About MaryMary Okner, award winning lifestyle photographer documenting family's stories throughout the Bay Area.


Welcome to Mary Bea Photography!! I am so happy you are here…seriously!  I love meeting new people.  As you can see by the picture here, I have been taking pictures for a long time—it is truly my passion!  I am always looking to capture that once in a lifetime moment, that tells a story and can’t be re-creataed.  

5 of my favorite things:

  1. My family. Most especially my 2 year old on-the-go little boy (who I like to think is still a baby).
  2. Good food & good wine.
  3. Coffee (but only decaf), people say why bother but I couldn’t live without it.
  4. The beach, the sound of the waves crash, the sun warming my skin.  It’s my happy place.
  5. These days I’m really getting down with my downward dog at HOT yoga.

As a child I was diagnosed with dyslexia and school was not always easy for me, but I found the visual medium of photography suited me just right!!  Plus, it allows me to interact and play with kids and families, which has always made my heart sing.  I am super excited to share my skills with you and your family to capture your special moments forever!

There are a lot of amazing photographers out there, so why should you choose me?

  • I love kids—no joke.  You and I both know that kids are not always the most cooperative subjects, but I have made it my mission to come up with fun and silly ways to keep them having a good time resulting in gorgeous images!
  • I have fabulous eye for capturing the memorable moment that you will cherish forever.
  • It is really important to me that we work together to capture the true emotion of this time in your family’s life—authentically capturing everyone’s personality (no awkward poses here)!
  • I am a people person, always have been.  Everyone will feel at ease so that it is an enjoyable time for all.
  • I am a relationship builder—happy be your photographer as your family grows!!!
  • With 5 years of professional experience and hundreds of happy clients, I have the expertise needed to get the job done with a smile.

For the last several years as I have been building my business, I have been doing a lot of professional development and I am pleased to report that Mary Bea Photography is an award-winning company and a member of a variety of professional organizations.

Contact me today to schedule your photography needs.  I can’t wait to meet you!!!


Mary Bea Photography—-not just your average family photographer