I’m Mark. Of “LeahAndMark.com”
I’m a photographer. I tried being a writer but that didn’t work out – maybe one day it will, but until then, the stories we tell are through our photography. Until I picked up my camera one day in August of 2009, I was just another cubicle worker punching away at my keyboard writing code for a slew of other faceless corporations. I spent a few years dodging multiple mid-level managers as I would sit at my desk, staring at a photo of a window since I basically worked underground. There I was, spending 9 hours a day in an air conditioned room, staring at type on a flickering screen, wishing I was doing literally anything else.
One day in August of 2009 I picked up the entry-level Dslr camera Leah had bought me for my birthday back in March. She was in the middle of graduate school working on her Master’s degree in Social Work and somehow over that next year, we built this company together. The following August of 2012 I left my windowless office and took the risky chance on being a full time photographer – which also meant living off the money from photography full time.
It. Was. Terrifying.
Three years later it’s a little less terrifying; we’re still working ridiculously hard, and it’s all kinds of amazing.
I’m the head photographer here at LeahAndMark.com – and I’d love for you to consider us for your wedding or party, or family portrait. I do most of the blogging around here so if you’d like to really see what I’m like, just read some of my past entries (and know that I don’t take everything too seriously… most of the time.) You can even find me on Facebook! (that’s where I seem to hangout a lot these days anyway.)
We teach workshops, we have a photography tips-and-how-to newsletter with lots of subscribers, we’re the Photographers in Residence at Renew Social Ventures, and we regularly take on ten (10) interns at a time.
I have a business finance degree that I don’t use but I get to make beautiful photos everyday – and that’s just awesome. We lend 10% of photography fees to Kiva.org and we plan on doing more. We plan on being around for a long time so ‘living like we’re dying’ isn’t an option. We live like we’re alive – and hopefully it shows through our photographs.
When I say that I’d like to photograph you, what I’m really saying is that I’d like to get to know you better.
Email us at Email@LeahAndMark.com