When you sign a contract with me
you get to choose which of these
non-profits to donate to!

When you sign a contract with me you get to choose which of these non-profits to donate to!

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Did you know....

5% of all wedding, elopement, and session bookings will
go towards the following non-profit organizations

Based in Portland, Oregon, this
organization leverages economic
deposits from communities of
privilege to empower local BIPOC
(Black, Indigenous, and People of
Color) communities and begin to
move towards economic equity.
Donations go towards purchasing
CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) produce shares from
Portland’s BIPOC farming
community, then gifting these CSA
shares to BIPOC families
experiencing food insecurity who are
not currently being served by the
social services networks.

Based in Portland, Oregon, this organization leverages economic deposits from communities of privilege to empower local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities and begin to move towards economic equity. Donations go towards purchasing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) produce shares from Portland’s BIPOC farming community, then gifting these CSA shares to BIPOC families experiencing food insecurity who are not currently being served by the social services networks.

equitable giving circle

A leading national organization that
provides 24/7 crisis intervention
and suicide prevention services to
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young
people under 25. Through
legislation, litigation and public
education, The Trevor Project is
also the leading advocate for
LGBTQ youth in preventative efforts
that address the discrimination,
stigma and other factors that place
LGBTQ youth at significantly higher
risks of suicide.

A leading national organization that provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Through legislation, litigation and public education, The Trevor Project is also the leading advocate for LGBTQ address the discrimination, stigma and other factors that place LGBTQ youth at significantly higher risks of suicide.

the trevor project

Based in Lane County (Oregon),
Hope & Safety Alliance (formerly Womenspace) provides resources,
services and programs that empower
survivors and that work with
communities to end intimate partner
violence. They serve thousands of
survivors and children from
communities of color, tribal
communities, LGBTQIA community,
survivors with disabilities, men, and
the rural communities in Lane
County. They have a 24/7 crisis
hotline, help with safety planning,
legal advocacy, peer counseling and
support, economic empowerment,
career counseling, and a safe shelter
for those who need it.

Based in Lane County (Oregon), Hope & Safety Alliance (formerly Womenspace) provides resources, services and programs that empower survivors and that work with communities to end intimate partner violence. They serve thousands of survivors and children from communities of color, tribal communities, LGBTQIA community, survivors with disabilities, men, and the rural communities in Lane County. They have a 24/7 crisis hotline, help with safety planning, legal advocacy, peer counseling and support, economic empowerment, career counseling, and a safe shelter for those who need it.

Hope & Safety Alliance

Nationally-based, this Foundation
roots its efforts in educating and
engaging communities in forest
conservation and nature preservation.
They have many programs that have
aided in tree planting across the
country, including reforesting efforts
in areas of California that have been
devastated by recent wildfires. Other
nonprofits, tribes, and universities can
apply through the National Forest
Foundation’s Grant program to
receive funding to support
action-oriented projects that directly
enhance the health and well-being of
America's National Forests and
Grasslands and that engage the
public in stewardship.

Nationally-based, this Foundation roots its efforts in educating and engaging communities in forest conservation and nature preservation. They have many programs that have aided in tree planting across the country, including reforesting efforts in areas of California that have been devastated by recent wildfires. Other nonprofits, tribes, and universities can apply through the National Forest Foundation’s Grant program to receive funding to support action-oriented projects that directly enhance the health and well-being of America's National Forests and Grasslands and that engage the public in stewardship.

national forest foundation

Oregon-based, this nonprofit
organization provides resources to
Latina women and their families with
many programs. Their support
includes education programs for
adults and children alike, the
Empresas program dedicated to small
business development for Latino
immigrant entrepreneurs, and the
Immigrant Solidarity Project to
identify community needs of
immigrants and provide support and
resources. Adelante Mujeres is also
working with participants from
communities of color to conduct
specific, hands-on leadership training
to better equip them to engage in
county government decision making
and to actively participate in civic life.

Based in Portland, Oregon, this organization leverages economic deposits from communities of privilege to empower local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities and begin to move towards economic equity. Donations go towards purchasing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) produce shares from Portland’s BIPOC farming community, then gifting these CSA shares to BIPOC families experiencing food insecurity who are not currently being served by the social services networks.

adelante mujeres

Named after the extinct Xerces Blue
Butterfly, this international nonprofit
works with scientists, educators,
policymakers, farmers, and citizens to
protect the world’s invertebrates and
its habitats. Their core programs
focus on habitat conservation and
restoration, species conservation,
protecting pollinators, contributing to
watershed health, and reducing harm
to invertebrates from pesticide use.
The Xerces Society is currently in the
middle of an international campaign
to “Save the Monarchs” to help save
the Monarch Butterfly species and
hopefully reverse the 99.4% decline in
the Monarch population that’s
occurred since the 1980s.

