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.

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.