Marissa McDonald

Professional Photographer

You've heard the expression "the days are long but the years are short". As a mom to little ones herself, Marisa can empathize with that. Life with littles ones is busy, but they grow up way too quickly. Sometimes you find a moment in the busyness of life when you stop and wish you could just bottle up that moment and save it forever. 

Marisa would love to help you with this. Marisa has a passion for capturing your family's most precious moments in beautiful art-quality portraits that reflect your unique personality. From the moment you meet her at your pre-consultation you will feel like you're spending time with an old friend. She seeks to provide an unparalleled experience from start to finish and will be there to guide you every step of the way. 

Marisa's path to photography was not a traditional one. She started her adult life as a big firm lawyer in Washington D.C. and then San Diego doing securities litigation defense. While she loved the subject matter and the challenge, she eventually decided to stay at home when her first child was born. Around that time, she developed a passion for photography through her efforts to capture moments with her son. 

Marisa has learned the essentials of professional quality maternity and newborn photography from some of the best photographers in the world but her passion for photography didn't start with nicely posed pictures with fancy backdrops and perfect studio lighting. Her passion started with two little boys who will not stand still for more than 2 seconds. They are full of joy and smiles, but on their terms. Her passion began with candid photography and that still influences her work today. She loves to showcase organic posing, natural textures, snug wraps, and your natural connection with your growing family. More than anything, Marisa wants you to look back and remember the anticipation, the joy, the awe, and the love of a new baby that cannot be expressed in words.