wedding lighting workshop


A one day workshop and live demo (six hours of instruction) in Chicago with Travis and Justin, designed to build your skills for handling challenging lighting scenarios. Using off-camera flash equipment, we’ll teach you how to create bold, vibrant images in the toughest situations.

To be clear, this isn’t a chance to make portfolio pictures in a controlled setting or a styled shoot with candles and mason jars. Rather than a magic list of secret camera settings, we’ll talk about our creative, problem-solving strategy and how we apply it on a wedding day. In short, we’re sharing our systematic approach to lighting and how we use it effectively in a storytelling way.

To sign up, fill out the form below and click the “SUBMIT APPLICATION” Button. We’ll follow up with an invoice that you can pay online easily.

wedding couple lift first dance while her Christian Louboutin shoe flies off during wedding reception
bride and groom listen to toasts at the Sculpture Garden and Bridgeport Art Center
Off camera flash lit photo of a couple posing for engagement photos at North Ave. Beach during their Chicago engagement session with skyline in the background
Architectural Artifacts Wedding Photos
Johnna and Bryce sit together at Hotel Lincoln during their engagement session with the Chicago Skyline in the background

the details

Postponed because of COVID-19. Sign up below to be notified of new date. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (9am-4pm with optional happy hour Q&A afterward)
A photo studio in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood (1431 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Travis & Justin and a limited amount of other students. A basic understanding of your camera and exposure are expected.
What to bring:
Something to take notes with and a willingness to learn. Cameras are optional.
What’s included:
coffee and breakfast snacks, private facebook alumni group for post workshop Q&A, digital version of keynote slides
$200 early bird sign up before April 1st, $250 after. Payment in full required to reserve your spot.

If you’ve ever…

  • struggled trying to bounce flash off a 30-foot black ceiling
  • cringed when you found out you’d have to shoot portraits outside at noon
  • dreaded pulling out your flash or felt like it was clunky and cumbersome
  • spent money on gear, but still couldn’t find the right settings and had inconsistent results
  • been too stressed out dial in your flash settings and paid the price in hours of extra editing
  • looked at others work and felt like a fraud for charging what feels like sub-par work

this workshop is for you!

your instructors

We began working together in 2009 and have been collaborating on weddings for the past 8 years. While shooting nearly 200 weddings during that time, we’ve developed a systematic approach for handling every part of a wedding day. From morning prep to reception, we’ve improved our work with off-camera lighting techniques and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Travis Haughton
He spent the first six years of his career as a staff photojournalist for newspapers in the Chicago area. He loves sharing his knowledge and training other photographers in technical photography and digital workflow.

Justin Edmonds
Based in Denver, he was recently recognized by the Wedding Photojournalist Association as a top-100 wedding photographer in the world. He’s looking forward to demystifing your flash and how to best use it.

topics we’ll cover

  • How to add off camera-flash during every part of a wedding day
  • Our approach and lighting fundamentals
  • A complete rundown of the most essential gear we bring to every wedding
  • How we overcome common wedding day lighting obstacles
  • Slideshow with breakdown and behind-the-scenes examples
  • An explanation of the different modifiers we use and why/when we use them
  • A LIVE DEMO of exactly how we setup our lights for every wedding reception