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Mark Gardner Photography

Philadelphia , PA

LOCATION

2531 Trenton Ave #105
Philadelphia, PA US 19125 (map)

PHONE

443-466-0000

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Mark Gardner Photography is a full service photography studio based in Philadelphia, while traveling the globe documenting weddings and lifestyle portrait sessions. I strive to provide... Read more
Mark Gardner Photography is a full service photography studio based in Philadelphia, while traveling the globe documenting weddings and lifestyle portrait sessions. I strive to provide clients with a fun-loving and enjoyable photography experience, not to mention the finest albums and coffee table books.

MGP clients are happy, spontaneous, outgoing people who love- and live- life to the fullest. While they come from many professions, two common traits stand out: an eye for fashion, and a passion for art and the creative process.

As a photographer, I treasure each and every opportunity that I get to spend with great families and their friends on some of the most important days of their lives. I thrive on the energy of the people around me, which also fuels my desire to create amazing images each and every time.

And so I ask you:
"Are your images as important to you, as they are to me?"

I look forward to meeting you and discussing your photography desires. Read less
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PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
We specialize in Black and White, Sepia toning, and other creative digital photographic editing techniques.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Our vast experience with most lighting conditions make us the perfect choice for your cathedral or outdoor wedding. Several times each year we cover events that are candle lit, or take place at sunset. Let the MC or DJ turn down the lights once the party starts, as we like to work in environments where we can be creative with our lighting, yet still show the ambiance of the venue.
Is your media preference film or digital?
A digital workflow allows us the creative freedom we need to keep control of the images we take as well a timely turnaround for our clients.
How many photographers do you work with?
Mark Gardner is the primary photographer, but we work with several photographers in the Mid-Atlantic region and throughout the United States offering wedding coverage for most any destination you choose.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Mark is guaranteed to be your primary photographer, unless you choose to hire the studio and use one of our associate photographers.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Mark is never booked for more than one wedding per day. Normally he photographs one wedding each available weekend, but there are weekends around major holidays that are popular for weddings, in those situations Mark will never more than two weddings on any given weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I work closely with several photographers that shoot in a very similar style, and more importantly are very well mannered and professional; they would, at a moments notice, be on their way to help me in a situation of injury or act of god where I was not physically able, just as I would for them.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Primary Case: containing everything I need to document your wedding day. Backup Case: containing everything I need to document your wedding day in the event my Primary Case is damaged, stolen, or for some reason that something fails to work properly.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, I have backups of every single piece of equipment I use.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Mark Gardner Photography prides itself on offering complete wedding coverage. We do have a special price for smaller events should we be available on your date.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Our coverage is designed to end when the DJ or MC announces the end of the night typically with the last dance. Should the event be extended, and extra hourly rate of $300/hr will be collected in cash at the time of the request for additional coverage.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Breaks are very liberal, we will take a break when the opportunity to do so arises.
Do you charge for travel?
We charge travel fees on a case by case basis. Destination weddings; actual travel + lodging will be billed.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Normally images are ready for viewing within 14 days of the event. We almost always have a few images on our blog within 48 hours of the event.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Initially images are available for viewing via our website on the proofing galleries. Any proofs are normally delivered within 60 days of the wedding.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes. Mark Gardner retains the copyright of all images he takes. Clients of MGP are authorized to make copies of images for their personal use only.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer several styles of albums.
When will the client get the final album?
Your album will arrive approximately 6 weeks after your final approval of the album design, and select your cover/style choices.

