The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Bold Images in Lightroom

Couple presets left to go through. Marfa, which we use on our backlit and sunlit photos. What it does is really increases the warmth in the image. It goes ahead and does a little bit of split toning as well as adjustments in the hue, saturation, luminance adjustments to really bring out that warmth that comes with sunlight. We'll go ahead and make the image a little bit brighter. Set the exposure here for our couple. Maybe just underexpose them ever so slightly. Adjust our white balance. Make them a little less pink. Once we're in the right ballpark we'll go ahead and take our adjustment brush set it to dodge and pass it over the bride and groom. What's important again is we don't want a big difference between our adjustment brush and the exposure in the image when we underexpose it ever so slightly and then bring that final touch of light through the dodging. This is the wedding after which this preset was designed so this is outside of Marfa in Texas and, as you can see, their ceremo...

ny just has this incredible backlight and that's why we named this preset Marfa. So we'll go ahead and adjust our exposure. Make it a little bit warmer. Adjust our pinks and greens. Go even brighter, give it more contrast, which works well on backlit images because it creates a bit of a haze over the photos. Same as when you're shooting in the rain or a cloudy day or any kind of reflection. Anything that adds a little bit of haze, well you can counter effect that by adding more contrast to the image. We'll take our dodge brush and bring out our bride and groom a little bit more, as well as the surroundings so that the quality of the light is, you know, falls very naturally on them. And we can go ahead and make just any final adjustments to the white balance, really preserve the warmth in the image and find the right coloring for it. (brief pause) I'll jump ahead to the Viejo preset which we use for preserving a lot of the ambient light in our images. What that does, again, it goes and gets a lot of the boldness in the colors while giving it a little bit more warmth which is what we want from candlelit photos or images that are really shot for mood. So this preset really preserves a lot of the mood in the images. Go ahead and adjust our exposure give it a little more contrast and fix our white balance so that we get the right balance of blues and yellows and pinks and greens. On this image, there's no dodging that's really needed on the bride. One thing that we do want to do, maybe is just apply our skin softening brush. This one has settings of minus ten on contrast and minus 80 on clarity and we don't want to pass it over on the entire image. We just wanna take a smaller brush and pass it over the skin part of the face So anything forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck and that's gonna really soften the skin. It's by no means the way that fashion retouchers do their retouching, but in the context of weddings, it's a great way to really make the editing a little bit more flattering on a bride. Again, using El Viejo. In this case we could have used Marfa which is meant for backlit images but Viejo is gonna really preserve a lot of the warmth and the color in the images as well. Go a little bit warmer. Fix the white balance, go brighter with more contrast. And then bring out our bride and groom with our dodging. If it's applied a little bit too much we'll just bring it down on the adjustment brush itself. And this kind of image, this is really what the preset El Viejo was designed for. It really preserves a lot of the mood and color in the image itself. So anything that's a chandelier or a candle, well, it's gonna go ahead and get that right white balance for that. So adjust our exposure. Adjust our white balance. Give it more contrast and go a tad brighter so we're not dodging our groom too much. Get as close as we can while preserving detail in the lights. And then dodge our groom as well as, you know, bring out a little more detail in the top of the frame. And take our dodge brush once more and apply a little bit more with a little bit more exposure so that he really stands out. So this approach is really what we're gonna do on our full gallery. It takes, I'd say, on average somewhere between eight and fifteen hours depending on the size of the gallery to edit a full wedding. Either Davina does it or our editor at The Image Salon.

Wedding Photography is a hard and sometimes exhausting business. Finding ways to stay creative while continuing to capture timeless and classic imagery is important. Drawing from their own life experiences, Davina and Daniel Kudish capture the subtle nuances of their client's life stories at every wedding. In this course, they’ll discuss techniques to personalize each individual wedding to capture the stories and moments that make each couple unique.

They’ll discuss the formula to capturing stories and teach:

  • Pre-Wedding Conversation techniques with clients to help build your shot list
  • Utilize what you know about each couple to help approach capturing the day
  • Research and location scouting techniques
  • Capture the details that matter most
  • How to work with various lighting situations
  • Preserve the mood and capture natural moments
  • Composition and Framing
  • Shooting with variety
  • Create personal and creative portraits
  • Edit a slideshow and how to create an album

Davina and Daniel are known for capturing creative portraits and important moments that tell every unique love story. Join them to learn how to implement their formula to find and capture the creative story with every client.


Class Introduction
What Are "Epic" Images?
The Slideshow Formula
First Client Meeting
Establish Client Relationship
Expectation vs Preparation
Pre-Wedding Checklist
Gear for Photographing Weddings
Capture The Subtleties
Show The Connection
Importance of Capturing Transitions
Sidelines & Story Telling Details
Anticipation & Patience
Let The Scene Develop
Sequencing in Numbers
Successful "Anticipatience"
Examples of Poor Reaction Time
HTCG in 10
Giving Direction
Have Variety With Light & Composition
Capture The Mood
Take Advantage of Natural Light
Be Creative With Video Light
On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor
Find Flattering Ambient Light
Don't be Afraid of Tough Light
Composition & Framing
Lens Choice
Keep it Simple
Purpose of the Creative Portrait
Scouting for the Creative Portrait
Maximize a Location
Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait
Experiment with Your Photography
Make The Image Personal
Post Production Overview
Stay Organized in Post Production
Full Gallery Edits
Lightroom Workflow Overview
Bring Out Detail in Lightroom
Black & White in Lightroom
Landscape Images in Lightroom
Bold Images in Lightroom
Slideshow Edits
Importance of The Slideshow
Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding
Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding
Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding
Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding
Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding
Build a Business Around Storytelling
Portfolio for Clients
Importance of The Inquiry Reply
Price List Best Practices
How to Price Your Work
Final Thoughts


  • Davina and Daniel are fantastic presenters as well as an exceptional photo team (plus they are super nice people, too!). I love their approach and methods and felt like there is so much value in this course. Even though I've been photographing for a long time, I took away a lot of great value gems from their course and look forward to applying several to my own business!
  • It has been a couple of days since Davina and Daniel's Creative Live course ended and I can't stop thinking about all the amazing information and inspiration they shared. I'm filled with so much inspiration I can't wait to utilize everything I have learned. I learned so much and know I'll learn more each time I re-watch which I plan to do often. I believe this is Creative Live's best wedding photography course.
  • Davina + Daniel, this is a wonderful class. I've enjoyed your teaching style and watching your banter between each other. The images are simply beautiful. I'm portrait photographer with no desire to do weddings, but this has opened my eyes to a whole other view of wedding photography that's rather enticing. Your storytelling is amazing and I'm going to definitely incorporate what I can into my own photography style.