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 Lakeview studio in 2013. My husband and I have two adorable peanuts and one large fur baby. My favorite moments during a session are the unexpected, in-between ones.

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 and Chicago’s North Shore, including but not limited to Evanston, Wilmette, Winnekta, Kenilworth, Glenview, Glencoe, Northfield, Highland Park and Lake Forest. I also take sessions in Hilton Head Island, SC.

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

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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. I’ve always desperately wanted to be called Marena.

the studio

Come check out my studio space! I am located at 1359 W. Barry, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. The floor to ceiling north facing windows provide gorgeous, consistent natural light. Marena Beck Photography is the first building east of Southport (Barry is a one-way). Parking is permit free and usually quite easy.

All studio newborn and milestone sessions have access to the overflowing amount of hats, wraps and props. Netflix is also available for those squirmy toddlers. Let me know ahead of time if there is a particular color scheme you would like to incorporate and I will begin designing. I can’t wait to have you in my studio home and look forward to capturing some beautiful memories. 


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Thank you for your interest in Marena Beck Photography. For additional information, or to book a session, please contact me. I try my best to respond within 24 hours to all phone and email inquiries. I’m looking forward to working with you!




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