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Margaret J Cotton Photography

Ocean Grove , NJ
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Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 US (map)

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732-776-7323

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ABOUT US

Enjoy your day with little posing.
We calmly encourage you, and we stay out of the way!
And we really enjoy ourselves too. Our favorite photographs are of compelling moments... Read more
Enjoy your day with little posing.
We calmly encourage you, and we stay out of the way!
And we really enjoy ourselves too. Our favorite photographs are of compelling moments that you want to remember forever.


We offer boutique attention,
collaborative attitudes,
creative inspiration, affordable prices,
and technically excellent photographs. Read less
Photography

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes. We collaborate with you to provide enhancements and editing that match your preferences.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Of course! We love light. We seek and find it, manipulate it, enhance it, celebrate it, and are challenged by it. God is Light and Love. How could we possibly be passionate photographers if we didn't delight in light?
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital with amazing prints.
How many photographers do you work with?
I always bring at least another photogapher. We offer up to four. Many couples like us to have more from the wedding through the toasts. Then we usually have one or two remain through the cake cutting. However, we listen to what you want. When you are happy, we get terrific photographs!
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I wouldn't miss it! i am excited to be invited to your wedding and share the excitement. I love taking photographs of people whom I have gotten to know.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
One a day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Top of the line Canon cameras with professional lens. We also bring a variety of equipment for creative lighting.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
We bring five cameras and five flashes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Whichever you want. We start at three hours. Travel charges may apply for less than eight hours.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
We will stay until you are ready to leave.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We have someone shooting all the time. If we are spending the day with you, we appreciate your hospitality for a main entree. We never eat at the cocktail hour, and we provide discreet snacks and water to keep up our energy.
Do you charge for travel?
It depends on the distance. We shoot in FL, CA, NY, PA. and even Panama, Central America! We do not add travel time to any full-day NJ wedding.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Online images begin appearing within twenty-four hours. Proof prints are provided within two weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
online. However, they are not proofs as orders can be placed immediately. The client also can select from 25 to 100 4x6's to have printed as proofs. They do not have my name on them, and they can be used as prints.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Depends on the arrangements we make. I do not rush the process. I want everyone to be happy with the experience as well as the prints.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
You may own files and prints. Copyright is not provided for commercial use. My photographs have been published in books, magazines, and featured by Shadowbrook, RiverHouse, and Smithville Inn. They will not be used without your enthusiastic permission. On the other hand, I expect the same courtesy and do not give away my copyrights. The contract provides for that mutual respect.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
With your permission. Most couples are hoping they will be featured.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Archival digital files are provided at a reasonable price.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, through a website as secure as you wish it to be. Not all couples post through my website. Many do. You can have a private url and a double password if you wish.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Our albums begin at $225. for a magazine style book. Flush mounts begin at $500. Italian leather ART albums begin at $650. You do not need to include an album in the original contract. I offer the best value without a ticking clock. You may order when you are comfortable doing so. I stand by my yearly service/product fees. I respect thoughtful budgets. You only have one day to get the images. After that take your time and order when you can.
When will the client get the final album?
Within eight weeks from their final approval.

