Two Mann Studios – Video Interview

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The first time I saw the photography of Two Mann Studios was at the 2015 Mystic Seminars in Portland. To promote the fact that Lanny and Erika Mann would be at the following year’s seminars, we were shown a teaser slideshow of their work.

It was without doubt, the most mind-blowing wedding photography I have ever seen.

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The photos transcended wedding photography into something truly out of this world. Every single image left you scratching your head as to how they produced it, (after you’d picked your jaw up off the floor).

Needless to say, I knew I had to interview them for the Shotkit Community!

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Introducing: Six Tips for Shotkit

In most interviews, you learn about the subject, their life, background etc, which is great and all, but I often feel like I come away empty handed. There’s too much fluff which can’t be acted upon.

That’s why I’ve come up with the Six Tips for Shotkit video series. Six actionable tips from experts in various fields, all of which you can apply immediately to improve your own photography and photography business.

Luckily for us, Lanny and Erika Mann like to talk, which means that this first Six Tips for Shotkit on Wedding Photography lasts for over 45 minutes!

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What’s Inside Two Mann Studio’s Camera Bag?

That’s what we all want to know, right? What magic tricks are these guys using to take these incredible photos?!

To see what camera gear Lanny and Erika Mann carry in their camera bag, and their reasoning behind their choice of tools, head over to the Shotkit Book mini site and grab your copy today.

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Finally, a special thanks to Sydney based multimedia studio Auteur Films who produced this awesome video. We hope you enjoy it :-)

22 Comments

  • Nice video, guys! Lots of great advice in there. Particularly like the thoughts on shooting up close and wide. Will definitely give it a go.

  • There is one point near the beginning of the video that I would like to clarify (because it came off all wrong and not at all the way I’d intended). Basically, sitting there all nervous and awkward and not knowing how or what to say, I failed miserably to express an idea that we believe is important. So please know that we do not actually think “we work harder than most photographers have ever dreamt possible.” We work very hard, possibly harder than many. But that’s not the point. I didn’t mean to presumptuously imply that we work harder than other photographers, many of whom work even harder than us. The point was intended to be, more genuinely, that we work very hard as a deliberate strategy for overcoming our weaknesses (and there are many). We are not gifted with talent. We are not masterful technicians. And we can be downright dysfunctional behind-the-scenes. But deliberate, hard work has helped us improve our performance as wedding photographers. Experience has shown us that the harder we work, the luckier we get. So what I was really trying to express was the notion that, in our opinion, physical work, determination and perseverance are far more critical to our performance as wedding photographers than talent and technical prowess. Thanks for allowing me to take my foot out of my mouth. :)

  • Can somebody please give the interviewer a proper mic? Unbelievable that you interview the greatest wedding photographers of the world of this moment, and make such a lousy video. Nobody’s gonna last the whole 45 minutes on this way. Shame!

    • What’s unbelievable Arnold is that we post a free video and you complain about something that represents 1% of it. Thanks for the feedback though – next time I’ll wear a mic.

  • GREAT video… great messages from both Erika and Lanny! I have watched it about 4 times already and I’ve taken plenty of notes that I hope to put to good use. Not often… in fact, extremely rare… that such phenomenally talented artists admit to their weaknesses and then disclose the secrets to their success. This video inspired me to be better! Thank you Two Mann and Shotkit!

    • Thank YOU Shawn for leaving such a great comment! I’m so happy you learned so much from Lanny and Erika – they’ve been so generous to share these tips with us, and I’m sure they’ll be delighted too. Stick around as there’ll be more where this came from ;-)

  • Thanks for the video, love the work you two are producing. I get anxiety hearing the numbers you have to cull though :0. How many photos do you take during engagement sessions?

  • I watched this the day before I shot a wedding and seriously shot better (and more creatively) than I have before. You guys are seriously inspirational!! There are a few people I want to see at Mystic but you guys are AT.THE.TOP!! Thank you for sharing. Really. And thanks to Shotkit!

  • More Please!!!
    More Vids, more tips, technical advice too….

    So informative and helpful.

    Watching again for 3rd time and still taking notes lol!!

  • Hi all,

    First off, I am not a wedding photographer, by trade I’m in digital marketing and on the side I do real estate photography. My CEO asked me to shoot some images at this wedding of the catering we were doing. I said sure, the wedding photographer did not show up, so guess what! I became the wedding photographer and that only happen because I was the only person on the room with pro equipment.

    Six hours in and my arms and legs were ready to fall off. Over 500 shots later I called it a wrap. I have a newfound respect for wedding photographers, you guys earn your money, after that experience I really never ever want to do it again. My hats off to you all!

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