Welcome to my website

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I am happy you are here and hope you have a little time to look around.  

Thank you to my amazing sister who found this beautiful quote for me.   This is how I approach each of my sessions.

  “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like”  David Alan Harvey 

ARTIST SPECIALTY & STYLE
We are bombarded in our day and age with all kinds of portrait photography styles that are all so incredibly beautiful.

I have heard that it takes a photographer about four to five years to discover your style.

It is not until you truly listen to what is speaking to you in your own portraits that you are able to determine what your own Authentic Style is.

For me over the past years, I have discovered that I gravitate towards: less is more, natural and real, simple and classy, which translates in to gentle, light and dreamy imagery.

This is what my business brand has become and will remain throughout my career. It just feels right.

My job is fun  and  I love what I do. I really enjoy working with families and have discovered they enjoy working with me too.

My speciality choice is maternity, natural newborn, babies and families and it is a perfect fit for me and what I love most.

 If you are drawn to my work and how it speaks to you, then

I look forward to working with you and capturing images that I know you will not only love, but cherish for the rest of your life.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Just to give you a feel of who I am.

I am first and foremost a Wife, Mother and Grandmother and my biggest Love is my people – they mean more than anything else in this world to me!

My extended family and my friends are my second love for sure.

I am truly blessed and feel that they all enrich my life beyond something I could ever try and measure.

I gravitate towards beautiful things – especially things that make me feel calm and at peace in my life.

I obtained an Interior Design Diploma when I was younger.

I love paint, furniture, art and yes of course portrait photography and editing.

My husband seems happy that I work on the computer rather than redoing all of the rooms in our house on a regular basis since becoming a professional photographer.

My home and my office are my haven. I decorate my home in a simplistic manner and my color theme is neutral and earthy tones.

I am more of an outdoorsy country girl which is most likely why I love doing outdoor sessions, but find that I am more often indoors in my office.

My other loves are: Abstract painting (no formal training – I just love to do it as a hobby – although time hasn’t permitted me to do it for quite some time).

The feel of soft things on my skin.

The sounds and smell of nature and my home when I have just cleaned.

Quiet calm, relaxing and therapeutic music.

Very sharp old fashioned pencils.

My favorite song these days is Johnny Reid’s “A Picture of You”.  It stops me cold every time – I just love to hear every word of it.

Movies that make me cry.

I love my first cup of coffee in the morning.

Walking, hiking, backpacking, camping and vacations.

I am very organized and always on time.

Oh and one of the coolest things is seeing the looks on my client’s faces the first time they see some of the magic I obtained during their sessions.

So in a nut shell that is a little about me.

Book your session with me and I look forward to getting to know you a little too.

Have a fabulous day! 

THE VALUE OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Freeze them forever/the way you wish you could & in the only way you can!

Unlike real time that moves so quickly – the only way to remember the sweet details of keeping them little forever, is found in photographs!

Photographs help us remember:
– that incredible anticipation of what it was like when our baby was on their way,
– the miraculous feeling of what it was like in those first few weeks of bringing them home,
– the overwhelming love filled heart you had as you watched them grow & change in those early years

Tangible products to hold in your hands & be proud of

Prepared and put together with care to tell your/their story

Premium boxed linen prints

Professional Photo albums

Quality Photo books & sleeve covers

Thick Lay flat pages – Beautifully bound

REVIEWS

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Marilyn has completed several shoots for us and each just keeps getting more perfect…not sure how that is possible!  She has an amazing vision and unlimited patience not to mention that she presents several options but allows you the ultimate choice in your session.  However I highly recommend you trust in Marilyn’s instincts because they always result in the most precious shots!!! Huge hugs Marilyn thank you for all the priceless keepsakes you have given us!

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Marilyn is so fun to work with! She made some fabulous suggestions on how to get the best shots of our family. (a 15 month old isn’t always the easiest to deal with) I’m so glad I listened to her advice! The photos are beautiful. Thanks Marilyn! I highly suggest your services

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Amazing photographer, she’s so great with little kids, even my son who is a bit on the shy side opened up to her right away, pays great attention to detail, has great ideas and really takes the time to capture the portraits you are looking for for your family, great a picking perfect locations, and even incorporates props. Highly recommended!

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I’m always amazed at how Marilyn can capture my children for who they are instead of trying to mold them into who they aren’t. On top of that she is super patient with their “challenging” behaviors and even talks strategies to get them to cooperate. We always love our photos and the memories they give us! Thanks Mairlyn! Marilyn has completed several shoots for us and each just keeps getting more perfect…not sure how that is possible! She has an amazing vision and unlimited patience not to mention that she presents several options but allows you the ultimate choice in your session. However I highly recommend you trust in Marilyn’s instincts because they always result in the most precious shots!!! Huge hugs Marilyn thank you for all the priceless keepsakes you have given us!

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Justin & I had never had our picture taken professionally before so I took the time to find the right person to do the job!  I came across Marilyn’s work and instantly fell in love with how she captured the feeling in a picture.  She took the time to get the right shot and the location was amazing.  We are so happy with our engagement portraits.  I can’t stop looking at them.  And even more happy we had such an awesome person to share the experience with 🙂 🙂  Thanks again Marilyn, we can’t wait for another great experience!!

