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Georgian Terrace Wedding | Atlanta is Amazing

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

How about a Georgian Terrace wedding? Sounds great right? Planning a wedding in Atlanta while you live in New York can be very challenging – ha – it’s probably closer to being difficult than challenging. BUT – it can be done! What’s great about Atlanta is that there are SO MANY wedding vendors (well, that’s good and bad for different reasons) – which means that you CAN find all of the people and help that you need; even if you don’t live here.

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Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

That’s what Sadio and Siedric did – and wow did they plan a great wedding day. They started their day getting ready at the Georgian Terrace hotel – and then we did their first look/portrait session at Ponce City Market – AND THEN the ceremony took place at Agnes Scott College AND THEN back to the Georgian Terrace for the reception at the Livingston restaurant. SO yeah – we made a good trip around Atlanta and back that day.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Among all the things that they did right was that they made PLENTY OF TIME for their photography and videography. I know – of course I’m going to stress making time for your photographer (since you know – I’m a wedding photographer) – but really – if you’re planning a big day, with several locations – AND you want it documented well along with your own portrait photos; definitely schedule enough time for the photography. I’m not talking about hours and hours (because come on) but enough time. That will vary depending on who you hire for your photography but also on what you’re planning for your photos. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Atlanta Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

For example – even if you’re not going to multiple locations across town – say you’re at a farm or country club with 50 acres of lush land and gardens and fields. If you don’t want all of your photos to take place 10 feet from your ceremony location, MAKE TIME to travel out to the fields, or hills, or rivers or whatever. If you have to walk – make sure you bring along some flats to walk in so that you’re not hiking in high heels the entire way. Your photographer can absolutely help you out with the logistics (and if they can’t – well, fire them.) Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But YES. This wedding was GRAND. And these two were great the entire day. I’m not even saying that through gritted teeth – they literally were GREAT the entire day. Putting up with me, with my crazy ideas, but also having their own ideas as well. Because you know – at this point, 8 years into this wedding photography thing – I’m totally open to any and all ideas for the photos as long as we have time for it (cause you know, time is the most valuable resource we have and it’s the only thing that’s limited and blah blah blah).

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Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Now – small segue – I’ve noticed as a general rule – the smaller the wedding party (bridespersons/groomspersons/ wedding party persons) – the more flexibility or even open time you have for other things like photos, or relaxing. It’s just easier to have to hang out with 3 close people as your wedding party than 10. And you don’t have to split your time with as many people during the getting ready process. Having said that – sometimes I’m completely wrong and it’s absolutely AMAZING having a big wedding party getting ready with you and celebrating your morning. It just depends on the people, your schedule, and other things that I couldn’t even quantify that probably don’t matter in the end anyway. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Right? Right. Yes. 

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But these two? Seriously, considerably, absolutely, full of Awesome.

Need help planning your wedding day schedule? Check out this link! And our friends at A Practical Wedding as well.


How to Help Your Stylists Give You Perfect Wedding Hair! | Vlog

Since I was getting my ‘hawk refreshed – I figured that I’d cover a few tips on helping out your stylist for your wedding hair!

A few months before your wedding – find a hairstylists and have a ‘trial’ session. If they’re a professional stylists – they’ll ask you questions to narrow down your ideas and get a better idea of what you want your hair to look like on your wedding day.

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You will want to bring anything you can to the trial with you. Photos of your dress, and then also photos of you IN your dress as well. Having those will help your stylist get a better idea of how your hair will sit on your head with the dress on your body. Sounds like common sense right? And it is – but this is wedding stuff we’re talking about so common sense GOES OUT THE WINDOW! Cause you know – weddings are bonkers!

Bring any photos you’ve gathered as well for ‘hair’ inspiration – and then also any colors, or fabrics or really anything you might want your stylist to incorporate somehow into your hair for that day.

Another good idea is to make sure you know what you DON’T WANT. That’s almost as important as knowing what you do want – and it’ll cut down on the wasted time of going through bad ideas that you were never going to like in the first place 🙂

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

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Finding a hair stylist to do your hair on your wedding day can be as easy as hiring your regular hair stylist… depending on your stylist.

