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What they are saying...



"The best. The absolute best. Not enough words to describe how wonderfully talented she is!!!" ~Meredith J.

"Marly did our engagement pictures, bridal pictures, and full day wedding coverage, and we couldn't have been happier! She made us feel super comfortable and the pictures she took were of moments, not poses. We loved it! She was super creative and made our experiences very enjoyable. She was quick to get our pictures back to us, and was very decently priced. We highly recommend Marlena Marika Photography!" ~Alyssa S.

"Marly did our engagement pictures and she did a phenomenal job! She had great suggestions for places we could go and found our dream location. It was the perfect place, perfect time of day (dusk fading into sunset) and experienced with the perfect photographer. I was very nervous about being in front of the camera, but she made me feel comfortable and relaxed. She was able to find my good side using great angles and captured beauty in me and my fiance. She also captured true moments of love between us which I feel show up in the photos. She has a keen eye for capturing beautiful authentic moments that are breathtaking and artistic at the same time. She treats you well and helps you feel special. I would highly recommend her." ~Megan P.

"It is impossible to feel uncomfortable during Marlena Marika's shoots. We arrived stressed out, but within minutes, we were relaxed and laughing! She has excellent "lens-side manner". Highly recommended!" ~Jamie D.


"Initially, I reached out to Marlena because I fell in love with her talent. I knew some of her clients and I thought she had been able to capture their beauty from within and without. However, the reason I will continue to work with her is because, for anyone with kids, you know how hard it is to get your kids to look at the camera in that one magical moment. Or how hard it is to capture the love and the closeness between all of you. Being in front of a camera can feel awkward and unnatural, but Marlena's easy attitude and her kindness made it so much easier. She was so great with the kids, and even better with the adults! My husband really doesn't like to take pictures, but when the experience was over and we had so many great shots, he was so happy we had done it.

Looking forward to working with her again!" ~Liz S.

"She has such a way of making everyone feel at ease and relaxed for the most beautiful pictures to come through. I can't imagine going to anyone else to capture my families memories." ~Amber A.

"I could not be more thrilled with the experience we had with Marlena. She was wonderful with our toddler who was scared and didn't want to smile. She had music and was incredibly patient so we could all relax. The photos came out more beautiful than I ever expected and her prices are very fair. Thank you so much!!!" ~Erika A.

"Marly has done 2 weddings and our family photo session over the last year. She has been flexible about schedules; accommodating to what each of my "bride" daughters wanted for their special day. She is truly an amazing photographer but more she is an amazing person. Hire her if you want excellent photos." ~Mary A.

"She has a great eye for composition and capturing the natural beauty of anyone and any place, but even better, she is just bossy enough to tell you what to do with that awkward hand or to position you to make you look your best. Since I had my son 2 years ago, I honestly have not had a good picture taken of me, and my self esteem about my looks has taken a nose dive. But I was so pleasantly surprised when literally every single shot of our family was flattering to me and my husband, and my little one who is so hard to get a pose out of. I can honestly say that this photo session boosted my self esteem! In short, HIRE HER! you won't get a better photo shoot!" ~Emily W.

"We have had our pictures taken a few times while in Monterey and our experience with Marlena has unequivocally been the best! She's amazing with children, passionate, prepared, and professional. It was such a fun session. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to capture their memories!" ~Elizabeth I.

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