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How Long Do Wedding Photos Take? | Vlog

You spent all that money on an amazing wedding photographer – so here’s my biggest piece of advice – SCHEDULE TIME FOR WEDDING PHOTOS.

Make the time in your schedule.

Just like anything else you really want to make time for on your wedding day – like the ceremony. Even if you don’t really want to take photos – if you hired a professional wedding photographer – get your money’s worth. And in order to do that, you have to make the time for photos. You should make enough time so that your photographer has the space and room to do THEIR WORK.

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How long should wedding photos take? The short version? 1 hour and 17 minutes.

The long version?

Thirty (30) minutes for your first look/portrait session. Thirty (30) minutes for the family formals. And 17 minutes for the wedding party photos. Sure those times can blur and bend – but not the portrait session. It’s a minimum of 30 minutes blocked off for the portrait session. Give your photographer at least that much time if not longer. 45 minutes is great! I wouldn’t even know what to do if I had an entire hour! My head would probably explode!

So there you have it. That’s how much time it takes for wedding photos!

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark & Co. | The Foundry at Puritan Mill

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Planning for the Groomsmen Getting Ready Photos | Vlog

When it comes to the getting ready photos for the grooms side – we honestly, truthfully… probably don’t need to be there for 3 hours. I know. This is your first time. Don’t worry it’s okay!

How much time do we need? Probably 20 minutes. Seriously. Maybe 30 minutes tops.


Why? Because usually they’re not spending an hour + for hair and makeup and everything else. What we like to do is just the last 20 minutes of the groom getting ready – and hopefully he’s already showered and has his pants on. And then we photography the finishing touches – putting on his tie, suspenders, jacket, all that stuff. You know – the details. Even if we’re not there WHEN IT HAPPENS. We can arrive and he can fake it. And we can shoot it – and no one really knows or remembers or cares. Right?

And then we photography the guys/grooms people hanging out and stuff – but honestly… they’re usually not doing much. Like, not much. SO yeah!


But really – whatevs man! We’ll photograph whatever you want us to photograph because, well – THAT’S OUR JOB.

Okay! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!



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How to Avoid Ugly & Stiff Wedding Photos | Vlog

If you’re like normal people and you’re not very comfortable in front of a camera, you may be wondering – how are things going to be on your wedding day? Don’t worry! That’s why you hire a professional wedding photographer!

That’s totally their job. That’s what I do. It’s kind of my thing.

We’ll run you through a series of motions and setups. Everything is in how you do it. We won’t put you in front of ‘things’ and just say stand in front of this, stand in front of this, now stand in front of this. Be Boring be boring be boring. NO. Never. | Atlanta Wedding Photographers

There are lots of different tricks. For example – just being ready. I’ll have you two looking at each other, staring all loving like, and then I’ll get ready – and then say ‘hey, look at me’ – CLICKCLICKCLICK and then you can stop looking at me cause that’s um, AWKWARD for me too! ha.

Yeah. You don’t need to stare at me for 5 minutes. Right? Right.

Oh yeah – and you should always always always feel very comfortable giving your photographer your photo ideas and suggestions. Even if that photographer is an ARTISTE! F*ck that. You hired them. Work with them – and they should be open to your ideas.


For me – it’s always quicker and faster for me to make the best attempt at your photo idea, than to think too hard about whether or not we should even take the photo. Like… let’s DO THIS! And then we’ll sort it out later you know? Right.

Okay! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!


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This Post is about Destination Weddings in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Destination Weddings are awesome! Well – they can be awesome.

But where do you begin?

I don’t know either – but here’s what I know – if you’re looking to cut down on the number of people attending your wedding… HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING.

Basically – make sure that the people you REALLY want at your wedding, can attended/fly/make it there – and then everyone else… they’re on their own man. And most of them won’t be able to make it. Seriously. Work peoples? Ha. Someone has to stay behind while you’re away on a beach. Lame relatives? They’re lame so they were probably only coming for the free food and drinks AND they weren’t going to give you a good gift anyway.

Best friends? Of course they’ll be there. THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. (unless they’re preggers or something – that’s an alright excuse.)

Oh – and here’s a PRO TIP – don’t invite anyone that will make the trip all about them – and not all about you guys getting married.

Because F*ck that.

Oh yeah. I should probably include some actual tips on how to have a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (like the title of this post suggests.)

Well – first check out this video from Cassi & Nick’s wedding!

SO. Tips.

1. Work with a travel agency/operator. 

Sure you can piece everything together – but NO. Don’t do that. Get help. A travel agency is especially helpful for your guests – because the agency will do all of the organizing and then all you have to do is check up on things. Who’s booked their trip, who hasn’t – stuff like that. But you don’t have to do any of the flights/hotels/airport transfer organizing.

