About this Vendor

Romantic & Editorial meets Candid Photojournalism

Award winning, international wedding photographer who blends photojournalism with an editorial influence and hopeless obsession with beautiful light! I am driven by emotions, while also crafting the unique story and crazy fun of your big day! More than anything, I want to gain your trust and seem more like a friend than a hired vendor, so that you can be 100% yourselves! I want your day to feel like your wedding and not a photoshoot, but I will always step in and guide you through posing and portraits to ensure you look your best! My photography has been featured in The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, Good Morning America, Brides, Cosmo, and many more! Proud winner of "Best of The Knot" for both 2017 and 2018! Read more about me below or on my website at mhartphoto.com.


Photo + Video Styles

Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums

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Contact Info

Southern California + Worldwide (310) 963-6542

Reviewed on 10/18/2016 Hannah S

Book. Her. Now! But seriously, we couldn't have been happier with Marlies as our photographer this past July! We had looked at several other photographer's work and even met with a few before deciding that Marlies was hands down the best fit for our style and wedding. She... Read More instantly made us feel comfortable, as if we were old friends, and we knew we were in good hands. We could already tell just by how hard she was working on our wedding day that we were going to have amazing photos... what we didn't realize was just how many photos were going to be incredible! We not only got dozens of beautiful "framable" images, but we also got a beautiful album full of gorgeous photos that she designed (the Rustic Leather album was to die!) that truly told the story of our day. If you are looking for a mix of both candid/fun photos as well as natural, romantic shots (that don't feel cheesy) then you have to work with Marlies! We couldn't recommend her any more!

Reviewed on 10/30/2017 Adam N

My wife and I are both so incredibly lucky to have had Marlies as our wedding photographer!! As an artist, she's hands down one of the most talented and creative people we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her work is STUNNING. Her ideas are fun and original, and she was... Read More able to capture every subtle glance and loving gesture in ways that were always beautiful and authentic. But even more impressive was how she worked with my wife and me, putting us at ease on our big day and allowing us to trust her. It felt as though we had known her for years -- a close friend capturing all the magic of the day as opposed to a vendor we hired just for a few hours. I can't recommend Marlies enough, and I hope that others are as lucky as we were to work with her!

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Brianna T

I think I might love Marlies as much as I love my new hubby! But seriously, we recently received our wedding photos and I can't you how happy we are!! She shot everything from us getting ready to our crazy end-of-night dancing, and we are thrilled with how amazing our photos... Read More from the entire day came out. She quickly made friends with our bridal party, learning everyone's names (not sure how she did that!) and taking fun (but never cheesy) shots of us all. She kept me and my husband laughing and natural when we did our couple portraits, and knew just how to wrangle the (rather large) family for our family photos. We received a personal webpage that was super organized with all of our images, and we could download and share everything with our family right from there! We truly felt like Marlies was not only talented and professional, but also like a new member of the family!!

2016-11-18T13:54:46 Response from the vendor

Thanks Briana! I'm hope Josh doesn't mind sharing your affections! I'm so happy I was able to document your wedding and also make new friends along the way!! It means so much that you are thrilled with the photos! I can't wait to share your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 3/12/2018 Krisette O

Words really cannot describe the experience we had with Marlies as our wedding photographer. She is simply amazing, professional, talented, and so down to earth. I remember while my husband and I were considering photographers, our first meeting was genuine and full of laughter... Read More like we had reconnected with an old friend. My husband and I consider ourselves to be really awkward in front of the camera but Marlies is so wonderful, she instantly makes you feel comfortable, has amazing ideas, and turns out GORGEOUS photos. I would not choose anyone else besides Marlies to photograph my wedding and you should not either.

2018-03-13T16:59:11 Response from the vendor

Krisette!!! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of such a beautiful and heartfelt day! I could truly feel your wholehearted trust from the first photo until the last, and it meant so much to me that you even seated us... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/31/2017 Robert D

Marlies was an excellent photographer. An important thing, and a rare thing, to get out of a good photographer is a clear vision. The last thing we should be worried about on our wedding day is where we want to take our photos or with whom, and Marlies was excellent at directing... Read More us and making sure we got all the photos we wanted. She's also warm and personable, so the photos show a level of comfort that definitely isn't a guarantee when you have a stranger taking hundreds of photos of you! Would highly recommend her, we had a great time and she made sure that we'll be able to remember it forever.

