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Who's in the Crew? - Spotlight on Mary Denman

NAME: Mary Denman - https://www.marydenman.com/
https://headshotcrew.com/marydenman

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Greenville, South Carolina, USA

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING HEADSHOTS? I started shooting headshots on the side for authors several years ago, at a large writing conference. I mainly shot natural light headshots and did all the event photography as well.  Because it was at the same campus year after year, I pushed myself to see new angles or locations on the campus, and create new event images and images for memes. I strove to capture the essence of the conference in all my shots.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOOT? I love event photography because of the interaction with the subjects. I'm excited to do events again once it's safe. Portraits and branding also get me excited because of the creative factor, as does collaboration!   Now that my 5 kids are grown (I homeschooled until recently), I am building my business. 

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHTING FOR HEADSHOTS? Flex-kit.....I love the control of the light from the flex. 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE SPACE YOU SHOOT IN. DO YOU OWN IT? RENT IT? OR LIVE IN IT? I rent an amazing space at an old textile mill in my area. It was built in 1924. It's 1,100 square feet with 17-foot ceilings and 14 feet of that is windows!  The floor is the original concrete that I sealed and it is gorgeous. I have a couple of different areas to shoot in, including a recycled pallet area that acts as the wall and floor, for a rustic look. 

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER PH AND THE HSC? Back in the day when I was a writer and shot the writing conference, my husband found a Youtube video of this guy talking photography and working with your subject. He said, and I quote, "Hey Mary, this guy does what you do," referring to how I interacted with my subjects. Yep, "this guy" was  Peter Hurley.  Shortly after seeing the video, Todd suggested I go to a photography conference since I had attended a lot of writing conferences.  I flew out to Austin Texas for Imaging 2017. I already had Peter's book on Headshots, and I remember the moment I saw him on the Canon stage. I stopped dead in my tracks and couldn't believe it was him! I got Pam's attention because I saw her Headshot Crew T-shirt and I met Peter later that day.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO JOIN THE CREW ONCE YOU FOUND IT? Immediately! Okay, within 3-4 hours. 

WHAT IS ONE THING ABOUT YOU PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS? I have a degree in Civil Engineering and learned to code in Fortran on a Mainframe. Love those invisible characters! 

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT YOU? I love teaching and helping others. Once I learn it, I'm ready to teach it! I love helping other people soar. 

34 Comments

Garret Buckley's picture
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Awesome to know more about Mary! Thanks Kim!

Mary Denman's picture
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So glad you joined the Crew Garret!

Claudia Hoag's picture
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Fantastic!!

Mary Denman's picture
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:)

Carolin Thiersch's picture
Associate

Wonderful Mary! Thanks for sharing! Your studio really looks amazing. And even though we live on a different continent I am so glad we already met twice in person 🤩 Dublin Intensive and HSM2 🚀 And thanks for being so helpful all the time!!

Mary Denman's picture
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Carolin, I am so glad we met too! It's my pleasure!!

Erik Daems's picture
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Yep, that’s Mary “being kind and helpful are my middle names” Denman!

Mary Denman's picture
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Aww, thanks Erik!! :)

Udo Schlögl's picture
Associate

Hey, what a funny thing! Tomorrow, exactly two years ago I went to Dublin for the intensive and met you! And another one, Carolin Thiersch was there too! Happy to read that you are fine!

Carolin Thiersch's picture
Associate

That’s really funny! So great that we met over there! And you became Associate in Dublin 🚀

Mary Denman's picture
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Hey Udo!!! That was fun with you going Associate on the streets of Dublin!!

Ryan Jacobs's picture
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Great spotlight!

Mary Denman's picture
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Hey Ryan! Great to see you in here!!

Michael Batten's picture
Associate

Mary, she's just awesome.

Mary Denman's picture
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Thanks Michael! You're pretty cool yourself! :)

Lynda J. Chan's picture
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Always so good to hear from and about you, Mary Denman !

Kevin Elwell's picture
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I hate to admit this, but I learned Fortran using punch-cards... Thanks Kim and Mary you're the greatest.

Mary Denman's picture
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I lucked out and had the mainframe with printouts......those invisible characters were the worst!

Michel Zwanenburg's picture
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I learned to code FORTRAN with a keyboard. Lol. Great spotlight. .

Mary Denman's picture
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LOL....I am surprised how many Fortran people are in here! My husband still uses it in his work!

Romain KADJE KENMOGNE's picture
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Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Mary Denman's picture
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Hey Romain!

Beth Madison's picture
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What a beautiful studio, Mary! So good to hear more about you!

Mary Denman's picture
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Hey Beth! You'll have to come visit me and my studio!

Beth Madison's picture
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I'd love to!!!

Nico Salgado's picture
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Love it !!!!1 Mary !!! :)

Mary Denman's picture
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Hey Nico!!

Pete Coco's picture
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Love it!

Mary Denman's picture
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Thanks Pete!

Amanda Waschevski's picture
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This is lovely and that studio! Wow!

Mary Denman's picture
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Thanks Amanda! I love my studio! :)

Jan Pieter Keller's picture
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Nice to read about you Mary, when do we meet again? Greetings from Amsterdam.

Mary Denman's picture
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I'm ready to come visit! (If we could get off the banned travel list! ) Hope you're doing well!

Daniella Monestime's picture
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Nice to meet you Mary. I love your studio!