Mark Hopkins Photography

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That lovely lady there in the image above? That is my beloved grandmother. She was a GEM. And that little whipper-snapper is yours truly. That furry thing we’re petting is a cow.  Or, is it a baby steer?  Those COULD be horns.   Anyway, I got lots of this with my grandparents… horses, cows, moving pipe on the farm. Ya know, work.  I loved it.   Oh, and that’s her Kodak Instamatic X-15. It took those little cube flashes. She got me (and I have) the Kodak Instamatic X-15F. The ‘F’ meant it took the 8 flash ‘flip flash’, which DOUBLED the number of flash photos you could take. Oh, technology!!!

The boring nitty gritty….

I come from a family of artists and musicians.  My dad loved photography, taught music, sang in the choir, conducted large orchestras with chorus (Carmina Burana and Messiah quickly became favorites of mine).  My mom was a stage actress and singer for years and STILL is in retirement!  Me?  I picked up the music bug, playing piano, trumpet and singing…. and of course, photography.  Point is, creativity was all around me.  All my life.

And I’ve been taking photos all my life.  My grandmother was passionate about documenting my time with her and my grandfather in California through a Kodak Instamatic X-15.  She got me one, and I clicked away.

I loved to meter and shoot with my mom’s Pentax K-1000 in the 70’s and 80’s.  Don’t know if any of those were good, but I still count it as practice.  Minolta was the brand for a while when my Uncle left me one when he passed.  I tried all kinds of things with that rig, and had a blast doing it.  I think I got fewer good ones with the Minolta than the Pentax, but it certainly wasn’t a brand thing.

Mark and his wife Theresa

Me and my lovely wife, Theresa
Image Courtesy of Tracie Howe Photography

So yeah, I loved to take photos, and have been for most of my life.  Professionally all that time?  Oh, heck no…. I was honing my craft early on.

I’ve served on our city’s Arts council, and judged several photography shows, as well as had my work featured in several juried shows, galleries and wineries in the area.  My fine art and real estate work has been featured nationally and internationally in advertising, posters and magazines.

Other than photography, professionally, I have a technical background, and given today’s digital world makes for a seamless and perfect match for me:  Creativity meets technology.

Bottom line though, I love spending 1 on 1 time with my clients, creating and delivering amazing images to be cherished now and forever.

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