"Behind the Lens": Mark Gowen Showcase

Mark Gowen believes in the power of a beautiful photo. He believes pictures have the ability to tell amazing stories by capturing moments in time. We had the opportunity to sit down with the passionate photographer who shares with us his beginnings, his continual devotion to learning, and his plans for the future.




Breakthrough Marketing Group

So Mark, it’s really exciting getting the chance to talk with you. Gravitated towards the work you’re doing mainly because you have a wide variety of shots. You’re able to do everything from weddings and landscapes to portraits and food.


Mark Gowen

Thank you I appreciate that, I really try not to limit myself to one set category. I’m constantly making an effort to learn and trying new things and I think that’s been helpful in branching out.


BMG

That’s a great mindset to have. When did you initially get into photography?


Mark

Well, I picked up a camera and really started shooting last August. From there, I officially went full time in February, which felt pretty awesome.


BMG

Wow, that recently? It’s amazing the quality and breadth of work you’ve been able to produce in such a short time. Congrats, that’s a big testament to what you’re doing.


Mark Well thank you very much man.


BMG

There are some pretty amazing landscape shots in your portfolio, could you talk about some of the places you’ve been able to travel to?



MARK

Shortly after I got started I was able to go on a 3 week photo trip. I went to shoot for a bridal designer who had a gig in Arizona . I traveled with another photographer Cullen Powers, he and I went through Colorado and Utah to get there, spent a few days in Arizona and then shot in White Sands New Mexico. It was amazing.


BMG

That sounds like a blast, I’ve been to Colorado and the vastness out there is just incredible.



Mark

It really is, Colorado is one of my favorite place to go for photos, I was actually just back there again in September. I wish the first time I was out in Utah I was doing more landscape shots, because I think I took for granted the magnitude of everything. What a beautiful area that is. I’ve also done some shooting in Santa Fe- my girlfriend is a traveling nurse so I had the opportunity to travel with her which was really nice.


BMG

Awesome- any areas you’d like visit that you haven’t had the chance to yet?


Mark

I’d love to check out the Pacific Northwest, have always wanted to see Montana.


BMG

So I’m interested, how does travel and seeing all of these places inspire and affect you once you return home.


Mark

Great question , ya I think there is some inspiration that I take back. Mainly, I’ve learned to not get complacenet. So seeing all of these various areas has given me new ideas of angels and how to diversify from a typical portrait shot. I’ve learned a lot from Justin Salem Meyer , who is really able to envision shots of situations and settings I would’ve never imagined, he has been a great inspiration and a great friend.




BMG

That’s great to have someone you can bounce ideas off of and learn from. Who are some of the other photorgaphers in the game who you think are doing interesting stuff right now?


Mark

Oh man there’s so many. Finn Beales is really great. Alex Strohl is an amazing storyteller, and I think he really has taught me to embrace the environment you’re in. Samuel Elkins, who does a lot of lifestyle photos, he’s got good stuff. Garrett King, who I think is just on another level with what he does . So many people, I’m just constantly pushing myself to learn and pick up little things here and there from these guys.



BMG

It’s cool to incorporate different aspects of what you see and learn into your own style. That must be really beneficial for you guys to have a community like that to collaborate with.


Mark

Definitely, and that’s what I love so much about the Sony brand community. There are a lot of Sony shooters who all kind of look out for each other. I was fortunate enough to go to a Sony Event in NYC, and was able to meet and talk to a lot of these guys.





BMG

So what model of camera do you use?


Mark

I use a Sony A7RIII. It was the first and only camera I’ve ever bought. Started out on a 85 mm lense, I tend to prefer prime lenses, they make you move around more. From there I started using a 35mm, which allowed me to integrate more background into the landscape shots. And as recently as about a week ago, I bought a 50 mm which is a nice happy medium, and is great for food shots.


BMG Speaking of food shots, I saw the shots you did with Chick-Filet- those were super clean-could you talk a little bit about how that came about?




Mark

Absolutely, so the owner of the franchise is the area approached me wanting to shoot a video, which we did and it turned out great was able to work with the marketing director the whole time who had some great creative ideas.



The photos were a great chance for me to stretch my wings and try something different. The style they were going for was light and airy which was a change from my generally dark and moody shots.


BMG

That’s great that you’re open and able to try new styles like that.


Mark

Ya I mean, I have a certain look and a way that I enjoy grading, but I don’t know that in a year that won’t completely change again. It’s important to have a style, but you can’t be afraid to adapt and evolve.



BMG

What inspires you outside of photography?



Mark

Film is a big one for me, I watch a lot of movies and enjoy looking at how directors set up their shots. Even TV series, I really like the de-saturated look of Peaky Blinders, I enjoy the contrast they use. Since starting shooting my perspective on even just every-day things like how sunlight hits certain buildings has changed, it’s made me more aware of the way the world is lit around me.



BMG

That’s super inspiring, it’s great that you’re able to see the beauty in even the simplest of things. So what’s next for you, anything exciting coming up?


Mark

I’m actually working on a new creator series, focusing on everyone from chefs to tattoo artists, showcasing their skills and passions. It will be great to get shots of them performing their craft and it will be helpful and exciting to me to be able to tell their stories.


BMG

That sounds like an awesome concept- I will definitely be on the lookout for that, thanks Mark!



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