Hello! My name is Marissa and I am the photographer behind Baby Steps Photography! First off let me just say I dread talking about myself, haha. I feel so awkward just thinking about writing this. I mean what do you even put in a bio? Well, here is my attempt to shed some light on... well, me!
You will often find me at my desk editing away or chasing my 4 year old son that outsmarts me on a daily basis. My downtime consists of books, video games and experiencing new adventures with my family. Video games were my first love as a kid and playing them always brings me to that happy place. While I think I'm semi decent at them I'm probably the worst player ever. Just ask my younger brother(who's now taller than me!) while he stomps my attempts to win any game against him. Give me a video game or a book I'll get through any hurricane without even noticing.
Soooo.... I'm a morning person. There, I said it.... don't look at me like that. It looks similar to the one I get when I try to wake my husband before his alarm goes off.😂 I am absolutely the person that will run out to the store and bring back donuts and coffee with a smile before you are ready to deal with people yet. I get so much done in the morning before my boys rise for the day.
So have always been a bit of an introvert and when I first started photography I couldn't keep a conversation going to save my life! I was awkward, soft spoken, I overthink everything I say, and stress about fumbling for my words. After running Baby Steps for over 4 years now I have figured out how to not only break the ice but also have amazing connections with my clients. But if you ever need me on a rainy day, I'll be wrapped in a soft blanket with my tea or wine.
I spent most of my life in the Gainesville area with some time spent up near Jacksonville and in GA as a kid. While FL humidity drives me and my hair insane, I couldn't imagine not being near my family. Living in Bronson has been a nice change of pace compared to the city living I have experienced in the past. I'm not even gonna lie though, I do miss late night store options, fast internet and delivery though. Late night cravings during pregnancy with my son became a challenge of trying to talking hubby into being hungry too, haha!
Photo Credit: Tanya Consaul Photography
Family, the only ones that are allowed to drive you crazy and still take up room in your heart. I am all in on family. I believe it takes a village in this life and my village is my everything. I am the oldest of us 3 siblings and the only girl. My oldest little brother is now taller than me and proud of it. He was born when I was 13 so he had to wait a while to get there but now he is quite proud of himself for it, haha. My youngest brother is such an amazing kid. At age 11 now he is smarter than his brother or I ever will be and has a true passion for music. Diagnosed with Autism doesn't slow him down and I am in awe of his courage to try new things with such charisma and confidence. He amazes us with his ability to pick up an instrument and play after only ever having seen videos of it. I couldn't imagine my life without my family.
On to the babies! Cause lets face it if you are reading my bio then you more than likely have a little baby of your own or have one on the way. I mean who doesn't love babies?? The pure joy and love that such a tiny package can hold and bring out in us. My husband and I will never forget the day our son came into our lives. Being a parent has been the most intense and rewarding job I have ever and will ever have. My son teaches me on a daily basis just as much as I teach him. He reminds me to stop and appreciate the little things, even though it might be hard to do sometimes with the stress life can bring. Balancing work and family can be a huge challenge and there are days I feel like I have failed at both but I will never stop trying.
So that's me in the proverbial nut shell! That didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would. I can't wait to meet you! ❤