The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

Lesson 9/56 - Capture The Subtleties


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Capture The Subtleties

This is our formula, and we're gonna keep referring to it all the way through our course. Before we do that we just wanna talk a little bit about subtleties, and how it relates back to, you know, the epic images. And oftentimes what's gonna be special to the couple, really lives in those little subtle moments, and those subtle back stories that as an outside viewer, we might not really be aware of. Yep, so we're gonna have a lot of stories this time. This Jeff, he was just at Sarah and Erin's wedding who you met. And we got into a conversation about this photo. I told him, this is one of my favorite photos from your wedding. I feel like it's very telling of, you know, your siblings, and he said, "It's funny that you say that because it is one of my favorites also and it's my Mom's favorite photo and she has a print of this in her home. And these are his sisters, his stepsister, I believe, and his brother. So this is the moment where Hannah, his wife, was walking down the aisle, and I...

just think, like the fact that his sisters are looking at him, the emotion on his face, it just tells a lot about who these people are. So little subtleties like that, are huge and may manifest themselves a lot during that first look that a couple will have, often during the ceremony, like this one. This is Victor, when he saw Erica walking down the aisle. For me, it's that hand on his Mom's shoulder. The fact that his Mom was so present, you know, during that moment, I found very touching and as a Mom, really gets me (laughs). The way he's biting his lip like that, that subtlety emotion, manifests itself, in these little subtleties, right. The tears in his eyes, and I love that he's looking at her, and watching her walk down the aisle, while he's still kind of connecting physically with his Mom. And this at a wedding in Guatemala, and here it's the groom's father, who has his hands around the bride's, well around his wife, who's next to him, but also the bride's mother, and aunt, and you know, without knowing all of this stuff, as an outside viewer you might not connect to the photo so much, but to the bride and groom, like this is an epic photo of the bride's Dad, really connecting with the people at the wedding. We've often described him as the most loving man on earth, and you know, this photo really summarizes that for them. Yeah, this is one of their top three, they said. There's no faces, but the gesture and the subtlety of that, it says everything. This photo, you know, the groom was not very emotional or very, it wasn't very obvious what he was feeling, on the wedding day, but we hang onto any little bit of connection, right. That's what we're looking for. That's one of the things we mentioned in our formula that always striving for is connection. So him glancing over at her, may not seem like much to an outsider, but I'm actually just gonna read what the bride wrote to me about this photo. "So this is a photo of Chris realizing "he's marrying me and he's beginning to tear up. "I love this one so much, because I didn't even know "it happened until later when Chris told me "how he was feeling near the end of the Sikh ceremony. "When we looked through the gallery, weeks later, "I was floored that you got that exact moment." So, you know, it's just a glance. But It's subtle but it means so much to them.

Class Description

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.


1Class Introduction 2What Are "Epic" Images? 3The Slideshow Formula 4First Client Meeting 5Establish Client Relationship 6Expectation vs Preparation 7Pre-Wedding Checklist 8Gear for Photographing Weddings 9Capture The Subtleties 10Show The Connection 11Importance of Capturing Transitions 12Sidelines & Story Telling Details 13Anticipation & Patience 14Let The Scene Develop 15Sequencing in Numbers 16Successful "Anticipatience" 17Examples of Poor Reaction Time 18HTCG in 10 19Giving Direction 20Have Variety With Light & Composition 21Capture The Mood 22Take Advantage of Natural Light 23Be Creative With Video Light 24On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor 25Find Flattering Ambient Light 26Don't be Afraid of Tough Light 27Composition & Framing 28Lens Choice 29Keep it Simple 30Purpose of the Creative Portrait 31Scouting for the Creative Portrait 32Maximize a Location 33Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait 34Experiment with Your Photography 35Make The Image Personal 36Post Production Overview 37Stay Organized in Post Production 38Full Gallery Edits 39Lightroom Workflow Overview 40Bring Out Detail in Lightroom 41Black & White in Lightroom 42Landscape Images in Lightroom 43Bold Images in Lightroom 44Slideshow Edits 45Importance of The Slideshow 46Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding 47Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding 48Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding 49Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding 50Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding 51Build a Business Around Storytelling 52Portfolio for Clients 53Importance of The Inquiry Reply 54Price List Best Practices 55How to Price Your Work 56Final Thoughts


a Creativelive Student

Holy Moly! I have been very familiar with Davina & Daniel for several years and I also work closely with Image Salon for the past 3 years. I loved their relatability, raw honesty, human connection, and their teaching method. It was also super helpful to see the GoPro footage on a real wedding day and walk through their thought process with them. A refreshing wind of inspiration has now flooded my mind and attitude. I am excited to begin my 8th year of weddings with a clear mind and full heart. These two are the REAL deal and I am so happy I made this investment. Thanks, CL for always bringing the BEST of the BEST.

a Creativelive Student

I’ve been following Davina and Daniel’s work for years and suffice it to say, they are in my top 6 all time favorites. I was so excited to watch this creative live and it didn’t disappoint. From their approach to shooting through the moments, to their stunning locales and minimalist gear, there is something for everyone in this class. Both Daniel and Davina have a tremendous knowledge of photography and their willingness to share and educate is second to none. Oh, and just so you know, they are also the nicest people on the planet. Super sweet, amazingly talented. Thanks for having them on.

a Creativelive Student

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!