Introducing J. Mark Reed

Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? 

This is a question posed by Elizabeth Gilbert in her bestselling book BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. Next up in our Art-On-The-Side feature (spotlighting professionals in non-arts-related fields) is a pediatric specialist with a heart of gold and an eye like master photographer Peter Lik.  

J. Mark Reed, a 53-year-old husband, father, and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center is passionate about the process and creation of compositional photography.

CREATIVE GENES: His mother, Mary Lane Reed, is a National Portrait Artist.


WHAT’S INSIDE HIS EQUIPMENT BAG: Canon EOS-1D X camera body and Zeiss Otus 85mm lens.

ARTISTIC PHILOSOPHY: Craft is a lot like medicine. Even with a lifetime of learning, you will never know it all.

HOW MARK STAYS SHARP ON APPROACH & TECHNIQUE: He regularly combs through trade journals and advances his skill set with online courses and workshops with mentors like Sebastian Michaels at every opportunity.

HIS MOST POPULAR IMAGE: A neon-infused take on the iconic Jackson landmark Brent’s (created as a lark for a charity auction years ago) remains his bestselling print.

TWO DEGREES OF DAK PRESCOTT: A true money shot (included in the gallery below) of the celebrated Mississippi State Bulldogs star quarterback not only landed the cover of the MSU alumni magazine but earned bragging rights as the NFL 2016 Rookie of the Year’s favorite college career photograph.

CONNECT ONLINE: Visit J. Mark Reed’s official website HERE. 100% of print sale proceeds benefit charitable ministries like Friends of Alcoholics in Pocahontas and In His Steps in Canton. 


Artist-on-the-Side   x    J. Mark Reed

Photographer   x    Christina Cannon Boteler