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Real Wedding Workshop - 5/20/2012

  • May 20, 2012 · 1:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Megan and Aaron - May 20th, 2012

***This is a one-time offer for the $100 price without any requirements of delivered photos.  This client has made special arrangements for the class.***

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! Here is your chance to get the photos you’ve needed for your portfolio and valuable experience without the aggravation involved in doing everything yourself. We’ve set everything up so that you can just shoot the 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".

We will be holding this class for 4 photographers. The client has agreed in contract to allowing multiple trainees at their event.  You WILL be free to use the photos for your portfolio to increase business potential and quality of work, and you will NOT be expected to produce images to us or the client.

The full event will be held at the Bella Sera on the 20th of May.

This unique opportunity gives a photographer 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 for shooting a wedding as a 'second photographer'. Since Mark Alison Photography always shoots with two shooters, you are further separated from the stress of producing 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 quality and client relations, but reputation. That's why we not only train our interns in a no-stress environment so they can learn at their pace with no thoughts of failure, but we also want them to gain the confidence in themselves before giving them their own assignments. Imagine jumping into the wedding industry with no fear and all the confidence you need to do great - well guess what - the path is here! We will make certain you get the opportunity for the same shots we get, not including the family formals, and with two instructors present there is always time for Q&A.

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.

This Real Wedding Workshop is only for the following package:

3. The Simple Package ($100)

·         Wedding Day Instruction Only

·         NO Stress Environment

·         Photos May be Used in Portfolio

·         NO Photo Return (Client contact provided if you wish to share best-of)

·         General Critique Post-Wedding

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 wedding ceremony, so printable ISO 4000, and at least f/2.8 telephoto, primes and wide/zooms are a must.  A 50mm f/1.4 would be worth it's weight in gold!.

2) The Bella Sera Event Center is a very romantic location with dim lighting. Anything less than f/2.0 glass during the even more dimly lit events (reception dances) will not achieve good results. Also, a camera body that can shoot usable RAW images at ISO 4000 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 you may have regarding this very personal and unique training class.

Recommended Canon Bodies:

5D MK II (Pro Level)

1D MK IV (Pro Level)

Recommended Nikon Bodies:

D7000 (Consumer level but incredible abilities)

D700 (Pro-Sumer Level - What We Use)

D3s (Pro Level)

D3X (Pro Level)

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

Why we use Nikon:

***I will need to obtain a personal email address since I'll be sending out the release that way. I'll also be sending a digital copy of any take-home materials used at the extended $320 workshop.***

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

Bridal Portraits:



Full Weddings:





Other Information:


Reviews speak for themselves :

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!"

Ranjit said, "Awesome !!! As usual, Mark / Kyle / Lonnie were well prepared and very helpful. The notes and cheat sheet given to us before the event helped a lot. The other photographers were easy to work with and good fun. Most importantly, the bride. groom and their wedding party were very gracious, polite and welcoming."

Sam T said, "Good shoot. It is all coming back to me in rapid fashion. Could have used more time after the ceremony with bride and groom, but the meter (on the limo) was running. Great instructions by Mark & Kyle."

And Sara, our latest permanent edition to the team, 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."

Jas Purdue,  "Thanks for an incredible evening this Saturday.. If it wasn't obvious enough, I had a blast..! :)"

See you at the next one!

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  • Jen H.

    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.

    May 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    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 knowledgable, professional, and a great educator. By far the best $100 I have ever spent. I will definitely attend more of these workshops.

    May 25, 2012

  • Dawn Z.

    Great experience! Mark, Sara & Andrea were wonderful teachers and I learned a lot.

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    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.

    May 21, 2012

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Additional notes: We are always happy to extend a credit to another workshop if things don't turn out as planned for the members.

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