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Mentorships with Susan Stripling


If you’ve been around in the wedding photography world at all, there’s a good chance you know who Susan Stripling is.

If you don’t, we’ll just say that we’ve been drooling over her images for years now. (You can check her work out on her site here.)

Susan’s been a leader in the wedding industry for some time as well, constantly pushing the boundaries of what wedding photography is.

And now, she’s offering a mentorship program where she’ll teach you what she knows.

Mentoring with Susan

Susan’s broken down her approach to wedding photography in 8 weeks of online course study.

Each week for 6 weeks you’ll get video lessons covering various parts of wedding photography – Details shots, Portraits, etc. – that you can use to learn at your own pace (though the lessons are designed to only take you about 20 minutes per day).

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of all of the topics covered:

  • Photographing Details (things like ring shots and other macro photography fine tuning)
  • Photographing the Bride Getting Ready
  • Family Formals
  • Bridal Portraits
  • Bride and Groom Portraits
  • Photographing the Reception

Then, at the end of the 6 weeks, you’ll get two weeks of image critiques where you submit your images for Susan’s review. The reviews will be recorded too, and available to other students to learn from.

So you not only get to learn from your own images, but from other photographers as well – sort of like sitting in on a print competition judging.

Registration is Limited

Registration is only open until October 11th, and right now during the launch the course is $100 off (so the next time it opens it’ll be more expensive!).

Susan has over a decade of experience in the wedding industry, and has taught on multiple platforms (including WPPI, PPA, and Creative Live, among others), so if you’d really like to learn from the best, this is the place to do it.

Click here to check out more details about the course.



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Tips on Hindu Weddings


Today’s feature is from Haley Shandro of Shandro Photo.

Haley says:

“I’ve chosen images from a recent Hindu wedding which exemplify the diversity of images required from these chaotic, colourful, and charismatic weddings!”

Haley’s Photography Tip:

Hindu weddings have so many moving parts and so many different things that need to be photographed. Some are more traditional (formal family photos), some are more interesting (tiny details), some have emotion (candid moments during different ceremonies).

The challenge of photographing these weddings is to know what what to focus on. At the same time you may be required to take a photo of the bride with an aunt participating in a ceremony, but you also want to take a close up detail photo of her mehndi on her hands (like the image at the top of the page) clasped in front of her.

The balance is to know what is most important to your client at any given moment. Some of that purely comes from experience (foregoing an artistic shot in order to get a family portrait that they need) and also from keeping an incredibly high energy level to cover everything that is required.

Indian weddings more than any other can drain me…it’s often 5 days of different functions, sometimes not running on time, sometimes changing plans last minute.

I hate to admit that caffeine is essential but whatever you need to do to make it through these weddings…just do it! You need to stay on your toes and constantly be hunting for the photos you need to take.

Sometimes you may only have 20 minutes to do all of the portraits of your couple, so you need to be prepared to work extremely quickly during these weddings.

You also can’t be shy – often I’m positioned right up in the middle of the action! I may be in the way of some guests, but I know where I need to be, and that the couple is completely fine with it.

PRO TIP: if you haven’t photographed and Indian wedding before and you are about to, make sure to spend some quality time with your couple having them explain to you exactly what the ceremonies are, what the timeline looks like, and what is expected of you. It’s better to admit inexperience than to miss something important!


Haley used a Canon 5D Mark III (affiliate link) with a Canon 24-70mm II lens(affiliate link), a Canon 70-200mm IS II lens(affiliate link), a Canon 100mm IS II lens(affiliate link), and a Simga Art 50mm 1.4 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.

Haley Shandro (and Shandro Photo) is a Edmonton, Alberta, and International Wedding, Portrait, and Commercial photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Multicultural Weddings.


If you’ve never done a Hindu or multicultural wedding before, they can be a bit daunting.

Haley definitely has the right approach with making sure you talk in length with your couple, but if you need help figuring out some of the technical aspects (like lighting) we suggest you check out this book specifically written on how to light multicultural weddings. You can find it here.


Cameras, Lenses, and 3 Easy Tips for Wedding Photography


Today’s feature is from .

Matt and Ann say:

“These are a few captures from Janelle and Erik’s beautiful wedding in downtown Ottawa. Erik is a mountie for the RCMP and wore his vibrant red uniform for first portion of the day.

