Real Wedding Workshop - June 8, 2013

Natalya & Jonathan

June 8, 2013


Have you wanted to get a jump start in the wedding photography industry, but are worried about taking that first step? I for one remember my first wedding and the apprehension that took over my every move and thought. It was so nerve wracking I could hardly concentrate on the event. I missed cues, stumbled over shots, worried the whole time, and in the end realized what looked good on my camera wasn't even close on the computer. Forget all of that and forget "MOCK" wedding workshops! Here is your chance to get valuable experience and the photos you’ve needed for your portfolio without the aggravation involved in doing everything yourself. We’ve set everything up so that you can just shoot the "REAL" wedding and enjoy it. No worries about missing things, just have fun learning how to shoot weddings in a private setting without the fear of being able to "get the shot".

These unique opportunities give photographers the freedom to get portfolio material and experience without the hassle of the planning and apprehension involved in the real deal, and yet, it is still the real deal! This is NOT a workshop where you are shooting as a 'second photographer'. Since Mark Alison Photography always shoots with two shooters, you are further separated from the stress of producing perfect images and are more free to take your time, think, and learn in the perfect environment.

Weddings are a small battleground where learning from mistakes can be costly in many ways, not just in quality and client relations, but reputation. That's why we not only train our own interns in a no-stress environment so they can learn at their pace with no thoughts of failure, but we also help them to gain the confidence in themselves before giving them their own assignments. Imagine jumping into the wedding industry with diminished fear and all the confidence you need to do great - well guess what - that path is here! We will make certain you get the opportunity for the many of the same shots we get, not including the family formals.  Add to that with two instructors present there is always a lot of time for meaningful Q&A.  With over 100 weddings in the past 3 years in Colorado, we bring a level of understanding and instruction unlike any others in the area.




We will be holding this private opening for only 1 photographer. You WILL be free to use the photos for your portfolio to increase business potential and quality of work, and any work of yours given to the client through us will be credited but NOT sold.  We have a special release that gives you the rights to use our clients in your portfolio and allows you to sell prints to them if you wish.


The full event will be held at the Bella Sera on the 8th of June.


Each wedding grants the attendee three very important elements:

1. Complete diversity. Unless it's a renewal of vows, a couple marries each other once! No wedding is the same.

2. Every wedding has a new dress, new rings, new shoes, custom decor, custom cakes, and custom lighting.

3. This is a real wedding, not a mock wedding. That means real love, real emotion, and real effort has been put in to making it perfect. This means you get real wedding photos, with real tears, real smiles, real laughter, and most of all, real experience.


The Real Wedding Workshop has three packages you can choose from:
***The initial RSVP covers Package C. If you would like to upgrade to one of the others please contact Mark via e-mail ([masked]) and payment arrangements will be made minus the initial $150 RSVP Charge***

A. The Complete Package ($320) Includes:

·         Three full classes:

Class 1) Pre-Wedding Instruction on consults, pricing, and preparation.

Class 2) Actual Wedding Day

Class 3) Post-Wedding photo critique and client wrap-up.

·         Dinner Will Be Provided at event

·         NO Stress Environment

·         NO Expected Photo Return

·         Photos May be Used in Portfolio

·         Model release for full rights

B. The Basic Package ($220) Includes:

·         Wedding Day Instruction Only

·         NO Stress Environment

·         NO Expected Photo Return

·         Overall Critique Post-Wedding

·         Photos May be Used in Portfolio

·         Model release for full rights

C. The Simple Package ($150)

·         Wedding Day Instruction Only

·         NO Stress Environment

·         Photos May be Used in Portfolio

·         Expected Partial Photo Return (Best Edited JPGs and RAWs for critique gets the discount from the $220 package)

·         Overall Critique Post-Wedding

·         The Best of Your Photos Will be Added to the Clients delivered DVD (Prints will NOT be sold)

·         Model release for full rights



There are some very important points to understand before placing an RSVP:

1) There will be NO flash used for the entire duration of the CEREMONY (15-30 min), so printable ISO 3200, and at least f/2.8 telephoto, primes and wide/zooms are a must if you wish to get usable images.  A 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.2 would be worth it's weight in gold!  Flash is permitted at the RECEPTION.

