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



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HEAD’S UP: I tried super hard to not put in any spoilers, but here is my warning just in case ūüėČ mkkay. So, if it wasn’t already apparent¬† – I loveeee to binge watch TV shows! I also love to watch them over and over again because why the heck not? Being a girl though, […]

Valentine’s Day Special: My 5 Favorite TV Show Romances

February 14, 2019


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TEN things? Oh dear good golly miss molly. Well here we go: 1. I can’t eat gluten or dairy YUUP that is right. In 2014 I photographed a Medical Mission trip in Peru and came back sick as alllllll get out. (Machu Picchu was amazing though!). After 6-months of only being able to eat chicken […]

10 Things About Mariss

February 11, 2019


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It’s super weird talking about yourself to an audience you can’t really see. But for an introvert, it is one of the best things social media has provided: A way to “sell” my product and my love for my job without having to network in person. It eliminates that sweaty handshake and stutter. I don’t […]

Podcast Interview | Trying My Best!

February 8, 2019

Creatives, Personal

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I’ve always wanted to teach. It’s been my “plan if I couldn’t figure out a plan” for as long as I can remember. Over the years I went from a¬†heck yes back up plan: college professor to my current love for finger painting and Kindergarten’s ABC’s. Nevertheless my heart has always loved education. In 2007 […]

“I have 90 children” | Teaching Photography & Working with Kids

February 4, 2019


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At first I was afraid; I was petrified.¬†But no joke, I was intimidated. A friend told me to join her for a Power Vinyasa class in a heated studio. It ended up being 75 minutes of pure, life-changing sweat. And no, it did not go smoothly.¬†I slipped, cursed, and frustrated myself beyond all measure. The […]

How Yoga Changed My Life

January 28, 2019


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Well Well Welll.¬†Hellllllo there!¬†My name is Marissa and I’m the human behind all of these words and pretty love stories. I had this goal in 2019 to blog more (very broad of a goal I know), but hey might as well kick it off on the best foot! Sooo what better way to begin than […]

Hiiii it’s Me! | Marissa Introduction

January 21, 2019


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This year was a year of more. In all aspects. From traveling to capturing to hugging. The word more comes to mind more often than not. I saw more. I did more. I felt more. I definitely did not plan this. I mean it was not a goal of mine – to do more. (Which […]


December 31, 2018


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Some people find it unfathomable that one could spend a holiday away from traditions or normal routine. I actually am one of those people – to a point. The only holiday I’ve spent away from family is Thanksgiving (and I’ve done it twice). The first time I was studying abroad in Europe in 2011 and […]

Thanksgiving in Maui, Hawaii

November 29, 2018

Personal, Travel

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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