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Meet Maria Toney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Toney.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I still remember getting my first paycheck when I was 16 years old, and the first thing I purchased was a point and shoot camera. A canon advantix which I still have today! I have always love art but growing up in Malta (a small island in Europe right beneath Sicily) all you could do with art was teach, so I never really pursued it. It wasn’t until I moved to the US and attended Miracosta that I realized wow I could actually follow my passion. I started taking art classes , but then after a couple of semester my husband got out of the service and we moved to North Carolina. I stopped school while my husband used his GI-bill and just worked full time as a server. It wasn’t until I moved there that I started taking artistic pictures. I take pictures of the floor, just random things around me. In 2008 we moved to Baton Rouge where I took my first photography class and loved every bit of it! I knew that is what I wanted to do. In 2009 we finally moved back to California were I enrolled back into classes at Miracosta, starting with black and white film and later on moving into digital. It is such a creative process, not only that but photography allowed me to help capture special moments in peoples lives, ones they could cherish forever! Finally Dec 2016 I started my business Farrugia Photography. I used my maiden name as my business name because its part if who I am, my roots, my home. My main focus in my business is lifestyle photography, I love those candid moments when family’s interact, moments where kids are just being kids. I do have some personal projects coming up one focused on PTSD something which is very close and dear to my heart, especially after my husband served 9 years active.

Please tell us about your art.
I love capturing moments and interactions between children, their parents, siblings and pets. I love being able to capture these feelings and moments in peoples lives that get to live on in the form of a picture long after they have happened.

Its funny my whole life everyone has always told me I have a great memory, but I owe alot of that to my family pictures. They help me remember and trigger moments that I may have somehow lost. That is what I want my client to experience when they look back on pictures, that nostalgic feeling when they go back in time for a moment.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Always follow your passion, believe in yourself and never give up. Its funny because whenever you tell someone your working on being an actor, an artist, a photographer, a dancer or anything creative people tend to smirk and say Good Luck as if you are just dreaming. My answer has always been ;well if no-one ever aspires to do these jobs then they would no longer exist and the world would be pretty boring.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
On instagram @Farrugiaphotography my webpage www.farrugiaphotography.com and on facebook www.facebook.com/FarrugiaPhoto/

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