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Lauren + Jonathan | Wedding Preview by LeahAndMark

– Posted by Mark

We’ve been hired to photograph many events at the High Museum of Art in the past – Halloween! Teen Night! – but until last weekend we hadn’t photographed a wedding there. A WEDDING! At the High Museum of ART! You know what’s Awesome? THAT IS AWESOME.

I brought along Alumni Intern Niki & current Intern Madeline to help me out with this amazing day. Yoga on a rooftop pool. Botanical Gardens. 1930’s car ride through town. Running around the empty High Museum of Art! And then our PHOTOBOOTH as well!

This is Lauren & Jonathan – and this was their wedding day.

Lauren & Jonathan. You. Are. Awesome.

 

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Kathleen Hanna & Alumni Intern Andre

– Posted by Alumni Intern Andre (The Original High Museum Halloween Post is HERE.)

I was seventeen the first time I saw Kathleen Hanna perform; Le Tigre played a show in the gym of a local university. Amongst the oddments of memory, I recall a particular moment in which she paused the music and yelled reverberatingly loud into her mic. And then explained this as an attempt to disrupt the college students masturbating alone in their dorm rooms. I was like, woah.

High Museum | Halloween | Kathleen Hanna | Andre Keichian | LeahAndMark.com

Kathleen Hanna is way cooler than you would even imagine. I realized this because I had the fortunate opportunity last weekend to stalk her. Though despite my fears of being a total creepster, every time we ran in to one another (at a talk, then at screening, then on an elevator, then on the dance floor) she was just, like, “oh hey, again”.

During a two-hour long conversation she had with an audience of predominantly Agnes Scott students, she shared personal history as a means of guidance. We were joking, but it really was like Radical Dear Abby.

High Museum | Halloween | Kathleen Hanna | Andre Keichian | LeahAndMark.com

I perceived a mutual excitement and gratitude about the exchange between generations; an affirming revelry and an admiration between a trailblazer and the potential advocates of a new movement. This is what was really affecting about hearing her speak: her accessibility and willingness to engage in supportive and constructive dialogue. She was there because she wanted to be there.

Her DJ set at the High mirrors this sentiment of engagement. In a recent talk, she mentioned that the role of switching to dance music was, in part, a way to attract the kind of audience she wanted. I can only imagine a room full of the weird and the queer being exactly what she meant. If you were there, I’m sure you chanced upon an amazing dance partner. Moseying around with a camera in-hand was a rare opportunity and I so appreciate these experiences.

The woman truly is a Mover and a Shaker.

 

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?

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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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High Museum of Art Atlanta | Halloween 2011

Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by Mark

It’s been a while since I photographed an event at the High Museum of Art – in fact… I’ve never actually photographed an event there. Most of the time I’m already booked, so I have to send one of our Alumni Interns along with some current Interns to get the job done. Sure we’ve had our photobooth there several times over the past year, and we even taught a photography course there back in March – but I personally haven’t photographed an even there – until this past Saturday.

So. Here’s the thing – when you photograph the Halloween celebration at the High Museum of Art Atlanta – you should aim for something better than regular ‘event’ photography.

I repeat myself a lot – especially to the Interns (partly because I get 8 new interns every 3 months, and partly because I just repeat myself a lot) – and one of the things I like to say is something along the lines of, “…stop just taking pictures of whatever’s in front of your camera – your photos should feel like they’re purposefully made. As if you as a photographer were actually doing your job and not just pressing pressing the button.”

Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

Of course when you spew statements like that (as I tend to do) – you’d better not suck. You’d better be able to deliver the goods. Your photos need to look like you know what you’re doing – and more. They need to look effortless and once again – better than photos that any of the guests made/could have made. Whether it’s a wedding, a corporate event, or a huge Halloween party – your shots need to rock. Not only that – but you need to make more than just a handful of ‘good’ photos. Well. That’s what  I try to do.

Now – I know I’ve been busy with weddings lately. Ever since August we’ve been flying across the country photographing a wedding in a different state every weekend it seems – so it was a really nice treat to change things up.

You’ll see that I sort of pulled out all the stops, used all of the tricks, and generally had a great time practicing.

Power portraits. Rule of thirds. Directing. Disappearing. Trespassing. Anticipation. Physicality.

Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

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Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

Oh look. A pair of Interns.

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Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

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Atlanta Photographers | High Museum Halloween 2011 | LeahAndMark.com

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Check out the Gallery of All Photos – HERE.

