real talk...DO YOU RELATE TO ANY OF THESE SCENARIOS?

You call yourself a lover of natural light, but panic when you see that couple portraits are scheduled at Noon on the timeline.

Once you learn the ceremony is in a dark church where the priest definitely won't allow flash, you spend most of the week leading up to the wedding sweating about how you will photograph it.

You purchased light stands and flash triggers promising yourself that you would FINALLY master off-camera flash, but they've been gathering dust in your kit.

You spend half of your wedding season working in dark rustic barns or dark industrial lofts (literally the same effect) and struggle to translate all those romantic ~vibes~ to the final photos. 

The struggle is real.

Imagine if you could...

...yes, it's all possible.

...NO LONGER internally CRY WHEN THE PRIEST TELLS YOU NO FLASH during the ceremony

...know how to make magic in even THE UGLIEST OF GETTING READY spaces

...embrace all the artsy shadows the right way (not the editing nightmare way)

...FINALLY KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR BOUNCE FLASH and what all those settings mean

✨LIGHTING MASTERY✨

SAY HELLO TO 

with katherine marchand

an in-depth, online course to completely transform the way you approaching lighting and take photos on a wedding day 

(YEp, no workshop or styled shoot to go to. instead of hopping on a plane, you get to show up in your sweatpants with your laptop.

its time to stop letting yourself be controlled by the available light and start mastering it to your will.

The Light Source is my complete 5-module system so you can stop stressing about bad light and start making magic for couples.

strategies to deal with ugly backlight
a breakdown of how color tones convey feeling
light dragging to capture the best dance floor shots
Implementing easy ocf setups that get the cinematic stuff of dreams
ways to know when you are using your flash incorrectly
cultivating a narrative that your clients will love

SO... WHAT'S INSIDE THE
LIGHTING MASTERY COURSE?

MODULE ONE

THE FOUNDATIONS OF LIGHTING

Lighting is a science. If you can understand and master light while photographing and while also editing, you’ll be able to master any situation.  This lesson breaks down the 7 types of light you'll see on a wedding day and how to work with them to get beautiful images.

WHAT DOES THIS COVER?

• The effects of different kinds of light on the final image
• How to work with back light, side light, and front light to make portrait magic
• Ways to spot pockets of usable light in less-than-ideal situations
• 3 environments you don't realize are downgrading the quality of your photos
• My go-to emergency light source when in a bind

MODULE TWO

LIGHTING AS A STORYTELLING DEVICE

Lighting is a cinematic way of “speaking” to your audience when you can’t. A deeper understanding of how light translates a story helps viewers understand and enjoy your work on a deeper, often subconscious level. This module shows you how to think like a director.

WHAT DOES THIS COVER?

•  Deep dive into Chiaroscuro 
• A quick study into the foundations of filmmaking + art history
• How movement affects the emotional energy of a scene
• Color theory and how tones subtilely convey feeling
• How to cast light to tell a story without using any words

MODULE TWO

LIGHTING AS A STORYTELLING DEVICE

LIGHTING DURING THE WEDDING DAY

Time to put all the foundations we learned in Modules 1-2 into practice. These lessons break down how the science of light factors into the wedding day, covering tips + strategies on how to seek out the best light and make magic even in a less-than-ideal situation.

•  Making Getting Ready Even Better Utilizing Light 
•  How to Make Magic in a Bad Hotel Room
•  My Top 10 Go-to's for Epic Couple Portraits using Cool Light
•  Annoying Ceremony Lighting Scenarios + How to Handle Them 
•  5 Tips for the Best Family + Wedding Party Photos

MODULE three

LIGHTING on the wedding day

WHAT DOES THIS COVER?

MODULE THREE

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FLASH

Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by a bounce flash.

Say buh-bye to your safe flash comfort zones and say hello to off-camera flash made easy. These lessons break down how to capture a room using off-camera flash, bounce, and natural light to get stunning images.

WHAT DOES THIS MODULE COVER?

