WE FOLLOWeD OuR HEARTs FOR OUR BIG DAY AND I”M SO GLAD WE DID

I’m here to help you
follow your heart

I DEEPLY CARE ABOUT MY COUPLES AND this is my mission for everyone

I am here to help people feel safe to be their true selves in front of the camera.
To foster genuine connection.
 To be present with their loved one/s in a place they feel free.
To help couples have a meaningful experience for the day they say "I do".

I am here to help people feel safe to be their true selves in front of the camera.

To foster genuine connection.

 To be present with their loved one/s in a place they feel free.

To help couples have a meaningful experience for the day they say "I do".

Then, after the day has passed, I want them to have beautiful photographs
to remember the day by, the kind of photos that take you right back to that
moment, and that my couples can look at and say with certainty "That
looks and feels exactly like us."

Then, after the day has passed, I want them to have beautiful photographs to remember the day by, the kind of photos that take you right back to that moment, and that my couples can look at and say with certainty "That looks and feels exactly like us."

WHY ELOPEMENTS
& INTIMATE WEDDINGS ARE CLOSE TO MY HEART

It was perfect...

I've been with my partner, Colin, for 10 years. He is
one of my biggest supporters and my adventure
buddy for life. He makes me laugh, is a great cook,
and brings out the best in me. We got married in July
2019 and experienced the ups & downs of wedding
planning firsthand.

We went from planning a big 100 person wedding
(and even put the deposit down for our big venue) to
realizing that wasn’t what truly felt like “us”, and
instead switched gears to an intimate Oregon forest
elopement with just 12 guests present.

We had a teary-eyed first look, a live butterfly release
during our ceremony, and romantic portraits in front
of a waterfall. I surprised him with a custom song by
his favorite band about our love story. I ripped a hole
in my dress on a tree root. We ate S’mores by the
campfire.

It was perfect.


I've been with my partner, Colin, for 10 years. He is one of my biggest supporters and my adventure buddy for life. He makes me laugh, is a great cook, and brings out the best in me. We got married in July 2019 and experienced the ups & downs of wedding planning firsthand.

We went from planning a big 100 person wedding (and even put the deposit down for our big venue) to realizing that wasn’t what truly felt like “us”, and instead switched gears to an intimate Oregon forest elopement with just 12 guests present.

We had a teary-eyed first look, a live butterfly release during our ceremony, and romantic portraits in front of a waterfall. I surprised him with a custom song by his favorite band about our love story. I ripped a hole in my dress on a tree root. We ate S’mores by the campfire.

It was perfect.

That experience led to purpose

FEATURED IN AND LOVED BY

HAVE A calm and supportive presence to document
YOUR love genuinely THROUGH PHOTOS TO
cherish for a lifetime.

HAVE A calm and supportive presence to document YOUR love genuinely THROUGH PHOTOS TO cherish for a lifetime.

Let’s dream up something
magical for your day

Being out in nature is where I feel most at home, and
the forest is my happy place. "Leave No Trace"
principles are important to me to practice and
educate my couples on (just ask and watch me light
up). I love sharing that connection and appreciation
for nature with my couples while documenting them in
the landscapes they choose to explore on their
elopement day.

On a more personal level - I’m a daily Chai latte
drinker who secretly loves cloudy overcast days, cozy
sweaters, and chasing waterfalls. In my free time you
can catch me watching The Office, embroidering,
cuddling my black cat, or rescuing butterflies
throughout the Pacific Northwest!

Let’s grab some doughnuts and start envisioning
a day that feels just like you and your hearts.


Being out in nature is where I feel most at home, and the forest is my happy place. "Leave No Trace" principles are important to me to practice and educate my couples on (just ask and watch me light up). I love sharing that connection and appreciation for nature with my couples while documenting them in the landscapes they choose to explore on their elopement day.

On a more personal level - I’m a daily Chai latte drinker who secretly loves cloudy overcast days, cozy sweaters, and chasing waterfalls. In my free time you can catch me watching The Office, embroidering, cuddling my black cat, or rescuing butterflies throughout the Pacific Northwest!

Let’s grab some doughnuts and start envisioning a day that feels just like your love story.

WE’RE READY

I SUPPORT ALL LOVE

The values you and
I hold close to our hearts

The values you and I hold close to our hearts

I believe everyone deserves to be loved and love freely with
whomever they choose. I believe all bodies are good bodies. I
respect pronouns. I support the Black Lives Matter movement. 

I believe everyone deserves to be loved and love freely with whomever they choose. I believe all bodies are good bodies. I respect pronouns. I support the Black Lives Matter movement. 

FOCUS ON CONNECTION

We have so many distractions from the people and things that are
important in our lives. That’s why my approach is about
connection - real, honest connection. I strive to celebrate your
personalities and what’s meaningful to you two and your love
story. I aim to create an environment where you can fall in love
with your partner all over again. 

