Chicago Wedding Photographer | Backyard Weddings Beverly Chicago

When my wife Lisa and I got married back in 2007, we thought about having our wedding reception at my now brother-in-law's backyard...there is something about getting married under a tent in a very minimalstic way that really appeals to me. Same happened when I got a call to shoot this backyard wedding in Chicago, all of a sudden, I got super excited about been part of a small intimate and super cute wedding. This was right around the fall, so the couple really played the whole 'fall' colors theme, and I think they did a great job. Everything from the centerpieces, signs and favors screamed FALL. The leaves provided a great backdrop and all in all, it turned out great.

When I first contacted Elyse for the wedding she mentioned that she wanted no formal pictures and since the wedding was going to be so small, she didm;t really 'need' bridal party pictures, she just wanted a more 'photojournalistic' approach...

Every time I get this request is either because the couple:

  1. Heard from somebody that 'posing' pictures are bad
  2. Saw that term in some pinterst board
  3. Had a terrible photographer
  4. All of the above

I decide to ask them to shoot a couple portraits of just them right after the ceremony, we probably spend 20-30 doing so, and when I said '...we are done...!" they both look at me and said '...that was actually not that bad at all...!' and later got an email telling me how happy they were I 'convinced' them to do those images (there was no convincing at all!) and how much they LOVE them...

That makes me HAPPY!

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Best Wedding Photography in Chicago

Welcome to the best provider of wedding photography packages here in Chicago! if you want to preserve the most special moments in your wedding in a very creative way, you find the right person to do so. You can always expect the best photography service for weddings at affordable rates. I'm always prepared to monitor and capture that scenes and moments that can help you commemorate your unique wedding story in the future. You will never forget your wedding's most precious moments because of the quality of wedding photos that I can provide.

Maplewood-photography.com Captures the Best Story of Your Wedding

A wedding ceremony could be one of the most precious events that may occur in the life of all single men and women in this world. It’s one of the most important things that may occur in the flow of love story of a person unexpectedly or in a timely manner and it brings real happiness. Maybe, you’re already one of those individuals who are now preparing for the upcoming schedules of their wedding ceremonies here in Chicago. Your preparation will never be considered sufficient enough unless you’ve found already the best photographer who can capture the most exciting and precious moments in your wedding ceremony. I am here to provide the best quality of wedding photography that you will ever find here in Chicago.

My team is complete with advanced photography equipment and modernized digital cameras with low ISO and superb performance. I will capture the best scenes in your wedding ceremony that can be used in creating the best wedding portraits that will always remind you of the happiest and most special event in your life. My mission is to use all wonderful scenes that can be found in your wedding ceremony to inspire you and your partner to love with each other forever no matter what happens.

I understand that wedding is one of the most important events that happen in your life and I am here to make it unforgettable for you, your family and all your friends with the use of the top-notch wedding photography service that I can offer. My approach is different when it comes to the different kinds of photography services that were designed for wedding ceremonies. I always want to make sure that the true emotions and real happiness that arises from the hearts of my clients will be visible in their wedding portraits especially while they’re trying to enjoy their unique wedding stories in each day or month of their lives in this world.

You may contact Maplewood-photography.com at www.maplewood-photography.com if you really want to achieve the best wedding photography that can be found only here in Chicago. Rest assured that I will provide you with great photography packages if you will never hesitate to choose me and my team as your partner/s in narrating and preserving the best story of your life together with your lifetime partner. My services are very affordable yet exceptional when it comes to the process of valuing unique wedding stories that can never be compared to one another.

Chicago Headshot and Portrait Photographer | Editorial Portraits

Some of the best and more impactful images of who you are and what you do re the ones that capture you in your natural environment. These Headshots and portrait sessions are a bit more involved that your traditional headshot. When a client contacts me about getting some images, we spend a fair amount of time talking and discussing what is the message they want to portrait. Headshots can be so powerful if done right and they are such strong portraits when they represent the individual and their skills or strengths.

