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Dahlonega Engagement Session

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– Posted by Mark

I know. It’s been a long time since we’ve posted ANY engagement sessions. Trust me. I. KNOW.

So we’ll be working on that over the next few weeks. Engagement sessions all over the place. Everywhere. And on your face. Well, okay – not on your face. Because that would be weird. (This post was not approved by Leah!)

So. Since we’re going to be posting engagement sessions – we figured, why not start out with something a little different. How about an engagement session in an old abandoned gold mine? And then how about we throw in the part where we’re shooting right in between the groups of children on their guided tours?! And then water dripping down from the ceiling everywhere, and areas of really bright lights, but mostly extreme darkness! Yeah. Let’s do that.

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.comBut you know what’s even better than all of that? – havingclients that want to be in there with us. THAT is better than Chinese food. (Well, it’s a close second because damn, I really, really like Chinese food. Like ridiculously love Chinese food. Ummmm….)

So this is Jordan & Zeke. They don’t live in Dahlonega and neither do we, so we all made the hour drive up from Atlanta and met in the town square – where we had some coffee, and then hopped into a car and drove down some crazy winding dirt road up and over some perilous mountains where it seemed there would be a landside anyminute.

Okay not really. This mine is actually next to a Walmart – seriously. Next. To. A. Walmart.

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You know what else is awesome? Intern Abby. (Okay – that really should say ‘who’ and not ‘what’.) Abby drove up with me and really helped out a lot during this shoot (that means she carried my gear and angled light stands and made funny faces when I was the only one who thought what I said was funny.)

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I have to admit though – when we finally got down into the mine, and I saw the darkness – I wasn’t exactly sure how things would work out. We always say to the Interns that it’s always a game of ‘stump the photographer’ – no matter how much you plan, things are going to change. You just have to be better than the obstacles you’re presented with. Overcome everything and everyone in your way. But most importantly, darkness really is your friend. (Okay, that’s not really the most important thing, but it kind of sounds good.)

Basically – it all goes back to being ready for a shoot. And I don’t mean ready as in having the right gear, or feeling ‘inspired’. I mean being ‘ready’ in that you’ve shot enough, you’ve experienced enough – and even more important (no for reals time) – being ready creatively. Not getting stuck just because conditions aren’t what you thought they would be. Or your timeline disappears. Or you have to work with tours of children walking through your photoshoot. (Actually if you know me – had the tours been suitable, I would’ve worked them into the photoshoot.)

One of the weakest excuses I regularly hear is something along the lines of ‘I just wasn’t feeling it.’ – you know what professionals do? They get to work. Period. They don’t care about whether or not they were ‘feeling it’ or if they were ‘inspired’. And if you ever find yourself saying that during a shoot – just picture me, punching you in the throat.

What else am I trying to say? I’m saying that everything we work on around here – is practice for some future shoot that we don’t know is coming up. That’s why we photograph everything and it’s mom. We don’t always post it all for everyone to see – but we’re definitely always shooting as many different things as we can, so that when we’re presented with something new… it’s not really new at all.

The Interns probably complain about some of the boring shoots we do – and that’s fine. Because you know – for me – even when it’s really bad, the fact is that in that moment, I’m a photographer – and there are few things I’d rather be doing.

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Alumni Intern Jenna

Alumni Intern Jenna has been working hard since the end of her Internship with us. She was a member of Season One (1). Although there is something to be said about quality over quantity – the fact is that most beginning photographers simply do not shoot nearly enough. A good amount of ‘learning’ does take place during the three months – however even more takes place after the internship – but only if the intern continues to work on their craft. Honestly – many interns take a break that turns into months at a time where they haven’t picked up their cameras. Like the rest of us here at LeahAndMark.com – Jenna’s been hustling for work and she knows that often times, at this stage in the game, experience is worth much more than money.

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– Posted by Contributor Jenna

I’ve worked with Mark for over a year now and after countless photo shoots, daily g-chats, and over 60 hours together last weekend (not to mention that we are cousins!), I feel like I know him pretty well. I hate to admit it, but he might have actually been right about a few things… or at least just one 🙂

If you have ever been an intern with Leah and Mark, you’ve probably heard (and been frustrated by) “Shoot More”. I’ve heard this advice since my very first intern experience with Mark at an event at Eyedrum. After I posted the photos (by my 3 AM deadline Mark set!), I was so nervous about what he was going to tell me to work on and all he said was, “shoot more.” Considering my insecurity with my photography skills at the time, that was something I felt like I could do. Regardless of my lack of talent, I could work hard and shoot every opportunity I got… so I did. I literally photographed every single one of my friends (and their friends and families and pets and businesses) and I never missed an opportunity to take photographs – no. matter. what. To me, there was everything to gain but nothing to lose from any experience with a camera in my hands.

The jump into the world of photography was scary though – especially coming in as a beginner. I had the opportunity to meet David DuChemin while he was in town and he reminded us that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” I had a lot of fear even applying for the internship (although I faked quite a bit of confidence in my work), but the possibility of having the experience made it worth the shot. Once I got the internship, I was scared of not being good enough, not knowing enough, not having enough equipment but something else was more important than that fear – getting the most out of that experience. The only way I could get the most out of it was to shoot and shoot more (no matter how scared I was of how the photos would come out). That gave me the opportunity to make mistakes and shoot it again until I could make it work.

David Murray was a guest speaker in one my photography classes the other day and he mentioned that his first mentor told him 35 years ago to “just shoot 3 rolls of film a day.” He encouraged David to find different lighting situations, challenge himself, get comfortable, and make discoveries. I decided to do the same thing and give myself the opportunity to just play. I bought a fun new camera bag (which I convinced myself was completely necessary) and it allowed me to take my camera with my everywhere so I could take pictures all the time. The photos were often not profound but having my camera with me constantly and taking photographs daily made a huge difference in my ability to use my camera to the best of its ability.

There is truly no substitute for shooting and shooting some more. Every time the camera is in my hands, I am learning something new. As frustrating as it can sometimes seem to be told “just shoot more” and as much as you can sometimes feel like you will never get “there” (wherever that is), shoot more, learn more, and enjoy the journey.

– Posted by Contributor Jenna

 

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Rosalynn + Chris | Wedding Preview

HEY. It’s a wedding IN Atlanta! No way! YES!

As much as we love all of our out of town weddings (MasschusettsIndianaTennesseeAlabamaCalifornia) we think Atlanta weddings are pretty swell. Not only that – but if the weddings are in Atlanta then that means we can bring along an Intern to help carry all of our heavy stuff… er, I mean, also photograph!

Rosalynn & Chris found us through one of our mentions on Scoutmob! and booked us right away last year. Not only did they have a fantastic 40 minute ceremony in a big Catholic church – their reception was at Kai Lin Art Gallery.

I brought along +Laura & Intern Liz to work the day with me and they did a bang-up job of photographing, carrying gear and getting me drinks. Okay. I got my own drinks (Leah won’t let me make it mandatory that Interns just bring me drinks!) +Laura’s been shooting like a crazy, crazy mad woman, working on a steady stream of photography gigs, but Intern Liz was able to find a second to post some of her photos from this wedding. Check them out HERE – and also what she thought about photographing a wedding on her 2nd day of the internship.

You know what season it is? It’s Wedding Season. You know what that means? It means we’re posting FOUR weddings this week. Two from North Carolina and one more back here in Atlanta! Some come back. Tomorrow. And then the day after, and then after that.

Rosalynn & Chris – You. Are. Awesome. Forever.

Thank you!

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Hi. We’re LeahAndMark.com – wedding photographers based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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