 

High Museum of Art Atlanta. Halloween. 2011. Photos.

Dali ’til Dawn + Intern Army

So while I was photographing a wedding in Huntsville, Alabama last week – five members of the Intern Army were photographing the last night of the Salvador Dali exhibit at the High Museum of Art. (In case you didn’t know – we’re actually taking applications all this week for our next group of Interns.)

The team was led by Intern Laura, and included Interns Brett, Niki, Brittany & Amanda. They were contracted to be there from 10pm-2am but apparently since there were circus acts, costumes, and general craziness – they kept photographing long past the 2am stop time.

Current Interns Brittany, Brett, & Niki (note the bright orange badges that ALL LeahAndMark Interns wear while working events.)

This wasn’t the first time the Intern Army’s handled events on their own – they also tackled the Indie Craft Experience, several Yelp Events, and this proposal shoot in the Botanical Gardens wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without them. Oh yeah – AND we photographed two other events at the High Museum when the Dali exhibit opened. Yeah. I think it’s safe to say the Interns have a good time.

Hey – look – even Alumni Interns were there (up above on the left is Alumni Intern Jenna!)

Up above that’s Alumni Interns Robby & Christy!

One of the strengths and advantages of the Intern Army is that when we photograph events – we work in teams. Photography is generally a competitive solo effort – and you know what? It’s really nice to be able to work large events such as this one – and know that you’re shooting with friends. Leah and I are present for some events, but then we also send the Interns out as a team on their own – and we encourage them to team up when organizing model photo shoots for practice.  Sometimes they’re paid gigs and sometimes we’re shooting for free (Anime!) because we think it’s interesting – but these events are when we get to try out new ideas in a live action setting (without the pressure of say, a wedding day.)

And of course – different from most programs out there, we have our Photography Business Marketing Workshop.

Leah and I feel like we’re building something special with our Intern program – and if you’re interested in working with us, or know someone who might be interested – check out the Application Here.

Dali ’til Dawn Galleries are at the bottom.

Gallery One – by Intern Laura

Gallery Two – by Intern Brett

Gallery Three – by Intern Niki

Gallery Four – by Intern Amanda

Gallery Five – by Intern Brittany


High. Museum. Dali. Exhibit. Photos. Til. Dawn. Event. Party. Overnight. Midnight. Pictures. Pics.

High Museum | College Night

Last Saturday evening – we had our photobooth outside of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta – for College Night of the Salvador Dali exhibit. In case you can’t tell – it was a lot of fun. I mean – what’s not fun about having a photobooth OUTSIDE – with hundreds of people walking all around and gawking at your cool setup.

Check out the video below to see us at work.

All photos were taken by our Interns – ChrisL & Kristen.

Chris actually drives an hour and half into town from Carrollton, GA for every photoshoot, meeting, and workshop with us – and Kristen actually moved up here from Florida for the 3 months of the internship. I cannot thank them enough for all of their hardwork.

Scroll down to view the gallery.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE GALLERY.


High. Museum. Salvador. Dali. College. Night. Photobooth. Photos. Photographers.

High Museum of Atlanta | Salvador Dali Part Two

A while back while Leah and I were in Indiana photographing a wedding – we had Alumni Intern Paralee take on the role of Lead Photographer for our photobooth at the High Museum during the opening night of their Salvador Dali exhibition. She brought along a few of our new interns and managed the entire gig for us. The photos were Awesome.

Last Saturday evening, Leah and I along with Interns Kristen & ChrisL photographed approximately 97 sets during our photobooth setup at the High Museum’s College Night for the Salvador Dali exhibit. We had other interns scheduled to also work the event – a few confirmed and a few were maybe’s – some cancelled, and some just never showed up.

Fortunately, Kristen & Chris did an excellent job – such an excellent job that I had them photographing the entire night – while I walked around directing people and running them through the paces. Because it’s not enough to just say ‘okay, change it up’ or ‘give me something different’ – people will start thinking, which means they start standing there frozen and thinking – and telling them not to think inevitably makes them start thinking…

You have to actually tell them to move around, switch places, go. Go. GO. and generally give them a sense of urgency to keep the energy up. It’s only 3 frames and when the line backs up to 20-30 people deep, you want things moving along. They’ll usually have the 1st pose planned – but then they freeze when you tell them to come up with two more. You can’t wait for them to think about their next pose. They just need to get into it.

