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Welcome and thank you for your interest in having us take your portraits!

Often women have their photographs taken only during major life events like graduations, engagements, and weddings. We want to change that.

Our goal is to celebrate you for who you are. We want you to feel beautiful and empowered as we create true photographic art of your essence and unique beauty - inside and out.

We cannot wait to photograph you!

-- Mariyas Photography


About me

A few years ago, I lost my self-confidence after working a job where I was ignored and devalued. I did not know that this affected me so much; I had no hope, no backbone, and could not stand up to myself.

Around that time I would take creative self-portraits for fun - everything from magazines to flower fields. I was constantly stunned at the quality of photos I was able to take of myself. The process made me truly excited each an every time despite my complete dejection.

Slowly with time and lot of change, my confidence came back as I grew as an artist. That's when I knew I wanted to share that with others: that flicker of pure excitement, and the amazing feeling of being completely stunned that yes - that's really YOU in the photos.

Now I'm on a mission to change the world one picture at a time by helping women feel confident and beautiful.

The Process

1. Every photo session starts with a personalized consultation. We explore your vision, preferences, and aspirations. Together, we'll discuss concepts, attire, themes, and collaborate closely to ensure every detail aligns perfectly with your vision.


2. Photo session time! Prepared with ideas we help you feel confident and at ease in front of the camera. We will assist with poses if or let you lead with your flow of creativity - whatever is most comfortable for you!


3. The photos are then hand styled and edited with brilliant colors and tones. We always edit out any distracting details and carefully custom-crop every photo to perfection.


4. Finally, the photographs are revealed during the order meeting. During this meeting you choose the digital photographs included in your collection and order printed artwork.

Fashion photo created by a Chicago lifestyle photographer

Happy Clients


"Oh. My. God! This is so cool! I really like them. I'm sooo excited, this is exactly what I wanted"

-- Yuliya


"WOW Beautiful! My mom was in shock when I sent them, she called me right away and said she wanted a photoshoot herself, too bad she is in a different country" 

-- Valeria

Ping Tom Park photo created by a Chicago lifestyle photographer

"Mariya was great at directing me and helping me see my shoulders in a new light. I've grown up being told they're broad but I love how she showcased them. She also gave me a new found appreciation of my jawline!"

-- Victoria


"I am in love with these shots. They came out so much more graceful and powerful than they felt. I am extremely happy with the turnout"

-- Mischaela


"These are so good! I love them. You are so talented! The editing is just marvelous."

-- Kathryn

Behind the scenes

Check out this behind the scenes video! If you need a little guidance with posing we will coach you down to your fingertips. And if you're totally into posing on your own, we let you lead with your creativity - whatever makes you feel most comfortable!

This type of video is included in our "The Dream," Collection. We will capture a little of the behind the scenes moments like getting ready and arriving to the location, and then featuring you as the gorgeous main character of your own portrait film.

Portrait Collections Pricing


Frequent Questions & Concerns