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Marioly Vazquez, better known as Maria Marie, is a photographer and stylist based in London. Originally from Mexico, she is inspired by nature and her travels. Known for her strong pretty pastel aesthetics and fun stop motion videos, she has worked with the likes of Pantone, Feel Unique and Sunbites and has built up a following of 126k. Find out more about her life and work below.

How did you get started?

I started my account in 2012 and at the beginning I just used the app because I thought the filters were really cool, but after a while I started to discover the possibility of networking with different people from all over the world. I didn't have a specific plan, I just started sharing what I loved and my travels. Then I started to become a little more conscious about the aesthetic of my Instagram and the possibilities of using it as a platform to showcase my work.

Where do you find inspiration?

I like to find inspiration in nature and different places. I like to browse old books, spend time in nature, go to museums and travel. When I travel, I take inspiration from colour combinations, which I document later in my sets and designs.

How do you decide what to share and what to keep private?

I will share the things that inspire me or the things that go along with my aesthetic. On Facebook I post more private stuff, but I use Instagram to post my travels, cute findings or things that I know my audience will be interested in seeing. It is hard to decide what things to keep private and what things to share, and that is why it is important to listen to your audience and see if they are interested in knowing you on a more personal level. I think Instagram stories allows you to share a more intimate view on your life, as you can post whatever you want without compromising the aesthetic of your Instagram feed.

Any tips and tricks?

Find that trait that makes your work unique and make the best out of it.

What camera and editing software do you use?

I have always used Canon equipment. My father used to have a Canon AE-1 and learned photography with it. So when buying digital equipment I didn't think twice when buying a Canon. When I’m travelling I use my phone to edit. Some of my favourite apps are Afterlight, Priime and Snapseed. When I’m at home I love editing in Photoshop, it gives you so much control.

How would you describe your aesthetics?

I would describe it as feminine, whimsical, fun, peaceful, colourful and fresh.

Tell us something no one knows about you.

I’m a HSP (highly sensitive person), so I tend to feel everything, a lot, both good and bad. Sometimes it can get overwhelming, especially when living in a big city, so I like to give myself breaks, spend time by myself and meditate.

What’s been your favourite piece of work to date?

It has to be my hanging flowers series. This series was done during a time when I was going through some big life changes and I was very fortunate to have full support of my family, both emotionally and at work. I remember my mom going with me to the flower market, my father helping me climb a ladder to the roof, and my now husband helping me with an umbrella because we were under the sun at 38 °C. So this series was made with a lot of love, care and compassion.

Best thing about being a creator?

Being able to create something from scratch or coming up with new ideas and ways to communicate. I love seeing my ideas come to life, it is such a gratifying experience.

If you could give one piece of advice to the younger you what would it be?

Have no fear and learn to trust your gut. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by uncertainty, trust that the universe has a unique plan for you. Take risks now!

Follow Maria here: @cestmaria

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