M. Carter Photography

 

About Me

Marcus A. Carter

Currently I live just outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia. Over the last five years of my life, I have been balancing a full-time career as a software consultant with becoming a professional photographer. I fell in love with this art form at a young age but never had the resources to truly pursue it.

 

I bought my first camera in college and would take photos of everything! After about a year of people pushing me to try photography as more than a hobby I finally listened. One day in college I bought a new camera, a few lenses and a new laptop. At this time I was now thousands of dollars invested in an art form that all I had was a passion for. I had no experience, never took a class, but knew I was determined to succeed. I spent countless nights up into the early hours studying and teaching myself about photography. Whether it was editing, marketing, shooting techniques or researching, I loved every minute of it. 

 

5 years later, fueled by passion and hard-work here I am. Sitting on my laptop writing this short bio, hoping that I can use my self-taught ability and limitless work-ethic to provide you with images that you can cherish forever!

 

- Marcus C.

 

Services

Portrait Photography


I have developed a signature style that usually is defined as "cinematic". This style focused deeply on capturing emotions and telling a story with each image. Shoot techniques such as: unique lighting/angles, darker settings, dramatic lighting, deep tones and natural light as how I enhance the feel of these images. My goal is to try an evoke emotions from the viewer. 

 

However, I can also shoot more traditional portraits for  engagements, fashion & lifestyle, fitness and more!

Engagement Sessions
It all starts with popping the question, are you ready?


My Story:
I proposed on Christmas morning in 2019 to my now amazing wife. I vivdly remember how my nerves were having a street race through my brain with no end in sight. It was months in the making and the day had finally come. Her final present was this (not well designed) handmade box with the ring inside. I disguised it as a "jewelry box" which wasn't completely untrue. She saw the box, smiled and froze for a second. After some happy confusion and tears she said "I DO". 


If you are reading this having gotten through this amazing day, congratulations to you and yours!

 

If you are reading this in prepparation for that day, don't worry he or she will say yes because you're amazing!".

 

Regardless, if you want someone to help you capture this incredible moment in your life look no further! I am very versitile and can adapt to any situation to ensure we freeze this moment in time forever!
 

I am willing to hid in a bush if required, at no extra charge 
 

Weddings


Congratulations it's time to time the knot! Now it's time to plan one of the, if not the biggest day of your lives. Venue, guestlist, decorations, wedding colors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, catering, and much more! Take a moment to scratch the photographer off your list.

 

Let me take care of ensuring that you have photos to remember this day forever! I offer a variety of wedding packages which can be tailored to meet your budget and photography needs!
 

Being a newlywed myself I know first-hand how important photos and videos are for your big day. This will allow for you to cherish this day for the rest of your lives together.
 

Hope to work with you soon,

Marcus C.

 

Graduation Sessions


Congraulations you did it! All those sleepless nights, pop-quizzes, group assignments and research papers are finally behind you. Its time to let the world know that you made it to the finish line. 
 

I graduated in 2015 from George Mason University with a B.S. in Applied Information Technology. I will never forget how it felt to walk across that stage as my friends and love ones cheered my on. 

I offer a variety of packages for graduation sessions that can be tailored to your budget and needs. Let me capture a few images that you can look back on to remember that you won the fight.

 

Event Coverage


Being a newlywed myself I know first-hand how important photos and videos are for your big day. This will allow you to cherish this day for the rest of your lives together.

 

It starts with popping the question, are you ready?

Then once the woman of your dreams says "I DO" it is time to plan one of the, if not the biggest day of your life. Venue, guestlist, decorations, wedding colors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, catering, and much more! Let me take care of helping you remember this day forever! I offer a variety of wedding packages which can be tailored to your budget and needs!
 

Prices

 

Portrait Session - Prices start at $150.00
Portrait sessions
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  • Deposit Instructions: The deposit must be paid via the methods below:

    • ​Venmo

    • PayPal

    • Cash - must be provided within 48 hours of booking

 
  • Bronze Package​

    • Duration: 30-minutes
    • Returned high-quality edits: 5

    • Additional Edits: $10/photo

    • Method of Delivery: Digital download

$150.00

  • Silver Package​ - *Most Popular Package*

    • Duration: 1- hour

    • Mood Board Creation

    • Returned high-quality edits: 10

    • Additional Edits: $7/photo

    • Method of Delivery: Digital download

    • $50 deposit required to secure timeslot

  • Gold Package 

    • ​Duration: 1.5 hours

    • Mood Board Creation

    • 30-minute concept consultation

    • Returned high-quality edits: 15

    • Additional Edits: $5/photo

    • 8x10 framed print of your favorite image

    • Method of Delivery: digital download

    • $75 deposit required to secure timeslot

$200.00

$300.00

Engagement Session - $275.00

My engagement sessions are 2-hours in length and include 20 high-quality returned images. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold your timeslot and will be applied to your final cost.
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  • Deposit Amount: A deposit of $50.00 is due at the time of booking. This will however be applied to your final cost when the session concludes.

