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2011 Review by +Debra

– Posted by Debra

2011 has certainly been a life changing year for me. The most amazing thing to happen this year has been the birth of my son Shannon. Among the many highlights were the many weddings I witnessed, the new babies I met, the new mommy friends I made, the awesome and rockstar season six interns, and all the fun creative out of the ordinary photo shoots I had.

Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com

Each year brings new experiences an lessons, and becoming a mom was the most awesome and amazing thing to happen to me so far. My relationship with my fiancé, Lance, has grown and evolved and become stronger than ever. All of my relationships have changed, because I have changed. I love more fiercely than ever before, I work harder than ever before, and I look forward to the future more than ever before.

Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com

This year has been filled with so many awesome moments and photographs, it would be impossible to show all of them, I have many many favorites. Each photo is a memory, a shared life experience, and I am so thankful for the many people I encountered on my journey this year. One of the biggest life lessons, brought by the many changes in my life this year, was that of humility. I spent many days being humble and thankful for what I have, and just as many hours thinking of how to build a better future for the benefit of my own family. It has been a soul searching year, one filled with love and growing pains.

Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com

As your reading this I am flying to south Africa to the place of my own birth, to reconnect with my family there, and As much as I am missing my Atlanta family, I know this journey will make me stronger for the coming years. I seldom talk about my deep down squishy feelings, you know the stuff that makes you vulnerable, but I am a little scared and a little excited and a whole lot of wishing I could put my outward heart ( my son and fiancé ) inside of me to keep safe, to keep me safe, I have become accustomed to being a unit, a mommy and and a wifey, its the first time I have been just me in a long long time. Maybe it’s a good time to remember, and it will make my family unit stronger too. I can’t wait to share my adventure with everybody when I return.

Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Photographer | Debra Edgar | 2011 Review | LeahAndMark.com

Until then, enjoy the condensed version of my year in review. I look forward to 2012, it’s going to be the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

2011

2011 Year in Review | Atlanta | Photographer | Photos | Weddings | LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by Mark

2011 has been really great and we were fortunate to make some really great photos. When you start as a photographer as I did – with no real training, and having never attended photography school – you really don’t know what you’ll end up shooting. Even more so – you have no idea how you could possibly make a living just taking photos. Having worked as a business analyst/computer coder most of my life – the concept of being a full time photographer was something for other people.

Well we’re in our third year of business – just past my first full year of full time photography. This past year we photographed weddings all over the country and I visited more cities and met more people than I have in a very long time.

Here are some my favorite shots from 2011. Not all – but some. Let’s Go.

2011 Year in Review | Atlanta | Photographer | Photos | Weddings | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
2011 Year in Review | Atlanta | Photographer | Photos | Weddings | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com
Atlanta Wedding Photographer | 2011 | Review | Photos | LeahAndMark.com

Thanks. You. Are. Awesome.

Warhol Screen Test | High Museum of Art

– Text & Video by +Jo
– Photos by Alumni Intern Andre

This is the time of the year that makes me miss my family terribly. Miss the traditions we had when I was young. Miss the conversations, laughter and communal meals filled with love. I created a new family in Savannah with all my friends and we would gather to celebrate when we couldn’t celebrate with our normal families. I moved to Atlanta less than a year ago. My hodge-podged family is now scattered about the U.S. I was fearful this Thanksgiving was going to be a sad one.  I yearn to have a full day of memories cultivated every year.

High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com

Then Mark asked if I wanted to work Family Day at the High Museum. I jumped at the opportunity simply because it was the High. Then the details came in – “It’s the day after Thanksgiving.” Ok – not a problem. I had no problem going out to a gorgeous museum filled with amazing art. I’ll take that challenge any day. “You will be filming people.” Uh… Sure? I can do that. Don’t get me wrong, I have a nice basic understanding of videography. I should after all the stage and film work I’ve done. “We’re recreating Warhol’s Screen Tests.” OH! Now, I’m down for that.

Simply, between the years of 1964 -1966 Andy Warhol shot short clips of friends, artist and celebrities of the time. There was an evolution to what the people were doing in the little movies. Initially they would just stand or sit, not doing anything. Then he allowed them to move and do basic things like brush their teeth, drink a soda, etc. {My personal favorite is of Dali. It really captured who he was in the simplest of fashion.} Warhol would take the video, project an enlarged version onto white walls at a slower frame rate. There are many essaies on what his purpose was behind these “Screen Tests.” My interpretation is: Warhol was showing the beauty in common movements. There’s artistry in everyday life.

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Family day was filled with wonderful activities for children young and old to enjoy. There were so many  stations I couldn’t keep up with them all. You could draw, paint, build mobiles, listen to live music, dance, and on and on. A constant crowd streamed through all day and people really loved the opportunity to jump in front of the camera to be themselves. OR very silly. The kids especially. As soon as one was brave enough to try it, there would be a mini stampede of others joining. It’s funny. Adults were so nervous, self-conscious and shy. But the children opened up at the smallest amount of direction. And they had an entire bucket filled with props from the people at the High to inspire them. Sometimes, mom or dad would join in on the fun with their little ones. I think these were my favorite. Because I love the interactions between parent and child in this particular situation. The parent could let go of the adult world for 30 seconds and find confidence in their daughter or son. In return the child felt more confident to be in front of the camera because mom or dad were right there with them. Memories were made right in front of me.

How amazing is that?

