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Posted by: In: Photography 20 Oct 2011 0 comments Tags:

So, you’re like me. You like animals. My four dogs and two cats are a major part of my family. And with a herd like that, I love getting attacked when I walk in the door from work.

I love doing pet photography. Add a heavy dose of patience with my profound affection for our non-human family members and I can come up with some beautiful memories.

So, what can you do to make your own pet photography spring to life. I’ll quickly share two tips: Read more…

1x1.trans Cameras & Weddings Everywhere | Lubbock Wedding PhotographerReady for this? Over 9,900,000 DSLRs were sold in 2009! Holy cow! Read that again. And I can tell you one thing, a lot of the people buying those cameras are thinking they’ll pay for that camera and maybe make a little money on the side by, oh, I dunno, shooting a wedding or two.

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1x1.trans Time for Another Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock

We had such a wonderful time at our first seminar and had to turn some away, so we thought we’d offer another chance to everyone. We’re probably going to limit the numbers on this one (maybe more so than the first), so if you’re interested, book now! Read more…

1x1.trans Remembering That Day... | Lubbock Photographer

Standing there in NYC on 9/11, stunned, not really understanding the full implications. Knowing that people were still in the buildings as we watched them fall. Knowing that I was watching people die and here I stood seemingly safe from less than a mile away. It’s strange. Still haven’t put it all together, what I feel, what I believe changes regularly. Thinking. Remembering.

1x1.trans A Great Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

We had a great time this last Saturday. I took off one of my normal wedding dates and decided to have a “Getting Beyond Automatic” seminar for about 20 great people.

See a previous post for details but I overwhelmed them with everything they needed to know about taking control of their cameras. And guess what? By the end of the day, we’re all shooting in manual mode. We had a great model, Bess Caldwell, with whom we practiced our newfound skills. Thanks Bess! Read more…

1x1.trans Getting Beyond Automatic | Seminar with Lubbock Photographer

Learning How To Take Great Pictures with Mark Umstot Photography

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock
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Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal, Photography 23 Jan 2009 4 comments

1x1.trans a completely new website... and new blog design too.

Yes, I can’t believe it myself. We’ve got a new website. When you design it yourself, there tends to be lotsa time between redesigns. But I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think, well, only if it’s good, lol. There are a few little things we’ll be taking care of in the next few weeks but it’s 98% ready, and as it stands in a crazy, busy thing we call life, that’s all good.

Posted by: In: Conversation, Photography 16 Oct 2008 0 comments
1x1.trans Christmas Cards 2008

At Mark Umstot Photography, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ok, so we know we’re a little early, but there’s a good reason for that. We think your holiday season should be a relaxing one, filled with lots of love and family – not stress. This year, we’re excited to announce our Christmas Special, something we created just for our treasured clients, in order to bring you more holiday cheer and fewer bah-humbugs. It’s our gift to you – check it out below.

Every year, clients come to us with the same question:

“Can you make Christmas cards out of our family portraits, and can you do it before next week?”

Of course we can. We love to take the images we create and pair them with original design and a heartwarming message. Normally, this process would take at least three weeks.

But as we’ve done in the past, we’re going to make it easier than that.

Many of you and your friends have used our Christmas Cards in the past. Ask around if you haven’t seen them, your friends will tell you how cool these are. Yes, you can go to ***mart and get those mass-produced things that half the country uses. And believe it or not, I understand that times are tough and if that’s the way you’ve got to do things this year, you are still considered our special clients.

So, with all that said, by popular request, we’re doing our Christmas Special again!

1x1.trans Christmas Cards 2008

As you can see, we produce all sorts of press-printed items. But this is for Christmas. So, simply book your Christmas Special Session. But you need to call NOW – there are only a limited amount of sessions available, and our Special is only offered for one week!

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Here’s how it works:

1. Call us ASAP at 806-239-3657 and set up your appointment for sometime in the week of November 10-14.

2. Come to our studio at your appointed time, dressed and ready to go.

3. You’ll browse through and decide which one of our fabulous, cool, and completely non-cheesy templates you’d like us to customize with the images from your session.

4. Then we’ll do, what we like to call, a Quickshoot (which means we’ll be shooting for 1-4 specific images) and once we’ve got some cool stuff, the hard part’s over!

5. After your Quickshoot, you will see an instant digital preview of your pictures (they will be unedited, but not to worry, you think we’d let something out without our signature style?), and pick the very best in the process. After you’ve confirmed your design, you’re finished!

6. You won’t need to proof your Christmas cards but you will get another chance to view the great images we’ve created together. And we’ve got a special discount on wall portraits created from that quickshoot (see below).

7. Finally, your cards will be printed at the best press in the country and delivered to us before December 1st.

We’ve made it so easy, all you have to do is show up! Well, you also have to come pick up the cards once they’ve been delivered, but that’s no big deal.

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So, need the final details? Here they are:


* Digital QuickShoot in our studio.

* Immediate In-Studio proofing followed by custom design of your Christmas card.

* 24 5×7- inch Press Printed Greeting Cards available in gloss, watercolor, or linen heavy-weight paper

* 24 Envelopes

* Receive 15% off a canvas wall portrait featuring the image from your Christmas QuickShoot. You can also order anything else you’d like using our standard packages.

This package price is worth well over $200, but for these sessions only, we are offering it for only $120 – half the price! You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase more cards at the following discount pricing.

“What if we’d like to use an image from our previous portrait session?”
Sure. We’ll give you everything in the package minus the Quickshoot for just $75.

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(these are canvas on masonite heirloom-quality portraits)

16×20 for only $204
20×20 for only $272
20×24 for only $272
20×30 for only $323
24×30 for only $383
30×30 for only $383
30×40 for only $502

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24 – $76
48 – $151
72 – $219
96 – $292

Need more than 96 extra?
Just add $70 for every 24 more.

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We are now booking these Christmas Special Sessions only during the week of November 10-14, 2008. We’ll have the cards in your hands before December 1. Plenty of time to get your Christmas cards in the mailboxes of your friends (remember when we had to send out Christmas greetings before Thanksgiving to even have a chance of being delivered before Christmas?)


Or if you hate using the phone, just email us at mark@umstot.com

Posted by: In: Photography 12 Sep 2008 1 comment

Our city, Lubbock, TX, was inundated by an incredible amount of rain over the last few days. Flooding like I’ve never seen around here. The playa lakes are filled to overflow. As we were driving around near the house tonight, we were looking at this incredible amount of water. At times, we go walking around the perimeter and at least a third of the track is under water. Mitzi noticed this incredible view of a tree that I had to photograph. Check out the reflection.

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Posted by: In: Conversation, Photography 11 Sep 2008 1 comment

Seven years ago, I was there. It’s an interesting feeling. I’ve always thought about sharing the pictures I took of the impending destruction. But no, not today. Let’s be hopeful.

1x1.trans Remembering...