First thing is TALK

We talk on the phone, over coffee or even email. I try to get an idea of what their skills are and what they want to show

Second MOOD BOARDS

We put together images of different ideas and concepts, these can be colors schemes, locations, wardrobe and even props to be used. Pinterest is a great tool to do this, but I also use Dropbox and event tear sheeet from magazines

Third LOCATION

We need to scout and find an ideal location for th shoot. This can be the studio, their house, apartment or outdoor location. It has to represent the individual and it also helps them feel at ease in a familiar or comfortable location

Fourth SHOOT

Thi sis when all the previous elements come together. Since we did the pre-shoot work, this is usually a matter of setting up and just work on expressions and making the images we had in mind.

Sounds a very long and daunting process, but truth is that this adds a lot of production value to a headshot or portrait session and always helps the end result. I feel that without the previous steps, the actual session will be harder and longer since we will have to figure out a lot of steps the day of the shoot.

So from yoga instructors, lawyers, to musicians and trainers, Headshots and commercial or editorial portraits are something I truly love and taking the time to execute them in this way is extremely satisfing for a headshot and portrait photographer like myslef in Chicago. I love my job and can't wait to make your headshot or portriat !

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. Each headshot and portraits is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago headshot and portrait photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering headshot and portrait coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this headshot and portrait photographer is one of the best professional studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create a professional headshot for our clients.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago headshot and portrait photography coverage in the Chicago, South Loop, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

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Chicago Headshot and portrait Photography | Maplewood Photography Beverly Chicago

2016 is a new year, and this year I want to make sure I make more portraits. Portrait and headshot photography fascinates me, there is something about photographing people, complete strangers. It always amazes me how much people 'change' from the first frame to the last one, and one of the things I enjoy the most, is to share this images with my clients. There you can see how trust and confidence go a long ways. In the first couple of photographs, the subject is usually shy, un comfortable, its a new environment, a room you've never been in before, there are lights, stand, more lights and a camera with a huge lens pointing at you. Love coaching my clients though the whole process and what really makes me happy is to show people the end result (meaning that last frame, not an edited image) and the go WOW!, I usually get things like:'

  • "...is this really me?!..."
  • "...I didn't know I looked like that..."
  • "...Thats exactly the way I want to be perceived!..."

There is more to headshot and portrait photography than taking a picture. Yes, you have to know your basics, camera, gear, lighting. This one been one of the most important ones, you need to know what lighting setup to use for any particular situation. Are you photographing a leader, CEO, lawyer or is it an actor, model or musician. Each portrait and headshot should be thought about careful and pick the best lighting for it, but there is also the posing and the emotion. The message has to be clear:

  • powerful?
  • strong?
  • friendly?
  • approachable?
  • funny...?

Trust a professional, a professional should know how to bring all this elements together and make a very strong image of who you are and what you represent, either in studio or on-location.

So, yes. This year I will be doing more portraits and would love to get YOU in front of my camera. If you are needing a new headshot, updated profile or social media image, please let me know!

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. Each headshot and portraits is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago headshot and portrait photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering headshot and portrait coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this headshot and portrait photographer is one of the best professional studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create a professional headshot for our clients.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago headshot and portrait                  photography coverage in the Chicago, South Loop, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655.

Please call or email or click here for more information.

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Chicago Headshot and Portrait Photographer | Editorial Portraits

In an effort to expand my portfolio, I decided to put more stock into editorial and commercial headhots. What is a commercial headshot? A headshot is a photograph used by actors and actresses in order to get them work, but since we live in a digital era, and everything we do and consume is in a digital form (one way or another) commercial headshots became a very important part of who you are and how the world perceives you.

With Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, etc…we are exposed to images all day, day in and day out, thats why commercial editorial or any kind of portrait photography is in high demand these days.

When you are looking for a service or business, what really separates one from the other is their web presence, and with that, their images.

Some people prefer to have a more traditional headshot on a grey backdrop, and other go for a more of a ‘film’ look, usually on a white or grey background and shot horizontally with the subject a bit to the right or to the left. I had many people contacting me in the past couple of months wanting to get a new headshot or portrait and asking if we could do this on-location, or at their environment. These gives the viewer a much better understanding on who you are and what it is that you exactly do. -Check examples below-

One way or another, your social or ‘online’ media presence has to be an accurate representation of who you are. Anybody can snap a picture of you, but if you really are looking to take your image or your company,business, etc to the next level, do yourself a favor and get it done professionally. A professional headshot or portrait photographer will:

  • Use professional equipment to get the best quality possible
  • Pose you in the most flattering way or showing your best angles
  • Get an expression that will truly show who you are (or who you are not)
  • Walk you through all these steps in a very conformable way

In addition to this, a professional headshot and portrait photographer will be able to make some editing to the images and help you with the best output and resolution to fit your social media needs and parameters.

