My style of wedding photography is to create images that capture and express real life… Images with a “heartbeat”
I tell the story of your wedding day with a photojournalist, and yet stylized perspective, watching for and capturing those special real moments as they happen. I realize that everyone is not a model, so at the same time, I’ll guide you into creating stylized images that just make you say wow when you see them. To me, even the formal images are an opportunity to create beautiful images that are as unique as the two of you!
Having photographed hundreds of weddings and events, I’m relaxed and at the top of my game while I’m working with my clients. This creates an atmosphere of excitement, without frenzy, allowing you to feel relaxed, and able to just be yourself, enjoying the moment… And that translates into incredible images.
I generally shoot at least one roll of film at each wedding. People look beautiful on film, and where most digital photographers spend hours tying to make their images look like film... well, I just shoot it, and especially love using film for creative images of the bride and groom.
Every wedding I photograph includes the following:
~ Professional wedding photography by Mark Block
~ Lighting Assistant
~ Editing of Images
~ On-line Photo Gallery
~ High-Resolution digital images (jpg) provided on DVD
~ Full printing rights to your images
~ Proof Book
My pricing structure is very straightforward, without complex packages requiring you to bundle services you don't want or need. I'll gladly photograph any wedding from a small intimate beach wedding, to a full day event.
At your convenience, let's talk more about your vision for your wedding images. You can reach me at your convenience by email, or by phone including weekends and evenings, at 239-777-3820
Looking forward to working with you!
Wedding Photography FAQ
What is your availably?
It is not uncommon for me to book wedding photography in Naples and Marco Island a year in advance. Please contact me at your earliest convenience with your interest. I do all types of weddings, from elaborate weddings requiring a second photographer, to small intimate weddings that the beaches of Naples and Marco Island are famous for. If you would like to inquire about a my availability, or to request complete wedding photography information, please do so from my contact page, or call me at 239-777-3820 when convenient for you, including weekends and evenings.
What is your wedding photography deposit and payment policy?
For weddings a 20% retainer ($250 minimum), along with a signed "Wedding Photography Agreement" is required to reserve your wedding date. I do not collect money on the day of your wedding - My personal feelings are that practice is somewhat rude, and at the very least distracting to all involved. For that reason, I do ask that your balance be paid in full 1 week prior to your wedding day. Please keep in mind that once you have retained me for your wedding date, I will turn away other business to hold your date exclusively for you. If, for any reason, you have to cancel or reschedule your wedding, I will refund your deposit, less a $100 cancellation fee, if I am able to rebook another customer (with equivalent services) for the date you had reserved.
Will you attend our rehearsal?
Yes, if possible I will attend your rehearsal as a courtesy. However, my complimentary attendance at the rehearsal is not to take photos, it's as an observer, so that I can see how the processional/ceremony/recessional are being planned. Many times I notice things that if minor adjustments are made, will dramatically improve the quality of your wedding day images.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
I always try to get a few previews back to my clients within a day of the wedding, however, as good as the images are that come out of my camera, they still need some adjusting for exposure, white balance, and a few other settings. I personally examine and adjust every single image before I deliver them to you. Typically, your images will be processed and delivered to you within 4-6 weeks. However, this may be extended by 1 week during peak holiday seasons (late November through December, Spring Break, etc.) where I am out photographing clients every day. Also, I love using film for wedding portraits, so in addition to digital, I may use medium format film for some portraits. If you see an image made from a film negative compared to one directly from a digital camera, especially in very high contrast settings like the beach, you'll see the difference. I send all my film to a very trusted and respected professional lab, RPL in California so there is a minimum of six weeks turnaround time when I use film.
What type of editing is included?
To achieve the highest quality images I shoot in a digital file format known as RAW. This type of digital file requires that the images be checked and adjusted for white balance, exposure, contrast, color tone, and sharpness in post production. Most people do not realize that I typically will spend two hours in post production for each hour I shoot. If asked to do so, I’ll remove minor blemishes. In addition, I do some creative editing on a small percentage of your images, like black and white, or sepia. If you are going to get a special enlargement of one of your images, like a canvas for your wall, I’m happy to go over that image with a fine tooth comb, as a courtesy. Editing that is not included is; extensive retouching of skin, removing people, or Photoshop editing intended to drastically change the appearance of a person. If you should require these services I will send your images out for professional retouching, which is performed at a rate of sixty dollars per hour.
How will I receive my photos?
When completed, your images will be placed in an online gallery to make it easy for you to proof, or share them with family and friends. For your convenience, you are also able to order prints and canvas wraps from a professional lab directly through the online gallery. In addition, I will mail you a DVD with your high resolution digital jpg images, which you'll have full rights to print the images for personal use at your favorite photo lab.
Do I have personal print rights to the images?
Yes, images with my copyright may be printed, reproduced, or displayed for personal use by my customers. Images may not be sold, used, or otherwise distributed for advertising and/or commercial use. In addition, images may not be edited, modified, or used to create composite works. Copyright ownership of the images remains with the photographer, Mark Block.
How many photos will I receive?
I don't really sell my photography by "the number of images" so there is no limit, fixed, or guaranteed number of images that you will receive. I do not measure success by quantity, but rather by quality. It’s one of the differences between professional photography, and an amateur that just “clicks” away, hoping to get a nice picture. There are not always memorable and interesting things happening every second. Making multiple images of the exact same thing over and over, just to raise the image count, is not something I do. It simply does not add to the quality and experience of your images.
Do I get every single image that you took?
In the course of making your images, you'll see me shoot each opportunity several times. The reason is that if I shot just one image and the subject(s) had their eyes closed I'd basically have missed the shot. Once I start editing, I remove the exact duplicates, as they don't add any value. I also remove the unflattering images, as I don't think you need to see bad pictures of yourself to be able to enjoy the good ones. But basically, there are always images that are not acceptable for a number of reasons; unflattering expression, subject moved too quickly and went out of position, or there just wasn’t any spark in the image. These images are not part of my final product that is delivered to you.
How do I book 8th Ave South for a Naples beach wedding?
8th Avenue South is one of the premier locations for beach weddings in Naples FL because it has a large grassy area with a winding paver sidewalk. It is directly above, and connected to, the beach just north of the Naples Pier. Because of its popularity, it is often booked months in advance. Scheduling is done through the Collier County Parks & Recreation Department at Fleischman Park. Phone: 239-213-3020
Are you fully licensed and insured?
Yes, as a full-time working professional photographer, I am licensed, and carry liability insurance. This is especially important, as many of the wedding venues require proof of insurance before they allow a photographer to work on their property.
Do you recommend any wedding vendors?
Yes, I appreciate working with like-minded professionals when I’m photographing a wedding. You'll find them listed on my blog. If you’re planning a Naples FL destination wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always glad to help review your ideas, and help in any way.