meet marena

Hi, I’m Marena. I’m a native Ohio girl and even after living in the windy city for ten years, I refuse to give up my (216) area code.  I’ve been a professional photographer since 2011, and opened my studio in 2013. My husband and I have three adorable peanuts and one large fur baby. My favorite moments during a session are the unexpected, in-between ones which are genuine and impossible to re-create.

I’m been recognized internationally, with several winning images in both the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) competition and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) image competition. Feel free to reference my “featured in” section to see where else I’ve been honored.

Marena Beck Photography currently services Chicago’s North Shore, including but not limited to Evanston, Wilmette, Winnekta, Kenilworth, Glenview, Glencoe, Northfield, Highland Park and Lake Forest. 

5 Facts

what you didn't know

you didn't know about me

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I only brush my teeth with warm water and always squeeze my toothpaste from the middle of the tube.

photo cred: Tarah Sweeney

2 / 5

In the summer months, mosquitoes literally eat me alive.

photo cred: Tarah Sweeney

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My favorite ice cream flavor has been Pistachio since I was two years old.

photo cred: Tarah Sweeney

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In my former years I was an extremely
competitive athlete and played field hockey in college .

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My given name is Marena, but most of my life I have been called Marnie by my friends and family. Since college I have been giving Marena a whirl to see if it sticks.


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