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  • Mark Mitchell Photography

    I've been a photographer since 1968. While studying story and advertising Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, I discovered the camera. Using a camera freed me from pen and brush drawings on a board in the studio, and started the authentic experience with the subject, which is the process of making photographs.

    Over the years I've had the opportunity to photograph many different assignments. Somewhere along the way I remember being advised to shoot "what interests you most", and what has always interested me most, since childhood, is people - their environments and what makes them unique.

    So, my work reflects this interest - whether I'm working with professional talent, celebrities, or regular folks in my pictures, I am always striving to create a personal connection which satisfies my need and creates an atmosphere that results in a successful photo shoot.

    Cheers!

    MM
    804-539-2065

Executive Portrait Project for Buchanan Design

 

It was challenging to fly to a new city each morning, find a location, light it, and work with the individuals in the time allotted. We collaborated with Margaret Buchanan of Buchanan Design to produce these beautiful, cohesive portraits for a National law firms marketing publication.  We had fun and met some interesting folks doing it!

 

The College of William & Mary – Development Publications

So the most fun we have is walking into a space, needing to make a cover shot, and having no idea where to make the picture. It’s a process of walking around, looking around, and letting the space talk to you. Then, bit by bit, we start putting the picture together.  It goes from chaos to beautiful in a matter of moments.

Portrait Series of Award-Winning Educators

We were asked to photograph the recipients of The College of William and Mary’s Plumeri Award.  We photographed them as the stars they are; the genuine celebrities of our culture. 

Anne K. Rasmussen joined the faculty of the College of William and Mary in 1993. She is professor of music and ethnomusicology and currently serves as chair of the Department of Music.

Rasmussen’s broad research interests include music of the Arab world, the Middle East and the Islamicate world, music and multiculturalism in the United States, music patronage and politics, issues of orientalism, nationalism, and gender in music, and fieldwork, music performance, and the ethnographic method. She teaches a family of courses in ethnomusicology and music research at William and Mary and has mentored a number of William and Mary students toward graduate study in ethnomusicology and careers in music and academia.

We do Portraits – whether the concept takes days or hours to make it happen.

A New Inspiration From Joy

Our friend, Joy Black, sent us this Tao quote, and it resonated with us.  We set out to illustrate it our way, with photography.  With the combination of poetic lighting and a beginner’s yoga practice, we attempted to make an image that evoked the emotions in the quote.  New Year’s beckons resolutions and goals; we hope to start our New Year with a gentle, persistent approach.

“Nothing on earth is more gentle and yielding than water, yet nothing is stronger. When it confronts a wall of stone, it flows around it. Let this be a lesson in our lives. Be like water, gentle and flowing, but persistent. Perhaps your expectations of yourself and others are too high. Perhaps you are judging yourself and others too harshly. It is time to take a gentler approach to your life. It is time to treat others more gently as well. Know that, if you are willing to let go of past mistakes, resentments and judgments, you will reach a sense of peace in your life. Like water, you can reach your goal through allowing your energy to flow gently, rather than forcing it upon others.”                        ~ Tao Cards