Hello! I'm Marisa.
My love for photography started as a love for working with children. I had a camera in my hands on a daily basis for years while I was an infant/toddler teacher. I loved those kids and I also loved photographing them. I could catch little things that their parents couldn't see while they were at work. Printing those images and sharing them with their families become one the absolute best parts of my job.
I felt something back then that still holds true to this day. When I am photographing a someone or a group of someone’s, I get to see the best side of them. The side that loves their kids and laughs at their spouse’s silly faces. It's an incredible thing.
I started studying photography and let that love take over by committing to photographing full-time a little after moving to Central California.
I am never happier than when I'm photographing real moments between families. I am in awe of the immediacy of children's lives and love that I get to be anything from goofy to quiet, depending on the mood.
Every year I work on a unique photography project, and I'm really obsessed with portraits. Some of my previous projects include: children in the visual and performing arts, a Tooth Fairy project, and women and their best friends.
*Photography by Mike Self
Marisa also owns a school portrait business. She has photographed hundreds of families and thousands of children over the years.
Her work has been published in San Benito Magazine, South Valley Magazine, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children's monthly publications. Marisa was voted San Benito County's Best Photographer in both 2018, 2019 and 2020.
This is Mike.
Mike loves automotive photography, cars, Disney and Disney related things and his family. We've been married for 18 years and we work together most of the time.
Everything I know about professional photography lighting, I first learned from Mike. He's an invaluable part of the team.
*Photography by Marisa Duran