    • If the shoot is cancelled within the scope of the cancellation guidelines, a full refund will be provided​​

  • Shoot Duration 

    • 2 hours
       

  • Images Returned

    • Returned images are high-resolution edited photos that you will have the ability to select. This ensures that your session is captured and remembered the way you want it to be.
       

      • Additional photos can be purchased (see below)

        • Package 1 = 25 images for $50.00

        • Package 2 = 50 images for $100.00

        • Package 3 = 100 images for $200.00

 
 

Weddings

  • Package #1 - $1,750 

    • Includes 4-6 hour session; Bride and Bridesmaid prep, Groomsmen prep, wedding service prep, ceremony, family/group photos, the bride and groom portraits, and reception.

    •  1 photographer

      • additional photographers can be added upon request for an additional cost

    • 250 post-edited High-Resolution Digital Images

      • 20-30 Highlighted Digital Images post-edited within 48 hours of the wedding for social media purposes

    • 4-6 week turnaround on completed album

    • Secure access to your own personal album online + download
       

  • Package #2 - $2,250 
     

    • Includes 6-8 hour session; Bride and Bridesmaid prep, Groomsmen prep, wedding service prep, ceremony, family/group photos, the bride and groom portraits, and reception.

    •  1 photographer

      • additional photographers can be added upon request for an additional cost

    • 350 post-edited High-Resolution Digital Images

    • 30-40 Highlighted Digital Images post-edited within 48 hours of the wedding for social media purposes

    • 16x20 printout of a selected image

    • Estimated 6-8 week turnaround on completed album

    • Secure access to your own personal album online + download
       

  • Package #3 - $4,000
     

    • Includes 8-12-hour session; Bride and Bridesmaid prep, Groomsmen prep, wedding service prep, ceremony, family/group photos, the bride and groom portraits, and reception.

    •  2 photographers included 

      • additional photographers can be added upon request for an additional cost

    • 500 post-edited High-Resolution Digital Images

    • 40-50 Highlighted Digital Images post-edited within 48 hours of the wedding for social media purposes

    • 16x20 printout of a selected image

    • Estimated 8-12 week turnaround on completealbum

    • Secure access to your own personal album online + download

Event Coverage
 

  • Price: $150.00/hour

    • A $50.00 non-refundable deposit required

      • Deposit due at the time of booking;

      • will apply to your final cost
         

  • Photo Packages:

    • Package 1 = 25 images for $50

    • Package 2 = 50 images for $100

    • Package 3 =100 images for $200

      • *Packages can be modified upon request
         

  • All packages consist of high-resolution edited photos

    • Returned images will be selected by you to ensure that your event is captured and remembered the way you desire.

  • Additional Information

    • Only purchased images are returned, full set not included

    • All prices are subject to change depending on requested service

  • Final Cost Breakdown​

    • Hourly Rate ($150.00/hr) + Selected Photo Package - Deposit​

      • Package 1 (2 hours | 25 images) = $​300 final cost

      • Package 2 (2 hours | 50 images) = $​350 final cost

      • Package 3 (2 hours | 100 images) = $​450 final cost

 

Gradutation Packages

 

I know that college hits your pockets pretty hard. Fear not, I offer two very-affordable photo packages to ensure you have high-quality images for an affordable price!
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Basic Package: $200.00
 

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Deposit: $50.00

  • Number of included images: 10

  • Additional images are $7.00 per image

    • 5/$35

    • 10/$70

    • 15/$100

      *All prices are subject to change depending on requested service*

Premium Package: $300.00

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Deposit: $75.00

  • Number of included images: 20

    • Additional images are $7.00 per image

      • 5/$35 

      • 10/$70

      • 15/$105


*All prices are subject to change depending on requested service*

Print Store

Below you will find a selection of street photography, landscapes, abstract and more that are available for purchase as high-quality prints. If you have any questions or concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact me