Wise wonderful women

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I am honored to call Maxine Hong Kingston my friend. Not because she has received awards from two presidents (National Humanities Medal in 1997 by President Clinton, and National Medal of Arts in 2013 by President Obama). Not because her memoir Woman Warrior is the most commonly taught text in modern university education. Not because she has been married to the same man for over fifty years, has a handsome son and a beautiful home in the Oakland hills. It’s because each time I spend time with her, I feel so much lighter and happier! We laugh, we tell stories and jokes, and truly connect.

I wish everyone could have a Maxine in their lives!

Of course, who could not resist laughing when with Earll. Although he has described Maxine as cute and feisty (when they first met), I think he may have also been describing himself. ūüôā ¬†I took these photos of them a few weeks ago. The California light was shining brightly in their home that day! The photo below includes Norm, her younger brother, and John, her biographer. They were all impressed with my selfie skills.stomp_0170

Another wise woman in my life is Mary-Ann Milford (above in white in front of her Mill Valley home, that has a garden resembling a small botanical garden, hence the plant clipping in my hand). Mary-Ann is a Professor of Asian Art History at Mills College, and was also the Provost and Dean of the Faculty for five years. A gifted teacher, she got me so excited about Asian Art History I took every class that was offered on the subject, while working as the Treasury Analyst at the college. She then suggested I join the docent training program at the Asian Art Museum¬†in San Francisco, which I did. Luck had it that I would meet my future husband, Brian, who was the Director of Education at the museum, and oversaw the docent program. Three years of training, and seven years of giving tours, it was a big part of my life, and I have Mary-Ann to thank for the enriching experience, and for leading me to my life with Brian! ūüôā

And finally, my Auntie Rosalyn is the third wise women I’d like to write about. She turned ninety this year, and is still an active fund raiser and community organizer. ¬†Her mission is to end poverty, and if she had ninety more years I bet she could. The day before we met at her home, she organized a sit-in of 100 senior citizens at the San Mateo City Hall, and succeeded in lowering the rent of a Senior Citizen’s Center to $1 (from $25,000, not bad!). She and Uncle Carlson (seen in the photo she is holding) were dear friends of my parents, and I have known her my entire life. I remember her as a big boss at her architecture firm, and she remembers me as a baby in the bathtub. ūüôā

Are there wise and wonderful women in your life? If so, I’d love to hear your stories about them!

 

 

 

 

50+ and Fabulous – in LA with Sue Bryce

stomp_0156We rented a wild and crazy loft in downtown LA, (James Brown’s former recording studio) and acted a bit like teenagers. Are we a bunch of twenty year olds? Au contraire, we are all middle aged mothers from different parts of North America. Brought together to study with our portrait photography mentor and business coach, Sue Bryce.

Almost every one of the 170 people in the room was a woman, fifty years and older. One of the lovely ladies that bookend me in the top left photo has, count them, fourteen grandchildren. Holy sexy grandmother!stomp_0157So what did we do together? We learned how to service the fabulous demographic of women, fifty and over. Day one started with lessons on how to stock our studios with silky fabric samples, and how to style them to look like beautiful gowns. We then learned how to pose women with a limited range of movement, and how to retouch responsibly. (Not too much skin smoothing, we earned these crows feet!) We learned how to make testimonial videos for marketing, which I am excited to try.  And at the end of day two, we learned that we are not just selling portraits to our clients, we are selling an amazing day, an experience of transformation, and memories that will last a lifetime. When we take gorgeous portraits of our clients and show your beauty back to you, we are selling self-confidence and empowerment. Pretty powerful stuff.with Sue Bryce 5.2017

Here I am at the end of the event with Sue Bryce. She gave fully of herself with pure authenticity, and encouraged us to speak our own truth, with a big voice.

As I step into my own as a business owner, I thank Sue for her guidance and support, which daily helps me walk my path with certainty and conviction.

 

Your visual hello

Your headshot is your visual hello and is how you greet the online world.

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This handsome group has a leader who believes in the value of a good headshot. She hired a stylist to come in to do makeup touch-ups and hair taming, and I brought an assistant to help coordinate the shoot. Together, we created beautiful, updated and professional headshots for this talented team of people.

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Let me help you update your team’s professional headshots!
Bookings and inquiries: maryanne.teng.hogarth@gmail.com (913) 626-6307 Summit NJ

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One hot mama!

Beth said, oh not me, just Eden.

