About

About Me:

St. Louis Wedding Photographer | Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | April Maura Photography
Photo by Karlee K Photography

A St. Louis and Scottsdale Wedding Photographer, Missouri and Arizona

Available for Worldwide Travel

My interest in photography began with my first film camera when I was 7 years old. I used a whole roll of film on an exotic chipmunk at Yellowstone. When I was 15 my father gifted me a nice film camera from Costco. While in college my mom gave me a Kodak digital camera for Christmas, and I never put it down. When I got married I splurged on a DSLR with our wedding money – I always had been interested in the arts.squareCreating and appreciating the beauties in ordinary days of life is a simple pleasure of mine. Since getting a DSLR, I have been teaching myself photography and love studying culture through experience. Photography forces an artist to focus on the truth of that moment. I love hearing and witnessing the love stories God has written for couples and my hope is for others to enjoy my photos and see that which could be easily overlooked in the swift passing of time.squareI owe it to the world to mature as a photographer. Souls are changed when they see the story a good photographer captures and it is my heart’s desire is to tell vivid personal stories through my lens, while sharing love and truth with the subject of my art. I grew as a photographer the year I captured over 10,000 portraits in China, Southeast Asia, and America. I live with my husband Denny and 100 lb. German Shepherd, Arnold, love good coffee, Paleo, and enjoy Crossfit.

I’d be honored to capture your wedding, love story or family, so feel free to email me at april.maura@gmail.com or click on the “Contact” tab to find out more information.

Hooray for Maura (Ma-Ray)!

If you want a place to go that will make you swoon over love, learn about non-conformist living (mind, body and soul) or learn tips while planning your wedding, than April Maura is the place for you.

About This Site:

Want a photographer? I specialize in natural light wedding and engagement photography. My heart’s desire is to tell personal stories through my lens, while sharing love and truth with the subject of my art.

Want to learn about fostering a healthy marriage? The big WHY on why I photograph weddings…I love marriage! The whole purpose of life is to love and the idea that God created a beautiful union of marriage for us to enjoy is beautiful. The details and story line of how a man and woman fall in love and that love stories are individually written for each couple is incredible! Not only is the love story of the couple falling in love divine but the after the wedding day, the everyday commitments and actions of showing their spouse love. Learn more about the Marriage Series Author.

Want to learn about:  Missouri and Arizona wedding tips, non-conformitylife changing books, and primal lifestyle? I will discuss these topics in blog post occasionally.

Want to see the process of learning photography? You will see my evolution as a photographer with my 2013 Photography project: 10,000 Smiles.

Want to see what it’s like to live overseas? I wrote about the adventures my husband and I experienced living in China for a year. We also traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Find My 8 Most Popular Weddings of 2016 Below:

  1. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Wedding: Tim + Alanna
  2. Royal Palms Resort and Spa Wedding:  Chris and Blankita
  3. Secret Garden Events Wedding: Brent + Kayla

Find My 3 Favorite Arizona Wedding Tips Below:

  1. How to Start Your Wedding Ceremony on Time
  2. The Second Must Have Portraits on Your Wedding Day: Grandparents
  3. Make Sure to Plan Enough Time for Couple Portraits
  4. Why Brides Should Have a First Look with Her Father

Favorite Marriage Series Posts:

  1. Searching for the Secret of Marriage
  2. Receiving Gifts and Physical Touch (The Love Language Series)
  3. Final Thoughts on The Meaning of Marriage (Blog Post Series)
  4. Your Bond of Trust (Trust Questionnaire included)

If you are still wanting to know more:

8 Random Things About Me:

Phoenix Wedding Photographer | Bride and Groom in the snow | Arizona winter wedding

1. I got the travel bug when I went to France and Spain the summer I was 12 years old.

2. I love Paleo chocolate chip cookies. My favorite are these fresh Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

3. I am lactose intolerant and have a gluten allergy. I have learned a lot from Mark’s Daily Apple and Wheat Belly Blog.

4. I have been married to my husband Denny since May 22, 2010. We met at a summer camp called Tonto Rim Christian camp.

5. I have a bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an endorsement of English as a Second Language from Arizona State University.

6. My favorite book besides the Bible is Redeeming Love. I also love all books written by Karen Kingsbury.

7. I found God when I was 12 years old and started walking in a grace centered life the summer after my freshman year of college.

8. As a 20 something year old I have traveled to: France, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

The inspiration behind the photography

10,000 Smiles Project

Denny and I lived in China and taught English for a year for Kings English for Kids. It was during that year that I had more free time to pursue my passions, photographing being one of them. My photography grew a lot in that year, thanks to my 10,000 Smiles Project.

10,000 Smiles Project | Portrait of Indian woman smiling | Malaysia backpacking | Accomplishing goals | Phoenix photographer