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Kansas City Workshops





Back in Kansas City. While I was away for the last 11 years I have had some requests to put on a workshop here in Kansas City. Now that I am back home for a while, seems like the perfect time.

Ask yourself this:

  • Are you a natural light photographer?
  • Do you struggle with flash?
  • Are your images not as good as you would like?
  • Have you ever wanted to try something new photographically?
  • Do you have trouble posing subjects?
  • Do you want to keep your photography fresh?
There are so many other questions I could ask. For those of you that do not know me, real quick. I have been a photographer for over 20 years. Started as an art photographer then turned commercial. I ran one of Nashville's top wedding photography studios for over 4 years before deciding to turn my attention back to commercial photography. My work can be seen at

2 day workshop “Don’t be afraid of the light”
September 19-20 & November 14-15
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Demystify lighting using Natural, Strobe and Continuous lighting.  In this workshop you will go back to the basics to be able to fully understand how to use lighting properly. We will also discuss theory on composition and design in photography.  You will come away understanding why, not just how to light your subjects.  We will go on a field trip to a local gallery to get back to the roots and be really inspired.  We will have models available during the photo sessions, where you will be given the opportunity to work with them and lighting while Chuck coaches and mentors.

To make it fun, we will conduct photo challenges in the style of Project Runway and Master Chef type  of shows. This will allow us to focus on certain aspects of the photographic process. We will have fun critique to help understand aspects within the photograph. There are also a number of giveaways from companies like Radiopopper, Big Folio, Fundy SOS, Marathon Press and more to come.  




  • Introductions
  • Review of Day one and questions answered
  • Basic photographic theory. Composition and design
  • Introduction to 2 lights and theory
  • Natural and reflective light
  • Lunch and Video
  • Lunch and Video
  • Multiple light scenarios
  • Introduction to flash, One light scenarios
  • Processing, workflow and business application
  • Individual posing
  • Constant light 
  • Shootout and critique | Intro processing
  • Critique
  • Optional Dinner and Movie night
  • Art gallery visit and optional dinner
Exact schedule is subject to change  



Supply List:

Camera, Lens and speedlight is you have them, Laptop or computer, jump-drive, inspire board (your aspirations), 5 images to be critiqued

Topics Covered:


  • Photographic Theory
  • Composition and Design
  • Posing, individual and group
  • Exposure and camera review
  • Photo history and Inspiration


  • Natural, Using mirrors and reflectors
  • Flash manual
  • Flash ETTL
  • Proper metering | Lighting subtlety
  • Multiple light setups | Effective reception lighting
  • Off Camera Flash outside
  • Making On Camera Flash look like Off Camera Flash

Workflow & Business

  • Dramatic editing techniques in Photoshop and Lightroom without spending a lifetime messing with images
  • How to approach Photoshop from a darkroom point of view | Less is more
  • Proper costs and selling of your work
  • Marketing tips to help get started

Lunch is not provided but will be ordered in.

These will be held at the Prairie Room Event space in Kansas City. Located at  1105 E. 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108




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TaraNovember 4, 2011 - 9:41 am

I would absolutely love to attend your workshop but there’s no way I could make it to your November one. I hope to see more available in the future.

ChuckieNovember 4, 2011 - 9:58 am

Tara. I will be posting a bunch of new ones next week.
Thinking about a one day in nashville around thanksgiving.

Spencer S-St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Session

Meet Spencer S from St. Thomas Aquinas HS. Chuck took Spencer around Kansas City for his senior session and got some great shots that would please even the “pickiest” of dudes. My favorite is this picture of Spencer in front of a red wall. The photo immediately grabs your attention and pulls you in to look at the other photos. Enjoy! More to come soon!



Avian Wonderland Fashion

Ever have one of those ideas for a shoot you just have to get out of your head? I had this really cool idea incorporating birds into looks for the shoot we did Friday. I love to pull inspiration off the web for shoots such as this one.

It was a pretty hot muggy day on location. We set up and pulled off two looks with the assistance of Todd and Jimmy from a Facebook KC photographer blog. Thank goodness they were there since it’s a little difficult for a 7 month pregnant woman to hold reflectors and huge beauty dishes. 😉

So with the help of Shannon at Rock Candy boutique, a couple stops at Goodwill and Michael’s I threw together a quick look. It’s not styled like what I imagined on a NYC high-end shoot and it seems to work. What I think is pretty cool is Emily’s uncanny resemblance to Natalie Portman.Emily was a great sport (even in the heat) and we enjoy working with her!




RonJuly 23, 2011 - 9:58 am

Hi, I just stumbled here while looking up Longview Mansion and had to comment. Image four is magical. The sky’s gradients with the hint of sun in upper right. Then the wonderful jewel of a model with a striking pose contrasted against the soft dark green background. Wow, magic strikes.