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The Solarium at Scottish Rite Wedding Venue Weddings

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Everything about a Solarium Decatur Wedding will make sure you end up with great photos. It is a great wedding venue deep in the heart of Decatur, Ga. It’s literally hidden away in a quiet neighborhood – just south of downtown Decatur. What’s also so amazing about the Solarium is how flexible you can be with the venue set up for your wedding.

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Solarium Decatur Wedding Photos

You can have your wedding indoors – or outside in the main entrance area – and both are fantastic options. There are two main rooms connected by a short middle hallway and a side walkway window room as well. 

What’s also a great feature is that when it’s time for the real partying to begin – any one of the rooms can be turned into a crazy dance floor and people CAN DANCE ALL THEY WANT. It’ll feel close and comfortable as opposed to how sometimes it feels like you’re dancing in a big, empty reception hall… 

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Of course – I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention how amazing the grounds and outside spaces are for wedding portrait photos. They are amazing and your talented photographer will have plenty to work with when it comes to make brilliant and beautiful photos of the two of you on your wedding day. Seriously. You will love your photos taken at the Solarium. You’ll love your wedding there too!

Solarium Decatur Wedding | LeahAndMark & Co.

And if you needed more convincing – check out these amazing photos! We LOVE working there and we always have a great time. Partly because the people who book this venue are the best kinds of people. They’re looking for that balance of classic looks, but easy rules and comfort for their guests. A Solarium Decatur Wedding is ALWAYS, ALWAYS a GREAT TIME! Right? Right.

Check out the Venue Website here.

Need help creating a wedding day timeline? We have you covered.

Simple & Intimate Decatur Square Weddings

Decatur Square Wedding – There is something to be said about choosing to have a smaller, more intimate wedding near Decatur Square in downtown Decatur, Ga. Sometimes you don’t want or need a venue that can hold 200 guests. Sometimes you just want a more relaxed atmosphere without all of the usual trappings of a WEDDING. Sometimes. And even then – you might want a small wedding but you still want it to feel like a wedding and not just a party or random dinner. You know what we mean?

Decatur Square Wedding in Downtown Decatur, Ga.

So you figure out what that compromise looks like to you and your partner. A great option that we recently photographed was this wedding that took place at the Iberian Pig restaurant right on Decatur Square in downtown Decatur, Ga. The couple confirmed the complete upper loft level for their ceremony and their guests. It was a simple and easy ceremony – and once that was over with – they got on with the  evening and enjoying their time with all of their friends and family that were in attendance. It was almost… too easy I suppose. But it was just right and perfect for them. And that’s really what we always hope for our couples. We want you to have the wedding that’s perfect for you

Decatur Square Wedding ideas and tips

Iberian Pig Wedding in Decatur, Ga.

Whether that does mean renting out a banquet hall, or an entire farm, or just a medium sized room in upstairs of a restaurant. Have the wedding that you want to have and then get on with enjoying your lives. Right? Right. Perfect.

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Of course – you don’t have to have your ceremony or reception at one of the restaurants. You can just have your ceremony right there in the square. Sure there will probably be a hundred people, watching from wherever they are – but for 20 minutes – you’ll be the absolute center of attention! Maybe you want that, maybe you don’t. Maybe… you don’t even have to pay. Seriously… show up, have a pop up wedding ceremony – disappear – and you didn’t have to pay $2,000 for a ceremony spot… but maybe you didn’t hear that from us 😉

Need more help? Check out A Practical Wedding (I’m a content editor for them as well.)

Of course check out our tips on creating your wedding day schedule, here.

Judy + James | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

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– Posted by Mark

It’s an interesting thing to photograph weddings for a living. You drop into people’s lives for 10 hours on a particular day – and hangout with them, follow them around, chase them – stalk them really. And you shove a camera in their faces. And they’re supposed to look relaxed, or even ignore the fact that you’re there, documenting everything they’re doing – just waiting for a certain look or action so that you can take a picture.

This year has been considerably awesome, surprising, and all around perfect.

Judy & James are all three of those things and more – their wedding was a perfect one to photograph on the weekend before BabyRoX was born and it’s one that I’ll always remember.

Let’s get to the preview photos.

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Thank you Judy & James. You. Are. Awesome.

Jordan + Ezekiel | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

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– Posted by Mark 

We’re working on weddings this week. We’re going to be posting a wedding preview everyday – not only that – but they’ll all be Georgia weddings. So you know – something different for us.

