“Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks.”

Some people might have noticed that there’s not been a new wedding post of any type since fall of 2015, and there’s a reason for this.   While I don’t want to get bogged down in all the details there are some medical reasons why I’m stepping back from weddings and Mark Hayes Photography as a business entity ended last year.     At this point I haven’t ruled out coming back at some point down the road, but with 100+ weddings under my belt, this might be time to move on for good as well.

Of course this doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shooting – but for now I’m shooting my own art projects and just focusing on my own creative outlets, and the occasional family shoot for former clients.

While I expect to shoot the occasional wedding for special people, or assist friends on weddings they’ve booked from time to time, every contact I’ve received in the last 6 months has been forwarded to other photographers.

So it’s been great, and if I don’t come back to weddings I walk away knowing I have a huge body of work out there that has already become part of many families history – while I may never be famous, my work will be cherished long after I’m gone.  Not many artists can be sure of that.

So for those of you who have found this site from following links back from the numerous mentions of us on wedding blogs or referred by former clients and venues I have a few recommendations for you.

If what has inspired you most of my work is the wedding photojournalism I have two people you should consider.

First and foremost is Brian Kraft.   A wonderful photographer, and for those Dunafon clients he has had experience up at the castle.

Another wonderful photojournalist styled photographer is Preston Utley.


Now in the last few years I’ve been going back to medium format film for amazing portraits.   If that’s the part of my work that inspires you most I strongly suggest you reach out to Lisa O’Dwyer.   I’ve had her assist me before up at Dunafon Castle so she is familiar with the property, and having been a successful wedding photographer in Ireland I dare say she may be the only photographer in the state who has shot as many castle weddings as I have.

Another wonderful film photographer who has experience up at the castle is Sarah Rose Burns.   Her coverage of Emily and Rebecca’s wedding  up at Dunafon Castle is truly breathtaking and is spoken of highly by the staff up at Dunafon.

As for me – I’m off to do my own thing for a while and working on seeing if I’m able – and have the desire – to return for to professional work someday.




  • Karen Hild

    Wishing you the best of luck on whatever new endeavor you undertake, Mark!!

  • Chris Martin

    Wish you the best! Had some great times working with you!