Named after the extinct Xerces Blue Butterfly, this international nonprofit works with scientists, educators, policymakers, farmers, and citizens to protect the world’s invertebrates and its habitats. Their core programs focus on habitat conservation and restoration, species conservation, protecting pollinators, contributing to watershed health, and reducing harm to invertebrates from pesticide use. The Xerces Society is currently in the middle of an international campaign to “Save the Monarchs” to help save the Monarch Butterfly species and hopefully reverse the 99.4% decline in the Monarch population that’s occurred since the 1980s.

the xerces society for
invertebrate conservation

Why I choose to give back

Back in April of 2019 I decided that one of the big changes I was making to my business was to find a way to give
back. I put a lot of research into which non-profit organizations I chose, finding a variety of both local (to Oregon)
non-profits as well as organizations serving on national and international levels. Each non-profit organization aligns
with my values on a personal level and as a business, and are providing incredible resources to those in need.

With everything going on in our world it can feel overwhelming at times on where to direct your time, money, energy or
support. I was running into the same dilemma too. For me, it gave me a little bit of hope to realize that every time I
received a booking - I could take a little bit of that love I felt and send it back into the world to organizations that were
serving vulnerable communities, people, environments, and wildlife. It is far from the only way I can (and do) help, but
now that it’s a part of my business, it’s here to stay for good.

I do recognize that I have a lot of privileges that have helped me get to where I am in life, but I believe in using that
privilege for good - by giving back, supporting community over competition, and continuing to disrupt the wedding
industry from the inside - to see to it that all couples, all bodies, and all identities have a seat at the table, have their
voices heard and respected, and feel supported in celebrating their love story their way.

Back in April of 2019 I decided that one of the big changes I was making to my business was to find a way to give back. I put a lot of research into which non-profit organizations I chose, finding a variety of both local (to Oregon) non-profits as well as organizations serving on national and international levels. Each non-profit organization aligns with my values on a personal level and as a business, and are providing incredible resources to those in need.

 With everything going on in our world it can feel overwhelming at times on where to direct your time, money, energy or, support. I was running into the same dilemma too. For me, it gave me a little bit of hope to realize that every time I received a booking - I could take a little bit of that love I felt and send it back into the world to organizations that were serving vulnerable communities, people, environments, and wildlife. It is far from the only way I can (and do) help, but now that it’s a part of my business, it’s here to stay for good.

I do recognize that I have a lot of privileges that have helped me get to where I am in life, but I believe in using that privilege for good - by giving back, supporting community over competition, and continuing to disrupt the wedding industry from the inside - to see to it that all couples, all bodies, and all identities have a seat at the table, have their voices heard and respected, and feel supported in celebrating their love story their way.

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Aaron & Katanna

Marissa went above and beyond what we expected in a photographer. We met through Instagram and when she took our engagement photos we instantly knew we wanted to work with her again! She helped every step of the way by scouting locations that fit our special needs for our wedding party. Marissa took the time to do research and get to know a disability our MOH had been diagnosed with and found us the perfect location with accessibility and was very understanding with our needs and worked with us to overcome obstacles.⁣

During the wedding day Marissa was a dream to work with. Every moment felt natural with her and she felt like part of the group. She even helped calm me (the bride) and fix my wedding dress during a breakdown before the ceremony, which could not have been an easy task! She captured every bit of love shared that day and all of the funny, candid moments as well. She even managed to perfectly photograph two wild pups who just wanted to be with mom and dad! Her attention to detail is unmatched.⁣ I will forever recommend Marissa if you are looking to elope and need some help along the way!

Marissa went above and beyond what we expected in a photographer. We met through Instagram and when she took our engagement photos we instantly knew we wanted to work with her again! She helped every step of the way by scouting locations that fit our special needs for our wedding party. Marissa took the time to do research and get to know a disability our MOH had been diagnosed with and found us the perfect location with accessibility and was very understanding with our needs and worked with us to overcome obstacles.⁣
⁣During the wedding day Marissa was a dream to work with. Every moment felt natural with her and she felt like part of the group. She even helped calm me (the bride) and fix my wedding dress during a breakdown before the ceremony, which could not have been an easy task! She captured every bit of love shared that day and all of the funny, candid moments as well. She even managed to perfectly photograph two wild pups who just wanted to be with mom and dad! Her attention to detail is unmatched.⁣ I will forever recommend Marissa if you are looking to elope and need some help along the way!

