Fun & Engaging Lifestyle Family Portraiture

Oahu family photographer

As a parent herself, Marissa knows the importance of preserving your family’s most precious moments. Marissa strives to create a relaxed and fun family photoshoot where you will have piggy back rides, run, jump, kiss, hug, tickle, spin. With an eye for sweet in-between moments and unique perspectives, Marissa will capture photos that are beautiful and unique to your family, while being sure to keep in mind the lighting and background in order to create the look she is drawn to.

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  • STEP 1: Get in Touch

    After you’ve contacted Marissa, select your favorite package and share which date works for your family based on Marissa’s availability. Send us a message and let’s start planning your session. Click here to contact me now.

  • STEP 2: Booking Your Session

    Sign the client agreement (the link is located on your invoice), and submit your deposit or full payment depending on the type of session booked. The date/time of your session as well as information to help you prep for your photo session are located on your invoice.

  • STEP 3: Planning Your Wardrobe

    The outfits that you select are key to creating the look of the images. Marissa recommends selecting something simple, and classic that reflects your style. Neutrals, creams and soft muted colors photograph beautifully against the beautiful backdrops of Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area. There are so many great clothing brands including H&M, Zara, Noralee, Jamie Kay, for kids; Nothing Fits But, Red Dress, Anthropologie, Morning Lavender, for women; and Jcrew, & Everlane for men.

  • STEP 4: The Final Images

    Following your session, Marissa will select the best images for artistic editing. Marissa will carefully compare and select only the best images that meet her standards. Each image is individually processed and enhanced to her editing style. Once you receive your private online gallery of proofs, you will select your favorites and Marissa will put the finishing touches on your images including editing out people in the background. Just like many professional photographers, you will not receive RAW files, since these files are not the finished product as they do not include Marissa’s creative editing style.

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All family sessions take place outdoors on Oahu. Marissa has pre-selected locations that she recommends based on experience including spots on the windward side of Oahu, Waikiki and also Ko’olina, which is very convenient for families staying at a nearby hotel. 


Yes, Marissa offers a 30 minute package, which is the smallest package available.

Will you guide us during the session?

Yes, Marissa will tell you what to do during your photo session while keeping things fun for kids. We will always try to capture a family portrait towards the beginning especially if a family has little ones, but after that most of the photos are of you and your family having fun together.  Sometimes there are kids who might be tired and fussy, afraid of the sand, water, etc. and in this case Marissa will provide suggestions to keep your child engaged and having fun with you- piggy back rides, swinging, jumping, etc. We do whatever your child wants to do because images of you having fun with your kids are the photos you are going to love. If your child is cranky for a portion of your shoot, Marissa is very familiar with figuring out how to continue to capture moments that you will cherish even if your childs face is not showing because those photos are beautiful as well!


On your invoice, there is a notes section with suggestions on what to wear to your family photo session. There is also information on where to shop if you click through to the information just above on “the process.”  If you get stuck, feel free to check out this blog post or email marissa at


Yes, all family sessions include digital files as well as access to an online gallery store where you have the option to purchase professional prints/products.

Who will photograph my family or couples photo session?

Marissa currently photographs all sessions on Oahu.

If our trip is rescheduled, are we able to reschedule?

Yes, you are able to reschedule 1x without any change fees. This was implemented when COVID hit, and it will continue until further notice.

Do you have any discounts?

Marissa has a referral program in place! When you refer someone else and they book, you will receive a credit towards additional images, or you can gift it to a friend or save for a future photoshoot. If you were referred by someone in specific be sure to put that on your client agreement so that the person who referred you can receive credit! If you were referred by a business please list the business so that you may receive any specials associated with that specific business referral. You may only use 1 referral- either a personal referral or a business referral. 

What should I expect to invest in a Hawaii family or couples session?

Pricing starts at $490 + Hawaii GE tax. Please email for pricing information –

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What They’re Saying!

  • “I was looking to book a family photo session during a trip to Oahu, and luckily, I found Marissa on Instagram. From the moment she replied to my initial inquiry, to receiving the final images, she’s been such a pleasure to work with! It could be her prompt response to all my questions via email and text, her kind and warm demeanor, her willingness to go above and beyond to accommodate me and family, or it could be all of them! Not to mention, her fantastic work and talent! Marissa, I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful experience before, during, and after our family photo session in Waikiki! Keep up the great work!!”

    – –      S  A  M


    Marissa is so talented and easy to work with! She made us feel very comfortable and at ease during the session, which you can see come through in her photos. She also made coordinating the session and finding our meeting spot very easy, which was much appreciated as a visitor who isn’t familiar with the area. You won’t regret booking a session with Marissa, and we will treasure these photos as memories of our trip!”

    – –      K  E  L  S  E  Y 

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xx Marissa

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