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.

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.