Mark Gilliland is a freelance photographer in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area for over 35 years and is a graduate of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida.
He has been a freelance photographer where his assignments include food, fashion and portraits. Gilliland has also covered sporting events including the I AA Football Championship and the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, dog speciality shows and agility.
In addition, Mark has been a stringer for the Associated Press and United Press International. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Booth Western Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and at the Desert Cabelleros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, as well as private collections. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and internet sites that include USA Today, MSNBC and Animal Planet. Gilliland has won awards from Nikon, the Associated Press and the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association as well as local, regional and magazine contests.
Gilliland has a wife of six years, Rhonda, and two stepsons, Matthew and Thomas. And they have an acquired daughter by God’s grace, Elisabeth.
Gilliland and his family are avid animal lovers, therefore, having six dogs, yup, SIX DOGS! Three are large breeds: a Labrador, Dozer, and two Bernese Mountain dogs, Spot and Sophie. One beagle bassett, Fred, and two good–for–nothing beagles, Sam and Annie. This isn’t the end of his animals as they also have farm with chickens and a crowing rooster. And three horses. (It feels like more cause the kids eat like horses and so do the large breed dogs.)
For fun Gilliland likes to play golf, read on the beach and take fine art photos. And most of all spend time with his family.
To know Gilliland is to know that he hates anything green to eat and is a pizza fiend!