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.
Marissa's attention to detail is absolutely incredible. The moments she captures and with such an artistic eye is awe inspiring. Every photo that she presents to you is its own work of art. She is so easy to work with; she knows exactly what shots need to happen and keeps everyone on time while always coming across nice and friendly. She is flexible with your schedule, is always there to serve you and goes above and beyond. An absolute STAR of a photographer and a beautiful human being!
Marissa is the true definition of an artist and professional. From the moment we met her for our engagement photos (which she accommodated doing despite it being a holiday weekend) , we knew that she was going to be our wedding day photographer. Marissa made us feel calm and comfortable in front of her lens. We were so happy with our engagement pics that we invited Marissa to be our photographer for our destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic!! We can't express how amazing she was doing the entire process. When she arrived to the Dominican Republic, Marissa joined us during our pre-wedding party and was generous enough to take pics of this event, despite it not being part of her contract. During the wedding day, she was just awesome! She was cool, calm and collected even though I was nervous about keeping things on time. Thinking about all of the cinematic and 'in-the-moment' photos she captured, we couldn't imagine having anyone else take our photos. It has been over 4 months from our wedding and our friends and family still mention how beautiful our photos were and how professional Marissa was that weekend.
Marissa is truly amazing at what she does. Not only does she take the most stunning photographs, she makes you feel comfortable in front of and around the camera and really brings out the best in people. We used Marissa for our engagement and wedding photos. She is quick to reply, helps you with planning your timeline, and worked extensively with us to make sure we were within our budget but also got everything we wanted in for our photography package. My fiancé and I would not describe ourselves as overly photogenic but every photo Marissa has taken of us has turned out to be gorgeous. On my wedding day she was a joy to work with and made me feel special, unique, and beautiful. She also handled multiple family fiascos (gathering everyone for pictures, last minute photo requests from random people, etc) with grace and professionalism. I cant recommend her enough.
I feel incredibly lucky to have had Marissa shoot 5 events with me in 2015. As other reviewers have written, words cannot express my gratitude for Marissa's authenticity and dedication to her craft in fine art photography. Marissa is a true pleasure to work with as she is flexible to meet the needs of her clients and punctual with deadlines and turn-around-times. From our engagement photoshoot in March through our wedding weekend in August, I am in constant awe of the final photographs which capture raw, emotional moments in unique and creative perspectives. I was so comfortable working with Marissa from photoshoot planning to the final products (including prints, albums, canvas and float wraps for our apartment) - I can't wait to book her for more events in the future!
Words cannot describe how amazing my photos were from Marissa Joy Photography. She captures the most amazing moments and hones in on special details. Our engagement and wedding photos tell the story of our wedding and will be with us forever, and could not be more perfect. She is by far the best photographer I have ever worked with and has undeniable skill. She is fantastic and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer. We have the most amazing photos I have ever seen!