Do you guys remember Leah and Mark? The photographers out of Atlanta? Of course you do, they were the one’s that shot Jamie and Max’s beautiful and emotional pictures in the wedding graduate post yesterday. Well, I’m always thrilled to write about Leah and Mark, because I think they are such a fantastic example of everything a small business – and a wedding business – should be.
Leah and Mark are a married team of wedding photographers who started their business (if you can believe it from the amazing quality of the pictures) just a year ago. They started advertising on APW when they had shot just two weddings, and you guys embraced them whole heartedly. Both Nancy & Sean and Jamie & Max hired them when they were just starting out, and Mark told me, “After reading their wedding graduate posts – we cannot express how honored we are, and how much we appreciate them having us at their weddings.”
Excuse me while I get a little weepy.
Leah and Mark have been on fire since they started their business, growing in all these innovative and… can I say ethical?…. ways. They donate 10% of all photography services to Kiva. Also, they offer our 100% money back guarantee – and of course it includes all travel fees – no matter what, even if they fly into town and (god forbid!) someone runs away at the altar. And! They are still offering their APW 20% discount and No Travel Fees for weddings East of the Mississippi – along with a flat travel fee of $900 for weddings West of the Mississippi (sweeeeet). Plus, to really up the ante, they are offering a weekday wedding special for weddings booked on Monday-Thursday, with rates ranging from $650-$900. If that’s not a package with APW’s name written all over it, I don’t know what is.
To top off all of this awesomeness, Leah and Mark have and Internship program where they take on 10 new interns every three months and teach them things that they don’t teach in photography school (or at least teach well). Like, you know, how to run a business. The best part about this, to me, is that Leah and Mark are two of the most generous and no-secrets business owners around. They are succeeding, and they want you to succeed, and I love that. They are currently accepting applications for their next batch of interns (several APW-ers have interned with them in the past and loved the program).
In closing, because as we discussed last week, you want to hire photographers you actually like as people at your wedding, I thought I’d share a little bit of what Mark told me about how they’ve been living their lives the past few years. He says “We like to say that we ‘live like we’re alive’ – as opposed the common saying ‘live like you’re dying.’ Because when you live like you’re alive – you can make long term plans to achieve the things you really, really want in life, and not just the exciting distractions (not that those aren’t needed sometimes.).” Well that, and you can read about what Leah wrote about working with her husband, and look at the pictures of the trip they took to Nepal this winter on three weeks notice. Nice, right?
But mostly, the pictures. I haven’t said much about them, because I think the work is so strong it speaks for themselves. But. The first half are from a Team Practical wedding (I think I speak for all of us when I request a wedding graduate post Theresa). And this last one? Well, I’m not putting it in because it’s the most artsy picture in the world, but just because it’s one of those amazing and real moments (I was totally a little girl just like that), and that’s what you want a photographer to capture: the real stuff.
So go check out Leah and Mark, and enjoy.
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