Marquel's desire to create photographic art was unexpected to her because she always considered herself an introverted “numbers” person and felt that she lacked creativity. She became passionate about photography after traveling to Rome with her husband Paul in 2007. At that time, she realized that she had a deep love for art and wanted to document everything that she saw and experienced as perfectly as possible. While discovering that she had an eye for art, she realized that capturing it in a photographic image was not easy. From that point on, she challenged herself to perfect capturing the beauty that she saw in art and everyday life. Embarking on this journey has taught her many things about herself, inspiring her to focus on building her skills and knowledge when it comes to photography. After shooting for over 11 years, Marquel decided to start a photography company, Marquel Yvette Photography, LLC, in 2018, focusing primarily on capturing weddings and engagements. Her work has been featured by Munaluchi Bride, How They Asked by The Knot, Black Nuptials, Popsugar, and various other outlets.
During the pandemic, Marquel turned her focus to formal photography education and studio photography. She is continuously building on the foundation she started building in 2007 and is looking forward to the path that her love of photography will take her on, along with the many talented people she will meet along the way.
Marquel is a native of Northern Virginia, growing up in Alexandria and attending Thomas Jefferson High School. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she received her B.B.A. degree in accounting. She and her husband Paul have been residents of Loudoun County for 20 years. They have one daughter, Lauryn, who is a senior at Howard University.
Marquel spent 25 years of her career in accounting and finance at various companies in the DC area and in 2016, she opened an insurance agency in Broadlands, VA. She is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which she joined in 1988 while attending JMU. She is currently a member of the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter which she helped charter in 2009. Marquel has always have been very active her the community volunteering in multiple nonprofit organizations. She has served as a cheerleading coach for Dulles South Youth Sports, a PTA officer at Mercer Middle School, Treasurer for Loudoun County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and various other positions. Giving back to her community is high on her list of priorities.