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Dear Uncle Mark,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I just wanted to tell you how special and loved you are. You are such a talented person and do such incredible things with all of your artistic and musical talents. You are such a loving and kind person. Thanks for being such a great uncle and for showing us all so much love. I appreciate you more than you know. I hope you have had an awesome day.

Love you always,

Bella
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“Mark’s sense of composition and poetry of subject is excellent …………………. as good as the best living artists.”

 

Fred Ross

CEO

Art Renewal Center

www.artrenewal.org

 

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Morning Mark,   I couldn’t understand all the words for These Days, so I looked up the words.  They apply to my life as well.  However, I did take note of the beauty of success surrounding you:  the company (Braeden & Taylor), and more importantly, the love and respect of your children; the undeniable excellence of your art shouting out who you are; Laurel, cooking in the kitchen, creating an environment which makes all this warmth possible; and lastly, your attitude and spirit of faith which constantly encourages me. You possess this moment the best of life.  The rest will follow.

Much love,

Mom

 

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Thanks so much for your love and concern, Mark.  I can’t tell you how much it means to me.  You may be 100% right.  Maybe God is telling me to leave the business “rat race” and do something that I would really enjoy.  I’m definitely going to pray much about it.

 

Couldn’t sleep much last night (again) and feeling a bit low.  But, your words have really lifted my spirits.  I really need someone to talk to, though you have been a huge help.

 

Anyway, thank you, again, Mark.  You’re always there when I need you.  I don’t deserve you, man.  You’re the best,

 

Deano

 

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I am so proud of you, Mark.  Over the years, you have created a great marriage and wonderful family.  The proof is always in the pudding, and the fact that Braeden and Taylor are doing so well says volumes about you and Laurel and what a fantastic job you have done in raising them.  And, of course, your marriage is an inspiration too.  You went through the hard times (years ago) and came out flourishing over time.  Also, you have become such a kind, gentle and loving man.  My kids always tell me how “sweet” you are.  They love their Uncle Mark.

Anyway, I love my bro, Mark, as well.  Wanted to make sure you knew that today.

Deano

 

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Marcus,

It was MY pleasure.  I loved seeing all you guys.  And, I’ve got to say, YOU are more kind, loving and warm every year.  God has done a great work in your life and I am SO happy for you, your marriage, your kids – everything!  I really hope and pray that someday you and I can live really close by.  I don’t see you nearly enough.

I love you brother,

 

Deano

 

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Hi Mark,

the guitar looks great. Mark I want to thank you once again for your patience and generosity in allowing me several months to pay for that wonderful Stratocaster. It is everything you said it was and then some.

Larry/Erie Cafe

Michigan

 

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10/5/15

Mark,

 

What do you say to someone..

Who not only saved your life but is helping you live after 40 years,

Who has helped you to feel good about yourself,

Who is helping you become a better husband and friend,

Who is helping you deal with issues and relationships that have caused you pain throughout your life,

Who always offers an encouraging word,

Who serves as a role model and inspiration everyday,

Who isn’t afraid to offer constructive criticism,

Who challenges you when necessary so you are honest about your feelings and experiences,

Who is always there to help.

 

God had a plan for you 17 years ago when you had your last drink — to become an inspiration and role model for everyone you come into contact with, to help them become and stay sober, and to help them become better people. I am sure God is pleased with the success you have had following His Plan.

 

God blessed me by putting you in my life.

 

Thank you for helping me get and stay sober, and for making me a better person. Congratulations on your 17 years of sobriety.

 

Thank you for being my sponsor, friend and my brother.

 

God bless you today and always.

 

John M.

 

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Hi Mark, I discovered you via your YouTube videos playing the Esquire. Your playing touched me, I’m a player also and most videos I watch don’t touch me or grab me, the tone, feel and soul isn’t there, bad vibrato etc, then I discovered your paintings, I’m recently painting also, would love to keep in touch, your story was talked about over breakfast today, keeping this short, all the best from the UK

Craig Evans

 

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Mark,

The world will receive your musical gifts with open arms brother. I have never met a person with more artistic talent than you. I mean, I tried art, I do music. I am no photographer. I do write so maybe it’s a tie in some odd way!

But hell yeah! Come out into the light with that Gibson and that vintage amp and the world will fall away like clouds and we’ll play for the gods that be there. My daughter from Richmond will drive up to hear us – I advertised you well!

 

Ricardo

Richard White

 

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I want to sincerely thank you Mark, for being at the shelter not once but twice. You are such an amazing person. Artist, photographer and musician, plus great friend, all rolled into One. I love you man, and want to do more creative things with you in the future. As I told Jean today, my goal is for SAW to have 3 teams of volunteers so that each quarter, we can hit three shelters in the area. That will have a much bigger impact. Plus I want to do a full show somewhere, with $10 tickets, to benefit the shelters. Together, we can help end the curse of homelessness. Thanks again for your steadfast friendship and your caring heart. There is a new vibe in the world now. We are on the first edge of it, we see it at work. It will soon redefine the way the world works. It starts with a heart that freely gives.

 

Ricardo

Richard White

 

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Bought My 63 Candy Apple Strat

Okay, got about 20+ hrs on the ’63 strat and have absolutely fallen in love with her. I have no idea why in my 30+ yrs of playing strats I never played a rosewood curve before (must be that Layla album bias). I brought her into the studio to use on one song and used her on a whole day’s worth of recording. The ’63 has a completely different tone than the maple neck 56 relics I normally use. I’m now anxious to find a ’60 or ’61 slab board. Got one in Daphne blue (yeah, I know….)?  I basically traded the money I was going to use to buy a Shelby Mustang to get the guitar, thus I’ve named her Shelby.

Rammary

 

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Mark,

 

Thank you so much for listening to me.  You have no idea how much you help me!!  Sometimes, I think, like today, do you ask yourself ; “Why is she telling me all these things?”  I hope I am never a bother.  You just seem to get it!  And this has been such a year+ of transition and I believe I am really coming out of it onto the other side and you and that meeting were so instrumental in my survival during this whole process!!

