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 - Photographer - Educator

Mark Maya Photography, 217 North Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC, 27703

Did you know 10 years ago when I decided to become an educator I was really scared?  I didn't feel like I had the confidence, social skills or basic knowledge to teach. Honestly, some days I still don't. 

I've learned more than I ever thought possible through teaching photography to teenagers with severe disabilities, middle and high schoolers, university students and countless individual photographers. 

I'm someone who believes in being prepared. Being prepared for teaching others is a task that only time can prepare you for. Time spent struggling through something with others. Solving problems and figuring stuff out together. Learning from each other and our mistakes.

I'm excited that we get to learn together and I promise to always be prepared and spend time on my craft while being honest and organic. 

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