wedding lighting workshop


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 florals 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.

A couple poses at the Maroon Bells near a grove of yellow aspen trees during their fall engagement session in Aspen, Colorado.
Briar Common Brewery wedding reception first dance at twilight
Couple pose for a wedding portrait in the RiNo neighborhood in Denver

the details


Postponed because of COVID-19. Sign up below to be notified of new dateTuesday, May 5, 2020 (10am-5pm with optional happy hour Q&A afterward)


A photo studio in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood (1821 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60622). About 4-5 blocks from the Ashland Green Line El Stop or 10 minutes from downtown hotels via Lyft/Uber.


Travis & Justin and a limited amount of other students (8-12). A basic understanding of your camera and exposure are expected.

What to bring:

Something to take notes with and a willingness to learn. Please bring your own camera/lenses. We’ll provide transmitters and flashes for Canon, Nikon and Sony.

What’s included:

Lunch, private facebook alumni group for post workshop Q&A, digital version of keynote slides


$500 early bird sign up before April 1st, $600 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 to get your flash set up and paid the price in hours of extra editing

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 demystifying 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
  • LIVE DEMO of exactly how we setup our lights for every wedding reception