 

Thank you for all your help and best of luck with your 3 new paintings in the gallery this week!!!

 

You are an inspiration!!

 

Julie P.

 

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Mark,

I would like to hear you play music one day. What song moves you most? Mine is “Girl from the north country fair” . That why i bought your painting of the girl on the golden field. It reminds me if my wife up in minnesota. Separated 10 years and i love her more everyday.

 

Hi mark. My commendations to you. I purchased an oil painting several years ago of your creation from Howard Rehs at Rehs Gallery in New York. The country girl in an open field. It inspires me daily. Hope one day i can listen to you play guitar.  I am a poet. I started a foundation in Nicaragua for artist with cancer and handicap. They are doing well spreading poetry through art. The beauty of growth is a smile.

 

Lazaro Poeta

 

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Working with Mark is amazing. He is an expert at what he does, fast and professional. He was able to get my project vision the very first time. Mark turned around my project in the most miraculous of ways. I was struggling to complete the website for my foundation on my own and it seemed as if Mark clicked a few buttons, worked his magic and a masterpiece was created. By having him in our corner we truly feel that our foundation launch will be a huge success and continue to be fruitful. I will continue to work with Mark on other projects. He is very affordable for the excellent quality product he delivers. Anyone who will work with him in the future will be pleasantly surprised at how good this guy is at designing and developing professional looking websites. Thank you Mark!

Tomi Bannister

www.armainc.com

Automated Resource Management Associates

 

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Thanks Mark, you were a lifesaver!  You will definitely hear from us again soon.

 

Additionally, I am going to send you a note separately introducing you to my former business partner and longtime friend, Matt Smith. He runs a mostly decentralized business that does communications work for a variety of clients, the majority of which is on WordPress. He mentioned needing some odd help recently and I thought you might be able to help him out.

 

Kurt Roberts

RP3 Agency

Bethesda, MD

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Thanks so much for your work. I will definitely call u again and send your name around to friends who have WP sites. J

Joel Markowitz

Editor and Publisher

DC Metro Theater Arts

 

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Mark

Thank you cannot be enough for what you have done in order to help us move forward,only heaven will do it and that will be the good one but at the same time we will move to the next year with a very strong determination,courage,perseverence,and believe to win this race so far ,we are ready.Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family.Nestor for mayor

Miaffeu Djonkam

Nestor for Mayor

 

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Mark:

Very thoughtful friend.  I appreciate your quick turn-around on our requests, and most of all your great results!

Thanks again for your hard work and patience. What you have done since Friday is nothing short of superb!  Damn, just when I think we are falling short/behind, you swoop in and save the day.  Exactly what we needed!!!  Thanks so very much for this kick-ass weekend effort!  If you need food, water, air, beer, rest, etc., I understand…..Thanks again Brother!!!  SUPER JOB!  Absolutely superb!

  1.   You, sir, are my hero! Just posted my first blog on the R&D Capability blog. SWEETTTTT!

 

You are an assassin!

A damn bad ass killer.   The changes you have made are epic.  Simply fantastic.

Other than that, you suck.

Seriously, Mark I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your expertise and selfless dedication to late night frenzies getting us up and running.  My sincere hope is that we become your flagship site to blow your business up!

Thanks brother!!! E

 

Eric Geisler

Burke, VA

Knowledge Capital Associates

knowledgeca.com

 

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Mark has a ton of talent and a wealth of patience.  We were in need of not only web work, but some careful instruction.  Mark sleuthed out solutions for a handful of conundrums we experienced, and ultimately brought us to the point where we were comfortable and competent with manipulating the inner workings of our site.  Yes yes…he taught us to fish : )  You’ll be at ease with Mark Lovett!

 

Allan Phoenix

Sterling, VA

 

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Mark Lovett did a great job on 2 website designs!  I needed them done in a rush and he was able to get the websites up and running in a timely fashion.  Prices are reasonable.

 

Shannon T.

Atlas Wood Floors

Germantown, MD

 

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Very flexible with schedule! As a very busy business owner, I was able to work on my business, and let mark design my website with minimal interruption. Mark applies his skills an an artist to his web design, which is an added +++. Did a great job on my site: http://CrownConsultingGr…

Yes, I do endorse him!

 

Dan Rivera

Clarcksburg, MD

 

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Very Responsive and flexible, great service and most importantly the product is superb. Mark works with you and within your budget to create exactly what you need.

 

Tim Hamilton

Bethesda, MD

 

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I hired Mark for a 2 hour consult/training. It was exactly as advertised and went off without a hitch. He was patient with my questions and we accomplished quite a bit that I would never have figured out on my own. I’m sure I’ll be hiring him again to help me further improve my site.

Heidi Munger

mammothdistilling.com

 

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Mark was great to work with and worked fast. He took time to understand what I needed and did a good job helping me accomplish it!

Jason Fisher.

http://fishercac.com/

Fisher Community Association Consultants

 

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Mark Lovett was a huge help!! He was able to create a quick website and remove our old one within 2 hours!! It looks professional and everything we asked of him. I would recommend him to anyone. He was patient with me considering I do not have much experience with website building. Thank you once again Mark for your quick response and work!

Rachel

Rectortown Equine Clinic

 

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Mark was great to work with and helped us navigate a significant problem so that we could have a working website on a pretty tight deadline. He had a lot of great tips, lots of patience, and a good sense of humor.

 

Bernie Van Leer

Bethesda, MD

 

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Designed our website for our company. Loving every part of our new website. We highly recommend him!

Anmer Fuentes

Augustine Anmer Fuentes

Prime Construction Corp

primeconstructioncorp.com

 

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Mark was persistent in solving a difficult WordPress problem that called for some ingenuity. He got started almost immediately after I submitted the problem and was done in at most about a half-day. The Web page now looks its best, on both my PC and my smartphone.

