Wedding Photography: Capturing the Story


Wedding Photography: Capturing the Story


Lesson Info

What do Couples Look For in Wedding Photographers?

Now we touched on this in the previous session. When we talked about shooting and connecting with clients. But this is really so important when we come down to, to interviewing clients and booking the wedding. Beginning once again with you know, reputation, experience, referrals, most importantly again, personality. Your ability to be malleable with your personality from the very first time you meet the bride and groom. And then of course you know, your presentation is so important. And to make sure they have brand awareness which is what we're doing at the moment with Instagram and the website and so on. Yeah, I mean, when we talk about brand awareness it's not that you have to have this brand name for your studio to have brand awareness. You could be your own, you are your own brand. And you should wear your own brand very proudly. And really get that out there because that's you know, that's how you're gonna build all of this client relationships basically so yeah. So all this i...

s done you know, at the meeting and it all ties in together in a nice beautiful bundle and it produces one very important thing. It produces this thing called trust. I alluded to it at the earlier session if people trust you, they will part with their money. Have you ever given money to someone you don't trust? I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. But if they feel connected and they have that trust and they have that confidence, then the money side is just a byproduct of all that. So the minute that the couple walks into, you know, the studio, whether it's Ryan's or whether it's my studio, it's about having tangible cues in place. Now what's a tangible cue? The most obvious tangible cue is you. The way you dress and your appearance and the way you greet your clients, very simple. The second tangible cue is, the environment that you're seeing your clients in you know. Is it clean? Is it respectable? Et cetera, et cetera. One of the classic examples of tangible cues is walking into a really high end store like a, like a Prada or Louis Vuitton or, and just looking at the surroundings. Even before you even look at prices, you look at the beautiful floor, you look at the chandelier, you look at the way that the stock is immaculately placed on the shelves and then the person that greets you, the sales person, immaculately dressed, well spoken and you know within the first 10 seconds that, yep I'm gonna spend a lotta money here. Because all these things tie together to bring you that, that entire picture of who you are and what your brand is. Very, very important. We actually spoke about tangible cues the other night at dinner, of all places. We walked into a restaurant. Yep. Here in Seattle and, walked in, this place was amazingly decked out. You know, very funky concrete walls, floor was really cool, they had amazing chandelier type of lighting. Now remember, we've walked into this restaurant, not getting a referral, not anything, walked in and went, "Oh you know what? "The food's gonna be really good here." Did we know that? No. No it was a big chance. It was a big chance but thankfully, yes it was good but they had all those tangible cues going on that we and automatically thought to each other, it's gonna be a good, they're gonna have nice food and they're gonna have great cocktails as well right? Absolutely. So the tangible cues are important to have in place but then you gotta, you gotta have everything else in place to make it work, As the example of the restaurant, we could've had an amazing decor to walk into and then the food was lousy. No tangible cue's gonna save you 'cause you will never go back. Why, because you've had a really, really bad experience. So tangible cues combined with a really, really good experience equals success yep. So we begin at the most basic level. It's like inviting people to your home. What is the first thing you do when you have guests at home? You be hospitable okay. It's all about hospitality. So whether it's a coffee or whether it's a drink, you know, and it's totally up to you. Specially because of our backgrounds as well. Italian and Maltese people very much, if you come to our house, first thing we wanna do is feed you. Feed you and give you coffee. It's the way it works. But also, I mean, generally at this stage the first time we meet the couple, don't really offer the 'ol alcohol thing 'cause it's culturally, it can work against you 'cause some cultures might think that it's a softening thing to try to pull the wool over their eyes et cetera. So coffees, you know, soft drinks, water, chocolates, chocolates are great. They release beautiful endorphins in your brain and everyone's happy you know. But really good chocolate. Chocolate like Lindt or you know, something like that you know. So we use that to you know, to set the mood for what we're about to do. And it's not about, you know, getting the client to sit down and go, "So, what do you want?" There's certain ways of asking. You know, 'cause a lot of the times, if you're a stranger in an environment, someone ask you, "Do you want a coffee?" You go oh no thanks. I just, I'll give it a miss. But if I sit you down, I'm very friendly, I sit you down, guys thank you so much for coming in. I've had an incredible day. I'm about to have a coffee, what can I get you? All of a sudden, you're he's having a coffee, I really feel like a coffee, let's have a coffee. Or I'm sorry, I don't do coffee, let's have a tea. Sure, fantastic. So you need to be able to break the ice in some way.

Class Description

Weddings are rife with storytelling potential. The gathering is inherently romantic and celebratory. People reminisce about the couple’s past. Spirits are high, music is playing, and as the night progresses, the dance floor fills with joyful motion. The emotional and physical energy of weddings makes for good photography, but a wedding photographer does more than simple, passive documentation of the revelry. Great wedding photography immortalizes the story of the event by combining a mastery of technical skills in a highly dynamic environment, and the social skills to put people at ease and capture genuine moments.

Join Rocco Ancora and Ryan Schembri for this in-depth class on wedding photography and powerful storytelling. In this class, you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals of shooting a wedding - lighting, exposure, composition
  • How to maximize the use of natural and artificial light to create the mood
  • What to do once the wedding is over - image culling, album development, and sales
This class places heavy emphasis on developing strong posing and direction techniques, and deploying them in a natural, non-confrontational manner. Rocco and Ryan believe that the job of the wedding photographer is to understand the story of the evening, and to document it as a journalist would - with technical confidence and the mind on storytelling. All levels of wedding photographers will benefit from this class. Learn how to deliver the product that will most effectively tell the story of the client’s most important night.


1Class Introduction
2Define the Goals of Wedding Photographers
3The Importance of Wedding Photographers
4Shooting Philosophy
5How to Build a Shot List - Bride, Groom & Formals
6Tye the Wedding Story Together
7Capture Stories in Wedding Pictures
8Get the Right Exposure
9The Theory Behind Lighting
10The Power of Short Lighting & Backlight
11Shoot with Low Ambient Light Indoors
12Seven Fundamentals of Pose
13Continuous Light Sources for Indoor Photography
14Use Available Light for Indoor Photography
15Flash for Indoor Photography
16Outdoor Photographing with Available Light
17Group Posing & Lighting Techniques
18Groom and Groomsmen Posing & Lighting Techniques
19Couple Together Posing & Lighting Techniques
20Creating a Memorable Client Experience
21The Power of a Same Day Slideshow
22What do Couples Look For in Wedding Photographers?
23How to Successfully Interview a Couple
24The Importance of Wedding Photography
25Example Couple Interview
26A Workflow That Works in Lightroom
27Workflow Overview in Lightroom
28Manage Wedding Images in Lightroom
29Export Pictures to Animoto
30Color Correcting Images in Lightroom
31Optimize Images Through Lightroom
32Color Management in Photoshop
33Rocco's Skin Retouching Technique
34Image Toning to Create Distinct Looks in Photoshop
35The Value of a Wedding Album
36Traditional Design Elements in a Wedding Album
37Magazine Design Elements in a Wedding Album
38What Makes a Good Wedding Album?
39How to Sell the Wedding Album to Your Clients
40Wedding Album Workflow