Hope this helps and brings some light into the fascinating and sometimes daunting world of getting a new headshot or portrait taken in Chicago and surrounding areas.

 Traditional Headshot

Traditional Headshot

 On-Location

On-Location

 Modern ‘film like’ Headshot

Modern ‘film like’ Headshot

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. Each headshot and portraits is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago headshot and portrait photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering headshot and portrait coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this headshot and portrait photographer is one of the best professional studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create a professional headshot for our clients.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago headshot and portrait photography coverage in the Chicago, South Loop, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.


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Chicago Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Environmental Portraitures Part 3

Continuing with my artist series, this year I want to photograph every artist and person of interest in my area. Leading up to the Beverly Art walk, I did a project photographing the artists in their studios or 'environment' and it was very well received. If you missed the first 2 blog post about this, you can check them here (Part 1) (Part 2) As the 3rd year of this walk comes closer, I will be reaching out a lot more people and try to make a very hard push to make sure every artist in Chicago Beverly is photographed and hopefully recognize around us. If you are not familiar with the Beverly Arts Alliance or the Beverly art walk, do yourself a favor and check them out. This a great movement that is here to stay. It brings awareness to an not so 'artsy' area of all the wonderful artist and people that are here. So glad to be a part of this movement and hope you become a part of it too.

 

     



Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. Each headshot and portraits is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago headshot and portrait photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering headshot and portrait coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this headshot and portrait photographer is one of the best professional studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago headshot and portrait photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago headshot and professional portrait photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create a professional headshot for our clients.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago headshot and portrait photography coverage in the Chicago, South Loop, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655.

Please call or email us for more information - Check the website here

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Urban Yogis in Wheaton | Chicago portrait and wedding photographer

So a few weeks back I was asked to photograph a group of yogis that where completing their teacher's training class at Next Yoga in Wheaton, IL. I was so excited about this and I was pretty sure they wanted to be photograph at the yoga studio...well, after talking to their teacher Nicole, we decided to hit the streets of Wheaton, IL and do some urban yoga style shoot.

Can't be happier with the results. All the teachers were super open to all my ideas and we really had a blast. Photographing yogis is not my strong suit (since I know absolutely nothing about it) but luckily for me, Nicole came along and was able to guide and help pose them. 

For more info on this awesome yoga studio, please check out their site  or you can find them on Facebook 

 

For all of you photography-geeks, I did use a Profoto B1 with a 3 foot Octabox and shot with a Canon 5d Mark III. The light that the Profoto B1 puts out is just AMAZING! I was able to shoot all day starting at noon with no issues. Their HSS is just superb and the results are fantastic. 

Hope you guys enjoy the images, we had a blast shooting them and downtown Wheaton (or its backalleys) provided the perfect backdrop for it. 

Hope to shoot this guys again very soon.

Maplewood Photography

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Best Wedding Photography in Chicago

Welcome to the best provider of wedding photography packages here in Chicago! if you want to preserve the most special moments in your wedding in a very creative way, you find the right person to do so. You can always expect the best photography service for weddings at affordable rates. I'm always prepared to monitor and capture that scenes and moments that can help you commemorate your unique wedding story in the future. You will never forget your wedding's most precious moments because of the quality of wedding photos that I can provide.

Maplewood-photography.com Captures the Best Story of Your Wedding

A wedding ceremony could be one of the most precious events that may occur in the life of all single men and women in this world. It’s one of the most important things that may occur in the flow of love story of a person unexpectedly or in a timely manner and it brings real happiness. Maybe, you’re already one of those individuals who are now preparing for the upcoming schedules of their wedding ceremonies here in Chicago. Your preparation will never be considered sufficient enough unless you’ve found already the best photographer who can capture the most exciting and precious moments in your wedding ceremony. I am here to provide the best quality of wedding photography that you will ever find here in Chicago.

My team is complete with advanced photography equipment and modernized digital cameras with low ISO and superb performance. I will capture the best scenes in your wedding ceremony that can be used in creating the best wedding portraits that will always remind you of the happiest and most special event in your life. My mission is to use all wonderful scenes that can be found in your wedding ceremony to inspire you and your partner to love with each other forever no matter what happens.

I understand that wedding is one of the most important events that happen in your life and I am here to make it unforgettable for you, your family and all your friends with the use of the top-notch wedding photography service that I can offer. My approach is different when it comes to the different kinds of photography services that were designed for wedding ceremonies. I always want to make sure that the true emotions and real happiness that arises from the hearts of my clients will be visible in their wedding portraits especially while they’re trying to enjoy their unique wedding stories in each day or month of their lives in this world.

You may contact Maplewood-photography.com at www.maplewood-photography.com if you really want to achieve the best wedding photography that can be found only here in Chicago. Rest assured that I will provide you with great photography packages if you will never hesitate to choose me and my team as your partner/s in narrating and preserving the best story of your life together with your lifetime partner. My services are very affordable yet exceptional when it comes to the process of valuing unique wedding stories that can never be compared to one another.

10459 S. Maplewood Ave

Chicago, IL 60655

773-787-5058

Chicago Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Environmental Portraitures Pat 2

In case you missed it, this images are parti of a little personal project of mine called Environmental Portraits - Artists in their studios (click here if you want to read part 1) This is such a great project that helped me meet some incredible artists and human beings. So glad I took this personal assignment while a take a break from a heavy wedding season and gear up foe the next one. Projects like this helps me to push my limits and think more creatively. At the very best it helps and hones my lighting skills for the weddings sowing up in 2015.

If you want to see more of my work or my wedding portfolio, click here

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

My Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into my Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding 

Chicago Portrait and Wedding Photographer | Environmental Portraitures Part 1

Last summer, a group of local artists started a movement that would take my community by a storm...The Beverly Art Walk. The BAW was born out of the necessity to bring more awareness for the arts in the area, showcase artist's work and increase foot traffic in the neighborhood. Very soon and with just a little promotion, people got really excited about the project.

The walk features work from 70 local artists displayed in open house formats at 30 local businesses. This includes art studio tours, food carts, live music, craft vendors, artist demonstrations and events.

I decided to make a little personal project out of this movement and created my Environmental Portrait Photo Series.

The Environmental Portrait Photo Series showcases the artists and their studios in our community. It is a little insight on the artists’ lives and environment … It gives the viewer a glimpse of the artist’s personality and creative space.

As a wedding and portrait photographer, I always work on a personal project during the slow seasons and during down time. This series started as a compliment to the Beverly Art Walk movement in our neighborhood and opened doors to meet interesting and artistic people in the area. There are usually no pre-conceived ideas or concepts, the portrait develops itself through conversation and connection with the artist….

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

My Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into my Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding 

Chicago Beverly Wedding Photographer | Golf course wedding

Gotta love a mid day wedding in Chicago, right in the middle of the golf course with absolutely NO SHADE where to hide in the middle of the summer! Yes, this sounds good now (since we are in the middle of the winter) but it wasn't that much fun for Bobby and Leah, to be in plain sun exchanging vows...all in all, it was a great wedding in Chicago suburbs and I'm so happy I got to photograph it. The reception was inside (of course) and they had a beautiful piano setup righ next to a beautiful window wich provided some beautiful light, so I'm glad we talked them into stepping outside the room to shoot this frame. Sometimes as a wedding photographer in , you just have to ask...I know they loved this image and I'm happy I got it.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...!

For more images and to find out what I do:  www.maplewood-photography

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

Chicago Wedding Photographer | Beverly Chicago

What a year! I finally have time to sit down and blog about this roller coaster 2014...met so many people and experience so many wonderful moments...let me just start out with Erin and Mike's wedding. This wedding was shot back in April. They got married at this beautiful church almost on the Milwaukee border. Great venue and great people...there was a funny moment during the ceremony, at the time of exchanging rings, Erin's sister, the maid of honor, realized she left the rings in the car!! All of a sudden she takes off running down the aisle towards the car and got back in time. Luckily everybody laugh it off...I can check that off the books in my wedding photography list.

So here are the highlight of the day...hope you enjoy it, and please don't forget to leave me some feedback if you have the urge!