This is Jordan & Ezekiel. I photographed their engagement session earlier this year in an abandoned gold mine. Those photos are here.

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | Vintage | Rustic | Modern | Houston Mill House, Decatur

All of a sudden it was their wedding day – right in the middle of several out of state weddings – and I remembered how nice it is to have a wedding here in Atlanta. Not only that – but it was more than awesome to be able to spend the day with these two because although they might look like normal folks – they’re much more crazy than you might think at first glance. And when you get to know them? They’re even more awesome than you can imagine.

Wedding Preview. Let’s do this.

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Jordan and Zeke, You. Are. Awesome.

 

Pamela + Steve | Preview

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We had four weddings in October – and three of them were actually here in the state of Georgia (about 80% of our weddings take place out of state – like in Massachusetts, Indiana, and Tennessee.) In the next year we’re booked for weddings in Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. In case you haven’t noticed, we love traveling (both internationally and just hopping around the U.S.)

We have to admit though – it was kind of interesting to just wake up, have breakfast, go photograph a wedding, and then come back home to see our cats (OneTwo & ThreeFour.) No waking up in a hotel because we arrived the day before. No driving back to the hotel after the reception. No flying. Even a wedding in Savannah requires at least staying at a quaint bed & breakfast.

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Along with traveling for weddings, we’ve been up to Nashville twice already just for engagement sessions – and we have a family portrait session in Philadelphia in two weeks; where we’re flying up in the morning and then back down to Atlanta that afternoon (which by the way should be really fun and awesome).

We’ve been so busy lately working with our Interns that we haven’t really had time to post anything about all of the ‘gigs’ that we’ve been shooting (oh – we’ve been working really hard – we have so much going on that I’ve been looking for a specific Marketing Intern to work with us for a three month term. Yes, a Marketing Intern separate from our Photography Interns.)

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Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Many of our clients are lawyers. Contrary to any um, lawyer stereotypes – the ones that hire us are some of the absolute nicest people 🙂

Whether it’s a wedding in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a family portrait session, or headshots for their website – our clients are friends and we don’t take on any clients that aren’t good people to work with. We love photography so we don’t work with people who don’t get what we’re about. It just makes it easier for us to work as hard as we do for them.

BTW – Pamela & Steve? Absolutely Awesome.

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Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

We also spent a good bit of time with Pamela and Steve since we photographed their engagement session, their rehearsal dinner, and of course their wedding. If we could give any advice to anyone out there looking for a wedding photographer – aside from their photos, you need to find out what they’re like as people because you will probably spend more time with your photographer than anyone else on your wedding day.

Even the Interns we bring along with us must be very personable and/or invisible. Just because you’re our Intern doesn’t automatically mean we’ll put you around all of our clients. We love our clients as much as we love Chinese food – and that’s a ridiculous amount of love.

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Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Every now and then we get asked why we photograph so many different events. Why don’t we ‘specialize’ and photograph only weddings. Aside from deciding to photograph anything and everything we want to photograph – we photograph a variety of events because it’s all practice, and our photography is influenced by more than just one specific style.

If we photographed only weddings then we’d honestly end up with the same wedding photos over and over again.

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If you get to photograph cool break dancers, Bhutanese refugees, or celebrity chefs – your photos are bound to be influenced and possibly a little different than the photographer who only shoots weddings. We like challenges and sometimes the challenge is obvious – lighting complete darkness, or managing bright mid-day sun. Other times the challenge is making the best out of a space that isn’t at first ‘picturesque’.

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But this is real life – and sometimes you get ready for your wedding in a classroom. That doesn’t mean your photos should be anything less than beautiful. Because they really shouldn’t be anything less than beautiful. No excuses. Ever.

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Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Cator, Woolford, Gardens, Wedding, Photos, Photographer,

Thank you Pamela and Steve.

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BlackTie BBQ | Secret Supper

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Last Wednesday I was hired to photograph Black Tie BBQ’s Cinco de Mayo Secret Supper. Secret Location, Secret Menu, and Secret Guest List – basically you purchase a ticket and then you receive an email 24-48 hours before the event with all of the information. I’ve worked with Black Tie BBQ before on two previous occasions and they’ve never disappointed – in fact, as you’ll see from the photos, they do an excellent job of hosting a party, AND providing some really great food.