2017-10-31T19:12:02 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much!! I am so glad I was able to make you feel comfortable and that we were able to get the shots you wanted, and that I could be there to document your day! Wishing you all the best tin the future!!... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/29/2017 Carmen W

Marlies is simply THE BEST! We had such a great time at our engagement shoot with her. Marlies made us feel comfortable having our picture taken, which is no easy feat! By our wedding day, we felt like Marlies was an old friend and completely trusted her to work her magic.... Read More Because my husband and I chose not to do a first look prior to our ceremony, we had limited time to take all our photos, but Marlies made it work with time to spare! We're so lucky we had Marlies there to capture all the key moments of our special day. And our photos - they are like works of art!

2017-10-31T19:16:39 Response from the vendor

Carmen! Thank you both so much for letting me be a part of your day! I had such an absolute blast spending the day with you two and I agree that we ended up with some pure ART that I hope you can treasure for... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/26/2017 Jesyka s

Marlies is not only a fantastic photographer with an incredible eye, and talent for lighting, but she also has SUCH a wonderful personality and really knows how to take the lead and get what she wants! She is so fun and so loving I felt like she was part of our crew! Thank you... Read More so much Marlies ! We love you and the photos and cannot wait to see the rest ❤️❤️

2017-10-31T19:18:00 Response from the vendor

Hi Jesyka! Thank you so much for your sweet words! I definitely felt like part of the "crew" and had so much fun capturing you beauties!! Can't wait to share more with you soon!!! Cheers! Marlies

Reviewed on 10/25/2017 Jessica B

I loved working with Marlies! From the day we first met, our engagement shoot and through to our wedding day, every moment was met and handled with warmth and a true understanding for what the big day really means for couple. I felt immediately comfortable and special. Marlies... Read More listened to what I wanted, and I am VERY particular, and she far exceeded all of our expectations. Our photos are gorgeous, and truly unique. She has an eye for what is behind every tear and every smile, and accurately captures each emotion of the day through her lens. When we received our photos we were blown away, though we knew we would be because working with her was such a joy.

2017-10-25T21:21:59 Response from the vendor

Hi Jess! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Your day was absolute perfection from start to finish and I feel honored to share in all the joy and tears from the day!! Looking forward to seeing you both again soon :) Cheers! Marlies

Reviewed on 10/20/2017 Susy H

AMAZING, hands down! Marlies is a brilliant photographer with a timeless, and romantic, candid style. Her stunning ability to capture those split-second moments in which we laughed, danced, and cried happy tears, was simply on point. After reviewing our photos, my husband, and I... Read More did not remember having most of these pictures taken; allowing our moments together to feel all the more intimate, and magical. Furthermore, Marlies is a true sweetheart- a talented photographer with a super personality that matches her exceptional work. We truly could not have chosen a better skilled artist for our wedding day. Thank you Marlies for giving us photos that we - and God willing, our future generations, will cherish a lifetime.

2017-10-25T21:24:42 Response from the vendor

Susy!!! Thank you so so much! I can't even believe that we met for the first time on the wedding day, because I already felt like I'd known you both for years! I can't even begin to tell you how romantic and FUN your wedding... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/16/2017 Ellen W

Marlies is the absolute greatest photographer, I wish I could giver her 6 stars! Everyone from my bridal party to my coworkers wanted to know who she was and where I found her. From crouching on the ground to get the just-right angle or light, to saving the day and driving me... Read More and my MOH to the venue (!), Marlies goes above and beyond at every turn. Can't wait to work with her for another occasion in the future! Thank you Marlies!

2017-10-25T21:26:58 Response from the vendor

Thank you Ellen!! I can't tell you how much it meant to me to be a part of yours and Corey's wedding journey! We definitely have had our share of adventures (and 15 minutes of fame lol!) and you will forever be my La La... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/16/2017 Corey C

Look no further than M.Hart Photography for your wedding photographer! Working with Marlies was one of the highlights of our wedding planning process- she is professional and quick to respond to all photography needs and questions, and her photography is nothing short of... Read More amazing. Warm and personable, she makes every shoot feel comfortable and laid back, as if you had known her for years. I absolutely cannot recommend Marlies enough- for photography you will love for a lifetime, and a photographer you will recommend to all your friends and family, M.Hart Photography is the way to go! THANK YOU Marlies!

Reviewed on 10/14/2017 Annat B

Marlies is more than just my wedding photographer, and words cannot express how wonderful and talented she truly is. She is professional, timely, and most importantly, passionate about her work. After looking through her extensive portfolio we knew she would be able to capture... Read More beautiful photographs-- that said, she absolutely exceeded our expectations! I can't imagine my special day without Marlies in it- she kept me at ease and truly worked through every and all moments with such grace and professionalism. She took the time to get to know our families, and impressively got us all together to capture beautiful moments. Do not think twice about Marlies! She managed to follow every single second of my special day and moved mountains, literally, to ensure that she didn't miss a beat. We received a personal webpage with original prints that we could download or have printed directly and conveniently from the website itself. Thank you, Marlies, we are so grateful for you! Highly recommended to anyone getting married!

