Featured Photographer: Mark McCall
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Discovers the Magic of VB
Like most professional photographers, Mark McCall of Lubbock Texas did not start out to be a photographer.
He got a degree in mechanical engineering while working for a fund raising organization.
stayed with his
first engineering job for just 2 months before he
realized that is was not for him.
did stay with the fund raising company for 22 years but photography was always his
hobby which gradually turned professional on weekends.
The business grew over a 6 year period until he
had no personal time left.
On July 4, 1996 Mark he
made the decision to go full time into professional photography.
It was a difficult decision because he
was making a very good living and already had a child but he
knew what he
had to do.
worked out of his
home until he
opened a commercial location in 2000 and then moved into a historic building in downtown Lubbock offering general photographic services including aerial, weddings, sports leagues in addition to general portraits.
He climbed all the professional ladders including achieving the degrees of Photographic Craftsman, Master Photographer, and became a Certified Professional Photographer.
Mark never gave much consideration to getting a Virtual Backgrounds system until he heard about a photographer with a VB system who was going out of business and selling off everything.
explains, "I was not really in the market for a VB system but the seller dropped the price again so I bought it over the phone site unseen.
After learning the basics, Mark
started doing images with his
Virtual Backgrounds system specifically for competition.
submitted 4 prints created with Virtual Backgrounds
and every one scored 80 and above.
I got the Fuji Award trophy for one print at the Southwestern convention and "Best Image Of A Groom" at TPPA.
is now suggesting that we rename the Scene Machine the "Merit Machine" because it has padded his
already full trophy case.
is creating special custom backgrounds to help him acquire and satisfy customers.
For example one of his
annual jobs is to photograph the incoming president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association
Mark has created a wide variety of campus related backgrounds and now shoots the new president of the Alumni with a variety of campus backgrounds right in the studio.
Mark loves the work of master photographer William McIntosh.
concludes, "My only regret is that I did not get started using Virtual Backgrounds
We expect Mark
will be doing a great deal of highly creative and profitable work with his
VB system in his
studio and on location.
has also agreed to be present at the Virtual Backgrounds booth at the upcoming PPA Imaging event in New Orleans so he
can personally share his
enthusiasm for the VB process with others.