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Our photography clients are the best in the world. Most of them become our friends. From Lubbock, Texas, and beyond! We run our studio by the Golden Rule and treat our clients like we want to be treated. As a result, we get some nice notes. Thanks!

Mark Umstot has been taking pictures of me and my family since 2004. His business motto is, “Different. Special. Better.” He is all of these things and then some! I can’t freeze time with my loved ones, but Mark allows me to permanently capture some of these memories in a unique and artistic manner. Mark is kind, courteous, timely, and professional. He loves a challenge and quickly makes everyone involved in the shoot feel at ease. Family pictures are an investment and we have wholeheartedly trusted Mark with our most momentous occasions, including our wedding. His pictures are artistic masterpieces and they adorn the walls of our home. If you need to hire a professional photographer for any occasion, Mark will give you a final product unlike any other!

Bethany Crosby

Mark, just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks again and our marketing materials are coming out great with the photos you took!

Jason & Crystal Kennell

Mark has a wonderful eye for creativity and such great skill to share what he sees with the rest of the world; he creates wonders with even the most novice of clients. Mark alleviates clients’ nerves with his genial, professional, and one-of-a-kind personality. Your comfort with him will transcend into the astonishing images he captures. When you mix fun and professionalism together, you get Mark Umstot!

Kristen Kato

Hey Mark, we absolutely loved the pictures you did a wonderful job we seriously can’t get over how awesome they look.Thank you so much for everything we really appreciate it and will definitely recommended you!!

Stephanie Angeles

It takes a professional photographer to make an old man look so young. Thanks so much for the Legacy Picture. The one of Annalon and me will be used as we celebrate fifty years together. You are special. My thanks!

Billy Gilbreath

Thank you SO much for the group pics, individual pics, and posters. We are really fortunate to have someone like you who is continually going out of his way to make the girls look great. I appreciate all the extra time you put towards our group, even though we don’t bring in all the money that a private customer would. You are a wonderful business man and an even better civil servant. Thanks for making quality photography an affordable option to us. =)  **WE LOVE YOU**

Stacey Lea

CHS Pom Sponsor

Thank you so much for your contribution to Holiday Happening. Because of your generosity, proceeds from Holiday Happening will allow the Junior League of Lubbock to fund hunger programs in our community. We could not do this without your help. Again, thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

Jessica Halfmann-Smith

Hey! Been a while since I have spoke to you. Just wanted to say that the pictures you took of me and Brittany are still getting oooos and ahhs even though they were taken over 5 years ago! I have moved to Denton a little over 3 yrs. ago and have yet to find a photographer as awesome as you! Thanks so much for capturing a piece of time and placing it on eternal hold for all to see!

Jimmy Moore

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures of our kiddos! Your work is fabulous!! The kids think you are way cool and tell everyone how you ate fire then took their pictures 🙂 We have had a blast decorating our house with all of our awesome new pictures! Thank you with all of our hearts! You ROCK!

Chad & Buffy Landrum

Mark, I know this your job but I also see how much care and love you put into it. It shows in your wonderful work! Thank you for everything on our wedding day. We look forward to enjoying these memories for a lifetime!

Daniel & Jessica Montemayor

Mark, thank you so much for taking time to photograph the girls for our autograph card. Your attention to detail and positive reinforcement makes the experience even more enjoyable. They absolutely love the picture and can’t wait to showcase it this season!

Erin Harold

TTU Pom Squad Coach

Thank you for all your generosity! It has been such fun to work with you and getting to know you!

Allison Hutson

Girl Scouts

Thank you so much for “sweatin it out” with us at Budweiser yesterday. Honestly, I felt like our team fell in line fairly quick! I can’t wait to see the photography. I truly appreciated the patience and understanding with our group!

Retha Fortenberry


I love all the wedding images. It makes me smile and laugh again remembering what a good time we all had. Thanks so much for being a huge part of Mandy’s special day! Thanks bunches!

Loyce Koenig

Thank you so much for being the photographer for our event. We loved the results and the event was a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Porter Novelli

I can’t thank you enough for doing the picture of the HT Department at the Lubbock State Supported Living Center not only this year but last year’s as well. You are totally awesome and make my heart happy! Thank you!

Linda Thomas

Director of Habilitation Therapy

We have loved working with you so much! Repeat customers 100%! You make us feel comfortable, you make the kids giggle and feel like big helpers, you have a great style and vision. Plus: you’re an overall good human. Couldn’t appreciate you more!

