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 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 2, 2019

Gosh do I love doing styled shoots this year. I have been caught by a #allthingspretty bug that just won't go away. The Lace Factory in Deep River. Connecticut was the first venue I got to experience when I go into weddings.

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 18, 2019

Well I thought I would do something a bit different -- blog MY own wedding! It has been 5 years since Michael and I got married and this milestone deserves something special. After we go married that is when I transitioned from taking portraits and kids to love, couples and weddings. It has been such a ride these years and looking at these photos bring back those priceless memories of the best day ever 10.18.14!!

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.

August 10, 2019

Back when I first got started and building my portfolio I photographed a couple of boudoir sessions for family members. I also participated in one myself and surprisingly loved being in front of the camera in this vulnerable way

July 21, 2019

Super happy to have the chance to go back to the Lodge at Maneely's in South Windsor, Connecticut. The laid back nature of Sam and Chris are what they loved most about the lodge and the day reflected the fun and relaxing atmosphere.

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.