There is something about the way Mark captures the essence of children whether it be in his painting or his photography. Recently Claudia Moscavi (blogger at Fineartebooks.com and Postromanticism.com) succinctly sums it better than I ever could. Here is a snippet of what she had to say about Mark’s Art. You can read it in its entirety at Fineartbooks.
I find it rather extraordinary that we commemorate through art important historical events, war heroes, authors and political leaders, yet we rarely commemorate in art what is most important to most of us: our family lives and our children. During the 19th and 20th centuries, depicting children in art was usually relegated to female painters (most notably, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot) or depicted with unsettling undertones of sexuality, as is the case in Balthus’s controversial paintings.
The figurative painter Mark Lovett commemorates through his beautiful paintings and photographs what matters most to so many of us: our children. Mark Lovett depicts children, particularly girls, during the years (between 3 and 12) when they are old enough to appreciate family activities yet young enough to still enjoy the company of their parents. The subject of family and children is inherently personal, so I will mention one personal note, which is part of the reason why I’m so touched by Mark Lovett’s art. I remember with great fondness the many activities my husband and I did with our children, Alex and Sophie, when they were younger: apple orchards, zoo trips, museums, Renaissance fairs, art camps, cub scouts, hiking and vacations in so many beautiful places around the world. The kids, and their joie de vivre, added enormous pleasure and sense of meaning to our lives.
The question is whether or not these are paintings or photographs…can you tell? In either case they are a testament to Mark’s abilities in capturing the essence of childhood.
Call us today at 301 873 4701 for a consultation and let us commemorate your special little ones in either a painting or photograph! It would be a piece of Art to treasure for a life time.
I was talking to a realtor the other day and she was lamenting about how people don’t recognize her from her head shot on her web site. My first thought was “no wonder it’s completely out of date!” I am the first one to admit, I do NOT like having my photo taken, but in today’s internet world, there is no getting past it. This poor woman’s head shot was at least ten years old with a cheesy old fashioned back ground.
Here at MarkLovettphotography.com we recommend getting a new business portrait taken every five years. Mark does a superlative job of getting an awesome image that looks natural, but better than what you normally look like. In other words, he will make you look your best, but at the same time people will know it’s you! He has a certain lighting technique that gets extra catch lights in the eyes. He knows how to position and how to light his subjects.
Everyone can benefit from a great business portrait…models, business people, actors, people on online dating sites, you name it. Here are some samples from our Studio. Note, some of these are outside and some are in our Studio.
If you live in Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Washington DC, Potomac, McLean, Kensington, or Rockville, give us a call to schedule an appointment at 301 873 4701. Or we are happy to come to your place of work. We give discounts to large groups.
Over the past ten years or so, formal photography has sort of gone out of vogue. That is not to say that couples don’t want those traditional family portraits, just that capturing real emotion from the players has become a lot more meaningful. As I stated in my last post, Mark has an uncanny ability to capture these moments. He may see a little gem in an overall shot, that others may not see, and hone in on it and crop it in a way that brings it to life. There is a shine or glistening quality to Mark’s images that really come out under his editing skills. Below are some photojournalistic samples focusing on couples. Notice the very real emotions that are captured by Mark.
I love these type of shots! Some of these shots were taken from very far away, but thanks to the super sniper lens that is no problem for Mark. Let us help you retain the memories of your special day. Give us a call at 301 873 4701 and let’s talk.
Ah Spring, the time of year when our thoughts turn to romance. I think this instinct comes from the cycle of life, just like the animals and birds seek out a mate to procreate with, so humans feel the same urge. And that brings us to wedding season. The female or what is known as the bride, dances and fluffs her feathers to attract the right mate, and in return, the groom responds and before they know it, it is time to seal their Fates. And let’s face it, it goes the other way as well.
A wedding ceremony is an emotional finality that is performed before a willing and appreciative audience. Here at Mark Lovett Photography ( Bethesda wedding photographer) we love to capture the loving emotions of the day. I’ve always thought it uncanny the way Mark seems to have some sort of innate talent that enables him to capture these moments. The below images are not photojournalistic, but rather gently guided couples portraits. Mark and I know how to work with people, showing them how to hold themselves for the most flattering poses and light. Not many people know there are ways to achieve this, it’s something we have spent hundreds of hours perfecting. My next blog post will focus more on the photojournalistic aspect of our work. We try to get all forms of photography for our clients and adhere to our client’s desires.
If you go with our Studio, you may be assured of extremely high quality and professionalism. My advice would be to go with a proven commodity…Mark Lovett Photography!
What do all these images have in common? The lighting is the most important thing for an awesome image. If there is one thing Mark excels at, it is this. Usually on the way to a wedding Mark will talk my ear off about how to properly light his subjects…one can say he has an obsession with it and therein lies one of the really big differences between an amateur and a professional. You will not see the proper lighting effect when it’s done by an amateur. I always say shooting a Wedding is like being in a war zone. There are only seconds to change settings and lighting from moment to moment, the whole timeline is in a state of flux and a photographer better know what they are doing whether it is using natural light or not.
Even if you do not hire us for your special event, please please make sure you hire someone who knows the ins and outs of their equipment! Happy Spring and please leave a comment if you so desire.
Please enjoy some of my recent photos taken at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, MD recently.
Antrim 1844 is a very special place and I love creating art there. It’s a beautiful venue for weddings, special events, and just a great place to create portraits.
The folks there are really friendly too and the food is incredible. I really love the scenery surrounding the old historic mansion as well.
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Beautiful Antrim 1844 Wedding Photography by Antrim 1844 Wedding Photographer Mark Lovett
It was a pleasure to photograph Bo and Henrique’s wedding at Rockwood Manor on MacArthur Blvd in Potomac, MD. It was about 32 degrees outside so Bo was a very sport about doing pictures outside. The family and friends were very warm and friendly, and I am honored to be a part of their special day!
Enjoy the photos!