They chose one of the most beautiful churches in the area, the Notre Dame Cathedral and a had their reception in the super bling Mezzanotte Italian Bistro where we had to consume copious amounts of delicious food!

Janelle is one of Matt’s cousin’s best friends and we were fortunate enough to have been connected through her.”

Matt and Ann’s Photography Tips:

What’s in their Bag:

Camera Bodies:

  • 3 Nikon D750’s
  • A D90 for backup


  • Nikon 35mm f/1.8G (FX)
  • Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

About Cameras:

We both use Nikon D750’s and carry three bodies at all times between the two of us. Matt photographs with two bodies whereas Ann photographs with one.

We also have our trusty D90 as a back-up, which a few years ago we would have been absolutely terrified to photograph a wedding with, but today would feel totally confident that we would deliver outstanding images with little to no sacrifice in quality.

We now rarely go above ISO 1600 as we tend to bring in off-camera flash for anything above this so the D90 works perfectly as a nice little back-up weight in our kit.

About Lenses:

We’ve been alternating our lenses (all Nikon) back and forth for the past three years and are always choosing the opposite of one another. This year Ann is totally into our primes and shoots primarily with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G (FX), Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro and the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G.

Matt on the other hand shoots with the 24-70mm f/2.8 on one body and alternates between the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G depending on whether he wants more reach/tighter crop/portraits or wants to produce epic flare for effect (the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G produces gorgeous flare if done right and used in moderation).

Last year it was largely the opposite set of lenses per photographer. We still do share though!

3 Simple Tips to Keep In Mind:

These are three of the simplest, and yet biggest, tips that completely changed the way we see the world through our cameras on the big day:

  1. Create clean compositions with light on dark, or dark on light.
  2. See ambient light, where it is falling, and the direction it is traveling.
  3. Expose for highlights.



Matt and Ann of Green Tea Photography are Ottawa, Canada, and International Family, Engagement, and Wedding photographers.

Click here to see more tips on Gear.

For more tips on gear for weddings, we highly recommend Susan Stripling‘s Thinkbook: Gear + Equipment. In it, Susan discusses the gear she has in her bag, plus what each piece is used for and when. You can check it out here.



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Snow White Inspired Styled Bridal Shoot


Today’s feature is from Ashley dePencier.

Ashley says:

“This is a styled model shoot inspired by Snow White. We chose to photograph in the almond orchards (or as I call it, the “Bakersfield Snow”).

We were inspired by the theme of Snow White while using colors that existed in the location we were shooting (white, brown, peach, red….and, of course, some golds and slivers).”

Ashley’s Photography Tip:

I could not have pulled this shoot off without the team of lovely vendors that I got involved! The cake was by Gimme Some Sugar, the flowers are by House of Flowers, the dress is from Enchanted Bridal Boutique, the dress is the 2011 Snow White dress from from Alfred Angelo’s Disney collection, and the mirrored piece is from Simply Shabby Chic.


Ashley used a Canon 6D (affiliate link) and a Mamiya 645 AFD (affiliate link) with a 50mm 1.4 lens, a 85mm 1.2 lens, a 100 macro lens, and a 70-200 2.8 lens to capture these images.

Ashley dePencier is a Bakersfield and Central California Wedding photographer.

Click here to see more Styled Shoots.

If you’re a hybrid shooter and struggle to get your film scans to match your digital images, we highly suggest these Lightroom presets. They were created directly from film scans, and are the closest presets for matching film that we’ve seen yet.

Creating Unique Wedding Reception Lighting


Today’s feature is from .

Barbara says:

“Melissa and Tyler met at work and simply wanted a wedding that brought their two families together. The relationships between everyone was a high priority.”

Barbara’s Photography Tip:

Lighting is the key to well-composed reception shots. I set up 3 – 600ex Canon flashes that are remotely triggered with an ST-E3.

I put two of the speedlights on either sides of the head table and a third is across the dance floor opposite to the head table (creating a triangle).

Bonus tip: if you want to create some awesome layering, shoot through stuff like the decor (see my last shot for an example!).


Barbara used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 LII lens, a Canon 35mm 2.8L lens, and a Canon 100mm macro 2.8 L lens to capture these images.

Barbara Cameron is a Ottawa, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Scotland, and Ireland Wedding photographer.

Click here to see more tips on Lighting

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