San Francisco Bay Area Family Mini Sessions

san francisco Lifestyle/portrait family and Newborn 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.

Marissa travels to the San Francisco Bay area every fall for family mini sessions. Also an option- gather together 1-2 other families who also want to do a mini session on the same date and contact Marissa to book during other times of the year! Mini sessions are great for families who want something short and sweet for their family. The sessions must take place somewhere within the San Francisco Peninsula. Marissa has go-to locations that she can recommend!

Interested in an in-home newborn session in the bay area? In-home newborn sessions in the San Francisco Peninsula is available year-round. Please contact Marissa for more details.

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Mini Session Q & A


Mini sessions are offered to San Francisco Bay area clients. Mini sessions are done at a specific location/date and you may choose from the available times provided. You may sign up to be notified about future mini sessions by subscribing to the newsletter below.

What is lifestyle photography? Will you guide us during the session?

We think that this type of photography takes into consideration the background, lighting, and interactions between the subjects in order to capture photos that look “natural”. We can’t say this is completely natural because we are not just a fly on the wall (like documentary photography) and we will tell you what to do with the prompts that we provide, as well as where to stand in order to optimize the light and assure that we have a great background. Plan on receiving direction from your photographer for any package that you book. We don’t expect you to know what to do!


Yes, Marissa loves styling clients and offering wardrobe suggestions.


Yes, all family sessions include digital files as well as access to an online gallery store filled with professional prints/products.

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What They’re Saying!

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“Marissa has photographed our family several times. We never take photos as a whole family in our day to day life, so we invest in this annually to have some nice pictures of all of us together – and let me tell you, they are just beautiful! We have two young kids that are not very cooperative, but I am always amazed at how she manages to get such great photos. On top of that, she is so sweet and calm throughout the process, and the kids feel instantly at ease (which gives you a shot at a decent photo!).”
— T R I S H  S.
I am so happy I got to work with Marissa!… Her suggestions and attention to little details to achieve a beautiful shoot is impeccable. She is also a mother to a toddler so she understands how to work with them which is also a bonus. Her editing is perfect, I got comments where some of the photos should belong in a magazine and I agree!
— Shalini K.


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