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Children’s Portraiture Workshop | by +Krisandra

It’s that time of the intern season again! Time to teach the current interns everything I know about children’s portraiture. I have been photographing children full time for the past 3 years. If you would have told me in school that I would have speciality in this area of photography – I would have laughed at you. But, today, I couldn’t see my professional life without it!

In the workshop I discussed topics like how to make the most out of the photo shoot, appropriate poses for different ages, and equipment. The children in this workshop were 4, 5, 7, and 10 years of age!

Here are a few shots I took during the workshop in demonstration!


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Here are a few images from the interns – make sure you look out for their blog posts THIS FRIDAY about their experiences!

Intern Becky † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Intern Kristi

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Intern Michaella† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †Intern LeeAnn

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Intern Kezia

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Read a little more about my past children’s portraiture workshop†here!

And watch a video of the workshop here!

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Season [Eight] Interns

– Posted by Mark

So here we are at Season Eight of our Photography Internship. We have a studio, we have way too much gear, and we have an army of photographers. Of course – running the internship and making sure it’s actually worth something takes a lot of effort – which is why no one else does what we do – and definitely not for free.

We’ve always said that our Photography is ‘Free & Unpaid’ – even though that’s largely untrue – since what we’re trading is worth a considerable amount even if it’s not actual money. Interns average about 30 photoshoots during the 3 months that they spend with us (some really go all out and get upwards of 50… yeah.) With an average of 3 hours per shoot… that’s 90 hours of ‘work’ that each Intern gives us – and sometimes it’s easily way more than that.†SO – for me and Leah it’s really a question of how do we get people to work 90+ hours for us, for no money? Where is the value? What do we offer? Apparently a great deal.

This year I will personally photograph about 35 weddings, and we’ll contract out another 20-30 to our Alumni Interns. No matter what you might think of our photography, we know that our biggest business advantage is simply that we work harder than almost anyone else. We’re rarely published in the traditional wedding blogs or print magazines – and we just can’t seem to buy into the whole wedding industry complex that’s just there to sell you everything they can whether you need it or not. Yet somehow – clients are finding us and hiring us – and not only are they great clients, but they’re the best clients for us. Our business is amazing because our clients are amazing.

This is Season [Eight]. They will be the Best. Ever.







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Portraits with the Intern Army

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– Posted by Mark

This week we’re flying to Phoenix, Arizona to photograph our first wedding of many weddings this year. Last Sunday, we gathered the Season [SeVeN] Intern Army for our first group shoot. I wanted to make sure we got this in before I left for the week so that the Interns could get a taste of what it’s like…

Of course – what it’s like†is always different from season to season, shoot to shoot – however for the most part – our underlying, ever constant goal for the Interns is that they should simply shoot more.†And after that – shoot even more. And well… after that… yes, Shoot. More.

The main reason – is because there are a lot of shots that you just have to get out of your system. You really do have to shoot and shoot and shoot until you’re over them.†Until you’re over the generic tricks. The new stuff. The deep angles, the sometimes flashy art-school-obvious-emoting that’ll creep in – or even some crazy model poses in front of some crazy brick wall or abandoned warehouse.

And then you can really start to strip things bare and aim for something more than the usual distracting photo that substitutes for a real connection felt between the photographer and the subject. Photos that might start to feel†like a reflection of the photographer and not the subject, no matter what face is staring back at us – or not staring at us. When you’re left with nothing but a bare backdrop, window light, and a model. You can complain about the sky, the weather, the models, your gear and anything else – but they’re all excuses.

I’m a different photographer this year and I can’t wait to get started with all of these weddings we have booked all over the country. Ready. Go.

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Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits
Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits
Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits
Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits
Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits
Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | Portraits

22:22

 

Well, flights have been booked and plans are being finalized. †I am looking to travel 22,000 miles in 22 days this holiday season. †I love to travel, and am very excited, and also very nervous about the journey ahead of me.

Travels plans include large chunks of the United States, and culminate in a journey to my childhood home of South Africa. †I haven’t been to South Africa since I moved to the States 18 years ago. †I have always been a fan of the phrase “home is where the rump rests”, now that I am am a mom, it is where my family is, where my partner and my son are, that is home for me. †However I will be traveling to see my far flung family, and also getting to experience my birth country, as an adult.

it’s exciting to think about.

It’s scary to think about.

I will be traveling to South Africa solo, arriving in Africa before New Years Eve. †I am eaving behind my wonderful partner and our precious son, but meeting up with my sister and brother. †My sister will be traveling from South Korea to meet up with us, and I am so ecstatic to see her, it has been a year. It will also be the first time I have been away from our son. † I know it will be a wonderful trip and our son will be safe and happy. †I will miss the goober alot though, and miss having my partner to ground me and appreciate my quirks. †It will be the first time I have been a single entity, and not a “we” in over a year.

