After completing my masters studies at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, I began my professional career as a staff photojournalist at The Baltimore Sun and rose to a regular contributor for the Baltimore Sun’s Sunday Magazine. I lived and worked in Europe before settling in Michigan to join the staff of the Kalamazoo Gazette in ’98. Over the years, working as a photographer has allowed me to document some amazing places and events — from the 50th anniversary of D-Day in France to presidential inaugurations in Washington DC. Now, I’m proud to cover news and events throughout Southwest Michigan for one of the state’s largest media services. I began photographing weddings ever since I first discovered my love for photography and I’ve always approach them as visual stories.
When I think back to my own wedding day, there are so many moments that I never want to forget: being stopped on the way to the ceremony by the slowest, longest freight train in the world; the lone trumpet player serenading my wife with Louis Armstrong’s “Tenderly” in the center of Beethoven Square, and the moment my wife said, “Ja, ich will.”
There are times in which we want to remember every nuance, every detail, every emotion. My award-winning photojournalism will capture the big feelings and the small stories of your wedding day. Every one of us has a story — let my passion for photography tell your story.
My wedding photography packages are customized to meet your needs and are based on hourly rates.
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“As we went through the hundreds of photos Mark took of our wedding day, we were amazed that they had all been taken by the same person. He captured so many incredible moments, it was like getting 5 photographers in one. He is more than a photographer, he is a storyteller and through him we are able to re-live our wedding day, which for us, went by way too fast. Moment by moment, glance by glance, smile by smile, tear by tear, he captured it all for us. His stories of our wedding will live on for our children and their children and we are forever grateful for Mark’s professionalism, humor, and amazing talent.”
Nancy & Trevor Stefanick
“I wanted to take the time to thank you. Our wedding pictures are truly amazing! You did an awesome job of capturing all of the ” special moments.” We had so many guests come up to us after the wedding, and tell us how impressed they were with you. Everyone raved about all the pictures and also about how friendly and outgoing you were. Your pictures are awesome!!! Thank you so much for all of your help. You did a great job of capturing all of our memories. Thank you!”
Carley & Neil Stuut
“Mark photographed our Wedding Day through the eyes of a photojournalistic Wedding Storyteller. Through Mark’s photographs, my husband and I did not miss any part of our Wedding Day. Every picture captures a moment, and tells our story. From the moment we met Mark to our Wedding Day, he was so easy to work with. He exceeded our expectations! Our family and friends are still talking about Mark, wishing they knew him to photograph their weddings.”
Elizabeth Stannard, Portage, MI
“Mychi and I would like to thank you for taking our wedding pictures. They are amazing! You caught the story, the excitement, and the joy we were able to share with all our guests. Also, thanks for the recommendation of using My Publisher for the wedding book. I finally completed it, and it came out great. If you would like to use any of the pictures or the book to advertise your work, please feel free to.
Again, thank you for the great pictures, they are all awesome! Thanks”
Tom & Mychi Kelley
“Thanks for the great job you did with our wedding photos. Jamie and I loved your professional demeanor and your ability to capture our special day. We loved the true photo journalistic style you provided for our photos. When you view them it is like reading the story of our day and the day of our guests. At times we wondered if you were still around, but then we saw our photos… you had captured the moments perfectly from many perspectives. We appreciated that you were never in our face, demanding, or asking us to make some crazy pose. In a time when couples look for something original for their wedding, you provided us the photos that set us apart from the rest.”
Troy & Jamie Bash, Portland, OR