Tallahassee Photojournalism

March Madness is upon us

I hadn’t shot a lot of NCAA basketball this years but once the Florida State excitement began to build I shot the Miami and Duke games. This photograph was from a camera mounted on the goal and fired by a remote from my seat on the hardwood.

FSU's Ian Miller (30) drives to the basket over the back of Duke's Andre Dawkins (20)

We’re talking about getting to the game 3+ hours early to balance on a 25 foot step latter with brackets and super clamps and Bogen magic arms to attach my Canon EOS 1D Mark lll on the goal and under the bottom of the glass backboard.  After mounting, I wait for approval, first from Florida State than the game officials.

I’ve mounted cameras throughout the catwalk to photograph Florida State’s games against the best of the best in ACC basketball and even the circus once.  Most were fired with radio remotes from my shooting position kneeling on the hardwood court side.  Of


Tallahassee Commercial Photography-Best of 2011

Between my commercial photography in Tallahassee, editorial work, personal projects for and media coverage, 2011 was my best year since the inception of  Cover stories in both the Tallahassee Democrat’s Sunday magazine TLH and Tallahassee Magazine cover story and an unprecedented 16 pages of my work inside were definitely the cornerstone of my […]

Tallahassee Stock Photography-How about a date tonight!

Night Light

A former coworker saw my latest personal project on my website and emailed wanting to feature it as the Photo of the Week on his photography blog and asked me if I would tell him how it was shot.  It wasn’t until I started the email that I realized how unusual the 6 month personal […]

Commercial Photography in Tallahassee-Which photo are you?

Which photo are you?

Below is a series of photos I’ve done for one of my clients in Tallahassee.  The small photo is what one mostly sees in advertising materials for apartment complexes.  I never understood why as they just don’t look like a fun place to live.           It is understood that some customers […]

Biting off more than you can chew?

Amanda Nalley and husband John Stubbs enjoy the pool in their wedding attire.

Asked to do a Trash the Dress shoot turned into months of thinking and planning while waiting on the water to warm.    What resulted, was more of a bridal portrait than a Trash the Dress shoot. The creativity we started with was shooting in the murky cold Wakulla River came closer to a search […]

Very Humbling

Opening page of my feature story

It’s very humbling to have Tallahassee Magazine do a cover story on me and my 30 years of photojournalism.  I hope that’s an acknowledgment of the quality and longevity of my mission to accurately and honestly inform the public while I was as a photojournalist for the Tallahassee Democrat, as well as, several wire services, […]

Best of 2010

2010 was a very good and creative year at Mark Wallheiser Photography.  The year kicked off with my coverage of the come-from-behind victory for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden in his final game at the Gator Bowl followed by Super Bowl 44 in south Florida. My 2010 coverage included shoots with President Obama and his […]

Who’s got the flashlight!

Shooting Bowden in Gainesville in the 90s

Who’s the worst for wear in today’s state of journalism?  While I can certainly lament the loss of jobs in the professional journalism industry, it’s as a citizen that I feel the the loss of skilled journalism the most.  We read mainstream journalism and might not notice that much difference but it’s not what you […]

Who wants ice cream

Sasha Obama heads to the car while Barack and Michelle eat there ice cream in Panama City Beach, FL.

“Who wants ice cream” President Barack Obama asked and from the press pool behind him one of the still photographers sheepishly replied “I do”.  President Obama turned to the dozen or so photographers and asked what flavor.  After a long pause filled with the sounds of camera shutters the red faced photographer responed, “We’ll catch […]

Hands Across the Sand in Pensacola

BP workers watch from their shelters as the protesters line the beach

Last month’s Hands Across the Sand protest at Pensacola Beach which was attended by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and his wife.  BP clean up workers were on hand as well but took a break while the protest against offshore oil drilling took place. While the well is temporarily capped, an eerie mood remains along the […]