Los Angeles Photographer -- some testimonials
Meagan and Jacob's Wedding
We worked with Mark for both our engagement photos and our wedding and it was such a pleasure! He's so kind and we always felt very comfortable around him. The photos and the videos from Mark are stunning and we're so glad he was able to capture this special time in our lives.
Meagan and Jacob had the kind of wedding you wanted to photograph over and over. They were simply the most charming, delightful and photogenic couple you could ask for. Big Sur, engagement photos on the beach, cliffs and sea mist - it's the sort of stuff you arrange at a styled wedding (posed shoot) but here it was for real and they were gorgeous!more
Rachel and Alex Phelps
Mark is a really great photographer. He is super creative and he really seems to love what he does. He makes you feel very comfortable being photographed which isn't always the case for me. Everyone at the wedding kept commenting on how nice the photographer was. He always responded very promptly to all of my calls or emails and he produced some really amazing photos of my wedding. Mark shot and edited a video for us too that also came out really great. I will be able to always remember the most special day of my life thanks to the amazing pictures and video I will have forever. Thanks for everything Mark!!!more
Priscilla & Phil
Mark was such an amazing photographer. He was attentive and made us comfortable from the moment we met him. Mark listened to us on how we wanted our photos to look, such as, more natural lighting and not too "posey". The day of our wedding, we received so many compliments on his demeanor...he was like one of our guests in the fact that he was like family. He was always smiling and encouraging fun photos. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is interested in a photographer. He also did our vidoeography, which made me and my husband cry from laughter as well as we felt the love. I cannot wait to hang the beautiful photos in our home. Thanks Mark for allowing us to have beautiful memories printed throughout our home.
Good friends are the whole world to each other and Priscilla and Phil’s friends were the very best bunch. This was a backyard wedding with some style indeed. The guys looked amazing in matching suits and Priscilla’s laugh and charm (watch the video) had me entranced. It was one of those weddings where there was so much love and deep friendship...more
Karen Jashinsky and Jonathan Gilbert
Mark is AMAZING! He is a very talented photographer who takes great pics but he also makes everyone feel very comfortable from the beginning. We had the fortunate experience of getting to do several shoots with him and he truly felt like a long time friend that does amazing work. He is super prompt at turning things around and getting your pictures back in an easy to view/share way. I would definitely recommend Mark to anyone for wedding, family, baby pics, etc.
Mrs. and Mr. Pat Galdun
Mark was amazing. From a year before our wedding, he worked with me to find a reasonable price within our budget and everything exceeded expectations. Our engagement photos were included in the package and we received them within three days of the shoot. He helped pick out sites for our photo shoot for the actual day of the wedding. I booked two photographers for 10 hours on a very long and complicated wedding day. He and Debbie, the other photographer, were prompt and ready to go at 10am and we're extremely flexible with the entire schedule. There were photos done in Woodland Hills, Simi Valley, The Santa Monica mountains and finally Malibu. Mark kindly rode on our crazy limo bus between the church and wedding venue while Debbie went early to capture all the little details at Duke's. I never had any specific shots in mind but they were great at getting our attention and capturing so many photos and the beautiful sunset and scenery at our beachside venue. Lastly, they went above and beyond what was expected and stayed all night until the last guests left at 11pm. Here are some...more
Heidi and Brian
We booked Mark for our April 2013 wedding aboard the Scarlett Belle in Oxnard, CA and we could not have been more happy with him! My husband wanted a photographer with a photojournalist look to his pictures and fun candid shots and Mark really fit the bill. He was very flexible with us and explored fun ideas for wedding shots. Sure we got the regular posed pictures but Mark also got some amazing gems that were candid and unplanned (by us anyway). Not only were the wedding pictures amazing but also Mark was the nicest person to work with. He fit in quite well with both of our families and everyone (especially my dad) loved him. I definitely thought I would feel awkward with some guy following me around with a camera all day but Mark made it very easy and comfortable to be a bride! He really did and excellent job in every way! I highly recommend him as your wedding photographer!more
Fernando and Maria
We booked Mark for our recent Mission Hills wedding at the beginning of this month. The pictures are spectacular! The true essence of our feelings truly show in every shot! We are completely satisfied with the beautiful work Mark did. Mark was so professional and accommodating willing to satisfy our need for posed shots with the family, however the shots he did on his own from the tiniest detail to capturing hugs of sincerity are just remarkable and helped us relive the moment. Absolutely Beautiful work! Thank you Mark for the memory of a lifetime.more
Andree & Brian
Mark was an absolute delight to have at our wedding! Our photos came out so perfect. I really wanted to have candid photos more than staged/posed and I couldn't be any happier with what he captured. I'm not the most photogenic nor confident so I hate pictures of myself but the absolute joy mark captured I cant even pick which one I love the most! Aside from the amazing photos I had multiple guests approach me to tell me how much they liked him. He really made our day oh so special and I 1000% recommend him! :)more
Sabrina and Max.
