October 19, 2014

A pleasant early Fall afternoon lead to a batch of wonderful memories and keepsakes for a mother and daughter who I hold near and dear to my heart.  My childhood friend’s mother picked up my Facebook special for a mini-shoot of her and her daughter, Charlotte, and emai...

September 6, 2014

Deep fried zucchini, zucchini smoothies, and a zucchini mascot, the 32nd annual Zucchini Festival represents a Hayward tradition.


The event, held August 16 and 17, is sponsored by the community based organization, South Hayward Lions Club, and hosts more than just zucc...

August 11, 2014

A casual stroll through Barnes & Nobles is more like a bee-line to the photography section for me.  I go through each title, grazing over the how-to manuals and idiot’s guides–searching for something that is relevant to me, what catches my eye, and something I know I’m...

June 17, 2014


I read a quote last week that really got my mind going about black and white photography, and what it means for those who shoot in monochromatic colors.


When I shoot for clients, I always include two sets: one in color, one in black and white.  But I’d never given rea...

June 10, 2014

As you probably already know, most stories are better told with some sort of visual accompaniment.  Whether it’s the fish you caught last week, an awesome moment of your child learning to walk, or a quick shot of the city like the one below.


Almost all phones...

April 28, 2014

As I begin the first leg of my photography career, I thought it is of importance to share with you the reason I invest so much time and energy into my practice.  I flat out love photography.  Everything about it.  Even the time I spend researching new tips and tricks,...

April 24, 2014

I learned two important photography lessons this Easter.  The first: it's always my best bet to let my client’s personalities ring true in their photo-shoots. The second: picture-perfect moments will ensue given a little time, patience, and the alphabet song.


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Aesthetic. Beauty. Clarity. Evocation. Focus. 
Perspective. Quality. Sense. Vivid.

The words that connect you, and me, with art.


I’m Marina: pursuing my dreams + passionate photographer + visionary hoping to share and capture the world's amazing moments.


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