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  • Maria Martins

    I'm a traveler, portraitist, and a lover of nature and all its mysteries. For 30 years I have helped create magical moments for families through fine art portraiture. I look forward to continuing my work by helping you capture your next timeless portrait!

    Asheville | Avalon | West Palm

Class of 2018, now is your year!

Traveling to the Botanical Gardens at Asheville was such a treat! Keeping a beautiful garden in Mullica Hill was a yearly tradition for me in New Jersey. My gardens are the backdrop for thousands of unforgettable portraits. So naturally, I gravitated to this sprawling, verdant botanical garden in my new home of Asheville, North Carolina. And it did not disappoint!

Asheville Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to have the kind of sessions that make your portraits thrive. Working within nature, playing with natural light, is a true joy and specialty of mine. These natural settings also provide a special opportunity for your senior portraits.

Break the barrier of a traditional backdrop in senior portraits and express your individuality. This is a time of choices, with your final months of high school ending, and a world of possibilities opening up at your feet. What makes choices easier is knowing yourself.

Fine art portraits are pieces of you captured in a moment in time. Take this moment and be bold! Now is the time to show the world who you are, and greet it daring to be yourself.


My backyard’s gotten just a little bit bigger.

What an incredible journey this has been. After cultivating a portrait studio, 10 acre farm, and home in Mullica Hill, NJ for 30 years, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. To truly nurture my spirit, and follow my destiny. But first, I needed to simplify.

I was in search of land that I could freshly connect with, a special place to help guide me towards a new, purposeful path. I followed my passion for mountains, lakes, forests, and expansive views. My heart was eventually lead to the breathtakingly beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

On this journey I have my faithful pup, Tucker. And my beloved son Drew, who has come to expand his horizons. I also have with me my lifelong passion and cherished craft of Fine Art Portraiture. The world is my studio now! I’m able to travel and move more freely to find new places to photograph, have fresh ideas, meet so many new faces, and still reconnect with old friends.

Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me. I look forward to continuing doing what I love, while exploring this new place I call home. With your support and love I will keep working to bring over 30 years of experience, top-notch customer service, and beautiful fine art portraits right to your door, be it New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, or even further.


Peace and Blessings!



They’re not little kids anymore, can you believe it? We really begin to feel that excitement for graduation now in April. Warmer weather is here, graduation party invitations are floating in, and the school year is winding down. This is a moment you want to treasure forever.

In these great moments of transition it’s important to stop and take it all in. Having a graduation photo session is one of the best ways to do this. It is a whole hour (or more) devoted to observing and celebrating your child in this moment. You can stand back and watch the portrait process, taking that moment to really witness the adult they are becoming.

On-Location photo sessions like this one add that extra special element to make this milestone in your child’s life even more special. We go into elegant, edgy, and beautiful parts of the city to capture unique and stylish fine art portraits. Spending a day in the city not only produces stunning portraits, but is also a fun way to spend time together.

To have a consultation with our photographer Maria and to schedule your session, please call the studio (856)478-6990. We can’t wait to create your next magical moment!


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Children can forge friendships with such ease, kindness, and innocent curiosity. We watched with our hearts melting as these two sweet new beings met and connected one special spring day. Witnessing the joy on her face as Daisy, our Nigerian Dwarf goat, accepted a gentle kiss was more than we could have ever hoped for in a magical moment. Our farm supports the imagination of childhood. There is so much to explore and so much of life to uncover here.

Opening your heart makes you vulnerable, but it also strengthens you. Spring is the time for stretching our arms out wide, opening ourselves to the possibilities of the season. It’s a time of rebirth, of starting fresh.

Daisy is now pregnant with a baby of her own! By the end of April 2016, she will have a happy new baby for everyone to meet! We can’t wait to create more special moments like the ones above. The farm itself has been a labor of love for a lifetime, and by coming here for your Fine Art Portraits you become a part of its magical history forever. To schedule an appointment, please call the studio at (856)478-6990.

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness,

the human soul is apt to revive also.”

– Harriet Ann Jacobs Read





Spring has sprung and everything is coming up PINK! Cherry blossoms, peach blossoms, magnolia blossoms; everywhere you turn there is a new burst of color shaking off the frost and awakening the land. The air may still be crisp, but the sun is warm, and this weather is simply inspiring us!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Capturing portraits of your child’s life during this time of year is truly combining all the elements for a magical moment. The newness of spring is the perfect backdrop for the innocent curiosity that blooms in childhood. At Unique Image Photography we frame this special moment for you so that it can be treasured for a lifetime.

We have the perfect sets and settings to create these gorgeous Fine Art portraits. And unfortunately, time is fleeting! The blossoms will only be around for a few more weeks before they drop off the trees. To contact us and set up a session appointment, please call the studio at (856)478-6990. We can’t wait to help create your next magical moment!