William Goodman

Bethesda, MD

 

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Mark has been quick to respond on all fronts and I am appreciating his professionalism and efficiency. He has also patiently answered my questions and provided good instruction — a challenge since I’m relatively ignorant about computers and websites.

Barnqueen Adventures

Diana Delmar

Derwood, Md.

 

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Terrific experience Mark is a talented artist and since I make jewelry I wanted an artists’ sensibilities. My site is beautiful and easy to navigate. What more can you ask for!

Lynn Novelli Design

Gaithersburg, MD

 

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Words can not express my gratitude for the absolutely stunning pictures that you took of us…Your talent is unsurpassed….I felt like a princess, and looking at the pictures you made me look like one…I could not be happier.

Vickie Taddei

 

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Mark,

 

I am stunned by the quality of your work.  The images of Jennifer & Matt are fantastic.  I would LOVE to work with you again through Historic Events our planning firm or through INTRIGUE our décor company.

 

Sarah C. Campbell

INTRIGUE – FLORAL DESIGN & DECOR

ANNAPOLIS, MD, UNITED STATES

 

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Dear Mr. Lovett,

 

I recently attended my best friend’s wedding in St. Michael’s at the Inn at Perry Cabin (Jen & Matt Albanese) and I called her last night to see if any of her pictures were online.  She told me your website and I found them and I swear, I’ve been looking at them all morning.  WOW!  Your photography is absolutely stunning.  I live in KY, but after seeing your pictures, I want to get married in Maryland!  Seriously, I was in awe as I looked at those photos…you are truly talented and I just wanted to let you know that I think your work is amazing.  My father was a photographer as well, so I know how passionate one can be about it…it definitely shows in your work.

 

If I decide to get married in Maryland, I’ll know who to call!

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Lowery

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

 

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Hi Mark,

I am so happy that you were the photographer for my daughter Lara Handler’s wedding. All the photographs as well as the slide show you created were beyond beautiful.  You captured the beauty and joy of the day. You are a real artist!

Please feel free to use me as a reference for any future clients.  I will refer anyone I meet to you because I cannot praise your work enough.

 

Thank you,

Susan  Janney

Bethesda,MD

 

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Mark:

I think you did a great job on my portraits and will recommend you to anyone who asks.

Thanks again-

Mike Bramnick

Bethesda, MD

 

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Hey Mark!

I realize I never got to thank you for the retouched pictures! These 3 look fantastic and they have already been used in NYC for several auditions. Thank you so much again!

Alex Pepper

 

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Hi Mark,

I just wanted to thank you again for doing such an awesome job with chloe’s pictures. She is so pleased with them.  It makes a big difference when you are confident with head shots.

Thank you,

Stephanie and Chloe Ogle

Bethesda,MD

 

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My parents purchased a package at my school’s auction that included a one hour photo session with Mark, along with two 8x10s. Not only did Mark stay an extra hour and a half without charge, but the photographs he took of me were unparalleled. The quality of his shots show his excellence in photography, and I’d recommend him to anyone. He knew exactly how I should pose and what lighting and backgrounds were necessary to create a perfect picture. Once I saw my shots on his online gallery, they were so good that I got the digital CD of almost every picture! Thank you Mark for a wonderful experience!

 

Thank you again for meeting me at Stone Ridge yesterday, the pictures were AMAZING!   I absolutely loved them–they turned out so well!

 

Thank you again for taking time out yesterday, and for taking these amazing pictures of me!

 

Sarah Devine

Stone Ridge Senior

Bethesda, MD

 

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Thank you so much for my photos and thank you for the sweet blog, Mark!     I put it on my Facebook fan page!  It is so nice of you. I had so much fun and I would love to work with you again as well!

 

Best,

Stephanie Chervenkov

Miss Maryland Teen USA 2012

 

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Mark,

I am thrilled with the pictures that you took of my daughter Rebecca and I am really impressed with how you were able to capture each Potomac School students personality. I have never seen a nicer collection of school photographs, ever. Thank you for suggesting that we include outside shots. The color is amazing. Hopefully you will come back next year earlier in the school year so that your beautiful photographs can be included in the Potomac School senior year book pages. Also I can’t forget to mention how great it was to work with your lovely wife Laurel. She made everything run on schedule. Thanks again.

Barb Wheeler  

Potomac School Mclean, VA

 

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Hi Mark,

 

We got the photo and I have already framed it, it is perfect!  Thank you very much, we are very pleased.

 

Cheers,

Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth Medina-Tata

McLean, VA 22101

Potomac school senior Katie Tata

 

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Hi Laurel,

We received the images today…they are gorgeous!

Please tell Mark that we are very pleased.

 

All best,

Maureen Bridgeland

daughter Fallon Bridgeland at Potomac school in Virginia

 

First I would like to say you did an amazing job on editing my photos! I am very excited to submit this picture for my application for Miss Maryland USA!

 

Tierra Sawe

 

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Mark,

 

We received the photo album today. It looks really good!   David and I are very pleased with it.  It’s something we will look at often and treasure.

 

Thank you for your patience. We appreciate the time you spent getting it the way we wanted it and we enjoyed working with you very much.

 

Best wishes to you and your family.

 

Maris and David

Maris Mazie

 

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Thank you! LOVE the pics of the boys especially and the one with the horse should be a Ralph Lauren ad!

 

Kara Kelly

 

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Good Morning Laurel…

I’ve really enjoyed all of the wonderful pictures Mark shot at Kent and Amy’s wedding!!  Thank you for such a great job; it was a pleasure working with you and Mark.

 

Kent and Amy Warren

wedding

 

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WOW!!! The blog images brought tears to my eyes!!

Thank you,

Karen & Steve

Wedding at Antrim 1844

 

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Mark,

I appreciate your work,. I’m grateful for your talents and that you posed me so well.

