Yervant & Anie Workshops


Creating a Successful Wedding Photography Business


Lesson Info

Yervant & Anie Workshops

Okay, now let's come just a bit of promotion for myself and my wife. Yervant & Anie have been doing workshops for the last 15, 16 years and our base is, the main one, is in Venice, Italy. Venice, Italy is a magic place. That's where I started, it's like my home. I know every corner of Venice. And we have, once a year during October, November a workshop there. It's a five day or four day event, it depends from the year. My wife is an amazing fashion designer. She designs outfits, so she makes special outfits for this event, brand new outfits, brand new designs. We have the most gorgeous Italian models and we go all around Venice to take pictures. So it's an extension of what I did here, few more days. And it's all together, all right? Because in Venice you don't drive, you walk. You'll have parties. I'm gonna show you one of our event. This was, I think, three years ago. Every now and then we have a big one. This year is a 25 people maximum, but some years we have 50 and on other ye...

ars we have even bigger but different events. This was one of the big one. You see I'm always dancing when I see pretty girl. (radio changing channels) And this is the event. (pop music) (radio changing channels) (Italian vocal music) (radio changing channels) (foreign language) (radio changing channels) ("O Sole Mio" by Giovanni Capurro and Eduardo di Capua) (radio changing channels) ("There You Are" by by Lovelite) This is gonna be the best workshop you've ever attended. We've done so much planning. So Vito and me are the only shooters in this studio. Each one of us does video. When did I get video? (audience laughs) I hope you didn't record that. (laughs) Robert it's your fault. I'm such a positive person, when you leave us on Friday you're gonna cry. (laughs) (audience applauds) ♫ And if ever I am faithless ♫ I can't escape your greatness ♫ From the brightest of places ♫ To the infinite spaces ♫ There you are, there you are ♫ There you are, there you are, oh We started doing these Venice workshops in 2005. So we get two different groups of 25 people, I'd say each week in Venice, and we do these amazing workshops and then we take them to Graphi Studios so they can see the amazing factory there, the production, the quality. And with the photo shoot that they do this afternoon, Yervant and Graphi Studio quickly prepare little albums, and when we visit the factory, we actually present them with the little albums of today's shoot. But it's a surprise, it's a secret, so the people don't know if they're going to receive little albums of the shoot. More casual, go guys, mix with the girls. ♫ And if ever I am faithless ♫ I can't escape your greatness (group cheers) ♫ From the brightest of places ♫ To the infinite spaces That was the first session with the model. Just show you the movement, the expression, so if you start moving the couple, the girl, you will get more natural pictures. So that's the first session. So Regina was amazing, let's see how we go with the other one, perfect. ♫ There you are, there you are ♫ There you are, there you are ♫ You have been there before time began ♫ Crying mercy for the broken man ♫ You have been there before time began ♫ Crying mercy for the broken man Guys, it's nearly the end of the day. We have a night shot slightly after this. What a great coverage, what a great models. I had such a great time. I'm sure you did also. Thank you very much, we'll see you soon, ciao. ♫ And if ever I am faithless ♫ I can't escape your greatness ♫ From the brightest of places ♫ To the infinite spaces Let's give the girls a clap. And this is day two. (crowd applauds) See you guys. ♫ There you are, there you are It's amazing to be part of this week here in Venice. I've learned a lot from him over the years, and the fact that we can work together and put together this amazing workshop along with Amie has been an amazing experience and something I will take with me for a very, very long time. (people applaud) ("Rescue Me" by Aaron and Andrew) ♫ Giving up's the hardest thing to say ♫ Giving in 'cause I've tried everything ♫ I wish there was another way So, we have beautiful Dimi down there. We're gonna photograph her ceremony and after that we're gonna do shots in the city back in Venice. ♫ And I know ♫ It's not easy ♫ But I tried so hard ♫ It still broke my heart ♫ Won't you come and rescue me Smile darling, get those tears gone and that's it. ♫ I can see the glare of street lights ♫ Reminding me of how I lived my life ♫ I'm just a blurry passerby ♫ Used to think that I'd get everything ♫ Now I just don't expect anything ♫ I'm trying so hard ♫ To just move on ♫ And I know Lean forward and the height is the same. Very simple, chin up. ♫ But I tried so hard ♫ It still broke my heart ♫ Won't you come and rescue me I'm Ari, this is Dimi, and together we just recently got married in Venice at this beautiful location in San Lazarus island which is Armenian monastery. It's been a fantastic day filled with a lot of photographers. Thank you Anie and Yervant Thank you Anie and Yervant for this dream come true. And to be the best, look for the light. ♫ It still broke my heart Come in, come in, come in, and come on in. Sweetheart run, run, run towards me. That's it, stop, stop. Okay, don't worry about the tie. (Yervant singing and laughing) ♫ Won't you come and rescue me ♫ Won't you come and rescue me, yeah ("You" by Spencer Combs) ♫ From the night I first saw you ♫ To the night you stole my heart ♫ Knew we'd be together always ♫ Our love would never part ♫ You make the morning sun shine ♫ You make my heart come alive ♫ You make my world spin around ♫ You lift my feet off the ground ♫ Feet up off the ground ♫ Remember that February night ♫ That I got down on my knee ♫ Said those three words ♫ that changed our lives forever ♫ You said yes and hugged me ♫ You make the morning sun shine ♫ You make my heart come alive ♫ You make my world spin around ♫ You lift my feet off the ground (group applauds) ♫ Feet up off the ground I met Yervant many years ago, maybe in 2005, 2006 at WPPI, and I have a lot of respect for him. And I wanted to come to Italy to be able to learn from him, because he's the industry leader when it comes to wedding photography. ♫ You make my heart come alive ♫ You make my world spin around ♫ You lift my feet off the ground Well, the party is really over, and I think we've had a fabulous night tonight at this amazing castle. Thank you everyone for being here sharing, and of course Graphi Studio to make it all possible. This is the home of photographers worldwide. So thank you (kiss) again, and we'll see you next year. ♫ Feet up off the ground (people cheering and chattering)

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.