Meet Mariel

This blog is a small representation of my most current sessions, my clients love stories and all the adventures I am privilaged to go on! Ways to my heart include coffee, feeding me before I am "hangry" and anything shabby chic/rustic. My vintage camera collection grows everday and I am usually smiling and quoting random movies. Most importantly Mariel O. Photo celebrates love in all forms regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation & gender identity.

January 1, 2020

The years tend to fly by the older I get and so for the start of 2020 what better than to reflect on all the past year has brought me. Up first I wanted to first revisit all the Engagement sessions I captured in 2019! This year I went to a lot of different places to shoot my beautiful couples in love. From a Stratford, Connecticut brewery to a greenhouse at Smith College in Massachusetts.

December 15, 2019

Confession: Winter sessions are wonderful and a close up to my favorite time of year to shoot (second to fall). Sarah and Robby suggested meeting up at their favorite winery, Paradise Hills in Wallingford, Connecticut. Being a Wallingford native myself I had funny enough never been and boy was I missing out. This vineyard is quaint will a super kind staff and accommodating.

November 27, 2019

Something new and different from me was shooting this session in the famous Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, Connecticut. Leading up to this shoot I was texting with Arianna and even though she was nervous excited her groom Stephen, was just mostly nervous. I get that a lot from couples prior to their shoots. When are you ever in front of the camera in this intimate way? I tell you everything you need to know so you can concentrate on hanging out with your favorite person.

November 15, 2019

Engagement season is is a short one here in New England. Everyone loves the glow of autumn and the October & November dates fill up fast. I met up with Kathryn and Timmy at their home in Tolland, Connecticut. These two met through a mutual friend two and a half years ago and adopted their darling and adorable pup Stevie! I just had to get a family shot first.

November 1, 2019

Fall and engagement sessions go hand in hand. Ashley & Korey wanted lots of fall colors so we postponed their original date by a couple weeks to make sure they got what they wanted. We met up at Wadsworth Falls in Middletown, Connecticut on a pretty comfortable cool fall afternoon.

October 4, 2019

I met with Gina and Vinny only a week and half before their engagement shoot! The pair although engaged for 2.5 years already were just now begun the planning process. Vinny is in the Army and will be shipping out in a couple weeks for more training so that is why the speedy need for photos. It took place at Wickham Park with tons of options and fun spots. Fall decided to show up this week with some chilly wind gusts but also warm sunshine and of course the glow that all photographers love.

June 12, 2019

Shooting in new places is really what drives creativity. You would think working and living in Connecticut I would get the opportunity to shoot in Massachusetts often but I usually go to New York, however Mary and Todd chose Smith College Botanical Garden in their town of Northampton, MA

June 8, 2019

Going to just put out there how much I love spending time with this couple! They are so down to earth and make me laugh! When we discussing their engagement session location Tiffany mentioned off hand how much her fiance loves Central Park and New York City.

March 30, 2019

Engagement sessions could quite be my favorite thing. For this session I was able to visit Great River Park in East Hartford, which is a on the banks overlooking Hartford. Despite the wind AnnMarie and Larry rocked it - they are such sweethearts and easy to work with. There was some pressure being my first session of the year but I quickly got back into the groove. I am excited for their East Hartford wedding this October.

June 10, 2018

This session was my first after officially moving to Middletown so I couldn't wait to meet up on a relaxing Sunday evening to explore the beauty that is Wadsworth Mansion. Chris loves the grounds and building and is a big architecture buff and I enjoyed hearing about the history from someone who appreciates it. Sam is also one fun mama and these two just compliment each other.