What is the mission of Mark Maya Photography?

My mission is to provide an honest, stress-free experience for couples and capture timeless moments that they can enjoy with their family forever.  

My style of wedding photography is deeply rooted in connection and influenced by fine-art and documentary photography. The result is authentic, simple wedding photography that you can feel. I pride myself on not just being a photographer, but rather an artist who facilitates and creates an environment for two people to connect in.

What is the origin story of Mark Maya Photography?

After spending years struggling through my purpose and how I could help others through photography, I shot my first wedding.  

After that wedding I remember feeling so energized, happy, and connected to the couple. I felt like I had just gone on a day-long adventure with close friends.  

On top of that, when the couple got their photos they cried, wouldn't stop saying "thank you!", and eventually became my close friends.

All those were signs that I was supposed to be a wedding photographer and I'm so grateful that I listened!

What is your favorite project that you've worked on?  

My current favorite project is building an intimate community where photographers come to get help from one another.  

Here's my favorite past project: 5 years ago I didn't know what kind of photographer I wanted to be so I challenged myself to do a 365-day self-portrait project where I would conceptualize, produce, and share one self-portrait every day for a year.  

In the middle of this project I broke the 5th metatarsal in my left foot. I had to do the rest of the project on crutches.    

This forced me to slow down and think through every step beforehand so I would have to "do" less work in the moment. This caused me to develop a clear vision about what I wanted before undertaking any new project and future endeavor. It also taught me that something seemingly "bad" can lead to something "good".

How are you a "wedding space disruptor"?

For the past half decade, I've experimented with my photography business as a way to serve others and to figure out where I can provide the most value.  

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.

What three ingredients are necessary for a great day at Mark Maya Photography?

Honesty, self awareness, and a clear vision.

What are some traits of your ideal clients?

Intuitive, honest, badass, light-hearted, and fun loving!

What Past Clients Have To Say:

"He made my wedding day so special! He prioritized me. He is the reason people say hiring a professional wedding photographer is so worth it!”

— Audra + Daniel


Hi, I'm Mark! I'm a Marine Corps Iraqi War Veteran, former college athlete, and PTSD conquerer, turned wedding photographer.






Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, & Asheville, North Carolina & Available for Travel

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