I hired Mark to capture a henna party hosted at my house, and by the end of the night I knew he would be my family's new go-to photographer. Mark is so so responsive, respectful, and easy to work with. And his prices are also very reasonable too. My family and I really appreciated that Mark came early to capture all of the guests' arrivals. He was dressed in a beautiful black suit and totally blended in with all the other guests. My family and I feel like the photos he took at the party are magazine-worthy; they are that amazing. He is just so great at capturing raw emotion and sweet, special moments. We also loved how quickly he was able to return the photos to us. We got them back within a few days. Once Mark was done, according to the time allotted in the contract, we asked him to stay and hang out with us because we enjoyed him that much. He's just a genuine, good guy and added such a warm and happy energy to the day. He also makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera, which is so important for a photographer. I can't recommend him enough. Mark, thank you for...more
Lily & Matthew
Working with Mark was such a pleasure. He is professional, timely and has an amazing eye! We contacted him for our son's baptism and he produced such amazing photos. We look forward to working with him again!more
Mike & Mila
Mark was simply the most fantastic addition to our wedding.
Even now, 5 weeks on we think Mark was the most outstanding professional we worked with across our entire wedding experience.
Mark is a real people-person. You don't get to be that good unless you have an understanding and affinity for people.
Mark's bright, enthusiastic personality and his ability to capture special moments helped make our wedding day a success and captured forever the elegance, excitement and magic of our special day.
After our wedding, Mark was wonderfully responsive - our whole family love the beautiful photos and moments he captured. We are left feeling REALLY relieved we found someone like Mark to make our wedding experience unforgettable. :)more
Sarah and Will
Mark is a talented, incredibly nice and extremely professional photographer. He was at the venue early, captured tons of beautiful shots, and had absolutely no ego when it came to my suggestions. Our wedding day was beautifully sunny - great for us, but challenging to a photographer - and Mark handled it beautifully, getting us great pictures. And he delivered our photos to us right away! I feel confident in strongly recommending him to any couple.more
Sarah's Bat Mitzvah
You will never work with another photographer again after hiring Mark Laing. Mark is not only an extremely creative and talented photographer, he is also very professional and totally reliable. Our family hired Mark for photography and video services on two separate occasions; my son's bar mitzvah and my daughter's bat mitzvah.
Mark over-delivered on both occasions. Judging from the quality of the finished product (photos and video edits), he put far more time into completing the work than is reasonable for the modest fee he charges.
As a bonus, Mark is personable and a fun addition to the party!more
Samira & Jaiesh Khavani
I was shopping around for a good photographer to cover my kid's 1st birthday. Upon checking yelp reviews, packages/rates offered and going through their individual work, we decided to go ahead with Mark and are extremely happy with that decision. From the start, he came across as extremely warm, approachable, kind human being, and of course, extremely professional. After the event, he was also super quick at sharing the pictures/short video. I am extremely picky about pictures, difficult to please and hey did Mark deliver?! Of course. In fact, he exceeded our expectations. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good photographer and not willing to compromise on the quality. He will not disappoint.
Sam and Jay were so stylish and so warm that I felt like I was a guest at this wonderful birthday party. The birthday girl herself was a patient princess with no fuss, no crying and no tears - just wonderful parents, family and friends for a magical mermaid 1st. Birthday.more
Davita & Michael
Mark is a remarkable photographer and human being. He has an incredibly artistic eye and is able to capture moments in time that are far beyond the naked eye. He captures the essence and emotion of the most important day of you life, with an ease and understanding of what rests in the hearts of the couple and their vision for their day. He has a way with words and a very kind heart and is also a true professional. We highly recommend him if you would like a truly unique and beautiful expression of your wedding day! We were blessed to have him and are very grateful.
Dean & Darlene & Kalyn and Matt - a double wedding!
Mark Laing is truly an artist, similar in fashion to Thomas Kinkade he has captured our moment (double wedding, my wife and I, my daughter and my new son in law) with amazing clarity, beauty and focus. Not only did he deliver more than what we expected, the personal attention to detail went far beyond our expectations. It is our belief that Mark was sent to us to capture this moment as only a talent like his would have an eye to see. We thank God for this blessing, moments to treasure for a lifetime. Thanks Mark you Rock!!
Well, I was the one who was truly blessed to be part of Dean and Darlene's day. Not to mention his gorgeous daughter and new son-in-law. I wore my cowboy boots and hat to fit in -- the horse ranch and beautiful brides did the rest.more
Jen Armstrong - just the wedding video this time.
Mark has the personal touch you want when documenting your special day/event/party. He is in the moment with you and all of the people that are important to the essence of the experience. Not only did you not realize he was there, he was SO there in every way. I can't express enough how overjoyed and grateful I am he was there to document the experience step by step. Everything happens to quickly so to have something that Mark has created for you to look back on, gives you an even better, more fuller appreciation of what the atmosphere was during that time of capture. Mark pays attention to those special moments and I cannot recommend his services highly enough to anyone who seeks to capture magical moments, those that you didn't even know were there! It was a gift, a pleasure, a privilege to have worked with him and his amazing spirit!
