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Iris and Echo

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Iris and Echo is a photojournalistic wedding and portrait photography team located in West Chester; PA and happy to travel worldwide. They focus on documenting genuine love and life; all with a fine art foundation.

Services you offer:

>Iris and Echo offers fine art photojournalistic wedding photography and heirloom albums.

Awards or Certifications

Iris and Echo has been published in the following online publications: Philly Mag; Philly In Love; Elle; and Rock n Roll Bride.

What's your background, education and training?

Owner and lead photographer Maria Teicher is a classically trained fine artist and portrait painter. She moves between the two realms of photography and painting fluidly. Each art form inspires and guides the process for the other. Her personal work has been featured online in Hi Fructose Magazine; Beautiful Bizarre; Buzzfeed; Booooooom; and many more publications. She has also been interviewed on WHYY's Articulate for their episode about portraiture. She exhibits regularly in Philadelphia; California; and overseas.

Maria has her Bachelors of Fine Art from Rowan University and her Masters of Fine Art from the New York Academy of Art. She is also a proud professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA) where she teaches photography; photography as it relates to painting; and visual storytelling!

What is your typical process for working with a new client?

Iris and Echo's website contact form is the best way to begin the dialogue about wedding photography! There we ask for basic information as well as some less serious questions. It helps to break the ice. It is extremely important for us to get to know our couples during this entire process. We do not feel we can accurately tell a love story without doing so.

What advice would you give a client looking to find a provider in your specialty?

No couple; their love story; family; friends; experiences; or wedding is alike; and neither is the wedding photographer they bring to capture it all. Finding an artist whose visual style emulates what you envision is the first step. The second is understanding; and working well with; the personality they bring to their careers. Look through a photographers website; blog; and social media accounts. See if their voice resonates with you. You might want your vendors to keep their distance and carry a stoic level of professionalism on your big day... or you might want a photographer who keeps you at ease; breaks nervous tension; and feels like a friend throughout the process. Neither "style" is better than the other. It is just different. Choosing what makes you the most at ease; and happy; is key. Personally; we are the later "style". We know we cannot accurately document the beautiful in between moments of a wedding day without finding a level of trust and comfort with our couples. Working to become more than a simple "vendor” is important to our process.

What inspired your passion for your profession?

Simply having the ability to make art for other people; on some of their most joyous life events; is the driving force behind Iris and Echo.

What services are you most excited to offer?

Wedding photography and heirloom albums.

What makes your business stand apart?

Iris and Echo stands apart because of Maria's background; education; and full immersion in the world of art and photography. We also stand out because of who we are as people: warm; friendly; funny; adventurous; and creative.

What should customers know about your pricing?

Iris and Echo offers two main pricing collections. Both of these include two photographers; a complimentary engagement session; and a full day's wedding coverage.

What do clients have to say about you?

"It is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience photography and the beauty of fine art in their own realm. It is even more rare to discover that the women behind the lenses are not only masters of their craft; but beautiful souls you call friends as well. Maria and Ashley have been a part of our journey in ways that surpassed our need for "professional photographers.” They were unique; caring; FUNNY (it's very important that I mention funny); EXTREMELY talented individuals who captured the true nature of our love story; and every detail that makes our relationship one of a kind; or as we like to call it; "Simply Meant To Be.” Our interests of the dark; eerie; and completely weird; have meshed with the aesthetics of nature and passion in ways I didn't think were possible. It was never about posing in front of cool backdrops; smiling at the camera; or trying to prove something. It was about finding beauty in life's perfect imperfections; and truly being yourself; in the moment; with the one you love. The art of Iris and Echo captures the moments you take for granted in an environment entirely your own. Moments you didn't know could be visually portrayed as works of art. Moments you have only ever felt; not seen. The artistic approach of this dynamic duo's vision is everything you want for those moments." - Kristine and Adam

"Have you ever wanted to be the subject of a beautiful painting? That's what it's like when you get your photography done with Maria and Ashley. You get to experience these incredible little private moments again; captured in the best possible light; from the outside looking in. I am so lucky to have had these ladies be part of my engagement; pregnancy; newborn; wedding; and countless family shoots. I know I speak for many other families when I say that they are professional and take the time to get the right shots. They can bring out exactly what you want in your photos in the artistic way you couldn't have seen yourself. Maria has spent hours with my kids so they could get comfortable and let their real smiles come out. Iris and Echo documents your family in a more natural and comfortable setting. They love what they do and it shows in their work.” -Caitlyn

"Maria and Ashley were absolutely incredible to work with for our engagement shoot. I was a little hesitant to take engagement photos initially; mostly because I thought the experience would be a little awkward; but Maria and Ashley went above and beyond to make the process comfortable and fun. After a few short minutes; they had us telling each other stories and playing little games to help us capture the most gorgeous and genuine photos -- laughing; joking; and really just allowing us to be our normal goofy selves. From start to finish they were professional; responsive; and ensured we got exactly what we wanted. Their artistic vision goes beyond simply capturing beautiful photos; they truly are storytellers through their photography. As a result; I now have physical representations of a beautiful memory of a fun day in Asbury Park with my husband that I will always cherish. We can't thank you both enough." - Nichelle

What geographic areas do you serve?

Iris and Echo regularly services Pennsylvania; New Jersey; New York; Delaware; and Maryland. We are also completely ecstatic to travel any which way.

What items or products you can provide to clients?

Wedding Photography
Wedding Albums


a candid photojournalistic approach a keen fine art eye and editing style beautiful wedding portraits a fun; relaxed; and professional experience