The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

We've been doing this for 10 years. You would think that would make us very jaded and bored with weddings. They do get repetitive, but we really don't feel that way. I think I'm more connected now with weddings than I really ever have been and that's because we dig deep into every story, at every wedding. And that's really our hope and our goal for this class is that whether you've been doing this for a really long time or you're new to weddings, that you will find that connection and that you will be excited by every wedding you shoot. And also creating these moments or these memories for your clients that are gonna be so meaningful to them specifically. So the way that we're gonna do this over the next couple of days is really by going deep into what formula we use for photographing each story and how we piece all of that together for the slideshow, which is generally our final product. We're also gonna go over our entire process, so from lighting to composition to moments, how the...

3 really come together to create the best photos possible. We're also gonna talk about creative portraits, which are a big part of what we do as well, aside from the storytelling. We're gonna talk about our workflow and our post production and we're gonna dive deep into the business and building a business around storytelling as well. So it's really the head and the heart. So we shoot with heart, but there's a lot of formula and a lot of technical things that we do to accomplish that. Yeah, you can expect us to get a little bit vulnerable with you guys, how our personal life plays into what we do, and obviously like Kenna was saying, our kids are a big part of what we do as well, so you'll see them come up quite often too. We're also gonna show you guys some behind the scenes from weddings that we've shot recently, we attached a Go Pro to our cameras and... Look pretty good, huh? Little alien like, but... It also rained on those days. The towels. So extra challenging. And so we're gonna show what the scene looked like in real life and how that translated into specific photos. We'll share some successful and not so successful attempts at certain things we've tried out and just how we've worked through those things and how many situations and weddings have taught us very valuable lessons. A lot of mistakes. This class is not for you if you're looking for elaborate flash or lighting techniques. We like to keep things very, very simple as you'll quickly find out. We're not big on fashion posing. Our posing is very, very natural, so we're gonna stay away from fashion posing tips. And if you're not into emotional stuff, this class may not be for you because we get very emotional. (audience laughs) I almost cried at the intro, so yeah. Yeah, if we can get through this without crying at some point, it will be pretty good. Yeah. Yeah. You mentioned our kids and I was almost... I know as soon as you said their names, I was like, oh gosh. (giggles) If you're photographers looking to connect with their clients, this class is most definitely for you, that's something that we're really big on. If you're bored with weddings or you find them repetitive and you're kind of finding yourself a little jaded, then hopefully we can liven up a bit of a spark in you. And if you wanna find ways to have a fresh and creative approach to your photography, we're definitely gonna try to help you out with that today.

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.