As with all of our event photography – no matter what – we try to get more than the basic ‘get together and smile’ shots of the attendees. Of course I’ll get those required shots just to make sure I get enough ‘coverage’ – but one of the things that I’m trying to get across to our interns is that they should focus on capturing the atmosphere. Not just the people. Sure they play a central role, but you don’t get atmosphere by photographing people squeezing together, trying to pose for a photo. You get it by photographing people doing things. You get it by putting yourself in a position to get the best shot – not just a good one.

Hey Look – Intern Jenna came along with me to work the event.

One of the noticeable qualities of our photographs has always been the light – or rather, how we handle light. Honestly, part of this is understanding our cameras and a little bit about editing – but the most important part of how we handle light is simply – we’re not afraid to take it on. Granted – this was initially due to the fact that I just didn’t know enough to realize that I shouldn’t be shooting a certain way in certain conditions. So I ended up trying a lot of things and eventually I learned how much leeway I had when it came to certain light conditions.

Speaking about the photo below – it took about 2 exposures and some chimping (looking at the display screen on the back of your camera) before I got to this one – and the subject did her part by looking cool for me. It’s probably one of my favorite among many from that day – because of the light.

Now. We have 9 interns – but obviously they’re more than that to us. Leah and I have really made ourselves accountable and taken on a fair amount of responsibility to teach them a few things. Along with all of the technical stuff ( ha, like using off camera flashes that have two settings – on and off), I especially like bringing them with me on photo shoots. Even better are the shoots where there isn’t much space. Because restrictions force you to be creative, and for us – the more restrictions, the easier it is to be creative – because you have to make up cool stuff OR ELSE. At least that’s how it is in my head.

Of course – sometimes you just need to stop thinking and start shooting. Other times, you need to talk to people so that they feel more comfortable with you and the big camera you’re sticking their face. Other times, you just need to hold your ground and get your shot, even when other people are about to yell at you. Yeah. All of those things.

In the end though – all of this event photography we do is really just practice for the weddings we photograph. It helps to keep our shots fresh from wedding to wedding. Photographers should be photographing – and we photograph everything. Because we’re trying to discover new things with our photos and our own skills – and you don’t discover things by photographing just weddings, or just family portraits, or just models.

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Quick Post this Before it Gets Erased!

So on the day of the move (yesterday – Tuesday) I couldn’t find my Canon A570 camera, so I ended up having to use my 1.3 megapixel A10! These shots (except for the glorious fried chicken) are at 1.3 um, quality. But still! We’ve moved to Inman Park and we are both very, very, very happy about that. Of course, we understand that it’s a bit of a fortunate opportunity to be able to move a new place that you actually want to move to – as opposed to moving to a certain house/apartment out of necessity.

You know what’s also cool? There are at least two unsecured wifi signals here – and that helps a great deal since I was slow to call Comcast and have them transfer the internet/cable – and they won’t be out until this coming Tuesday – so that would’ve been 7 days without internet if it weren’t for these wifi signals. Plus, we don’t get the free City of Decatur wifi out here either. And now it’s time for a glorious fried chicken break!

Mmmmm. It’s golden breaded fat infused chicken goodness.

Hiring movers is totally worth the money if you can spare a few hundred. We used Mark the Mover (a bit on the high side I think @$140 per hour – but they worked hard and we had a lot of stuff) and this is the second time we’ve used them. Both times have been good experiences. I think it also helped a lot that it was the perfect weather for a move. It was cool in the morning and it didn’t get too hot by the time they finished. Oh yeah, we also bought them some Krispy Kreme donuts and water bottles + generous tips for each of the 3 people.

This is a picture of One-Two at the old house – if he looks big-as-in-size that’s because he IS a big cat, and so is Three-Four. Like usual, Three-Four has been brave and running all over the new apartment checking things out while One-Two has been hiding and slinking along the ground since we got here. The differences in their personalities are so much fun.

Oh look! More Glorious Fried Chicken and this time it’s coming at ya!

Um. Did we mention that this is church property that we now live on? Yes.

So. We’ve started the unpacking process. Everything’s in boxes and we’re trying to make our way through all of the kitchen boxes so we can stop eating out so much and finally start cooking – at least dinner. Then we have to put our new Ikea bed together and the sofa!

Oh. So apparently – according to the excellent Lizerati – we were recognized while at Kroger getting groceries tonight. AND – I remember the three people too! (They were the only group of three giving us odd looks.) BUT that’s awesome. (You’d think that we were used to people looking at us oddly in general for no real reason at all anyways.)

