The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Stay Organized in Post Production

Staying organized through all of those steps is really, really crucial. It's something that we do take seriously and it has made our life a lot easier. We? I take very seriously. (Davina and Daniel laugh) It allows us to find any file from a wedding that we photographed eight years ago, in a matter of just a few seconds. So the way that we structure our folders looks something like this. First step very, very simple. Sorted by year. So, every year that we've been photographing weddings. Then within each year we have the month, followed by the date, followed by the couples name. So, that keeps everything in sequential order. Then within each of the client folders we have four different folders. So, we have one with their originals. So, everything that we've delivered, the raw files live there. We have their hi-resolution photos. So, everything that we delivered to them. One folder that we really like having is called "best". The one that's all the way at the top and that's all the s...

lide show photos that we've edited. Just because those are the ones that we're gonna need to use most often for contests, for portfolio editions, for blog posts, anything that we want to showcase that specific wedding. We will have already chosen those photos and isolated them as best. So instead of opening a folder with 1,500 photos in the high-resolution, we'll we just open a folder with 100 or 150 images. So, that keeps the structure quick and super easy. And then all the way at the bottom, you see slide show in order and that's where we keep just the final selection for their slide show. What happens to all the originals? Yes. (Davina giggles) So all the original files, all 20,000 photos that we would have photographed, those we do store originally either on a computer or on a hard drive. But once we deliver all of the photos to the client and we know that they're happy with the final product, they're not questioning us about our selection, everything is good and clear. Then we go ahead and trash all the raw files that we did not deliver. And we only keep the raw files from the final photos that we do deliver. All the other images, they're duplicates, worse versions of the images that we're delivering, test photos, eyes closed, all that stuff. So, really nothing that we need. I can't think of a single instance where we did need to go back and retrieve a file that we would have other wise deleted. Yeah. So that comes back to anticipations, the way the we shoot sequentially, yes we shoot a lot but we select from every sequence. That means that really every situation that was photographed, there is a photo that gets delivered from that. So, really we aren't withholding anything but other versions, that as Daniel mentioned, will be worse versions of something we've delivered. So, if we photographed a guest their will be a photo that will be delivered of that guest. So, that kind of protects us way back when we're actually shooting and then actually makes it a lot easier for us to cull and then avoids any issues with our bride and groom questioning the selection. Then in terms of file naming what we do is, once we've selected our slide show photos, the top 100-150, we rename those files "fav001". So, fave stands for favorites so just F-A-V. And then what happens with that selection of images, first of all they're named differently from the other 1000 or so photos that we're delivering. So, when the couple receives their files, they know that those are really the favorite images and they're really the best ones. They're also edited a little bit differently than the rest of the gallery. Because we do spend more time on those images in photo shop and by not having them appear one next to the other it's a lot harder for the couple to compare one edit next to the other. Does that make sense? 'Cause that really helps us to kind of justify why there is different editing done to those photos. And why it's a much more refined process of editing because of the way it's presented afterwards. It's also further training kind of to our clients, to be like these are your best photos. This is the story that we've created for you of your wedding day. We didn't touch on this earlier, but the slide show is the first thing that we deliver to our clients and it's the only thing that we deliver for the first 24 hours. They don't see the rest of the gallery until later on. The reason why we do that, is again to create that attachment. We really want them to feel attached to those photos and to understand that those are really the best ones.

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.