MaryAnn Talamo, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, is an award winning, nationally recognized photographer, specializing in portraits of newborns, babies and children. Her portrait studio, Custom Digital Images, is based in Staten Island, New York.
As a fine art student for over 33 years, MaryAnn has been concentrating on the art of photography since the age of nineteen. She became the owner of her own successful portrait studio in 2003. She frequently uses her extensive education in art history as a reference in her work, which has helped her cultivate a classical style.
She began her formal art education at Mark Twain JHS for the Gifted and Talented in Brooklyn, NY, culminating with BA degree in Studio Art from Brooklyn College. She has earned her PPA Master of Photography degree, Craftsman degree for instruction, and has been a Certified Professional Photographer since 2007. Among her numerous awards, she recently won the prestigious Gold Medal award for print competition in 2013, as well as a Canon Par Excellence Award in 2009. Of her last 20 Photographic Open competition prints, 17 of them have received a merit of excellence, and her portraits have been featured in both the PPA Loan Collection and the PPA Showcase Books. In 2014, MaryAnn became one of few to earn the prestigious Elite Plus membership from Professional Photographers of America, their highest membership level reserved for their most decorated members.
As much as MaryAnn loves art, her greatest love of all is her family. She feels her experiences with her own three children greatly contribute to her understanding of clients and their families, and the sensitivity and patience she puts into her work.