The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


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