2. Be available to your guests.

You are basically inviting them on vacation with you. SO HAVE A VACATION WITH THEM. Especially if it’s a few days/week of time. Don’t hide in your room. Spend time with everyone you invited. Whether that’s a planned dinner/lunch every day or taking over a corner of the pool (or a whole pool). Don’t leave anyone out – even the introverts. (but you’re not their butler/doormat/ concierge either.)

3. Arrive a few days before your wedding day and leave a few days after your wedding day. 

You get a few days to start relaxing before your wedding – and then a few days after to party!

4. Decide on how much you actually care about your wedding photos. 

Your options are basically – hire the resort photographer, or bring your own. Obviously bringing your own is going to cost you way more money – but the photos will be WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE. More better. More awesome. More everything. It’s not a bad choice to take a chance with the resort photographer – if you don’t give any fucks about your wedding photos.


Look. If you’re having a destination wedding and you’re not having any fun – then that’s actually a REALLY BAD THING. Because dammit – not having fun at your big fancy wedding ‘back home’ was exactly what you were trying to avoid by having a destination wedding with fewer people. So SOMETHING IS WRONG IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN. Fix whatever that is ASAP. Kill it. Squash it. Send that person home. Whatever it takes. Don’t put up with it.

6. If you’re having your wedding down in Playa del Carmen – hire this lady and rent all of your decor from her instead of having the hotel do it, and instead of flying down 10 suitcases full of decorations.

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This Post is about the Indie Craft Experience (Holiday Edition!)

Hai. I’m Mark. I’m a photographer. I photograph weddings and things.

I spent all day at the Indie Craft Experience (Holiday Shopping Spectacular!) – and you know – it was all kinds of awesome.

If you haven’t ever attended – you should. Because. (That’s a real reason right?)

This is their 11th year and if you haven’t been in a while – it’s bigger and more and MORE.

Sure – I just hung out with CultCarts and Golda Kombucha – but that’s because I’m addicted to cotton candy and kombucha. Trust me – that combination totally makes sense.

OH – and if you missed today (Saturday, 11/21/2015) – then you still have all day TOMORROW to check everything out and enjoy cool things.

(and I’m sure there’s the whole shop local, support local artists, eco/upcycled, independent creative people – but really – many of them are my friends and I just want you to trade your money for their cool creations/products/wares…)

Cult Carts!   Golda Kombucha!   Liddabits!  Native Bear!

Block & Hammer!   Yes Ma’am Paper Goods!   The Small Object!

Oh – and:

$5 cash at the door. Kids 12 & under free.


Georgia Freight Depot
65 MLK Jr Dr ATLANTA 30303
Next to Underground Atlanta

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Indie Craft Experience. Holiday Shopping Spectacular. Photos. 2015. November. ICE Atlanta. LeahAndMark & Co.

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Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2013!

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Different Types of Wedding Cakes (More)

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All Photos by LeahAndMark & Co.

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ZOMBIE Proposal | Vivian + Mike

This is Mike & Vivian. We’ll be photographing their wedding later this year but a few weeks ago we photographed their engagement session.

Below is video of Mike’s 2nd attempt at proposing to Vivian. What’s even cooler is that he setup a couple of iphones to film the whole thing! Check it out – it just might be the most heartfelt and sweet and caring proposal you’ve ever seen.

The Sweetest Proposal Ever! from on Vimeo.






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Introducing | Season [X]

We held our 10th Intern Introduction last Friday night at our new home here in East Point, GA.

TEN. We’ve had 10 Sessions of this crazy Photography Internship and this one is literally going to be the best yet. Everything went so well last Friday night that I have a good feeling the whole program is going to be completely different and so much more than it has been in the past. I’ve said it several times here and on Facebook – but the main reason that we have this renewed focus, purpose, and energy for the Internship is because we hired Creative Director Joy to oversee the whole program – and basically boss me around.


We have more weddings already booked this year than ever before, which as also enabled us to take on bigger and bigger projects – with ridiculously amazing partners.

… everything has come a long way from when we started.

Our first Intern session (Season ONE!) had their introduction night back on My 4th, 2010. I remember being nervous and still wondering what the f*ck was I doing taking on 10 interns at once! Not only that – but our first night was a big outdoor event with models flying all over a trampoline as we photographed them with my 50 different speedlights. We obviously aimed pretty high from the start.


And now we have a team. Of crazy people. Of amazing, awesome, brilliant, crazy people. Along with CD Joy – we have +Elaine, +Krista, +Krisandra, and +Luiza. They’re in our +Photographer program which means they’ve all completed the Internship and have signed up for 6 more months of training and advanced workshops with us (and by advanced – I mean that we’re hiring outside instructors to teach private lessons to our team).

Hey. We’d like to Introduce our Season [X] Interns. You can click here to go to the main Intern Page or click each photo. Thank you.

