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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? – having clients 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.

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta, Wedding, Photographer, Engagement, Session, Dahlonega, LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by Mark

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Jessica + Robert | Wedding Preview

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-Posted by Gabriel

If you followed my Intern experience, you may have got a taste of the craziness that is my life right now. 5 years ago, I was a police officer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Me and my wife found out we were pregnant and that it was time for a change for us – we moved to Colorado, I left the police department and become a software developer/network engineer. Over the next few years we had our Son – Kallin – and our Daughter – Aurora. In November of 2009, my wife decided she wanted to go back to school – 3 months later our house was sold, and we were heading cross country in a moving truck.

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It should go without saying that I am a spontaneous person.  I love the adventures and thrills of life, and just the experience of living. It is an amazing thing that you and I experience everyday, and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

What I didn’t know when we moved to Atlanta, was that it wasn’t just my wife who was making some major career-altering changes. I had been pursuing photography as a hobby for the year prior, and wanted to go full time with it, but it just didn’t seem like things were breaking my way. Business was hard to find, I didn’t feel like I was progressing like I wanted. Despite that, I decided that regardless of what I did – I needed to do something different and gave notice to my job that I was leaving.

January 1st, I was unemployed and looking for a new line of work, I had little realistic aspirations that it would be photography, but one day I saw an ad for an internship with this company in town. LeahAndMark.com – I read their blogs, saw their work, and was hooked. I applied, and as they say, the rest is history.

Over the past 3 months, I have grown exponentially, not only in my work, but also my vision, drive and purpose. I love people, and I love capturing their experiences and stories with my lens, and I want to make it my life to share those things in every way that I can. I would like to think that I will make my living in photography, but, thats not the point. The point is that I understand now, that regardless of where I make my income from here on out – what I AM is a PHOTOGRAPHER, and I can’t wait to continue writing that story in word and picture, and I am incredibly priveledged to continue that story here with LeahAndMark.

A few weeks ago I shot Robert and Jessica’s wedding. I had done their engagement shoot back in March, and I was itching to shoot my first post internship wedding. I can honestly say I have never worked so hard at a wedding, and thats saying a lot.

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Atlanta, Wedding, Rhodes, LeahAndMark, Photographer, Gabriel, Doty

 

Thank you Robert and Jessica for letting me capture the moments of your wedding. May you have many blessed years together.

Thank YOU.

 

 

-Posted by Gabriel

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Jenny + Abhineet | Wedding preview

We’ll get to the proper introductions later on. For now – Intern Gabriel has leveled up and this is +Gabriel’s first wedding post with us – and WOW – he’s really pulling out all the stops. He was photographing this wedding in Goldsboro, N.C. while I was photographing a wedding in Wilmington, N.C. – We cannot express how happy we are to have +Gabriel working with us here at LeahAndMark.com

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-Posted by +Gabriel

I have always prided myself at being able to emotionally connect to my photos. What I didn’t understand was that there are a million other photographers out there who do the Exact. Same. Thing. That was a big let down for me at first, because I REALLY do love the emotion in my photography, and thought that it in and of itself was unique.

My time as an intern with LeahAndMark opened my eyes to a whole new world of photography. I had previously told myself that all the ways that I wasn’t shooting was by preference, that I just didn’t want to shoot that way. The truth is, that I just had never taken the time to learn those different ways, and I was shooting myself in the foot because of it.

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My photography has changed drastically over the past 3 months. I think of things differently, I SEE things differently. And I can only hope that change continues to progress and find its ways into other areas that I am not as comfortable with.

I still have an emotional connection with my photos. I really feel that each one tells an important story, and that is what I want to do with my photography. The difference now is that I do everything I can to tell those stories from a perspective that not everyone else is telling it from.

These pictures are from Abhineet and Jenny’s wedding in Goldsboro, NC. The wedding was a traditional Hindu Indian wedding and it was awesome. I know that nearly every post you read about a wedding includes a line from the photographer saying it was awesome. But really.

It. Was. Awesome.

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

Pictures from Indian and Chinese wedding photographed by +Gabriel of LeahAndMark.com

In one day, I shot not one, but two ceremonies. The traditional Indian Wedding and a Chinese Wedding ceremony as well. Oh, and lots and lots of dancing. and celebrating. and amazing food. and, you get the picture.

Abhineet and Jenny – thank you for allowing me to be a part of your incredible wedding!

 

-Posted by +Gabriel

 

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