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Carnival Styled Shoot | by +Mishaun

– Posted by +Mishaun

One of my favorite parts of working with LeahAndMark is meeting the new interns! Every three months the LeahAndMark family grows to include a new crop of amazing individuals.

Season [NINE] is awesome. I mean like really awesome…in your face amazing! I know Mark says every season is the best ever and it’s true. The internship is constantly evolving and getting better because the interns are raising the bar. From the past few weeks of working with season 9 I can tell future seasons are going to have a lit to live up to this season is driven!

Since the level of interns is constantly increasing, my obligation as a + is to make sure the shoots I invite the  interns to are consistently amazing.  I don’t want to waste their time by setting up a shoot that is boring or half assed. I need to set them up so that it is worth their time. Not to say that I’m going to control every aspect and go easy on them because I’m not!  They need to learn how to deal with less than ideal lighting, surroundings etc. it just needs to be something that they can learn from and write a killer blog post about.

Also what’s great about this season is that they aren’t waiting around for us to ask them on shoots. They are setting up shoots or checking out the calendar and asking us if they can go on shoots with us.

I am looking forward to working with season 9 even more over the next few months.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds. I can tell you this…it’s going to be awesome!

Atlanta. Photographer. Mishaun Arrington. Weddings. Family Portraits. Full. Of. Awesome.

[Photos by +Mishaun from a styled shoot with Alumni Intern Raven]

Prop Stylist & Vintage RentalsBlue Eyed Yonder
Make-Up Artists: Diane Homer -, Ashley Rae -, Ashley Mayfield –
Wardrobe Styling: Redress Style Consulting -
Striped Wedding Dress: Knot Couture -
Cake: Miss Mamie -
Hair Stylist/Make-Up Artist: Melanie Mae Senecal -
Performers: The Hot Toddies -
Hair Accessories: La Coco Rouge -


Goodbye: A Shift by +Raven

Raven was an Intern during Season Three – and happily – she just kind of hung around for the next few years. She has been instrumental in the growth of our business and the overall Intern Experience for the seasons following hers. She has also been our go-to photographer whenever we were already booked and need someone to help out with clients. Over the past few years she’s criss-crossed the country photographing weddings and helped out tremendously with the education of our Interns. 

Even with me being much more critical than needed, and often times generally difficult – she’s put up with a lot from me – and at the same time there has been no one else that I would recommend more often to clients over the past few years when Leah and I were unavailable. Raven is everything that she says she is and more than she realizes. – Mark 


– Posted by +Raven

This, officially, is my last post with

It’s extremely bittersweet to be writing all this, because though I’m very sad to be leaping out of the nest, I’m SO excited to be breaking out on my own.  I’ve been a part of since October of 2010, about 2.5 years.  WOW.  Two and a half years.

And really, I was involved even before that, because I’d applied for Seasons One & Two of the internship, too.  {Though my timing was off both times.}  And even before THAT, I was signed up for the newsletter.

So it’s weird, saying I won’t be such a big part of it anymore. But it’s time for me to leave, to go out on my own, stand on my own two feet.

I’ve always said I was “part of the family of photographers,” because that’s what it’s been to me. A family. And family never truly leaves you.

Having said all that, I’ll still be around the place. I’m still going to be involved in the seasons of the internship, teaching the editing class, shooting with interns {and occasionally with Mark}, and helping out wherever I can, simply because I love it.

But I’ll also be out on my own, still at Doin’ my thang.

Thank you, Leah and Mark {man, it’s hard not to type those as a run-on} for everything. For taking me on, and helping me grow, both as a person and as a photographer. I love you guys, and I don’t plan on disappearing, so get over it. You’ll be seeing me again.

Thank you, interns, for being so awesome and eager and willing and READY.  You’re great.  Let’s go shoot something.

And thank you, dear readers.  You’re so beautiful, inside and out, and I can’t WAIT to meet you all.

Thank you all, for a wonderful and unforgettable last 2.5 years.

You.  Are.  Awesome.

Eileen & Alex’s Wedding Preview by +Raven

Well, I finally visited New Jersey. And it was more than a little terrifying, for this slow-moving Southern tortoise. BUT Eileen & Alex’s wedding MORE – way, way more – made up for dodging all those quick hares and their no left turns on the highways. And no convenience stores.

There’s a lot of traveling left to do this year, and I’m STOKED that this one was in the list.

Grounds for Sculpture is one of THE most amazing places I’ve ever been. And it’s right smack dab in the middle of Jersey. Who knew?! You should look it up. It’s crazytastic.

Aside from having completely breathtaking and amazing sculptures every five feet, there’s a whole aviary dedicated to peacocks, which wander the property.

When I was going through these shots, trying my best to narrow down the ones I wanted to post on the blog, I was dumbstruck – AGAIN – by the sheer amount of LOVE and JOY that exude from Eileen and Alex. In every single shot I have of them – except for the ones when I made them do “apathetic model face” – they’re GRINNING. Ear to ear. Superbly happy. I loves it.

Thank you, Eileen & Alex. You. Are. Awesome.

Gabi & Marc’s Wedding by +Raven

Gabi & Marc are kind of amazing. And I seriously mean that.

They’re two of the healthiest, most positive, and genuinely fun people I’ve ever met. Hands down. They run marathons together. They cook together. They’re raising 5 amazing and uber-talented kids. They have crazy-impressive jobs {rocket scientist and a government agent!}.

And their families are unbelievable, too.

