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Managing mayhem: or, So you want to photograph weddings

  • 02/03/2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 101 South A Street, Springfield Oregon
  • 15


  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Member
  • Guests and non-members


Managing mayhem: or, So you want to photograph weddings

 With  Mike Nordtvedt

Wedding photography is a blend of several different photography disciplines. It is journalistic, product, fine art and portrait photography all at full speed with  a couple hundred people, a bride and her mom looking over your shoulder the whole time. No pressure, right?


Oh, let's not forget the high quality light in the bedroom your bride is getting ready in, the bare bulb in the storage room the guys are using, the church lit to accentuate the stained glass windows and the harsh sunlight with no shade at the reception. It's the total recipe for the opposite of success.


Are you scared yet? You should be… you should be.


This course is designed to help you become more proficient in the photographic disciplines involved in shooting wedding.  We will walk through a wedding day step by step identifying the different moving parts and discussing ways to manage them. You will be equipped to develop your own strategies to cope with the pressures and expectations. 


The next wedding you photograph may be a cacophony of chaos or a harmonious symphony of perfect love and romance, blessed with the tears of the bride's father. Whichever it turns out to be, we want to help you create consistent images that will carry the beautiful memories of a perfect wedding day.



Mike Nordtvedt


We, Mike and Elsie, met in college August 1981 dated for two-and-a-half years and then married on May 26th, 1984, 35 years!


We raised two great sons and have two wonderful grandkids who call us Papa and GranGran. Like most grandparents we can’t get enough, slaying dragons, reading books and lap time cuddles.


In addition to our family, we enjoy, running, bread-making, and volunteering with several non-profits in Springfield and Eugene. We also love hiking and the outdoors where we always carry our cameras.


Elsie and I started LifeSlice Photography in 2009 as a part-time business. We fell in love with shooting weddings, portraits and other events. In 2014 I, Mike, took it for my full-time employment. Elsie still works as the Purchasing Manager for A/B Technologies, a business located here in Springfield.


In 2019 Mike earned his CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) from Professional Photographers of America. Currently Elsie is working on hers while Mike is pressuring an M Photog from PPA.

Eligible to earn 1 PPA Merit and/or 1 OPPA Point by attending the workshop in its entirety.

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