Client Testimonials

Here's what people are saying about Mark and LightChase Photography!

"I have experienced over 10 wonderful photo trips with LightChase Photography.  There are many reasons why I like to travel with Mark.   Several are:  We get to the photo opt in plenty of time to set up and examine the area in the RIGHT lighting conditions to get outstanding photos.  Mark knows the very best spots to photograph and what is the best time to be there on every trip.   He is very helpful when I have questions regarding camera, composition etc.   His clientele are always a great group of photographers and I have made wonderful friends with many.  I belong to 3 camera clubs and compete in two, winning many awards and prints of the month with my images from his trips." 

Don Plocher; Montgomery, IL 

"I went on my first LightChase tour with Mark to the Oregon coast and was impressed by his attention to the details of the tour logistics. I didn't have to do anything but show up at the Portland airport. Since photography is all about capturing the best light we often had to be on location before sunrise. I learned that Mark has a built-in GPS because he can find the most obscure shooting locations in the dark. I remember following him through the reeds along a stream bed wondering where is he taking us? After we stopped and the sun began to rise, it became immediately obvious why we were there. I don't ask that question anymore. I also learned much more than I ever expected to about composition and how weather affects light."

Jerry N.; Naperville, IL

“The most important thing to me about a photo tour or fishing trip is not just capturing the image or the fish but capturing or living the “experience”. The experience lives with you for a lifetime. I’ve been on a number of photo tours and workshops that were so immersed in the technical aspects of photography that there was almost no room for the joy of the experience. No photograph can replicate the smell of salt air on the Oregon coast or the rush of adrenalin as you see, experience and photograph a grizzly in Yellowstone . And, that’s what separates LightChase Photography from all the others – the richness of the total experience. Mark Rasmussen is a master teacher who has an understanding of photography concepts, the natural world including weather and light, and he eagerly shares that knowledge and those experiences with his students. Too much of photography is about “gear” and not enough about the experience. Mark enrichs the experience and his skills, patience, and enthusiasm and teaches you how to record it so it can be shared."

Doug Beezley; Snellville, GA

"Lightchase Photography fuels your photo enthusiasm that will explode into passion. Mark provides the student with a roadmap, making you think/work to understand how to pave the road to get the shot. You'll return home with a new fire in your photo soul and a new found kindred spirit of friends. LightChase will make you a better storyteller through your own photo journey.

You never stop learning while on a Lightchase Tour. Mark shares ALL his knowledge to make you a better shooter. Whether on the location of the shot, or just riding in the car, you will take home more information than what you came with. Take the tour, experience the adventure/journey, become passionate about what YOU can do with your own photography."

Jimmy Simpson; Atlanta, GA

"I've just returned from a Glacier National Park tour with Mark. Prior to that it was Hawaii, Alaska, and Arizona. Each of these tours presented me with a photographic challenge and I wanted to come away with great photo's....and I did. Mark was close at hand checking my progress. The thing that make his tours worth the money is that you don't come home with only record shots. I have majestic water falls, whales, surfers flying through the air, "northern lights", dog mushing races, lightning in a cactus filed, and countless rainbows. If there is a shot you would like to get, just ask. If you don't know how to shoot it, not a problem, Mark will work with you until you learn the technique. When I travel with Mark I don't have to worry about anything.... fantastic locations, a variety of subjects, the best light, food, and lodging....everything is worry free. I can't wait until my next adventure with LightChase Photography."

Kathleen Sims; Hinsdale, IL

"Mark's photographic tours are terrific - all you have to do is show up at the scheduled meeting place, and within an hour you are on the way to your first shooting location and setting-up for a sunset shoot. I've taken three tours with Mark and have two more scheduled. Mark is very knowledgeable and welcomes your questions. I always go home from his tours having learned something new. Thanks, Mark."

Mary Haag; Effingham, IL

"Anyone that is serious about seeing some beautiful places and more importantly taking their photography to a whole new level would be well advised to try a tour with LCP! I have been on 4 tours with Mark and will tell you he has a combination of boundless energy as well as a deep knowledge base of photography. No matter what your skill level you are sure to come away from one of his tours with a superb experience as well as an improved photographer! I have been on other tours with other outfits and will tell you that after experiencing a LCP tour I felt as if the others were not the optimum use of time and money."

Joseph DiSalvo; Smithtown, NY.