Paige Mahaffey

I have been thinking about your work and the way in which part of your job is to bring out the best in people and show that, and also to give people an image of how they see themselves in connection with each other, and you rang the bell. You really did capture the lively spirit and lovingkindness of my family and I want to thank you again. I know you give families a great gift every time you create these portraits.

Paula Billups

It would be impossible for you to have made this picture taking experience any more wonderful!! When people ask us how the wedding went, the response is ALWAYS “perfectly!!” and you are a huge part of that!! Thank you for going above and beyond in every way–engagement, bridals, the actual wedding, and the family Christmas card. We are forever grateful to you!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

Stacey Haenchen

Mark, Thank you for being such an awesome person to my daughter! That is just how you are and I want you to know how much I appreciate your kindness! You make this world a better place. You just have a special way with people. Thank you for making my daughter feel so special! Can’t wait to see the pictures! Hugs!

Karla Kimmel-Mathis

I first found Mark when he photographed a group of us in nursing school 7 years ago. Over the past 7 years, he has been there to capture our engagement, wedding, sister’s wedding, pregnancy and now our new little boy! We consider him a part of our family now—actually he knows more about us than some of our real family does, haha! We love his photography and the attention that he pays to detail and capturing the moment and true character of the subject he’s photographing. We have had so many compliments on our photos that Mark has done and even 7 years later, it still fun to go back and “awwwwwe” about the memories that he’s captured for us.  I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us the next 10-15+ years as our family grows! We are so happy to have Mark as our photographer. We could not have found a more professional, friendly, and caring photographer and person!

Amanda Gonzales

Mark is an awesome photographer! He is very personable, professional and efficient. Our company recently had photos taken of a few of our distributors living in Lubbock and after the experience we had with Mark Umstot Photography, we won’t go anywhere else. Each of our distributors left the studio feeling positive about their experience and Mark’s attitude. The customer service is phenomenal, Mark even stayed up until 11:00 PM Friday night uploading photos to the proof’s page so we could have the finished and edited product in our hands Monday morning! Thanks Mark, we appreciate your hard work and integrity.

Travis Davis

On behalf of the office, thank you for taking the time and your generosity to get our photos taken. Everyone was very impressed and excited for the opportunity, it was a pleasure doing business with you! Thanks!

Lubbock Private Defenders' Office

Mark, I want to thank you for taking my realtor headshot. It looks great.

Alan Griffin

Coldwell Banker

Dear Mark, I want to thank you for your generosity in sharing your time and expertise with my lighting class. They loved hearing your story but they were especially interested in seeing your shooting process and post production. You were so transparent for them – that was wonderful.

Robin Germany

Professor of Photography, Texas Tech School of Art

Mark, Thanks for everything! You are so very talented & make our family feel so special. You always take such good care of us. My boys love being around you and I am always amazed how they turn out so amazing – good use of that word!

Stacey Kollman

Mark, thank you for making me feel so at ease! You’re the best!

Susan Alvarez

Mark, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to work with me to get everything set up perfectly. Having you there to record everything will help us to remember and enjoy for years to come! I cannot express how grateful I am for that!

Josh Hill

Mark, thank you so much for all you do for PSC! We are very thankful and really appreciate you! Thanks for being the “Official PSC Photographer!” 🙂

Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper

Mark, how do we even begin this. You are so amazing and so talented. Chris and I are so thankful for all of our beautiful pictures you did for our wedding. The engagement pictures were absolutely amazing and so much fun to shoot. From day one you made us feel so incredibly comfortable and I think it really shows in your work. The bridal pictures are stunning to say the least and Chris really enjoyed looking at them, after the wedding of course, lol. You captured every single shot I could have hoped for at the wedding. I am so pleased and I keep showing them to anyone who will let me. You captured the fun, the sentiment, and the spirit of that day/night so perfectly and I cherish those pictures. I really cannot express how grateful I am that you shot our wedding. We could not be happier and you are definitely going to forever be our go-to photographer for future memorable events. Thanks again!

Chris & Allison Hillenbrand

Thank you for your donation to the Roscoe Wilson Fall Festival. Your donation helped us raise over $10,000 for our students and school. Thank you for being part of this event with us.

Roscoe Wilson Elementary School

Thank you for allowing me to shadow you. I learned so much just spending the day with you. I absolutely love your work. Thank you so much for giving me this fantastic learning experience. I know your time is valuable and it meant a lot that you took the time out of your busy schedule to let me learn more about a career in the photography world. You’re phenomenal!

Sarah Baker

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