Marc Burgess has two decades experience as a photographer shooting a wide range of work. His experience extends from fashion to editorial, commercial stills, portraits, events, weddings, porn, food, interiors, catalog and more. His clients extend from Unicef, MacDirectory, Miami Living Mag, LiquidSpace and GrubHub. His first assignments were simple model shoots for agencies like Ford, Ikon, Time Models and more. Some shoots were paid, some not. He still loves shooting model portraits. One of his first steady clients was for Mac Directory and Miami Living Magazines. Without even meeting the editor, a simple submission had won him a gig with the two magazines. He was assigned to casting and shooting 16-18 model portraits for tutorial pages published in the back of the magazines. He shot a couple years for the magazine.
Marc also hit a big client with Liquidspace about five years ago. He has shot 100's of interiors for high end corporate spaces for rent in Manhattan. Most of time he only used a tripod and camera. They keep calling him for more work. Recently Marc can be found traveling through the tri-state area shooting for GrubHub. He goes from restaurant to deli to food truck or any other venue that has some food for him to photograph. His work can be seen on any GrubHub mobile app.
With no training and no experience Marc bought a Rolleiflex and did his first professional photo shoot of an Asian model from the agency he worked for in NYC back in 2000.
His only intention was to use the camera to help himself pose better as a model. Instead he became a photographer that day. He began to shoot a lot, and a lot more. Film wasn't cheap and medium format was his choice. He would mix B&W chemicals till 5AM in his bathroom in Woodside Queens printing images of models that graced his camera. The process took some patience, dedication to detail and forced him to learn photography from its beginning roots. He took his photography to another level after graduating from Brooklyn College in 2009 with a degree in TV/Radio Film and Photography.
His strongly believes that a photograph can be captured a million ways and the most conventional method is not always the best choice. Despite doing a mix of commercial and event coverage, it is still his belief that flash is not always necessary to capture a great image. He has gotten amazing results shooting a wedding with only a tripod and camera. His passion is evident in the creative juices that still run through his veins when he is seeking to capture that next great image.
I love to travel. Photography gives me that joy. Because I shoot for various clients in many different cities, I am constantly on the go. Photography always involves editing the good, bad and ugly. And so is life, thus traveling to various cultures I get to see the good, the bad and the ugly. Photography is a wonderful medium that grants one the power to access great beauty or less desired results with the simple movement of light, composition and mood.
I have done many fashion shoots and make them special now by creating some fashion video clips for my clients. The video clips added to the fashion catalog has been a major hit for most designers. The are able to use the extra content for social media and fresh content.
I have done many portraits and make them special by focusing some of my time and energy getting my subject to relax and/or building their confidence. "You can't photoshop a smile" I say. Clearly you can, but an image is best when less photoshop is needed. Getting someone to pose is actually difficult simply because most people don't like their own appearance. This challenge I enjoy and make sure portraits are done nicely to help the sitting go as best as possible.
I received some awards from Galleries and local newspapers in New Jersey.
Any compensation is recognition enough for me and makes me grateful to have made money shooting when everyone has a camera today.
I am left handed and played Trumpet for many years in grade school. I was born on the 4th of July.