Creating a Successful Wedding Photography Business

Lesson 16/45 - Arriving at the Ceremony


Creating a Successful Wedding Photography Business


Lesson Info

Arriving at the Ceremony

Okay, now we go to the church. 664 images, so that's how many I shot. A very small church; it was a Macedonia service, very tight. One thing I wasn't happy was this is the beautiful icons on the wall, and the videographer was permanently standing there, so I had to move on a different angle so I can avoid, but I wanted the wall in the background. So it's important, then, I took weird angles to capture it without having the videographer in the thing. So, this is from 1:30 to 2:30. Usually we're looking one hour of capture. We arrived there because it took us about an hour to arrive there. Dani was in a hurry to go to the church. I said, "Dani, you know this. It's not going to happen." And half an hour, she had to go around the block because at Macedonian church, the groom's family forgot the cake, they must have a special cake. The priest said, "You can't get married without the cake," so they had to get a cake. So Dani was going around and around, and at first I was worried. Where is s...

he? She change her mind or something? But they were waiting for the cake. So ... (overlapping voices) Look down for a minute. Here, here, go on the side. That's it. Yeah, I'm going closer. I'm shooting quite a wide lens. (camera shutter clicks) And open the door, open the door now. Look at your dad, Dani. Give her your hand, Tom. And, steady. Perfect, okay, got it. (car door slams) Laurel with Laura, Dani. Because you two, hold the flower very on your waist. Don't hide. (overlapping voices) Okay, you see I captured at different angle, lower a little bit so I can capture the car more wide because I was using wide lens. If you realize I had two cameras there because my assistant couldn't come into the church. That's how tight it is, so I had my two cameras with me. So when I work in the church, I've got one wide one. And most probably, I used a lot more wide than the ... So I can capture it. So that's arriving in the church. You know, the groom is coming to me. I take that he is gonna say hi to me but I captured that. The cute thing is that little boy in the background, you know, looking at the thing. It's become so photojournalistic. And then there's the bride arriving at the church. This wouldn't have gone in the album because I have either moved the guys at the background. It doesn't be part of, or just avoid it. So sometimes I convince the bride where to go, how to go. There's a bit of reflection, and that's the low angle I started to shoot so I can get, you see what I was looking for. The reflection of the church in the window. I tried to get reflection to show us where we are. And then a different angle with her father waiting in the background. You know, my assistant photographer will take the main shots and I move into a different angle to capture the more candid-looking picture. So again, 640; this is a winter wedding. In Australia, we are winter now, so it's quite cold. We make sure that we do it quickly without the bride getting too cold. But again, concerned Dani: is he there? Is he dressed correctly? Is he ... ? And capture moments again. I'm basically capturing as much as I can without interrupting. There's the candles there, I thought it was a good shot to walk in while she was walking. A back shot; I love to take the back shot but at the same time my assistant will be at the front to take the shot. But because it was a tight church, there's already two video guys there, I had to not have the assistant at the front. Then I move quickly to the front and capture coming in.

Class Description

International award-winning wedding photographer Yervant explains how to make your wedding business a success from capture through print. Before you can take great images, you need to build a strong relationship with your clients. Yervant guides you step-by-step on how to foster that relationship with your clients, interact with the entire family on the wedding day, and how to piece together their story to guarantee a happy client who’s excited to make a large purchase. Utilizing a real wedding, he’ll break down every moment of the day from portraits through reception. You’ll follow Yervant through his post-production process and album creation to help you maximize your product sales.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Capture techniques for the bride, groom, and wedding party
  • How to work quickly on location shoots to keep your clients happy
  • Editing and retouching techniques in Lightroom® and Photoshop®
  • Album layout and design
  • Monitor calibration and printing techniques

Being a wedding photographer starts with a passion to capture your client’s love story. In this course, Yervant will share his secrets for remaining passionate, relevant and maintaining a thriving business during his wedding career.


Claudia Montero-Kubli

I love it!!!!!! I am so inspired, I learned a lot! thank you Yervant for sharing your Talent with us this two amazing days! Thank you to all the CREATIVE LIVE staff you are awesome!!!! best time! I want to come again!

a Creativelive Student

I am SO grateful to CreativeLive as well as Yervant for taking the time to put on this class. So many times while sitting in this class I thought to myself "what have I been thinking?!" I have so much to learn! I loved hearing about Yervant's process for creating images, but what inspired me even more was his advice on how to view, and treat yourself as a professional. I completely agree when he said photographers are creative but we are "terrible business people." But I aim to change this in my business from this point forward, thanks to this class! Yervant's advice on how to value, protect, and sell your art is priceless. I have always valued printing and creating products clients can hold, but I don't think I understood the real emotional value in it until this class. When he pulls those images we just watched him create for the last two days, off of that printer, and they are there before our eyes, I had an emotional reaction to it. I want my clients to experience the same, so I must value it and create opportunities to educate my clients. Thanks for the kick in the pants that we all needed Yervant! And I hope this will not be the last time I get to experience your education in my life. I said this many times to other students during the class, but I will say it again here, I want to carry a mini Yervant with me every where I go! Thank you Creative Live and thank you Yervant!

a Creativelive Student

Yervant’s ardent love for wedding photography and capturing his brides in their best light is unquestionable. His love for this photography community and his regard for our respect in the world hierarchy is without reservation. Yervant’s willingness to share his knowledge and skill for all these things to come together is beyond generous. These are some of the things that help Yervant to effortlessly stand out as a photography master and this is exactly what this class is about… plain and simple.