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The Emotions Workshop with Lume Photography is a one-day workshop that teaches everything you want to know about my Connection Sessions. I’ll teach you the same techniques that I use for Connection Sessions, engagement sessions and wedding couples to get natural poses and reactions that tell an emotional love story.

The workshop will take place in Southeast Michigan, at a secret location deep within a majestic forest of tall pines. we’ll begin with a class where I’ll introduce you to my work, my style, and what my goals are when shooting a couple. I’ll explain everything that goes into a Connection Session, and answer and questions you might have. We’ll go over communication with your clients, choosing a location, lighting, camera settings, how to conduct the session, prompts, and much more!

Besides learning my ways, you’ll be able to photograph a real couple during the live session in this beautiful location. These are not paid models- they are an actual couple and you’ll get to see just how I get them to go from awkward and nervous to relaxed and passionate. I’ll walk you through, while allowing everyone a chance to practice, and I’ll be there to help you, inspire you, and answer questions.

Photographers of any level who want to learn how to take emotionally charged, intimate images of couples who are in love are welcome!

Saturday, May 4th 4pm to 8pm

4:00 – Meet & Greet

4:30 – Presentation

5:30 – Meet the Couple & Grab a Bite (snacks and drinks provided)

6:00 – Begin live session

8:30 – Dinner/drinks at one of my favorite local spots (not included in the workshop cost but you’re welcome to join me for open q&a!)

The Emotions Workshop is limited to just 10 participants, to give everyone the best experience possible. Everyone will have plenty opportunities to ask questions and practice with guidance!

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Workshop Cost: $350 USD


Q & A

Where is this taking place?

The location of the workshop will only be disclosed to participants. I can tell you that if you love huge pine forests full of rows of towering old growth trees, you won't be disappointed! It's 40-minutes from DTW airport, Ann Arbor, and an hour from Flint or Lansing.

What's included?

An hour long class with me, educational materials to take home with you, snacks and beverages (if you have a food allergy or requirement, just let me know), a 2-hour live shoot with a real couple, and the opportunity to join me for dinner and drinks with open q&a.

What do I bring?

Comfy shoes for walking in the woods, your camera, and whatever lenses you feel comfortable bringing (I shoot with a 35mm and 85mm). If you want to bring a laptop or notepad, that's great! I'll also have paper and pencils if you want to take notes and forget yours. I also recommend bringing rain gear if it looks like it's going to be wet.

Will you be teaching editing/workflow?

This workshop focuses on my Connection Sessions- how to direct the session, prompts, lighting for mood, bringing out the emotions, etc. We won't have a lot of time to go over editing and workflow, but I will touch on it. If you want to learn more about my editing/workflow, I recommend 1:1 Mentoring (look under Information > For Photographers).

I'm coming from out of town- where should I stay?

The workshop location is an hour or less from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Lansing. If you're planning on going to the dinner afterwards, that'll be in the White Lake/Waterford MI area.

What if it rains?

The workshop will take place, rain or shine! The class portion of the workshop will be inside, and if it rains we'll still shoot. Depending on how heavy the rain is/how cold it is, part of the live shoot instruction may be moved inside.
Sponsored by:

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All workshop attendees will receive 20% off any Tribe Archipelago preset pack! 

The first 5 people to purchase their seat at the workshop will be entered to win:

– One FREE pack of Tribe Archipelago presets!

– A FREE Tribe Archipelago t-shirt!

(Winners will be announced at the workshop.)


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