Beach and Babies ~ Carlsbad Beach Maternity

Two of my favorite things…Beach and babies. We met right about sunset in Carlsbad with plans to get wet! In hindsight, I should have worn a bathing suit too, because we were soaked! The tide was coming up and the waves were crashing. Bristol, had no fear and was running straight into the water!

This session was full of beauty, warm water, and baby kisses. I left this session not only drenched with the ocean, but with love for this special little girl and her gorgeous Mama. I can’t wait to meet Bristol’s baby sister! She is sure to be one special care free beach baby.

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SophieAugust 5, 2016 - 3:29 am

These are so beautiful! Memories for lifetime!

Amanda & Mike ~ Beach Engagement ~ Ponto Beach, Carlsbad

Amanda & Mike met working at a wine bar in Carlsbad a few years back. They have since moved to Ohio for work and found their way back to where it all started a few weeks ago. They really wanted their engagement shoot to take place at the beach where they spent so much time surfing and relaxing. We had an almost summer like day, so they scored on their timing for their visit back home. There were a LOT of laughs. Because, lets be honest, engagement shoots can be a bit awkward! We tried to make it as painless as possible. Congrats Amanda & Mike, I look forward to capturing your wedding in October!

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oh, and Mike…you are going to get your feet wet…
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xoxo ~ m*

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JasmineMay 4, 2016 - 8:21 pm

They’re super duper cute together! Looks like a ton of fun, and such great sunshine-filled shots!

Heather KeysMay 4, 2016 - 10:22 pm

Amazing session, I can really see the love they have for each other. Thanks for sharing.

ChristianneMay 5, 2016 - 1:48 pm

What a great session. I love the beach! Who would not love to have a session like that? Great job, as always!

AlexisMay 5, 2016 - 3:02 pm

So pretty. I love the natural connection you captured between this couple.

Jess SMay 5, 2016 - 5:36 pm

This is stunning. Not just the use of light and the beautiful setting- but the genuine emotions that you captured <3

Melissa MMay 5, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Wow so much fun and laughter! She has an effervescent laugh – you captured that perfectly!

Ashley D.May 5, 2016 - 9:45 pm

Ooh, I like their style. The sunglasses, hair, all of it.

Laura CMay 6, 2016 - 12:03 am

I love how you captured them interacting. These are really beautiful, Marisa! Fab job!!

KristenMay 6, 2016 - 12:10 am

LOVE this! The posing, the location…so playful.

Shannon & Willie ~ Destination Wedding ~ Reserva Conchal, Costa Rica

My  2016 started out with a trip down to the Nicoya Pennisula of Costa Rica to a place called, Reserva Conchal. I hadn’t been down there in 20 years and was so excited to not only be able to bring my family down for a vacation, but to photograph my friends, Shannon & Willie’s wedding. Costa Rica holds a special place in their hearts as Willie’s family has been coming down for years and it was easy for Shannon to fall in love with the country as well. This week was packed full of fun adventures, lots of family and friends, and beautiful weather. Destination weddings for me are extra special because I really get to enjoy my couples and their families for more than just the day.     They were so generous and invited us to welcome parties, catamaran cruises, and just beach days.    It was incredible!

This wedding held true to all of their passions. From Willie’s special song that he wrote and played for Shannon, the handmade Costa Rican pottery as gifts, Shannon’s vintage family sapphire ring, to the delicious cuisine and cocktails. All in the backdrop of beautiful beaches and scenery. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Venue/Catering:      Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa, Costa Rica

Event Planning:    Four Winds Weddings and Events ~ Kirsten Juntunen

Cake:   Victoria Zoch

Makeup:  Maravilla Makeup ~ Tricia Espinoza

Hair:   David Miles


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Melissa MMarch 30, 2016 - 6:02 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! The beaches there look immaculate! Love the feet in the water too :)

GabrielleMarch 30, 2016 - 6:47 pm

I love Costa Rica! You really captured the carefree feel of this wedding.

Lauren NygardMarch 30, 2016 - 11:48 pm

This wedding looks so gorgeous through your lens! Beautifully done!

