Born in Hayward, California, 1983. Moved and raised in Oakland, California. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 2001, entered California State University East Bay in the pursuit of a B.A. in Mass Communication. Entered the photography business in 2002 with the start of a personal website, Mynessa.com. In 2007, received a B.A. in Mass Communication. Began working as a wedding photographer in 2008.