Meet Mark & Steve
Having both had our own successful solo photography businesses for several years we realised that it’s much more fun working with a mate. In fact, we came to the conclusion that we enjoyed working together so much, and had shot so many weddings together, we decided it may be time to finally “tie the knot” ourselves and launch a new business. We’re very different in many ways – Steve (left) is a dog person (he has two) and I have a cat. He loves his meat and I’m a veggie. He’s a beer man and I prefer coffee. But one thing we very much agree on is that we’re people people with a passion for taking great pictures.
We scoured the local area for the perfect venue for our new studio and being Washington lads we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rent space in the old St Cuthberts Mission Building in Columbia that was formerly a pilates studio. Partly because it’s an awesome building with loads of history, but also because it has a full-size mirror ideal for our clients to practice posing.
Why Mission Studios?
We liked the idea of naming our business to reflect the history of the building We chose “Mission” for another reason too - we always make it our mission to give our clients the best possible customer experience. Whether we’re taking awesome portraits, shooting your wedding, capturing your event or promoting your business. We think our studio is just an amazing place to be - we’ll treat you to a fresh-brewed coffee, crank up the tunes and have a blast taking some amazing images that capture your unique personality.
What Makes Mission Studios Different?
We call ourselves “the friendly local photography studio” because our clients tell us that we always make them feel at ease. That’s because we love taking pictures as much as we love people and to us, the two go hand in hand.
We believe everyone has a story to tell whether it’s capturing the magic moments of your special day, helping you create a profile pic to be proud of or being there to record those precious moments in the lives of your growing family we’d love to work with you.
Our model is really simple – great images, transparent pricing, and an awesome customer experience. That’s why our clients keep coming back.
What services do you offer?
All aspects of photography. From studio and environmental family and pet portraiture to PR and event coverage, modelling portfolios, commercial and product photography. We also offer a full ending photography service
What does the wedding package include?
When you book us, you get two photographers andt; Before the big day * A pre-wedding meeting so we can get to know each other and discuss your specific needs * A pre-wedding shoot at your chosen venue so you can practice in front of the camera and create memories for your save-the-date card or signature mount should you wish. On the day * Full coverage of the day from both of us. We’ll be there for however long it takes to get the images we need to tell your awesome wedding story. * The benefit of our wedding expertise before and during the wedding – We consider ourselves important members of team-bride and team-groom. * We have your back - anything you need just ask. * Our signature “Personality Portrait” where we capture that something special that makes you unique as a couple We stay as late as we need to capture the whole party, we don’t leave straight after your fist dance like most photographers. After the wedding * Your favourite images presented as a slideshow in full HD set to your first dance music or any “special” songs * Your images provided on a USB stick. These are high-resolution images carry full printing rights. * Full after event support including prints or albums if required all at cost, remember I mentioned we have no mark up on albums.
Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
No, we limit ourselves to only 20 weddings a year so we can ensure our highest level of service to our couples.
What style of photos do you take?
We specialise in capturing YOUR wedding, not a wedding. Whatever you require, we can tailor your photography to much your style and theme. We pride ourselves on you as a coupe, what makes you tick and if we can tailor some shots to capture that, then we love to do that. We also specialise in dramatic lighting set ups for some spectacular shots which make your photos "pop".
What kind of technology do you use?
We carry loads of gear! From several full frame pro cameras, to bags of lighting both speed light flashes and portable studio modelling lights to capture you at your absolute best.
Do you offer any tool to display the photos online?
We provide fully edited images on a USB stick and deliver these to you via a slideshow too which you view at our Washington based studio. We also securely store your images for a minimum of two years.
What's the delivery time for photographic report?
Our PR work can be turned around same day. Events will be to meet your deadline. Average delivery of wedding photos is 5 weeks.
Do you send all the photos taken?
Yes, every photo is provided with no limit, fully edited and in high resolution. Studio portraits are sold as packages so numbers depend on the package purchased.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
There are two of us full time at the studio but we do use close and trusted colleagues for certain shoots who we trained with and continue to work alongside. For the vast majority of shoots, Mark or Steve cover these.
In case of unforeseen circumstances, do you have a replacement photographer?
Yes, we have a small team of close and trusted photographers who we can call on at short notice.
Do you have the rights to publish the wedding photos?
Yes, we offer full publishing rights for personal use. Commercial use will require our written permission.
Portrait and pet studio photography, model portfolio and corporate headshots, PR, media and event coverage, commercial and product photography. Celebrations and weddings.