Colleen Beaumont

 

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We actually just got back in the country from Dominican republic yesterday. We did look over the pictures & loved them!

Patrice and Kyle Beharry

Wedding 8-12

 

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Thank you Mark and Laurel for the beautiful photographs. You really captured our story ……………….. all the moments we hoped for and more!

Monica & Chris

Burtonsville, MD

 

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“Mark,

 

You did a wonderful job with the photography for Vince’s and my wedding.  (The only photograph I wish you had taken was one that included you!)  You took an excellent range of photos and really went the extra mile.  Please feel free to use my name as a reference.

Many, many thanks for a job well done!”

 

Vince and Susan Chandran

Bethesda, MD

 

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Dear Mark:

I justed to convey that I was so happy that Sherin and I ultimately decided that we would like you to do our wedding photography and really appreciate that you were willing to work within our budget.  When we met with you, your creativity and the artful and sensitive way you approached your photography work really stood out.

So it came as no surprise that the images you captured on 5/2 really tell a story- and tell it in a beautiful way… You and Laurel really worked hard and were so patient with all our guests.  Plus you were both a ton of fun!  So thank you for everything you both did.

 

Also, please convey our gratitude to your lovely wife, Laurel- and for her patience with setting up all the various shots. Please tell her she was absolutely right- she tried to have us to do a few poses both myself alone and with Sherin that we were initially wary about, but which all turned out really nice and creative!  You make a great team!

On another note, I’ve a couple of friends getting married next year and I’d love to refer them to you.

 

Thanks again for everything!

Best wishes,

Nina Helmy Kamal

 

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Hi Mark,

 

Wow, we do love it. The album is great.

 

By the way, we also love the slideshow that is on your blog now.

 

Our family is also super impressed with your work.

 

Thanks,

Lara & Brian Wedding

Bethesda, MD

 

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Mark

 

The pictures are fantastic, there are so many we haven’t gotten to go through them all yet. As you can imagine people are loving them and are clamoring for copies.

 

Mala & Tom

Wedding

 

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Mark,

 

The pictures are amazing!  I can’t believe how great they look. Again, thank you both so much for your great work on our wedding day.

Tell Laura we said hello.  She was great to work with.  I really enjoyed having her at the wedding.

 

Thanks,

 

Jennifer & Matt

 

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Hey Mark, I haven’t seen such beautiful wedding pictures in many a year, man you have mad skills. I especially like the way you made every effort to get just the right shot. It was a pleasure working with a photographer of your caliber.  Thanks. I am sure we will see you again.

DJ Roo – dj-roo.com

 

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Hi Mark,

 

I received the wedding pictures  at my parent’s home on Friday.  They are wonderful!

 

Cordially,

Saleena Sidhu

Vice President of Marketing & Bus.Development

Saratoga Medical Center, NY Office

152 Madison Ave Suite 800

New York, NY 10016

 

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Dear Mark,

Thank you again for your service and time.  The wedding photos turned out great!

 

We are so happy you were able to capture our day in photographs.  We will look at these photos throughout our lives and be able to recall the emotions of that day through the clarity of your pictures.

 

Best wishes for the future!

Sheila & John Kahwaty

 

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Hi Mark,

I went through your wedding galleries and was quite impressed with your work. I check out a lot of photographers websites. Some are great and some are hacks. You are among the great.

 

Ralph Anderson

Magic Light Photography

 

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“Mark,

I love the pictures!!  You did so well with the candlelighting situation!  And such candid shots of my crazy family and friends!! I absolutely love the night shots of Tom and I with the water reflections in the background too!!

Thank you! ”

Mary & Tom Gruber

 

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“Mark is such a wonderful photographer. He is very talented and creative. He put his heart and soul in his work. We had such an amazing experience with him. He took so many pictures of us and we loved every single one of them. He was so easy to work with. He captured all the details that we were expecting to see in our special moments. We could not ask for more. We are so happy with the result and we highly recommend him.”

 

Reyhaneh and Hamid

Wedding

Columbia, MD

 

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“Mark,

 

We absolutely LOVE the pictures. You are an amazing photographer. Especially given how little time we actually spent on pictures, you captured so many great shots. I love the black & white, as well as the different wide angles and perspectives. We have the black & white picture you took of us walking hand-in-hand back to the bus by the Lincolm Memorial in a silver frame in our living room.  Everyone has commented on how great our wedding pictures came out!

 

You have my highest recommendation!!!

Thanks again,”

 

Mia &Kyle Reini

 

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“Mark,

 

My wife Megan and I are very pleased with the pictures. You are truly a master of your craft. I am impressed and still amazed at so many of the moments you captured at our wedding.

 

On a more technical note, you did an outstanding job with the editing. Each picture has amazing angles, sharp and brilliant images, vibrant color, and absolutely perfect lighting.

 

I consider you to be a gifted artist not just with a paint brush, but with a camera as well. The proof is in the details. Please contact us if ever you need a reference. Thanks again.”

 

With sincere appreciation,

 

Megan and Tony

 

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“Mark’s flexibility with regard to our needs and budget allowed us to have a top notch photographer to provide beautiful photography for our wedding event.  He was efficient, timely and easy to work with, producing over 700 photographs for the event.  Thanks Mark!”

 

Catherine & Andrew Olin

 

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What a Team! Mark and Laurel Lovett are superb! Mark took the most beautiful shots of our Wedding at the Inn at Perry Cabin (June 12, 2011), and have our Friends and Family (some of whom are Photographers) raving!

 

Mark and Laurel took the time to get to know us, in person, prior to our Wedding, and knew exactly how we wanted our Special Day, to be captured. In addition, they had some wonderful ideas of their own, which resulted in more beautiful shots! We trusted them, immensely…

 

We can’t wait to see all of our Photos, and will continue to use Mark Lovett Photography for all of our Special Events in our Lifetime…

 

Thank you for being so good to us, and to our Friends & Family…you are truly Friends, as well…

 

Nicole and Garrison Cox

 

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Hey Mark,

 

Just a note to say thanks so much for coming to Frederick to see us play. What a completely lovely and unexpected surprise!

