Marissa is, quite possibly, the most disciplined and conscientious person I know. Not only is she vegan, but she also makes sure that the clothes she buys are ethically sourced and the products she uses are cruelty-free. Because of Marissa I now have connections with local makeup artists who use exclusively organic products.
Marissa cares very strongly about animal welfare but she's not just talk; she volunteers at Valley Humane Society taking care of cats and kittens.
She's also a member of a on-campus group called SAIC that gives a voice to students and strives to make positive changes at the high school.
Marissa went to a summer camp that focused on teaching teens how to become activists in their communities. I love that she brought this t-shirt to her session because I feel like it's a true reflection of who she is.
I'm so glad that I got to meet Marissa because it reminded me how my every day purchasing decisions can actually have an impact toward positive change.
I am a teen, tween, and high school senior portrait photographer in the SF east bay area.