Brian and Ellie - Durham Central Park - Couples Photography

I love photographing other artists.  They're my absolute favorite subjects because they're so willing to experiment, take risks and are intuitively creative.  When they're an artist couple...it's even better.  

Brian and Ellie are two amazing latin style dancers who recently started their own YouTube Channel.  I got to do a session with them while educating some other photographers in downtown Durham, N.C. at the Central Park District.

A few of the shots you see below were created by reflecting the surrounding environment off of my iPhone and into the lens.  A couple of the other shots were taken in a dry concrete swimming pool in a skate park and the final shot is an in-camera double exposure.

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T20 - 35mm.

I love talking about my process so if you have any questions, please ask! 

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.