Maureen Patrice Guroff grew up on a farm in Minnesota and developed an interest in photography when she received a Kodak Instamatic for her 12th birthday. While a music major in college, she undertook an intense study of photography, won plaudits in a photo competition for her images’ composition, story telling, and technical elements.
Maureen worked as a professional oboist in Houston, Dallas, and Richmond before moving to Pittsburgh in 1992, when her husband joined the viola section of the Pittsburgh Symphony. As a stay-at-home mom of two and “professional volunteer” during her children’s grade-school years, Maureen continued to hone her photography skills by shooting music and dance recitals as well as weddings and other church events. Based on her warm but unobtrusive presence and the lively, intimate quality of her shots, Maureen was frequently asked if she was available for hire.
As time went by, Maureen began taking these inquiries—and the creation of professional-caliber photography—more seriously. She accepted her first commissions to shoot for sales brochures and newsletters, and she saw her author portraits appear on book jackets. She also studied the latest artistic and technological advances at industry workshops, including one taught by the acclaimed portrait photographer Elizabeth Etienne at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. In 2012, Maureen felt both ready and called to launch her own photo studio: Maureen Patrice Photography.
As a trained musician, Maureen has a unique ability to capture images of performers at peak moments of creativity. She loves shooting in natural settings, and she has a way of putting kids at ease for portraits, both formal and photojournalistic. Whether taking shots for a lighthearted holiday card or documenting a somber, once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, Maureen delivers arresting, heartwarming images that families will treasure and share. As one happy client said, “Maureen captures the moments that express a person’s life.”