•  To Bounce or Not to Bounce?
• The Basics of Off-Camera Flash
• Going Au Naturale
• My 7 Go-To Off-Camera Flash Setups
• The Ultimate Off-Camera Flash Gear Guide 

MODULE four

ultimate guide to off-camera flash

MODULE FOUR

PLAYING WITH LIGHT + STAYING INSPIRED

It doesn't end there! I packed this course with lots of bonuses about photo + light stuff I nerd out about as well as lessons on how to capture the FUN of the day while experimenting as a photographer. Epic bonus module as well on how to evolve and grow after the end of this course.

• *BONUS* Bring Life to Your Detail Shots
• *BONUS* Light Drags for Epic Detail Shots
• *BONUS* Different Lighting Styles CAN Look Consistent in a Final Gallery - Here's How 
• *BONUS* How to Evolve and Stay Inspired

MODULE five

having fun with it

WHAT DOES THIS MODULE COVER?

Module five

SARA WELCH

The course was so much more than I expected. I honestly thought the first module was all the course would cover. But it's only the beginning!

THE BASICS OF
OFF-CAMERA FLASH

01.

A PEEK INTO SOME OF THE VIDEO LESSONS....

A breakdown of how to use off-camera flash, setting up your flash and gear, plus my #1 secret tip to fix how you're getting OCF wrong.

ANNOYING CEREMONY LIGHTING SCENARIOS + HOW TO HANDLE THEM

02.

How to handle even the most frustrating AF of ceremonies, including in front of a window, indoors, side lighting, or a church.

LIGHTING AS A STORYTELLING DEVICE

03.

Stop documenting and start capturing. Here's how to use light like a Hollywood director, to help you tell the story without words.

GOING AU NATURALe light only

04.

Ever been in a space and wonder if you can shoot it natural light to preserve all dem vibes? This video is all about figuring out if you can keep all that candlelight but not compensate on photo quality.

THE 7 EASIEST OFF-CAMERA FLASH SETUPS

05.

Let's just say I made it easy for you. 7 downloadable diagrams for every situation you'll need on the wedding day -- broken down with flash location, where to angle the flash, and where to have the camera.

MASTERING FAMILY AND WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

06.

Our job is to not only snap family photos,. We must create flattering, timeless, and beautiful photos our couples and their families will treasure for years to come. Here's how to do it all with light.

I'm ready to level up MY LIGHTING GAME!

look at all OF these students into my dm's! 👀💯

At 22, I was hit by a car while crossing the street while living in Italy working for the United Nations. Little did I know, that accident would be the catalyst for the life I was meant to create. Just over 4 years later, I booked over $800k from wedding photography alone working in one of the country's most competitive markets -- NYC.

The many late nights driving home from weddings and grinding through running a business as a solo gal were tough, but it was worth all the blood, sweat, tears, and wine. Not for the success or the numbers. But now because I get to help other creatives not only create art for their clients, but cultivate a life + business that is their ultimate work of art.

MEET KATHERINE

LIGHTING AND STORYTELLING EXPERT FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

High ceilings in lofts and barns. Ugly getting ready rooms in a Holiday Inn. Doing all portraits outdoors in harsh midday light. Dealing with reflective backgrounds bouncing back my light. And even capturing Cyndi Lauper pulling Hilary Clinton on-stage to sing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" with her in a candlelit room at 1/60th of a shutter speed (yes, that really happened).

Rather than just allowing myself to constantly panic and assume there was nothing I could do about it, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to make absolute art for my client despite the environment. I've now bottled down my strategies and techniques so YOU can learn how to manipulate any environment to your advantage, so you can stress less and walk into every wedding with confidence + authority.

Quietly growing behind the scenes in the wedding industry, I've been putting lighting to work.

Since 2017, I've photographed over 250 weddings in New York City and around the world in just about every type of lighting situation. 