2) The Bella Sera Event Center is a very romantic location with dim lighting. Anything less than f/2.0 glass during the more dimly lit events (reception dances) will achieve lower exposure results. Also, a camera body that can shoot usable RAW images at ISO 3200 will be most important to gaining correct exposure. If you are unsure about what equipment will work, we will be glad to guide you in making certain you are fully prepared. Please ask me any questions by email that you may have.


Recommended Canon Bodies:


5D MK II (Advanced)

5D MK III (Advanced)

1D MK IV (Professional)

1D MK III (Professional)

1D X (Professional)


Recommended Nikon Bodies:


D600 (Advanced)

D700 (High-End / What We Use)

D800 (High-End)

D3s (Professional)

D3X (Professional)

D4 (Professional)


Rental Houses like Mikes Camera in Boulder, Camren's in Denver (, and Borrow are great resources.




Check out these photos shot by Mark and his team on Facebook, all taken at Bella Sera:

Bridal Portraits:



Full Weddings:









Reviews from past attendees speak for themselves :

JonN said, "As always it was not only a pleasure to work with Mark and his team but a constant learning experience. The pace of a wedding is fast and you can miss a lot. Mark constantly comes to you and mentors, coaching you on when to look for the right shot and how to compose/light it. If you are going to get your feet wet on weddings, this is the place to start. Make your mistakes with Mark first, learn from them and then go do it for real!"

Annie Coppock said, "What an incredible experience! Thanks to Mark, Kyle, and Sarah for being so supportive throughout the day. Each of them were very open with their knowledge they have about weddings and helped me fine-tune the exposures and angles every step of the way. Love that everyone was so helpful. Even the bride asked me if there was anything she could do for me!"

Jen Hernandez said, "The information shared by Mark is invaluable. Having been thrust into 2 weddings before because of "if you don't do it, we won't have anyone" guilt trips, Mark's way was much more efficient and smooth. In a way, a wedding is like a stage production and seeing how it all comes together while participating was a great experience. I came away with behind the scenes knowledge, etiquette towards the entire bridal party, how to kindly handle potential Uncle Bobs, and stronger feelings of confidence should I decide to pursue the bridal market. Thank you Mark, Sara, and Andrea for being so helpful and patient with us."

Jessica Moore said, "This was such an incredible experience and I am so thrilled to have been a part of it. The amount of information I came away with is worth far more than what we paid for this instruction. There is nothing better than hands on experience in the world of wedding photography, and this even gave me a great boost of confidence. Weddings are still daunting to me, but Mark's willingness to show us the ins and outs of wedding photography (including proper etiquette and a way to handle family formals that is not chaos, not to mention how to handle difficult lighting scenarios, and how to capture all the intricate details artistically) just speaks volumes to his character. He really knows his stuff and is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and a great educator. By far the best $100 I have ever spent. I will definitely attend more of these workshops."

Alex Blinder said, "Learned so much about photographing a wedding. Not just about the technical aspects of photography. Planning, relationship building, choreographing the event. Wonderful couple. Great venue. Loved every minute."

And Sara, one of our top primary photographers, says after training for 6 months this way, " I no longer have fear of taking pictures at a wedding and worrying about all the pressures that come with it. I've found it to be fun and addicting, sharing in the client's special day."



Hope to see you soon!

- Mark

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  • Barbara P.

    Can't afford it.

    April 9, 2013

    • Felipe A.

      Yes it is high.

      April 30, 2013

    • Mark A.

      While we do encourage comments and engaging conversation, please refrain from negativity on the events. We are always available through email for concerns and comments that involve the nature of disagreement. It is important to mention that our prices are very carefully planned out to offer a much higher return on investment than the average workshop of their nature. There are no Real Wedding workshops being offered by another group and the closest type of training costs $1200. Please consider scenarios like this when commenting on the cost of a workshop. Thank you very much for understanding.

      April 30, 2013

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