Rather than some arty black & white portrait of me I asked my couples to supply photos of me working at their wedding snapped by their guests. These are some of the results just in case you were interested in what I look like at work.
I'm Mark. AKA (my 6 music alter ego Mark in Exeter) If you listen to 6 music as I do, I am the guy who bothers Steve Lamacq almost daily, I was on Good Day Bad Day on his show and have won the National Anthem feature as well. This is not a new thing, my biggest claim to fame is winning Ken Bruce's Headline Hunt three times. If I hadn't become a photographer 27 years ago I think I would have liked a career as a slogan writing ad man or radio DJ, although my English teacher predicted I would become a roadie.
So this is the bit where I tell you that I got into photography when I was 6 in my Granddads darkroom, and that I am hooked on decent coffee and dark chocolate (so indulgent yet so predicable). I never knew my Granddads, I have one coffee a day (although I can't stand instant) & love all sweets, but who doesn't?
Aside from photography which has been my full-time career job since 1990 I have weird music taste and I am a petrolhead. As well as a reliable daily drive (don't want to break down going to your wedding!) I also have a TVR for fun, my favourite car make.
I started Evolve in 2001 about the same time we made the full transition from film to digital. In my career I have photographer over 1500 weddings, have had my work in every national newspaper as well as some front pages and photographed for a range of clients from BT & McAlpine to Network Rail & Barclays Bank.
I started teaching photography via Devon Photography School in 2014 and have taught & been a mentor to many photographers. I have helped many amateur photographers quit their jobs set up in business and become direct competition to Evolve. I think decent quality competition is good for everyone it raises the standard & keeps us all on our toes and weeds out the bad photographers eventually.
Although born & bred Oxford I now live in Devon, very happily married to very talented Natasha from Pumpkin & Pye and have two sons Obie & Enzo who are both infinitely better at football than their dad!
I have given photography talks to camera clubs & WI's through-out the South West, mostly on my photographs from Chernobyl and have used this opportunity to raise money for charity usually children's like Children's Hospice South West.
I will always be early to your wedding, I am early to everything and despite the fact that I was in a punk band when I was 15 when I attend your wedding I will be in a suit and tie, it's much easier to blend in with your guests this way and I think respectful (and I love dressing smart!)
I also love animals we have 8 cats, 4 chickens & 4 ducks.
My favorite place in the world is The Outer Hebrides, I have been several times and love to photograph the abandoned crofts there.
So there you go. That is me. Follow me on Instagram for a visual insight! I remain good friends with a lot of my couples, we interact and speak for years after their wedding and to me this is testament to the relationship we build before and on their wedding day.
Genna & Sean
Alice & Matt
Emily & Aaron
Emily & Dan
Kelly & Joe
Liz & Dan
Amy and Dan
Kath & Ben
Rachel & Al
Jake & Victoria
Alex & Lewis
Paula & Stephen
Simon & Lucie
Hayley & Joe