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Katie
Wedding:
11/7/2014
5.0/5.0
MJC took amazing pictures for our wedding. Our family and friends are reliving the night over and over by looking through the pictures and moments they missed while having a great time. I would recommend MJC to anyone looking for a sweet and super organized photographer.
MJC took amazing pictures for our wedding. Our family and friends are reliving the night over and over by looking through Read more...
MJC took amazing pictures for our wedding. Our family and friends are reliving the night over and over by looking through the pictures and moments they missed while having a great time. I would recommend MJC to anyone looking for a sweet and super organized photographer. Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Margaret was a wonderful addition to our wedding day. I really appreciated the planning that went into the day including meeting ahead of time and going over a specific timeline. Margaret also went to the venue before the wedding to get a sense of what our day would be like and to get ideas for photographs. Our family and friends have all complimented us on our beautiful pictures that we have shown them so far. We will look forward to looking at them for years to come!
Margaret was a wonderful addition to our wedding day. I really appreciated the planning that went into the day including Read more...
Margaret was a wonderful addition to our wedding day. I really appreciated the planning that went into the day including meeting ahead of time and going over a specific timeline. Margaret also went to the venue before the wedding to get a sense of what our day would be like and to get ideas for photographs. Our family and friends have all complimented us on our beautiful pictures that we have shown them so far. We will look forward to looking at them for years to come! Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Margaret was nothing less than excellent throughout my wedding. She was prompt, thorough and precise. She captured the bliss of the day with ease!
Margaret was nothing less than excellent throughout my wedding. She was prompt, thorough and precise. She captured the Read more...
Margaret was nothing less than excellent throughout my wedding. She was prompt, thorough and precise. She captured the bliss of the day with ease! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
A wedding day is fraught with enough concerns about making the day as perfect as possible, so it was absolutely blissful to work with Margaret J. Cotton as our photographer, because she captured every important moment - and especially the seemingly trivial ones - in her own professional, unobtrusive way. She is knowledgeable about her craft and takes pride in making each photograph beautiful and meaningful. She, herself, is calm and cheerful, so the time spent with her is pleasant and joyful. She makes you feel at ease, so there is no doubt the pictures will come out well. What I especially like is that these are not your cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill wedding photos; Margaret takes the time to know the couple before the day of the event, then personalizes the photos for the individuals involved. The video that she makes from a selection of our photos and the accompanying music that she chooses as the soundtrack is beyond amazing, and affords us the opportunity to relive that special day over and over again. We have gotten countless compliments on the video and the photos of our wedding day and are thrilled to share them because we are so proud of Margaret J. Cotton's work - and that we chose her as our photographer. This was a second marriage for both of us, but the photos taken that day are timeless and joyously capture the quirkiness of our ceremony and celebration. These photos and the album are items that we are proud to display in our home because they will not look dated and similar to others' pictures. I would most definitely recommend Margaret J. Cotton as a photographer for any occasion because you will treasure the images she captures because they are so unique and personal. Also, her pricing is fair and very reasonable; you get more than your money's worth because what she does to help you recall that day/event is priceless.
A wedding day is fraught with enough concerns about making the day as perfect as possible, so it was absolutely blissful Read more...
A wedding day is fraught with enough concerns about making the day as perfect as possible, so it was absolutely blissful to work with Margaret J. Cotton as our photographer, because she captured every important moment - and especially the seemingly trivial ones - in her own professional, unobtrusive way. She is knowledgeable about her craft and takes pride in making each photograph beautiful and meaningful. She, herself, is calm and cheerful, so the time spent with her is pleasant and joyful. She makes you feel at ease, so there is no doubt the pictures will come out well. What I especially like is that these are not your cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill wedding photos; Margaret takes the time to know the couple before the day of the event, then personalizes the photos for the individuals involved. The video that she makes from a selection of our photos and the accompanying music that she chooses as the soundtrack is beyond amazing, and affords us the opportunity to relive that special day over and over again. We have gotten countless compliments on the video and the photos of our wedding day and are thrilled to share them because we are so proud of Margaret J. Cotton's work - and that we chose her as our photographer. This was a second marriage for both of us, but the photos taken that day are timeless and joyously capture the quirkiness of our ceremony and celebration. These photos and the album are items that we are proud to display in our home because they will not look dated and similar to others' pictures. I would most definitely recommend Margaret J. Cotton as a photographer for any occasion because you will treasure the images she captures because they are so unique and personal. Also, her pricing is fair and very reasonable; you get more than your money's worth because what she does to help you recall that day/event is priceless. Read less
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Margaret and her assistant (and husband!) were amazing. My husband and I started out with an engagement session and then on to the big day! Margaret was on time, completely on point, and had everything worked out to a T. We met with her and worked out a timeline a few weeks before the wedding and she stuck to every second of it. She was even able to incorporate some other pictures I was interested in the day of. She did exactly what she told us she was going to do and without flaw. Being that your wedding day is once in a lifetime, you're scared that something may go wrong (with everything!) and I have to say, my wedding pictures are by far a million times better than I could have ever hoped for. I would highly recommend Margret's photography to any bride.
Margaret and her assistant (and husband!) were amazing. My husband and I started out with an engagement session and then Read more...
Margaret and her assistant (and husband!) were amazing. My husband and I started out with an engagement session and then on to the big day! Margaret was on time, completely on point, and had everything worked out to a T. We met with her and worked out a timeline a few weeks before the wedding and she stuck to every second of it. She was even able to incorporate some other pictures I was interested in the day of. She did exactly what she told us she was going to do and without flaw. Being that your wedding day is once in a lifetime, you're scared that something may go wrong (with everything!) and I have to say, my wedding pictures are by far a million times better than I could have ever hoped for. I would highly recommend Margret's photography to any bride. Read less
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Regan
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Margaret is a special person. Right from the start she made my husband and I comfortable with the process. She is extremely professional and amazed us with her talented photography. She was not just our wedding photographer but is now our friend. When I look back on our wedding she was such a huge part of it. I would recommend her to any and all of my family and friends - which I have! In fact, a few are already lining up to get her contact information after seeing the amazing photos she took of our wedding. Thank you Margaret! We are forever indebted to you for such a wonderful job.
Margaret is a special person. Right from the start she made my husband and I comfortable with the process. She is Read more...
Margaret is a special person. Right from the start she made my husband and I comfortable with the process. She is extremely professional and amazed us with her talented photography. She was not just our wedding photographer but is now our friend. When I look back on our wedding she was such a huge part of it. I would recommend her to any and all of my family and friends - which I have! In fact, a few are already lining up to get her contact information after seeing the amazing photos she took of our wedding. Thank you Margaret! We are forever indebted to you for such a wonderful job. Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Margaret was wonderful to work with and took beautiful pictures.

