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.

June 30, 2021

Henry Park in Vernon was the perfect choice for this shoot because what it means to the couple. I always encourage picking a place that means something to your relationship.

February 24, 2021

he lucky couple that won my Valentine's Day giveaway session was Amylia and Rob who are my October couple getting married in Massachusetts. They were referred by my friend Courtney and already had their engagement session with her. I was sad that I wouldn't get to see or photograph them until then because I could tell from our Zoom consult that they were so fun. It must've been fate!

February 3, 2021

I always want my couples to be carefree, comfortable and definitely not this cold! The first sessions of 2021 was a blast to frolic around waterfalls, woods and trails.

November 11, 2020

When your bride texts you about switching locations of the session a few days prior you let her know you are on board, especially if it's at one of your favorite Connecticut parks! If you know me you know Elizabeth Park is where it's at with so many options for all types of sessions. It's where I got married and had my own engagement session

March 13, 2020

I remember passing through Collinsville one time a long time ago when I was working for Teddy Bear Portraits and thinking how friggin' awesome and industrial it was and how I had to do a session here. It took some years later but finally got the chance. Jillian and Tim just moved there recently and decided that this was the perfect location for their engagement shoot.

February 29, 2020

Dying to get out and shoot since winter months are so slow in Connecticut, I decided to run a Valentine's day couple shoot giveaway! It's the first time doing something like this so I wasn't sure anyone would want a mini shoot especially since men aren't so agreeable for photos. Lucky enough there was a positive response and one of my past couple won!

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.