Almost every single aspect of Gabi & Marc’s wedding was lovingly handcrafted by either themselves or a family member. Marc’s daughter made their cake & cupcakes. All of the flower arrangements, including the bouquets, centerpieces, and corsages, were made by Gabi’s sisters. Her mother rolled and styled her hair. Her sister-in-law did her make-up. Her younger brothers & friends set up the reception space. Her sister helped her dress, and Marc’s youngest son helped him get ready.

Because both Gabi & Marc have children from previous marriages, they were married by the water in Annapolis, Maryland in a ceremony that not only combined the two of them, but their children, as well. Each of them spoke to the others’ children; telling them how they weren’t coming in to replace anyone, how they promised to be good, and fair step-parents, and how they love them and were so happy they were a part of their lives.

Shoot, I’m tearing up again.

Anyway, it was a gorgeous ceremony. Then there was the unique unity ceremony: the building of a rock cairn. Gabi, Marc, and their kids took turn building a pile of smooth stones, followed by everyone in attendance adding on their rocks to the pile, as well. All symbolizing the building of a strong foundation that blends the two families.

What made the biggest impression on me is how much of the entire day reflected who they are as people. From start to finish, it all spoke of their love: for nature, for their families, for each other.

They’re such fantastic people, and I’m so thankful I got to spend the day with them.

Thanks again, Gabi & Marc. You. Are. Awesome.

Reading List by +Raven

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Meg of the A Practical Wedding blog is coming to Atlanta, tonight, actually, {OMGBBQ!} as part of her book tour, and I personally, am psyched.  Not only is Meg super-crazy-awesome, but her advice is AMAZING, and I can’t wait to read her book.  :D  I’m totally buying one.  And getting it signed!

So, about books.  Wait for it, here comes the tie-in.

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Whenever I get tired of Pandora playing in the background while I edit {and because I know I typically can’t trust myself to use a movie as “background noise”}, I switch to audiobooks. Specifically, lately, self-help or self-improvement books.

Which makes me sound like Bridget Jones, I know, but I’m kind of okay with that.

I still actually read books, too, but audiobooks are great for when I’m editing, because I move into this zen-like state where I’m completely aware of what’s going on in the book and what’s going on with the images, too.

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Anyway. I’ve read and listened to a lot of really awesome books, lately, and since not all of you are my friends on {be my friend!}, I’d really love to share them with you on here.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

I know, I know, these books were SO IN for a while. But, after finding a copy at Goodwill and deciding that $1.50 was worth a little of my time? I loved it. It’s actually a fantastic book, and combined with a couple of other books I was reading at the time, really made a positive impact on my life. He does start to be a little repetitive after a while, but sometimes we need things said to us multiple times in slightly different ways in order to really have them sink in. It’s all about taking time for yourself, not worrying, changing your life in positive ways, etc. Great.

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais

Goodwill has a huge impact on the books I read {apparently} because this was another find. I picked this up at the same time as Run Your Butt Off, the guide from Runner’s World. They were actually right next to each other on the shelf, so I guess the previous owner either gave up, or is now a running PRO and no longer needs these guides. I hope the latter. ANYWAY, I DIGRESS. This book is a fantastic one for people who want to start running. It’s also a great book for people who DON’T want to start running. The author is really funny, she’s realistic, honest, and even though the book includes bits of her personal training experiences, she hates running all the way through, which is – believe it or not – really reassuring. It’s because of these two books that I now PROUDLY call myself a runner. {Even if my run is the speed of most peoples’ jogging. Not the point.}

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

I had heard about this book from my brother-in-law, and finally found the audiobook version. After hearing everything he had to say, I’m convinced. And I now feel like I can be a better partner, a better friend, a better sibling, and a better daughter. No, really. I know it sound corny, but seriously. This book is all about the ways that different people express their love, and the way that they, in turn, UNDERSTAND love. Once you understand the different “love languages” that people speak, you can figure out how to speak to them in those languages. For example, I’m fairly confident that my language is Words of Affirmation, meaning that I verbalize my love, and best appreciate and understand and feel love when other people do the same. Fascinating!

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

I’m fairly convinced that this guy’s voice was Rob Lowe’s inspiration for his character on Parks & Recreation. And if that isn’t awesome enough, it’s got great content, too. I’m a fairly bad procrastinator. Have been for pretty much my entire life. Nothing I can’t get a handle on, but this book had a lot of really good ideas for getting and staying organized and focused. New ideas, too. I’ve already implemented several of his suggestions, and I’m working on adding more in, too. For example, I’m a little notorious for attempting multi-tasking whenever I can. Like, really. I’m a pro at driving while singing along to music while putting on make-up while performing brain surgery. Well, not the last part. But the rest, yes. And I always attempt to multi-task at the computer, as well, but it’s actually more poisonous than anything. It’s much more productive to go at tasks one at a time, get them finished, then move on to the next one. And these suggestions apply to any kind of goals that you want to do, whether it’s losing weight, saving money, keeping yourself on track with your work, cleaning the house, etc.  It was especially helpful for me, since I work from home and I’m my own boss.

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

Atlanta Photographer | | Reading List | APW | Book Tour

And the other things I’ve been loving: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evonovich, the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R. R. Martin, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Read all of these. RIGHT NOW. GO.

Stephanie & Charles’s Wedding by +Raven

Stephanie is one of the two best friends I had in high school.  So, it was a surreal moment, being at her wedding, much less photographing it.  It was really one of those moments.  The ones that make you sit back on your heels – literally, because that’s your typical shooting stance – and think “GOD, where has the time gone?”

Also?  My bride got dressed outside.  So . . . I WIN.

Look!  A picture I took of a picture I took.

It’s a CARDIS.  For cards.  Amazing.

THANK YOU, Stephanie & Charles.  You guys are awesome.  🙂