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Elise + Michael | McDaniel Farm Park Wedding |Vlog

THIS was – IS – Elise and Michael’s wedding! YESSSSsssssss

The weather out here in Atlanta has been crazy. Bonkers lately. Ninety degrees, and then rainy and then 90 degrees and then BOTH!

So it was an absolute gamble and who knows what about Elise and Michael’s outdoor wedding. The ceremony was outdoors, the reception was outdoors – all uncovered. Sure you can bring in tents and things – but come on. You don’t have your wedding in a park so that you can do everything under a tent. Right? Right.

OH. And a picnic. They wanted a picnic for all of their guests – and if you think about “picnic weddings” – this is a great one. Lucky me – this is the second picnic wedding I’ve photographed! (See this one!)

So yeah. Oooooo this Park. McDaniel Farm Park out in Duluth, Ga. Lots to work with – but lots of ground to cover – so you better be up for the hike. AND ELISE AND MICHAEL WERE TOTALLY UP FOR THE HIKE. It helps that when Elise couldn’t wear her heels to a photo location – Michael would just scoop her up like… well – like he just married her and wasn’t going to let anything stop their day (or my photos!) Thanks Michael ūüėČ

Also hey! Look that lush Georgia forest! Look at that field of tall dry grass! Look at… everything. Awesome. Amazing – OH YEAH.

We had a great time on this one (and yes, we almost always have a great time anyway – cause come on – our job is WEDDINGS.)

Elise and Michael? Thank you. You. Are. Awesome.


Wedding Photography: LeahAndMark & Co.

Venue: McDaniel Farm Park

Other Vendors – IDK – I’ll get you a list and update this.

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Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | McDaniel Farm Park
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Atlanta. Wedding. Photographer. LeahAndMark & Co. McDaniel Farm Park. Duluth, Ga. Picnic Wedding. Outdoor.

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.

Male models vs Female models | by +Krisandra

Looking back at all my past sessions since August when I started with LeahandMark as an intern I have only photographed two male models, yes only two males. One of which was a newborn. Why is that? Is it because female models are prettier? Is it because I am a female photographer and I studied more female posing? Is it because I just happen to know more female models? Well, yes to all of the above.


When I saw the location for the intern group shoot was a railroad museum I knew I wanted a male model. It’s not to say that male models aren’t “pretty”, because they really can be. Yes, I do know way more female models. And you know what? It turns out I can pose a male model just as easy, if not easier, than a female model.


Female models can go into “hard modeling”. Hard meaning into over posing, (which Mark explained to the interns during the shoot). Looking back at some my images makes total sense. With females I tend to let them and put them into over exaggerated model poses when I run out of ideas for posing. Thus far, I haven’t found this to be a problem with the male model.


Yes, I did ask my male model to try some poses which he wasn’t comfortable in. The same type of pose the female model was able to do because she was more flexible and comfortable with her body. She was able to contort herself and still be aware of what she looked like in the pose. Even some gender neutral poses still only look nice by one or the other sex given the location.


Is there only so much you can do pose wise with a male model? Is it all about posture and facial expressions with a male model? Body language?



There aren’t a lot of male models out there (I’ve been looking) and if they are out there they are not making themselves known. This photographer will keep looking. A good model is a good model – male or female. Time to see what is out there.

(Friday) I’m in Love

I got married [almost] eight years ago. And all at once, it feels like a long time and about five minutes since that day. Time has this funny habit of slowing down and speeding up at the most inopportune moments. High school algebra class? Time moved at a glacial pace. But the best times, the happiest days, the moments I wish I could live over again and again? Gone in a flash. †Among others, from the days my daughters were born to the amazing trips Iíve taken on my quest to see the worldÖ my wedding day. Eight years or eighty, it went by much too fast and even after so many years, I wish I could go back and do it again- because it was really, really FUN. Time makes things more distant. Thereís a fuzzier edge now, around memories of swing dancing at my reception, seeing my husbandís face at the end of the aisle, and dancing with my dad. Things kind of become a home movie in your head after awhile- punctuated by Etta James and the Cure†and the album of wedding photos that now sits on the bookshelf in our bedroom. And itís actually kind of awesome.


I love being a wedding photographer. Weddings are, hands-down, my absolute favorite thing to shoot. I get to be there on the most important day of your life, from hair salons and the first sips of coffee (which quickly turn into champagne) to the hand-in-hand dash to your getaway car, amidst sparklers and cheers and a crowd full of love and exhilaration thatís literally contagious. (Seriously. You canít help but leave a wedding in a good mood, sore feet or not.) I really like being around people in love because it just really makes me happy. See? Weddings and I are pretty much soulmates

Some photographers shy away from weddings. And thatís totally fine. The beauty in having a job like this is that you get to shape it exactly how you want it to be for you. Prefer babies to weddings? Studio only? Nature, landscape, clowns? Whatever works for you– shoot what you love. I love weddings because itís everything about photography and emotion and life and living, all wrapped up in one day. Wedding stress doesnít scare me. In fact, I thrive under pressure. Youíre trusting me to capture the most important day of your life thus far, and guess what? Iím going to do just that. I get to help tell your story- about your love, your family, your wedding, and who you are as a couple.

Fun, offbeat, unique-to-you weddings are the best. Getting on stage at your own reception to rock out to Bon Jovi? Art gallery, nightclub, the library? Beachside? Mountainside? Barbershop quartet? A Super Mario cake? Cigar roller and a mariachi band? Believe it or not, the best part about planning your wedding isnít picking out aisle runners or cocktail napkins. Itís taking a wedding and making it your wedding. And while I believe all photographers have their own style to their work, myself included, I ALSO believe in making photographs that capture what your wedding is about. Thereís nothing unique about cookie-cutter images, and thatís not why Iím in this gig. Iím here to tell YOUR story- through every aspect of the day, every kiss, every look, every detail, every bar of ďDonít Stop BelieviníĒ. At my own wedding, we were high school sweethearts, ridiculously young and equally broke and just so ready to start our lives together. We danced to Glenn Miller, wrote our own vows, and barely had time to scarf down our really good wedding cake. (Also. Note: why doesn’t anyone warn brides that it will take†you ten years to†remove the ten pounds of bobby pins†from your hair that night? Really. Insane.)†

But at the end of the day, no matter how lovely the flowers or delicious the cake (and us wedding photographers do love wedding cake), youíre married to the one you love. All the little details and finishing touches are wonderful, but the real reason why you [and your guests + me] are there is to celebrate the bond between the two of you. And that love- the connection thatís so strong, it literally shows up on film- is what I love most about shooting weddings. Weddings are awesome. And so are you.