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.

November 10, 2021

Literally can't get over these images from my vendor friend Keeley Abigail Photography. I knew I wanted her not only for her great work but because of the full circle moment! She was the second photographer from our wedding 7 years ago!

September 6, 2021

Can you stand this perfect family?! I know you have seen Aspen and Michael in my Instagram feed and all over my portfolio! It's because they are my very first #MOPcouple and I really only do family photos for them.

December 16, 2020

Spreading holiday spirit hasn't been easy this year but we are trying! I really loved seeing some couples and families this year so some quick holiday sessions.

May 26, 2019

This portrait session at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut was nothing short of a blast. These girls were all so sweet, fun and funny! This opportunity came at a great time -- I was just thinking how much I wanted to add senior portraiture to my business and the following week my inbox had this very inquiry (thank universe!).

May 9, 2019

This session was super special to capture at a local Air BnB and the Waterford Judicial Court House. A wedding planner I follow regularly asked on Instagram if anyone was available to take photos for her sister, partner and their two young girls they would be adopting. I jumped at the chance for this different type of experience. It was nothing short of amazing!

November 11, 2018

This year my holiday sessions took place at Herzig Tree Farm in Durham, Connecticut. You can't get more classic New England with a great family photo in a tree farm. The weather is always crazy here but rainy and cloudy mornings turned into sunny afternoon and even wind!

December 23, 2017

When your best friend gets engaged you take her pictures and when she has her first baby you take pictures! I was super excited to get to meet baby Cobbe.Heather and Mike chose not to know the gender which not many people do now a days. From the moment she texted me the ultrasound photo I guessed a boy which I had a 50/50 shot at!

December 17, 2017

Its that time of year.... HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS! I put out a brief "hey is anyone interested" post on my personal Facebook and got some hits so for the first time I put together a 2017 mini-session package. I got to photograph some clients I hadn't in a while as well as friends and a local resident. Once I gained interest I had to find a location and there was only one place that came to mind, my favorite place, the Webb Barn. I couldn't beat the proximity as well as feeding my obsession of old rustic barns. I also made the trek to a new place, Comstock Bridge which was also super charming -- covered bridge on the water?! Yes please. I really loved doing this and for next year will put something together even more spectacular.