Mark's career as a professional photographer started over 30 years ago when he earned his BA degree from Brigham Young University where he studied photography. Since then, he has been a photographer and digital imaging specialist at three commercial studios as well as running his own business. Throughout his career, he has been interested in many genres of photography, but he is extremely passionate about photographing the natural world.

He has always loved to share his experience and enthusiasm with others. Over the years, Mark has instructed many photography classes and workshops through various community and university programs, a few years ago, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has served as a photography instructor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth Ohio. His passion for nature photography motivated him to created the book "A Glimpse of Darby Creek: One of the Last Great Places" for his MFA thesis project. The title is founded upon the declaration by The Nature Conservancy, who, over 30 years ago, designated Big Darby Creek as "one of the twelve last great places of the Western Hemisphere".

Mark and his wife Paula have raised four children, who, as may be expected, love and enjoy nature.