Born in the Netherlands, I grew up in 4 time zones, 3 countries and 2 continents, but finally put my roots down here in SoCal. Now my husband, our two dreamboat kids, our fur-baby, (and the box turtle I've had since I was 10) live in a little beach town just north of San Diego. We spend the weekends I'm not working camping about in our travel trailer, riding bikes around town, playing board games, and making pizza. Or cookies. Or both! In the evenings I'm often editing away while everyone is sleeping, but you might also catch me making jewelry, curled up on the couch watching re-runs of Schitt's Creek. I consider myself a Citizen of the World and use my dual passports to experience as much of it as I can. But while I love to travel, I can't stand planning it. Thankfully, my husband happily obliges. Next stop: Bali for our 10-year. Some day: an African Safari!
Since I started my business in 2015, industry folk have told me I need to specialize; to find my "niche". Instead I continue to find myself drawn to several different types of photography, but with the common thread of authentic human connection. So now I simply say "I document Love - in all its forms".
Whether it's the romance of your wedding day, the joyful laughter of a growing family, or the hopeful dedication an entrepreneur pours into her business, I aim to tell your story through a lens of love. With honest intention, humble artistry and a whole lot of heart.
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We believe in the power of human connection - in authentic moments shared with those we love. We believe in the power of positivity and choose joy intentionally. We also believe representation matters, black lives matter, and pronouns matter (mine are she/her). We believe water is life and mother earth is hurting. We believe that god is love and love is love. That everyone, of any ethnicity, gender, age, size or faith is worthy of love - of celebrating and sharing love. Not only are you invited and welcome, but we are honored to help you tell your story.
These values guide our approach to photography, editing, our clients' experience working with us, and every aspect of how we run our business. They drive decisions about which businesses we support and to which organizations we donate. These values inform how we live our lives, and with whom we share our love.
Since 2016 we have made monthly donations to the ACLU, adding monthly contributions to EJI in 2019 and most recently, HRC in 2020. We have also contributed regularly to IRC (after all, my husband and I are both immigrants) and Planned Parenthood over the years. We involve our children in our activism too, because it's important that our allyship isn't performative - we have to walk the walk.
Marie was super professional and has a very warm personality that
makes everyone around her comfortable.
The picture quality is not only amazing, but they certainly
tell a story and bring out our personalities.
Laura Crowley - via The Knot
Tierney S. - via The KNot
Marie was a cut above the rest on every level. She seemed to "sense" what I needed and then made it happen.
I felt 100% supported by her.
She took command when we needed direction, and she made herself invisible when things were flowing well. Marie is a true photography professional and a wonderful human.
easy, effortless, and so fun.
Kayla Lyon - via google
The whole process for my branding session was
I cannot believe how incredible our photos came out. I just can't recommend Marie enough.
She’s a magician!