 

Seeing you and chatting (for too short a time, sorry ‘bout that!) brought me back to getting to know you for our big show that NOBODY heard!

It also reminded me of how much I enjoy your company, your friendly demeanor and your modesty. I think you are a phenomenal guitarist, have such a distinctive and buttery voice and those are the least of your talents! What I would give to paint with an ounce of your talent. Such beautiful work.

 

Anyway, all this to say, I am glad we reconnected and hope we stay in touch.

Lena Markley

 

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Dear Mark & Laurel,

 

Thank you so much for the beautiful photography on our wedding day! The album is such a treasure and your photographs truly capture the excitement of the day: I can’t help but smile every time I look through the pictures!  Also, thanks so much for the DVD! We love it, and it was so thoughtful of you to send it!

 

Love,

Sarah and Brian

 

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Hi Laurel and Mark,

 

Thank you for the CD, Laurel.  Sarah and Brian’s wedding album looks

fabulous! Wonderful layout and the pictures were stunning!  Couldn’t

be more please.

 

Thank you for everything!

 

Elizabeth and Chris Spoth

 

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Hi Mark,

I am really impressed with your talents. The pictures are some of the best wedding pictues that I have seen. I like how the group shots are very natural, yet everyone is standing in the right place, creating perfect angles. Wonderful use of colors. I have never praised a photographer before, but I had never seen work like yours. I enjoyed your guitar performances and oil portraits.

 

I put your link on my website. I also joined your facebook page and I can give you an endorsement on wedding wire.

 

DJ Bill

All Requests DJ

www.Billyzee.com

 

Balto Area Disc Jockey Association – Board of Directors Member

 

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Thank you so much for the beautiful picture of Elise!  Gil showed it to me last night and I can’t believe how amazing it is- it was so hard to get a decent photo in that gym!  You are such a great photographer!  We will treasure it always:)

Chris Lovett

 

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Mark did an excellent job with our engagement pictures. Both he and his wife made the time talking the pictures so relaxing and a fun experience. The pictures turned out amazing and I cannot wait for our wedding.

Monica & Chris

Engagement shoot

Shoot in snow

 

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“It may be cliche, but it’s true… A picture is worth a thousand words and the pictures we got back from Mark Lovett Studio scream ‘amazing’ a thousand times!

We had the privilege of having Mark Lovett shoot our engagement photos for our

save-the-date cards going out to friends and family, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

 

It isn’t just the photos, though the photos are certainly very beautiful; it is how Mark and Laurel do business that makes working with them such an awesome experience. You get the feeling of a comfortable family experience with quality studio results.

 

Mark and Laurel were completely flexible in their time and eager to be a part of this special day with us. Mark even trudged through the snow to get the perfect shots!

 

Just one look around their family home and studio and you can see that Mark truly has the passion and talent for art, and Mark’s wife, Laurel, is both welcoming and professional.

 

We can’t wait until the next opportunity to work with Mark Lovett Studio, and would recommend them without hesitation to anyone considering a photo session or oil painting!”

Andrew and Janel

 

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Hi Laurel,

 

WOW!  FANTASTIC SHOTS, FANTASTIC BLOG AND FANTASTIC DUO….you and Mark!!!  I had a great morning and enjoyed every minute of the shoot!  Great images!!! Our website will be super!!!

 

More later….thanks!!!!

 

Karen

Boland

AC Contractors Gaithersburg, MD

 

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Barmitzvah

 

By the way, The pictures Mark took are so special to me words can never express.

 

Kelly Smith

Barmitzvah

Bethesda, MD

 

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Mark,

I love the photos!  Thank you so much for all your help in making me look

good. I am going to recommend Mark to all my friends.

Will make the appointment for honey and I for a picture together in

two weeks. Let me know how your schedule look.

Have a wonderful week and a million thanks to Mark again.

Vinesha

 

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Hello Laurel and Mark,

Wow! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thank you to the both of you for
capturing the meaningful moments in our lives in such a beautiful way. We hope you
have a wonderful weekend.

Take care,
Lourdes and Ricardo

 

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Hi Laurel,

Karis placed in the Top 15 this weekend at the Miss Maryland Teen USA pageant.  Our
thanks to you and Mark for getting us off to such a great start with a beautiful
head shot!

Best,
Karen A. Wines

 

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“Mark’s sense of composition and poetry of subject is excellent …………………. as good as the best living artists.”

Fred Ross/CEO

www.artrenewal.org – ARC

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“Mark’s portraits are beautifully executed.”

Martin Sullivan, Ph.D.,

Director, National Portrait Gallery

Washington, DC

 

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Just to let you know I love your new paintings, you truly are a Master. Regards to Laurel

Renate Dabney

 

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“Your work is both masterful and inspiring.  I truly hope there will be an opportunity to work together some day.”

 

JC Murillo

Photographer, Virginia

 

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“It is difficult thing to capture the essence of a personality: Mark has done this –

it is in the eyes. I love his work.”

Laura Guarisco

Owner, Guarisco Gallery, Washington, DC

Washington D.C.’s  Preeminent dealer in Old Master’s Art

 

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Hi Mark, Just wanted to let you know your paintings touch my heart. I paint myself so I know real when I see it. I can tell your a special soul. Best to you.

Catherine Murphy

 

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“I am crying…  I just called my mother crying into the phone because this is not just who she is today but you can see her depth and who she will be later.  HE IS AMAZING!”

Jennifer Hollander/Brydon’s Mother

 

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“Mark’s ‘Elise’ is a breathtaking likeness that will give us joy every day for the rest of our lives.  His unmatched work exudes compassion, understanding and artistic genius.  We will be in his debt forever.”

