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Life & Work with Markina Bemis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Markina Bemis.

Hi Markina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Since I can remember, I have always been “camera happy.” Starting in 4th or 5th grade, I never left my house for a birthday party, friend’s sleepover or school dance without my camera in hand. There is actually a photo of me out there from my Senior lock in taking a photo of my two good friends. It’s like the universe knew I was going to be a photographer before I even knew it.

As digital photography evolved (side bar, I dropped my digital photography class in college in 2004) taking and developing photos became easier and easier. After I got married in 2011, I was yearning for a creative outlet. I was working a corporate job and not feeling fulfilled. So, in 2012, I brought my camera with to a barbecue at a friend’s house and she offered her daughter up for me to capture photos of. I got home that night, edited and posted them on Facebook and Markina B. Photography began.

I never thought it would take off like it did and I still do a little a dance when people book with me. Even though I have been in it for 10 years, I still feel like a newbie and I am always learning something new.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Yes, it has. Some of the biggest struggles I face is setting boundaries with my schedule and dealing with mom guilt when I work on the weekends.

Not only do I work on weekends but so do my husband, so our son gets shipped off to Grandma’s a lot during busy season. I have been good though in the last two years about blocking off weekends where I don’t work at all. Kids are only kids once, so I really try to spend as much time with him as I can.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a photographer that specializes in weddings and portraits and am known for being a true to color, classic and timeless photographer.

I am most proud of the fact that I do not follow the editing trends that have seemed to evolve over the years. When I began photography the trend was light and airy and within the last few years, it has turned into dark and moody. Did I try to keep up with the trends when I first began? YES! But then, I really thought about and what I wanted to set me apart from other photog’s and I decide to stick to true to color/natural editing with a little pop of vibrancy.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My parents divorced when I was young and they had joint custody of my brother and I. We would spend every other two weeks with each parent and during the summer, my mom would always let my brother and I go spend our two weeks with our grandparents because she had to work (thankfully they lived in the same town).

We loved it!

All of my childhood memories include my grandparents, their farm, their barn, the rope swing in the middle of the pasture. It was the closest thing to a “normal” family that I had and when I think of my childhood I think of them.


  • Weddings start at $2100
  • Family Portraits start at $250
  • Extended Family Portraits start at $350

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