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Let's make some magic


Mari Charlson Photography


Nice to Meet You, I'm Mari

Hey, new friend! My name is Mari (Pronounced like Mary) Charlson (she/her). I am a 22 year old portrait photographer based in Kansas City, Missouri who is passionate about creating photos that you will love.

Something very important that you need to know about me is that I LOVE my job. Even after five years of being a photographer, I still leave every session feeling inspired to create more and learn more. Making magic is my specialty. Chat with me so you can see what I'm all about! 



When people say that photography captures moments in time, they aren’t wrong. But photography should capture more than just moments in time. Your photos should capture emotions and tell stories. That is something that I always strive to do at every single photoshoot. At my senior photoshoots, we tell the story of your growth. At my couples photoshoots, we tell the story of your love. At my editorial shoots, we tell more in depth stories. At my weddings, we tell the story of one of the most special days of your life. Your photoshoot deserves a story. So let’s make some magic and tell your story.


I just love love. Your love is special- and your photos should be just as special and unique as your love is. Nor only is a couples photoshoot a great date idea- but it is so important to capture you and your love together. I cannot wait to learn about you and your partner's story and create photos that paint that story.


"I booked mari because I had other friends that have booked with her in the past. i just loved the way that she edited their pictures and everything about her photography was just perfect to me.
I think what made my session special with mari was that she is a very outgoing person, it felt like I knew her and we were not strangers. when mari gave me my gallery, I was in shock that I could look like that!  she made me feel so pretty and so excited to post and share with everyone else! I would 100% refer mari to other people and I would definitely definitely book her again,"

- Paris Boston
2023 Senior (Oak Park High School)

Senior photoshoots are some of my favorite kind of photos to do. In these photoshoots, we get to capture you. Your energy, your hobbies, your fashion- these are all things that you will look back on in the future. I cannot wait to meet you, learn about you, and create a photoshoot that makes you feel like the star that you are. 
Let's celebrate YOU!!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It is a day that you will want to remember forever, and a part of maintaining those memories, are the photos! Being booked to photograph a wedding is a huge honor. 
Your wedding photos should capture every emotion of the day. Every happy tear shed, very first look, Every first walk and first kiss together as a married couple. I want to make sure that every piece of your story is told.

My wedding services are LGBTQIA+ friendly.

I appreciate the art of candid wedding photography. I want your wedding gallery to look like I am a fly on the wall capturing your most important day. I love capturing even the smallest details that you spent months and years putting together.

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"Mari has a literal 10/10 service on all aspects!! I had a very specific vision in mind for my birthday photoshoot and Mari made the whole experience so perfect. Excellent communication as well! Definitely will be coming back in the future! If you want your pictures done right—go to Mari 1000%."

-Arianna M 

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