The most amazing photographer on earth.. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Orange County Photographer, Mark Jordan, since 1991 and have commissioned him to create multiple images for me, personally as well for my company: Strictly Vacations of Santa Barbara. Being a one time professional photographer myself, and having specialized in celebrity weddings, I was and still am very particular in regards to the aesthetic values of photography. Rarely have I seen a photographer rise to the caliber of Mark Jordan's imaginative and creative flair. When you want the very best, I can think of no one better than Mark Jordan.
Unparalleled Photographer. There are photographers and then there are PHOTOGRAPHERS. Mark Jordan is a PHOTOGRAPHER - exceptional in every way. Whether it's the extraordinary service, spectacular family portraits or Mark and Kari's unprecedented thoughtfulness and care, everything about their photography business shines. They have created three portraits for us and we will be creating all our portraits and hopefully, someday, our grandchildren as well.
Mark is a Master of "Writing with Light". I made a costly mistake which Mark Jordan tried to spare our family. After searching the web for hours, I found a bunch of photographers with nice websites. However, the most attractive aspect was their price, and none with the experience or inspiration of Mark Jordan's portraits. I also discovered that most studios have no studios at all (they do everything outdoors) and other than a camera and website, rarely do they have any credentials. Regardless of being forewarned and my gut feeling, I opted for price... Suffice it to say, I found out the hard way. We hired Mark for the first time this year for our family Christmas portrait and could not be any happier - ecstatic is more like it! Though we paid a little more, cost will be the last thing we'll be thinking of years from now as we relive our family captured so beautifully! Thank you Kari & Mark - you two are the very best!
The Consummate Professional. I've been reading so many reviews and what to write about something different. Yes, he is the best, bar none. That being said, it's one thing to offer the best in family portraits, but Mark also shines in his business practices. First of all, we appreciate that he offers a very wide range of portrait styles. His handmade photographs are incredible but can get expensive (if you like to visit often, as we do), however, he also carries regular custom type finishes which are great for everyday use, and is ideal for our budget. Mark is also very kind, patient and exceptionally easy to work with. His wife, Kari, is also a gem and is incredible with our kids. She never says the "S" word (smile!) but creates so much fun during our portrait session, we forget about what we're doing and "sparkle" naturally. What is also surprising is that selecting our favorite portrait is not a matter of trying to find the best one but eliminating our favorites from among dozens! Regardless of how emotional it can (we want every single picture), Mark always has our best interest at heart and is fabulous at helping us pick only the best expressions from each pose. Even then, he emphasizes that we should buy only the very best ones, making the portraits we select all that more special us. He's right. We feel very fortunate to have found Mark (I don't think he advertises) and could not recommend him any higher.
Loved My Senior Portrait!. Mark Jordan was amazing! I was expecting this to be an unpleasant experience but Mark make it fun and enjoyable. He never asked me to do any of those corny poses (like jumping in the air) - he kept it real. The hardest part was trying to narrow down our choices - every picture was awesome! I really liked the special work he did afterward on my photographs. One he did with a really cool blue "toning." Classic! I cannot thank him enough and plan to come back in the future. Thank you!
Orange County Photographer Extraordinaire. About the only concern we had about relocating to California was leaving our family portrait photographer. She had captured our family's most treasured memories for nearly 20 years... After moving here last September we asked anyone if they knew of a good photographer. We told everyone we were spoiled with New York's finest. The one name that kept coming up was Mark Jordan - we were told that Mark wasn't just for anyone, however, but for people who truly loved portraits and that excellence was of utmost importance. We checked out his website and we were amazed. Suddenly we realize we had been eating dog-food all our life and he was about to be our first taste of sirloin. Suffice it to say, we hired Mark and Kari to create what Mark calls their "empty nest" portrait. The portrait session went wonderful (completely painless), Kari was perfect at getting all of us to "sparkle" naturally, and when we saw our "previews," we all cried. They were that powerful! Our portrait now hangs on our den wall and we could not be any happier. Not only do we love California, we now have a new family photographer to make us feel right at home. Thank you Mark & Kari - you are fabulous!
The Only Photographer For Our Family. Mark Jordan is not only the finest photographer in Orange County, but one of the most talented in the country. Our family has used Mark on several occasions, as does a large circle of our friends. We love him, his charming wife, Kari (who is magnificent at getting our kids to "sparkle"), and cherish his portrait creations. We trust Mark so much that of late, we ask him to select his favorite expressions, swap all our heads, assemble the portrait to his liking, and call us when he's happy. Our most recent portrait was a Masterpiece - we would not change a single stroke. If you are looking for good photographer, you can get that anywhere, but if you want a true master, the only option for our family is Mark Jordan.
Our New Family Photographer. Mark made us feel special. Our kids loved him and even my husband commented that it was the most "painless" portrait he had ever taken. His photogrpahy is so beutiful that I aksed him if we could see his photographs along with all the paintings - what I didn't know is that these WERE his photographs! They are that stunning. Though I spent more than I had planned, his prices were fair and we got way more than we expected. Also, he does framing at cost which saved us big time. His wife is also a great help and made even our 13 year old son enjoy the portrait shoot. Mark has many awards, is in the Photographers Hall of Fame, and yet he is humble and caring. We have found our new family photographer.
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