Work to go on exhibit at photoLA

•December 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I just realized that this photo entitled “Abstract Light” will be going on exhibit at photoLA at the Los Angeles Convention Center in two weeks.

Earlier this year the work was selected by Britt Salvesen, curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of a fine art photography collection entitled Off the Clock. The work opened April 26, 2014 at a Los Angeles art gallery, and has since been on a tour including hanging in six major advertising agencies.  It will now conclude the tour at the Los Angeles Convention Center for photola 2015.

The Off The Clock Exhibit was created by the Los Angeles Chapter of American Photographic Artists.  I can’t thank APA LA enough for their hard work on this exhibit, and it is an honor to have been included in such a prestigous body of art.

This work is available for licensing and limited edition fine art prints via my other website, Private Collection Stock Photos, or by clicking the image.

Award winning fine art photography, copyright Mark Stout

Award winning fine art photography, copyright Mark Stout


Seeing what is around you in a unique way – Billy the Bartender

•December 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

These photos were not what I had planned.  I was out for the evening to photograph D.J. Sean O’Grady at Tracks, which I did.  But I also happened to see Billy the bartender at the beer bar sitting on top of the bar and couldn’t resist the opportunity the scene presented.

In the first shot, I exposed it for the lighting provided by the beer signs allowing all but the fine line of light outlining his face and body to fall to darkness.  It was the closest to how the scene actually looked.

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Billy the Bartender, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved.

On this next shot, I adjusted the exposure to allow more light on the dark side of his face.  I then double exposed the image with another shot of the lazar light hitting the disco ball for a dramatic effect.

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Billy the bartender, copyright Mark Stout

In the third image here, his attitude on top of the bar reminded me a bit of James Dean and black and white seemed quite fitting.  The black and white and some special blending to make it a bit more moody were done in post production on this one.  It has been the most successful of them all, in fact I have been quite surprised to see just how fast this black and white photo went viral.

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Billy the bartender, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

I have to say this. It wasn’t just a matter of “seeing” the shots and taking them.  It is also what I like to call the professional difference.  A professional both sees the “shot” others miss, he knows his equipment cold, what it will do, what it won’t do, how to push it to get something more creative without having to stop and think about it and where the controls are without having to look.  The end difference is measured in quantum leaps.

I want to close this with a thanks to Billy Upchurch.  What a fantastic subject he was.  These weren’t posed, it was just Billy being Billy at work and it couldn’t have all come together more perfectly.

Thanks Billy.

Men’s fashion photography

•November 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is an out-take from a men’s fashion shoot I did a few months back.  I thought I would share it with you.  I love the mood of this shot, the feeling that the image sort of  “just happened” to capture the sexy man deep into his private thoughts on a commuter shuttle.

As a note, it’s funny how the shots that looked like they “just happened” are usually the most work.  The production that went into pulling off this shot with its natural feel is considerable!

Please take a moment to visit my Men’s Fashion Photography gallery.

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Sexy man on a commuter train, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved

Fitness shoot with celebrity trainer, Danny Apollo Bruce

•November 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This shoot was actually published a few months ago, but I haven’t had time to get it posted. It was a shoot I did with celebrity fitness trainer, Danny Apollo Bruce and women’s fitness model Noora Kuusivuori for an article in Fitness Trainer Magazine.

Both Danny and Noora are superstars in their fields, and it was a great honor to work with them. One remarkable thing I noticed about them both is how real, how sincere about helping others they both are.

Here are a couple of pages from the spread in Fitness Trainer magazine. To commission a fitness photo shoot, visit my fitness photographer gallery.

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Photo of Danny Apollo Bruce for Fitness Trainer Magazine, photo copyright Mark Stout


Photo of Danny Apollo Bruce and Noora Kuusivuori for Fitness Trainer Magazine, photo copyright Mark Stout


9th Annual Spider Awards Press Release

•October 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Going through my email the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to learn I had placed in the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards.  With the esteemed panel of jurors the awards had, I thought the chances of receiving one of the awards would be difficult at best when I entered it earlier this year.

I must say it has been a good year.  Earlier this year one of my photos was selected by Britt Salvesen, curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of a fine art photography collection entitled Off the Clock. The work opened at a gallery in Culver City on April 26, 2014, and is currently on tour.  It will end up at the Los Angeles Convention Center for photola in Jan 2015. The Off The Clock Exhibit was created by the Los Angeles Chapter of American Photographic Artists.

