Meet Marisa

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You’ve heard the expression “the days are long but the years are short”. As a mom to little ones myself, I can empathize with that.  Life with little ones is busy, but they grow up way too quickly.  Sometimes you find a moment in the busyness of life when you stop and wish you could just bottle up that moment and save it forever.  You do your best to capture life with with your phone and post to Facebook, but the memories aren’t on your walls or in your albums. You’ve had a portrait session on your to-do list for a while but it seems like so much work.  What will you wear? Will the kids behave? Will your newborn cry through the whole session? Can you trust who you hire to provide quality images or images that will that reflect your family as you really are? Will you even have time to print the pictures and do anything with them?

Hi, I’m Marisa and I would love to help you with this. I have a passion for capturing your family as you are in beautiful art-quality portraits. I aim to provide an unparalleled experience from start to finish and will be there to guide you every step of the way. You can read more about a portrait experience with me here or read more about me and my journey to photography below.

I would love to meet you and and start planning your own portrait session today!

Meet Marisa: The Nurturing Professional

I love to make beautiful images that reflect your unique personality! It is my goal that your photography session will capture you and your loved ones in this unique moment in time. I am also passionate about helping my clients display these beautiful photographic memories in their homes so they do not languish on a CD in the junk drawer for years to come!
My path to photography is not a traditional one. I actually started my adult life as a big firm lawyer in Washington D.C. and then San Diego doing securities litigation defense. While I loved the subject matter and the challenge, I eventually decided to stay at home when my first child was born. Around that time, I bought my first “nice camera” and started “documenting” my son’s life (poor child)!  I knew I had a passion and an eye for photography but I also knew I had a lot to learn. Over the years that followed, I learned from some of the best photographers in the world through workshops and mentoring. I am thrilled to say that long road lead me to where I am today. I am now a licensed and insured professional photographer with Professional Photographer’s of America and National Association of Professional Child Photographers and I have joyfully served hundreds of clients. I continue to continue to seek inspiration and growth every day and am so thankful to have found this “work” that is also my passion. My story, although non-traditional, is what makes me unique.


Style: Keeping it Real

My passion for photography didn’t start with nicely posed pictures with fancy backdrops and perfect studio lighting. My passion started with two little boys who will not stand still for more than 2 seconds. They are full of joy and smiles, but on their terms. My passion began with candid photography and that still influences my work today. I love natural light, natural posing, and natural connections. Of course, I love a nicely posed family photo and a perfectly lit newborn session in studio, but I also love capturing your family as you are. More than anything, I want you to look back and remember real moments that you shared together!

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Locations: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

I often work locally in Twentynine Palms but also regularly travel to Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and San Diego and I am happy to offer weekend photography sessions in those locations as well! Travel fees may apply, but let’s talk; it might be more reasonable than you think!
You can check out more of my work here or send me a note via the contact link above and let’s chat about planning your session. I can’t wait to meet you!