For more info: www.maplewood-photography.com

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Diego Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

I take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

My Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into my Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding 

High School Senior Portraits 2014 | Chicago Beverly Photographer

Trying to expand my photography business from wedding photography in Chicago to High school seniors...this year shot a handful of high school seniors and it was a nice change of phase from wedding photography to high school senior portraits. I really enjoy the whole process and will definitively be pushing it more in 2015.

Main goal for this coming year will be to recruit some high school seniors to become ambassadors for Maplewood Photography. Basically they will get a free session, prints and other goodies, including some personal business cards to hand out at parties, friends and families...no strings attached for this program, so if you are or know a high school senior in Chicago that might be interested, please let them know about the studio and we'll setup a non-obligation meeting...

Looking forward to 2015 projects!

For more info Maplewood Photography site

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding Family and High School Seniors Photography

Chicago Wedding Photography | Lake Katherine

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting Maureen and Dave's wedding in Lake Katherine... After the initial consultation I immediately fell in love with their story...met online, move in shortly after and even asked Maureen's mom for her hand! What made this wedding also very special was the fact that all the vendors were local to the Beverly/Morgan Park area: Cater, liquor, band, planner and photographer , we are all in the neighborhood. It also helped that Maureen and Dave knew everybody involved in the process, which made it that much more personal.

Lake Katherine is a very romantic and beautiful place itself. The thing I like the most about Lake Katherine and taking photographs there is that it has a bit of an 'enchanted' feel to it. The lake itself is surrounded by beautiful trees, plants and waterfalls that makes it very magical...add two very special people to the mix and you will end up with photographs of a great wedding in Lake Katherine! They even got to ride a carriage with a white horse!

It was a great wedding at a great location with even greater people. So glad I got to document their story in Lake Katherine.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Maplewood Photography

773-787-5058

mwphotochicago@gmail.com

 

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your session day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding Family and High School Seniors Photography

Why sessions with animals aren't such a great idea...

The following was written by a colleague, Marcelle Raphael of Souther Belle Studios, on her blog HERE. This is for all of you out there asking about minis with animals...not such a great idea after all! “Here’s 12 BIG REASONS why I do not offer this service:

  1. The use of a live animals (mammals) in photography requires a license from the federal government’s USDA and most states. These are two different licenses which must be renewed each year. See compliance under Licensing and Registration Under the Animal Welfare Act.
  2. A part of the permitting and licensing process includes an inspection by the federal government’s USDA offices. This is mandatory, even if your state does not require a license or permit. Different states may have different licensing and inspection requirements as well, however the Federal Government can get you into some serious trouble if you fail to obtain your license.
  3. Even if it is just one animal, a license is required. The inspectors may also be required to be present during the photo session. If any animal is hurt, injured or killed, the fines are serious and a they can ban the photographer from actively doing business permanently.
  4. Animals are often brutalized by pulling, choking, squishing, yanking and being sat upon by little clients. This is obviously no fun for the little animal.
  5. Rabbits are delicately structured animals whose spines can snap just from being held improperly and their legs and ears can be broken or severely damaged without much effort at all. Although fowl are not regulated, keep in mind that the legs and wings of chiclets can easily be pulled off and broken by a child who doesn’t know how careful to be. Some rabbits become so stressed they will die of heart failure right on the spot. Having an animal injured or dying during the session doesn’t produce the best childhood expressions to capture.
  6. Animals often panic when handled by children; a frightened rabbit or chiclets can bite and scratch, causing lacerations, deep scratches and puncture wounds to your clients children. These can lead to infections, skin rashes and other diseases.
  7. Bunnies and chiclets carry diseases such as Salmonella, which is devastating to small children. Here is a link regarding Salmonella.
  8. Tularemia or “rabbit fever” is even more dangerous. Here is an additional link to the signs and symptoms of Tularemia.
  9. PETA actively engages in looking for these activities during the year, especially on Facebook. They have successfully (and rightfully) lobbied the largest photography studios like Sears, JCPenney and Olan Mills to stop the use of live animals. And, I promise you, they are on the look out on Facebook for images that photographers post, call and check licensing and WILL file complaints against the photographer. It’s as simple as calling the USDA and asking if a photographer is licensed. I called today, just to remind myself how easy it is to check on a license and file a complaint. You can also report animal cruelty on PETA’s website.
  10. The PPA, Professional Photographers of America, the largest association of photographers in the world, takes a HUGE stand against this. In fact, the use of animals is considered highly NON-PROFESSIONAL as a photographer. I have been a member of the PPA since 2006.
  11. You can be sued for injury, infections, damages that occur to anyone in the session.
  12. The shoot can become quite haphazard if your little clients are chasing bunnies and chiclets. That means you are chasing your client. This, along with the frustration of the child because the animal is not cooperating, the frustration of the parents because the child is not cooperating and the frustration of the photographer because NO ONE is cooperating is not conducive to the best shots ever. Plus, editing out scratches on the face and body parts of your client is an added workload.

