Mark Bolster is a Pittsburgh location photographer who photographs commercial assignments for corporate annual reports, editorial portraits, advertising and industrial brochures. Strong graphic composition, a keen eye for light, efficient production, and a great rapport with people are hallmarks of a Bolster photo shoot. Mark is the consummate professional road warrior who knows his next great photo is just around the bend. If you need to find a photographer or photographer's resource in Pittsburgh, look no further...

Professional memberships include: ASMP-American Society of Media Photographers, EP-Editorial Photographers, and SAA - Stock Artists Alliance.

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Please note...I regret I can no longer accept commercial assignments due to my appointed position as Staff Photographer for UPMC. I will continue to blog with some frequency HERE

As of January 1, 2010 I regret that I can no longer accept any COMMERCIAL assignments. I have been appointed staff photographer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where I will continue doing creative photography for UPMC's advertising, marketing, and collateral projects. This change will NOT affect my retail portrait business and I can be reached via my contact page for information regarding weekend assignments. I appreciate your past business and support over the last 30 years of my freelance career. It has truly been a rich and an amazing experience!

Industrial Photography- From the hot and grimy foundry, to the most high tech clean room, Mark approaches each location with an eye to simplify the cluttered and complex. He renders the bland, colorful. He breaks down operations and processes into their most iconic simplicity and then uses dramatic lighting and composition to tell the story. Industry takes on a bold, clean look in the industrial photos that are used by clients for annual reports, corporate magazines, and industrial advertising.

Corporate Annual Reports- Numerous graphic designers and investor relations managers have trusted Mark Bolster for his expertise in handling politically sensitive and demanding photography schedules of the corporate annual report season. Mark has traveled the world and has resources in all corners to assure an efficient and successful shoot for the most demanding FORTUNE 500 companies. Mark especially enjoys photographing corporate executives and senior management portraits. Bolster is an experienced traveler and during his road trips, has utilized planes, trains, automobiles and helicopters, to get him and his gear to the assignment on time. Bolster also photographs corporate events and off site meetings. Recently he was called upon to photograph the historical Pittsburgh G20 Summit and it's international presidents. Additionally, Mark is a popular public speaker and gives lectures on photography technique and the business of photography. He regularly speaks at schools, resorts, clubs, and to trade organizations.

Editorial Portraits-Photographs of all types of people make up much of Mark's portfolio. Mark has charmed CEO's, celebrities, union laborers, school children, lovers, and models. His genuine curiosity of people and what makes them tick makes his environmental portraits special. Magazine and editorial clients have depended upon Mark for years to meet their demanding deadlines in an efficient and professional manner. Mark enjoys photographing corporate meetings, corporate events, off-site retreats and team meetings and does so in a candid, friendly and non-obtrusive way.

People/Lifestyle-Lifestyle photography done primarily for advertising clients and stock productions is way too much fun! Mark enjoys photographing models with a "real life look" and works more like a movie director than a commercial photographer. He enjoys location scouting,casting, and assembling a support team with experience that contribute to photos that are emotional and timeless.

Location Photography- Mark Bolster is the premier Pittsburgh photographer specializing in location photography. For almost 25 years, he has been capturing Americana, people, and places off the beaten path. He looks forward to the next road trip and discovery that only being in an unfamiliar place can bring. Bolster was born to travel and his location kit is packed. Downtown or on the other side of the world, count on Mark's road trip experience to make your next location shoot a success.

Model Portfolios- Mark Bolster works with Pittsburgh professional models and amateurs models who need to develop marketable fashion/beauty portfolios. Mark makes images that show your best features and bring out your inner beauty. From high fashion to girl-nest-door, to glamour photo sessions, Mark stays creative and fun to work with. Professional makeup artists are one of the sources we use to make you look great along with the latest digital photography and retouching techniques. If you need a model portfolio or want to work with a model agency, please give a call to schedule your portfolio session and photo shoot!

Diana Camera- Old is new again! Mark loves experimenting and shooting with antique, low tech cameras such as the Diana, Holga, Agfa plastic cameras and Lens Baby plastic lenses that create surreal, soft and romantic images. New digital techniques even allow for this soft focus look all while using modern technology. Mark has documented New York City using a Diana camera and would love to discuss the possibility of incorporating a low tech look in your next editorial or corporate, or advertising photo assignment.

Documentary- Mostly picture taking instead of picture making, this location specialty goes well with Mark's curiosity of the world. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is a current ongoing photo documentary project that combines Mark's greatest passions: location photography and motor sports. Photography view books and recruiting brochures for colleges and universities also lend themselves to this style of documentary photography. Mark is the photographer of the coffee table photo book, Pittsburgh: A Photographic Portrait, a book published by Twin Lights Publishers, Inc.