There is a lot you can learn when you photograph 50 different sets, one right after another – directing, reviewing your shots, moving people, checking light, organizing the line, moving the line along at a steady flow – but most importantly, practicing and developing confidence as a lead photographer.

We all have clients who aren’t comfortable in front of the camera – but if you can’t handle directing clients for 3 frames – how can you be expected to direct them through an hour of an engagement session, or work with clients who are really uncomfortable. The way we handle photobooths – with the level of direction and interaction is one of the ways we learned how to effectively direct clients/models with confidence. This is something that all of our Interns have stated they need more help with. It’s not always obvious what you can learn from working with us – but there’s always something to learn and we invite our Interns along for a reason other than to carry our gear.

You really want to get better at directing models/clients? – Try working a photobooth with us for 5 hours and running through 100 sets of people – especially the way we do it. Whether it’s actually directing clients, or just keeping the energy and excitement going. These photobooths are practice – and these skills might come in handy when you have 23 minutes to run through all of the formal photos of 30 family members at a wedding, shooting multiple combinations. We’re good because we shoot a lot and we learn from everything we shoot – and then we apply it to everything else.

Check back later this week for the gallery of photos from College Night at the High Museum of Atlanta.

High. Museum. Photobooth. Salvador. Dali. College. Night. 2010.

Surreal Soiree | Salvador Dali @ The High Museum

While Leah and I were in Indiana this past weekend – our Interns handled the Portrait Booth at the High Museum for the grand opening of the Salvador Dali exhibit. Aside from the fact that hey – it’s the High Museum of Art! – it was also really cool that we could count on our Interns to not only do an okay job – but to do a GREAT JOB. Alumni Intern Paralee was head photographer and brought along Alumni Intern Vania, and then also New Interns Christy and Robby.

We talk a lot about how we really want our interns to get a lot of experience shooting a variety of subject matter, and generally just being better photographers all around – so honestly, it was really nice to be able to count on Paralee to do a good job for us. Especially considering the fact that our Portrait booths aren’t exactly simple.

You can tell that we use a white backdrop, but we wash it out as much as we can so that it’s mostly just a clean white background – and you don’t see the ‘fabric’ as much, but then we also use four (4) speedlights strategically placed for shadows and some dynamic lighting to make things more interesting. We don’t want flat light. We want shadows. We want depth. We want cool photos that you won’t get from anyone with a portrait booth setup. And we know you won’t get photos like these from anyone else, because honestly no one else works as hard as we do at Light. You’ve seen other photobooth photos and they might have one, maybe two light sources at best – and they’re always just throwing flat light at the subjects.

And when you consider that Paralee and the team ran through roughly 160 ‘sessions’ in about 4 hours – that’s a lot of variation in compositions, and light, and well – it just takes a lot of energy to shoot at that pace over that length of time. Setting up your lights for the most flexibility is crucial. We make our interns learn how to shoot on full manual – so knowing how to adjust for various conditions is pretty important – on top of just directing that volume of people to keep the line flowing, while also getting great photos.

We can’t express how proud we are of Paralee for leading this job.

And although we want our internship to always be a free training course – we don’t expect anyone to take on a job like this just because they’re our intern, or as a free favor. Since we know what it takes to shoot something like this, at that pace, for that long – Paralee was compensated the full amount for the job, directly from the High Museum. Have you noticed how our photography internship isn’t like any other internship out there?

For us, being able to teach someone who didn’t go to photography school on how to handle a job a like this after a short 3 month internship – I think that’s something we can be proud of – especially since we’re teaching our interns to not be button pushers, but quality photographers who know what they’re doing, whether it’s natural light or off-camera flash.

Obviously these photos aren’t all technically ‘perfect’ – but hey, two minutes per group remember? Just think what the photos would look like if they had a whopping five minutes to spend per group! ha.

In case you’re new to us here at LeahAndMark.com – we recently took on a new batch of 15 interns. This week we’re holding our Lighting 101 class and then next month we’ll have our Photography Business/Marketing class. We teach the photography marketing class because we think that most photography schools don’t do a good job of teaching their students how to get business, and survive as working photographers. How many art school graduates do you know that aren’t using their art/photography degrees to do what they want? And instead they’re working at office day jobs, or whatever job they can get?

We want our photography interns to succeed at whatever level they feel comfortable, and teaching them how to market themselves as photographers is part of that.

Click Here For the Entire Gallery.

And check out Paralee’s Photography Website Here.

Thank you.

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