"Traveling with Mark Rasmussen and LightChase Photography is a great learning experience and a lot of fun!  Mark provides hands on lessons that sharpen the skills of anyone from beginners to the advanced.  His love for our art shines through in his enthusiasm.
I have learned a great deal from Mark and look forward to learning more.  But it is Mark's spirit that I believe keeps bringing people back.  His care that you learn and have a good time in the process makes a LightChase Photography tour an experience that creates fond memories."
John Remy; Columbus, OH

"Last summer Sid and I took our first photo tour with Mark. I thought I was just "along for the ride" as the suportive spouse and to take a few pictures, but I got "hooked". Mark helped me discover things in nature in new and exciting ways. Since I'm a teacher, I can't attend any of the photo tours during the school year, but Sid and I are already signed up to do another photo tour together with Mark next summer!"

Kathy Gauby; Fort Wayne, IN

"There are many choices of photography workshops, but if you like to shoot a lot, and want to learn from a photographer that knows his locations like the back of his hand, then LightChase Photography is for you. Mark knows his locations well, because he has shot them so many times himself, and he knows weather to the extent that he can tell you the hues and strength of color to expect at sunset and sunrise. Mark takes an active role in teaching and challenging you to improve your photography. And if that wasn't enough, the small group sizes and intimacy means you will also have a great time, and possibly meet some new lifelong friends. Since attending my first LightChase Photography photo tour, I can't think why I'd ever want to tour with anyone else."
Darren Stratemeier; Mountain View, CA

LightChase Photography sets the standard by which other photo tours will have a hard time matching. Mark has an exceptional knowledge of the tour locations, in both the technical and real world aspects of what it takes to take a great photograph. He is truly a people person and is able to convey his knowledge and techniques to his clients in an easy and understandable manner. I have been on three tours with Mark and my photographs are the highlight of my love of photography. I have no reason to go on other tours because LightChase Photography gives you the knowledge, friendliness, value, and results we all seek in a great photo tour.

Jay Brooks; Bettendorf, Iowa

LightChase Photography could also have the nickname of RainbowChase Photography! NO ONE can anticipate rainbows like Mark Rasmussen can. His formula works every time.

He is well prepared - you're always where the light is right unless God outrules him, and sends a storm. But no problem: if you get lemons at sunrise, make lemonade. Mark knows every area to photograph, big and small, but he willingly departs from a plan in order to please the group or perhaps find something even better.

I have known Mark since he was "almost" a kid and he is still the considerate gentleman that he was then. You definitely get your money's worth with LightChase Photography.

Ginger Pender; Oak Lawn, IL

I have traveled with several workshop groups prior to LightChase and learned many things on the trips, met some great people, and even have some photographs I like. However, under Mark's guidance I believe that not only has my photography transformed and evolved to a newer, higher level but myself as a person has as well. Through Mark I have learned a love for places that I might otherwise have only deemed as a cool place to photograph not a wonderful place to experience. There is a journey involved not just a snapshot type of glimpse of the world. It is that journey that I strive to include in my images and with Mark's assistance I am learning to make that happen. Mark is very generous with his knowledge of place and technique. The workshop will have a general outline but Mark adapts the plan to make sure you get the best weather and light to capture the best photos. On several occasions, he has incorporated my input on an interesting photo stop that I had heard about or previously visited which allowed personalization of the tour as well as something a bit different for everyone to shoot. Mark encourages you to try different techniques and push you out of your comfort zone. Furthermore, he puts a lot of thought into the group dynamics of the tours. There is always a great mix of people which adds fun and laughter to the journey. He keeps the group size small so that there is plenty of personal attention given to advancing your photography skills. I have enjoyed many adventures with LightChase Photography and hope to enjoy many, many more!!!

D'An Holmes; Atlanta, GA

Photo trips worth taking! We have traveled with Mark several times and definitely recommend Light Chase Photography tours to anyone seriously interested in photography. Mark works hard to be sure you are in the right place at the right time for superior photos. His small group size allows him time for lots of personal interaction and individualized instruction. He tries his best to accommodate the interests of each group. Just be sure you are ready for a tough schedule as Mark’s trips are no vacation! He fills every moment with photo opportunities.

Marty & Sheldon Farwell; Illinois City, IL

The "Nova Scotia Sunrise" won Large Color Print of the Month for February, and the Yosemite shot won Nature Print of the Year for this year and was runner-up for the Salon's Nature Print of the Year.
This happens because of your teaching and influence regarding composition, use of foreground, lighting, location, and filter use and so many other photographic techniques. You have had such a huge influence in my development. Many thanks!

Smiling John; Brookfield, IL






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