I have traveled by car much of my life; I am one of four children and we drove...a lot. While the actual car rides were not always the most fun with three older brothers, I anxiously awaited seeing each new place we visited by what I could do with my camera.  I believe that itch inspired and enabled me as an adult to move and live all over the country and world. I was raised in North Carolina, went up north to Boston College to study Studio Art, lived abroad in Florence, Italy, moved to Washington, DC, and now I have been splitting my time on both coasts between Los Angeles and Greensboro, NC. 

I truly love what I do. It is as much a lifestyle as it is a calling - and I am humbled by the recognition I have received within my industry. In college I was featured in National Geographic for a photojournalism piece focusing on Americans in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains, I have been awarded numerous prestigious awards including being named one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the World by School of Wedding Photography, a top Fearless Photographer of 2017, Best of the Best Wedding Images by Junebug Weddings in 2016 and 2018, and finally named as a Top 10 Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles. For the past 10 years, photography has been my life, my passion, and an ever-changing, creative source of self-expression.

By incorporating both love and art, it is an extreme honor to capture the big moments in people's lives. Weddings are the culmination of a love story and a start to a new adventure. What I love most about weddings is I often get to see a couple grow from engagement to marriage to starting a family. To maintain quality work and excellent client relationships, I only book up to 15 weddings a year (both local and international). The other work I get to delve into (mostly in LA) is documenting branding and decor for Hollywood studios and other companies.

On those very special days off, I adore spending time with my husband, our new baby boy Julian, and our rescue Shepherd, Zoe.  I am very passionate about animal welfare, and spend a dedicated amount of time photographing shelter animals and helping place them in forever homes. 

Marissa is based out of Los Angeles and Greensboro, North Carolina. Her clients include: Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, Absolut Vodka, Dove, Peloton, Glossier, Benefit, E! Network, Cone Denim, and Samsung.

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