Welcome to Life For Real Photography


A short tale about my photographic journey and how I came up with the Life For Real name.


I'm Mark Osler and I’ve been a professional photographer since 1990…long time. I’ve been a photojournalist my entire career, 18 years of which include working at newspapers as both a photographer and picture editor. Thanks to plenty of help along the way, my career has enjoyed a fair amount of success, including a Pulitzer prize in 2003 for breaking news photography, which I proudly share with my Rocky Mountain News photo department colleagues. 

In 2007, I branched out into portrait work and quickly realized the portrait work I enjoyed most was work that felt as close to photojournalism as possible. Photojournalism is about authenticity and emotional connection. For me, the same is true in portrait work. They are the two things I'm always after when I'm making any kind of pictures - authenticity and connection.  


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy your time here. If the photography I’m sharing on this website resonates with you, it would be great fun to talk, and a real honor to work with you.



AARP, People Magazine, Washington Post, Associated Press, European Press Association, UPI, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Avalon Motorsports, Me Naiset, Sanoma Magazines (Finland), Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bachus & Schanker Law, SDR Ventures, Thompson Automotive, FairShare, Coulton Creek Capital, Amsted Rail, Walt Klein Advertising, Utah Office of Tourism, Financial Times (London), Arapahoe County (Colorado), City of Denver, Roberts Pool Design, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Scripps Howard News Service, Pilot Imaging, S. Florida Spine & Joint Center, Denver Fire Department, US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Rocky Mountain Institute, Content Worx, Ramos Law, Horizons National.

Learn from Mark  

I'll teach anyone who wants to improve their photography - whether you've just purchased your first camera or are an early-career professional. I will help you work more confidently and with greater purpose, so the work you create has more visual and emotional impact. Here are some of the places I teach:

  • Private Workshops & Mentoring — Click here for more
  • Art Institute of Colorado
  • Community College of Denver
  • The Mountain Workshops
  • Digital Photo Academy