about the process
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. For newborn sessions we will plan a tentative date on my calendar based on your due date, and finalize plans once baby has arrived. 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. You will receive your private online gallery of beautifully edited portraits within 5 weeks of your session in which you will make your selections. Just like many professional photographers, you will not receive RAW files, since these are just the rough drafts essential to your final images. Once your favorite images are selected, Marissa will put the finishing touches on your photos before sending them your way.