☾  get to know me  ☽
Hi, I’m Marielle!
I’m a five-foot tall Filipina in love with being creative and capturing stories with my camera. Thank you so much for stopping by my site! Since you’re here, I assume you’re curious about who I am and whether we’d be a good fit for photo/video. Let me start off by saying that I love being creative in any way possible — through photos, videos, writing, drawing, painting, journaling, dancing, allll the arts and crafts. 

The formal stuff – My day job is being a videographer/video editor for the University of TN at Chattanooga. I am also a a freelancer for the advertising section for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I studied photojournalism in college and have experience as a staff photographer and staff writer for the University Echo and as well as being a videographer and former head editor for Rising Rock Media. You can trust that I will capture your story with pure authenticity. ♡
Now… Why do I do what I do?
As I unpack the experiences of my inner-child and question my love for taking photos and videos, I’ve realized that I have always had a borderline unhealthy obsession with collecting memoirs. (LOL)

Thinking as far back to my five year old self – I. collected. everything. I dated everything. I wrote everything down so that I wouldn’t forget it.

A sea shell I got from a vacation to the beach when I was 5 years old? Random pieces of my hair from a haircut when I was 8? A piece of cotton from a school field trip to a farm in 5th grade? All taped into my journal with my signature, my age, and the day of the week, month, day, year, and time of day. 

Then onto middle school when I got my first camera phone and Facebook account… And the true beginning of my memory-hoarding addiction through photos and videos ensues. Special shoutout to my middle school iPod touch and all my Facebook albums titled, "6th Grade Part 1" and Part 2... Part 3... etc. and so forth. 

I never ever wanted to forget the little moments in life because that feeling of nostalgia was a comfort place for me. And this little passion of mine capturing memories with my camera has transcended into a career for doing this for others. My 5 year old self is smiling inside me when I get to take photos or videos for others. She would be so proud and excited. :)

Weddings, Couples, Senior Portraits, Promotional Work, Creative Sessions... I would be insanely grateful to be the one to capture your story and all that you are and represent. You are the main character. Let me romanticize your life! 

There are so many talented creators out there in this world, so thank you thank you thank you for reading through this and stopping by. Positive energy being sent your way from me to you on your search for a photographer or videographer, or just in general. 

So much love -- Marielle :)

Marielle Echavez
Age 23
Monday, January 10, 2022

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