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Just a Before & After

Emilie - Hi Marissa!

You are truly such an inspiration to me! I have been pursuing photography for about 3 years now, and am just starting to poke my foot into the business aspect of it. I have done a total of 2 paid shoots in my entire life, and as I am getting more requests to do senior pictures I am feeling a bit over my head. For that reason I started researching senior pictures to try and find some inspiration- which led me to you. I have been poring over you blog and portfolio for the past half hour and I am in complete amazement! I love how you include professionally done makeup with your photo-shoot experience, and I am sure it makes the girls feel 100% more beautiful and confident! Also, your editing techniques have me baffled. The matte affect and soft colors are stunningly beautiful- one I have been trying to master for a very long time, yet you make it look effortless!
I am sure I will be studying your blog for the next hour as well, but I just wanted to let you know how beautiful and unique your work is. Thumbs up!!

your biggest fan,

Bay City Michigan Senior Photographer | Saige

Meet the gorgeous 2014 senior from Bay City Central High School, Saige! She is an athlete (playing all my faves… basketball, volleyball & soccer), gorgeous, down to earth, with an infectious laugh and killer smile.  Killer smile!  It’s always hard to smile on cue, and as a photographer, I dread the Chandler’s…. (:

Saige was NOT a Chandler… She was AMAZING & Natural!! She has the smile I wish I had… haha. Don’t worry, though… she didn’t disappoint on the serious model look either.  You all know that the half face shot is a signature of Miss… Well Saige’s is one of my most favorites ever.  Check it out…. Did she nail it or what!!

Saginaw, Michigan Senior Photographer or is it Plano, Texas Senior Photographer? Either Way… Celeste!!

The power of social media is pretty amazing. I know this because I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Celeste… a Michigan born, Texas raised Class of 2014 Senior at Liberty High School in North Texas.  Do you all remember Cassondra’s Session that was featured a couple of places? If not you can check out the In the Press page and see it. (:  Once her session was featured, the blog owner’s pinned it… and it was repinned… Quite a bit, apparently, because that’s how Celeste found me… Pinterest!  Crazy!!

*By the way you should totally Follow Me on Pinterest and leave a link to your Pinterest in the comments so I can follow you too!

If I had gone into business 10 years ago (I’d still be in high school myself…haha…) that NEVER would have happened.  I am extremely happy that I’m doing this now, and that it did happen.  Celeste is a natural in front of the camera.  She never looked awkward… always fell into whatever I directed with ease… and the outcome is breathtaking! Basically, she is every photographer’s dream. (: We were fighting some serious humidity, and it didn’t catch up to us until we got to the golf course, and then it felt like we were swimming in it…lol.  She still was simply amazing <3

I was soooo thrilled to see all of her perfect outfits… that she had shipped to MI to avoid the high fees for checked baggage… Smart Girl!  You can tell that Celeste is a fashionista from her clothing choices.  She wants to have her own clothing line someday, and when she does… I’m gonna pimp it out here.  And Celeste, you should use your email address as the name of your clothing line, if it’s free! I freaking Love it!   Anyway…haha… we got through 6 outfits… and I think if we had had more time we could have easily gone longer.  Though, I think it’s probably better that we didn’t, because I would have gotten even more amazing shots. It’s already hard enough to decide just which ones I want to share with everyone without sharing them all and causing your computer or device to load slow. So my way of dealing with this dilemma… I’m gonna share her Fabulous session vid.  And then bombard you with in-post gorgeousness!  (:



Something(s) else you should know about Miss Celeste… This LHS Redhawk has been on the Varsity golf team since her freshman year of High School.  She made District 9-AAAA 2nd Team All-District this year…. Tied for 24th place in the 2012 4A State Championship held in Austin, Texas…. Was given Honorable Mention All-District in 2012… As her Varsity basketball team’s point guard she led them to be not only the Regional Semi Final Champions, earlier this year as a junior, but the Redhawks were the District Champs as well!  She’s not only gorgeous, sweet, ambitious, stylish and fun… She’s a baller, too! (Can you call it that for golf?!)