SophieMarch 31, 2016 - 1:23 am

So good! I love how well you documented this gorgeous and fun wedding! Love it!

hillaryMarch 31, 2016 - 4:11 am

This wedding is STUNNING! You did such a beautiful job capturing it. I can’t decide if I love the one of them walking on the water more or the family portraits with the beautiful greenery more… love it!

KristenV.March 31, 2016 - 1:53 pm

What a gorgeous and fun location! You did an amazing job with that beautiful evening sun too

Amy GrayMarch 31, 2016 - 2:51 pm

First of all, I ADORE the ring shot! And the details are to die for! Love the beach series with the coconuts, too. Such beautiful images of a day that must have made all their dreams come true. Such a wonderful job!

JasmineMay 4, 2016 - 8:23 pm

Seriously SO much fun, and a total dream setting. magic.

Ashley DMay 5, 2016 - 9:46 pm

Oh my, what a beautiful day! Lovely details and beautiful people.

High Family ~ Encinitas Home Lifestyle Shoot

Cue to one of my most loyal and loving clients! Not only do I have so much fun hanging with their family, but I feel like I am a part of it! I have photographed all of their milestones in the last few years, so being there to capture their newest addition, Merrick, was so special for me. It also brought me back to the chaos and adventure of having two little boys. I always say the days are long, but the years are short and these are the times to really cherish. The High’s home is stunning, their kids are beautiful, and they truly have such a great energy.

Here are a few of my favorites from our in-home lifestyle shoot.


…….and Grayson says “ALL DONE.”    Such a trooper.  Thank for the fun!

xoxo ~ m*

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Melissa MMarch 3, 2016 - 1:16 am

These are so great! Love the kissing in the crib and the bed flying! Oh and the kitchen chase! Too many good ones to choose. I love in home lifestyle sessions! You rock!

Sarah TolsonMarch 3, 2016 - 1:52 am

How could Mamma not love all of these! So great!!

Lauren NMarch 3, 2016 - 2:55 am

These are amazing! I love the way you captured this family! The toes image is too cute!

LaurenMarch 3, 2016 - 3:32 am


NatalieMarch 3, 2016 - 3:44 am

What a lovely family- two boys! Their home is beautiful and it looks like the light was to die for! Beautifully captured!

aprilMarch 3, 2016 - 5:04 am

Each moment is captured so beautifully! Love all of these!

Kim CurranMarch 3, 2016 - 4:31 pm


marisajmcbride@gmail.comMarch 3, 2016 - 5:02 pm

Thank you so much Laura! Such a compliment coming from you!

SophieMarch 3, 2016 - 5:02 pm

So amazing! I love a well documented lifestyle session, and you rocked this one! Love the happiness from everyday life you captured here!

Carrie McCluskeyMarch 3, 2016 - 5:17 pm

What a great session. I love their bedroom, styled perfectly! I love all the shots too, especially the one with the dog licking. lol You did an amazing job Marisa!

Amy GrayMarch 3, 2016 - 5:46 pm

There is just nothing better than a home lifestyle session, and this one is so wonderful and full of fun and interaction. I love it so much!!

Ashley DuCheneMarch 3, 2016 - 7:28 pm

These are great, their house looks bright and beautiful. My favorites are the crib photos.

KristenMarch 3, 2016 - 8:32 pm

LOVE the running + interaction of these images. True life with 2 little boys!

hillaryMarch 31, 2016 - 4:12 am

Man I love this!! Lifestyle sessions are so awesome… make a great album to pass on down to the kids! Great job!

San Diego Senior Photographer ~ Darby

Congratulations to Darby, Class of 2016! She is smart, artistic, and obviously beautiful. We had so much fun at this rural setting for her senior portraits. I always encourage my seniors to get their hair and makeup done for our shoot. Mainly, because they feel beautiful! When I mentioned this to Darby and her mom, her mom said…”well she is really good at doing her own.” And look at her! She is incredibly talented! What a stunner, and she truly knows how to rock a hat!

Oh the places you will go….



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