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Intern Selection & Season [X]

After a week of receiving Intern applications from literally all over the country – me, Leah and our creative director Joy sat down last night and battled it out over who be a part of our Season [X] of the Internship. I’ve written before about the entire process from our end – how we find applicants, how we look at them and what we’re looking for – and then also how with every season we’re looking for something different from the previous seasons. The applications these days are amazing, outstanding, and very difficult to turn down.

We’re about to being our 10th session, dubbed Season [X].

This is basically our 4th year in business and we’re nearly completely booked as far as weddings go. This is great! Other than for the normal reasons (not worrying as much about paying the bills) – but because it enables me to spend more time focusing on the Internship and making it better. True, Actually, and Honestly BETTER. 1,000 times Improved.

Of course – it’s not all because of me – in fact it’s mostly because we hired a creative director (Joy) to oversee and manage the logistics of the whole thing and to make sure that things happen the way they’re supposed to happen. Which in turn frees me up to teach/instruct/guide/make bad jokes. (Not that I ever held back my bad jokes.)


So we now have twelve (12) interns for the next three months. We have a course syllabus with 4 workshops!

  • Photo 101/Composition/Physicality
  • Lighting 101 / Off-Camera flash
  • Editing / Photoshop / Lightroom
  • Business/Marketing & Selling

And of course we have just as many set ‘group’ shoots in awesome locations (Junkyard, Train Museum, Secret River Spot, etc.)

Finally – with my renewed sense of purpose, and interest – we’ve turned our +Photographer program into a full-on extension of the Internship. Yeah. It’s… more than crazy what we’re doing.

What was once just something tacked onto our wedding photography business (the internship) and then something that was tacked onto that (the +photographer program) is now essentially a full-on department/component of our business. I’m giving it the focus, time, and funding that it needs in order to provide the best learning experience and environment for our Interns. Why go to so much trouble for our Interns?

Because they’re committing to working ridiculously hard with us – and so we commit to work ridiculously hard for them. It’s really that simple.

We say this is the largest photography internship in the country – and there are other ones out there – but this is hands-down the best one you could ever experience.

Let’s. GO.



Photography Interns Wanted | Season [X]

We are – and along with our Creative Director (Joy!) and our team of +Photographers – we operate the largest photography internship in the country. Leah and I picked up our cameras a little over three (3) years ago and started this business with no formal training, a little bit of luck and way too much hard work! We’ve gone from just two people who liked making pictures into wedding photographers that travel all over the United States photographing weddings. A lot of weddings.

We operate our business following three principles:

1. Be Different

2. Do things that matter

3. Show Everyone

This is our Portfolio and this is our Wedding Portfolio.

We’re looking for interns to work with us for three months – and possibly longer.

Here is what our Alumni Interns have to say about how this Internship changed their lives:

Alumni Intern Meagan 
Alumni Intern Jo 
Alumni Intern Whitney 
Alumni Intern Raven 
Alumni Intern Gabriel 

You can read reviews of this internship from past Interns here: [Season Three] [Season Two] [Season One]

Our Interns work hard and most of them photographed more in the last three months than they did in the past year.

You should know what’s in it for you. Because if you’re considering working with us, then you should know exactly what you’re gaining – since it’s definitely not money!

Although it’s not really popular these days – we’re ‘generalists’. We don’t specialize in anything and that goes against the current trend of finding your ‘niche’ and specializing in one or two specific types of photography. We run the gamut and we photograph everything from weddings, to parties, to corporate headshots, to family and children portraits, to senior portraits, and even product photography. Without arguing if our photography is actually any good – we can only go on the fact that our clients REALLY like us, they keep coming back, and new ones seem to keep contacting us and asking us to work with them.

We’re very busy and as our intern you will have lots of opportunities to photograph in a wide range of different styles and subject matter.

What we need is for you to have some idea of what you’d like to focus on and learn from us. Some of what we can offer is:

  • How to pose subjects, especially strangers – and become confident at it
  • How to better handle light – off camera flash and natural
  • How to stop taking photos like everyone else (it’s easier than you think)
  • Get away from ‘technically’ perfect photos
  • Photographers learn by photographing – you’ll photograph a lot with us.
  • Stop feeling restricted by the gear you DON’T have

AND MARKETING subjects – because you want to be an actual paid and working photographer right?

AND Even More

  • Build the client base that you want
  • Find out if you do make photographs like everyone else – so you can stop
  • Make friends
  • Have fun
  • Try crazy ideas because no one’s going to stop you
  • Push the boundaries of what your clients think they want – and keep delivering something just a little different
  • Be hired as an artist – and not just a button pusher

We also setup group photoshoots where the ratio is roughly 2-3 photographers per model – and sometimes it’s 1 photographer per model. We believe in getting the best position for the best shot – and you can’t do that if there are 20 photographers shooting 3 models in a group session.

