Maria Sauerbrei Photography is now Elani Portraits!


Hi, I’m Maria! I love capturing families just being themselves. Photographing a mother smiling as her children play, parents has they hold their brand new baby and watch them yawn, siblings playing and whispering to each other. I love capturing those fleeting moments that normally aren’t captured on camera because you’re busy living them. I don’t want you to miss a moment.

I have been photographing families, couples, children, and newborns for 7 years. I have been featured in Model Life magazine, and am a part of the “Clickin’ Moms” and “Rock the Shot” community.

Don’t just take my word for it! Here are a few things my clients have said after working with me:

“Maria did our newborn photoshoot! She did a great job and in the end we came out with some beautiful memories.” S.N.
“Don’t look any further!! Maria is an awesome photographer with a good eye, patience, and professionalism.” -N.A.
“She took beautiful pictures of our 1 year old along with parents and grandparents.” -J.S.


I am a mom of three beautiful daughters and a Middle School English teacher. I love to read, cook, and bake when I’m not busy with my camera.

I primarily serve the Hudson and Bergen county areas but will travel into the city every so often for a session. Contact me to find out how to start making memories that last.