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Incredible Engagement Photography

Pye Jirsa

Incredible Engagement Photography

Pye Jirsa

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Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Posing Guidance for Him


Posing Guidance for Her


Foundational Posing


Posing Touch Points


Couples Body Language


Posing Three Point Check


Posing Tips with Demo


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.

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

The theme of this class is engagement photography. Students will learn various aspects of engagement photography, including posing techniques, lighting, composition, camera settings, editing, and client interaction. They will also learn about different tools and techniques that can be used to enhance their engagement photos, such as using natural light, flash, special effects, and props. The class emphasizes the importance of creating a cohesive look and feel in engagement photos and provides guidance on how to achieve that through planning, communication, and post-production editing.

Learning the topics in this class will benefit students by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to capture incredible engagement photos. They will learn how to effectively pose couples to create natural and flattering poses, how to use different lighting techniques to enhance the mood and atmosphere of the photos, and how to use various tools and techniques to add creative elements to their images. By mastering these topics, students will be able to deliver high-quality engagement photos that meet and exceed their clients' expectations.

Frequently asked questions about the theme of engagement photography may include:

  1. What is the best way to pose couples during an engagement shoot?

  2. How can I effectively use natural light in engagement photography?

  3. What camera settings should I use for engagement photography?

  4. How can I create a cohesive look and feel in my engagement photos?

  5. What are some creative techniques or tools I can use to enhance my engagement photos?

  6. How can I make my clients feel comfortable and relaxed during the shoot?

  7. What are some common mistakes to avoid in engagement photography?

  8. How can I incorporate personal touches or meaningful locations into engagement photos?

  9. What are some tips for editing engagement photos in post-production?

  10. How can I market myself as an engagement photographer and attract clients?

The theme of this class is engagement photography. Students will learn various techniques and strategies for capturing creative and compelling engagement shots. They will learn about camera settings, lighting scenarios, posing, composition, editing techniques, and using different tools and equipment like reflectors, flashes, and lenses. The class also covers topics such as culling and organizing images, Photoshop editing, compositing, creating GIFs, and location scouting. By learning these topics, students will gain the knowledge and skills to create stunning engagement photographs that capture the essence and emotion of the couple. They will also learn how to utilize different techniques and tools to enhance their images and stand out in the photography industry. The benefit of learning the topics in this class is that students will be able to deliver high-quality engagement photographs that will please their clients and make their work more marketable and in-demand. They will learn how to create unique and memorable images that tell a story and evoke emotions. Additionally, by learning about culling and editing techniques, they will be able to streamline their workflow and save time in the post-processing phase. Frequently asked questions about this theme may include: 1. How can I make my engagement photography stand out from other photographers? 2. What camera settings and lighting techniques work best for capturing engagement shots? 3. How can I pose couples in a natural and flattering way? 4. What equipment and tools are essential for engagement photography? 5. How can I effectively edit and enhance engagement photographs in post-processing? 6. What are some creative ideas and compositions for engagement shots? 7. How do I find the best locations for engagement photography? 8. How can I market and promote my engagement photography business?

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Pre-Shoot Videos
Keynote 1
Keynote 2
Presets Installation Guide
Gear Guide
Favorite Software
Lightroom Presets

Ratings and Reviews

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.

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