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS

⁣Katherine’s strategies have truly stepped up my work and have given me hope that I CAN take my work to the next level by releasing myself from fear of bad lighting situations and apply what’s taught in the course. My first wedding of the year is coming up and ya girl ain't afraid of NO EXPOSED BRICK. When you watch her module, you’ll know ;)

"WORTH.EVERY.PENNY!!!!!!"

@FIRSTOFAPRYL

I absolutely LOVE the format of this. Katherine is so real in each of her videos. I am one that appreciates authenticity, so feeling like I wasn't learning from a robot was great to keep me engaged. The speed of the videos are perfect -- this is not at all that vibe of some online courses where people talk wayyyy too slow and you lose interest. Not this one!"

"BLOWN AWAY BY THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION I LEARNED"

@PATTYLEONORPHOTOGRAPHY

Katherine's initial walk through of different types of light and how they set the mood was really helpful to hear why some work better than others. She teaches how to make any lighting scenario work for your individual aesthetic. Then there is  the demystification of OCF, the simple explanations of how and why. Mind BLOWN.

"SUCH AN INCREDIBLE ASSET in expanding my process"

@GARNETDAHLIA

BONUS! ACCESS TO THE LIGHTING MASTERY FACEBOOK GROUP

With the course, you're also granted access to the peer-to-peer Lighting Mastery Facebook group for continued support and community.

Ask questions, receive feedback, get gear recommendations, share your photo wins, and more.

*MEMBERSHIP IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL.
ALL ENGAGEMENT IN GROUP IS SUBJECT TO GROUP RULES.
TEAM KATHERINE MARCHAND RESERVES RIGHT TO REVOKE MEMBERSHIP AT ANY TIME.

But wait! There's more! *Cue jazz hands*

01.

BRING LIFE TO YOUR DETAIL PHOTOS 

How to take your detail shots to the next level by utilizing light and the human element to help tell a full story of the day for your client.

02.

different lighting styles can look consistent - here's how

Afraid photographing with a bounce flash and off-camera together won't look consistent in your gallery? Boo, you're FINE. With these tips, you'll learn how using many styles gives your client a better experience.

03.

light dragging for epic dance floor photos 

Bounce flash + drunk guests = sloppy photos. Light dragging + drunk guests = epic party shots your couple will obsess over forever. Here's how to do it without the photos looking muddy or out of focus.

04.

the ultimate lighting gear guide

Now that you've mastered all the foundations of off-camera flash, how do you know what to buy? I'll show you the 5 must-haves for off-camera flash  and my top recommendations at different price points.

VICKI MOYER

"Katherine  explains things in such a simple and relatable way that its like hanging out with your friend and they are sharing all their knowledge."

I'm going to be real with you. this course isn't some one size fits all, posing guide. that shit doesn't work.

it's also not stuffy videos...i don't want you watching hours of videos that are boring + slow before getting to the meat of the information.

picture me in a dorky mic headset and presentations with 
tons of example images and detailed actions to do.

I'M LIKE THAT BIG SISTER THAT SHOWS YOU WHY THE OUTFIT YOU'RE WEARING ISN'T QUITE RIGHT, THEN PUTS YOU IN ONE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS.

This is a course made to transform the way you take photographs.

You're going to have me guiding you through this journey of mastering light. Hyping you up that YES you can do this too while also being real AF about dumb things we all do as wedding photographers. 

I'm inventing a whole new way of photography.
Forget the orange skin tones and epic backdrops.

This is all about making art out of wherever you are at.

Art not for Instagram likes, but for your CLIENTS. 
(the very same ones who you claim to be so obsessed with but go into *auto* mode while photographing the dinner and reception*

I KNOW YOUR ASS IS READY TO SIGN UP but first let me give you your options

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results that are straight 🔥🔥🔥

i've made it easy...
here are 7 signs this course is for you

You want to level up your photography but don't know where to start beyond scrolling through Instagram and going down a Pinterest rabbit hole.

You purchased light stands and flash triggers promising yourself that you would FINALLY master off-camera flash, but they've been gathering dust in your kit.

