The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Final Thoughts

Well we are at the wrap up stage. Oh boy, are we going to get emotional about being done? No, no. Me? Never. So what we want to leave you guys with we want to make sure that our formula is nice and clear, so we'll just leave it here as a slide one last time. Again, this is the formula for us right now. If you talk to us again in a year or two years, this might change and that's okay. You have to leave an open mind in business and in photography and let yourself adapt. Don't get stuck in your ways. Yeah, so the idea for the formula as you know by now, this is for our slide show. This is how we piece together our slide show. Want to cover the inner circle, the most important people related to the wedding. The obvious moments of the day, transitions to take you from one place to the other. Sidelines, so you know, where a lot of personality is coming out, kids, and people at the bar, and just anything that can be adding to the main storyline. Storytelling details, same idea. Detail...

that is very specific to that wedding that can show some personality. And the opening photo, which is gonna be, you know, that hopefully kind of grand image that opens the slideshow. Might be the cover image on the album, it might also be a print on their wall, those are all the hopes that we have. Outside of the slideshow, we have covering the other guests and our responsibilities. That's formal photos of families, safe looking at the camera photos that are gonna be classic forever, detail photos, any of those photos, and throughout the entire day, we're reminding ourselves or trying to keep in mind, how does it feel to be here? How can I convey mood in my images? Showing emotion and connection between people and doing all of this with some visual variety. So our galleries and our slideshow especially aren't visually repetitive. Those are all of the very valuable tips that our son Max has given us throughout the two days. So make sure that you get close to your subject, don't be afraid to do that. When interacting with your clients, listen, care and share. So share a bit about yourself and let your clients into your own life as well. Calm the F down, he said fudge, just again I want to be clear, so calm the fudge down. This is really about having a calm mental state, and not letting yourself panic, and anticipating your photos and being very patient with yourself and seeing all of your photos through. Don't be afraid to take control, you know, we're wedding photographers, not photo journalists and taking control is okay in a lot of instances. Don't control the moments, but do control where the situations happen. Make sure the hands are always busy, especially for posing, and even in storytelling moments, be sure that the hands are included by they express so much towards other people. And then take it all the way as Max says. So if you're working on a photo that's a little bit abstract make sure that it's abstract all the way. Don't leave any literal elements in the images. So here's our advice, I guess, or where we hope that you can kind of go forth and conquer after this course. So connect with the client before the wedding. Get tuned in to what's important to them, who is important to them, and set the tone for your involvement in the day. For us that comes through the pre-wedding meeting. Take any form. It can take multiple forms. It can be a phone call, it can be a Skype call, whatever it may be. It could be several drinks at a bar. But yeah, take the time to get to know them and just know what they're about, who is really important to them. And remember to not make assumptions, and not to have any judgements. Also, focus on one photo at a time, and be deliberate about what you are photographing in that moment and commit to the photos and see them all the way through. That goes back to Max's advice to calm the F down. Yes. And of course, apply the formula to tell the complete story of the wedding day as it applies to this specific couple. So once you've gotten to know them, and you know what they're about, who is important to them, look at the wedding day as your chance to tell a complete story through all the elements that we've discussed. And, most important, embrace your bias. So let your own life experiences dictate how you take your photos.

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