about mary

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”


Personal Branding Photography by Mary Gardella.

llimy story

the short version

Total independent from birth. Super curious about everything.

Mother. Entrepreneur. Constant maker of pretty pictures.

a little more insight

Documenting the human condition is my purpose and passion. 

Since I picked up a camera over 35 years ago, the art of creating a powerful, essence-revealing image comes from deep within my world and emerges in bold colors, light & shadow, lines & curves, perspectives & insights, emotions & energy. 

A beautiful, perfect storm of art + story-telling + the decisive moment of time and place.

My camera is essentially my third eye, an extension of who I am and how I view the world around me. 

Each human who steps in front of my camera is led out of the confines of their boundaries to see more of who they are. Their essence. Their truth from within. 

Whether I’m working with powerful women leaders for their personal branding, lifestyle photography or documenting deep transformative and life-changing work during retreats, my role is observer and mirror. 

I capture connections – connections to the world, each other, and self.

The result is a body of imagery that stirs souls and moves audiences to feel the moment deeply.

This is the essential ingredient of marketing – powerful, thought-provoking imagery that stirs emotions. 

Let’s create together. 

With soul-stirring love, 



“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”