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Throughout my early years, I remember visiting my grandmother at her job in the camera department at the local K-Mart, I don't recall all the details of these visits, but it's where I received my first 'exposure' to photography (see what I did there;). I used to enjoy snapping photos of family vacations, but it never really materialized much beyond that. I didn't study anything photography related in high school or college, nor did I have any dreams or aspirations of becoming a photographer one day. It actually wasn't until my children were born that I purchased my first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel XS.

During the proceeding years, I resembled the paparazzi, taking photos of their every move trying to document as much of their early years as possible. Once they got to the age that my quest of life documentation via photos proved to be a nuisance, the Canon Rebel found it's new home atop a shelf in my closet where it remained. It wasn't until a family vacation 8 years later in Washington D.C. that my passion for photography was reignited. I wish I had a super poetic or inspirational story as to how this occurred, but honestly, as I walked throughout the monuments and museums of D.C. I took notice of all the different camera equipment and accessories my fellow tourists possessed. I started to ponder how far camera technology had come over the years. When I returned home from this trip I began casually looking online as to the specs that some of the best cameras were shipping with these days..just out of curiosity. 

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It wasn’t long after this research began that I purchased a new camera, this time a Nikon D3000 -  this was when the passion of photography really grabbed ahold of me..once again. After multiple camera upgrades and the better half of the next 2 years, I came to the conclusion that landscape and outdoor photography was the genre that was most appealing to me. I dabbled in portraits and street photography - even photographed quite a few events, but found that I didn’t receive the same level of excitement and satisfaction as that of shooting the great outdoors. Shortly after this realization, I made the decision to shift my focus to landscape photography - this was the turning point in my photographic journey. I find the entire process of landscape photography to be quite exhilarating, from the planning aspect, to the actual shoot itself, to the post processing of the final images. Traveling, being outdoors, and the fact that I’ve always been a bit of an introvert, and thoroughly enjoy my alone time also contributed to my confidence that landscape photography was the right choice for me.

I began working as a freelance photographer in 2016 creating outdoor photography content for local brands. Much of my YouTube video work has been featured in publications such as PetaPixel, Fstoppers and DIY Photography. I'm available today for hire, both nationally and internationally and offer:

  • Outdoor Photography

  • Landscape Photography Workshops

  • Social Media Content Creation

  • Video Content Production

  • Photo Editing Education

So, that's how my on again-off again love affair with outdoor photography evolved. If you're interested in learning about the camera gear I use to create my content, please visit the My Gear page here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and hopefully we'll have the opportunity to work together in the future. 

-Mark Denney