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Ashley + Seth | Wedding Preview

-Posted by Mark

This is Ashley & Seth. Me, Jenna & Intern Kristen drove out to Columbia, S.C. for their wedding last Saturday and we couldn’t have had more fun. Seriously. NO. SERIOUSLY.

After having photographed this wedding last weekend, and then Peyton & Gabriel’s wedding in Wilmington, N.C. two weeks before – I’m kind of really liking the Carolinas. Hopefully I’ll get more weddings in both states because man, it’s just a great time – AND it’s technically all within crazy driving distance so I’m able to bring along an Intern as a 3rd shooter (crazy driving distance means that as long as we’re willing to leave Atlanta at 4am, we can make it to anywhere in either state and still photograph a wedding for 10 hours.)

SO. Like many of our out of state clients – I didn’t get a chance to meet Ashley or Seth until I showed up, ready to start photographing. Sure me and Ashley had long talks over email and gchat (actually no, they weren’t that long – but we covered the basics, and Ashley got my jokes (it’s how we test out clients to see if they’re a good fit – because hey, if they don’t get my stupid jokes then it’s just going to be a really long day…) – and it was all just kind of too easy and awesome.

When I saw Seth dressed in his Navy Blues (they just call it that nevermind the actual color!) – and found out that he had been stationed in Coronado, California – I mentioned that I had lived there in the military housing when I was younger – and then jokingly asked if he was a Navy Seal (you would never guess it, but Coronado is a Navy Seal training ground.) AND OF COURSE he said YES, and then showed me the pin on his chest that designates him as a Navy Seal. Whoa.

And then I proceeded to just boss him around the rest of the day. ha. Um. kind of.

But seriously. Look at him – behind that smile he was probably thinking ‘I could totally kill this obnoxious photographer with my bare hands. I could do it left handed even.’

Okay. I should probably get back to writing ‘normal’ wedding posts stuff.

BAM! This entire day was awesome! Ashley & Seth are ridiculously beautiful together and just wait until you get to the reception dance floor photos.

Hey. It’s US. Intern Kristen, Me, & Alumni Intern Jenna.

SO. We have this thing where too many reception dance floor photos are just… removed from the action. They’re ‘pictures of people dancing’ – and although that’s nice – it’s not the same as trying to capture that feeling. So in order to change things up – we put our cameras on ropes and swing them around over everyone’s heads. It’s a crazy twirling 5 lb weight that sometimes causes concussions but hey – you gotta do what it takes to get those shots right?

ALSO – we request ANY SONG that instructs people to ‘Put your Hands up In the Air’. Seriously. If you’re a wedding photographer, and things aren’t happening – you gotta do this. In fact, we have a whole list of songs that just tell people what to do. Count, jump, lift your hands, shake it here, shake it there – hey. We’re professionals. And the dance floor MUST be crazy. Or. Else.


Now that’s a BIG HAND.

See. You gotta have songs that tell people to jump up in the air.

AHHHH, another hand in my face! NICE.

Ashley’s karate chopping me here.

Alright – I know – this was all a good bit silly but hey – this was a REALLY FUN reception and the dance floor was just awesome and crazy.

Ashley & Seth – you’re both amazing and I can’t thank you enough for having us at your wedding.


-Posted by Mark


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Columbia. South. Carolina. Wedding. 300. Senate. Photos. Photographer.

Peyton + Gabriel | Wedding Preview

-Posted by Mark

This is Peyton & Gabriel. They flew me over to Wilmington, N.C. a few months ago for their engagement session and last weekend was their wedding. With only 10% chance of rain the week leading up to their wedding day – apparently mother nature saved it all up for their ceremony. Fortunately – that didn’t stop Peyton or Gabriel – and if the bride & groom aren’t waiting for the rain, neither am I.

So it rained. And we hung out. It rained harder. We stepped out into it. And shot.

I was totally unprepared gear-wise. Fortunately, my gear is as ridiculous as I am and like an extension of myself – it’s always up for the challenge. (Okay – I know, I know, that was probably a bit too far in the personification of my camera gear.)


Peyton told me that she was having a wedding at the beach, but not a beach wedding. With that in mind, I assembled my team – Alumni Intern Jenna, and Current Intern Tricia. We left Atlanta at 4am, arrived 7 hours later, grabbed a cup of coffee and started shooting.

The weekend was awesome. Peyton & Gabriel were even better than that.

DDR Break!

Peyton & Gabriel, Thank You.


-Posted by Mark

Atlanta. Wilmington. NC. Wedding. Beach. East. Coast. Kure. Beach.

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Emily + Ben | Wedding Preview


Emily & Ben’s wedding in Ojai, California this past weekend was the furthest away we’ve had so far. Even though we’ve already photographed weddings in Massachusetts, AlabamaIndiana, and Tennessee – we were pretty excited to finally shoot one out on the west coast. Last November I flew out to photograph their engagement session in Pomona – but I really had no idea how awesome their wedding would be – and Oh. It. Was. Awesome.

I have to admit – I was exhausted by the time we boarded our flight leaving Atlanta going to LAX. I packed my schedule far too full last week and I definitely didn’t sleep enough – and of course that adds up. We arrived on Friday, drove to Ojai, photographed their excellent rehearsal dinner, and then their wedding the next day. On top of the three hour time difference – I was a walking zombie with a camera attached to my face. Brains. Photos. Photos of Brains. Wedding Dress. Kiss. Love. Brains. Sleep…

Hmmm. This is probably not the post I should be writing for wedding photos.

Honestly? Perfect. Emily & Ben are absolutely the type of clients that wedding photographers hope to work with. They had a detailed schedule of the day, with specific time constraints – but not once did they stop me from photographing them, or cut our sessions short. I’ve been known to lose track of time and just shoot until someone makes me stop (thankfully Leah’s there to remind me that hey – they need to get back for their wedding!)

The photos you see at the beginning of this post are the ‘first-look’ series – and they were a bit of a surprise. Emily & Ben weren’t sure if it would work out – but on the day of the wedding, they decided to go for it. So the four of us (Leah, Emily, Ben & Me) drove up the mountain in two separate cars to the field you see here. Emily easily climbed over an old metal fence and brushed the rust off her dress then proceeded to march into the tall grass to be with Ben.

Thank you Emily & Ben. You. Are. Awesome.

Wedding First Looks | LeahAndMark & Co.


– Posted by Mark


Ojai. Southern. California. Wedding. Emily. Ben. Photographer. Photos.
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