Mandolin Orange - NC Musician Photography

As a musician photographer from North Carolina I get to photograph and make art with many local indie musicians, rock stars and eclectic creatives.  

One of the highlights of my musician photography was to be able to shoot Emily and Andrew; the duo that makes up Mandolin Orange.

I took them to a parking garage in Durham, NC where the light is consistently lovely and the acoustics for sound are eerie as hell. 

I knew that I wanted to have them both sing an "a capella" version of one of their songs during the shoot so I stopped them about halfway through, had them face each other and they sang this hauntingly beautiful version of "Lonesome Whistle".   It took a few tries to get the sound and shots that I was envisioning but I'm pleased with the process and how it ended up. 

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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.