High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com
High Museum of Art Atlanta | Family Day | Thanksgiving | Warhol Screen Tests Video | LeahAndMark.com

For me, Thanksgiving was always about the memories. My family never had to ask what we were thankful for. We all knew – because we were together. This day was filled, nonstop, with these moments. The best part? I filmed it. Each person and family have a little memory captured forever. They can go back, watch it again and enjoy the moments created together. I felt really honored to be an invisible part of their day. A little piece of the memory.

Though I’m hundreds of miles away from my family – Family Day at the High made Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday this year.

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Happy Turkey Day!

Mark and I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Our healthy, amazing son. A fantastic birth and a great recovery. Each other. Our incredibly supportive families. But we are also so very thankful for YOU. Our amazing + photographers who work their booties off so that LeahAndMark.com can take on bigger and more awesome projects. All of our Alumni Interns who have made us better people, better photographers, and who are just simply awesome, fun folks to hang out with. And our wonderful friends/clients – not only do you let us have a successful business – pay the bills, live our dream – which is seriously no small thing – but you let us into your lives and you make our own little microcosm richer for having known you. You send sweet emails telling us our photos rock, and those keep us going when we’re having a scary/doubt-filled day. You make our photos look good by being your awesome selves. You challenge us with new projects. You make our jobs more like play and less like work.

So Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Lots of love from Leah and Mark… and BabyRoX!

Indie Craft Experience 2011 | Holiday

– Posted by Mark

This year’s Indie Craft Experience was the most successful yet – at least if you go by the number of groups that got into our Free Photobooth! Luckily – after three years of doing this – we have a little bit more knowledge on how to do this and make it run smoothly (it mostly involves me not touching anything, or interacting with the humans.)

It’s a good thing I brought along help in the form of Alumni Interns Andre, Jo, & Raven.

Still – Thanksgiving is in a few days, I still have lots of editing, a few new photoshoots/portrait session to do and packages to get in the mail! So here you go – Photobooth shots from this year’s Indie Craft Experience Holiday Extravaganza 2011! (Galleries at the bottom.)

How to Make a Photobooth | Onsite Printing | Gear | Build | LeahAndMark.com

Hey look – U.S. Representative John Lewis stopped by.

Indie Craft Experience 2011 | Photobooth | Atlanta Photographers | LeahAndMark.com

Indie Craft Experience 2011 | Photobooth | Atlanta Photographers | LeahAndMark.com

Indie Craft Experience 2011 | Photobooth | Atlanta Photographers | LeahAndMark.com

Indie Craft Experience 2011 | Photobooth | Atlanta Photographers | LeahAndMark.com

Day One Part 1 Gallery 

Day One Part 2 Gallery

Day Two Gallery

 

TEDxPeachtree

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by Mark

We had the opportunity to photograph TEDxPeachtree this year and wow, that was pretty awesome. If you’ve never heard of the TED Talks, it’s all about this:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

Of course – since we only allow Alumni and Current Interns to attend our Photography Business/Marketing workshop – most people don’t realize that we show TED videos. Mostly because they’re about ideas – and new ideas combined with executing those new ideas are at the core of our marketing workshop. Heck – it’s really at the core of this business in general. (And yours too if you’re smart.)

We always kind of take note when we find ourselves in a forum full of photographers posting marketing ideas… that they’re just spitting back up after hearing those same ideas from other photographers, who also did the same thing. It’s often difficult to find new ideas within your own industry. That’s not to say that we don’t listen to some of what other photographers are saying – but I will admit – I ignore/avoid hearing a lot of it.


TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

Of course – at the same time I spend a portion of my effort on simply keeping up with what’s going on in ‘Photography’ – because you don’t want to be completely out of the loop either.

And if you haven’t ever heard us say it – one of our core principles/guidelines/things we do is simply to find out what everyone else isn’t doing (by choice) – figure out why they aren’t doing it, and then figure out how we can make ‘it’ work for us. Because if we can do that, then we’ll be the only one doing it. How much is an advantage like that worth to you? It’s worth a great deal to us.

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

TEDxPeachtree | Atlanta | TED Talks | Zoo | Video | Photos | 2011 | TEDxAtlanta | LeahAndMark.com

TEDxPeachtree. Atlanta. 2011. Photos. Photography. Zoo Atlanta. Speakers. TED Talks. TED. LeahAndMark.com

Mondo Homo

-Posted by Contributor S. Andre

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Dear Subject,

I volunteer my photography services as often as I can. In most events, I haul in all my photographic gear, both owned and borrowed, to set-up shop- a backdrop with a simple flash- in hopes to take your portrait. But you do not grant me permission.

Atlanta, Mondo Homo, Festival, Photos, Photobooth, 2011I go to great lengths of cloth, stretching myself thin, in hope that you will advance towards me. But never may I shoot you. Despite all my desire, yearning, and dramatic lighting to be with you, I can never get you to come… in public.

But then, within the cramped aisles of Homo-Depot, I addressed a personal inqueery and sketched a special plan to build us a photo-booth. Within this precarious and fragile cube made of PVC and streamers, it was here that we began to unveil.

Atlanta, Mondo Homo, Festival, Photos, Photobooth, 2011

Atlanta, Mondo Homo, Festival, Photos, Photobooth, 2011

Atlanta, Mondo Homo, Festival, Photos, Photobooth, 2011So thank you for the glorious night.

So far, it’s been the best I have ever had.

With love,

S. Andre

CLICK HERE FOR THE GALLERY.

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Mondo. Homo. Atlanta. 2011. Photobooth. Photos. Pictures. Andre. LeahAndMark.com