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Wedding Photographer Survival Kit


Wedding Photographer Survival Kit


Class Description

When it comes to running your own wedding photography business, it's not IF something will go wrong, but WHEN! In Wedding Photographer Survival Kit, Susan Stripling will help you handle all of those inevitable "whens" with grace, humor, and strength. 

From scheduling disasters, to rooms with no windows, to reception halls with low ceilings, Susan will teach you the tips, tricks, and skills you need to survive wedding season unscathed. 

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Create beautiful images in low light situations 
  • Pose awkward clients for flattering photos 
  • Deal with challenging family dynamics 
  • Work in direct sunlight 
  • Negotiate favorable contracts with difficult clients 
After this class you’ll feel confident that, no matter how challenging the circumstances, you’ll be able to produce beautiful photographs and resolve issues quickly. 

Whether you're just starting out or still find yourself fretting during difficult situations, Wedding Photographer Survival Kit with Susan Stripling will give you the skills you need to thrive.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. The Gear That Will Save You in Tough Situations
  3. How Lenses Shape the Image and Help Tell Your Story
  4. Light Modifiers for Your Survival Kit
  5. Gear to Spice Up Bland Images: Prisms, Mist and More
  6. Walkthrough of a Difficult Venue
  7. Why Each Room Works and Why It Doesn't
  8. Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Dress
  9. Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Rings
  10. Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Shoes
  11. Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in Difficult Scenarios
  12. Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Small, Cluttered Room
  13. Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Dark Hallway
  14. Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Doorway
  15. Portraits of the Bride in a Small Room
  16. Removing the Surrounding Space for a Bridal Portrait
  17. Window Lit Bridal Portrait in a Tough Space
  18. How to Shoot a Quick and Simple Bridal Portrait
  19. Photographing Guys, Complaining Brides and "Helpful" Bridesmaids
  1. Portraits of Bride and Groom: Ideal Situations
  2. Portraits of Bride and Groom: When Things Go Wrong
  3. Bride and Groom Portraits: What to Do If You're Indoors
  4. Bride and Groom Portraits: How to Pose an Awkward Couple
  5. Family Formals: How to Achieve Your Ideal Situations
  6. Family Formals: When Things are Less Than Ideal
  7. Family Formals in an Awful Space
  8. Family Formals Recap and Questions
  9. Photographing the Reception
  10. Reception Q&A
  11. What Can You Do to Safeguard Your Business?
  12. Contracts Q&A
  13. Dealing with Social Media as a Wedding Photographer
  14. What if Advertising Isn't Working?
  15. What to do When Everyone Just Wants More
  16. When Everyone Says I Am Too Expensive
  17. When You Hate Your Job as a Wedding Photographer



I found this course extremely helpful. I own Susan's 30 day bootcamp class and I think that this course is a great supplement to that course. I don't work with an assistant so it was very helpful to see how she would approach a scenario without an assistant. It was also great to see her point of view and thought process when scouting locations for portraits and witness her ability to make something beautiful out of "not so pretty" or difficult locations. It helped me to take a better approach to finding the light, and really paying attention to all of the different details throughout a room. Her business tips were awesome too. I could go on and on but maybe you should just get the course. It's worth it.


Good and useful course as typical of Susan Stripling; I also own Creative Wedding Photography. However, all the class materials should reside on the Creative Live website -- not just the Power Point presentation. I understand Susan's desire to drive people to her website to increase visibility and sales of her own products, but the strategy isn't very customer-centric for CreativeLive customers. People shouldn't have to "google" the name of her company to find the information that she references in this course; and then once on the website scroll through outdated or unwanted information to find, as she states at her website, "Below is the list of gear (as promised) that I've mentioned on Creative Live." If people are smart enough to find CreativeLive, they'll be smart enough to find on the web any presenter that they like or want to know more about. The folks at CreativeLive ought to address this type of behavior before it sets a bad precedent for future presenters.


I love Susan. She will give it to you straight! I own her "30 days" class and it's amazing but one thing I took away from this course was when she said something along the lines of, "Those photographers who tell you they hand pick their clients are lying to you!" Haha. There are TOO MANY young and arrogant wedding photographers who think they are rock stars. They really get me down. And that's why I like Susan. She's honest.