Photographs transport people to an earlier time without the need to master quantum physics or pay the tolls associated with America's wormhole highways. Capture fleeting moments for future examination with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a digital Christmas card at Chamberlin Photography (a $40 value) including:
- A green-screen style sitting for up to two adults and two kids (additional subjects can be added for $5 per person or $10 per pet).
- A choice of one holiday-themed background.
- A formatted email with the finished image.
Mark Chamberlin has been a shutterbug for more than 30 years, and combines his stunning portraiture with the endless possibilities of high tech chroma-key technology. Subjects feign whispers into an invisible Santa ear, dangle from a digital soaring sleigh, or nibble on the nose of a snowman, all while seated in front of a neon-green backdrop in a climate-controlled studio. After the shoot, the photographer imbeds the image into a Christmas-card background of the sitters' choosing before emailing them a formatted photo ready for eco-friendly delivery via digital superhighways. For an additional fee, Mark will upgrade photos to higher resolutions, provide customization services, or ink additional prints to give to extended family members or stuff into the glove compartment of Pat Boone's car.
Ever since he began playing with the family Kodak as a toddler, Mark Chamberlin’s passion for photography has been insatiable. He opened his first studio in 1977, and soon earned numerous awards for his portrait, wedding, and scenic photography. By 1995, he felt ready to move on from the studio business and switched his career focus to adult education. As the director and primary instructor of SmarterPics, which he founded in 2008, Mark teaches all level of student the ins and outs of digital photography.
In classes and private tutoring sessions, Mark instructs students through a combination of verbal instruction and hands-on practice. His classes range in subject, from introductory DSLR-camera courses to flash photography and controlling bright sun, where students learn more productive ways to work with light than attempting to harvest it from within. Subjects in his tutoring sessions also run the gamut from camera basics to digital editing tips, depending on the specific needs of his clients.