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Incredible Engagement Photography

Pye Jirsa

Incredible Engagement Photography

Pye Jirsa

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1 Class Introduction Duration:12:56
2 Posing Guidance for Him Duration:08:14
3 Posing Guidance for Her Duration:09:02
4 Foundational Posing Duration:05:11
5 Posing Touch Points Duration:05:55
6 Couples Body Language Duration:09:52
7 Posing Three Point Check Duration:05:22
8 Posing Tips with Demo Duration:08:05
9 Verbal Cues for Posing Duration:06:27
10 Mood Board Tips Duration:06:59
11 Posing Questions Duration:06:54
12 Camera Settings Quick Overview Duration:18:32
13 Location Scouting Duration:02:24
14 Seeing the Light Duration:17:34
15 Shoot: Natural Light in Studio Duration:14:50
16 Homemade Soft Box Duration:12:43
18 Shoot: Flat Natural Light Duration:06:24
19 Special Effects Intro Duration:09:13
20 Shoot: Backlighting Duration:18:07
21 Shoot: Using Sparklers Duration:09:59
24 High Speed Sync vs ND Duration:04:27
25 Shoot: Fog and Spray Effects Duration:15:28
26 Simple Lightroom Workflow Duration:25:10
28 Culling and Presets Duration:09:34
29 Editing Using Presets Duration:13:04
30 Post Processing Q&A Duration:05:46
31 Flash + Ambient Balance Duration:13:25
32 Photographers Need to Practice Duration:09:00
34 Meeting the Clients Duration:11:27
35 Basic Engagement Shots Duration:16:59
37 Using Photo Mechanic to Cull Duration:12:41
38 Culled Edits in Lightroom Duration:17:25
40 Photoshop Editing for Print Duration:23:34
41 Engagement University Shot Duration:21:35
42 Daylight + Flash Duration:23:44
43 Engagement Picnic Scene Duration:19:42
44 Composite Street Shot Duration:10:47
45 Day For Night Engagement Shot Duration:06:27
46 Natural Flash/Bounce Duration:04:10
47 How to Make GIFs Duration:17:22
48 Simple Composite - University Duration:09:38
51 Final Thoughts Duration:10:53

Class Description

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Couples want to capture their commitment to each other in high-quality, creatively shot photographs. They also expect their bliss to appear natural and evocative. Photographers who are trying to build their engagement photography portfolio need to be able to juggle both technical and creative expectations. Pye Jirsa’s Incredible Engagement Photography will teach students how to strike this balance with basic equipment.

In this course, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use simple on- and off-camera flash lighting
  • Communicate effectively to devise creative, meaningful poses
  • Develop post-processing and overall workflow 
Drawing on lessons taught in Pye’s other courses (Photography 101, Lighting 101, and Lighting 201), you will learn how to adapt to a variety of different lighting situations – indoor and outdoor, natural and urban. You’ll also gain a sense of the importance of storytelling and of developing a disarming interaction style for putting couples at ease during a shoot. 

Conducting an engagement photography shoot requires a delicate mix of technical and interpersonal skills – but not an abundance of expensive, demanding equipment.


CPR Photography

I think Pye Jirsa is one of the best, if not the best, instructor for photography on Creative Live. He is very personable, smart and approachable. He has a perfect blend of personality (comments, laughs, tangents..) to the amount of instruction. He asks the questions for you, because he knows you are thinking those questions right then. He's very good about identifying settings, gear, etc.. and not leaving us in the dark about how he "got the shot". He goes into great detail. His instructions flow, but are linear, which is helpful. He's very organized, and you can tell that he really put a lot of work into his presentations (slides, video, test shoots, live teaching, graphics, etc..) I have been listening to him for like 10 hours straight, and still haven't gotten tired of him. He keeps things moving, He's very funny too. Nice job, I've learned so much. :)

a Creativelive Student

This course was AMAZING. I'd say int he past year or two I've fallen into a slump. Uninspired by my surroundings and uninspired by my clients. As a result, it showed through my work. My posing suffered as well and more than a handful of times some of my shoots became more than awkward. Then I bought this course and watched most of it in the course of a day. I walked away inspired, blown away, and renewed. The next day I walked into an engagement session confident. I gave my couples a quick overview on posing and then we just had fun in front of the camera. Immediately afterwards they texted me about how amazing their shoot was and how relaxed I made them feel about posing. The photos turned out fantastic to say the least. I've since shot several more engagement sessions and each one of them has been amazing. If anything, this course should inspire photographers to think outside the box and provide you with the necessary skills to take incredible engagement photos. Thank you Pye and Creative Live! I cannot speak more highly of this course. I should also state I purchased Pye's Natural Light course on SLR Lounge: this course is a wonderful addition to that. If you already own the natural light course and are hesitant about purchasing this one, don't. Buy it and reap the benefits!


This is by far one of the best courses I have taken. Pye makes learning fun and easy to understand. I feel like I have learned so much throughout the course, that I have truly advanced my photography skills. I am so excited to get out there and try so many of the techniques that he showed. I would love to take another course of his. The pricing for the course doesn't even compare to how wonderful the education truly is, I really got more than my money's worth on this one.