I know I will take lots and lots of photos.

Travelling is always an amazing opportunity to reconnect with the universal core of humankind and discover some more of this amazing world we live in. †I believe firmly that traveling to far away places makes you a better person. † I am looking forward to seeing many new and wonderful things, and spending time with my extended family. †I will be spending the holidays with my American family members, both my mother and my soon to be in laws. †In South Africa I will be reconciling with my father, and his new family. †Just think, brothers and sisters I have never met. †Laughs I have never heard, quirks I have never seen.

It is all exciting, and nerve wracking at the same time.

I cannot wait to come back and have a show and tell.

This week, as I pondered the trips ahead, and the many different people I will be spending time with, I wanted to take a moment and enjoy the simple things around me. †Afternoons have been spent walking with my son, picking up leaves, enjoying the last of the warm weather, and realizing that there is an adventure to be had in our very own back yard.

These pictures are about realizing the simple pleasures around us. †The beauty of changing leaves, and changing seasons. †The last of the hibiscus blooms, the decorative gourds for the season. †The luxury of simple sunny afternoons with giggles. †It’s a gift to be able to appreciate the simplest things, without ever traveling more than a few feet from home. †I hope it helps me on my journey, to see the depth and beauty in far away places with greater appreciation. †

For right now, I am enjoying the now, the simple things that are familiar, so I can appreciate the new things to come. †:)

 

Senior Session by +Raven

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-Posted by +Raven

I used to find staying positive really hard. I wanted to wallow, I wanted to feel bad for myself, I wanted to to see the glass as half-empty.
Then I changed.

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Whenever I get stressed out, my boyfriend says something that both calms and infuriates me {not necessarily in that order}: What is there to stress about? And then he lists all of the awesome things in my life. And I realize I’m being silly and overly-dramatic. And I choose to stop.

These days, it’s a lot easier to stay positive, especially when I keep myself in check and realize what exactly I’m doing when I start to feel stressed or get down about something.

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It helps to surround yourself with positive people, too. No, really! You’re effected by those around you more than you realize. Choose those people carefully.

I recently rediscovered the beauty of the lyrics to Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free ( To Wear Sunscreen)” song. I’ve always been a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann as a director {Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, Australia}, and as a child of the 90’s, have always loved this song.

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Today, I leave you with my favorite lines of the song; the lines that have always stayed with me, the lines that hovered in the back of my mind for the longest time, waiting until I was ready to really hear them:

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Donít waste your time on jealousy; sometimes youíre ahead, sometimes youíre behind . . . the race is long, and in the end, itís only with yourself.

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

Atlanta Senior Portraits by +Raven | LeahAndMark.com

– Posted by +Raven

 

 

 

Zack & Rachel + Adam

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Our friends Zack and Rachel just had their first baby – an adorable little boy named Adam.† In spite of the haze and delirium of the first few weeks of parenthood, they invited us over to meet their new addition and take all the photos our hearts desired.† Pretty awesome, huh?† Little did they know that by opening their home to us, they were also inviting Mark to completely rearrange their furniture and deconstruct their newly set-up nursery.† My polite GRITS-ness (Girl Raised In The South, y’all) was not totally ok with this arrangement.† I cringed and apologized to Rachel as we hauled the armchair and changing table out of the nursery and into the living room.

She laughed, shrugged, and said it was fine.† I don’t know if that was the sleeplessness talking, or if she really meant it, but one thing I’ve learned after the past many months of photography with Mark is that when he gets a vision of the shot he wants, there is absolutely no stopping him.† None at all.† It is futile to try to dissuade him from his pursuit, as I discovered when he hauled our friend Addy on his back down a steep, gravelly hill to a creek bed.† It’s best if I just hush up and move the furniture.† So move it, I did.

And I’m glad I did.† Because I’ve also learned that when Mark gets a vision of the shot he wants, he usually gets that shot, and it’s usually something pretty awesome.† Plus, not only did I get to move furniture, I also got to move Baby Adam, and that means I got to hold Baby Adam and smell his precious, lovely baby-ness and touch his soft little baby skin, and Baby is a drug I am totally addicted to at the moment.† So I got my fix, and Mark got his.† And Adam was a jolly good sport the whole time we clicked away with our cameras and moved him from one position or piece of furniture to the next.

So, congrats Zack and Rachel!† Adam is a handsome little man and we look forward to more photo shoots with your beautiful family.† Maybe some outside ones, so we don’t rearrange your whole house.† (Also, I hope we put your nursery back together satisfactorily!† I think we might have put the changing table back in the wrong direction…)

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