hi, i'm maria

Your personal work of art comes to light through my lens in a way that feels real, natural and full of life.  I like for you to come as you are. There are no expectations. Each and every family, wedding day, couple, and home is beautifully unique! 


My photography is for laid back families and couples looking for an artistic, often joyful, relaxed, fun photographic experience.  

We capture your fleeting moments with your favorite people. My hope is, through your photographs, you can look back years from now and feel an impression of the wonderful elements that made up your life.

I fall in love with every single family who trusts me to capture them. 

So glad you are here!

Maria Rosa Photography conducts business as a NWI photographer based on the border of Illinois and Indiana.  Maria resides in Northwest Indiana,  and is near the Chicago South Suburbs. Serving as a NW Indiana Family Photographer, Northwest Indiana Wedding Photographer, and a Chicagoland Photographer. Photo credit; Michelle Cox, Jessica Knight


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a bit more about maria

That's our family on this page!

After my two youngest kids received a major medical diagnosis in 2014, turning life upside down and taking years to battle, my passion for photographing families & love - captured as a gift that forever gives - grew even stronger. I also enjoy to give back to our local organization, Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids (NICK),  donating my time and sometimes a photography session to be auctioned off for donation!

I was always a creative in some way all through childhood and high school, staying home to paint rather than party. I went to an art school in Chicago in '99 and got a BFA, majoring in graphic design, but really loving the painting classes. Well into that experience, I knew the major wasn't for me. At that point, I still graduated, but I started to work in photo studios around town. I acquired a taste for photographing people and children that I just couldn't ignore. Years later, after our first child was born, I dabbled with photographing families in a way that really spoke to me. I started to believe this passion deserved a platform to grow, which continues to this day!


Maria Rosa Photography serves as a NWI Photographer and Chicago Photographer. Wedding, Family and Lifestyle Newborn sessions near Munster IN, South Chicago Suburbs IL, Winfield IN, Chesterton IN, Valparaiso IN, St John IN, Flossmoor IL, and Dyer IN, Northwest Indiana.