 I cannot thank Celeste and her mother, Donna, enough for choosing me to be their 2014 Senior Photographer… especially since, they are in Texas, and I’m all the way up here in The Mitten.  Thank you both for taking time out of your vacation to work with me.  It truly was a pleasure, and I am over the moon, in love with these images!
If you are interested in having the experience of a lifetime for your senior portraits… Contact Me (that little button up at the top of the post)! Let’s make your photos as stunningly beautiful as you are!

Kate H - Love your senior work! Such a gorgeous girl!

Erica Colvin Photography - I feel like she could play Celine Dion in the early years of a documentary of her life! What a gorgeous girl!

Samantha Sinchek Photography - Your work is perfection Marissa. Your fusion videos are so fun and perfectly made, I would love to incorporate this someday!

Sarah Cusano - What a gorgeous girl! Your work is so stunning Marissa!

Heather - SO SO love these! I am SO obsessed with your senior work. Just amazing!

Danielle Lemon - I keep scrolling back to look at each one of these because this session is PERFECTION. Holy gorgeous. Your work is so beautiful. I imagine she’s absolutely thrilled with these photos.

Deidra - So stunning. She is absolutely gorgeous and you did an amazing job!

Chelsie - She is beautiful!! And your work is just incredible! These are fantastic!

Becky - Your composition and posing is pure perfection! I love these!

Joey - Wow she is stunning and your work is amazing as always! I wish I had photos like this when I was her age!

carolyn kipper - have i told you lately that you are amazing? seriously my jaw dropped. this girl is gorgeous and you are so talented.

Melissa Reibe Photography - These are STUNNING! She was smart hiring you 😉 Love your senior work!

Donna E - Thank you all very much for admiring my daughter, Celeste! 🙂 Your comments warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Marissa is a fantastic photographer! Her artistry and genuine personality make her a true gem. She surpassed our expectations in every way!

Best Friend Special

Best friends are special, so why not do something special with your BFF this summer!

Exclusive MISS BFF Special for 2014 Seniors!

– Book your senior session for the same time as your Bestie’s senior session between now and National Best Friends Day on June 8th –

       Share The Ultimate Senior Photography Experience with each other (you already do everything together… and have for YEARS, right?!  Why not this, too?!).  Book your sessions for the same day, and you and your BFF will each save $50 on your session fee!  You will both still get Full Hair & Make Up done with Janey, as well as a Full Photo Shoot… What’s extra?  A mini BFF Shoot!  You both will have a full gallery of your own individual images from the session, but will also have several images of the two of you together (Can you imagine the possibilities with Fusion?! Amazing!).  There’s more!  I will be offering an exclusive photo product complimentary to both girls to display their favorite image(s) together. A 3 image, 8×16 Storyboard!

Kick off your senior year in style with your Best Friend and Miss by Marissa McInnis!

Mid Michigan Senior Photography | Retouching

You all see the different images in my blog posts and in my Portfolio… but sometimes it’s a little hard to differentiate the ways I retouch my images.  Obviously, Black & White is pretty easily distinguished…lol.  Did you know, though, that I not only do a Color version and Black & White one… but I also do a Vintage version when it suits the image?  I love the retro feel of this style, and it looks gorgeous not only on your screen… but just stunning in print!  After your session, I go through all the images and hand choose the most beautiful ones to retouch (probably the hardest part, since just about every image is heart stoppingly lovely!).  Every image will be fully retouched… most (if not all) will be in Color, some will also be in Black & White and Vintage (or only B&W or Vintage if the image just screams one or the other!).  These images are of the lovely Sara, a 2013 senior…. You can compare the different versions yourself, as well as appreciate her gorgeous smile. (:


I am now booking Class of 2014 Seniors for this summer season.  Make sure you book NOW to reserve your spot.  I ONLY photograph up to 40 seniors each year… to be one of those Exclusive girls, and have the best in Mid Michigan Senior Photography… Email Me TODAY!