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