We have so many distractions from the people and things that are important in our lives. That’s why my approach is about connection - real, honest connection. I strive to celebrate your personalities and what’s meaningful to you two and your love story. I aim to create an environment where you can fall in love with your partner all over again. 

GIVING BACK

5% of every booking is donated to a select group of nonprofits
that are serving vulnerable communities, people, environments,
and wildlife. You get to pick from the list when you book with me!
So not only can you feel good about hiring me to document your
day, but you also can feel good knowing that your investment is
also doing some good to help out local nonprofits.

5% of every booking is donated to a select group of nonprofits that are serving vulnerable communities, people, environments, and wildlife. You get to pick from the list when you book with me! So not only can you feel good about hiring me to document your day, but you also can feel good knowing that your investment is also doing some good to help out local nonprofits.

SEE THE NON-PROFITS I SUPPORT HERE

READY TO BOOK?

Follow your heart

BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE

Ragan & Max

From the start of communications, Marissa was clearly
focused on making the wedding day perfect and comfortable
for us. This was first evident when she asked us our Love
Languages in order to better understand and prompt us on
the wedding day.

The final photographs make our wedding feel very cohesive
and Marissa captured our personalities and emotions so
well. She managed to find a great balance with her directions,
having us just be in the moment and focus on one another.
You can see the love and connectedness in the photos and
we never felt pushed beyond our comfort level.

We are beyond happy with all the photos we received, and
cannot imagine another photographer doing as great of a job!
Hire her!

From the start of communications, Marissa was clearly focused on making the wedding day perfect and comfortable for us. This was first evident when she asked us our Love Languages in order to better understand and prompt us on the wedding day.

The final photographs make our wedding feel very cohesive and Marissa captured our personalities and emotions so well. She managed to find a great balance with her directions, having us just be in the moment and focus on one another. You can see the love and connectedness in the photos and we never felt pushed beyond our comfort level.

We are beyond happy with all the photos we received, and cannot imagine another photographer doing as great of a job!
Hire her!

Amanda & Meghan

We cannot say enough good things about Marissa. Honestly, we could write pages and pages for a review, but we'll try and keep this short. When my wife and I started looking for vendors for our elopement, we knew it was not only important, but necessary, for us to find folks who are inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. Obviously, as a queer couple, we needed to feel comfortable when it came to who we had working with us.

When we turned to Instagram for photographer suggestions, Marissa was recommended. I posted screenshots of several photographers to my Instagram story and Marissa actually reached out to US first! It was a small gesture that made her really stand out. We instantly clicked and could tell that she was not only inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community, but a clear activist for many marginalized communities.

 After talking with her for a while, looking over her gorgeous portfolio, and seeing that she donates part of her proceeds to non-profits, our decision to book with her was an easy one.

We cannot say enough good things about Marissa. Honestly, we could write pages and pages for a review, but we'll try and keep this short. When my wife and I started looking for vendors for our elopement, we knew it was not only important, but necessary, for us to find folks who are inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. Obviously, as a queer couple, we needed to feel comfortable when it came to who we had working with us. When we turned to Instagram for photographer suggestions, Marissa was recommended. I posted screenshots of several photographers to my Instagram story and Marissa actually reached out to US first! It was a small gesture that made her really stand out. We instantly clicked.

After talking with her for a while, looking over her gorgeous portfolio, and seeing that she donates part of her proceeds to non-profits, our decision to book with her was an easy one.

Katie & Alex

Getting married this summer with Marissa as our photographer makes me want to recommend eloping to EVERYONE. When we had to cancel our wedding due to COVID, my partner and I didn’t know what to do next — we knew we still wanted to get married, but where? when? what would it look like?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Marissa saved our day. Not only did she roll with the punches of having to rethink what photography would look like on the day— she also helped us plan and coordinate the entire day’s events. From scouting elopement locations to hiking with us to find the perfect photo spots, she really went above and beyond to help us feel special. She made what could have been a stressful, and possibly sad, day into one of the best days of the entire year.

On top of all that, the photos she took are gorgeous! Really, there’s no downside. She’s such a blast to work with, and we really couldn’t imagine having a better day with any other photographer.

Getting married this summer with Marissa as our photographer makes me want to recommend eloping to EVERYONE. When we had to cancel our wedding due to COVID, my partner and I didn’t know what to do next— we knew we still wanted to get married, but where? when? what would it look like?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Marissa saved our day. Not only did she roll with the punches of having to rethink what photography would look like on the day— she also helped us plan and coordinate the entire day’s events. She made what could have been a stressful, and possibly sad, day into one of the best days of the entire year.

On top of all that, the photos she took are gorgeous! Really, there’s no downside. She’s such a blast to work with, and we really couldn’t imagine having a better day with any other photographer.

KIND WORDS FROM KIND COUPLES

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elopement video by emma k films