Mark Cillo and wife Neringa Cillo
About Mark's Photography
Photography is certainly my main passion second only to my awesome and beautiful wife Neringa. I started in pursuit of nature photography in 2006 as a hobby that allowed me to share some of the beautiful things I encounter as an avid outdoorsman. I soon became interested in other areas of photography and began taking portraits and cityscape images along with my regular nature work. In the Fall of 2008 I began shooting weddings regularly and that completely changed my outlook on photography.
I now enjoy weddings and portrait work above all else. While I still enjoy taking nature photography and cityscape images, there is nothing like doing a photo shoot with fun and exciting people. Weddings above all else provide a challenge and the emotion to fuel creativity. I find that weddings really bring out the best of my photographic abilities.
I am a life long St. Louis resident and Currently live in Chesterfield. I have a degree in Anthropology from UMSL (2005). I met Neringa at UMSL where she studied accounting and was the first seat on the tennis team. After college I worked in the health insurance field as an outside sales representative from 2006- 2010. After four years working in sales I decided it wasn't for me and I made the decision to return to school and pursue a nursing degree. I went through the accelerated BSN program at Goldfarb Barnes Jewish School of Nursing. I now work as a clinical liaison for SSM rehabilitation hospitals. I have found that all of these experiences lend themselves well to photography and have helped to shape my working and creative style.
IMAGE PUBLICATIONS/ CITATIONS/ ACHIEVEMENTS-
-"Conservation Connections" September 2006
-"Conservation Connections" Volume 4, Issue 43, April 2009.
- Six editor's pick awards and publications Nature Photography Online Magazine 2010-2011
- Nature Photography exhibits Missouri Conservation headquarters September 2006 and May 2009.
- Runner up contest winner on world renowned photographer Mike Moats website.
- Official Blog of Millennium Productions, October 2010. Featured wedding photography.
- Television Commercial -Diamond and Jewelry Brokers. Aired during Cardinals games 2011. Several images used for Diamond and Jewelry Web ads.
-Winner 2012 Missouri Conservation Macro photography category. Image featured on Missouri Conservation website and in October 2012 Missouri Conservationist.
- Two editor's picks on Nature Photography Magazine in 2016 for nature images from Costa Rica
- Work with Lisa Meyer Photography - shooting numerous weddings with and for her business which has been awarded best of The Knot every year since 2014
( I pride myself on having 100% satisfaction from my customers. These are some of the emails, reviews, and letters I have received )
-"Mark did an absolutely incredible job photographing my wedding last year. He was professional, reliable and SO talented. He has given us memories that will will cherish forever. Thank you Mark."
-"I tried multiple photographers before meeting you recently. The photos of the jewelry you took for my website turned out awesome. You did it promptly, with high a level of service, at a fair price and I could not be more pleased! Thanks for your help and let me know what I can do to spread the word about your services my man!!"
-"You've captured some beautiful pictures, I just wanted to say thank you and good job. I'll definitely recommend your work to others." Ahmed Ali
-"Hey Mark, Just wanted to commend you on your outstanding work. I saw your add and followed the link to your work. Very refreshing, full of life yet simple. You don't see this quality and type of work from midwest photogs.
Keep up the good work and much success to you,
Lazarus" Lazarus Nunley
-"OH MY GOSH MARK!! THOSE ARE AWESOME!! Thank you sooo so much!! Love them!! Can't wait to share them with everyone! I'm definitely telling everyone how talented you are! Thanks!! We'll have to do this again sometime!" Julie K.
-"Wow you are fast!! Ok, I LOVE the pics!! I’m so excited! Thanks so much! Can I brag about you on Facebook? The ones of Lyla are soo good! I am going to use a few for our Christmas card" Angie K.
-"thank you so much for your hard work. The pictures are amazing, can't stop looking at them :) Thank you so much from both of us."
