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.

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.