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Providing you with hand-ons training to help build your confidence, reduce overwhelm and master your photography skills.

 
 
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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE

I see you. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel like a tiny pebble at the base of a mountain that is your dream career. To spend hours spinning your wheels trying desperately to perfect that shot, that lighting, that editing style. But the color is always off. Your shots are out of focus. Your images don’t look like those on Instagram. And after all your hard work, you’re still struggling to find your own unique creative style.

In a market over-saturated with “professional photographers” competition is high and no one is willing to share their secrets to help you improve. You need a mentor— and that’s where I come in. Over the years, I have built a career for myself that has allowed me the freedom to be my own boss, to set my own schedule that revolves around my family, and to travel the world documenting special memories for celebrities, politicians, pro athletes and everyday people just like myself.

I have designed this 2-day intensive workshop, “In Focus”, to teach fellow photographers how to improve their technical skills and business practices so they too can begin to charge what they’re worth and create a profitable business that they love!

 
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
— W.B. Yeats
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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

 

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business 101

+ Your responsibility as an event photographer.

+ Pricing strategies to help you earn a profit.

+ Protecting yourself with proper legal contracts.

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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.

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hands-on

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

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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.


 

Session Overview

 

MASTERING LIGHT

Hands-on training on how to master your speed light in order to shoot consistent 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)

 

LAY FLATS ON THE FLY

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”.


 
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Creative Partners

 
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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 of Kesh Events https://www.keshevents.com

Creative lay flats -

Desert Station - Avinay Edwards of Avi Luxe Events + Designs https://www.aviluxedesigns.com

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

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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)

  • 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.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

 

|1|

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.

|2|

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.

|3|

hands-on

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.

|4|

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.


MASTERING LIGHT

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)

 

LAY FLATS ON THE FLY

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.