Before and After Edit + FREE PRESETS!

For this "before and after" edit I am using a shot from an album cover session I did with the bluegrass stars Darin and Brooke Aldridge.

This image was shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Sigma 35mm Art lens.

My camera settings were 1/400 sec, ƒ/2.0, ISO 100.

I edited this photo to this Spotify playlist.

If you'd like to see all the specific editing decisions that I made with this photo then download the RAW file, use the Lightroom preset + VSCO Film's Kodak Elite ll 50-C camera profile + use my Alien Skin Exposure custom preset in Alien Skin Exposure X2.

That's a lot of a processing so if you have questions along the way feel free to ask in the comments below. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Valentine's Day Surprise Proposal at Angus Barn - Raleigh, NC

I had the amazing honor of photographing Armando's surprise proposal to Jenny on Valentines Day at Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC. 

Here's an emotional slideshow from the event. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Artist Talk with Junebug Weddings Editors Carrie Schwab & Nicole Seligman

I'll be live with Junebug Weddings Editors Carrie Schwab & Nicole Seligman at 5pm EST on Thursday February 16th!  

Leave your questions for Carrie and Nicole in the "comments" section below!

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Utah Wedding Photography - Moab

I recently had the pleasure of going on an adventure in Moab, Utah with Caleb and Logan during The Photo Rehab workshop.  Their passion was so deep and wild.  Every photo of them was a real love story.


Logan is a talented blogger and you can find her ironsandpins.com

Hair/Make-Up: Megan Gorley

Dress: White Meadow & Maggie Sottero

Floral: L Floral Studios

Photo Rehab Mentor: Haley Nord

Slideshow: Pixellu Smartslides

Equipment: Canon 5DMK4 - 35L ll

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Backyard Lifestyle Photography - Durham, NC

During a recent workshop the I held in Durham, N.C. I challenged myself and the attendees to use the environment as it is by trusting their intuition and artististic abilities.  

We shot Anita Taylor and Phylicia Barker in my backyard for this lifestyle model shoot.  

It was shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll with the Sigma 35mm Art lens. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Asheville NC Wedding Photography - Daniel + Audra

Here's the latest story from my recent mountain wedding adventure with Audra and Daniel in Asheville, N.C.

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Artist Talk - Rangefinder's 30 Rising Stars - Josh and Shelly Hartman

Join me and Rangefinder's Top 3o Rising Stars, Josh and Shelly Hartman as I continue my Artist Talk series!

Leave your questions in the comments section below.

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.

Workflow Editing - From Beginning to End in Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure

This shoot is from a recent workshop that I taught in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  The goal of the shoot was to take a boring, seemingly distracting environment, and create beautiful couples photos using the tools and resources available in my camera and our creative minds.  

After the shoot, I created a workflow editing video showing my entire process using Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure.  I cover culling, rating, flagging, white balance, split toning, adding contrast, how to speed up your workflow and how I use Alien Skin Exposure's powerful grain system. 

Need a little more one-on-one help?  I got you!

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.