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Claire and Eric’s Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding

After Claire and Eric’s engagement session last fall I knew their wedding would be quite the event – between such a wonderful couple, and planning and direction of Julie over at Classic Creations and being held at the Highlands Ranch Mansion – really how could it not be. Friends and Family: Be sure to register…

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Cheryl and Kevin’s Della Terra Wedding – Estes Park Colorado

The drive to Estes Park for a wonderful wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau is certainly a minor price in time to pay in order to be a part of such a wonderful day for two young people such as Cheryl and Kevin and their families. Assisting me for the day was Ashleigh of Ash…

  • I love the shot of the two kids… amazing! The light was beautiful outside. Great work as always.

  • Mary Orr

    Mark and Ashleigh;

    What magnificent endless memoirs you have provided our family of Kevin and Cheryl’s magical day as they joined their lives together in a very momentous celebration of their love for each other! We will treasure our day with you and the results of your expertise always!

    Thank you both from our deepest heartfelt gratitude!

    “The Mother of the Bride”

Erik and Jennifer’s Studio Albums

I recently received and delivered Erik and Jennifer’s wedding albums from their wedding last year up at Dunafon Castle.   They opted to go for an 8″ studio album in black leather with a pair of matching 4″ family albums. Besides being my most popular album I must admit I love the simple designs of…

Professional Wedding Photography Pricing

Scott Bourne over at photofocus made a blog post on the subject titled, And You Call Yourself a Professional and really goes to town on the $500 budget wedding photographers and both raises some interesting ideas and creating a bit of a firestorm as well. While Scott covers a lot of ground here there’s another…

  • GeorgeS.


    Some of you folks are TO FUNNY!!

    “…the bride risks loosing their $500 entirely…..”

    Lets face it: people who are planning on spending $10,000.00 and up on a wedding/reception ought to be planning on spending $2000.00 and up on a photographer. After a day, week, month and years go by all you’ll have left of the $10K+ day is your memories and photos. By all means spend %20 of your budget on photography!

    But George what about those who are budgeting LESS THAN $10K for their wedding/reception? They should also consider spending %20 of their budget on photography!!

    The reality here is that not everyone wants/needs/desires a $750 photo album, full day coverage or ‘works of art’ when it comes to their wedding photos!

    The folks who invite 10 friends to a BBQ/Potluck wedding/reception in their apartment/back yard are NOT in the market for a $2000.00+ wedding photographer.

    While most full time professionals NEED to charge what they do to cover the costs of their store front/studio and provide the sole sourse of income for their family, thankfully the FTP is NOT the only option available.

    Besides resorting to using your guests cell phones, disposable cameras or rental cameras, there are many photographers who can provide the services you need at price points you can afford.


  • Mark Hayes - Denver Wedding Photographer

    I say that while most people who have weddings with budgets well below $10,000 don’t opt to spend most of it on the photography I do several weddings each year where I’m sure my fee is not the 20-30% average of the budget but more likely 80-90% of the budget. My smallest wedding to date was 7 people – I was the only witness that wasn’t part of the immediate wedding party (which was all family).

    Even for those who opt to only invest $500 to $750 into their photography choosing a person who owns a camera and will only charge that much is a poor choice. Better to go out and buy a entry level dSLR with a kit lens and have a family member who loves photos run around and fill up the memory cards. You’ll still have basic photos – but then you also have a nice camera as well.