Elise’s  Grandfather

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“Your work is incredible!  The one of Madelyne in the park makes me want a daughter just to have a painting like that.”

Ashlee Vaught

Savannah, Georgia

 

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“He has a gift unmatched.  Tell him how much I appreciate not only his work as an artist but his connection to her as a person.”

 

Jennifer Hollander

Brydon’s Parent

 

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“Hi Mark, Just wanted to let you know your paintings touch my heart. I paint myself so I know real when I see it. I can tell you’re a special soul. Best to you. ”

Catherine  Murphy

Atlanta, GA

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“My daughter Addie is the sitting ballerina in your work “Little Ballerinas”  I was so overwhelmed by it when I saw it hanging up at her class that I wanted to contact you.  An amazing work.  Thank you.”

Patty Steele

Bethesda, MD

 

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“Capturing a women and child in oil on canvas is an extremely difficult thing to do…….and Mark has the gift”.

Fred Folsom

Artist

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“Mark,

Ellie and I choose art we love and we don’t buy it to sell later.  We love art by Steve Hanks, Behrens, Michael Florh,  Romero Britto and Viktor Shvaiko.  Our recent find which is prominently hung in the formal dining room where it can be seen as you enter the house, round the staircase or come from the living room area is an oil on canvas called “little reindeer.”   It shares a room with Steve Hank’s works.  Among all the art we have, the portrait of my daughter titled “Little Reindeer” by Mark Lovett, is the one we love the most. ”

Jennifer Hollander

Maryland

 

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“Mark’s portraits are beautifully executed.”

 

 Martin Sullivan, Ph.D.,

Director, National Portrait Gallery

Washington, DC

 

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“Mark’s ‘Elise’ is a breathtaking likeness that will give us joy every day for the rest of our lives.  His unmatched work exudes compassion, understanding and artistic genius.  We will be in his debt forever.”

 

Elise’s  Grandfather

 

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“He has a gift unmatched.  I appreciate not only his work as an artist but his connection to my daughter, the subject of his work,  as a person.”

 

“I am crying…  I just called my mother crying into the phone because this is not just who she is today but you can see her depth and who she will be later.  HE IS AMAZING!”

 

Jennifer Fairfax

Brydon’s Mother

 

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“My daughter Addie is the sitting ballerina in your work “Little Ballerinas”  I was so overwhelmed by it when I saw it hanging up at her class that I wanted to contact you.  An amazing work.  Thank you.”

 

Patty Steele

Bethesda, MD

 

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“Hi Mark, Just wanted to let you know your paintings touch my heart. I paint myself so I know real when I see it. I can tell you’re a special soul. Best to you. ”

 

Catherine  Murphy

Atlanta, GA

 

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“Your story (and work) is inspirational. Your strength to overcome your struggles speaks volumes about the human spirit, but more importantly, your spirit. You’ve renewed my conviction to pursue private art study after my university studies. Keep it up, I hope to see your work in person some day.”

 

Parker A. Brown

 

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“Hello Laurel,

 

I received the painting that Mark painted today and it is incredible. It turned out very beautiful and I can not wait to give it to my husband. I am sure he will absolutely LOVE IT TOO!!!

 

Thank Mark so much for this beautiful painting. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined.

 

It was wonderful to do business with you and Mark and the gallery.”

 

Theresa Ouderkirk

Wood Village,OR

 

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Hi Mark, my name is Sasha, and i am currently a student at ‘The University College of the Arts’ in Norwich. I’m studying a BA in Fine Art, and i am really interested in your work, and the way you produce it. Its breathtaking, i myself like you paint portraits, however mine just never seem to come to the standard and quality of yours. I have read up on your information on your website and have found you a great influence. Therefore i am using you as an artist reference in my Research section of the degree. I was wondering if you have a short amount of time spare to email me a bit more about your background and how you started to paint. Also i am interested in your influences as an artist as well as the process that you go through to produce a painting. This would be a great help, and i look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Many thanks

Sasha Smith

 

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Your work is amazing. Maybe someday they’ll study YOU in art school.

Janet Perkins

Prudential Carruthers Realtors

 

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Mark,

I am 56 years old and have been drawn to portrait for most of my life. I study portrait and have written down a few names of artists who are inspirations to me. Your paintings are incredibly beautiful, depicting the innocence and natural beauty of children and I can only aspire to reach this level. Thank you for the inspiration.

Marilyn Sutton

 

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Dear Mark,

this past Saturday evening marked a new beginning of the artistic part of my life and I really owe it all to you.  I opened a studio away from home and this is where I work now and loving every minute of it.

When we first linked up it was after the passing of my mother and my trying to regain the use of my right hand.   It was a very trying time for me both mentally and physically and meeting you and working with you became the highlight of my days.

I also really miss you, hope Laurel is not taking this the wrong way, but I do.   If you have the time a bit down the road, I’d love to continue somehow having you as my mentor for payment of course, perhaps at the beginning of the year when life settles down a bit.

lots of good wishes to you and Laurel

Renate Dabney

 

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I joined Mark last night and all I can say to the others, I have already gotten my moneys worth in one evening, he is so sharing. We had a continuous and fascinating interchange discussing all the stuff I need to learn more about. Values, soft edges, hard edges, reasons why, color choices and shifts and mixes I have not even thought or heard of before.

Right now he is at the stage of final finite applications, divulging methods only a painter of his caliber knows.

True if any of you are looking for a site that is more social this is the wrong place. But if you want to immerse yourself into serious learning to advance your craft, this is an opportunity that you normally only find by travelling, staying in a hotel for weeks on end and paying thousands of dollars for sharing it all with a crowd of people around you.

I can understand if you prefer to wait to start and paint a new piece with him, I”ll be there and would love to see you there too.

