Hi everyone. My name is Mark Hall, and my nickname is Skippermark. I’m a commercial interior designer,  photographer and outdoor adventurer.

Mark near Mount Greylock
Mark near Mount Greylock

If you’d like to read more about me, please read on…

I got that nickname because I’ve been into boating for as long as I can remember. We had a sailboat when I was young, and my dad taught me to sail at an early age. I first sailed solo when I was age 9 and entered my first race, which I won, when I was 10 or 11. The person who presented the winning award (a gift certificate for a free ice cream at a local store) said, “You’re quite the skipper, Mark,” and that nickname has stuck with me ever since.

In addition to boating, photography is another passion of mine, and like boating, it was something I grew up around. My dad took a lot of photos throughout my childhood, and in the early 70s my brother took photographs semi professionally. I loved it because I’d often go with him on photo shoots and got to see a lot of neat places because of that.

I remember looking forward to him sorting his slides (he didn’t take prints) because I’d get to keep the hand me downs, which I’d save. To him they weren’t good enough to keep, but to me they were great and gave me something to learn from. I was very young when I got one of my first cameras, a 110 camera that I bought at a local department store with my allowance.

As I got older, my love of photography grew, and when I was 13 or 14, I bought my first “real” camera, a Pentax K1000 with money I had earned from a paper route. This camera was fully manual, which was the perfect beginner camera because it forced me to learn the basics right from the start.

As the years went by, my interest in photography remained strong, and I thought about a career in the field but took a different path. Now that I’m older, my passion for photography is stronger than ever, and I try to take photos whenever I can.

Even though I have a lot of experience, I am a big believer in the idea that you should never stop learning, and I constantly read, watch videos and read blogs in an effort to further grow. I especially enjoy listening to the Digital Photo Experience podcast by Rick Sammon & Juan Pons. I also like the This Week in Photo podcast by Frederick Van Johnson and the blog and advice of Rob Knight. Even though these guys are busy pros, they love photography and will share what they know to help others become better photographers.

Thank you for taking the time to lean more about me.