Portraits are the memories of our lives…trust them only to Mark Sykes Photography
I’m Mark Sykes and I’ve been blessed with creating cherished portraits of people for over 22 years. I’ve shared in the milestones of my clients from the birth of their first baby, to their toddler’s first steps, on to high school and college graduations. It’s been a sojourn…an odyssey and I love it!
In 2001, I was awarded the prestigious international designation of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) by The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) after completing a rigorous evaluation designed by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence and demonstrating a superior quality of consistency, technical skills, unique artistry, and professionalism in portraiture. In fact, there are only 117 CPPs in Texas. Working with a Certified Professional Photographer to create your portraits provides a level of confidence to our clients that is unsurpassed by “weekend shooters” and standard photographers (http://www.ppa.com/why-cpp).
Life moves far too quickly and when we stop and realize it, time has passed us by. I’ve had numerous clients tell me how they regret not taking the time to have professional portraits created of their pregnancy, or their baby’s first year, or before their child loses their first tooth. We think “I’ll take care of that tomorrow or next week” and then we wake up one day to realize that was several years ago. Or perhaps we entrusted those moments to a friend with a camera, only to be deeply disappointed and regretting not investing those once in a lifetime memories to a true portrait artist.
There is nothing that can impact our emotions like a magnificent portrait. Echoing back through the layers of color, we feel the love, the joy, the happiness. and the sounds that surrounded us at that very moment. We relive the tears of joy, we hear the laughter, and we smell the fragrances. Treasured portraits have that kind of power. We see it everyday. From Time and Life magazine pictures to what we see in ads. Photography stirs the souls, awakens the senses, and revitalizes our experiences. We all try to remember the good times in our lives, but a portrait can bring back the full emotions in our hearts on that day.
Sadly, we often don’t take the time to create a memory professionally. Candids on Facebook or Tweets about the day are soon buried and forgotten. A professional portrait, beautifully displayed in a special place in our home, continually touches our hearts and rekindles our memories.
Don’t let life’s memories fade…cherish them with a Mark Sykes portrait.
Mark Sykes Photography is located in the banks of Nantucket Lake in College Station, Texas. The beautiful facility boasts water-front views with an exclusive outdoor portrait park and an indoor studio. Mark’s concierge-style service assists our clients through all aspects of the portrait process. From choosing the best clothing to selecting the right size wall portraits to compliment their home, at Mark Sykes Photography we collaborate with our clients to determine their vision for their portraits. Services provided by our studio are highly-personalized. For one family, the mother selected specific clothing for her son at college and had it shipped to the studio. From there we had it dry-cleaned and ready on the day of his session. Parents of newborns have been known to lay back and take a well-deserved nap while Mark photographed their little one. For another client, Mark delivered and professional hung her exquisite wall portraits to create a one-of-a kind art gallery that was such a feast for the eyes the family held a party to share it with friends and family. With over 20 years of experience, Mark Sykes is the leading portrait artist for newborns, families, and high school seniors in the Brazos Valley area and beyond. A trademark of Mark’s talent and artistic vision is the ability to create stunning, heirloom-quality portraits that capture the personality of each of his clients. Clients often comment on the unique, creative, and enjoyable experience they’ve had when commissioning Mark as their portrait artist. Mark’s humor promotes a relaxed atmosphere and spontaneity rarely found in a standard photo session.