And no, neither Mark or Laurel know of me writing this until the moment I hit the reply button

Renate Dabney

 

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Hi Mark! I just wanted to thank you so much for friending me and to tell you again how much I appreciate your wonderful talent. I find myself wanting to go back and look at the little girl in red over and over. Truly a masterpiece! Your ability to handle all of those subtle value and chroma shifts in red is fabulous.

 

It has been such a pleasure to meet Laurel here on FB. I have seen through her photos and sharing what a lovely family you are Blessed with and it warms my heart! It appears that you two are a super team together! I really admire that.

 

I will look forward to the day that I get to meet you both in person! I hope it is in the near future. : )

 

Take care and happy painting!

Anne Nelson Sweat

 

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Mark,

wonderful  class! We all were in awe!. hope that chat thing works next time— another amazing painting!  thank you thank you!

Charlotte Evans

 

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It was really great watching you paint like this, and mixing your paints too.  THANKS for trying something new.

 

here is my website where you can see my portrait of Christ and other things i have done.  I was never pleased with my portrait painting before meeting you.  It always seemed harsh and cartoonish.  NOW i know to soften edges (smile)  Thank you.

trena

Trena Ward

 

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Hi Mark.  I am really looking forward to painting with you over the next month.  I am really greatful for the time already spent with you.

After taking the photo of the painting, i realized that the corner of her mouth on the right side was to low.  I have gone in and fixed it.  I am really excited with this painting.  It is hundreds times better than anything i have done before.  You have taught me so much.

thank you.

Trena Ward

 

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Subject: RE: “Field of Gold”!

 

THAT (the below-pictured “Field of Gold” ) is one gorgeous, beautiful,sensitive, breath-taking/leaves-one-breathless Masterpiece!!!

Who EVER would’ve guessed — back in, say 1972-1973 — that such would emerge from the boxing/defensive-end hands of a rather large & scary   Red-Headed ‘Dude?

 

Chris Wheeler

 

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Mark,

 

I love the energy and composition of “Field of Gold”, and would like to see how this one develops.  I am assuming you are still working on this today.  It has qualities I’d like to develop in my own work.  I used to be better at this type of expression.  Thanks for sharing!

 

Garth Herrick

PA

 

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Now I’m scared.  MORE!  “Ballerina Lacing”  definitely looks like a prize winner to me, Mark!  Maybe I need to get more angry at what I’m painting; it seems to be the key to having a masterpiece.  😉

 

Garth Herrick

PA

 

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Pam,

 

That boy of yours is so talented.  Who knew what lay buried inside that hot shot little league pitcher?  What a miracle he discovered his gift and can bring so much beauty to all of us.

 

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

 

Shirley Seymour

 

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Hi Mark

 

I must admire your talent

 

If I could play guitar as good as you paint I would be flying first

class all the way

 

I am still collecting and playing a little and am still in South Korea

Working for BP now

 

Damned oil keeps on bubbling up

 

Have a good Christmas and New Year

 

Baz – Barry Stewart

 

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a friend of mine below, is an AWESOME oil painter and

Just look at his oil paintings if you want to be amazed:   http://www.marklovettstudio.com/

and a world class  photographer! he did a portrait of Duane Allman that is so great

Gregg  Allman came to pick it up.  He mostly does amazingly beautiful

photos and paintings of women and children (being married to

a beautiful woman and having beautiful daughters)

He is also a talented guitar player and songwriter and I am

happy to have him as my friend.  Anyone, out there, interested

in this, I am sure you will be thrilled with his art and photography.

Mark Lovett. Awesome guy!  Highly recommended!!! In

the Gaithersburg area ………………love CPK   see below for a sample.

Randy Santos, Alan Grossman, : I am so thrilled to know so many

world class arists

 

http://www.cathypontonking.com

 

Cathleen King

[email protected]

 

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Hi Mark –

You have a remarkable portfolio posted on your website!  I truly enjoyed looking at all the glorious images.

Denise Kayser

Cultural Art Director/City of Gaithersburg

Denise Kayser

 

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Hi Laurel,

 

Thank you so much for your kind note.  I wasn’t offended at all by our

phone conversation as I knew that you needed to protect Stephanie.  She is

one of your ardent supporters and sings Mark’s AND your praises all the

time.  I told Stephanie, that I will buy from her those paintings that

touch me that she has access to.

 

I have come to feel an attachment to Mark now that I have one of Mark’s

originals:  Thinking of You.  I have some of Susan Rios’s lithographs of

women by the sea – a ballerina right at the water’s edge, and one standing

with her back looking at the rocks and the sea.  The latter was very

colorful.  Susan doesn’t do faces or hands.  Mark’s *Thinking of You *gives

me a beautiful woman with face, hands, and feet!  To have an original work

of Mark is to have a part of who he is on my wall.  I am a

gynecologist/reproductive endocrinologist and can appreciate the female

form.  My love for the ocean is a perfect combination of both and Mark

captures it so well.

 

As Stephanie told you, I am writing a book – the working title is “I Am Not

One of Them.”  This is a look at recognizing what one is not a part of and

why.  We may not be part of our families (?abuse), our workplace (unfair

politics), our church (do what we do or else), or friends (have a drink,

etc), etc.  But we are “in” them.  The fundamental question is “how can you

be in a group without being a part of it!”   I suspect this book will lead

to discovering not what you are not apart of, but who the real you is and

what is positive about the life you choose to live.  I have seen so many

new ways of looking at this analysis as I write.

 

I am intrigued by Mark’s story – what he was a part of, but what he

intuitively may have known that he wasn’t really a part of.

Understanding his back story, the why’s, and what he has discovered through

his incredible music and art would add a huge depth at looking at this

journey we call life.  If he would like to share some of this, I would be

honored.

 

Also, you mentioned you have some originals that are not available through

Stephanie.  The “original” bug has bitten me and I would be honored if you

would share these paintings with me for consideration.

 

I will be attending the American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual

convention in Baltimore, Maryland from October 17 through 21, 2015.  If you

and Mark are available around that time, I will find a way to visit you –

not only to talk about the art, but also connect as friends and hear Mark’s

story – if you are up for a visit.

