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Unleash the Power Within virtual with Tony Robbins

Last week I went on a journey of discovery with Tony Robbins and was truly blown away. We made history together, 23,000 of us from 138 countries connected virtually from our homes. We dug deep and learned, we laughed and cried, we danced, meditated, and did a crazy amount of cheering and celebrating. Why were […]

The Portrait Masters – Bronze Awards!

With so much challenging us on a daily basis I’ve hesitated to celebrate a recent win, so today I’m pleased to announce that back in February I was awarded 8 BRONZE MERIT AWARDS at The Portrait Masters Awards, in the Contemporary, Teen, Family and Children categories. Thank you to my wonderful clients who chose me […]

Feminine Power – a reclamation

My desire for you, is to see you shine in your own radiance. It is your time to reclaim your feminine power, and reconnect with that woman deep inside who longs to be seen, and who deserves to live fully. For too long  our culture has discouraged us from moving through the world as feminine […]

The Portrait Masters Conference 2019

Every profession has continuing education opportunities for its members. In my other life as a CPA I would dread the boring classes I’d have to attend to renew my license. Fortunately in my current life as a portrait photographer, I look forward to learning, I LOVE learning. And at The Portrait Masters Conference (TPM) there […]

Body Language in Posing

Same pose, such different results with each person. Even within one family there is such a range of body types, body language and expression! A change of outfit, a new look!

11 Awards!

I’m pleased to announce I was awarded 11 BRONZE MERIT AWARDS at The 2019 Portrait Masters Accreditation and Awards Program! Contemporary Portrait and Family Portrait Contemporary Portrait Teen and Senior Portrait Children’s Portrait Thank you to my most wonderful clients for having chosen me to be your photographer. Congratulations to YOU for being winners!

Magazine cover girls

Kesha sees herself more as a nerd than a glamorous woman, so I gave her the chance to see this side of her. As woman, we don’t get many opportunities to get dressed up, have our hair and makeup done, and pose for photos. But when we do, we should do it right! 

I know what beautiful looks like

This is Aline, a beautiful Frenchwoman, and also one of my talented makeup artists! She helps me pamper my clients and bring out their natural beauty through makeup. And here I am photographing her in my studio. Aline told me she didn’t like being in front of the camera. This is what I hear from every […]

Color is good for the soul

With the cold grey of winter settling into the Northeast, I find the need to seek inspiration from the colors of artwork. Here are some of my favorite images from recent trips to the city. There’s almost a healing power to art, with its sensations of color and patterns. Do you have museums near you? […]

Senior Portraits – with Gratitude!

How is it that I can remember so clearly being a high school senior myself? Many of the years between then and now are a blur, but memories of senior year are as vivid as if it were yesterday. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of graduation and college, or the privilege of being the oldest and […]

From young girl to young woman

In 2012 I photographed an adorable sixth grader named Lauren. Six years later, Lauren is a high school senior and I had the honor of helping her celebrate this important moment in her life. What a gorgeous and confident young woman she has become! Next year at this time she will be off to college […]

A woman with a special heart

Liz is a Go Red For Women national Spokeswoman, and a survivor of heart disease. Her mission is to inspire others to make healthy changes in their life, to lead a heart-healthy life. I had photographed her daughter Emily when she graduated from high school, and again when she graduated from college. Last month I got […]

Personal Branding for Today’s Woman

The Venus of Brassempouy is a small ivory carving of a woman’s face that someone lovingly created in France over 25,000 years ago. She is one of the earliest representations of the notion of beauty. Even during the stone age, beauty was revered! Most of us need professional headshots for our social profile, and too […]

How to Exist in Photos for your Children

When I lost my mother in 2009, I realized that the only photos I have of us together are from my wedding and family snapshots. This made me so sad! In 2014 I started offering Mother and Daughter photoshoots, and they soon became my favorite types of shoots. This beautiful woman was gifted a Mother […]

Shine brightly – The importance of a great headshot for young performers

What child doesn’t dream of being a star? For many, the dream may be a passing fancy, and for others it stays in their blood a lifetime. I love meeting kids who have this dream, and it’s incredibly rewarding to help them get one step closer to making their dream become a reality. A quality […]

Portrait Masters BRONZE AWARDS, 11 of them!

