"I booked an underwater course with Maria in 2012, as I was sick of taking blue, milky uninspiring snaps, and have finally managed to create photographs I am proud of. Maria's enthusiasm and passion for her subject shines through, and she has inspired me to spend so much more time with my camera, above and below the water! I have even managed to win a couple of competitions along the way.... Thanks so much for all the advice and motivation over the years. I still have a lot to learn, but will keep on striving to improve myself and am looking forward to another course soon". Ruth Dallaway
" On holiday with friends, we first bought a film all-in-one underwater camera and when the film came back, the generally grey blurry images were not what I'd hoped for at all. So, I invested in an underwater housing for my Canon S100 and Rich, my other half, happened across Maria's book on "Underwater Photography for Compact Cameras". What a revelation! I have read that little book so many times and been on one of Maria's practical day courses. What a transformation! I have unwittingly learnt how to use aspects of my camera that I previously knew nothing about... Simply with Maria's easy to understand words and scenarios. P to Tv and even to M... I no longer use underwater mode for average photos.
I've even had a go at submitting photos to competitions and tried to get some of them on a stock photography site... With success! I was lucky enough to win Sports Diver magazine's Photo Of The Month twice and have a number of photos that earn me money on a stock site! Since then I've gone on to buy a dSLR camera. It was so easy to use it off Auto because of Maria's guidance on my compact camera which is so much more powerful than I ever imagined. I have now had a few photos published in Bird Watching magazine. Maria, thanks very much indeed. Without doubt, you have transformed my photography." Rebecca Cole