REVIEWS

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Irate
Wedding:
9/12/2011
0.0/5.0
Mark is a complete FRAUD and a loser!!! Please DO NOT use this wedding photographer. He will take you money, as he did ours, and never provide you with any of the pictures from your wedding! Years later, we still don't have our pictures or album from one of the most special days of our lives. The first thing he says about himself on his website is that he's a father... wonder if his teenage son knows what a deadbeat he is!
Mark is a complete FRAUD and a loser!!! Please DO NOT use this wedding photographer. He will take you money, as he did Read more...
Mark is a complete FRAUD and a loser!!! Please DO NOT use this wedding photographer. He will take you money, as he did ours, and never provide you with any of the pictures from your wedding! Years later, we still don't have our pictures or album from one of the most special days of our lives. The first thing he says about himself on his website is that he's a father... wonder if his teenage son knows what a deadbeat he is! Read less
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tinabopper
Wedding:
8/28/2010
0.2/5.0
DO NOT BOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPHER. I hired Mark based on photos and examples of albums he showed us. Our initial meeting he seemed great. He was available for the wedding without problem; I thought everything was great. Unfortunately, he dropped off the face of the earth after my wedding. It's almost two years later and I do not have a wedding album yet. I cannot believe this is still going on. He is a FRAUD. DO NOT BOOK HIM. It's a headache.
DO NOT BOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPHER. I hired Mark based on photos and examples of albums he showed us. Our initial meeting he Read more...
DO NOT BOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPHER. I hired Mark based on photos and examples of albums he showed us. Our initial meeting he seemed great. He was available for the wedding without problem; I thought everything was great. Unfortunately, he dropped off the face of the earth after my wedding. It's almost two years later and I do not have a wedding album yet. I cannot believe this is still going on. He is a FRAUD. DO NOT BOOK HIM. It's a headache. Read less
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SMC
Wedding:
6/12/2010
0.0/5.0
WARNING!!! DO NOT HIRE MARK GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY. Our story is similar to many of the other reviews out there. Mark seemed like a great guy and sold us on the beautiful wedding albums that he showed us. The wedding went great, but that is where the nightmare began. We had to literally beg for 8 months just to get our proofs. He will not return phone calls or emails. We tried everything. After close to 2 years we've given up on the wedding album that we paid for in advance. What a complete nightmare. DO NOT HIRE THIS PHOTOGRAPHER.
WARNING!!! DO NOT HIRE MARK GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY. Our story is similar to many of the other reviews out there. Mark seemed Read more...
WARNING!!! DO NOT HIRE MARK GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY. Our story is similar to many of the other reviews out there. Mark seemed like a great guy and sold us on the beautiful wedding albums that he showed us. The wedding went great, but that is where the nightmare began. We had to literally beg for 8 months just to get our proofs. He will not return phone calls or emails. We tried everything. After close to 2 years we've given up on the wedding album that we paid for in advance. What a complete nightmare. DO NOT HIRE THIS PHOTOGRAPHER. Read less
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markgardner_scamartist
Wedding:
11/1/2009
0.0/5.0
DON'T EVER USE THIS AS&%OLE!!! THIS GUY IS A COMPLETE THEIF!!! YOU'LL NEVER GET YOUR WEDDING ALBUM AS PROMISED, AND THEN HE WILL TURN AROUND AND NEVER ANSWER ANY EMAILS.

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DON'T EVER USE THIS AS&%OLE!!! THIS GUY IS A COMPLETE THEIF!!! YOU'LL NEVER GET YOUR WEDDING ALBUM AS PROMISED, AND THEN Read more...
DON'T EVER USE THIS AS&%OLE!!! THIS GUY IS A COMPLETE THEIF!!! YOU'LL NEVER GET YOUR WEDDING ALBUM AS PROMISED, AND THEN HE WILL TURN AROUND AND NEVER ANSWER ANY EMAILS.

