The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Take Advantage of Natural Light

Alright so let's move to a more technical topic. Definitely less abstract than mood. We're gonna talk a little bit about lighting. So as we've mentioned a few times we are pretty minimalist. We like to keep things simple. We don't like to overthink things and lighting is no exception. So our favorite kind of lighting is natural light. It's very easy it's there. You don't really have to do much. Yeah. It does come down to taking control though. Yes. And making sure that your subject is in the right place and maximizing your opportunity with natural light. Let's go back to Mexico four Sarah and Erin. So we made sure that she would get ready in this exact spot because she has good light and then we let everything else happen around it. So just from this one spot you'll see how different photos really come about. So here it's really playing with the multiple subjects. Bride getting her makeup done but also her friend getting makeup done in the foreground. Including people in the in...

ner circle and just try to do creative images out of that. Here the friend thinks that she's in the way so she ducks down and. And I'm like no don't move! Davina reminds her that it's not necessary. Final photo that comes out of that situation this one here. Then well yeah. Same. From the other side keep documenting and try to play with multiple subjects. You can see there's someone else getting ready in the bathroom in the bag there's another girl by the wedding dress. So do you see in this situation how many ways the story could be told? Like the story could be just about the girl doing her makeup with the dress next to it. It could be about the girl in the bathroom it could be just about the bride. There are so many different ways of doing it but it's a matter again of just like committing to the one story that you're trying to tell. So in this case I thought this is a good opportunity for me to use the layers a little bit. So you know focusing on the bride and then you can kind of see her bridesmaid there and the other elements that come together. Yeah. And then eventually the best photo from that whole setup happens. It's not the best angle just 'cause the GoPro ends up being a little bit higher. Here you can see the bride reflected in that piece of furniture with the two people in the foreground. So the final photo is this one here. This is an example of the curve going like peak and down. Because I think you probably notice the bridesmaid in the foreground here, she like gets out of the way almost immediately. Despite me telling her don't go anywhere! They think that they're ruining your shot and then they ruin it by leaving. That often happens. So the natural light is just so easy to work with. Yeah. Like there's good light on her. We know what the exposure looks like. We're not fiddling around with anything too technical. And it allows us to walk around the room and really play and you know come up with different photos all within the same situation. So you see how just like me moving changes the way the light looks on her too. You know can be very direct on her and can be from here a bit more rim light a little bit more abstract. So just by me moving to different sides of her I can just use the light in so many different ways. So I get variety just from that light. We like natural light also for mixing it with you know artificial light. Especially when the exposures are just right it allows you to go and get a lot of that color out of the you know most often tungsten lighting so bring out those warm tones get a lot of yellows into the image all while getting good color on the subject themselves. So here are the hands. Remember when I mentioned that I let the bride struggle? You know this is I felt really bad here because the guys were all on the outside of the door like okay let us know when her dress is on so I was the only one in there with her. She had no one helping her and I'm just, she's like trying to shimmy into her dress. I was like sorry! The photo's gonna be good though! Photographer first friend second. (laughing) And then for portraits what's important here is that the light on the bride is against a dark background. If you have that same highlight against another highlight behind her she doesn't stand out as much. That's just universal lighting. So this is our scouting photo. Davina you know a couple days before the actual photo was taken. We just look around for interesting light. Interesting architecture and make sure that we revisit it on another day with the bride and groom. So final photo. Light is so simple like it you know. It's the way that it reads against its foreground or background is really what makes it more interesting. Same idea. So taking control making sure that the groom is in front of the window light. Closing the shade so that you get a very narrow path of light and making sure that the highlight on his face is against a dark background. You do that same photo against a white background like a blown out window he doesn't read the same way at all. So light against dark is really the way to go. I really love this kind of light just because it could be anywhere. You know you could be in a messy living room, you could be in a ugly motel room. You could be in a beautiful space but you know you really get to simplify what you're working on and simplicity sometimes can be very helpful for refocusing which is something we are also gonna talk about. You know and when you can play with the shades you have so much control over your light. Is it gonna be very broad and obvious or are you gonna have you know that smaller little sliver and as Daniel mentioned taking control, we know this has to happen. He's gonna get his turban on. It's just a matter of saying this is where I want you to sit while this happens.

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.