Marielena Verdugo

My love for photography began when I was only four years old by arranging photoshoots in my backyard using my parent's camera. Growing up in the artistic town of Laguna Beach nourished my creative spirit & continues to inspires me on a daily basis. Little did my parents know that my childhood hobby would become my career. Today, photography continues to be my ultimate passion in life!

Nothing brings me more joy than capturing the essence of a moment and sharing it with others is complete blessing and total pleasure.

My photographs serve as my most precious memories and I hope they can serve as yours too! 

Thanks for visiting my site + I look forward to connecting with you more!

 

Freelance Photographer.

Full time Mermaid.

Occasional Writer.

B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, emphasis on journalism.

 

Feel free to shoot me an email anytime: marielenaphoto@gmail.com

 

Reviews from Clients

"Mari is an exceptional photographer. She is hands down the best photographer we work with. As a video production company, we get a lot of clients looking for photography services from weddings to commercial projects and events. Mari has a unique eye and knows how to capture the core of a moment, product, business and brand. I highly recommend her and the services she provides!" - Anthony A.

"Mari did a family photo shoot for my family and did an excellent job. I was impressed with her planning and communication of the shoot. She researched different beaches for us to ensure that it was not crowded for our shoot. My 1 year old was being a bit uncooperative and she was extremely patient and understanding. Her turn around was fast too. We got our pictures back within a week! We will definitely be using her again!"- Christina G.

"We had the great pleasure of having Mari as our photographer for our City Hall wedding with our children and then an incredible beach shoot the following day, just the 2 or us. Marielena is the epitome of "Good Vibes." She effortlessly guided us thru the shoot, and the photos that she took truly captured my new husband and I on the best day of our lives. We are so grateful to have these photos to pass down to our kids and grandkids for all the years to come. If you are lucky enough to book her for your special day, it will make it an even better day for you! You're in FANTASTIC hands with Marielena!" - Lisa I.

"Mari is professional & affordable. I'm so glad that I went with Marielena Photography after talking with quite a few photographers. Her hourly rate is worth every penny! I had a one-hour Laguna Beach sunset session with Mari. She was very punctual. I'm not excellent at posing but Mari provided a lot of posing ideas and showed them to us. She was super familiar with local beaches in Laguna Beach so we didn't waste any time deciding on spots. I received our edited photos before the proposed time. We got a LOT of great pictures. Everything I needed. It's amazing that Mari could shoot so many great photos within one hour. I will definitely recommend Marielena Photography my friends. Thanks Mari!" - Tim K.

"Mari is a wonderful family photographer. We were fortunate to have Marielena take our family portraits last summer. The results were stunning. She captured memories so beautifully and we will treasure these portraits forever. I would not hesitate to hire her again and I recommend her highly for any and all photography work needed, especially family events. She was easy to work with and completely understood what we wanted." - Sue B. 

"I am so grateful to have met Marielena! She has an amazing eye for creating photos that are unique and reflect her creativity and talent. I was gifted one of my most favorite photos taken by her for my birthday. My husband and I plan on having Mari take all our family photos from now on. She has such a away of capturing the essence of her clients, being human or mother nature. I would highly recommend Marielena for any type of photos you dream of. She photographs every thing from food to sunsets, to weddings!"- Jody R.

"I've had the pleasure of being photographed by Mari for almost half my life. Not only does she make you feel comfortable while shooting but she has such a calm demeanor that almost makes you forget that you're in the spot light. She has an eye for detail and can capture your true essences without you even realizing it. I recommend her for capturing all your favorite and special memories. Her photos are timeless and one of a kind! You won't regret it" - Sky B.