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 and exploring a life of increasing independence. stomp_0265stomp_0266stomp_0267It is an incredible honor be a witness to this transition, and capture it for eternity in beautiful portraits.


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 to photograph Liz! stomp_0254What better way to celebrate life and a fiftieth birthday. Every woman deserves to have beautiful portraits of herself, and I’m so happy that Liz now has these images. She can see the stunningly gorgeous woman that we see. Sometimes as a busy mom, it’s easy to forget how beautiful we are. stomp_0256Liz said that her husband will love the image on the left, I agree! On on the right, we see her scar from open heart surgery, and an aura of bravery and strength.stomp_0258stomp_0255Each time I talk with Liz I feel like a better person. She is uplifting, wise, honest, and really funny. She has a warm and generous spirit, and an incredibly special heart. Liz, I loved photographing you, and I’m so happy to have you in my life!stomp_0257

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 many women settle for the basic dated corporate look. I say, it’s okay to embrace your beauty, and look professional at the same time.

Dori came to me for a personal branding session, and during her pre-session consultation, I learned of her admiration of Grace Kelly, stomp_0249and my talented team did an amazing job with the makeup and hair styling.stomp_0250Now Dori has clean, professional, and BEAUTIFUL images that she can use to promote her business, and gift to her loved ones. And most importantly, she has images that remind her how beautiful she is, and that reveal her inner Grace Kelly. stomp_0247By the way, here is the lovely Venus of Brassempouy I spoke of earlier. Screen Shot 2018-06-28 at 8.37.33 PM

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 Daughter shoot by her husband for Mother’s Day. How wonderful is that! We added dad and the boys at the end of the shoot and got some fun family shots.

These children will change in a flash, and now this moment in their life has been preserved forever in professional photos, together with their parents.

At the bottom of this post you can read what Ana said about her special day with her family.


“My daughter and I had the chance to meet Maryanne Teng Hogarth and have our pictures taken by her. It was a special moment for my daughter, who is 5 years old and for me to share this with her. Maryanne was extremely patient and sweet with my daughter not for one second she rushed us, instead she calmly guided us how to pose for the camera. But the best thing was when my daughter saw the pictures she was so happy and proud of the result. She showed everybody the pictures, it was worth every penny. Also Maryanne took picture of my boys and my husband with us. They are pictures to save forever. Thank you for this amazing experience that you brought for me and my family.”
~ Ana S. 

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

stomp_0221What 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 headshot reflects that your child is a dedicated professional. And their headshot must catch the eye of a casting agent, who may be scrolling through hundreds of thumbnails and only opening a small percentage.

A good headshot can open doors, and I’m here to help them open for you.

Here are some examples of the variety of headshots I’ve made recently for young performers. Every child is unique, and their headshot should reflect their individuality.stomp_0222stomp_0223stomp_0225stomp_0227stomp_0228The most important part of a headshot is that the eyes should draw you in, and tell you a bit about the person. There should be something going on behind the eyes that gives the face a certain sparkle.stomp_0224stomp_0219These two cuties (above) are now living their dream! Ayla Schwartz is currently originating the role of Young Elsa in Disney’s FROZEN the Musical on Broadway. Go Ayla! And John Allyn is making his Broadway debut playing Billy in SCHOOL OF ROCK. Before that he played Michael Darling on NBC’s PETER PAN. Amazing!

Ayla was one of my first New Jersey clients. I had only been here for a few months and didn’t have a studio to work in, so part of the shoot was outdoors in the cold. She was a real pro! If you click on John’s name above you’ll link to the headshot I took of him being used at the official SOR website. Way cool!stomp_0218I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Madison (above) three years in a row as she grows, and outgrows her headshots. It is such an honor to be a part of her life and witness her maturing into a beautiful and talented triple threat performer.

If you are a student or the parent of a student, I’d love to be your photographer. Because I believe in supporting young talent, my student rates are very reasonable . For $350 you get a 45 minute individualized shoot and two retouched hi res digital images of your choice. One image can be a closeup of your face and the other a 3/4 shot. OR, you can get one with a warm smile and the other more reflective. We’ll get a great variety for you to choose from to suit your needs.

Thank you for being with me today, and if you can swing it, try to go see Ayla and John shine brightly on Broadway!

🙂 Maryanne (call to book a shoot – (913) 626-6307 in Summit NJ) or email me at

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 branding wardrobe guidance in a future post. stomp_0205Above and below are some slinky gowns that will bring out the goddess in you!stomp_0200My collection of scarves and flowing fabric make their way into shoots in so many ways. For example, a fashionable halter top (below left)stomp_0208and a sophisticated evening gown (below right). The delicacy of lace and chiffon add gorgeous detail , as you can see in the skirt (above right) and shirts (below).stomp_0210stomp_0209stomp_0206The corsets and tulle skirts in my collection fit all sizes, they are expandable! stomp_0211stomp_0207stomp_0204What will you wear during your photoshoot? Let me help you out and together we can make some incredible portraits of you!



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 Polynesian dance at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Words can do no justice to the beauty of Hawaii, so I shall leave you with these images. May they bring you feelings of awe, inspiration and joy, which we could all use a dose of this new year.

E ho mai i ka ‘ike
E ho mai i ka ikaika
E ho mai i ke akamai
E ho mai i ka maopopo pono
E ho mai i ka ‘ike papalua
E ho mai i ka mana

Grant us knowledge
Grant us strength
Grant us intelligence
Grant us understanding
Grant us insight
Grant us power





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!