MJ Mendoza Photography

4 Reviews

My couples want something that feels like THEM. Fun because they are, effortlessly unique because their relationship is too, not cheesy and boring, stiff and traditional.

In my camera lens, you’re captured the way you are naturally together. Joyful and authentic, a couple who loves the little details but adore each other more. Sneaking away during sunset to take in the moments, just you two.

So let’s do it. Share a quiet moment away to hold each other close and enjoy the moment. Then head back into the wedding of your dreams to tear up the dance floor, cocktail in one hand and your lover’s hand in the other. And live the day to its fullest, knowing that I’ll be there to document the joy filled candid moments, the romantic portraits that touch the heart and everything in between.

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Maddy 01/10/23
Wedding Date: 09/10/2022 Venue: Barns of Kanak


When we were looking for a photographer for our wedding the main thing we were looking for was someone who is going to be fun and playful with us. We needed someone who can be silly and not just stand there and take pictures. Monica is so interactive and witty but she also knew how to reign in my crazy wedding party and family!!! I knew from the first phone call with Monica that we were going to work with her because she was so upbeat and reassuring which was like balm to an anxious brides soul.

From the engagement shoot to the actual wedding we truly feel like we have gained a life-long friend, someone in there with us having just as much fun as we were. We are DEFINITELY going to come back to her for future photoshoots and recommend ANYONE to her. Her work ethic and photos are absolutely spectacular and she's a gem of a person. :)

We love you Monica!!

Kylie 04/20/20
Wedding Date: 09/28/2019 Venue: The Barns of Kanak

We love Monica!

Monica is such a kind and talented photographer! As a venue manager/wedding coordinator at The Barns of Kanak, I love working with this lady! She is so professional, but also super fun and personable. Our mutual clients always say such amazing things about her, and we always get excited seeing her wedding galleries post-wedding day. In addition to weddings, she has helped us by photographing our Breakfast with Santa event, too! All of our guests loved Monica, and we adore the photos we have from that event. If you're thinking about reaching out to Monica, do it! You'll be so thankful you did.

Omer 10/16/19
Wedding Date: 09/01/2019 Venue: Linganore Winecellars

An Absolute Dream!

Working with Monica and the MJ Mendoza Photography team was an absolute dream!

From our very first meeting, Monica took the time to learn about us, our love story, and what matters to us. Our detailed conversations with Monica not only showed us how deeply and genuinely she cares about the couples she works with, but also made sure all of the little details that made our wedding uniquely ours were captured: from my father in law’s tallit, to the cake pops, to my wife’s bouquet. Those small detail shots are truly special, and we will cherish them forever.

On the big day itself, Monica’s top priority seemed to making us feel comfortable. My wife and I were both sick on our wedding day, so Monica made sure to give us plenty of time and space to take it easy and go at our own pace. She was constantly positive, even when things weren’t going according to plan (I stupidly forgot my dress shoes at home, but Monica helped me stay cool and quickly find an alternative until the actual shoes arrived). She was funny and friendly, which helped us stay loose and relaxed at every stage of the day.

But perhaps most importantly, Monica always made us feel like ourselves. She sought our input to make sure the pictures came out exactly as we envisioned. She took time to ensure all of our special requests were met, including what seemed like a million family portraits. And she perfectly directed our bubble exit so that we got the perfect picture we wanted. Working with Monica, we never felt fake or overly staged, which made the different shoots fun rather than an obligation.

And, unsurprisingly, the photos came out AMAZING! Just 2 weeks after the wedding, we received our entire photo collection - 535 beautifully shot and edited pictures that truly capture the joy of the day. We are so grateful to Monica for memorializing our happy day, and we wholeheartedly recommend her to any couple getting married in the DMV! (If you want to see some of the photos Monica took of our wedding, check out this blogpost from Monica’s website: https://www.mjmendozaphotography.com/blog/omerlauren-linganore-winecellars-wedding)

Sophia 10/14/19
Wedding Date: 08/04/2019 Venue: Maymont Italian Gardens

Monica was the perfect photographer!

Having the perfect wedding photos was one of the top three things I wanted on my wedding day and Monica delivered. I love her bright style of photography and really great communication throughout the whole process leading up to the day of. It was so natural and easy to be in front of the camera with Monica behind it. I was nervous about taking so many pictures, but it ended up being so easy and lovely. And the pictures were absolutely perfect. They were even better than I dreamed. Thank you, Monica!

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My photography style is a bright and colorful style that's true to life. Your wedding day portraits should feel timeless and romantic, even when looking through them on your 25th wedding anniversary!

Several of the MJMP Wedding Collections include an heirloom album because it's important to me that you have something tangible from your wedding day. The food will be eaten, the flowers wilted, your beautiful wedding dress carefully packed away and preserved but you will treasure a handcrafted legacy album that will be your family's very first heirloom.

Posing is something most of my couples mention to me with worry because they're not models, but every couple who has mentioned this, have always been the most joyful and natural in front of the camera! My posing style is both interactive and discreet. Meaning: don't worry grooms, I'll tell you where to place your hands! And also knowing when to give distance to let those beautiful candid moments unfold naturally.

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