About Me

My name is Marisa Darabi photo by Lorenz Angelo Gonzalezand I’ve been taking photos since I was so little, they were just headless bodies.

I’m much taller now.

I’ve done all kinds of photography, from event photography to product photography, but my heart has always gone back to natural-light portraits. From headshots to couples, I want to capture your essence – who you are, what makes you laugh, what makes you think. I want you to be able to have a photo that strangers will look at and say, oh yeah, I can see who they are. 

In my practice, I am patient, open, and communicative – allowing you to see what we’ve photographed throughout the session so you can leave confident that there are as many perfect shots as you want. And I won’t let you go until we’ve achieved that!

I also believe photography should be affordable. You can see more about that on my Bookings page.

I look forward to collaborating with you!


“Marisa is really great… I never had photos taken before and Marisa made me feel comfortable and at ease. She even helped me pick out some outfits on the day of the shoot. Marisa is also very efficient with time and has a delightfully unassuming personality. The shoot itself was fun and effortless. The pictures she took looked great (there were a ton of them). I had trouble picking the best ones for her to touch up. I’d say she did a good job touching up the photos as well, making them look extra fantastic. Overall, her service was very friendly and professional. I would use her services again!”
– Jess C.

“Marisa did a great job with my academic headshots! Chose great backgrounds and lighting and took some of the best pictures of me I’ve ever seen. Would definitely recommend her!”
– Andrew L.

“Marisa is amazing. She has a calm demeanor, was punctual/accessible and was very easy to work with. I asked her to take some pics of my 14 year old and they came out amazing! (Marisa even got her to smile!) I would/will absolutely recommend her to everyone i know who is looking for a great “portrait” photographer in the Bay Area.”
– Cynthia B.

“Marisa was super easy to work with. She selected a great outdoor spot and found a time when the light was perfect. The shoot was very efficiently run. A few days later, I had some great pictures. Thanks, Marisa!”
– Zev L.

“I loved working with Marisa. I haven’t had photos taken of myself since I was a child. She helped me figure out the location for the shoot and a concept. Our shoot was very straight to the point and efficient. I received the proofs hours shortly after the shoot and once I choose my photo I received my end product within a day. Very fast, kind and passionate about her work. Highly recommend!”
– Cassandra C.