In other terms – someone that’s a great family portrait photographer isn’t necessarily a great wedding photographer. In the same way – a wedding day stylist needs a somewhat different or additional skills, and many stylist might not have the experience needed for your wedding day. Remember – your hair stylist is one of your wedding vendors. In the same way you wouldn’t just hire a cafeteria staff to cater your very important wedding reception, you wouldn’t hire a hair stylist with no experience doing bridal hair. There is a difference.

So. What do you look for in a great wedding hair stylist? Well…

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You want a stylist that wants to hear as much information as you can give them about the hairstyle you want, or think you want. Bring photos so they can see examples of what the heck you’re talking about. Don’t just say up-do, or side pony-tail… (in fact you probably should never say side pony-tail, but what do I know…)

You want a stylist that does wedding day bridal hair. In fact you want ALL of your vendors to be regular wedding industry veterans. This isn’t the time for beginners or weekend hobbyist to practice! A Professional hair stylist that works weddings will know current hair style trends, AND what will work with your hair.

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You want a stylist that also ask about your wedding. Details. Your dress, colors, jewelry – YOU want to match your wedding. In the same way you want your wedding photos to capture the atmosphere of your wedding – you want your look to match. If you’re having a vintage styled wedding – you may not want a clean and sleek look reminiscent of Blade Runner circa 2056. Maybe. Your wedding hair stylist will ask about how you want your hair to move (if at all) or if you have a hair piece that you’re thinking about wearing.

Finally – your wedding hair stylist will use 154 bobby pins and 23 cans of hair spray to cement your hair in place and make sure it doesn’t move when it’s not supposed to – NO MATTER WHAT.


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Children’s Portraiture Workshop | by +Krisandra

It’s that time of the intern season again! Time to teach the current interns everything I know about children’s portraiture. I have been photographing children full time for the past 3 years. If you would have told me in school that I would have speciality in this area of photography – I would have laughed at you. But, today, I couldn’t see my professional life without it!

In the workshop I discussed topics like how to make the most out of the photo shoot, appropriate poses for different ages, and equipment. The children in this workshop were 4, 5, 7, and 10 years of age!

Here are a few shots I took during the workshop in demonstration!



Here are a few images from the interns – make sure you look out for their blog posts THIS FRIDAY about their experiences!

Intern Becky                                                                                                             Intern Kristi


Intern Michaella                                                                                                     Intern LeeAnn


Intern Kezia


Read a little more about my past children’s portraiture workshop here!

And watch a video of the workshop here!





5 tips for a great head shot | by +Krisandra

During intern critique night, the subject of “what makes a good head shot” came up. Since I photograph a lot of head shots – a lot – I thought I would put my two cents in on the subject!

I have specialized in head shots for the last 3 years. So, what makes a great head shot, you ask? Well, you might as well ask what makes a great photo. But, here are some pointers:

1. Connection. Eye contact is KEY. You want to be able to look at the image and feel the person is looking you in the eye. If your subject isn’t intrigued then neither will the person viewing photograph.

2. Simple backdrop. We are here to see the person in the photo, not where you took the photo. If the backdrop is visible then it should support the subject and not be distracting.


3. Clothing. Simple solid colors are always best. Also, try to avoid solid white – it can be distracting. The eye tends to go toward the brightest part of the image and you don’t want that to be the shirt your subject is wearing. Also, minimal jewelry.


4. Vertical: In my experience, comp cards are generally vertical. If you take a horizontal shot, make sure you pull back enough to where it can be cropped vertical. There is nothing worse than having your client love the (horizontal) shot you took only to hear they can’t use it because it can’t be cropped vertical.


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5. Posing: Head shot means just that. Pose from the shoulders up and fill the frame. Don’t “cut off” the top of the head. Proper facial expressions can also affect posing. Change up expressions!

But, most importantly, you need a good photographer! You have to have fun and feel comfortable during a head shot session or it will reflect in the photo that is primarily, well,  your face. Head shots are about capturing your personality, so make sure you bring it to your session.


STOP the Violence! | by +Krisandra

I am proud to call the East Atlanta Village home. I have lived here for 4 years. My boyfriend works there. I eat there. I work out there. I shop there. Friends and family visit me there. But, recently home has been an unsettling place. A place where sometimes I now feel nervous.