2017-10-25T21:30:11 Response from the vendor

Sweet Annat! I can't believe how fortunate I feel that the fates brought us together! You and Keith instantly felt like family, and I not only got to be a part of your beautiful day, but I got to make new life friends! I can't... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/14/2017 Kelly H

Marlies was wonderful to work with, and her photos are amazing. I love our photos from our wedding and engagement shoot. She is an amazing photographer and I couldn't be happier that we were able to work with her. I would give her 6 stars if it were an option!

2017-10-25T21:32:01 Response from the vendor

Hi Kelly! Thank you so much!! I feel so happy to have been a part of your day (and to witness such a stunning sunset!)! It means the world that you both trusted me so fully, and I sincerely hope we can meet up for... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/04/2017 L B

Marlies is an amazing photographer who I would highly recommend to couples who want photos they can cherish for a lifetime. I looked at many photographers' portfolios, but hers simply stood out for me. It wasn't just about taking pretty pictures with beautiful backgrounds. It... Read More was about telling a story that was specific & unique to the couple. Each couple's photos in her portfolio has a different personality and is not a cookie cutter of engagement or wedding pictures. From the pre-planning, referrals for makeup, and the actual engagement shoot a few months ago, she made it easy & fun. It was amazing how she was able to make one location look like we were shooting in 5 locations! We got the photos in a timely manner and everything went smoothly. My fiance & I had a hard time choosing which one photo to use for our save the date announcements because there were SO MANY good shots, so we ended up using THREE photos instead! We got so many compliments on the photos, and I simply had to say that M. Hart Photography created the magic 😊 Thanks to photographer Marlies for giving us the engagement photos we wanted and memories we can fondly look back upon in years to come! 💍💕If you want to be as happy about your pictures as we are of ours, then contact M. Hart Photography!

2017-10-25T21:34:05 Response from the vendor

Thank you, Lora! It means so much to me that you loved your images, and I wish you and Fred all the best as you marry your soulmate this January on the east coast!!! Big hugs to you both! Marlies xo

Reviewed on 4/27/2017 Lola P

Out of the 12 different wedding photographers I interviewed to shoot my dream wedding, I knew it had to be Marlies. She was different than the others. Most were bland, rigid, and had overlapping styles. After taking a look at her book I knew I wanted to meet with her. She was so... Read More accommodating with my crazy schedule. Not only did she allow my future husband, Bradley, and I to go over every point we had on our obnoxiously long checklist, but she made me feel at ease. Rather than being stressed out about the process she got me excited! Having a relaxed joyful photographer who is able to capture the authenticity in every important moment is damn near impossible to find. Like I said I interviewed 12 different photographers! Marlies was my 🦄! I have gotten sooo many compliments on my wedding book and have more amazing shots than I know what to do with. She made her focus me of course, but was able to capture so many candid shots of the guests and their reactions. Oh and one more thing! If you can manage to book her she has the most adorable little welcome gift around the time of your engagement shoot 💍 I won't spoil the surprise 🎁 My best advice book as far in advance as you can! I am planning to use her for my 10yr vow renewals 😘 Xxx Lola P.

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Rich W

Marlies is amazing and so easy to work with. She was very professional and everything was done in a timely manner. We are extremely happy with the photos from our wedding. We wish we lived closer so we could have her take photos of all our special occasions! I would highly... Read More recommend her

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Justin C

Marlies is spectacular! She brought such a positive energy to our wedding day, and we were so grateful that we hired her. My wife and I wanted a mix of photojournalistic shots but also some more classic looking photos, and Marlies knew exactly what we were looking for and... Read More couldn't have done a better job! She is truly an artist when it comes to finding good lighting, and her attitude made us have fun and feel relaxed, trusting that she'd make us look good and also show the real energy of the day. We honestly can't recommend her highly enough, and she is gifted at what she does.