It’s wonderful to be recognized by these awards, 11 of them this time! CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITCHILDRENFAMILYTEEN Thank you to my amazing clients (and a few family members) in these photos, I appreciate you so very much!

I have nothing to wear!

If that’s the first thing that crosses your mind when considering a photoshoot, do not worry, I have you covered! My studio wardrobe continues to grow, and in this post I’ll show you some of the beautiful choices you’ll have, which are perfect for an elegant and feminine look. Stay tuned for headshots and personal […]

Hawaiian Splendor

When having to choose between renovating our bathroom or going to Hawaii over the holidays, it was a no brainer for me. Our toilet still needs replacing, but my soul feels replenished! It felt like like a homecoming, being with the ocean and the mountains. And I was in heaven seeing such a variety of […]

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. […]

My moment with Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz has been my hero for so long, and a few days ago I met her! 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 […]

Magazine style portraits

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. I think of myself as a celebrity photographer for every day people. We ALL deserve to be celebrated! 36 pages of my favorite images from recent […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

50+ and Fabulous – in LA with Sue Bryce

We 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. The energy of the crowd was powerful, peaceful, and uplifting.  Lots […]

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

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. Her kissable rosebud lips when she was a baby, her giggles in the breeze, her shyness as a toddler…Becoming more comfortable in front of the lens, showing her playful and thoughtful sides.Revealing her maturity and vulnerability as we relocated once again, moving even further from […]

A Millennial Couple

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 […]

Senior Portraits – gorgeous gals!

I love to photograph high school seniors! They are no longer little girls, and not yet women. Here are some of the beauties I’ve photographed for their senior portraits. Do you know a senior who deserves beautiful photographs of herself? Please share this post with her! It’s best to do the session before school starts […]

Of Flesh and Stone

New Jersey summers are HOT, and these days you’ll find me in a tank top, which I love. (Not missing that summertime San Francisco fog I have to admit!) With naked skin on my mind, I’ve decided to put together collages of some of my favorite nudes that I’ve photographed recently.  New York City museums […]

Personal Branding – good photos are a must!

Photographing beauties from exotic countries, what a fantasy job!  Although it would have been a treat to travel abroad, we stayed local and I am grateful for having met these two incredible women. Rebekah is an entrepreneur from Singapore (now based in NYC), and runs Radha Beauty.  She’s also a beautiful dancer, as you can […]

A Champagne Party for Women

“There’s nothing like a group of girlfriends to enhance each others life force.” -Christiane Northrup, M.D. A fantastic group of women came to the studio last night to celebrate friendship, fun, and being a WOMAN! Thank you to everyone who came, I appreciate your enthusiasm and support!  Our two men performed superbly, Brian as bartender […]

a window + some chiffon = 3 looks in 20 minutes

Last Tuesday, the light shining into the studio was magnificent.  It was spring break and Anna and I had no plans that morning, so I grabbed my black chiffon and we did an impromptu shoot. I took a test shot, and was stunned by how beautiful Anna looked. Although she’s not a trained dancer, she […]

Phenomenal Women

My teenage daughter had a poetry reading at her school that she wanted to be a part of, and asked me for recommendations. I pointed her to “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, which speaks of how self acceptance and self love are the source of being a phenomenal woman. As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought […]

To makeup or not to makeup, that is not the question

As I build a portrait business where makeup plays an important role, I almost feel the need to apologize to my former self. For decades I wore no makeup and rarely trimmed my hair. I grew up in Berkeley in the sixties, and continued my au natural lifestyle at UC Santa Barbara where I adored […]

Thankful for this journey

All great adventures end in New Jersey, Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat Pray Love”) recently said. She lives here now, as do I. When we relocated here in November 2013, I didn’t know a single person. We bought a house and settled in, and in July I opened my portrait studio. Starting over was challenging, but not […]

creative Live and Photoplus

Photoplus Conference and creativeLive party in NYC

Looking at the beauties in these photos, you’d think I was hanging out models!  The wonderful thing is, they are all photographers who specialize in making other women look gorgeous in photos. High Five! Last week I went to  PDN PhotoPlus in NYC where Sue Bryce (top right) taught a posing class and had a […]

Fifty and Fabulous – a photoshoot fit for a goddess

As my birthday approaches, I start to reflect on age and aging.  In her new book Goddesses Never Age, Dr. Christiane Northrup says that aging is optional and has a lot to do with mindset. Great news! One thing she suggests, is to treat yourself like the goddess you are.  She even describes how her […]

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My new portrait guide

Designing my new portrait guide was a labor of love. It was fun choosing colors and fonts, and piecing together my thoughts, photos, and words into a guide that summarizes the services that I offer.  I hope you enjoy reading it!

