The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Full Gallery Edits

So, our full gallery edits, those are done in Lightroom. We, our goal here is really to mainly enhance the images, we're really not doing anything too crazy. So for many years, Davina was doing the editing herself, still does it sometimes as well. But for the most part, our editing goes to The Image Salon. It's our post-production service that we started three years ago, and we wanted, kind of in conjunction with having kids, ironically enough Not ironically, it makes perfect sense. (both laugh) We wanted to outsource our editing and the challenge that we found is that we really needed someone who would cater to our own needs and give us really consistent results. So we built the business The Image Salon around that concept. As you've seen by now, we're very particular about the way we like things done. We like to be very thorough, we like to put a lot of thought into things. And we're kinda perfectionists in a lot of ways. So the idea for me was like, I would never outsource my ...

galleries if I felt like it wasn't gonna be done at least, you know, to the way I like things done. And I didn't want my clients to have to sacrifice the quality of their product. So the only way that we could see that working was through an in-house editor. So that's really what The Image Salon, the philosophy behind The Image Salon, is. Like you feel like you have an in-house editor, because you're working with one person. That person can get to know you, you can communicate directly with them, so they become an extension of your team. That's really what it's been like for us, and it's great, because I can stand behind that, our own product and our own business, because I am a customer also. And it's worked for us, and my god, has it saved me a lot of time, so, it's pretty great. So we have our own editor at the studio. Everybody works out of our studio in Montreal. Nothing is outsourced further down, overseas. All of our editors are photographers as well, so they really understand, you know, lighting and composition and, you know, proper editing. And we don't impose our own style on any of our clients, it's really about catering the editing approach to the photographer themselves, and really, like Davina said, being an extension of that photography team. And just last week actually, we launched our charitable part of our business at The Image Salon. And the idea here is to promote and encourage photographers to get involved in charitable missions. And the way that we do that is by supporting them with free editing on any charitable project that has been photographed. So if you're shooting for a not-for-profit or any kind of organization that is promoting a good cause and the photographer is not getting paid for their services, well at The Image Salon we'll edit those images for free. We do have a couple of discount codes for anybody who wants to try The Image Salon. You can get 50% off on your first order, up from the regular 25% off. And if you're already a client, I'm sure, a bunch of them, I know we have some here in the audience as well, they can get 20% off on their next order. To get more information, just go to and kinda the process will take you from there. Alright, when it comes to the actual editing, we recently built a set of Lightroom presets with the guys at Dvlop. These presets are really built from the ground up and look at our style and then decompose it and really build something interesting that applies to a multitude of different situations. They also allow us to mix and match with different photographers, because they feature other photographers as well. And as an artist, they allow you to explore and try different looks and find the style that's good for you. So in our own pack, we have six different presets. The first one, which we named Paro is our sort of go-to preset for all types of situations, really has very neutral skin tones, good whites, good blacks, nothing too crazy. It's really meant to be a solid, solid starting point. Then we have a preset called Viejo, and that one is based around, really, a lot of ambient light but bold colors. So when you edit with it, it really brings out a lot of the reds, the oranges, and situations where you have a lot of candlelight or ambient light, it really brings out the colors. We have Hyder, which we use on a lot of environmental photos, such as this one. So it brings a lot of the sky and the texture to life. And then Korakia, which we've really designed based around the way that we shoot on the dancefloor. So with a bounce flash, make sure that we get good skin tone, vignette the edges a little bit, get a lot more of that color on the edges of the frame, while retaining good color on the main subject, usually in the center of the frame. And the last one is called Marfa, which is really meant for sunlit and backlit photos. So it brings out a lot of the orange tones and a lot of the bold colors again. Sorry, I forgot one more, which is our black and white preset. We've called that one St Henri and it's a good classic black and white with good tonal range, good highlight detail, shadow detail, and good contrast as well.

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.