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My name is Erica Marano and I'm an “On-Location” Maternity, Newborn, Infant, Toddler, Tween, Teen, Pet friendly, Family Photographer serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs of Illinois. I specialize in both studio and natural light photography.
I have always had a curiosity for photography since a young age. I always had a disposable camera at events documenting family and friends. The thrill of rushing to the drug store to get my images developed and waiting for them to get back and relive the excitement all over again.
I pursued an education at Columbia College and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and Photography.
While studying; I also traveled and worked as a model with Ford and IMG agencies. This has given me the experience of being on both sides of the camera. It has taught me to see things with a different perspectives, what angles work best and I incorporate these skills to make others feel comfortable and at their best in front of the camera.
Post graduation I had the opportunity of managing an Upscale Children's Photography Studio. Here is where I gained the knowledge and love for working with families and children of all ages.
I started Cute as a Button in 2009 to share my love of photography with families creating timeless memories with a luxurious feel at an affordable price.
I have three boys of my own and know how important it is to capture these very special moments. I never want to forget all the tiny details, giggles, milestones and special moments because they change so quickly. These captured stills bring happiness and excitement that show their true energy and laughter that enlighten me each day.
My focus and passion begins with maternity and newborn sessions through your baby's first year and throughout their childhood. My creativity, patience, attention to detail and devotion remains centered with what I do best, capturing your child's personality and creating beautiful art work.
I want your pictures to capture a stand still moment in time that will bring joy all over again years to come. No need to make photos stressful. I have a laid back approach to the sessions, following your little ones queue. If your little one is shy and quiet, I'll tip toe and interact from a distance. I love a challenge so bring on the rambunctious full of energy children where I'll be jumping in mud puddles with.
A session will involve some posing to get traditional images with everyone looking. Little detailed shots of tiny fingers holding hands, baby toes standing on your feet, eyelashes exploring the world and lots of interacting and playing to capture those true smiles and fun times.
I understand that children have schedules, and will always work around your family’s needed time. A typical session will last about one hour, with added breaks as needed. This allows time for everyone to become comfortable and relaxed so that sessions are not just forced and posed with a camera - they’re memorable events.
A session at your home or the location of choice will include studio lighting, backdrops, and requested props and accessories.
Outdoor, natural setting photos are also offered. I will bring along small props not to take away from the attention of your little one.
Please feel free to pull aside some important meaningful items of your own to use during your session such as handmade blankets, stuffed animals, fresh flowers, birthday cake or something of your choice. These keepsakes items add an extra special touch.
My goal with your personalized photo sessions is to create meaningful memories that can be displayed and enjoyed for years to come.
All portrait sessions include the high res digital images. Allowing you access to enjoy all your favorite moments captured during the session. Great for prints, photo books, canvas and gifts. I also offer the option for professional lab prints and gifts straight from your gallery.
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