I genuinely love what I do and feel so lucky that my career combines so many things I cherish in this life: celebrations, love in all its forms, helping people see the beauty in themselves and in their relationships, evenings spent on the Chicago lakefront, travel, and cake.

Apart from taking photos of couples in love, I like to spend my free time trying new recipes (mostly pasta dishes or anything with lots of sugar or garlic), checking out new restaurants around Chicago to find the best food and drinks, and waiting for One Direction to get back together. 

I love my husband Riley and dog Coda more than anything, fall easily in love with book + TV characters, and feel most alive when I jump into Lake Michigan off the lakefront trail.

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My favorite thing to do on an evening or weekend off is: ride my bike to Lake Michigan to have a picnic or read a fantasy romance novel. And if it's late summertime, finishing that off with a dip in the lake!


I can be *quite* easily convinced to book a last minute trip because traveling to new places (abroad and domestically) is one of my favorite things. Internationally, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to England, France, Germany, India, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, and Chile.

My favorite feeling in the world is: jumping into the ocean (or sea or lake or any other large body of water)


When I’m not taking and editing photos during the weekday work hours, you can find me: taking my red lab Coda on a walk


My new favorite thing to do is host dinner parties. I love having a theme, decorating with candles and flowers, and making handwritten menus.


I’ve saved every thank you card I’ve ever received from a client (words of affirmation girlie over here!)


My go-to drink order is a glass of champagne (or prosecco or cava or brut!) because every day is a celebration!


I cry every time I look at the beautiful images she gave us.

She does the best job of being present with you, making sure you're all good and are getting everything you need, while also blending into the event to snap all the details you worked so hard on and moments you might have missed… I cannot express enough how impressed I am with Marissa and the photos she delivered to us. I cry every time I look at the beautiful images she gave us. My entire family loves her to the point where my parents ask me to tell her they say hi when she messages me about the photos. My husband's brothers hadn't even seen any of the photos when they told me they wanted her at their weddings too. She has a great energy and delivers an amazing product. I don't know what good juju helped us find her in the vast expanse of the internet to capture the best day of my life, but I'm so thankful we found her. She's simply the best.

Marissa is the most amazing photographer and person I have ever met.

 She is salt of the earth, genuine, professional, top-tier, incredibly talented, and unbelievably kind. Marissa is one of the first vendors I booked, and she has been the best decision I have made throughout my entire wedding journey. I know that she will be a part of our lives forever because we will be hiring her to photograph every special moment of our lives. Her beautiful pictures speak for themselves—classy, unique, stunning, creative, and full of love, laughter, and REAL people. Marissa has a talent for finding the beauty in everyone she meets and showcasing that beauty for everyone to see. She makes you feel comfortable, loved, celebrated, calm, and important.

She will make you feel comfortable, confident, and somehow hype you up for your own wedding than you already are.

Short version: Just do yourself a favor and book, Marissa, seriously! She captured both our engagement and wedding pictures and I honestly cannot recommend her enough to anyone wedding planning or just looking for beautiful professional photography. She will make you feel comfortable, confident, and somehow hype you up for your own wedding than you already are. She is one of the most talented, genuine, and caring souls I’ve come across. We can’t express enough how thankful we are to have worked with her on our day.

We ended up going over budget on photography for what we had allotted for the wedding and let me tell you, it was WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.

Where should I even start with the greatest photographer on earth? I’m writing this the morning after my wedding because I knew I wanted this to be fresh. Imagine having a photographer that feels like a long time best friend photographing you for your wedding. That’s Marissa. She is SO fun, so charismatic, kind, funny, but also so chill and go-with-the-flow and I’ve never seen more amazing wedding photos in my life.


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