Latoya and Marcus
We are so happy that we had Mark for our big day!!
We hired Mark to take video of our wedding on 8/20/16. We had already secured photographers, and only decided to add video pretty last minute (about a month before the big day). Mark was very responsive via email (given that we live out of state from the wedding/Mark) and his prices are reasonable.
We liked his work that we found online, and are thrilled that we chose him! Not only were the final products amazing and fast (he got us a sneak peek video within days of the wedding!), he was so warm, kind, happy and fun to speak with. Our family even told us how kind he was and love the videos as well!
I don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said by so many other reviews. If you are looking for a photographer or videographer, this is the guy!more
Michael and Michael
A great guy, an amazing photographer
Reviewed On 12/02/2014
A big thank you to Mark for capturing the joy and beauty of our special day in spectacular images and also for being a top notch guy. Wedding planning is tough business, and you don't know what you're going to get in hiring a vendor to help make your day a success. A signed contract does not guarantee great performance. Mark Laing proved to be a sure bet straight away. We didn't meet in person until we walked in the door of our venue in Malibu that bright October day, and Mark was already there scouting the location, prepped and ready to shoot. Mark is a great guy. Gregarious and true, real, and a consummate professional, he immediately put us at ease and made the requisite pre-ceremony photo-ops great fun. We played on the beach and Mark gave us beautiful, natural images with which to forever remember those fleeting moments before we were to become the focus of our guest's attention. And with his images, we are witness to the terrific abundance of joy present in the faces of all who came to celebrate...more
Lora and Emanuel
Mark is truly a talented photographer. He is extremely kind and professional. Everyone at the wedding loved him and felt comfortable with him. He was the first to arrive at the venue and was one of the last ones to leave. We couldn't be happier with our pictures. He captured some beautiful moments. He is an amazing photographer. We will definitely be using him again for future photo shoots.more
Erica and Carlos
I can't say enough wonderful things about Mark! I chose him as my videographer from his reviews off of yelp! I was scared about randomly choosing someone off the internet but after reading the reviews I felt confident about emailing and making a phone call to him. From the first phone call I had to the last email Mark was amazing! He was on time, very professional and just top notch quality work. I loved my video and the package it came in! I wish I would have booked him as my photographer too but I had already left a deposit with another one. If you're planning a wedding or any other ceremony you want captured beautifully I would recommend Mark.more
Mark Laing is so personable . He is so talented at getting the essence of the wedding couple, but also captures the venue, details that you don't normally get from most photographers. He captured water from a fountain that was just beautiful at my daughters wedding , I can't tell you all little details he captured, that are so important. When you plan a wedding its all about the details and Mark gets it on film . I have never seen wedding pictures that convey romance as Mark does . His pictures make you feel as if you are there.more
Yasie and Jonathan
So many great things about Mark. His pictures are awesome. He provided tons of sneak peak photos right after the wedding and a ton of wonderful and beautiful pictures a couple weeks after the wedding. The guests loved him. He's really fun to have around on the wedding day. He is on time and professional. He is super quick to answer questions, very helpful and flexible. He is also a great videographer. He created a beautiful video that was so fun to watch and really captured our wedding. Both my husband and I were in tears as we relived our wedding! Would definitely hire Mark again for another event.more
I highly recommend Mark Laing for all your photography needs! Mark recently took pictures at an inaugural scripted reading event I hosted at the Writers Guild of America West on behalf of the Committee of Black Writers, and he did a fantastic job! He arrived in a timely manner and didn't waste any time getting started. I told him exactly what I wanted from him and he nailed it! His pictures were incredible and so creative. He took, literally, hundreds of photos and I (and everyone) was very pleased with them all. Everyone can't take good pictures of People of Color but Mark can and did. No matter the skin tone, he made sure to capture every person in the most beautiful way possible. He also got me sneak peek pics the very next day and worked very patiently with me to ensure I was 100% pleased before the pics went out. They say "A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away" and Mark made sure that this momentous event will be something we will always be able to look back on fondly. Hire him! You won't regret it.more
Angie & Vikas
Mark is the best! Anyone interested in having a fun time Mark is the perfect photographer. The photos are beautiful and unique. He is very flexible and makes everything easy especially if you are shy. We had two family weddings and he made both weddings look stunning. People are still talking about the photos even the engagement shoot. Mark is now my always go to photographer. He is also shooting my best friends wedding. Would recommend to anyone!more
Elaina and Kollin
"When my fiancé and I were looking for a photographer, we were looking for someone who was friendly and professional. We fell in love with Mark's black and white photos, we knew we had to have him for our wedding. Mark was very sweet and professional both online and on the phone, he always kept us informed and helped us through the whole process til the day we got married. We had so much fun and I couldn't have picked a better photographer, if you're looking for the best he's your guy."more