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a whole lot of memories-



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My website’s aim is to give clients as much necessary information as possible to make an informed decision. I want them to know who I am and what I offer without any hesitation.  With that said, some questions slip through again and again, regardless of the couple or the inquiry! I listed some of the […]

Six Most Common Wedding Photography FAQ’s

March 19, 2019

Creatives, Engagements, Portraits, Weddings

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Snow? Freeeezing? Coldness? Ice? ICK! I am guilty of alllll of these thoughts. BUT if there is one thing the beautiful winter magic gives us that a summer day cannot, it is a chance for love to shine. These backdrops though, are to die for. Especially in NE Ohio. Our park systems and National Park showcase […]

Candid Winter Engagement Sessions

February 20, 2019


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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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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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So, you scheduled an engagement session? YAY! You should know off the bat, that I am SUPER excited! Engagements are my favorite. JUST SO YOU KNOW: I allow my couples to choose the location! This gives me a bit of insight into who you are. Do you want it at a baseball field? In the […]

How to Prepare for Your Engagement Session!

December 22, 2017


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I have the BEST COUPLES in the entire world. Vicky & Will’s wedding next year is going to be as epic as their own love story. But can we just agree that their engagement was just as magical?! If I could have a couple that truly embodies my candid style, these two would be it! They […]

Vicky & Will Sunflower Field Engagement!!

November 16, 2017

Engagements, Travel

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Nothing says engagement session like two weeks before the wedding! If I wasn’t already excited for Brittany + Matt’s wedding, this session would do it. These two were beautiful, compassionate and had the Blue Steel look down pat! It was so fun spending the sunset with them!! Enjoy some of my faves (and get as […]

Brittany + Matt’s Engagement | Indigo Lake

July 18, 2017


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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