The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding

So let's switch back and see the final slideshow. Yeah. So this is like a cooking show where they take out all the ingredients and they show you how to make it and then they're like, "Here's the finished cake," and you're like, "Whoa, how did that get done so fast?" That's what this is. (laughing) (chirping) ♪ Oh darling ♪ (soft guitar music) ♪ Maurice and his son are looking mighty fine today ♪ ♪ They're the strongest two men this side of western P-A ♪ ♪ But they're as black as coal ♪ ♪ And here he comes wearing the family suit ♪ ♪ First time in years he had to polish his boots ♪ ♪ Now they're as black as coal ♪ ♪ Wouldn't you know ♪ ♪ Everybody's singing ♪ ♪ Everybody's laughing ♪ ♪ Everybody's drinking on the wedding day ♪ ♪ Everybody's dancing 'round the sycamore tree ♪ ♪ 'Round the sycamore tree today ♪ ♪ Everybody's laughing ♪ ♪ Everybody's drinking on the wedding day ♪ ♪ Everybody's dancing 'round the sycamore tree ♪ ♪ 'Round the sycamore tree today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding d...

ay here in Greenville P-A ♪ ♪ We all work for low pay ♪ ♪ But hell no ♪ ♪ Not today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding day ♪ ♪ Go on Harvey ♪ ♪ Tell her that you'll always be together ♪ ♪ But a timing for a wedding ♪ ♪ Whether this time is heading ♪ ♪ Heaven knows what's in store ♪ ♪ Even Billy is there ♪ ♪ And he's shedding a tear ♪ ♪ Because love's in the air ♪ ♪ With so few good times here ♪ ♪ And we're dying for more ♪ ♪ Everybody's singing ♪ ♪ Everybody's laughing ♪ ♪ Everybody's drinking on this wedding day ♪ ♪ Everybody's dancing 'round the sycamore tree ♪ ♪ 'Round the sycamore tree today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding day here in Greenville P-A ♪ ♪ We all work for low pay ♪ ♪ But hell no ♪ ♪ Not today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding day here in Greenville P-A ♪ ♪ We all work for low pay ♪ ♪ But hell no ♪ ♪ Not today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding day here in Greenville P-A ♪ ♪ We all work for low pay ♪ ♪ But hell no ♪ ♪ Not today ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's a wedding day ♪ (chirping) Alright, so. Thanks, guys. (laughing) (applauding) I almost feel like you guys have been a part of this whole process. Yeah. We saw the meeting with them and the GoPro footage. It really sure has come full circle. So we sent them the slideshow and that's what we got back from them. Wow. We are completely speechless over here. That was so amazing and just perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Just brought back all the feels. We'll be watching on repeat the rest of the night and can't wait to see the gallery when it's ready. Again, even, you know, as we follow a formula in our shooting and it's almost like there's a formula in the answers that we get back. Yeah. It's again, consistent with what we're trying to achieve which further validates the formula that we follow for ourselves. Did you find that looking at the slideshow that now that you know our formula so well, that it's just like that checklist, right? Like the images that show mood and that show the uniqueness of the wedding, connection, how the inner circle is represented, and that moments of connection between the inner circle are there, and the transitions, the storytelling details, the obvious moments. Okay, you're all nodding. That's good. (laughs) I feel like after having actually written down our formula and being aware of the fact that we do this in such a deliberate way, now that I look at our slideshows, I'm very aware of just like how much it really comes together. Yeah. Then, yesterday morning. This just in. Yeah. As we were starting our Creative Live class, Sarah actually sent us this additional note after going through her entire full gallery. She says, "I've spent the last few days "trying to come up with something to say "after viewing our gallery and well, after my millionth view "and endless hours pouring over the photos "laughing and crying with friends and family, "I am officially speechless. "To say I am obsessed is an understatement. "The photos are amazing and I'm just so elated with emotions "for the way you two were able to capture "so much of the day and our story. "I think I have somewhere around 300+ favorites so far, "but every time I view, the list keeps growing and growing. "I found so much meaning behind these images. "They brought back many forgotten, but cherished moments "from the entire trip and the memories they instill "will certainly last a lifetime. "There are simply no words to thank you enough. "We are eternally grateful." I mean, when Daniel just read the part about meaning, I got shivers because that is what I'm trying to do as a photographer. Oh no, I will not cry. It's been good. I've been good today. But that's what we're working so hard for. It's exactly what she said. It's the memories that are gonna last a lifetime. It's reminding them of how loved they are. It's making history for them or documenting history for them. That is why I'm working my butt off for these guys and that's why I'm being crazy about my slideshow selection and asking the right questions. It's for this. When we get feedback like this, it just validates everything that we do. Yeah.

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.