Mark Black uses his over 25 years of photojournalistic experience to capture the precious and sometimes fleeting moments of your wedding day. Mark's fascination with photography began with the discovery of an old camera in his grandmother's basement at the age of 10. While attending Columbia College he interned and freelanced with several area newspapers. After graduating with a B.A. in Photojournalism, Mark continued to freelance for several area newspapers before accepting a staff photographer's position at the Daily Herald. Since starting with the Daily Herald in 1993 he has advanced to the position of Senior Staff Photographer.
Mark has received numerous awards for his images from the Wedding Photojournalist Association, National Press Photographers Association, Inland Press Association, Illinois Press Photographers Association, Chicago Headline Club and Associated Press just to name a few. Mark has had his images published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the main images on the cover of "People Magazine". Mark has been intricately involved in the photojournalism industry in Illinois, acting at the Vice President of the Illinois Press Photographers Association from 1999-2009.
Mark and his wife live in St. Charles, Illinois, where they are raising their two young sons.
5 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
7 Client Letters
The following letters are from the clients of Mark Black.
Married: 11 months ago
Emily & Brad
Mark, The pictures are incredible! I looked through them all and cried while I relived our perfect day. You have a gift. Thank you deeply, Emily
Married: 4 years ago
Jennifer & Chase
I can't thank you enough for your hard work! So many happy tears when I saw the photos. You captured the emotion behind the happiest, most beautiful day of my life. I just love the candid shots of the kids and my friends and family having fun. I was able to see the events that unfolded while I was busy throughout the day. Oh my goodness! There were so many shots that were surprises and we were just thrilled! And the details so carefully captured will help us remember the day that went by too too fast.
Married: 5 years ago
Amanda & Jeff
You truly are an artist! You did an amazing job and were so easy to work with. We couldn't be happier!
Married: 6 years ago
Zara & Jeff
Very down to earth and easy to work with. We've loved what we've seen so far... Very creative and played off our personalities well!!
Married: 6 years ago
Anthony & Dan
Mark, The pictures turned out great! It was such a beautiful day & because of you, we have these moments captured in time forever. Thanks again for everything!
Married: 7 years ago
Tina Marie & Angelo
Mark, you were the best to work with and we could not be more happy with your work. Thank you Thank you thank you!!!!
Married: 10 years ago
Elena & Aaron
“Hey Mark, The photos are great! Some of them are REALLY great. We especially had a blast looking at the dancing photos of all our friends :)”
1 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Mark Black as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.