016: DARING to Use Off-Camera Lighting with Film Photography with Patrick Le of Apollo Workshops

June 30, 2020


Today, we are welcoming Patrick Le of Patrick Le photography and Apollo Workshops to the podcast. Patrick is a photographer from southern California who has made a name for himself in the wedding industry with his work with flash photography on film. We’ll dive deep into flash on film and how to be more confident and incorporate it into your wedding work. Tune in for some great advice from wedding day set up, to the differences between digital and film with flash and more.


Be different, because I think in our little niche industry, as a fine art photographer in the wedding industry everything is so homogenous. I love Jose Villa and the work that he’s done and the person he is in our industry, but there were photographers before Jose Villa was around.

Go beyond what you currently know, in our little small realm and expand on that because it builds you into someone who actually has a voice that’s different than what we’ve seen. I think that that does more justice for us in our community than just trying to disregard it to the same stuff that everyone else is doing.


What do you shoot with?

We will start with digital, I like the Fuji GFX because it’s such a great option to substitute for film and you can do a quick match with The Archetype Process profiles.

I also have a Sony A7Riii when I book someone who doesn’t have the budget for film. And so I’ll definitely lean on digital more. 

I use a Canon 1V, Contax 645 and Hasselblad H2 for my film work and those are my go-to’s for weddings. If I want to get fancy, I’ll bring a rolly and, maybe a Mamiya 7. I love 35mm’s for weddings since you get 36 shots to 16 shots on Medium Format.

What’s your favorite post wedding snack?

Honestly, whatever I can get my hands on. A lot of times if we’re in Ktown, I’ll stop by and get Korean barbecue if the dinner was not that great at the wedding. I’ll usually try to pick something up on the way home, but nothing consistent on that. 

What’s your favorite wedding/creative pump up jam?

When I was younger, I loved metal and I still do to this day and I’m super into like black metal. It puts me in a good mood for being able to work with my clients. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of your business?

I’m a huge soccer fan. So probably like two or three times a week, I’d go play soccer with a lot of friends who I’ve met for almost 20 years now. We play pickup soccer over by UCI with college kids and we try to keep up with them.

What is one daring the leap you’ve taken in your business?

My daring leap I took was to work with a copywriter that really forced me to do things that I am not comfortable doing. Like  getting on IG live and talking about myself and trying to do self promotion. 

Trying to put myself out there and sending out emails that sometimes don’t sound like me or what I’m comfortable with, but it’s what I need to do for my business and it puts seats in the workshop. 

Where can our listeners find you?

Patrick’s Instagram

Patrick’s Website

Apollo Workshops

Do you have any special announcements / offers for our listeners?

When you enter dare50, you’ll get $50 dollars off the masterclass.


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Check out our episode with Dustin Stockel, the creator of The Archetype Process here!

We dare you to check out the other Dare to Develop Podcast episodes including 000: Welcome to Dare to Develop where you get to meet your hosts Kristine Herman and Ashley Baumgartner.