It’s all four generations. It’s a mother and daughter. It’s a little boy climbing a tree. It’s a chance encounter with a horse. It’s chasing down a windblown hat. It’s an unexpected wave soaking your feet.


    There are toothless smiles, sticky kisses, dirty hands, rain-booted feet jumping puddles, and bugs in jars. There are chubby chub thighs, hands waving bye-bye, and rides on daddy’s shoulders.

  • LOVE

    Love looks like your grandmother’s wedding ring, love sounds like an inside joke, love feels like his sweatshirt, but love will also tell you there is spinach in your teeth.

Missy Marie Photography . Manhattan Beach maternity photographer . Clinton + Auraleen

Groovy. Cool. Funny. And very much in love and ready to love their baby, too. These 2 will rock being parents.

I told them, “I will not always want you to look at me, or my camera.” Between some direction, and some stuff that happened organically, this is what happened. And I loved it. I say this: “I am a shutter pusher, but mostly a director and coach; I want to get moments, not necessarily poses.”

xo missy


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Missy Marie Photography . Rancho Palos Verdes family photography

I may or may not have teased this young man just a tinnnnnnnny bit to get a smirk or maybe a little smile here or there. I do think he may have enjoyed himself in the end, even though he would probably not admit it.  Riiiight?

This family ~ as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  ❤️

xo missy


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Missy Marie Photography . Realtor’s Closing Gift . Los Angeles family photographer

Today I am sending out a Gift Certificate to a family that purchased a home from the most awesome Maggie Ding, a realtor here in the South Bay. She bought a “Lifestyle Portrait” session package, which includes some digital images, as well as a couple of professional prints, as her gift to her clients. I offer 2 photo session packages for closing gifts to realtors, (and even have an incentive for the realtor’s family to receive a free session). I can include a personalized note, and even mail or deliver it for you! Sign up for the MMP Mailing List to receive more information.

xo missy


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Surprise Vow Renewal . Missy Marie Photography . Hermosa Beach photographer

I am so excited to write this post.  I was asked to photograph a vow renewal a couple of months ago, by Stephanie (who happens to be the most awesome writer and founder behind Veegmama, which is her blog celebrating her vegan lifestyle). This beautiful gal was planning to surprise her husband with a celebration to renew their wedding vows on their 15th wedding anniversary. She invited close family and friends, planned a beautifully catered dinner, and even wore her wedding dress (which she was so proud to say that it was even a little big). Her plan went off without a hitch, and if you can’t tell by his expression, he.was.surprised! Their rabbi preformed the ceremony with the chuppah held by her family around them. As this was their 15th wedding anniversary, Dave had already purchased a gift for her that happened to be the perfect thing to place right on her finger during the ceremony ~ a surprise diamond eternity band! It’s almost as if he had planned that! You can actually see the love here, enjoy the photos.

xo missy


Stephanie Dreyer - Thank you, Missy, for this beautiful post. Your photography was spectacular and captured all of the joy, love, and excitement of the event. Thank you for being a part of this very special milestone. Big hug!

admin - What an honor to be a part of your special day! Such a beautiful gesture of love ~ you guys are truly amazing! xoxo

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