Yes, I know I live in Atlanta. Yes, I know its a “big city”. Yes, I know bad people live here. But, I have never really felt any of that in the East Atlanta Village. It was almost like our close knit community was in a safe bubble. I never had any fears walking to my car at night after leaving from having dinner or hanging out at the pub having some drinks with friends. It wasn’t until months ago my boyfriend started telling me about what was really happening in the village. The jewelry store beside his work was robbed, a lady was held up at the bus stop in front of his work, a lady was assaulted and mugged walking to her car, and so on and so forth. My community had become violent.

Then we come to Saturday, May 25th on the corner of May Ave and Flat Shoals Ave. Patrick Cotrona is murdered. Murdered walking to the pub with friends. This could have been me


I didn’t know Patrick personally, but as so many of us in the community feel, we really did know him. Just like we knew everyone who attended the vigil for Patrick and rally to STOP the violence this past Friday. Demanding the changes that have been asked for such as working street lights and police presence. The community gathered wearing yellow because “no one wears yellow”. Some of the speakers included Natalyn Archibong, an EAV resident who represents District 5 on Atlanta City Council, Kevin Spigener, President of the East Atlanta Community Association, Lauren Janis, East Atlanta Business Association. Some neighbors met one another for the first time and as letters to Patrick were written the community stood as one to let the criminals know who the East Atlanta Village belongs to!












The community came together with a simple message to STOP the violence. Luminaries with messages of love, hope, and faith lined the street to light up what was  so dark on the night Patrick took his last walk. Since Patrick’s murder I have been stopped at a police check point twice. And I will gladly continue to stop until the shooter has been found. Until the violence has stopped. Until I feel comfortable again.


My thoughts are with the Cotrona family and everyone else affected by the violence.


The mayor, Kasim Reed, has offered a reward for any information.


Party in the park! | by +Luiza

So my weekend was pretty freakin’ sweet.

I got to go see The Electric Sons, Yeasayer, Grouplove, Ellie Goulding, and Passion Pit. Up front. And call it “work”. I even got to go on stage with Ellie Goulding. What up! (ok I’m done bragging. I think.)


I just really love what I do, you guys.

This time last year, I also photographed Party in the Park as intern Luiza. And it was AMAZING. So I kind of knew what to expect, but even so, this year blew my mind.



A lot was the same and a lot was different and it all was just. freaking. awesome. The bands put on a great show, the crowd was bigger, the fans were louder, more excited, and carried dinosaurs with them. Pretty sure I even saw an unicorn with laser eyes somewhere.



And it’s crazy to me to look back at the photos and see just how much I’ve grown this past year. And how much more comfortable I am with a camera in a crowd. And in front of a crowd.



Awesome interns Michaella and Kristi also joined me this year. And we got to do superawesomecool things like go on top on the Omni Hotel to take superawesomecool photos of everyone having a groovy time while we were also having a groovy time. Because when you’re an intern (or a plus) it’s impossible not to have a groovy time. Especially when you’re shooting a party. In the park.



Don’t get me wrong, we work hard. Really really ridiculously hard. And it’s not always glamorous, but it’s always worth it. Because being on your feet for hours, carrying around heavy gear, and editing and writing until 3AM after working your 9-5 job isn’t always superawesomecool. But the things I like a little less about being a photographer don’t even bother me when the things I like a whole lot more about being a photographer are just so awesome. Like going to concerts. And showing you all these awesome photos that make you wish you were there too. And showing you all these awesome photos that make you wish you were a photographer too. And, you know, being on stage with Ellie Goulding.

Oh. And working with Mark. That’s my favorite thing about being a photographer. (he totally didn’t make me say that)


Thread Count | by +Krisandra

When I headed out to Thread Count Saturday afternoon I wasn’t aware of what was really happening. I attended the event thinking it was going to be like a mini Indie Craft Experience event that I usually attend throughout the summer. Cool jewelry, King of Pops, art, interesting people, Tex’s Taco food truck, funky clothing, FREE Pbr… this is what I was expecting. This is what I was told. And this is what I got until I started asking questions.




Street vending is illegal in Atlanta?! Now somewhere sometime I got busy and missed this memo. But, with events like pop up shops inside other stores and the Indie Craft Experience. I guess I didn’t put much thought into it… until today. My eyes are open!





