Mark is a self-taught professional photographer specializing in landscape and fine art photography. He successfully operated a professional portrait studio from 2004 – 2012, serving local folks with wedding and portrait photography. As a lover of nature, in 2012 Mark began migrating his work more toward the landscape and fine art genre of photography.
Mark’s interest in photography began when he was just 15 years old when he found himself in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (known as the BWCAW or just BWCA). During a life-changing three month venture deep into the profound beauty of the BWCA, on many long trips into northern Minnesota and Canada, he discovered his love of photography with an old Brownie Hawkeye camera. Later, Mark bought his first ‘real’ camera, a Canon QL17 ‘Range-Finder’ that he still owns to this day. Mark works his art through the Canon line of very fine photography products.
Mark lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota with Linda, his amazing wife of over 50 years. They met very early in life, at age 16, and fell deeply in love. Linda is a budding photographer herself and has produced some amazing photos. Aside from photography, Mark is also a successful Motivational Speaker and Teacher. He inspires people to ‘tune-in’ to their inner voice and discover new and exciting things in life. He absolutely loves the outdoors and believes that landscape photography can actually help to enhance a person’s quality of life through travel, adventure, creativity, planning for the future, and looking for the light…in everything.
Mark and Linda have two wonderful adult children (one living in Minnesota and the other in Heaven), and two amazing adult grand-kids who absolutely rock their world!
Education and Training
Mark received his B.A. degree in Communications and Management from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN while working for the phone company from 1970 – 2000, where he also developed his public speaking skills and motivational speaking experience. Today, Mark teaches basic photography to youth and local business professionals.
Non-profit Founder and Author
Since 1998, he has been serving as Founder and Director of LNF Ministries, a non-profit organization focusing on helping families dealing with the death of a child. He is also Founder of the Adam M. Triplett Memorial Scholarship Fund, offering scholarships to college-bound students in the areas of Aviation, Music and Ministry.
Mark authored and self-published his book “From Mayhem to Miracles”, his true story of encountering the very presence of God in the aftermath of the death of his son, Adam in 1997. When he’s not out photographing nature, Mark and his wife Linda find themselves invited to speak to groups and individuals across the country about their own grief journey.
Over the years, Mark has served as a volunteer in law enforcement with the Maplewood Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol. Currently, he holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force ‘Civil Air Patrol’ in Lake Elmo, MN, as a pilot, Recruitment Officer and the squadron’s Award-Winning Historian having earned many honorable ‘Historian of the Year’ awards from the Civil Air Patrol Minnesota Wing.
Photography was a hobby for Mark, even through his adult years. But, in April of 2004, he officially began his professional photography business with back-to-back weddings in one weekend, with his wife Linda as his assistant. On their drive home from their very first successful photography session, Mark and Linda were hit head-on by a drunk driver, and found themselves together on the way to the emergency room. Healing and restoration took many years but through it all they persevered. They praise the local fire department Chief for safely securing 15 rolls of exposed film and all of the camera gear for them.
In 2015, Mark shifted his interests and began getting serious about landscape photography and combined family summer holidays with landscape photography trips to local parks and other photo destinations in the USA. After returning from a successful trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior, he began his search of other professional photographers to learn from. He eventually discovered Tim Shields, Master Photographer and now mentor and teacher of both Mark and Linda. When Mark saw the incredible photography of Tim Shields, he saw what was possible for himself and vowed to learn how to take magazine-quality photos. Tim Shield’s amazing Master Class has made a world of difference for both Mark and Linda as they pursue their passion in photography.
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