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Incredible Engagement Photography

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  •   04 Foundational Posing

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  •   08 Posing Tips with Demo

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About The Class

Immortalize meaningful moments with basic equipment.


Couples want to capture their commitment to each other in high-quality, creatively shot photographs. They also expect their bliss to appear natural and evocative. Photographers who are trying to build their engagement photography portfolio need to be able to juggle both technical and creative expectations. Pye Jirsa’s 
Incredible Engagement Photography will teach students how to strike this balance with basic equipment.

In this course, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use simple on- and off-camera flash lighting
  • Communicate effectively to devise creative, meaningful poses
  • Develop post-processing and overall workflow 
Drawing on lessons taught in Pye’s other courses (Photography 101, Lighting 101, and Lighting 201), you will learn how to adapt to a variety of different lighting situations – indoor and outdoor, natural and urban. You’ll also gain a sense of the importance of storytelling and of developing a disarming interaction style for putting couples at ease during a shoot. 

Conducting an engagement photography shoot requires a delicate mix of technical and interpersonal skills – but not an abundance of expensive, demanding equipment.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    12:56
  2. 02

    Posing Guidance for Him

    08:14
  3. 03

    Posing Guidance for Her

    09:02
  4. 04

    Foundational Posing

    05:11
  5. 05

    Posing Touch Points

    05:55
  6. 06

    Couples Body Language

    09:52
  7. 07

    Posing Three Point Check

    05:22
  8. 08

    Posing Tips with Demo

    08:05
  9. 09

    Verbal Cues for Posing

    06:27
  10. 10

    Mood Board Tips

    06:59
  11. 11

    Posing Questions

    06:54
  12. 12

    Camera Settings Quick Overview

    18:32
  13. 13

    Location Scouting

    02:24
  14. 14

    Seeing the Light

    17:34
  15. 15

    Shoot: Natural Light in Studio

    14:50
  16. 16

    Homemade Soft Box

    12:43
  17. 17

    Shoot: Wrapping Natural Light Around Couple

    10:56
  18. 18

    Shoot: Flat Natural Light

    06:24
  19. 19

    Special Effects Intro

    09:13
  20. 20

    Shoot: Backlighting

    18:07
  21. 21

    Shoot: Using Sparklers

    09:59
  22. 22

    Shoot: Sparklers and Spray Bottle

    13:01
  23. 23

    Shoot: Backlight with ND Filter

    12:38
  24. 24

    High Speed Sync vs ND

    04:27
  25. 25

    Shoot: Fog and Spray Effects

    15:28
  26. 26

    Simple Lightroom Workflow

    25:10
  27. 27

    Processing Black and White Images

    16:50
  28. 28

    Culling and Presets

    09:34
  29. 29

    Editing Using Presets

    13:04
  30. 30

    Post Processing Q&A

    05:46
  31. 31

    Flash + Ambient Balance

    13:25
  32. 32

    Photographers Need to Practice

    09:00
  33. 33

    Outdoor Engagement Location Scouting

    12:22
  34. 34

    Meeting the Clients

    11:27
  35. 35

    Basic Engagement Shots

    16:59
  36. 36

    Getting into the Creative Shots

    17:43
  37. 37

    Using Photo Mechanic to Cull

    12:41
  38. 38

    Culled Edits in Lightroom

    17:25
  39. 39

    Editing After Using Tilt Shift Lens

    22:05
  40. 40

    Photoshop Editing for Print

    23:34
  41. 41

    Engagement University Shot

    21:35
  42. 42

    Daylight + Flash

    23:44
  43. 43

    Engagement Picnic Scene

    19:42
  44. 44

    Composite Street Shot

    10:47
  45. 45

    Day For Night Engagement Shot

    06:27
  46. 46

    Natural Flash/Bounce

    04:10
  47. 47

    How to Make GIFs

    17:22
  48. 48

    Simple Composite - University

    09:38
  49. 49

    Intermediate Composite - Downtown

    18:40
  50. 50

    Simple Background with Reflector

    17:05
  51. 51

    Final Thoughts

    10:53

Meet Your Expert

Pye Jirsa

Director, photographer, educator. Founder and Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Southern California wedding and portrait photography studio composed of an incredible creative team that shoots over 300 weddings each year, with nearly 1,000 yearly client commissions. ... read more

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  • pdf Presets Installation Guide
  • png Gear Guide
  • png Favorite Software
  • zip Lightroom Presets

96% of students recommend this class.
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  • CPR Photography

    CPR Photography

    July 2016

    I think Pye Jirsa is one of the best, if not the best, instructor for photography on Creative Live. He is very personable, smart and approachable. He has a perfect blend of personality (comments, laughs, tangents..) to the amount of instruction. He asks the questions for you, because he knows you are thinking those questions right then. He's very good about identifying settings, gear, etc.. and not leaving us in the dark about how he "got the shot". He goes into great detail. His instructions flow, but are linear, which is helpful. He's very organized, and you can tell that he really put a lot of work into his presentations (slides, video, test shoots, live teaching, graphics, etc..) I have been listening to him for like 10 hours straight, and still haven't gotten tired of him. He keeps things moving, He's very funny too. Nice job, I've learned so much. :)

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2016

    This course was AMAZING. I'd say int he past year or two I've fallen into a slump. Uninspired by my surroundings and uninspired by my clients. As a result, it showed through my work. My posing suffered as well and more than a handful of times some of my shoots became more than awkward. Then I bought this course and watched most of it in the course of a day. I walked away inspired, blown away, and renewed. The next day I walked into an engagement session confident. I gave my couples a quick overview on posing and then we just had fun in front of the camera. Immediately afterwards they texted me about how amazing their shoot was and how relaxed I made them feel about posing. The photos turned out fantastic to say the least. I've since shot several more engagement sessions and each one of them has been amazing. If anything, this course should inspire photographers to think outside the box and provide you with the necessary skills to take incredible engagement photos. Thank you Pye and Creative Live! I cannot speak more highly of this course. I should also state I purchased Pye's Natural Light course on SLR Lounge: this course is a wonderful addition to that. If you already own the natural light course and are hesitant about purchasing this one, don't. Buy it and reap the benefits!

  • Lisy

    Lisy

    February 2016

    This is by far one of the best courses I have taken. Pye makes learning fun and easy to understand. I feel like I have learned so much throughout the course, that I have truly advanced my photography skills. I am so excited to get out there and try so many of the techniques that he showed. I would love to take another course of his. The pricing for the course doesn't even compare to how wonderful the education truly is, I really got more than my money's worth on this one.

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