business 101

Topics to be Discussed: Understanding your role as an event photographer // Pricing strategies to earn a profit & quit your day job // Protecting yourself with proper legal contracts.


mastering light

Learn how to master lighting in any environment using both on-camera and off-camera flash. We’ll teach you both techniques and give you time and space to pracitce.



Get hands-on training as you practice newly learned shooting techniques on a bride & groom, creative layflats, and a full tablescape. Images can be used for personal portfolio.


post processing

Take an in-depth look at my editing process. Learn basic & advanced Lightroom functionality, as well as my favorite Photoshop tips & tricks to achieve sharp clean images.


Hands-on training on how to master your speed light in order to shoot well exposed images in ANY environment and with limited equipment. Learn how to bounce light, even in the dark without pointing the flash directly at the subject! Watch as we shoot, then shoot on your own and ask questions as we go. (Portraits of people & details)

Off Camera Flash -> Hands-on training on how to shoot with off-camera flash. Learn how to set it up, equipment needed for both Cannon AND Nikon users, and the proper settings to achieve your desired look. Watch as we set it up & shoot, practice for yourself and ask questions as we go. (Portraits of people & details)



Learn from a professional stationer how to design creative invitation lay-flats under limited time constraints, similar to that of a wedding day. Figure out what available elements you should include in your lay flat, as well as, essential items that you should keep in your “wedding day toolkit” in order to create gorgeous lay flats on the day of the event. PLUS! Participate in hands-on break-out sessions creating a variety of lay flats from extravagant invitation suites to single card save-the-dates and/or invitations. All images captured are yours to use for your online portfolio.


Post Processing

Here’s where the magic happens! Watch as Nicee walks you through her own post production process.

  • Learn how to create radiant skin tones for medium & darker complexions without skin-lightening.

  • How to create sharp, clean images and editing tips to streamline your post process.

  • Lastly, learn my favorite Photoshop tips & tricks and how to tackle the age old client request of “make me look skinny”.


Details. Details. Details.

Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to practice shooting glamorous details to help enhance their skill set AND their personal portfolios. The following team of vendors will create stunning designs for attendees to photograph in order to practice their newly learned skills:

Lavish tablescape & floral decor - Akeshi Akenseye

Creative lay flats - Nicole

Multitiered Cake - CakeLife Chicago

Desert Station - AviLuxe Events


What You’ll Need to Bring

In order to get the most out of this experience, photographers need to come to the workshop with the following equipment:

  • DSLR / professional grade camera (rent one if necessary -> Helix)

  • Speedlights (2)

  • Light stand(s)

  • Laptop w/ Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop

If you do not have a professional grade camera, please consider renting one prior to the workshop. Helix Camera in Itasca, IL is our trusted camera rental shop.