Here is a list of the workshops we have scheduled on our calendar:

  1. Photo 101/Physicality of shooting and Composition
  2. Off-Camera Flash & Lighting
  3. Photoshop/Lightroom editing and digital workflow
  4. Photography Business & Marketing
A few of the scheduled group photoshoots include:
  1. Models in the river at our top secret location
  2. Southeastern Railway Museum
  3. Old-Car City Junkyard

That’s what we think we offer and what we think an Intern can learn from us.

Here’s what we’re asking from our Interns:

  • You own a DSLR camera
  • You have at least a rudimentary understanding of shutter speed and aperture
  • You have your own artistic ideas – even if you’re still working on them
  • You aren’t afraid to try everything
  • You don’t say ‘we can’t do that’
  • You are willing to photograph everything during your time with us – even if it’s not your style
  • You will read any materials we actually give you to read
  • You will be available for at least two (2) five hour photo shoots a month (and possibly more permitting your schedule)
  • You have a portfolio to show us – and you’re proud of your current work – no matter what
  • You are nice
  • You are stubborn
  • You want to learn
  • You can commit to working with us for three (3) months (roughly)
  • Possibly accompany us on photo shoots/weddings out of town (on our tab)

We’d like to make it clear that your progress during this internship is primarily moved forward by you. We work hard to facilitate learning – but we don’t hold your hand, and even though we might cover the basics, it’s on your shoulders as an intern to do your homework and practice on your own – so that we can get to the really good stuff. Also – this internship requires a lot of trial & error learning – so stop aiming for perfection right away.

Please understand, this is an Internship with workshops. It’s not a full blown training program, it’s not a photography bootcamp, it’s not anything resembling a teacher/student/classroom arrangement like you might be accustomed to. This is an Internship. You work along side us, you follow our instructions, and we answer your questions – sometimes (alright most of the time).

If you’ve read the reviews - nothing here is spoon fed. You’re applying to learn things you can’t learn in a book, or for some reason – things that you didn’t learn in class. If you don’t ask good questions, then we’re not giving up answers too easily. It’s your job to ask better questions – and it’s our job to answer the good questions. Remember that.

The internship last during February, March, & April | Three months.



Deadline for the application is Friday January 11th at 12pm NOON.


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Boudoir | by +Krista

When I tell people that I shoot Boudoir Photography, I usually get one of two reactions: they’ve either a) never heard of such a thing, or b) only pictured boudoir as some kind of explicit, sordid Thing We Don’t Talk About. Yeah. Well. Here’s the thing: Boudoir is Awesome.

I’ll confess a secret: I actually have a lot of issues with self-esteem and body confidence. I’ve struggled with it my whole life- through middle school’s awkward years of bra fittings and changing for gym class, to high school when I battled up-and-down body image problems, to even now, as I struggle (again) to lose the baby weight and fit back into my size 6 pre-pregnancy jeans. And the worst part of not feeling good about yourself is other people and the words that hurt us most. And specifically, Mean Girls: those other people who affected you (and me) in high school and now take the form of mutual friends and fellow PTA moms. I know. I understand- more than you could probably ever know. Which is why I shoot Boudoir: simply put, it reminds you that you are, in fact, beautiful. Just the way you are.

There’s something powerful about feeling beautiful. Yes, it goes against the very foundation of feminism and the words we’ve screamed- our minds are more important. Our strength is more important. Our rights are more important than the way we look or how well we walk in heels. And that’s true- all of those things ARE more important. But the most important thing any woman, anywhere, can do for herself is to throw all her hang-ups about big thighs or boyish hips out the window and embrace feeling good. About her mind, her beliefs, her body, her flaws, everything. THE WHOLE PACKAGE. Seriously. Centuries’ worth of artistic masterpieces are hanging in museums all over the world- if Picasso and Klimt and Modigliani and Botticelli could understand that we are beautiful, why can’t we?

I had my own boudoir shoot once before- a few years (and one baby) ago. At first, I sort of just felt ridiculous. Silly. Embarassed. (After all, can’t all women still perform the 7th Grade locker room trick: taking off your bra without ever having to undress in front of anyone?) But then something shifted within me and by the end of that shoot, I OWNED that damn thing. It’s a rare thing that I love a picture of myself- 99% of the time, I cringe, make a joke to make myself feel better, and file it away in a drawer in my dresser. (Which, ironically enough, happens to be the drawer where I keep my underwear. Coincidence?) But that feeling- hair, makeup, everything in place, and I felt it all. Powerful. Sexy. Strong. Beautiful. It was awesome- the medicine that I needed to remind myself that I AM those things. And so are you.

You could do a boudoir session for your husband. Fiance. Boyfriend. Girlfriend. Whoever. But really? You should do it for yourself. You’ll be so glad that you did. Trust me.

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