Candid photo stories

for adventurous souls


 Adventurous weddings | Intimate  elopements | Honest portraits




I am so grateful to have shared and captured some of the most

important days in people’s lives, but have also been able to share

my passion through storytelling



Collect memories, not things!


Hi, i am Mariya, was born and grew up in Ukraine. 

Now Chicago-based documentary photographer.


I have a master degree in the Fine Arts that helps me to notice all beautiful things around us, use creativity like a power of fresh and unique impression. With an artistic eye and all my heart I capture weddings, elopements and love to create memorable stories in pictures. 


I inspired by love and Art. I love hiking, dancing, traveling, photographing adventures everywhere in the world. For me, it's more about how things feel.

No pose, no pretending. I am invisible at your event. If you're into that, we're probably on the same page. So, let's just chat with anything you have in mind)


Kind words

Pavel & Karina


We booked Mariya as our wedding photographer because we were highly impressed by the photos on her website. The creativity, uniqueness, and beauty in her work is outstanding. The photoshoot itself was very smooth. Maria told us exactly what to do and how to do it. She was also very kind and easy to work with, resulting in a great experience overall. We received the photos in beautiful packaging very quickly. They were breathtaking to say the least! There was not a single photo that didn’t take my breath away. Our energy, passion, and love radiates of every single picture. We are incredibly satisfied and left with phenomenal photos to remember a really important day of our lives. I highly recommend Mariya for any photoshoot as a I am sure she will do a more than amazing job!

Andok & Diana


Thank you so much for your gorgeous work and absolutely wonderful pictures!!! It was so easy to work with you and ,from first minutes ,we could tell ,that you are true professional and you love what you do! Love the style and love your personality! Thank you ,once again and looking forward to have a few more photo shoots to remember with you!

Rob & Dana


Not only did she capture amazing engagement photos for us, but she some way some how was able to give us breath taking wedding photos that exceeded our expectations. Her work reflects her free spirit, and lovely energy. It is simply full of talent, creativity, and passion to what she does. I couldn’t ask for a better Photographer. I consider us lucky for finding Mariya and letting her capture our special moments in such a way that only few photographers have the talent to do. Thank you Mariya for being part of our special occasions, and for capturing very special memorable moments in our lives in such a way.

I'd love to chat with you and learn your story.

Tell me about yourself , your hobbies, all the things that make your feel alive.