There is something somewhat intimidating about taking wedding pictures. They're supposed to last forever and it seems that everyone will want to see them, which can make the actual process of taking the pictures rather difficult. It was easy for us to grow stiff or seem uncomfortable, but Margaret was able to help us relax and treat the pictures themselves as a form of play. She encouraged us to try and all ideas that popped into our heads which led to a few rather spectacular, if unorthodox, shots. She was also able to offer her own suggestions, providing some much needed experience to the wedding.

Margaret was able to breeze through the formal portraits, masterfully handling the difficult task of wrangling two families together, but was also brilliant with her informal shots. She slid around the ceremony and reception, never obtrusively, in order to capture some wonderfully intimate and natural shots of us, our friends, and our families. She understood the kind of moments that we valued most and captured them time and time again.

Margaret is also a consummate professional. She was very easy to contact whenever necessary and a joy to work with. She has our highest recommendation.

-Rachel and Andy Rasmussen
Margaret was wonderful to work with and took beautiful pictures.

There is something somewhat intimidating about Read more...
Margaret was wonderful to work with and took beautiful pictures.

There is something somewhat intimidating about taking wedding pictures. They're supposed to last forever and it seems that everyone will want to see them, which can make the actual process of taking the pictures rather difficult. It was easy for us to grow stiff or seem uncomfortable, but Margaret was able to help us relax and treat the pictures themselves as a form of play. She encouraged us to try and all ideas that popped into our heads which led to a few rather spectacular, if unorthodox, shots. She was also able to offer her own suggestions, providing some much needed experience to the wedding.

Margaret was able to breeze through the formal portraits, masterfully handling the difficult task of wrangling two families together, but was also brilliant with her informal shots. She slid around the ceremony and reception, never obtrusively, in order to capture some wonderfully intimate and natural shots of us, our friends, and our families. She understood the kind of moments that we valued most and captured them time and time again.

Margaret is also a consummate professional. She was very easy to contact whenever necessary and a joy to work with. She has our highest recommendation.

-Rachel and Andy Rasmussen Read less
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Leigh Ellen & Michael
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Margaret spent a lot of time with us up front giving tips and advise to ensure a smooth wedding day. She worked well with us during our special day and was gracious with her time after the wedding to go over our options with pictures and albums. Margaret, her husband, and daughter proved to be a successful team in capturing the important moments of the day. Margaret arranged a few of these special moments in a card to us which we ultimately used as our Thank You card. It was reasonably priced and the quality of this product made us reconsider what we had originally planned to do. She is a true professional that was great to work with thru the entire process. We can not say enough about the service they provided, and highly recommend them.
Margaret spent a lot of time with us up front giving tips and advise to ensure a smooth wedding day. She worked well with Read more...
Margaret spent a lot of time with us up front giving tips and advise to ensure a smooth wedding day. She worked well with us during our special day and was gracious with her time after the wedding to go over our options with pictures and albums. Margaret, her husband, and daughter proved to be a successful team in capturing the important moments of the day. Margaret arranged a few of these special moments in a card to us which we ultimately used as our Thank You card. It was reasonably priced and the quality of this product made us reconsider what we had originally planned to do. She is a true professional that was great to work with thru the entire process. We can not say enough about the service they provided, and highly recommend them. Read less
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Pat
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
There simply are no words to describe the level of detail and magical moments that Margaret captured for our special day. People always DREAM of being able to relive their wedding moments with family, friends, and the love of their life, and she made it a reality.