In short, while there are legal and health related issues for not using live animals, in general trying to capture the images of so many activities is time consuming and difficult, when it doesn’t have to be.

Usually, you will see beginner or hobbyist photographers in parks around Easter, trying to make an extra buck or increase their portfolio using the “live” animals as bait to get appointments (because no one else is doing it). WHY? Because a professional would rarely use animals with or without a license. In fact, VERY few professional photographers offer this option at all. If they do, it is in a VERY controlled environment and no one is allowed to touch the animals.

Family pets may be incorporated into photographic sessions without a license. But, the pet owner must be the person/people being photographed. There must be an established pet ownership relationship. For example: The photographer may not sell a pet to the client for the length of the session and then have the client sell the animal back. It must TRULY be the pet of the client.

Also, simply completing a “setup” in which the animals are not handled is not in compliance either. A license is required even without anyone handling the animal. Whether it’s relating to photography sessions or not. No animal deserves be to abused, neglected or mistreated, even if accidentally. Please report any animal abuse to your local authorities, local humane society, PETA (report to PETA link), your State Department’s of Agriculture or the USDA. Each locality and state will have different ways of dealing with this. Usually a pretty hefty fine, often in the thousands, and jail time if the abuse is repeated or severe. The USDA can be reached at 919.855.7100 and complaints can be filed at aceast@aphis.usda.gov.

To see if your photographer is licensed according to the Animal Welfare Act, you can go to the USDA – APHIS databank. Marcelle has spoke with the USDA, as of March 8 2013 this data bank is current.”

 

For more info, please visit

www.maplewood-photography.com

773-787-5058

mwphotochicago@gmail.com

Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Ivan Martirena is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, been a fairly ‘new’ studio, this wedding family and high school senior photographer is one of the best studios in the Beverly and south suburbs area in IL.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio.

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago, Oak Lawn, Beverly, Alsip, High Park, Frankfort, Morgan Park and all the south suburbs and the surrounding areas.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding Family and High School Seniors Photography

Communions | Chicago Beverly Family Photographer

  I hear this over and over again: My school/church kids communion pictures are TERRIBLE!...to be honest, its really difficult, you are dealing with 200 kids, in a line. You get 2' with each, they are a little freaked out...no time, it will be really hard to get a good image of your kids personality, plus, you get the group picture as well, where you can hardly tell who is who...I know, I get it...!

 

That is the main reason people come to Maplewood Photography studio. Here we get to interact with he kids, goof around and get to know them a little better. Usually 1 hour is a pretty good time frame to have them relax and enjoy the photo. Some kids don't even want to leave since they are having so much fun...

 

Thats what photography is al about (at least in my opinion) not just a 'guy with a camera', but someone that will capture the essence of the subject in a very particular and unique way.

 

So, please don't be like many moms in my area that procrastinate till the very last minute. I usually get a call the day of to photograph their kids, since they are all dress up, hair and all. Call the studio, make an appointment and we'll take care of the rest.... ;)

 

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More info at www.maplewood-photography.com

773-787-5058

Chicago Communion and wedding Photography by Chicago Communion and wedding Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago communion and wedding photographer. Each communion and weddings  are treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago communion and wedding photography studios. Your communion day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago communion and wedding photography at its best. Maplewood Photography is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering communion and wedding coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, this communion and wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the Chicago area.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago communion and wedding photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago communion and wedding photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago communion and wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago communion and wedding photography studio. Serving Chicago

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago communion and wedding photography coverage in the Chicago metro area, including Beverly and the south suburbs and the surrounding areas. In addition, we also offer communion photography coverage in Chicago and New York City.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

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Chicago Beverly Communion Season | Chicago Family and Kids Photography

And that time of the year is here...!! Chicago Beverly kids having their first communion, right here, in the heart of Beverly, one of the most important sacraments for catholic church after your baptism...

