My name is Maria Efting and I’m a portrait and food photographer based in Chicago, IL. I’m a 2018 graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where I earned my BA in Fine Art Photography and a minor in Journalism. I’m originally from Cedar Rapids, IA and have been photographing non-stop since I was 16.

Photography is the most important thing in my life besides my friends and family. It’s how I seek out beauty, and it’s how I express myself creatively. When I realized I could utilize my passion to document other people’s lives and love, I never looked back. Being a part of my clients’ story makes me so happy (and grateful).

I like to think that my style is classic yet contemporary. I embrace minimalism and I’m drawn to neutral color palettes and clean backdrops. I want my photographs to evoke natural emotion, I want my clients to be relaxed, and I want all of us to connect and laugh.

Please send me an email if you are interested in working together. I’m here to answer absolutely any of your questions. I can’t wait to hear from you!