A Day in LA with Sue Bryce – Part Two

I’ve learned from Sue that no matter how busy your life may seem to be, it is worth the effort to make the time to share and give back. She has been shooting professionally for half of her life, so not only does she know what she’s doing, she knows how to teach what she’s […]

Mother and Daughter Photoshoot

I have few regrets in life, but one of them is not having gone to a professional photographer to have a portrait made of me and my mother, together.  I have photos of us together at my wedding, but in a way, that was my day, not our day.  And I have lots of beautiful […]

black gown photoshoot in forest

No Fear

This image is titled “No Fear” and is an expression of how I want to approach my portrait business, and my life for that matter, each and every day.

Glamour Photowalk 2014 – Great fun and good news!

“If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”  I have always loved that line from the musical South Pacific. Similarly, how you gonna win a contest without entering?  I try to enter photo contests as often as I can muster the courage, which doesn’t happen as often as it […]

Exist in Photos

“As a portrait nation, as a photography nation, the global message needs to be that you need to have beautiful photographs. You are good enough to be in a family portrait.You are good enough to be photographed with your kids. You are good enough to exist in photographs. You must celebrate your life. I don’t […]

A moment of gratitude

As a younger woman, I was afflicted by a wanderlust that eventually led me to France, where I settled for almost three years. In the southern region of Dordogne, in a hamlet called Plum Village, lives a group of Buddhist monks and nuns, who practice the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.  My twin sister came […]

One dress, two tweens, and six great shots in under an hour

I had two beautiful sisters in my studio last month. To stretch myself creatively, I decided to try for three unique shots of each girl, each wearing the same outfit – a lacy vintage dress. During a portrait sitting I like to start with a classic three quarter pose.  I can see how the person […]

Summit NJ, my new home

In just a few weeks, we move to our new home!  After having looked at over three dozen houses in four counties, we found a house with gorgeous natural light, and a large room with hardwood floors that will be my studio.  HUGE smile on my face! I absolutely can’t wait to set up my […]

What do Jimmy Fallon, Miss America, and Santa Claus have in common?

They were part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! Being an icon of popular culture got you a spot on one of the floats, and from what I saw it was a great way to spend the morning, waving at masses of people like me.  Jimmy Fallon jammed with characters from Sesame Street, […]

change is bittersweet

‘There are two kinds of people..One kind, you can tell just by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keeps moving, changing. With these people, you can never […]

Hogarth_Annie Leibovitz look

Steal like an Artist

I just did! “Steal like an Artist” is a book by Austin Kleon, in which he states that nothing is completely original; all creative work builds on what came before.  Even Picasso was a creative kleptomaniac! So, here I am divulging that I have stolen a few poses from two portrait photographers whose work I […]

Oh, to be a teen again

You are only this age one time in your life. You’re gorgeous, you’re courageous, you’re going through one of the biggest transitions of your life.  This is the perfect time to immortalize this moment on camera, so you can look back on yourself in later years and be reminded of who you were. If you […]


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About Me

My name is Maryanne Teng Hogarth, and I am a Contemporary Portrait Photographer based in Summit, NJ (part of the New York City metro area).

I believe that every woman deserves a gorgeous portrait of herself.  Not just a snapshot, or a selfie, but a piece of art that captures and expresses the most beautiful version of herself, at that moment in her life. 

True beauty comes from within, and it is my job to entice your inner beauty to shine on the outside.  I create a safe space where you can relax, be yourself, and trust that I’ll take the best photograph you’ve ever seen of yourself. 

The experience transcends the hair and makeup transformation.  This is the outside part that helps you feel pretty.  I expertly guide you through the poses, sculpting your body so that the parts you are proud of come forward, and those that are less important recede. 

You are remarkable and unique, and deserve to exist in photos that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.

I invite you to a session with me, and together we will celebrate your beauty, and who you are at this stage of your life.

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