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Photographer

Phone: (512) ***-****  HQ Phone
Virtual Backgrounds
101 Uhland Road
San Marcos, Texas 78666
United States

Company Description: Virtual Backgrounds Makes the Professional Photographer Really Stand Out! With the amateur photographer getting more sophisticated with their automatic digital...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Incoming President
    Texas Tech
  • Photographer
    Tyrone Productions Limited

Education

  • degree , mechanical engineering
Web References
The Backgrounder- November 2011 Issue
www.virtualbackgrounds.net, 16 July 2013 [cached]
Mark McCall, Texas photographer, was awarded the Fuji Masterpiece Award for best wedding image in the Southwest by SWPPA on Oct. 3, 2011.
Mark McCall-Lubbock, Texas | Virtual Backgrounds
www.virtualbackgrounds.net, 16 July 2012 [cached]
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. He stayed with his first engineering job for just 2 months before he realized that is was not for him. He 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. Initially he 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. Mark 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.
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After learning the basics, Mark started doing images with his Virtual Backgrounds system specifically for competition. He 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. Mark is now suggesting that we rename the Scene Machine the "Merit Machine" because it has padded his already full trophy case.
Mark 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.
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Mark loves the work of master photographer William McIntosh.
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Mark concludes, "My only regret is that I did not get started using Virtual Backgrounds sooner."
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. He 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.
Tyrone Productions | About Us | People | Moya Doherty
www.tyroneproductions.com, 6 Jan 2008 [cached]
Photographer: Mark McCall
The Backgrounder- December 2011 Issue
www.virtualbackgrounds.net, 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
Featured Photographer: Mark McCall
Feast Your Eyes on Our New
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Mark McCall
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. He stayed with his first engineering job for just 2 months before he realized that is was not for him. He 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. Initially he 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. Mark 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. He 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. Mark is now suggesting that we rename the Scene Machine the "Merit Machine" because it has padded his already full trophy case.
Mark 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.
...
Mark concludes, "My only regret is that I did not get started using Virtual Backgrounds sooner."
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. He 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.
July 2012 | Virtual Backgrounds
www.virtualbackgrounds.net, 1 July 2012 [cached]
Lubbock, Texas photographer, Mark McCall likes to call his Virtual Backgrounds system a merit machine. He has never entered a VB print in competition that didn't hang and then eventually earn merits.
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Here is a picture of Mark McCall getting his award for Best Illustrative image at the TPPA Kerrville Summer Roundup. The winning print was created with Virtual Backgrounds.
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