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 . Back Up Your Files

It’s been a little quiet over here, did you wonder where I was?  Well, the inevitable happened….my hard drive crashed, and I’ve been dealing with the repurcussions.  I came home from a week vacation in Lake Tahoe with my family, turned on my iMac, and there it was…the never-ending spinning wheel of death.  It just kept spinning, and never stopped! So, I made an appointment with the Apple store, and after some investigating, sure enough, the hard drive was bad.  So, they sent me on my way home to ensure that all my files were properly backed up. Now, being a professional photographer, I have many back up systems in place.  All of my dear clients’ images are backed up online.  I use Smugmug, which has so many lovely perks, the best one being that you can download the original sized file back to your hard drive.  I also have an external hard drive which keeps all of my personal images and videos.  The things that were in jeopardy were my documents/excel spreadsheets/mailing lists/other documents.  How could I be so careful with some information, but not everything?  Apple suggested I contact a 3rd party to extract and recover my data.

I called Mac Repair Los Angeles, and Alan came to the rescue.  He may have even been wearing a cape.  Not only did he recover everything, he also reinstalled all my applications, too.  He saved me.

I now religiously use time machine for my iMac. I also purchased a WD My Cloud 3 TB personal cloud storage device. It backs up my back up of all my personal stuff, including photos, videos, and all the iPhone photos from everyone in my family.

The reason I write this post? Well, if anything, let it serve as a public service announcement to back.up.your.stuff. Hard drives don’t last forever. They just don’t. And if you don’t have your precious baby/wedding/vacation/milestone photos and videos in at least 2 places, the day will come that the one place they are in will fail.  Don’t wait. Do it today, and if you don’t know how, find someone who does. harddrives

abigail@paperandcake - PHEW! this is a lesson you learned that I am taking to heart. Getting my hard drive today :)

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Missy Marie Photography . Manhattan Beach family photographer . Tyler + Quinn

Ahhhh….early morning photo shoots.  They are the honestly the best.  I don’t get many families to agree to them… which I totally get.  It’s tough to get everyone out of bed, and prettied up for an 8am shoot (or earlier!).  But look… look how different and beautiful the light is.  The sunlight comes up in the east, which makes the traditional looking pier images look so. much. different.  And beautiful.  I think everyone should try this light, and this perspective…because it is truly worth it.

I have been photographing this lovely family since their daughter was born.  They are just lovely, and I look forward to seeing them every time.


xo missy


Katie - Looks like a super fun session! Adorable kids – beautiful family!

Kelsey | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer - such sweet moments you have captured xoxo

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