For me, photographing communions in my community, is like photographing a mini-bride. The dresses, hair, little make-up(if any)...it all screams wedding, and thats how I treat my customers. I usually use the same posing techniques that I use with brides. This time I got a set of twins. Both 7 1/2 years young and so funny!

It also always amazes me when photographing kids this age, how they evolve throughout the session. When they first come in, they are usually super shy. They won't really talk to me or my staff...if I ask a question, they usually answer to the parents. This is great because I get to really pose them and they actually hold the poses! but after 10-15 min, they start to figure out "...hey, this guy is kind of silly..." we start interacting more and after that: ITS OVER! They become total goofballs and it's impossible for them to stay still without busting out laughing or making silly faces. I love it! Thats when I get a lot of 'in between' shots...

So if you when ever you are photographing kids, keep in mind...you have 10-15 maybe 30' to get the traditional, posed pictures, but after that...it's play time!!

www.maplewood-photography.com - 773-787-5058

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Chicago Communion and wedding Photography by Chicago Communion and wedding Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago communion and wedding photographer. Each communion and weddings  are treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago communion and wedding photography studios. Your communion day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago communion and wedding photography at its best. Maplewood Photography is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering communion and wedding coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, this communion and wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the Chicago area.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago communion and wedding photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago communion and wedding photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago communion and wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago communion and wedding photography studio. Serving Chicago

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago communion and wedding photography coverage in the Chicago metro area, including Beverly and the south suburbs and the surrounding areas. In addition, we also offer communion photography coverage in Chicago and New York City.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Communion And wedding s Photography

Artist Portraits

RMH-203 Had the privilege of photographing a great artist Sandra Leonard at a great place RMH Interiors + Design and it's owner Robin. Located on the heart of Beverly (103rd and wood st) RMH is a great Full Service Commercial and Residential Interior Design store, they carry great furniture and it's an awesome place for photo shoots! Sandra brought one of her most recent pieces to display on the photo.

Hoping to do more shoots at this location, featuring lots of Robin's furniture and artistic pieces, thinking high school senior portraits, engagement sessions and even some weddings this coming spring! Stay tuned!!

For more information: Maplewood Photography - Wedding, Senior Highschools and Family Portraits

 773-787-505

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Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Maplewood Photography is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, this wedding family and high school senior photography studio is one of the top studios in the Chicago area.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio. Serving Chicago

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago metro area, including Beverly and the south suburbs and the surrounding areas. In addition, we also offer wedding photography coverage in Chicago and New York City.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding Family and High School Seniors Photography

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Back in December of last year,  this beautiful family came over to the studio with a Gift certificate they won at a  fundraiser.I love to give back, specially  when they raise funds for a really good cause, and this one was!

Family of 4. Great girls. They were pretty excited about the session and it made a great Christmas present for the family.

If you want to book your kids or family session, don't delay! It's cold out, but it will break at some point…! Send me a message, call or email to schedule yours.

www.maplewood-photography.com

773-787-5058

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Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photography by Chicago Wedding Family and High school seniors Photographer, Maplewood Photography

Maplewood Photography is anything but your average Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. Each wedding family and high school senior is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area.

This is Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography at its best. Maplewood Photography is an international photographer based in the Chicago south side area. Offering wedding family and high school senior coverage in Chicago and destinations worldwide, this wedding family and high school senior photography studio is one of the top studios in the Chicago area.

Creative. Stylish. Edgy. These are the words typically used to describe this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer. With clients based all over the world, Chicago is home to this Chicago wedding family and high school senior photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, another one to create art for our clients.

Our Chicago clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography studio. Serving Chicago

Maplewood Photography offers Chicago wedding family and high school senior photography coverage in the Chicago metro area, including Beverly and the south suburbs and the surrounding areas. In addition, we also offer wedding photography coverage in Chicago and New York City.

We are located on 10459 S. Maplewood Ave, Chicago IL 60655. Please call or email us for more information.

Learn more about Maplewood Wedding Family and High School Seniors Photography