meet

marissa

kay.

I’m a curly-haired, cookie-loving photographer based out of Orange County. I capture free-spirited, adventurous couples who are joining their lives together in an intimate setting. My camera and I will travel anywhere in the world as long as cookies are involved. When I’m not attached to my camera, you can find me snuggled up with my hubby and our son, looking for things at Home Goods that I don't really need to buy, or eating fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies.

a little bit about me.

I was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, an oddly-named city in Southern California. My husband and I lived in the Bay Area for 6 years, but we just moved back to SoCal and are living in a cute, Spanish-style home in Huntington Beach. I also work part-time as a psychiatric nurse for adolescents. I'm extremely passionate about mental health, and I'm so thankful for a job in which I get to support youth going through difficult times. When I'm not nurse-ing, you can find me trying my best to manage life as a wife, mama, and business owner. It's a busy life, but I honestly love it. I have a hard time sitting still!

So, you’re wondering how I got into photography. Well… my husband goes through several, what I like to call, "phases" every year. This past year, his phases included drawing a comic, aspiring to be like Gordon Ramsay, and investing in real estate. In 2010, one of his phases was photography. He bought a DSLR camera, and he was ready to go. The problem was that he couldn't really go through this phase of his, because I was using his camera all. the. time. From there, my passion for photography turned into a full-blown obsession. I am so thankful that a little camera has led me to work with such genuinely awesome couples. I’ve photographed over 50 weddings in stunning destinations, including Ireland, Jamaica, and Oaxaca. 

the loves

of my life.

My husband, Bronson, and I met in Algebra II class when we were 15 years old! We've now known each other for half of our lives (which just blows my mind)!

 

We got married in January of 2014, and almost exactly 5 years later, we welcomed our adorable son, Atlas Theodor, into the world. He is a ball of energy and absolutely loves people. I'm not really sure how two laid-back people ended up with such a wild, social baby! He definitely keeps us on our toes!

01.

In case you didn't know already, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE COOKIES! I'm picky with my cookies though. They need to be freshly baked with a soft center and a slightly crispy edge. I don't do any of that Chips Ahoy, Famous Amos stuff!

random factoids.

02.

I also work part time as a psychiatric registered nurse for adolescents. I'm incredibly passionate about reducing the stigma of mental health, and it's something I'm always open to discussing.

03.

I have a 26-year-old brother with Autism. I have such a special place for him in my heart, and he's one of the main reasons I work in the mental health field.

04.

I love Jesus, and my main goal in life is to love others as He did — unconditionally.

my little love bug

5.28.20

our wedding day

1.4.14

nineteen years old!

1.18.10

our engagement shoot

4.10.13

first  family photoshoot

4.13.19

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