HP + Glynn Preview

From the very beginning, Leah and I set out to attract clients that we like working with. We share a lot of ourselves online – and one of the main reasons is so that clients get a feeling of who we are as people – and not simply photographers. We tell our Interns that you shouldn’t try to compete on photos alone, or by simply charging the lowest rates.

Once you feel like your photos are up to par, you should compete by attracting clients who get what you’re all about.

Heather found us through our write up on Offbeat Bride – and never looked back. Nevermind the fact that at the time we had only photographed two weddings, had been in business for about 6 months, AND the part where she lives in the small town of Valparaiso, Indiana (Valpo!) and we live in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past year we’ve been able to build this business with lots of help from many people who simply took a leap of faith to hire us.

Heather was not only our first out-of-town booking, but our first out-of-state booking. Every wedding photographer says they’re ‘available for travel’ – but making that leap from local weddings to being flown out of state can be elusive. We weren’t expecting to book so many weddings up and down the east coast, but once Heather hired us – it’s like the dam broke and all of a sudden we were booked for Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, North Carolina, and more…

Our time with Heather & Glynn was also a little different because we actually stayed with Heather & Glynn at their house. I know. Who does that?

I blame it on my being a bit naive at first – and offering to save them some money by giving them the option of boarding us instead of paying for our hotel room. Hey – if you’ve ever been backpacking in a foreign country and made friends with people who invited you into their home, this doesn’t seem so strange. Except we’re in America and Americans have a very difficult time accepting such behavior from relatively complete strangers.

So after realizing what I had done, we decided to just trust that Heather & Glynn were the type of clients that we wanted, and everything would be great.

And they were, and it was.

After Heather booked us, I decided that from then on it was probably better to just always stay in a hotel instead of with the family. So I knew this trip would definitely be unique – and we would be spending much more time than usual with the bride and groom and their family. So of course, we photographed everything.

And hey – did you know that Leah’s pretty great at wrapping ribbon around the bouquet stems? See?!

And babysitting!

Yeah. We’re kind of all purpose photographers. Need help planning out your ceremony? Check. Need help with the ceremony seating layout? Check. (Of course, we’re partly responsible for the ‘theater-in-the-round’ setup for their ceremony as you will see later when the official photos get posted. Hey, Leah and I both did theater alright?!)

This window areas is in their home! And hey – you know about us + light.

Thank you.

LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Photographers | Travel. Indiana. Weddings.

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  • Megan Case 9 Aug 10 at 8:29 am

    Wow. Incredible set guys. Job well done! And I love the bride’s dress! Simple elegance.

  • Sarah 9 Aug 10 at 9:55 am

    Okay- If I ever get married, I am totally asking y’all to shoot it. These are beyond amazing.

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  • Shannon Putchaven 10 Aug 10 at 9:07 pm

    Leah and Mark it was great meeting you. The two of you were so friendly and personable. Heather was so excited about this. You really captured the personality of HP and her family. Great job! Best wishes. 🙂

    • mark 10 Aug 10 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Shannon! We had a great time too!

  • scott peters 17 Aug 10 at 8:06 pm

    truely amazed by your photo’s….. it was nice meeting both of you mark and leah….. some of the best wedding photography i have ever seen……. i am so excited to see the complete package when finished…… scott

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    These are such wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to Heather “Peanut” & Glynn 🙂

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