Intimidated by studio lighting?

Hop on the VIP list below!

(we'll give you something to smile about
...and you'll get first chance to register!)

Class *officially* starts September 15th

Maybe you've thought about using studio lights.

But, the whole thing seemed overwhelming. Too complicated. Or really expensive.

Maybe you already have a set of lights that are collecting dust in the corner because you didn't get consistent results.

And it didn't look natural to you.

Well, here’s the thing. I’ve been there and I know EXACTLY how you feel.

But lighting doesn’t have to be complicated, scary - or expensive!

​And when you join us for Illuminate, our studio lighting e-course for beginners, you'll see exactly what I mean!

I'll help you pick out your lighting gear and use it with confidence! 

Hi there! I'm Lisa DiGeso of Milk & Honey Photography and I'm a natural-light photographer who quickly realized that only being able to rely on natural light was stressful - and limiting (hello dark n' dreary winter days!).

So I went on a mission to figure out how to make my studio lights match the look of my natural light images.  After lots of trial and error, I figured it out what works.

And that's what I share with you in Illuminate. 

You'll get practical guidance and easy-to-follow videos to be up and running in no time (and loving your photos).

Does this class get results?

They say a photo is worth a thousand words... (so take a peek at these student transformations!)


After Illuminate

Megan Antoniuk Photography

"Taking Illuminate changed my life (and my business!).

It gave me confidence and freedom to shoot when and where I wanted, without worry. Now, I get consistent results and I'm loving it!

The first image is from my very first newborn session, taken with natural light.  The second is from my latest session, taken with my studio lights."

Ashleigh Lauber

"I just had my first newborn since taking Illuminate and I was thrilled with the results. However, I think my before and after really tell the story...

Wow! I learned so much about lighting, my gear and trusting myself. I cannot thank you enough."

Great before + after!
Theresa Hermus Photography

“These were taken with the same camera, lens, settings and lighting equipment. Only real difference was HOW I used the light.

Amazing to me."

Ready to say yes?  Hop on the VIP list for an early chance to register!

next class *officially* starts September 15th

So how exactly does this class work?

Step #1. Choose your preferred class experience

A. Self-study:
If you consider yourself a lone wolf and prefer to do things on your own, self-study is for you. There is no Facebook groups or Alumni groups with this option (but you do have lifetime access to the class)

B. Community class:
If you enjoy learning with a group (even if you are a shy person) our community class is perfect for you!  You'll get Grad Student support, learn a TON from your fellow students plus you'll enjoy access to our alumni groups so the learning can continue after the class wraps up! It's the most popular (...since it's the option we've mainly offered!)

C. Exclusive: 
If you want to enjoy the community class experience PLUS have individual image critiques (5) AND you are really  committed to growing, I would love to have you in this intimate group.  We'll also have 2 live Google Hangouts where I'll critique additional images and we can jam on any questions you have (on any topic!)   (there are just 5 spots available)

Step #2. Upon registration, you'll get INSTANT access to the class.
All the videos are recorded so you can watch them on YOUR schedule (and in your time zone!)  You also have the option of downloading all the videos and PDFs so you can learn on the go without needing an internet connection. 

If you chose the community class (recommended!), we *officially* start September 15th, 2015.  You'll receive an invite to our private Facebook group where our awesome Grad Students will be on hand to help answer questions.  I'll also be popping in and hosting a weekly FB Q&A session.  Once class 'wraps up' (on October 6th), you'll get an invite to our alumni groups where the learning continues.

Step #3. You rock your lighting (and we feature YOU next time the class runs!) :)

Need some more details about what's covered?  Read on!

Here's what you'll know by the end of this class...

Module 1

Getting Started with Studio Lighting

  • A complete walk-through of my recommend lighting gear (what you need and DON'T need to get started!)
  • Studio Set-Ups (how to make almost any space work for you!) And yes, you can take the recommended gear on location to clients' homes
  • Camera + light settings (it really is easier than you think!)
  • White Balance, Shutter Speed considerations
  • Shopping list (with vendors we love). 