As left by Lizerati in the comments section of the last post:

Internet fame has caught up with you guys! I found this site via the couch post on the atlanta lj community (or was it LJ-atlanta?) and added it to my google reader a week or two ago. Tonight, two of my friends and I (lorigami and glueandglitter on LJ) saw you at the Edgewood Kroger and had a whole discussion about if it was you two or not. And if it was creepy or not that we were staring at you and trying to figure out if it was leahandmark or not. (admittedly, this was after some sake at ru-sans)

So, um, welcome to the neighborhood!

And with that… goodnight. 🙂

Pack Everything in a Box

Even though this is only a four day work week – it’s still Monday – so we’ll begin with something that makes us happy – Baklava! Honestly, I hadn’t ever eaten ANY baklava until… about 3 years ago when Leah’s grandparents? sent her some in the mail (well, you know, ordered it and had it delivered so it was still relatively fresh – and absolutely awesome.) Baklava has got to be in my top 10 ummm… dessert/pastry/type things ever. Seriously. Unfortunately, I could eat it for days. If by some unfortunate circumstance you’ve lived without ever having eaten any baklava – go and get some right now. Like RIGHT NOW.

As mentioned in an earlier post, we made our way to Ikea this past weekend. We bought a new sofa and a new bed/mattress. In the picture below, Leah’s pushing the Sofa and I’m pushing the bed frame parts. It was a good thing I had so much practice pushing our other sofa/bed combo to the curb the other day because I had to pull this down from the shelving and onto the cart since there were no Ikea reps around in sight. (On a completely side-note, I wasn’t sore or hurting at all after any of the furniture moving and hauling – and I normally would be all screwed up someplace, probably my back and shoulders area – except I’ve been doing workouts that mostly consist of running a lot, and using heavy kettlebells that they have my gym now. Ummmmmmm. Offtrack.)

These are Leah’s vegetarian Chiknuggets – which we ate at around 2am on Saturday night because she couldn’t sleep and was watching the 2nd season of Dexter (you have GOT to see this show) and I was attempting to work on some homework. Which brings me to another subject – how we don’t really have much actual FOOD inside of our fridge. It’s that weird situation where our fridge is FULL of stuff… but nothing to eat. We do have a large collection of condiments and parts – oh yeah, and of course Eggs… but not much real food.

Sunday morning? Belly of course! But I’ll spare you the latest pictures of the latest Nutella & Banana Panino sandwich. We also bought two Sunday papers for packing paper (and then realized that I could’ve just grabbed 4 or 5 of those ‘free’ papers like Creative Loafing or… Sunday Paper.

Looking back – it was a really, really long weekend – partly because we had the moving/packing/boxing job looming over us the whole time. We did get a whole lot done – about 3/4ths of the stuff and we even did yard work. Part of the problem is that I feel the need to box EVERYTHING. I mean almost EVERYTHING – and anything that’s not in a box… well, then it’s in a bag that we’re taking over and not having the movers bring over.

I just have this whole thing about having movers move anything that’s not big enough to be considered furniture, and stuff that’s not in a proper box that’s been taped closed. So that means I want to pack EVERYTHING in a proper box that can be taped shut and stacked. Other wise I feel it’s like… handing them a rolling cart full of loose items. I don’t know. Plus, we’re also trying to cut down on the time that the movers have to be there so the more ‘packed’ we are, the less ‘packing’ that actually has to go on when they get there – saving us money.

We ate a spot called ‘Tin Drum’ over in Sandy Springs this weekend and it was a good choice – not anything adventurous, but after our relatively terrible lunch at Saigon Cafe in Decatur… yeah, Tin Drum was awesome in comparison.

Penang chicken up above. Seriously. Lately I’ve been on this big um, ‘penang’ kick. It’s such a good flavor!… and I’m sure the coconut milk has relatively few calories right? I mean, like none. And fat? zero. Definitely. Well. Um. I guess I’ll take comfort in that it’s not ‘breaded and fried’ chicken right?

So. Work today. Homework. Yeah. Like every class, this latest one is really a bit of a struggle only because of the timing – but about half the time it’s really inconvenient anyways. I can’t not do the paper this week because it’s worth double the number of points of last week’s paper (which I did not due after the cost/benefit analysis of time vs. paper) so… this week’s paper, a MUST do. Hopefully I can knock it out relatively easy. Sometimes… it’s a real battle. Tonight? It’s the battle of me against the clothes.