Photography, a Common Passion
Coincidentally, two LASERS members named “Mark” have made distinctive marks in photography. Both responded to LASERS call for navigation photos last year, and had their submissions selected for various publications.
Retired, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Mark Fradella recently retired from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections with almost 25 years of total service with the state. Around 2011, as he began to consider retirement, Fradella decided to pursue his lifelong passion for photography to see where it might take him.
He honed his skills by shooting land and cityscapes as well as portraits. Fradella also attended workshops and met other respected photographers and educators. The development of those talents led to he and wife Sylvia launching Fradella Photography in 2015. Their specialty is wedding photography. “What makes us stand out as wedding photographers is the ability to create a comfort zone with our clients where they can relax and truly express their feelings. Creating images that capture true emotions is what sets us apart,” said Fradella.
Fradella provides photography services throughout Southeast Louisiana. Of his work, he said, “Taking photographs, be it at a wedding, on a beach, in the mountains, at a plantation, or on a city street, is more satisfying than I ever imagined. I love the feeling when the shutter clicks, and I know that I have captured a moment that will bring a smile, a tear, or look of amazement to someone’s face. The world is a beautiful place, and it is my privilege to be able to share just a few of its wonders.”
IT Statewide Project Analyst,
Office of Technology – Project Management Office (OTS/PMO)
Mark Steudlein is an IT Statewide Project Analyst with the Office of Technology – Project Management Office (OTS/PMO) within the Division of Administration. He is a three-year state employee, having also worked at the University of New Orleans.
Steudlein took up photography in 1999 while at LSU. He worked part-time at a local camera shop and was exposed to a large variety of equipment. While there, Steudlein purchased what he described
as his “first real SLR camera (a Minolta XTsi) and a couple of lenses.” This camera accompanied him on his first trip out of the country to Nepal in the summer of 2000. Afterwards, he began reading materials on photography basics and techniques.
Steudlein is humble when describing his work. “I don’t consider my photography anything special,” he said. “I tend to like natural scenes so I’m more drawn to doing landscape and outdoor photography. Steudlein elaborated, “I do like to experiment with astrophotography and do time lapses from time to time. More times than others, I’m not looking to take a specific picture, but I’ll come across something that looks good in the moment.”