The other side of the lens...

I met up with Mark of Mark Dong Photography last week for a little chat about all things photography.  I recently booked my first wedding for this July, and am so excited!  Mark is giving me the hook-up on second shooting some weddings with him this spring and summer, and I am so grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to gain some experience and learn from someone who's been shooting weddings for many, many years!

I actually met Mark some 20 years ago, when he rescued my head.  In addition to being a talented photographer, he has also been a successful hair stylist for like 30 years.  So, my mom has been his client forever, and when I, in a very teenage state of mind, decided it would be cool to be blonde, Mark was there to do his very best to reverse the damage.  See, I stupidly went to some random person, who had no idea what she was doing, and proceeded to bleach my hair into oblivion.  I really had no idea that blonde hair would make me look like a Martian!  Seriously, I looked GREEN.  My horrified mother marched me over to Mark's salon and, after a week of not having any fun as a blonde, I was a brunette again.  Thank the Lord.

After several tasty cups of French press coffee, Mark took me out to shoot some headshots of me.  I knew that I had to do it at some point.  How could I ask people to trust me to take their photo if I wasn't willing to show my own face?  It was time.  But, let me tell you, it is not an easy thing to get in front of the camera!   I am much more comfortable behind the lens.  But I think most people feel that way, and it was helpful to me as a photographer to get out of my comfort zone and see how it feels.  It helps to have a photographer that puts you at ease, and that can make you laugh.  I hear from my clients often that their session was a lot of fun, they felt so comfortable during their sessions, and that it was a special time for them to truly "see" each other.  That is always the most amazing compliment anyone can give me, simply because I want the entire experience with me to be fun and awesome.  Ultimately, it's about making beautiful images, but the fact that they can also serve as a reminder of a special day spent with the one(s) you love... Priceless.

Here's a couple of my favorites.  Shot by Mark Dong Photography.  Edited by me.  I really like the laughing one 'cause it shows my goofiness :)

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