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Snorkelling Courses, Underwater Photography Courses, Ocean Gifts & Prints, Print Your Photo on Canvas, Personalised Gifts

Welcome to my little ocean studio, nestled just steps away from the sea in Swanage, Dorset, where my passion is to chat all things ocean from marine conservation to any kind of marine creature and recycled products made from single-use plastic.

I also love to teach snorkelling and photography, both above and underwater, create ocean gifts and inspire passers-by to learn about and want to protect our oceans all mixed in with a huge dose of sustainability and recycling, passion for collecting litter and ghost-nets as well as being the UK's only dedicated centre to teach beginners underwater photography.  My first book on underwater photography (first published by Wiley Publishers - that's the creator of the "Dummies Brand") has been the 12th Best-Selling Book in the world.  You can see all of my photography work on my sister site at   I can also help you turn your own images into canvas prints and personalised gifts with a same day Speedy Smiley Service.


I'm passionate about creating gifts wrapped with compostable packaging, vegan stickers and all wooden products are sourced from Forest Sustainable Sources with trees being replanted with purchases made.  Even the canvas prints are now made from recycled plastic bottles and Nemo, my rescue studio pup welcomes guests on his bed made out of recycled plastic bottles too.

The whole space is designed with an ocean theme from gift cards to prints and ocean images from around the world, including many local ones of Dorset, to inspire that everyone can take incredible images with their phones, compact cameras, mirrorless or d-SLRs.  I love helping guests create their own beautiful gifts on canvas, coasters, mugs and more with a same-day service whilst they go for a Swanage brew, have a spot of lunch or even go ocean exploring.

My dream is to encourage as many people as I can into our beautiful underwater world. 

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to welcoming you to this little ocean paradise nestled in beautiful Dorset very soon. 


Maria, LRPS (Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society) x

Runner-Up, British Photography Awards 2020

BSAC Travel Photographer of the Year 2009

Author, Book of the Year, DIVER Magazine 2010

"Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users"

Highly Commended British Society of Underwater Photographers 2018

Twice Bronze Medal, Underwater

(Helping over 20 prize winning guests through advice & courses)

Scuba Schools International Snorkel Instructor


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