The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

Lesson 10/56 - Show The Connection


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Show The Connection

So those connections, it's always something that we're looking for. It doesn't matter which part of the day it is, whenever, it's people connecting, just through that very subtle glance, we're gonna try to capture that in the photos. This is the same wedding, where you know, the dad had his arms around the people at the table. Lionel is an only child and he's really, really, close to his parents, and he held his mom's hand, as his bride walked down the aisle, and she didn't see this, right, this was a moment that they shared, so this is one of their favorite photos as well because, you know, it tells a lot about their relationship, the fact that they were connecting, in that way during the ceremony, and you know within the context of the ceremony. You might know this next person, Susan Stripling, seasoned speaker on Creative Live, and you know, at her wedding, her daughters were there, and you know, whenever they had moments together, obviously it was really important to document t...

hat, and something like this relates back, to what we were talking about before, with the pre-wedding check list, and the meals, and making sure that we're seated in the reception room. You know, this is a very unscripted moment, no planner is gonna come and get you if you're sitting in the room next door, to tell you, oh, the bride's having a moment with her daughter. You know, they're there to follow the obvious moments, but, for us, this is what we want to capture. This is where the real story, you know, develops on the wedding day. So connection during the ceremony, it might seem obvious, but, you know, you could be shooting the entire ceremony, from one angle, and you know, they're glancing away, and there's all this stuff, so we know that our moment has happened, when we've had a connection between the bride and groom, or whoever we're photographing. So that's kind of how we know that, we've accomplished the shot, you know, so just a glance, the smile, that's the moment of connection that we need, from this particular angle. Yeah, not just a photo of them standing there, really make sure that that connection is there. And during obvious moments, that's when it's really, really important. Speeches, which is one of those, you know, items that's on the timeline that happens at every wedding, but, it's not just a photo of the speech, it's not just a photo of them reacting, we wanna really go and get that connection. So, the bride and groom are connecting. The parents are connecting, the speaker is there, so he's connecting to the crowd, you know, just really try to connect the people within the photo. Inside or environmental photos like this, with lots of people in them, are sometimes the hardest to accomplish, because everything really needs to be working, but, they're often, like have such a great payout, you know, if you start talking about, who the people are in the photo, you know, the bride and groom obviously having that moment, the bride's mom with the groom's dad, they're sharing something, that's the groom's best friends, in the back, and then you know, his best man who's speaking, so you know, we call this slide show, gold, when we can like knock out all these, really important people in one photo, and they're connecting, and they're having a moment, like that's just the ultimate. So, we're definitely trying to get, these types of images throughout the day, constantly, but, they are harder to get 'cause, everything has to be working in the scene. Yeah. And a super obvious moment, you know, the bride having a moment with her mom, again, just focus on that connection, make sure that we stick to it, and in that moment nothing else really matters, you know, in the room or anywhere else. We're gonna stay with it and stay focused. To recall preparation which we talked about previously, this bride is really close to her mom, and we had dinner with them the night before the wedding, and we found out that they are Jehovah's Witness, so she lives at home, really close with her parents, she's an only child, so you know the moment, that she was gonna be going to the ceremony was a big one, it's not just about, the ceremony's about to happen, it's about her leaving her parents and you know, so symbolically it was very meaningful to them. So we made sure that they had this time. It was something that we had planned for, and it came from that conversation, and knowing that this was gonna be, a really precious thing for them.

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!