The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Maximize a Location

So, along those lines, you know, really try to maximize when you have a good opportunity, or a good idea. Really milk it for all it's got, and execute as many versions of it as possible. So, if Catherine and Richard, this is a wedding that we photographed in Montreal several years ago. And their venue is at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. So we're in a beautiful you know, ballroom. There's no need to really go out on the streets and do anything else. You can really maximize the space that we're in. So, still thinking in the same context as if we were outside, more environmental, showing more of the scene itself, really showing the space that they're in and where they got married. One photo, and then a second one that's a little bit closer, shows our bride and groom a little bit more. They're in the same spot as in the previous photo. Still in the same spot, just framed a little bit differently. Showing more of the table, making sure that we see their full bodies. So, you know, within that same...

spot, we're getting them three different photos. We're also giving them color, black and white. So again, you know, giving them anywhere between like six and 15 photos that are just different versions of each other. These were all in color, but there will be other versions in that. Exactly. And then because we have so much to work with, we just had them sit at the table. You know, getting really, really close and be themselves, and cuddle in together. We also just moved the light here. You know the other ones were all backlit, so now we put a light on them. Um hmmm. And then while one of us is doing this photo, which is a little bit more literal, the other one is shooting through the candles themselves, trying to get something a little bit more abstract. Again, having this like very simple calculated approach to their portraits allows you to work in a very zen mode where you're not freaking out, you're not stressed about needing to go to different places. OK, let's spend 20, 30 minutes in this one room and really make the most out of it because it is such a good location. And remember what Max said, "Calm the fudge down," right? Is that what he said? I thought he said a bad word. The same idea with Annalie and Haig also in Montreal several years ago. We're fortunate in Montreal that we have this beautiful old part of the city where the architecture is really interesting. And so this is in their hotel room where they got ready that morning of. They did the first look on the street just below where that frame was taken. And then we knew we wanted to include a lot of the architecture, so we just had them go back up to the room and frame them in there. Again, no need to really do anything, you know, beyond this building because it is so beautiful. So let's just maximize and really make the most out of it. One photo. This is still the same suite, so it's just the corner basically. And you see the light changes so much because it's on the shade on one side, and here they're in direct light. So working with the harsher light just posing them for that. A little Titanic-ish. Yeah, and then a closer-up you know, with the two of them. how do we, you know, overlay that texture of the building with a closer photo of the two of them. We ended up doing a double exposure on them. What matters here is just have them in a really good pose where there is good light on them. The background didn't really matter so much, and then just turn around the second exposure on the architecture. So this will obviously be on top of, you know, all the safe stuff because they're in a hotel room. Which means, you know we have control of the lights. Turn off all the lights. Use just the window light. We can even play with the curtains and have more, you know, that tiny sliver of light to go more dramatic. Or a little bit broader, so we get all of our safer photos out of the way. And also, you know, play a little more creatively. Yeah, one more, Joriana and Jay in D.C. Very clean spot, good pocket of light, clean background. So safe photo of the two of them, safe photo of the details, and then closer up photo of the two of them, one horizontal color, then a vertical black and white. And then all of the photos of the details, and with their bridesmaids and the groomsmen. Really, there's no need to go anywhere else. We have such a clean background, such good light. Really maximize it and they'll get and make the most out of it. Can you go back to the previous photo? Yes. We actually opened with this photo. This was the opening, which doesn't happen very often. That it's a close up or that it's a vertical. We actually try really avoid vertical opening photos. We just prefer the look of a horizontal. But, I went into this wedding having, she's a wedding photographer, and we were friends or whatever on Pinterest. People hate Pinterest boards very often when brides send you that. She didn't send me this. I went and I looked, and was looking at her inspiration. And I was just like snooping around basically getting to know her. And I noted that she had a board about freckles and how like portraits that embraced, you know, people with freckles. And I was like, "That's amazing." 'cause I love freckles and she has freckles and that means she likes her freckles. We never talked about it. It was just something that I saw. So I told Daniel going into this wedding, I'm like, "Let's showcase her freckles. "Let's make sure we get like an ultimate close up "because I know that she likes that." But this is something she never actually talked to me about. I just, you know, was sneaky, and found that out. So I actually really loved, it's like the total opposite of what the type of photo we normally open with. But this photo, this wedding wasn't about the location so much, you know, it was where they lived. And, yeah, it just wasn't about landscapes or, you know, elaborate venues, or anything. So I loved the idea of going really, really simple and just showcasing that.

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


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  • 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.