Atlast Clothing was the backdrop for the market event. Atlast, being private property, is unregulated by the city. (Nice one guys!) Creative Comp Cards is a “directory of artists, musicians, designers globally you should know connecting social networks for the independent artist with an indie budget.” (Very cool.) All combined you have an afternoon of shopping, food, beer, and awesome people. (Score!)




Hats off to Creative Comp Cards and Atlast Clothing for bringing together an event like Thread Count. Well played.


Introducing | Season [Gold Lion]

It is absolutely-hands-down-amazing that we’re starting our 11th session of our Photography Internship. We ditched the numbering system (Season 1,2,3…) and so this group is identified as Season [Gold Lion]!

We hired creative director Joy to take over the coordination and operations of the Internship last season so that I would be able to focus on teaching the workshops and helping instruction – and honestly last season was the best one we’ve had so far. Of course – Season [Gold Lion] will blow last season away. Along with +Krisandra and +Luiza – we’re better and the internship just keeps getting more and more amazing.

So here they are – the kickass Interns that make up Season [Gold Lion]

Click on each photo to read their posts and more about each of them.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark & Co.


Viewer Discretion | by +Luiza

I’m always urging you to do more, learn more, go outside your comfort zone, and experiment. But I don’t just say it. I try to do it too.

I’ve been shooting still for what seems like forever. I got my first DSLR in 2007 (I feel old), and I’ve been shooting photos and more photos and more photos. Well recently I decided to take the leap and try my hand at video. AND I FREAKING LOVE IT.

I have a lot to learn. I mean A LOT. But I’m proud of what I’ve done so far.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing artists and collaborated to create two music videos. So far.

My most recent is Peter Z‘s Viewer Discretion:


Earlier this month I also worked with Asante to make my very first video.


You can expect many more to come.

When ideas come to life | by +Krisandra

As a creative, I am always trying to push the limits of my ideas. I have notebooks with sketches, words, print cut outs. I collect wedding magazines. I have notes on my phone, images saved. I have tons of Pinterest boards. I have IDEAS. But, it’s one thing to have ideas and quite another to have those ideas come to life. It isn’t easy (at least for me). It takes planning, timing, confidence, but mostly it takes me.

Planning my FIRST styled photo shoot was probably almost as stressful as planning a wedding! Months and months and some more months went into this shoot. I had to find a stylist. I had to find a hair and makeup artist. I had to find the location. And I had to coordinate all this on one day that worked for everyone involved, even Mother Nature, for my ideal shoot. I had to make sure my ideas of what I wanted showed and do this in front of fellow photographer and friend, Philitha, all the way down from CT.








From the very first wedding I second shot back in 2006 I have been stuck in awe of the bride on her wedding day. I have yet to photograph a wedding where the bride didn’t make me at least teary eyed at some point during the day.

Hair and Makeup: Hope Ferguson
Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Hermann
Model: Brittany Berndt


Photography Competition | by +Krisandra

Back on a cold, rainy day in February the Season [X] interns had a group shoot at the Southeastern Railway Museum. As we all paid our entrance the employees were handing us flyers and things that I shoved into my pockets. We did our shoot and went on about our lives.

A couple days later as I cleaned my camera bag I found the papers they had handed us: PHOTO COMPETITION. Yes! If there is one thing I like it’s some good healthy (sometimes not so healthy) competition! I wrote my weekly Monday blog and picked my best images from the shoot. I got them printed and matted (on white mats I might like to add). Paid my entry fee and waited.

The photos I submitted:



Atlanta Portrait Photographer | Krisandra Evans |

Atlanta Portrait Photographer | Krisandra Evans |

Atlanta Portrait Photographer | Krisandra Evans |

Fast forward to April. Sunday, April 7th to be exact. Awards ceremony day! There were 40 photos submitted. 6 awards to be given.

I took overall second place!

I took overall second place!

YAY! It has been 6 years since I entered a competition or put my photos on display like this.  I need to get back to doing this. Regularly. We at LeahandMark & Co always talk about putting your work out there. What better way than to enter a competition?! You have no name. You don’t know the judges. You place on work alone.

Thank you to everyone who liked the photos on facebook and supported me/modeled for me.