This post is long overdue. It goes back to last year where I attended Lisa Mark's 'From Day to Night' workshop. Workshops are great for boosting your skills, learning new techniques and business practices, and they make for a wonderful networking opportunity as well. This is a quick review of the workshop, along with some of the images that I took while at the 'shop.
There are plenty of workshops in the GTA, whether by local talent or international photographers who take their workshops on the road, so there were lots of options at hand. I chose Lisa's workshop because it covered several topics that are important for any wedding photographer. As the title of the workshop suggests, Lisa takes you through every lighting scenario you're likely to encounter over the course of a wedding day. Indoor, outdoor, shade, harsh direct sunlight, backlighting, golden hour, sunset, twilight and also off-camera flash work are all covered with live models and Lisa as your guide. She goes through the poses that work in different lighting conditions, and shows the tools and gear she uses at each of her weddings to capture her beautiful images. Her approach in this area isn't 'this is how I do it, so you should do it this way too'. She takes the time to explain the principles behind her techniques, so that you can apply them to different scenarios or with different gear.
Lisa has been shooting weddings for 9 years and her experience and knowledge are evident just by looking at her work. She's also a great instructor, which doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with experience and knowledge. She has a great ability to convey a message concisely and get a room full of people on the same page quickly. That ability is very handy in a workshop because it allows her to cover a wide array of subjects.
That array of subjects is another reason I chose this workshop. This is a 2-day workshop, and hands-on shooting comes on the second day. The first day is in-class, discussing not only shooting techniques, but also the business side of wedding photography. Lisa talks openly about her pricing structure, how she attracts and meets new clients, her product selection, how she blogs, and basically all the little things she does that has made her business such a success. She also brought in a guest speaker, a very talented local photographer, to talk about SEO, blogging and social media presence. Also at the workshop were Lisa's husband, and a handful of pro photographers who were there to help with questions or provide hands-on guidance.
The workshop is geared towards experienced photographers who are new to wedding industry, natural light photographers wanting to explore flash, or even seasoned wedding photographers who are looking to up their game with some new tricks and techniques. If Lisa continues to do these workshops (or starts a new series), I'd strongly suggest you check it out!
These photos were taken on day 2 of the workshop at the beautiful Burroughes building in Toronto. Their indoor venue features large windows that create some beautiful light, and the rooftop patio has a gorgeous view of the city.