The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

Lesson 48/56 - Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding


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.

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!