Emily and Karl- Love makes the world go round

Boy meets a girl, girl meets a boy, boy meets a boy, girl meets a girl and boom! Fireworks? Sometimes it’s the whole nine yards, sometimes it’s a slow burner like those slow pressure cookers. Human beings are not monogamous creatures, we unlike penguins spend many decades finding the “one”. We try different relationships, we date different people until we find the “one” that fits. When we find the one we feel ecstatic, we feel inspired, we feel invigorated, we feel blessed and above all we feel loved. It is a wonderful feeling and I believe it is one of life’s greatest gifts is to love and be loved.

Meet this couple Emily and Karl – they met a couple of years ago at a party and now these two are inseparable. They don’t go to movies because just like everyone else they cant agree half of the time on what to watch since she likes action movies and he likes comedies but they sure do look amazing together. At the moment they are touring Europe and seeing some of the most romantic and iconic places. I wish them a safe and an enjoyable trip and I hope their love will keep on shining for many more years to come.


Thank you for reading,

Until next time,


Maria Flash Photography


Welcome to the Urban Jungle

According to the urban dictionary, “urban jungle” means the city. It is a term that describes city streets, subways, buildings, neighbourhoods, etc. But what is it about these “urban jungles” that attracts us humans? Why is it that most of us are attracted to them like moths to the flame? Wouldn’t you rather live peacefully and quitely in a country side, away from noise and pollution?

Forget the famous Opera House or Circular Quay in Sydney, you only need to take a 10 min train trip from the city out to Newtown to really witness the diversity and variety of creative minds, curious souls, lonely hearts and inspired artists who make this city so unique.

A good friend once said: “I will never retire in the country, I love the city life too much, it keeps me young”. Some might argue that cities keep them young with all the stresses and expectations that come with living in one. I doubt that anyone would think that travelling to work on a bus densely packed with seasonal flu carriers is glamorous or worth dreaming about but yet these busses are full because the cities are full and the cities are full because people love living in them.

So what attracts us to the so called “urban jungle”? Is it the energy of hustle and bustle? Is it the diversity of cultures and experiences we get to enjoy? Or is it the “urban jungle” promise of a better life, of possibilities beyond imagination? In a big city like Sydney, anything is possible and you can be whatever and whoever you want to be.

I don’t have the right answer. For every person there will be different reasons why they love the cities they live in. For me personally it’s the challenge of being more than who I am today, to aim higher, to feel taller, to never stop growing and evolving.

Below are some snippets of the other side of Sydney – the honest side, a playful side, a side decorated with graffiti paintings and unbelievable contrasts. This is the side  tourists don’t often see or hear about – this is the heart of our city and Kate has done an amazing job of showing me this side and helped me to experience true beauty of the city I have grown to love.


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What made this experience even more special is the little piece of my heritage right in the middle of Newtown – a Russian bakery shop called ‘Izba’, which means a hut in Russian. We stopped for a moment to grab a snack and somewhere between the bites of Napoleon cake and an egg pie I have experienced a true harmony – my past and my present were sitting side by side, enjoying each other’s company. A Russian girl in me and a young woman I have become were both content, enjoying the city I call my new home.

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Thanks for reading.

Always yours,

Maria Flash Photography

Fun in the sun..

Welcome to my brand new Blog 🙂

First of all I would like to say thank you for visiting. I am so excited to share this beautiful world of photography with you. It is an incredible journey and every day there are so many new opportunities to look at life through a lens and capture beautiful moments, forever, locked in time. That is the thing about photography – it is timeless, it stays with you to remind you of the journey you have travelled, of the friends made along the way and of course of the captured memories which can be shared for many generations.

Finally after a really long and miserable winter in Sydney, the sun has finally decided to share some warmth with us. It was a beautiful day on the Northern Beaches filled with delicious food, Sardinian wine and plenty of sunshine. Oh how I wish long weekends would last forever..

Nita looked stunning in blue..

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Northern beaches are truly stunning. There are so many places to visit and see – from blue waters to ancient castles on the North Head – a real dream for every photographer.



But in addition to some beautiful locations, nothing can brighten up a photo like a few sun rays in spring.


It was a lot of fun shooting at the International College of Management in Manly, beautiful scenery and stunning views have presented many opportunities for stunning portraits.

This shot below reminds me of a scene from Downton Abbey series.


I am certainly looking forward to many more days of sunshine and beach and of course beautiful photo opportunities..

Thank you for the visit and I would love to hear from you.