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Thanks Marilyn for doing such an amazing job on our family pictures!  We are so amazed with how you captured these memories for us!  You are so talented!  Love our pictures and can’t wait to have another session with you sometime in the future!

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The best part about working Marilyn is that she is able to capture genuine emotion.  She takes the time to get to know her clients and is patient enough to wait for those “amazing” shots.  I love looking at our pictures knowing that nothing was really posed and that my kids look like themselves (natural).  She is wonderful to work with and I will cherish our pictures forever.

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Sib P:

We hired Marilyn three times for our family photographs because of her amazing photography.  Recently we hired her for newborn portraits of our son Ayaan.  This session turned out gorgeous and very beautiful beyond our expectations.  We would highly recommend her to anyone as she is dedicated, very easy to work with and puts all her energy  and efforts for a successful session.

 

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Jenelle P:

Marilyn is an amazing photographer and captures the natural beauty therefore the pictures are amazing and do not look posed.  She is a wonderful person and makes you feel very comfortable getting your picture taken.  Marily took our engagement photos and our son’s newborn photos.  I am so happy with all the pictures we received.  We love Marilyn’s work and look forward to working with her in the future.  Thank you Marilyn!  The P Family

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Kimberly R:

Marilyn was excellent to work with and she was amazing with both of my kids – a toddler and a newborn.  She was able to capture the natural moments that we shared andalso get some nicely posed pictures!  It was a pleasure to spend the day with her and it wasn’t a stressful experience for the kids or us parents in anyway.  She always made us feel comfortable and never rushed.  Thank you Marilyn for the wonderful experience of taking portraits for such important times in our lives!  Wewillbe sure to used you again!  🙂

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Jaime M:

Amazing photography, great to work with, love that she has tons of outfits and props to choose from which is fantastic!  Thank you thank you for capturing our family and our babies  we will treasure our pictures forever!

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Phyllis P:

Marilyn is so wonderful to work with.  She really knows how to get the little ones to smile big.  We look forward to doing more sessions with her and absolutely love how she has captured our family with her lens.  If your thinking about having your family portraits done by her, go for it, those memories captured forever in our hearts, are so much more sweeter in prints.  Thank you Marilyn Love the P Family.

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Charla E:

Having a photographer for a mother is something so very incredible.  I really learned how truly professional she is after she did our engagement session.  I have never felt more comfortable as I did that day.  I generally pick myself apart in photos but I did none of that this time. She listened and  made sure to capture certain photos I wanted and once they were done we just flowed with her creativity.  I look at these photos and can see and feel our love for each other.  Which is so exciting to have this capture in photos I will have forever.  If you are looking for an organized photographer who has talent like I have not seen before you are in the right place.  Thank you for exceeding all our expectations.  We love you.

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Colette P-B:

& I am so glad I chose Marilyn to do my photo session, it was so fun & relaxing.  I felt confident & myself the whole time.  The pictures I got back were more than ever expected!  I would highly recommend her!!  Thank you so much!!!!

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Melyssa L:

Amazing amazing amazing!

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Amelia M:

Great great quality of pictures! I got pictures taken for my grad and they turned out wonderful.  🙂  Highly recommend MJ Edwards Photography. 🙂

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Nicole B:

Amazing photography!  The photos turned out amazing!  I had so much fun during the sessions, enjoyed it 100% and would greatly recommend!

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Janis K:

Marilyn is very talented!  We are so thrilled with our photos.

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Brady B:

Excellent photos!!!  Took the time to get to know a client before and during sessions.  Wonderful to work with!

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Emily K M:

Great to work with, friendly, knowledgeable and creative!  Marilyn is always 100% working to serve her clients! Thanks for helping me capture the memories of my grad day  🙂

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Kristy T:

She is an amazing photographer and has been doing my daughters pictures since she wa born and they always turn out wonderful.  I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great photographer  🙂

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Shannon S:

We cannot thank you enough for the remarkable photo shoot and memorable pictures.  You took the time to meet your subject twice before you ever took a shot and your understanding and ability to truly see the individual, is evident in every photograph.  Through your kindness and your art, you have provided a gift that will be cherished forever.  Somehow, you managed to capture the quiet energy and beauty of a young person at an important and challenging place in life.  Thank you for sharing your talent and your time.

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PUBLICATIONS / ACTS OF KINDNESS

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Thank you to the National Association of Professional Child Photographers for the publication of a session I recently did. As seen below on their blog today. November 13, 2014 On the blog today: Marilyn Edwards of MJ Edwards Photography shares a stunning and fun session with us!

 

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Oh so very exciting to have three of my portraits displayed on the NAPCP Blog today for Fathers Day! (2014) This is quite an honor considering the talent of NAPCP members world wide. Thank you NAPCP for choosing three of mine. I am elated to say the least! Be sure to check out this link and see All of the incredible father/child portraits.

 

In January of 2015, I contacted our local high school. As a way of giving back, I wanted to donate two free sessions to two well deserving graduates, a special treat they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

Proud Member of National Association of Professional Child Photographers

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