Module 2

My Favourite (and Easy!) Lighting Set-Up​

  • Learn 45 degree light placement based on your subject + their position
    (it DOES change!)
  • Discover how to achieve the same results with studio OR natural light
  • See the exact light + camera settings for each image
  • Learn reflector placement
  • Shopping list (with vendors we love). 

Module 3

Learn how to Add Drama with Studio Lights

  • Learn 90 degree lighting 
  • Discover how to achieve nice dark backgrounds with well lit images
  • Impress your clients with silhouette images (great for maternity clients!)
  • See how simple rim lighting can be (while adding a TON of variety to your client galleries!)

Module 4

Dream lighting, high-key + putting it all together

  • Learn the popular dream lighting + high key set up
  • Come behind the scenes with footage from real sessions where we switch from studio to natural light
  • Discover some tips for older babies + cake smash sessions
filming Illuminate

Ready to join us? Pick the best option for you + start learning TODAY!

What are students saying?

Worried about spending money on a program that doesn't deliver?

We get it! We’ve been there and it hurts!

You're covered with our 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

If you feel the course doesn’t live up to its description, simply send us a copy of your completed homework within 30 days of registration (because the course only works if you do!)  and we’ll refund your money!

Please note: I'm going to show you how I do things. I’m not claiming to be technically perfect, but I’m excited to share my personal style and techniques that I’ve honed over the last few years.

There are MANY other ways set up studio lighting.

And our videos aren’t going to be up for any Oscars anytime soon – it’s just me, Erin and our camera in studio!

(Although, if we DID win an Oscar, we would definitely invite you to the after party!)

filming Illuminate

Have questions? We have answers!
(not ALL of life's answers...but some about the course!)

When does the next course start? How long do I have to complete it?
The next community class will begin September 15th, 2015 It is a 3 week class but you will have access for as long as the course continues to run, giving you plenty of time to complete it! (you also are able to download all the components so technically, you have it for LIFE!)

I don’t have any studio lighting yet, can I still take the course?
Yes! In fact, you may very well be AHEAD of the game, as we are going to lay out exactly what we use (and don’t use!) in our studio. We’ll also give you tips on where to buy great gear for a low price! You will also have access to the course info for life, so you will be able to go back to do the lessons/exercises once you have the gear!

Whether you prefer strobe lights (the ones that flash), continuous lights, off-camera flash, or natural light, the set-ups and principles are the same.

I already have some experience with study lighting, is this worth my time and money?
Honestly, this is hard for us to answer. We’ve had LOTS of students with lighting experience take the program and LOVE it! Many of our students have found they were just missing a few little tips to take their lighting to the next level, and after taking Illuminate, did exactly that. However, if you already have lots of lighting experience – this likely isn’t the course for you and you won’t get best bang for your buck!

How do I access the course materials?
After you register, you will receive a welcome email with all the info on how to get started. Each week, we’ll send you your lesson with a link to our members-only website which will include additional instruction and a video(s) on the topic.

Will I receive one-on-one support/mentoring during this course?
For the self-study program, you have access to videos/member site only.  The community class has a private Facebook group where you can connect with other students and our lovely Grad Students for support and feedback.  Those in the Exclusive class option have access to both the community Facebook group and image critiques with Lisa.

*What is the price and currency? The self-study option is $229 USD.  Our community class is $299 USD. And the exclusive option is $899 USD.  At the start of 2014, we began working with various co-instructors and partners from around the world, and as such, switched to the most widely accepted global currency – USD.

Note – your invoice will come from The Milky Way Ventures Ltd (aren’t we fancy sounding!)

Will there be tax added?
If you have the good fortune of living in Canada…yes, you will be charged GST. I know tax can seem like a bummer…but think of all the amazing things we get to enjoy because of it! FREE healthcare tops our list!

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A year from now, you'll wish you started today!