competing in the Hunter Jumper world. It was a thrill and I realized how much I had missed this big part of me in riding. My Dad always joked with my husband that once we were married, my horse habit was my husbands problem now! 

We had our firstborn, Ryder Holden in June 2015. In 2016, I left my work as an illustrator and pursued photography solely. It was important for me to still be able to spend time with my young child while I pursued a career, and I worked to find a balance.    

In Februarty 2018 the High Point Discovered team was formed and I was honored to become a part of it. It felt like so many of my passions were coming together in such a unique way. Combining my love for community with my passion for storytelling through beautiful imagery was an honor.

We had our second son in August 2018. River Willem has made our lives crazy and fun and wild and we woudn’t have it any other way.


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