 

Again, thanks for sending the recent painting for my review.  I look

forward to meeting you in person.

 

Blessings!

 

Cliff W.

 

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Hi Mark and Laurel,

 

OMG!  What a great write-up and progress on your painting.  I awoke early this morning to your article and photos of Mona’s progress.  I was absolutely spell bound as she is coming to life!  The detail of the techniques you give is amazing.  I love the story about the painting’s history as well as more about Leonardo Da Vinci!  I am thrilled you are doing this and am excited to see her in person along with you both and your family !  Wow!  Thanks so much for taking this on!  On my way to Baltimore next Thursday.

 

I do have all Friday open if you want to change the plans.

 

Blessings!

Cliff W.

 

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Hi Guys!

 

Well, today finds me awakening while it is still dark outside to check Mark’s website blog on Mona and was I thrilled to see the progress.  She is so like the real Mona.  Mark, your work is so incredible.  And I love your writing, the emotional impact you are putting into her, and the emotional and physical impact it is having on you personally!  So much dedication!  You are an incredible writer.  I hope you will give me permission to create a personal “Mixbook” (online book creation) photo and word memory book of your personal journal in re-creating the Mona!  Sessions 10 and 11 really is bringing her to almost complete fruition!

 

I couldn’t help myself, but I taped a poster onto another poster in my office of the Mona Lisa where I plan to hang the real Mark Mona. (See the attachment.) My photo is all mixed up with different lights on the glass.  Carmen laughed at me when I did that, but then she began to study it and said, “She’s looking right at me.”  Sitting on the other side of the room, I said, “Well, she’s looking at me too!”  So she asked to trade places with me and she said, “That’s creepy, she keeps following me with her eyes where ever I go in the room!”  And she does!  I think I read that somewhere, but it is an intriguing feature!

 

As I work at my desk, I am listening to Intuition!  Wow, what beautiful music and so relaxing!  Thank you again for this CD!  Did you write all these pieces?  I feel very relaxed today and am getting a lot done!

 

BTW, Carmen really likes (as do I) Atrim Bride.  (just checking – is it Atrim or Atrium?).  And she loved Braeden too and Shades of Pale! 🙂  Thinking ahead to next year I keep going back to Symphony No.1: The Lady in White at the National Gallery of Art.  I hope you get a chance to go see her!  I think she stands nearly 8 feet framed.  I wonder what a full size re-creation of her by Mark would look like?? 🙂

 

Hope you can get some rest between your long Mona sessions!

 

Blessings and Love to you guys!

 

Cliff

​ (and Carmen)​

 

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In the past, I’ve had so many bad experiences with photographs and photographers that having my picture taken is like going to the dentist. But, Mark Lovett and Laurel Lovett made the whole experience easy and effortless. Mark is an artist as well as a photographer, so he knows how to capture the best portrait. The photo shoot was done efficiently, and he edited the photos in one day. Somehow he was able to make my whole face glow and enhanced the photos to make me go, “Wow!” I’d never seen myself look that good before! I didn’t have to go back and ask him to do anything else to touch up the photos. And that’s a first! They were just so perfect. He is definitely my favorite photographer of all time!

Alice Lee

 

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My partner and I had our law firm’s business head shots taken by Mark and we are thrilled. Our photos are professional, natural and exactly what we wanted. I chose Bethesda Headshots because Mark captures the personality of his clients without his clients looking posed or over processed. He didn’t disappoint. We cannot recommend this studio enough and we will definitely send our friends and colleagues their way. Thank you again.

  1. Christina Hamilton

 

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Mark is passionate about his work and it is shown through the final results. Mark made the experience convenient and easy. Great job!

Matthew Canter

 

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I really enjoyed my photo shoot session with Mark. He made me laugh and made really good suggestion to bring the best on my personality out on camera. Really well use of my time and he made sure I was happy with the outcome before he let me go. I will definitely come back again for more pictures and would suggest him to anybody Thanks Mark Chris Lynx Arroyo

Christopher Arroyo

 

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I had such a great experience with Bethesda Headshots. The whole process (from scheduling to choosing the final images) was really efficient and seamless, which made my life easier. Mark made me feel super comfortable during the session itself. He also spent extra time with me to make sure I was happy with the selections. In the end, I was so happy with my images; he helped me look great! Both him and his wife were so nice and warm! I would highly recommend them to my friends and family.

Sonal Shah

 

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Mark’s photography work is actually much more than photography. Some may not know that Mark is also an incredible oil painter, musician and web site designer. Everything Mark does is beautifully creative. He doesn’t just take photos. He takes the subject and, somehow, makes it as beautiful and interesting as one of his unique paintings. Truly, Mark is an artist and it shows in everything he does. If you engage him for a “head shot,” you will be ecstatic with the quality of the finished product.

Faith Lovett

 

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I had a great experience. He made me feel comfortable which enabled me to relax while taking great photos. I plan to use him for family photos too.

Jorge Aguilera

 

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Very professional. Mark and Laurel showed up to our office on time to take pictures for our website and were ready to shoot right away. The pictures were great. We enjoyed the photo shoot and working with Mark Lovett Photography.

Gerald Chan

 

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Great experience with Mark and Laurel! We hired them to take photos for our website. They were true professionals in every sense of the word! The photo shoot was fun and productive and we ended up with incredible photos! We are so pleased and I highly recommend them!

Karen Walker

 

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Mark is a gem! You’d be hard pressed to find a friendlier, more accommodating photographer. And he’s professional, prompt, and dedicated too! We recently engaged Mark’s photography expertise, for our grassroots political campaign, and were pleasantly surprised at his keen artistic eye & his devotion to excellence. The turnaround for the photos was very fast, and out of the shots that we have from five different photographers, Mark’s photos are the best, by far!

Allan Phoenix