My wife Rachael and I could not be happier with the results she produced. She was patient, calm, and more importantly, made my wife relaxed and stress free on the most important day of her life (so far!). Her AMAZING assistants blended into the crowd, were unobtrusive, and quite frankly, blended in so well I forgot they were photographers.

What I really could not believe, are the moments she captured that were not staged and poses for photos. Margaret captured all of those little moments that we tend to not think much about, but once we see them in a photo again we are amazed and in awe.

I would highly recommend Margaret Cotton to anyone who is in need of someone to capture their special moments. My wife and I now have an extremely vivid memory of our special day thanks to her!
There simply are no words to describe the level of detail and magical moments that Margaret captured for our special day. Read more...
There simply are no words to describe the level of detail and magical moments that Margaret captured for our special day. People always DREAM of being able to relive their wedding moments with family, friends, and the love of their life, and she made it a reality.

My wife Rachael and I could not be happier with the results she produced. She was patient, calm, and more importantly, made my wife relaxed and stress free on the most important day of her life (so far!). Her AMAZING assistants blended into the crowd, were unobtrusive, and quite frankly, blended in so well I forgot they were photographers.

What I really could not believe, are the moments she captured that were not staged and poses for photos. Margaret captured all of those little moments that we tend to not think much about, but once we see them in a photo again we are amazed and in awe.

I would highly recommend Margaret Cotton to anyone who is in need of someone to capture their special moments. My wife and I now have an extremely vivid memory of our special day thanks to her! Read less
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Dianne
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Margaret Cotton, her husband, and assistant, were the photographers for my daughter's wedding on August 3. Right after the wedding she posted a video that captured the day in a way that I could not believe. She captured the excitement and energy of everybody that day! Yesterday was their one month anniversary and I still can't stop looking at the pictures and watching the video. The video told the story of the day and the pictures that Margaret chose are incredible. It makes me feel like I am reliving the day. The pictures were posted shortly after the wedding. I can't even imagine how my daughter is going to pick pictures for an album. There are SO many great pictures I wouldn't even know where to begin. My daughter liked Margaret from our very first meeting. She knew she wanted her to be part of her day. Her warm, caring, and enthusiastic personality had my daughter hooked. I can't say enough about her the day of the wedding. She made everyone feel calm and at ease. She was such a professional in the way she managed a big wedding party. Everyone had fun working with her and they never felt that picture taking was a chore. I could go on and on, but I am so glad my daughter hired Margaret Cotton as her photographer!
Margaret Cotton, her husband, and assistant, were the photographers for my daughter's wedding on August 3. Right after the Read more...
Margaret Cotton, her husband, and assistant, were the photographers for my daughter's wedding on August 3. Right after the wedding she posted a video that captured the day in a way that I could not believe. She captured the excitement and energy of everybody that day! Yesterday was their one month anniversary and I still can't stop looking at the pictures and watching the video. The video told the story of the day and the pictures that Margaret chose are incredible. It makes me feel like I am reliving the day. The pictures were posted shortly after the wedding. I can't even imagine how my daughter is going to pick pictures for an album. There are SO many great pictures I wouldn't even know where to begin. My daughter liked Margaret from our very first meeting. She knew she wanted her to be part of her day. Her warm, caring, and enthusiastic personality had my daughter hooked. I can't say enough about her the day of the wedding. She made everyone feel calm and at ease. She was such a professional in the way she managed a big wedding party. Everyone had fun working with her and they never felt that picture taking was a chore. I could go on and on, but I am so glad my daughter hired Margaret Cotton as her photographer! Read less
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