The press release issued by the Spider Awards is below:



LOS ANGELES 24 October 2014 – Professional photographer, Mark Stout, of Denver, Colorado USA was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of Portrait at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Mark Stout’s  “Animal Magnetism,” an exceptional image entered in the Portrait category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.


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“Animal Magnetism”, nominee in the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

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“Abstract Light” on Exhibit with APA LA’s Off the Clock exhibit

The Mind Makes it Real

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I wasn’t planning to write a blog post today, but an email in my inbox this morning changed all that.  You might say it blew my socks off.

One of my friends turned me on to an inspirational email blast by a man named J. Michael Dolan.  I read them each day and find he usually is telling me exactly what I need to hear.  He also sees life in a different way, one that closely aligns with how I see it and I have had the good fortune of exchanging a couple of emails with him.

This morning I read a response from him to my email commenting on his blog post “Choke, Stall and Flinch“.  I had remarked on how true I found the line in it “The one thing we artists & treps have in common is that we worry about the future. Why? Because we’re charged with inventing it from nothing—then we stake our entire livelihood on it.”

His response to it left me in tears.  I felt like someone really understood just what it is like to be an artist.  But more, what the world itself is really like.  You see, life is like our art.  We create it from nothing, it only seems that it is the world around us that dictates our actions.

Then I re-read his blog post and saw the missing piece, where I have been making my mistake.  You see, we do create our futures, but we also create what we don’t want as well.  I will be moving to my goal, something will occur and I put my attention on it instead.  I will flinch, and in that instant I’ve lost.  I put my attention on the barrier, the problem, the upset with whoever, the threat coming in at me – instead of the goal – and what I object to becomes more real.  I put more effort into trying to solve it and it grows more formidable.  The goal is lost as long as I try to solve the problem  instead of simply moving forward to the goal.

I can explain this best by likening it to the Matrix.  While there are many key points there in regard to this, such as the line about  “…seek to see the truth.  There is no spoon.  Then you will see it is not the spoon that changes, it is only yourself.”  Or when Neo is bleeding after the jump scene and Morpheus says “The mind makes it real…”  and the line about “I’m trying to free your mind.”

There is a point in the movie that was not spoken that I now see.  Who built the Matrix in the first place?  Well, it was built by the people it now enslaves.  And that is the key.  Once you take responsibility for creating it, you are free to control it. It can no longer harm you.  The Matrix exists only  because it is being created by those who fight it.

What we experience is what we create.  It may seem otherwise, but that is the simple truth of the matter.  And the things we create are those that we put our attention on, whether that be past misfortunes, something we object to in the present… or something we desire inn the future that did not previously exist.  Freedom, or lack of it, depends on which we choose to do.  As Morpheus said, “free your mind” and choose to create the future you desire.

The photo I am posting with this is part of a series I am working on along this very line.  It is an effort to communicate the role of the spirit to the material world and just how illusionary this world is.  And I urge you, if you work in any of the arts, or are an entrepreneur, or simply have a dream or ambition beyond being a cog in the 9 to 5 work a day world, click one of the links above and start reading Michael’s blog.  What you will get out of it will be different… but it will be what you need to get.

The Mind Makes it Real, copyright Mark Stout

The Mind Makes it Real, copyright Mark Stout


Internationally Acclaimed Fitness Photographer

•October 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have worked hard to become one of the most creative and professional photographers in the business.  This has meant not only working on mastering all the technical apsects of photography… and the creative… but improving myself as a person as well.  I’ve learned that when your head is in the wrong place, when you don’t treat others as you want to be treated, and deliver your best at all times in all areas of your life, for some funny reason your creativity vanishes.

It is something I work on every day, but it has paid off.   Asian Photography Magazine did an eight page interview and layout of my work in which they referred to me as “an internationally acclaimed and sought after fashion and fitness photographer.”  I sort of downplayed it at the time, but it is true.  I’ve had clients and fitness and fashion models fly from all parts of the globe to work with me.  Likewise, I have been published all over the globe.  It’s an honor, a thrill and a responsibility to live up to the expectations that gives to my clients.

I’ve recently done some updates to my fitness photography portfolio.  Please take a minute to check them out and do click the “Like” button if you like the work.

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Fitness Photographer, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved



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