Really? Because I do a mother daughter shoot that is so incredible. Let’s get some portraits of you together, and I can get some gorgeous shots of you, too.

So we did. What a stunning woman and beautiful daughter.

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Eden now has an assortment of photos to use for her musical theatre conservatory applications,stomp_0149

and a timeless portrait that looks like a painting. Printed on canvas and framed, this is the one home décor purchase in their life that will grow in value as time goes by.stomp_0150

Are you ready for your mother and daughter portrait session? Take a peek at a behind the scenes video and see how fun it is!

A perfect way to celebrate being a mother!

Moms rock!

One of the best gifts you could offer yourself is a photoshoot with your children or with your mother.  The portraits hanging on your wall will be one of the few things in your home that increase in value, as time goes by.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, let’s talk about your session, and how you’d like to exist in photos for your children. ¬†These women did!stomp_0145

You can bring in your sons, or even your own mother. It’s a an amazing way to spend time together, and an incredible way to say I love you!stomp_0144

For bookings or inquiries, you can reach me at (913) 626-6307 and maryanne.teng.hogarth@gmail.com.

I look forward to helping you exist in photographs!

When we speak together, our voices are louder

When we speak together, our voices are louder. And that is why on January 21, 2017, I marched side by side with my daughter, my husband, three friends, and several hundred thousand others on the streets of New York, in support of women’s rights.

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The energy of the crowd was powerful, peaceful, and uplifting. ¬†Lots of¬†chanting, cheering, and laughter. ¬†Who could resist cracking up¬†to this one? ¬†“We want a LEADER, not a creepy TWEETER!” ¬†Or this one, “You’re ORANGE, you’re GROSS, you LOST the popular VOTE!”

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There were many clever signs, like the one that said “Every color in the rainbow, except for orange” and on the other side “Orange is the new blech”. Had I not been holding my big sign I would have¬†loved to take more pictures!

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We placed our signs with others after the march ended. ¬†There were so many!stomp_0141It was extraordinary to¬†share this experience with millions of people world wide. ¬† As Michelle Obama recently said, “the battle to be vigilant on behalf of kindness, curtesy, tolerance, fairness, and equality is a day to day thing that each of us is responsible for.” And now the real work begins.

A Portrait of a Dancer

Every once in awhile I do a shoot when I just can’t stop taking pictures.¬† This was one of them. The combination of Emily’s beauty, the elegance of her lines, and then bringing it all outdoors, it was so much fun!¬† If you would like to be photographed like this, drop me a line!¬† maryanne.teng.hogarth@gmail.com

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My daughter Anna – growing up in front of a camera lens

Sixteen years ago today, I gave birth to my¬†darling little¬†Anna, and immediately started photographing her. maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna2Her kissable rosebud lips when she was a baby, her giggles in the breeze, her shyness as a toddler…maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-569-1Becoming more comfortable in front of the lens, showing¬†her playful and¬†thoughtful sides.maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-1213Revealing¬†her¬†maturity and vulnerability¬†as we relocated once again, moving even further from our Bay Area home base, eastward from¬†Kansas to New Jersey. Settling in as the new girl at three¬†different middle schools, never complaining, always putting forth her best effort. ¬†¬†maryanne-teng-hogarth-1415-1maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-15-1Flourishing in high school, discovering her wisdom, beauty, and strength.maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-16-3maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-16-1And today, now sixteen, as sweet as can be, still with rosebud lips and giggles in the breeze. I love you Anna, Happy Birthday to you! ¬†I can’t believe there is only one more space in the frame below, and then it will be your turn for a senior portrait.school-picsI wish I could have bought you your dream tickets to see Hamilton for your birthday. Instead, I offer you this album of portraits,¬†for you to hold on to the memories of your youth. ¬†Someday when you are older, Hamilton will have faded, but these photographs will show you back the magnificent person that you are.¬†maryanne-teng-hogarth-anna-picsxoxo, ¬†Mommy

A Millennial Couple

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Let me introduce you to Charlie, my wonderful and handsome step son.  Last month he introduced us to his beautiful girlfriend Jen, and together we celebrated his 26th birthday!

Doesn’t he bear a strong resemblance to his grandfather?¬† (above left).¬† Grandad was about the same age, and was serving in the Canadian army when this photo of him was taken.

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Happy Birthday to you Charlie, it was a pleasure to photograph you and Jen!