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Rachel S

If you want both incredible photographs as well as an incredible human then you need to book Marlies! I have worked with several photographers in the industry and Marlies's work should not only cost double what she is charging, but her work stands the test of time. She will make... Read More you feel relaxed, comfortable, you will actually have fun taking photos on your wedding day! You can tell she is extremely passionate about what she does and it shows in our wedding photographs. Marlies went beyond what we were hoping for on our wedding day and she caught so many little moments throughout the day as well as tons of romantic shots! If you want the best of the best, Marlies will not disappoint!!! Thanks so much for being such a special part of our day, Marlies :)

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Sabrina M

Love her! We felt so fortunate to have hired Marlies as our wedding photographer. Not only was she an absolute sweetheart, our photos came out incredible from start to finish! She truly went above and beyond from the very beginning, and we felt like we had an instant friend in... Read More the wedding industry. Both our engagement photos and wedding photos looked amazing, and we can't wait to see the album she will be putting together for us as part of our collection! Don't wait to book her, you will be so happy you did!!

Reviewed on 10/26/2016 Vanessa M

After thoroughly considering several wedding photographers, we knew M. Hart Photography was the best choice for us and what we wanted for our wedding day. Marlies was there for us from the start, and caught all of the best "in-between" moments as well as tons of beautiful... Read More portraits and all of the important details that we requested. She blended in with our crazy/rowdy groomsmen, keeping them tamed but also laughing along with them, and she also gracefully handled a those "over-bearing" family members with ease! From our engagement session, to our last photo of the night, she made us feel completely cared for and comfortable. Our wedding album turned out beautifully and the only complaint was that we had the hardest time choosing our favorite pics! We are so grateful that we had Marlies shoot our wedding and you will truly be lucky to have her capture your day!!!

2016-11-18T13:58:09 Response from the vendor

Vanessa! Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so deeply honored that you chose me to capture your day. Hope you both are enjoying your fabulous new home... and hopefully new additions to your family very soon! All the best, Marlies

Reviewed on 10/26/2016 Abigail D

Marlies was the best! We were beyond happy with both her personalized touches throughout the wedding process as well as the amazing photos that she captured of our day! She made us feel like instant friends and put us both totally at ease, never forcing us into awkward or... Read More unnatural poses, and allowed us to be completely ourselves, but also gave us the guidance we needed to make us look amazing! If you are questioning whether to hire Marlies, stop all of your doubts and trust us that she will put her whole heart and soul into making your wedding photos stellar and more than you could ever hope for!

Reviewed on 10/19/2016 Anna S

Amazing photographer, with a professional and calm presence. I'm so glad we chose Marlies to capture our special day. Her positive and calm nature helped everyone to relax and be themselves in front of the camera! Capturing moments that otherwise would have been lost in time.... Read More Thank you Marlies! - The Slavins.

2016-11-18T14:00:17 Response from the vendor

Anna! What can I say!! You and Kyle are a dream couple!! You are truly soulmates, and I absolutely loved being a part of your day! I hope to meet up for another happy hour very soon!! Much love, Marlies

Reviewed on 10/19/2016 Margaret O

Marlies was excellent! She has a great attitude and is a very skilled photographer. She listened very carefully to what I wanted in my photos (candid, authentic, some traditional portraits, some more artistic poses) and delivered on everything. Her photos came out beautiful and... Read More are very accessible on her site at no additional charge for downloading (great for the family). Marlies is also wonderful at "marshaling the forces" for those trickier family portrait wedding shots. I have received numerous compliments on my engagement and wedding photos (Marlies did them both) and I am always happy to recommend her. If you hire Marlies, you'll be comforted to know that your photographer is experienced, and talented, and will add no stress to your big day!

2016-11-02T16:53:05 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much Margaret for your kind words! I feel so lucky to have been a part of your wedding day! You and Carson are a beautiful couple and I look forward to lots of updates as your family continues to grow!!! All the... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/18/2016 Katarina K

We are so pleased with our choice of Marlies Hartmann as our wedding photographer! She made a significant part of our special day worry free and truly memorable. Her artistic detail combined with focused attention to what was important to us resulted in captured moments better... Read More than we hoped for!

2016-11-18T14:05:06 Response from the vendor

Katarina! Thank you for allowing me to capture your PERFECT wedding day! I'm so glad to know that I was able to exceed your expectations, and look forward to watching your family continue to grow! Much love to you and Daniel (and of course sweet... Read Less Read More

Meet The Owner

Marlies Hartmann

Hi! I'm Marlies, an international photographer based in L.A. who has lived all over the country! I truly believe I have the greatest job in the world - capturing real-life stories of crazy, passionate, wild love. When I'm not chasing moments, I am likely chasing my 8-year-old mini-me around the beach or making sinfully "healthy" desserts. My style is romantic, timeless, and full of authentic moments. I am always laughing and abundantly energetic, with a gypsy spirit, creative eye, and obsession with beautiful light. I personally respond to all inquiries so please don't hesitate to reach out!