Hi, my name is Mark Charbonneau I live in Round Rock, Tx. with my two cats Miss Pauly and Jasper. I am engaged to the best fiancee in the world, Jen who also helps me with the business.
So... How did the business start? Jen works for a Non-Profit, and they were having a gala. They were wanting some pictures, and I thought of offering prints. I researched printers and found our current hardware and printer solution. We opened our Live Open-Air Photo Booth to rave reviews! People were having a blast, including us!
I have always been involved with photography since I was a young child gazing at Smithsonian and National Geographic Magazines. A neighbor was cleaning out their garage and gave me an old C-136 cartridge point and shoot camera. We would send the film in and literally wait a week to see what develops. The results were pretty cool, seeing life from a 7 year-old's perspective.
Fast forward about 4 decades and the technology and experience bring us to today with digital media, and printing advancements that rival what was only imagined in the 1970's. You name it and I have photographed it. Live shows, theatrical performances, concerts, landscapes portraits, products, and food. I started this business because I am passionate about helping parents, event planners, small businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, and anyone overcome the stress and challenge of finding an onsite photo provider. I have a passion for taking great pictures, creating and sharing great memories.
I looked at what is in the marketplace, and what difference I can provide, and they are:
- I do the photography live. Looking at the competition, all you get is a glorified set of selfies in a box. The integration of an experienced photographer gives you a new level of connection and fun, and this is seen in the photos we produce. It might be that great laughter, or turn of the camera that makes your experience memorable. I have over 100 ideas to engage your guest.
- I supervise all aspects of our event. There is just Jen and myself and you will work with us, your event will never be farmed out to someone you have never worked with, or someone disinterested just watching over the equipment. We all have fun.
- We make it personal. Its your event, I want to work with you to create a memorable event with a lasting personalized photo template the complements your style. Let's pick the backdrop that meets your style. Let's talk props, or no props for an elegant sophistication.
- We are invested in the community. Jen and I serve on the leadership team of Help-Portrait-Austin and yearly we bring the Help-Portrait program to those in need here in Central Texas. Just recently we brought our printing system to SXSW to produce photos for the homeless. When you hire us, you enable us to give back to the community. One day photos for the homeless, another day, photos at a Senior Center, or at a pet shelter to help with adoptions. Perhaps its photos at a church festival. For we have been blessed, and its time to use our talents to bless others.
-Mark & Jen
If you would like to learn about our past gigs, you can see our Past Gigs page here!