Mark Maya Photography Is Ready to Capture Your Wedding with Honesty, Vision, and Love

Mark Maya Photography Is Ready to Capture Your Wedding with Honesty, Vision, and Love

Along my journey, I've shared each and every detail about what I've learned with my clients, other photographers, friends, and family. The result has been the forming of an honest community of creative people that have used my stories and experiences to grow and create their own.

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Real Couples // Art-Inspired Wedding at The Levine Museum of the New South: Shavonne + Travis

Real Couples // Art-Inspired Wedding at The Levine Museum of the New South: Shavonne + Travis

I (Shavonne) planned a cabin trip in Gatlinburg for Travis' 28th birthday party. We were surrounded by long-time friends and a beautiful mountain scenery. According to Travis, it was the one time I wouldn’t suspect a proposal! 

Travis was praying for what I thought was dinner that night. The prayer quickly changed from the “gathering of family and friends” to words of endearment that shook my entire being, and then he proposed. It was beautiful, it was perfect, it was for us. I remember waking up that next morning feeling like I was in the best dream ever.

Originally we were thinking of a rustic style, but that changed when we picked a more modern venue. I had my gown made Mikaella from J Majors bridal. It wasn’t too fancy or heavy and I fell in love with it at first sight. Travis wore a midnight and navy tux. He was so handsome in it!

As for my favorite memories of the wedding day, I have so many! Turning the corner to see my husband standing at the altar, seeing the emotional bond between Travis and his sister as they danced, seeing our friends and family in fellowship, and my first look with my father.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: 4 Years In

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: 4 Years In

I teamed up with a few other photographers and we came up with this awesome styled wedding. Using a real couple for models was very important. We wanted their love to be genuine. We wanted to capture the true essence of their love. Elliot and Tywanda Hansen were perfect! They had just celebrated their anniversary — 4 years of marriage! 

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Newborn

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Newborn

Most of my clients prefer simple timeless art for their newborn photos. For this photo, the client was a relative who said "just do what you do." With no specific requests or expectations, I felt like I had total creative freedom. I'd been wanting to experiment with compositing newborn images, and this fall background, along with the baby's romper from my stock of newborn outfits, worked perfectly together. So I chose a couple images of the baby and a couple background images that I purchased from a vendor for the final blended images. I'm so please at how they turned out.

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Real Couples // Multicultural Ballroom Wedding in North Carolina: Liz + Pedro

Real Couples // Multicultural Ballroom Wedding in North Carolina: Liz + Pedro

We both work at Best Buy. I was fairly new to the store, and he had just transferred from Ohio. We instantly became friends and grew that friendship for almost two years before we decided to start dating. We got engaged when I surprised him with a birthday weekend with all his best friends from Ohio. He made a proposal video, and played it at his birthday party, and we celebrated the next two days with all of our closet friends.

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Wedding Inspiration // Glam North Carolina Same-Sex Styled Shoot

Wedding Inspiration // Glam North Carolina Same-Sex Styled Shoot

The moment Carla and Lashanna met, they knew instantly they were meant to be together. As their love grew, they had no doubts in their minds that they were just "right." For this styled session, I wanted to bring out their personalities and showcase their love for each other. We had Carla's love for all things glam, while also having a more relaxed feel with Lashanna.

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Real Couples // Fashion Forward Engagement Session in Charlotte, North Carolina: Rashan + Quanda

Real Couples // Fashion Forward Engagement Session in Charlotte, North Carolina: Rashan + Quanda

Rashan and Quanda are the type of couple that found each other late in life, but are better for it. They are both successful in their respective careers and decided to blend their families and lives later next year in Jamaica. Since they decided to have a destination wedding, Rashan and Quanda wanted to make sure to have their engagement session set in THEIR city: Charlotte, North Carolina.

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