Hello! My name is Mark Pratt-Russum, and I am a 31-year-old living in Portland, Oregon. I live with my wife (Beth) my 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. I am a pastor at West Hills Friends (Quaker) Church in SW Portland. I grew up in Lancaster County Pennyslvania and first started taking photos when I was in high school. My wife and I graduated from Eastern University in 2008. In 2006 we spent a semester deep in the Cascades in a program called The Oregon Extension. It was during this semester that we discovered the magic of the great state of Oregon. We vowed to make Oregon our home someday. It only took us four years. We moved to Portland in 2010. This is our home now, and we couldn't be happier.
In both areas of my work, as a pastor and photographer, I wish to see and hear people deeply. I know that it takes patience to do this work well. As a photographer, especially of little children, I know that it can take some time to be trusted. I apporach a photography session with a deep sense of care for the relationship that is being formed. I know that this approach has resulted in photos that feel and look genuine. I hope that my photos will tell a story that is familiar to you.
I hope I can meet you sometime, and maybe even photograph you and your family. Please check out the Photo Sessions page if you are interested in a photo session.