Name: Marisa Vitale
Company: Marisa Vitale Photography
Instagram accounts: https://www.instagram.com/marisavitalephoto,
About Me : I am an interior, lifestyle, products and events photographer based in Venice Beach, CA. I'm married to my high school crush (who didn't know he was until we started dating 10 years after high school!) who I love to travel the world with and make babies with. We have two of them, Oliver and Macy who are twins that keep us on our toes! We should have suspected there was a theme in our house as we also have twin siamese cats, Choco and Blu. I love cruising our neighborhood on our rickshaw searching for blackberries and honeysuckles or going down to the waters edge to watch the sunset with my family. We love exploring new places, meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and trying to find a way in this life to live it all to its fullest.
What are your skills?: Influencer, Events, Photography
What is your education?: Community Studies (social justice and media) and Anthropology major from University of California, Santa Cruz - Undergraduate Degree
International Development with an emphasis in Urban Revitalization from University College London, England - Masters Degree
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Sponsorship, Mentorship, Friendship, Playdates, Starting a new company
Other interests: Traveling, hiking, exploring new areas in LA, finding secret nature spots,
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I love being around other creatives, especially entreprenuerial mamas! It's such a hard balance to be running your own company while also being a present mother and provider for your family. I'd love to be able to brainstorm and simply chat with your like minded women going through the same things! Being able to talk to someone not only about how your kid is eating and sleeping, but also how to launch your next idea and what kind of accounting software someone uses, is simply priceless. It can be so isolating sometimes to be a "stay at home" mom while still pursuing your dreams as an entrepreneurial woman. I often find myself behind my computer for hours on end without speaking to a single other person. I love the ides of HeyMama to get entrepreneurial mamas together to decrease that isolation, I love it.
What are your brand goals for this year?: I'd love to shoot a lot more brands that are "giving back" by creating stylized shoots for their products. I also love shooting events and interiors. Just last year my kids started going to school everyday, so i'm transitioning out of weddings and family shoots (that are all on the weekends) and towards other things I can do during the week while they're at school. I just missed them too much when I was working on the weekends!
I am also wanting to start a Creative Speaker Series to bring together various sectors of the creative world together to network, learn, grow and get inspired. Which is actually how I found HeyMama, I was looking for entrepreneurial women to be on a panel :-)
And I'm starting a Photography Speaker Series.
Words you live by/quotes you love: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
Comparison is the thief of joy
Look towards the sunshine and the shadows fall behind you
Not all who wander are lost
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive