Get to know your Instructor:

"My name is Maria Micaela Arellano. I am a latina photographer from Houston, TX. I live with my husband and two daughters and our cat named "Money". Yes, that is his name, I figured why not manifest more every-time I call his name?

I like many of you found my passion for photography when my first daughter was born. Always an artist by nature I developed an obsession with photoshop.

For the first year of my career I called myself a photoshopagrapher, I was terrified of learning to use my camera manually. I started my photography journey the fall of 2014 and quit my job shortly after. Committing myself to being profitable within 6 months, or heading back to my full time job. Thankfully I succeeded, and photography gave me much more than just an income. I've met some of my best friends, traveled and continue to learn new things. I have ADHD and it's hard for me to stay in one place, photography has kept my interest for what; 6 years now? It continues to challenge me and inspires me to constantly learn new techniques and styles.

You'll mostly recognize my work by all of the drama and attention to styling I put into my sets. I mostly photograph clients, but any chance I get to be creative I use it to transform the viewer into my own little world. Maybe a fine art photographer infused with fashion and a tad of surrealism. Who knows? Why put myself in a box?

I love being a part of The Summerana community and I hope you enjoy exploring your creativity along with me."



Maria shoots with:

I shoot Canon 5D Mark IV
Outdoors- 200mm F2, 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4 Studio- 24-70mm F 2.8, 35mm, and 50mm F1.4 


Maria is an award winning photographer. Some of her acknowledgements are:

Portrait Masters Winner in Childrens Category 2018

Learn how to create storytelling masterpieces:

Maria is one of our resident instructors for editing workshops.

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Overlays, logos, templates, etc. can all be used in software other than Photoshop as long as layers are supported (such as GIMP which is free). Overlays can also be used in Lightroom 4-6 and CC only if utilizing the plugin ON1 Photo 10.


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