A taste of DC in the Fall


It would have been nice to share a glass of wine and feast on turkey with friends and family, instead we took a Thanksgiving road trip to DC. So very grateful for a visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture   which tells the American story through the African American lens. A story of resilience and optimism. Outstanding museum! We also visited Gettysburg National Military Park, which was surprisingly moving. The site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle (50k casualties) the turning point of the war, and inspiration for Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Other things that caught my eye were blissed out bodhisattvas at the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Galleries  and dancing natives at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

This Thanksgiving marks the beginning of our fourth year on the East Coast. And after each of our road trips, I come back with a better understanding and appreciation of the complex and rich history of our nation. Although I miss my beautiful California, I’m starting to feel connected to this East Coast soil. Even through the thick soles of my winter boots…28 degrees this morning. 🙂




I’m pleased to announce I was awarded 4 BRONZE MERIT AWARDS at The Portrait Masters Accreditation and Awards Program!

Entering the Portrait Masters accreditation program has allowed me the chance to revisit my recent work, and notice themes and patterns. After I narrowed it down to these submissions, I realized they were each introspective, and emotive. The next round of entries are due in the Spring, and I’m curious to see what I’m inspired to submit.

Who knows, if you are a client from the past 24 months, your image could earn me my next award. Or, if you would like to be a client and collaborate, we could go for GOLD! Give me a call!

My moment with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz has been my hero for so long, and a few days ago I met her! IMG_3791 (1)She was interviewed by a reporter from the New York Times onstage, and afterwards they opened up the mic to the audience (both live and online). Although I didn’t get up right away, I was oddly enough the first in line for the mic left of stage. My heart started to pound! A question came in from Facebook, “Do you ever get starstruck?” to which she replied, “All the time.” This helped me relax, so when her attention and the cameras turned to me, it felt perfectly natural for me to tell her how starstruck I felt speaking to her, my idol. She said, “Come here, I’ll slap you around!” (To knock the starstruckness out of me). What a goofball! I felt like we were sitting in her living room having a beer, so I responded, “You can slap me around anytime!”. We both cracked up and the moment was pure magic.stomp_0186These are screen shots from our exchange, and I’ve added Henri Cartier-Bresson, the magnificent French photojournalist, who we both admire. Here he is holding his empty glass of wine up to the camera, pretending to take a photo. Charlie Rose, who had just interviewed him, is laughing hysterically behind him. Humor is such a mysterious and extraordinary thing, which creates a special bond when shared. I love seeing all of us being silly and laughing! It was my dream to meet him in Paris when I lived there, but I never did, so in this photo collage I get to enjoy a good time with both of my idols.stomp_0187The talk was wonderful and can be seen in its entirety here, (you can see my moment with Annie at around 56:15. ) Afterwards at the book signing, our conversation continued.stomp_0188We had lots to talk about, (Alice Waters, her sister Susan in Berkeley, my magazine) and my admiration of her work. Here’s to continuing that conversation!


Magazine style portraits

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I’m so excited to present to you, my very own magazine! Designing and publishing this was a labor of love, and each time I hold one, I beam with pride.

mag 2I think of myself as a celebrity photographer for every day people. We ALL deserve to be celebrated! mag 536 pages of my favorite images from recent years.

If you’d like to see an online version of it, please click here.

If you’d like a free hard copy version, please give me a call at 913.626.6307 or drop me an email at maryanne.teng.hogarth@gmail.com.

I’d love to hear from you!


What caught my attention this summer


I always wanted to be the type of person who kept a diary, so I could go back years later and read what had been so important to me, that I’d write it down. But that didn’t happen.

Instead, I have tens of thousands of photographs, that show me what captured my attention during my life.

This most recent collage is a glimpse into my summer. The pattern in the top right corner is the head of a wet dog, right after she jumped out of a pool. Below that are rescued pigs enjoying life at the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. During our tour we learned that pigs are ten times smarter than dogs. I’ve reduced my pork intake since that tour.

Bottom left is an Odeon Redon painting at the Clarke Art Institute in the Berkshires. He has been my favorite European painter for over twenty five years, and I’m always ecstatic when I can see one of his paintings in person.

The Buddhist painting in the top row is from a mural at the Chuang Yen Monastery in the Hudson Valley. Who knew that the largest indoor statue of a Buddha in the Western Hemisphere was just ninety minutes from my front door? These figures are each about ten feet tall, and there are dozens of them. Visual bliss!

The views into the tunnel and above the ocean are both from the cliffs of Newport in Rhode Island. Spectacular scenery! But the ultimate summer feeling is kicking back on some sand by a body of water.

I hope you too have had a chance to kick back this summer. Although I’ve spent most of the summer working (lots of portraits and headshot sessions, which makes me happy!) I have had some really fun getaways, as these photos from my phone remind me.

What’s on your phone? 🙂


Celebrity photographer for every day people

I think of myself as a fashion and celebrity photographer for every day people. We should each experience what it’s like to be a star for a day, why not!

Lisa came in for a family portrait session, and when I found out she was once a competitive body builder, I knew we had to create these images to show off her beautiful physique. stomp_0181Although her husband is a competitive weight lifter, we didn’t have chance to do any body shots of him, so hopefully next time! stomp_0180stomp_0182Some days we feel less special than we should. I’d like to show you that you are seen, understood, and celebrated.  stomp_0179 tonedLet me do this for you. I’m a portrait photographer based in Summit, NJ, and I believe that everybody should exist in photos. Lisa Safran 26 croppedCall to book a session with me, and I can do this for you!

Maryanne Teng Hogarth 913.626.6307 Maryanne.Teng.Hogarth@gmail.com

Wise wonderful women


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. 🙂  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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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.


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.


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


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.


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!