Amanda & Meghan

We cannot say enough good things about Marissa. 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. We instantly clicked and could tell that she was not only inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community, but a clear activist for many marginalized communities. Once we booked with her, it was clear Marissa was going to be so much more than a photographer. Marissa got to work right away figuring out our needs and suggesting local, inclusive vendors. Her help in our planning was immeasurable. Planning even a very small, outdoor elopement proved difficult through coronavirus, but Marissa was with us every step of the way. Two date changes, location closures, in-person meetings cancelled, so much anxiety, last minute decisions, etc. etc., Marissa never even flinched. She was so easy going and helpful.
Not to mention, she's also FUN. My wife and I both consider ourselves camera shy, but Marissa made the process easy. Our photos turned out so beautifully. She truly captured the day as it was. Looking through them feels like reliving the day and we're filled with love all over again.

We cannot say enough good things about Marissa. When we turned to Instagram for photographer suggestions, Marissa was recommended. We instantly clicked and could tell that she was not only inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community, but a clear activist for many marginalized communities. Once we booked with her, it was clear Marissa was going to be so much more than a photographer. She got to work right away figuring out our needs and suggesting local, inclusive vendors. Her help in our planning was immeasurable. Planning even a very small, outdoor elopement proved difficult through coronavirus, but Marissa was with us every step of the way. Two date changes, location closures, in-person meetings cancelled, so much anxiety, last minute decisions, etc. etc., Marissa never even flinched. She was so easy going and helpful. She truly captured the day as it was. Looking through them feels like reliving the day and we're filled with love all over again.

Cherie & Lee

Marissa was wonderful to work with for our elopement. We decided to do a hike through a forest and a ceremony on the beach. Unfortunately, portions of the trail for our hike were closed due to downed trees. Marissa helped us adjust our plans, and was so supportive throughout the planning process.

On the day of our elopement, Marissa provided an absolutely fantastic balance of planned and impromptu photos that captured so many important moments from our special day. We decided to jump in the ocean and we expected Marissa to take photos of us from the beach. We turned around and she was there with us, capturing images that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Her care and devotion was apparent from our first meeting. We strongly suggest talking with her and you will find a giving person who listens, provides feedback, and, in turn, will create poignant photos.

Marissa was wonderful to work with for our elopement. We decided to do a hike through a forest and a ceremony on the beach. Unfortunately, portions of the trail for our hike were closed due to downed trees. Marissa helped us adjust our plans, and was so supportive throughout the planning process.

On the day of our elopement, Marissa provided an absolutely fantastic balance of planned and impromptu photos that captured so many important moments from our special day. We decided to jump in the ocean and we expected Marissa to take photos of us from the beach. We turned around and she was there with us, capturing images that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Her care and devotion was apparent from our first meeting. We strongly suggest talking with her and you will find a giving person who listens, provides feedback, and, in turn, will create poignant photos.

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!

Sophie & Keven

Marissa’s photography is absolutely incredible. Not only is she extremely talented, but she’s wonderful to work with. I’m extremely camera shy. However, she made us so comfortable, which is so important. She also really gets to know her couples. She wanted my husband and I to have the best possible experience, and we did! Our elopement was everything we dreamt of and more. Marissa helped us plan the whole thing, and even constructed a timeline, making the whole day stress-free as it should be. Marissa is a really special person. You can tell how passionate she is about what she does, and you can feel how much she cares about her couples.

Marissa not only helped us plan our whole day, but she even went the extra mile to scout locations for us, and visit our selected locations with us prior to our elopement day. She’s also prepared for everything. She brought us our favorite snacks, blankets, and even hand warmers since the day ended up being a little bit chilly. Her goal is to make sure you’re having the best day of your life, and she really goes the extra mile. Literally the best day ever and we have the most gorgeous photos to prove it. We’re so grateful that Marissa was a part of our elopement. We wouldn’t have done it any other way. I highly recommend her.

Marissa’s photography is absolutely incredible. Not only is she extremely talented, but she’s wonderful to work with. I’m extremely camera shy. However, she made us so comfortable, which is so important. She also really gets to know her couples. She wanted my husband and I to have the best possible experience, and we did! Our elopement was everything we dreamt of and more. Marissa helped us plan the whole thing, and even constructed a timeline, making the whole day stress-free as it should be. Marissa is a really special person. You can tell how passionate she is about what she does, and you can feel how much she cares about her couples.

Marissa not only helped us plan our whole day, but she even went the extra mile to scout locations for us, and visit our selected locations with us prior to our elopement day. She’s also prepared for everything. She brought us our favorite snacks, blankets, and even hand warmers since the day ended up being a little bit chilly. Her goal is to make sure you’re having the best day of your life, and she really goes the extra mile. Literally the best day ever and we have the most gorgeous photos to prove it. We’re so grateful that Marissa was a part of our elopement. We wouldn’t have done it any other way. I highly recommend her.


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.

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