I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.



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I’ve got a bone to pick with you people. I understand that selfies have a bad rap. I get it – dang youths – just taking it way too far sometimes!  (Said in Schmidt’s voice) But what happens when we define a selfie as a snapshot in your life. As a memory of what you […]

TAKE THE SELFIE! | A Photographer’s Ode to Portraits

October 24, 2018

Creatives, Personal, Portraits

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Okay, first of all – no I didn’t just go to Scotland for Harry Potter landmarks (although that was my initial primary reason for the trip). OHH SHUSH (pics are below). Okay, okay, but yes I definitely plan all my excursions based upon books I love and movies I am obsessed with. There I said it. […]

Scotland Destination Engagement | Arthur’s Seat | (& Harry Potter)

October 10, 2018

Engagements, Personal, Travel

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Okay, so I wrote an Instagram caption the other day. It wasn’t my typical gushy girl kind of caption. Instead it was long and didn’t have any exclamation points. (Rare right?! haha) But it was a topic that seems to be taboo now a days, which is to take care of yourself. Mental health is something […]

Photog’s Life: The Burnout!

August 1, 2018

Creatives, Personal

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Hiiiii friends! If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while, or at least over a weekend, you’ll know that when I have a wedding I immediately go home and back up the images. During this time, I have accomplished an array of activities that keep me from falling asleep at my computer (although one […]

Photog’s Life: How to Stay Entertained While Backing Up Photos

July 15, 2018

Creatives, Personal

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This morning I picked up my grandmother for her hair appointment and realized that I mindlessly walked into her kitchen and sat down. I could not remember my walk from my car to this chair. It was just instinct. It was natural. It’s what I always did. I realized, every time I walk into her […]

Marissa’s Friday Thoughts

March 16, 2018


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Let’s rewind to 2013 when I graduated college and decided to create an llc. I was so nervous. I remember sitting in that lawyer’s contemplating my anxiety: “Networking had to be easier than all this paperwork.” “Sitting in a typical 9-5 job, with health insurance and a 401K, would be the safest way to grow up.” […]

2017: My Year In Review

December 31, 2017

Creatives, Personal

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If you are here to just see some pretty vaca pictures, then keep scrolling my friend! They are down there for ya, (even the food ones)! Before I get to them though, I just wanted chat! It has been a crazy year. Absolutely, insanely crazy! Even though most of it was a “good crazy”: I tripled […]

United Conference, Arizona

November 15, 2017

Creatives, Personal, Travel

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I took a short hiatus a couple weeks ago, and it honestly could not have come at a better time. Unplugging for four days was truly refreshing. YES, you read that right – FOUR days. Granted I still took some photos (the sunsets were unreal!), but I did not bring my DSLR, nor did I […]

Lake Oconee: My Mid-Season Break

August 2, 2017

Creatives, Personal, Travel

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True Story: my to-do lists are thousands of miles long. When I jumped into this profession I didn’t realize how much commitment was needed, especially for the non-creative aspects of the job. On a typical day, I wear multiple hats.  They range from business manager, to creative director, networker, editor, website designer, social media strategist, […]

Thoughts From Your Photographer

June 25, 2017

Creatives, Personal

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This is how the conversation went: “Mariss, can we hike somewhere after I finish Step 1?” “Sure Jen! Anywhere in particular?” “I want to see a National Park!”  Even though we have one in our own backyard, why not out west? So we researched & booked the necessities. My CF card quickly filled with more […]

Pacific Northwest!

June 20, 2017

Personal, Travel