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 24, 2020

This day at Veterans Memorial Clubhouse with AnneMarie and Larry had my favorite details and lighting of the year! I arrived at the salon where the bride was getting the finishing touches on her hair and make-up. I got to meet her mother and maid of honor and enjoyed some hot cider and breakfast items...

January 15, 2020

There are some beautiful *bonus* weddings I got to witness this year from so many talented photographers. It is so fun to be able to be an associate for the day! In a way it's more relaxing. I get to take the time for more creative shots and to be more observant. This year most of my experiences was shooting with Courtney Lynn (who my couples have seen). We got into a great rhythm this year and when you find a great professional working relationship you hold on to it. Thank you so much to all the leads I've met and worked with old and new! Enjoy!

January 8, 2020

Wedding are what really drives Mariel O. Photo! Don't get me wrong I do fill in my year with family and other projects but these images have my heart. Looking back at my favorites of course bring me back to each day and how special and unique each wedding is. A friend of mine always asks if I get sick of weddings, and truth is I don't. There is such excitement all around and to be honest that energy is contagious.

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 27, 2019

So I am a little behind with this blog post but this wedding in early October was so spectacular! The day started pretty cool and cloudy but really turned around with amazing light. I showed up at Powder Ridge Park in Middlefield, Connecticut to start with the bride. Mary, her girls, and both mothers were there - pretty calm and collected, just as I suspected. The hair and make up team just had a few more touch ups.

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 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.