Glowchella 2023

The Skin Tones Panel

This is your chance to be part of a crucial conversation that not only enlightens but empowers you to make real change. Be inspired, be educated, and join us in championing a future where every story is celebrated equally.
Seize this opportunity to be at the forefront of a cultural shift. With insights from our dynamic panel, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to create content that truly reflects the diverse world we live in, making your mark as a champion of authentic and inclusive storytelling.
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel
The Skin Tones Panel

The Skin Tones Panel

This isn’t just a conversation; it’s a movement toward truth, diversity, and the authentic portrayal of every shade of human skin.


From mastering the art of representing skin tones in photography to navigating the challenges and triumphs of diversity in the wedding industry, this panel offers an unprecedented look into making inclusivity the norm, not the exception. Join us as we tackle crucial topics, share personal experiences, and provide practical strategies for embracing diversity in your work and beyond. No matter your profession, this session will inspire you to make a profound impact on the industry, ensuring every love story is told with the respect and authenticity it deserves.

We are creatives and business owners—just like you. And we're on a mission to make photography education approachable, actionable, and downright fun.
We have over three decades of combined experience. And we provide expert know-how on damn near any photography or business-related topic.
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Jon Cu, Sacia Matthews, Ashley Mason, Carlos Hernandez, Charmi Pena

60 minutes

skin tones, videography, photography, editing, equity, community
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"These incredible speakers sparked a fire in me to push for real change."
"Wow, talk about a wake-up call! These incredible speakers sparked a fire in me to push for real change in celebrating every human being and using my work as a catalyst."

Meet the Panelists

Jon Cu
Carlos Hernandez
Ashley Mason
Sacia Matthews
Charmi pENA
Jon Cu
As a destination wedding photographer, I live for the moments when we can slow down and experience the purity of our emotions as they unfold. Whether I’m witnessing the sweet embrace of a newly engaged couple on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean or the first tender kiss of a bride and groom as they recite their vows on the sandy shores of Phuket, it is my goal to visually capture the wide range of details, moments, and emotions that happen during the course of your special day. I specialize in medium format film photography (although I’m also pretty stellar when it comes to digital) because I still believe in the beauty that comes with taking the time to hone my craft by focusing on the quality of the images that I capture. It is probably also why you may occasionally find me in the dark room developing my own film.
Carlos Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez is a destination fine art film wedding photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Being part of people's most cherished moments is a genuine honor for him. His artistic aspiration is to craft photos brimming with life, showcasing beauty in an authentic and natural manner. Utilizing tools like film photography, he embraces a deliberate approach to detail, capturing meaningful moments.
Ashley Mason
Saunter by Ashley Mason is a full-service wedding planning, design and production team with over 14 years in the industry. Ashley has an intimate approach, with every celebration reflecting an elevated extended dinner party feel. It is her believe that luxury is truly achieved by how we make people feel in the way each thoughtful detail is carried out through the experience.
Sacia Matthews
Sacia Matthews is a destination wedding photographer that specializes in merging an editorial appeal with an honest documentary style with an emphasis on emotions and moments that speak to the senses.
Charmi Pena
Charmi Peña is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Princeton, NJ. She comes from a family where the acceptable career choices were limited to professions like doctors, lawyers, and investment bankers. However, she followed her passion for photography after her husband, Patrick, gifted her a a camera, and has since become a successful photographer and educator. Charmi is known for her exceptional skills and dedication to her craft, including being selected to serve as a Nikon Ambassador. As a proud, steadfast feminist and woman of color, she stays engaged in advocacy and activism whenever time allows it. When she's not smothering her husband Patrick, or their two little boys, Viru and Jai, she can be found gardening, with her 40+ house plants, playing video games, or watching basketball.
What's Inside

The Lesson Plan

  • Learn to authentically represent diverse skin tones and cultural traditions, enhancing the trust and satisfaction of your clients.
  • Gain insights on continuous learning and feedback, crucial for improving your skills and avoiding missteps in representing diversity.
  • Discover the importance of empathy, driving you to capture intimate moments with sensitivity and respect.
Preview the Course
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On-Demand Video Lessons
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Learn at Your Own Pace
As soon as you finish checking out, you're immediately granted access to the entirety of the course content. With lifetime access, you can take your time and always come back for a refresh.
Ongoing Support
Any updates we make to the Glowup will be added to your portal. Plus, we're available via email or our student Facebook community to answer questions and help you on your journey.
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What's included?
Every Glowup includes:
  • Tips & strategies you can apply right away
  • 2-4 hours of education
  • One hot topic at a time
  • Quick and practical techniques
  • In-depth knowledge
  • Suitable for beginners and experts alike
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