Testimonials

Matthew is an exceptional photographer with the patience to match. Not only is he amazing with my daughters, he is great in his process with me when it comes time to choosing the best picture, a task that overwhelms me completely. My youngest daughter is a particular "challenge" when is comes to picture time, however, Matthew is capable of catching a perfect smile every time. He has been our family photographer for 10 years and I can't imagine going to anyone else.
Theresa Y.

I am a member of Jack and Jill of America, Columbia Maryland Chapter. Our chapter has an occasion called a Beautillion, which Matthew has been the photographer for this glorious occasion. During the last three years I have had numerous occasions to deal with Matthew of Madison Photography. First, Matthew has been a wonderful, extremely professional, personable person and photographer. He knows how to interact with young adult males to get them to express and present themselves in a beautiful manor to be photographed. He has the responsibility to photograph the mothers, sons, families and the escorts that evening. He has to work in different situations with the above the mentioned people and has the ability to make the participants feel comfortable and confident that he will make sure that they will look wonderful as the end result. When I have had the occasion to view the photos, THEY WERE WONDERFUL!! He had multiple poses for me to view and help me with my choices. They were the best ones. I am so pleased with our decisions. I have had multiple people to complement the photographs of my family and individual photos from both occasions.
K. Randall

"Thank-you! The photos were fantastic! I've gotten so many compliments. The service and attention to details that Matthew provides is like no one else. Our family had a great time at the photo shoot. We would definitely recommend."
Jacqueline Orange

"Kudos to Photography by Madison. As a daycare we need someone that is great with children and quick to get fabulous shots. Matthew is exactly that. He comes in early to play with the children so they feel comfortable. In return we have parents that rave about their child's school picture."
B. Polimenie

I've been coming to Photography by Madison for many years and knew Matt and staff could assist me on one of the greatest days of my life, my wedding day! My photos came out so beautifully, I was shocked to look so good! And I got them back so quickly to share with my family and friends!
B. Batson

I have used the services of Photography by Madison on 3 separate occasions over the past few years…..for both of my daughters’ senior portraits and for my niece’s senior portraits. I was not disappointed either time. Mr. Coates is very professional and strives to get the best from the client. His personal attention to detail and the time he spent with each of the girls was reassuring. I was confident that the results would be impressive. It was not surprising that we deliberated quite a while when choosing the desired poses for our packages. I would definitely choose Photography by Madison for future portraits.
J. Harris

Photography by Madison (Matthew) has been providing exceptional photographic services to the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. for many years. He is customer oriented and provides only the highest quality work. He is recommended without reservation.
P. Waddy

We are very happy with the photos of our son. The poses were creative and in our opinion quite unique. Despite our late arrival and the late hour you were very good at keeping our 6 month old engaged and smiling the entire time. Matthew has done photos for my sorority's cotillion for many years. He shoots for us in many settings - studio head shots, event photos, and portraits. The professionalism of his staff is beyond compare. He aims to please and always does. A great experience all around.
W. Wilson

I found Matthew @Photography by Madison’s very professional in his planning and execution of the photography session. Matthew, advice when choosing which photo’s to use was invaluable and i would recommend his business package with confidence to my colleagues.
S. Rivers

My daughters have been having their photographs taken by Matthew Coates yearly since they were born. That’s 11 and 9 years now! We return to him faithfully year after year because his photos reflect the polish, patience and professionalism that Matthew brings to the camera. He is talented, creative, accommodating and a delight. Everybody receives school photos and maybe they’re ok and some years, maybe they’re not. But with photos by Madison, you always end up with terrific pictures of your loved ones that are beyond the ordinary. I have all mine lined up, year by year, and I love seeing how the girls are growing and changing. To me, beautiful photographs of my daughters are important—in the end, that’s what remains! Photos by Matthew Coates preserve those memories professionally, for a life time.
S. Kanstoroon

"Hold that pose." "Smile". Snap! I have heard Mathew say these words since 2007. I met him through the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, when my daughter was a Debutante. I was so impressed with the quaility of his work, that in 2008 and again in 2010, I took my daughter and son respectively to him to photograph their senior portraits. When I share the proof booklet with others, someone will ask, "Who took thoses pictures?" On July 30, 2011, I called upon Matthew again to take the pictures at my mother's 80th birthday celebration. My mother really enjoyed working with him. He is professional, personable, and easy to work with.

The quality of his work speaks for itself. If you are looking for a photographer to take family pictures, senior portraits, or capture the memory of a special event, contact Mathew of Photography by Madison.
D. Hunter