Dovile and Tomas regarding wedding
-"The pictures are absolutely beautiful. You did a wonderful job. You have a very artistic eye. The pictures you color edited are truly breath- taking. You love what you do and it shows. I will enjoy my wedding album for yours to come." Alicia F.
-"Mark, I was just checking out your web page, and I gotta say, I'm extremely impressed. Your work is unique and so beautiful! Every single image is special--such a treat and thanks for sharing your gift with the world--we need more artists like you. Please let me know if you ever have a public showing of your work!" Christy S.
-"Wow Mark! These photos really capture the best views of St. Louis! You are such an awesome and talented photographer. The best in the Midwest!" Laurin N.
-"Thank you so much!! The pictures are incredible!! I could not have imagined more beautiful wedding pictures!" Lori H.
-"Mark, everyone loves the photos! Thanks so much! You made us feel very special" Annie F.
-"Mark from Mark Cillo Photography preserved stylized images of our special day. Thanks again to Mark Cillo Photography for providing such amazing shots!"
Citation for wedding blog- Dane and Nicki
-"Thank you so much!! These (family pics) are terrific!! I look forward to a spring session!" Renee A
"OMG!!!!!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!! Thank you so much, you did an AMAZING JOB!!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Wendy B (family pics)
"I highly recommend Mark. He was very creative with our pictures and we were able to get some wonderful photos that I know the chain photographers would not have gotten us for our wedding. He worked very hard for us all day and for a very reasonable price too!" Cady W (review Wedding Wire)
"I heard about Mark through a woman at my dad's work. He had recently done her wedding and he came highly recommended. She gave me the link to her pictures on his website, and I was blown away. The pictures have such great detail. Another thing I really liked about his photos was that a third of the gallery wasn't taken up by the mainstream family pictures and ceremony pictures. He definitely came up with some incredible ideas that look fantastic on camera. I booked him as soon as possible for our wedding this past June, and I'm so glad we did. He was very easy to work with and does have an extra photographer that can be on hand for an extra fee (believe me, so worth it! - she ended up getting detailed shots while he took the bigger picture portraits throughout the day). Combined together, we got a DVD with all the photos to use as we pleased. Definitely not something you can get included in your package at most places. He did such a fantastic job during our wedding that a few friends of ours in the wedding party asked for his contact information the next day for their upcoming weddings. Book him now...he's word of mouth, but his calendar will definitely fill up quick with my friends alone!..." Christi N (Wedding Channel review)
-Amazing pictures and amazing value! posted 6/16/2012
I could not be happier with our wedding pictures! My husband and I put together a relatively low budget wedding and did not want to spend more than $1000 on pictures. Even that much made us cringe! We ended up finding our photographer on Craigslist, and we are SO glad we did! Our photography package ended up including all day services and over 500 pictures that we got on DVD with copyrights - all for $800! Mark was really easy to work with and very accommodating of our schedule requests. We wanted to do our guy-only and girl-only pictures before the ceremony and all family and whole wedding party pictures during the cocktail hour (one hour in between the ceremony and reception) so that we (the bride and groom) wouldn't see each other before the ceremony. Other photographers said that it would not be enough time, but Mark was very flexible and promised that he could make it work. And he did! Also, he was willing to come at any point in the day to do getting ready pictures and other things like that, and he stayed until the very end of the reception. Such a great value - my suggestion is that you book him now because I can only imagine that once he gets more well-known, he will be raising his...
(Jaimi M Wedding Channel review)
Hi Mark! What a great day and evening! Thank you for being there at every moment to capture such a special day. Not only ourselves, but our family too were so impressed with your professionalism, kindness, and enthusiasm. Thomas and I are so grateful we had an opportunity to work with you and are happy you enjoyed yourself as well
Elena June 2014 Wedding
During such a stress filled day it was so nice not to worry about anything regarding the photography. Mark and his team were very professional, took control of everything and had great ideas for our photos! We love every photo and the only hard part is picking our favorite!!