Hey there! I am Mary and I am based out of Minneapolis, MN. I started my photography journey once our son was born and I was a new SAHM. Going crazy with my free time, I decided to pick up photography and take family photos for some extra cash. I fell in love with it and dove in head first dedicating any time I had to practice and furthering my knowledge. During that journey, I was asked to do a boudoir shoot and I had no experience or knowledge of it but thought I’d give it a try. After it going better than I could have imagined, and hearing how empowered and beautiful my client felt when looking at the photos, I knew I was hooked on the idea of making other women feel the same way! Having a baby did a lot of things to my body that put me in a dark place with my self-body image and so I made it a goal to never feel the way I felt about myself in that dark place. I want everyone of every body shape to feel amazing in the body they are given!
Whether you’ve never stepped in front of the camera or you are a pro model, At MCP, everyone is welcome!! We will welcome you with open arms and it is a safe space for POC and LGBQT+. We strongly believe in breaking traditions and marching to the beat of your own drum. Everybody deserves to treat themselves and you don’t need to fit a specific societal mold to be beautiful.
I used to dance in a Michael Jackson tribute show for 6 years! I was SO much fun
along with running my photography business, I am also a stay at home mom to the two cutest kids!
I'm a SUCKEr for reality tv and I am constantly reading books. Every other month I switch from romance to thriller books.
"I cannot recommend Mary enough! She is an amazingly gifted photographer who will bring out your most authentic beauty. I had no idea what to expect and ended up having a really fun afternoon, my nerves flew away the minute I met her and her make up/ hair artist Amanda. They were so warm and kind and easy to work with, I love my photos and will 100% be booking her again."
"We had such a great experience working with Mary for family photos recently! She was quick to respond and find a date that worked. I'm usually nervous about in-studio photo shoots because they can look a little stiff but with Minnesota weather inside was our only real option for November. Her studio is the sweetest and coziest and she made us feel right at home and were still able to get a lot of "candid" more natural looking photos! The girls (2.5 and 3 months) were comfortable with her and let their true personality shine through in the pictures. I'm so pleased with how they came out!"
"Mary shot my first ever boudoir style photo shoot and it was such a great experience. She was kind, professional, and fun! Prior to this I didn't have any modeling experience, but Mary made the shoot feel very natural and comfortable. My pictures turned out incredible and I have never felt prettier! I will be recommending Mary Castillo Photography to everyone I know!