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Wedding Workshop Series

You might be like me. You’ve been a wedding photographer for a few months, or years even – but you still don’t feel like you know what the f*ck you’re doing. Why doesn’t anyone respond to your emails? Why don’t they book you? Why are they booking someone else?! You’re a little frustrated and things would be a lot easier if someone would sit down with you, and make it… a little easier. If you just had the answers to a few questions – maybe, just maybe – being a ‘wedding photographer’ would stop being a hobby.

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I’m Mark – a full time wedding photographer and I book roughly 93.5% of my inquiries. I photographed 53 weddings last year but usually only shoot about 35 weddings annually.

I can help you learn more about wedding photography than you probably ever wanted to know (at least from my warped perspective.)

Portfolio. Instagram. Facebook.

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With a lot of help I also operated one of the largest photography internships in the country (but got too busy and stopped a few years ago.)

Now I’m offering a Wedding Photography Business Workshop Series.

I know – it’s not exactly a catchy name. WPBWS doesn’t really roll off the tongue either. Aw F*ck it.

Here’s the pitch.

I believe I’m the best photographer for my clients on their wedding day – and they believe it as well.

I am not the best wedding photographer of all time, ever – but I am the best wedding photographer for my clients, on that day. Period.

I couldn’t continue to do this if I didn’t believe that.

Also – these workshops are completely free to you.

Here are the workshops:

  • What Your F*cken Wedding Photography Website Should Say, Be, and Do
    • This is about your MARKETING. (How and why I get away with using f*ck all over my wedding website)
    • Your Website’s ONLY job is to get people to contact you. That’s all.
    • It doesn’t do any selling – that’s YOUR JOB.
    • I’ll go over every part – your bio, your pricing page, your blog posts, your portfolio
  • How to Book Wedding Clients.
    • How to respond to initial inquiries so people actually respond
    • How to lower your closing window down to 2 weeks or less.
    • How to talk to people like people and not like they’re $$$
    • Why no one emails you back
    • How to get them to email you back
    • How and Why I went from closing 25% of the time to 93.5% of the time.
  • How to Run The Wedding Day Like. A. Boss.
    • How to look like you know WTF you’re doing.
    • Simple but dangerous mistakes to avoid
    • What you should expect
    • How to handle EVERYTHING
    • All the things you don’t know.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT.
    • How to get F*cken amazing shots NO MATTER WHAT. (repeated on purpose)

If you’re interested in any (or all!) of these workshops – please fill out the form below. I’d absolutely love to work with you.

And hey. Thank you very much. It’s a big compliment that you would even consider learning with me.

The dates are subject to my schedule (hey I’m still working) and will take place between now and the end of December.

Oh. And remember – any and all of these workshops are completely free – but limited to 5 people only for each workshop.

 

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The Internship | Season [NINE]

– Posted by Mark

We’ve come a long way since we started our photography business and really – we’ve gone even further since we began our photography internship. There are other photography internships out there, but we’re pretty sure there are none that are like ours. We’ve taken on as many as 15 interns and as few as 8. For Season [NINE] we’re starting with 10.

Over the past two years we’ve slowly learned a few things about selecting Interns and putting a better and better group together. We’ve implemented a few new hurdles and requirements during the application process that tends to weed out bad candidates for this program. Because honestly – our internship isn’t for everyone. Of course – how much can you really know from two applications? Quite a bit apparently. Mostly because along with providing us with the basic information that we need – when done well, our application process forces the applicant to do a good bit of self evaluation – more than they’ve probably ever done about themselves and their photography.

Not only are there lengthy essay questions – but there is a time component to the 2nd application. It’s due less than 48 hours after the first application deadline – and the deadline for the 2nd application is 3am on Sunday. That alone usually trips a few people up who think they’ve got until 3am on the evening of Sunday night (that’s actually 3am Monday) or they just mis-read it and think 3pm. Both are wrong and we don’t make exceptions for late applications. We simply receive way too many strong applications.

You also have to be able to attend our first event – a mashup of graduation and introduction rolled into one. On the 2nd application you’re asked if you can attend, and if you say no, we say no. We’ve received feedback in the past from applicants about how if they had known it was required then they would’ve answered yes. Well you should’ve f*cken answered yes anyway.

We still don’t know exactly what this Internship is – or where exactly it’s going. It’s changed quite a bit since Season 1 and it keeps changing from one season to the next. This group, Season [NINE] is the best yet – and not only because I’m at my best ever – but because we really have the best team we’ve ever had working with us.

Alumni Interns Elaine, Krista & Mishaun are on board with us, shooting weddings, running events, and basically doing everything that we’ve never been able to do in the past. It’s honestly because of these three that I am more excited about working with Season [NINE] than any other season so far. So here we go.

Introducing Season [NINE]

(Click on each photo to go to their Intern Blog.)

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Interns Wanted | Season [NINE]

Leah and I need help. We’re fortunate that our clients not only took an initial chance on us – but that they keep coming back and referring their friends to us. It’s a great problem to have – but we’re busy. Really. Busy. So busy in fact that we’ve decided that we need help. We need a few interns.

Don’t worry – we’ll get to the requirements and qualifications in a little bit.

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If you don’t know anything about us – we’re Leah and Mark.

This is our Portfolio. This is our Wedding Portfolio.

We started this photography business a little over two years ago, and we’ve been going all out ever since. We didn’t start out with expensive gear (and we still don’t have any) – but that’s okay. We’ve had to rely on creativity and hard work – everything else just makes things slightly easier.

We’re looking for Interns to work with us for three months – and possibly beyond that.

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

This is what one of our Intern nights looks like at our studio – but we’ve also had small group shoots out in a river:

Atlanta Photography Internship | LeahAndMark.com | Interns Wanted Application

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

Alumni Intern Meagan (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Jo (Season 6)
Alumni Intern Whitney (Season 4)
Alumni Intern Raven (Season 3)
Alumni Intern Gabriel (Season 4)

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

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Our Interns work hard, and you can check out their progress over at their Intern Blogs. Most of our Interns photographed more in the last three months than they did in the past year. Since becoming an Intern – some of them have increased their number of paying gigs, shot on assignment for Creative Loafing and other publications, and have received much more exposure for their photography in general – nevermind the experience and knowledge they’ve gained.

Check out Season SiX Alumni Intern Meagan’s Review Here.

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.

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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?

  • How to be truly different from EVERYONE ELSE who is a ‘Photographer’ these days
  • How to hustle and get business
  • How to keep clients and get repeat business
  • How to charge appropriately and be paid for your services
  • Turn ‘good exposure’ jobs into ACTUAL Good Exposure for YOU
  • Attend our photography business-marketing class (for Interns only)

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.

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)

Everything we do is based on three principles:

  1. Be different
  2. Do things that matter
  3. Show everyone

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 this isn’t photography 101, 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 – the stuff that you won’t learn from a 101 course. 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. This is an Internship. You work along side us, you follow our instructions, and we answer your questions – sometimes.

We do not have a curriculum. We are not an accredited educational institution.

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. It’s your job to ask better questions – and it’s our job to answer the good questions. Remember that.

The internship last during August, September, October | Three months.

APPLICATION FORM:

Deadline for the application is July 20th at 12pm NOON.

(Tip: Write as much as you can.)
(Pro Tip: Write As Much As You Possibly Can.)

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