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EMK
Wedding:
9/5/2009
0.0/5.0
BEWARE!!! I have had the same experience with this guy. I got married in 2009 and I am still waiting. Gave him thousands of dollars. He refuses to answer emails, phone calls etc. He owes more a wedding album and a refund from poorly printed pictures. DO NOT USE HIM
BEWARE!!! I have had the same experience with this guy. I got married in 2009 and I am still waiting. Gave him thousands Read more...
BEWARE!!! I have had the same experience with this guy. I got married in 2009 and I am still waiting. Gave him thousands of dollars. He refuses to answer emails, phone calls etc. He owes more a wedding album and a refund from poorly printed pictures. DO NOT USE HIM Read less
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weve
Wedding:
8/15/2009
0.0/5.0
BEWARE OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!! this man not only stole thousands of dollars from a newly married couple, but NEVER gave them thier wedding pictures. He refuses to answer phone calls, and will not give the pictures that were paid in full prior to the wedding day!! He has scammed already and could do it again!
BEWARE OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!! this man not only stole thousands of dollars from a newly married couple, but NEVER gave Read more...
BEWARE OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!! this man not only stole thousands of dollars from a newly married couple, but NEVER gave them thier wedding pictures. He refuses to answer phone calls, and will not give the pictures that were paid in full prior to the wedding day!! He has scammed already and could do it again! Read less
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egraczyk
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.8/5.0
Our photographs look like pictures from a fabulous wedding catalog. They are beyond stunning. If that wasn't great enough we barely noticed Mark was there. Of course he arrived right on time and made us very comfortable during our posed shots but other than those times we did not intrude on our day at all. I have been to so many weddings where the photographer is so busy capturing the moment he nearly ruins the day for everyone.
Mark was so easy to get along with, we definitely consider him a friend now, but he was also professional at all times.
I highly recommend Mark Gardner Photography for your wedding, engagement, rehearsal dinner, ANYTHING!!!
Our photographs look like pictures from a fabulous wedding catalog. They are beyond stunning. If that wasn't great enough Read more...
Our photographs look like pictures from a fabulous wedding catalog. They are beyond stunning. If that wasn't great enough we barely noticed Mark was there. Of course he arrived right on time and made us very comfortable during our posed shots but other than those times we did not intrude on our day at all. I have been to so many weddings where the photographer is so busy capturing the moment he nearly ruins the day for everyone.
Mark was so easy to get along with, we definitely consider him a friend now, but he was also professional at all times.
I highly recommend Mark Gardner Photography for your wedding, engagement, rehearsal dinner, ANYTHING!!! Read less
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Wedding:
7/11/2009
0.0/5.0
Mark Gardner is a complete FRAUD. You are taking a HUGE RISK by hiring this thief. Once he has your money, you may never hear from him again. We were returning customers, and my husband purchased a wedding album gift certificate for my birthday. From that day forward, Mark never returned any of my calls or emails to start my album. I tried countless times to no avail. The only time he ever responded was to tell us he was too busy with some BS excuse or if we threatened legal action. It's been over a year and this two-bit thief has simply STOLEN OUR MONEY. We are successful professionals in our early 40's and we have never been more insulted. Notice there is no contact information on his websites, only a web form. That should raise a HUGE flag that this guy is a con-man and not legitimate. DO NOT USE THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!!!
Mark Gardner is a complete FRAUD. You are taking a HUGE RISK by hiring this thief. Once he has your money, you may never Read more...
Mark Gardner is a complete FRAUD. You are taking a HUGE RISK by hiring this thief. Once he has your money, you may never hear from him again. We were returning customers, and my husband purchased a wedding album gift certificate for my birthday. From that day forward, Mark never returned any of my calls or emails to start my album. I tried countless times to no avail. The only time he ever responded was to tell us he was too busy with some BS excuse or if we threatened legal action. It's been over a year and this two-bit thief has simply STOLEN OUR MONEY. We are successful professionals in our early 40's and we have never been more insulted. Notice there is no contact information on his websites, only a web form. That should raise a HUGE flag that this guy is a con-man and not legitimate. DO NOT USE THIS PHOTOGRAPHER!!! Read less
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ACDilda
Wedding:
8/4/2007
4.6/5.0
Mark is a great guy to work with. He allows you to be creative while he himself has a great eye! We loved our pictures! The only negative thing I could say is that it took about 3 months to get our pictures back. They were on the web within 3 weeks which was awesome! But we didn't receive our prints till 2-3 months later. I'm sure he was very busy... and for the results we got I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone interested in artistic wedding pictures!
Mark is a great guy to work with. He allows you to be creative while he himself has a great eye! We loved our pictures! Read more...
Mark is a great guy to work with. He allows you to be creative while he himself has a great eye! We loved our pictures! The only negative thing I could say is that it took about 3 months to get our pictures back. They were on the web within 3 weeks which was awesome! But we didn't receive our prints till 2-3 months later. I'm sure he was very busy... and for the results we got I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone interested in artistic wedding pictures! Read less
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Tali
Wedding:
5/27/2007
4.9/5.0
Mark did an incredible job on our engagement and wedding pictures. We were thrilled with the pictures and he was a pleasure to work with. He is incredibly talented and we thought we got a great value as well. We'd strongly recommend him and look forward to being able to use him again for another occasion.
Mark did an incredible job on our engagement and wedding pictures. We were thrilled with the pictures and he was a Read more...
Mark did an incredible job on our engagement and wedding pictures. We were thrilled with the pictures and he was a pleasure to work with. He is incredibly talented and we thought we got a great value as well. We'd strongly recommend him and look forward to being able to use him again for another occasion. Read less
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