You sorta know how to handle low-light situations, but usually cross your fingers and pray to the photo gods every single time.

You feel like you're using the same tried and true poses + shots every single time, but feeling creatively uninspired and growing bored.

You're tired of having to resort to bounce flash because it's "safe" but hate how it takes away all of the ambience of the scene.

You've got the ultimate client experience but are still getting ghosted or struggling for people to see your value. You're ready for couples to not only love you and your experience, but be obsessed with your final images.

MEET PAST STUDENTS

I'm only 3 videos in but WOW. You're a creative genius. I so appreciate you pouring your advice into these videos. It's changing my lighting style for the better. Also, you are an amazing teacher! You make it so easy tto follow along and keeping your energy up even when talking boring technical stuff.

"WOW. Oh my freaking life. this is freaking amazing."

@ELSABOSCARELLO

She will literally show you how to see the wedding day with a different "lens." The module about Lighting as a Storytelling Device is worth the price of the course itself. It's changed the game for me. If you want to uplevel your final product AND create photos that look BOMB but don't know where to start, sign up for this course. 

"KATHERINE HAS THIS INCREDIBLE INSIght into HOW LIGHT WORKS."

@THEROSEBOWMAN

Katherine opened my mind, not only with her incredible teaching but also with diagrams I use at EVERY wedding now. She explained everything in a way that I can not only understand it, but implement it. Not all courses do this. She absolutely nailed it."

"Katherine teaches like she is speaking directly to you."

@the_picture_cottage

I WANNA MAKE SURE I GOT ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Not at all. Whether you're a die-hard Canon lover, shoot mirrorless, or work on film -- all of the material in this course will apply. I've used literally EVERY camera brand, from Canon to Fujifilm and now on Nikon. I've edited just about every camera body because of second photographer bodies. Everything does apply AND I discuss how light affects each brand differently!

Hell no! This program is open to portrait, family, boudoir, or event photographers. While the specific language is towards photography and there is 1 module dedicated entirely to wedding day lighting situations, all the same material will still apply. Wedding videographers can also learn tremendously from the strategies + tips in the course.

There are over 12 hours of video content in this program. While you can binge watch it over a period of 2-3 days (and many people have!), you can also take it at a pace. I recommend taking notes and staying on track. Experimenting on a wedding day and then coming back to refresh with the lessons. Access to the videos is not limited in any way. 

I designed ALL of the material in this program to be applicable whether you are a dark+moody photographer who loves some grain and warm skin tones or a fine art film gal who loves backlighting and blown out highlights. I even specifically discuss different ways you can use light to get different styles! Lighting science and its effects are universal, regardless of style. The beauty is you all actually approach light differently and put your own special spin on it -- it's the coolest thing to see.

STILL FEELING UNSURE THIS IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU?

I get it. This is a big investment of your time and money. There are so many courses out there now. Coaches are the hot new trend. You are SO ready to level up your photography but have been burned in the past by overpriced styled shoots and workshops by Insta famous photogs with nothing tangible to teach you.

I want to make sure you know how committed I am to you and guiding you to literally change the way you work with your camera and approach a wedding day once and for all. 

So if you have any questions about the course, just send me a quick DM or voice message directly on Instagram.

This Message Goes Straight to my Inbox ⬇️⬇️⬇️

SLIDE INTO MY DMS

STOP TRYING TO FIND INSPIRATION FROM SCROLLING THROUGH INSTAGRAM FOR HOURS ON END OR THE BLACK HOLE OF PINTEREST.

YOU END UP FEELING BRIEFLY INSPIRED, BUT NO IDEA HOW TO CREATE THE IMAGE YOU SEE ONLINE WITHOUT THE epic backdrop or $10,000 wedding dress.

this course will put you back in the drivers seat for the wedding day. no longer will the the lighting situation control you and the photos. 

this course gives you the tools to manipulate any environment to your advantage, so you can consistently create art for your clients while stressing less and walking into every wedding with confidence + authority.