Hello! I'm Marisa.
My love for photography started as a love for working with children. As an infant/toddler teacher, I was photographing children in my care while their parents were working. I wanted to show the parents how their children were growing and what they were learning. As time went on, photographing the children and printing the images became one of the absolute best parts of my job (nothing tops kid hugs, though). 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, and his family. We've been married for 17 years and we work together often.
Everything I know about professional photography lighting, I first learned from Mike.
*Photography by Marisa Duran