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30 Days of Wedding Photography

with Susan Stripling

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About The Class

launch and sustain a successful wedding photography business.

Success as a wedding photographer requires more than just raw talent and the desire to be a professional photographer. To survive in this highly competitive industry, you need strong business skills and a deep understanding of your craft. In this documentary wedding photography experience, Susan Stripling will teach you how to launch and sustain a successful wedding photography business.

During 30 days of step-by-step instruction, Susan will show you how to:

  • Develop your business — everything from honing your creative vision to marketing tactics to studio management
  • Fundamental shooting techniques for every possible wedding scenario by inviting you along to an engagement session and wedding day and with real-life clients — not models! 
  • Post production workflow
  • Marketing and sales
  • Album design
During the start-to-finish documentary coverage of the wedding day, Susan will teach you how she handles each part of the experience, from photographic technique to client care, all with zero re-takes or re-shoots. Susan will wrap up the 30 days with detailed instruction on post-production workflow, post-wedding marketing, album design, post-wedding sales, and much, much more.

By the end of this course, you will have accompanied Susan through every step of a wedding and will have the skills, mindset, and tools needed to make a living — and a name for yourself — as a wedding photographer.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    32:46
  2. 02

    Evolution of Susan's Style

    1:01:14
  3. 03

    Branding and Identity

    30:27
  4. 04

    Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

    20:51
  5. 05

    Introduction to Gear & Equipment

    10:58
  6. 06

    Lenses Part 1

    1:06:53
  7. 07

    Lenses Part 2

    27:48
  8. 08

    Lighting

    42:59
  9. 09

    Seeing the Scene

    29:12
  10. 10

    Seeing the Scene Q&A

    25:16
  11. 11

    Rhythm and Repetition

    24:08
  12. 12

    Leading Lines and Rule of Thirds

    23:45
  13. 13

    Rule of Odds and Double Exposures

    39:49
  14. 14

    Intro to Business

    24:51
  15. 15

    Financing Your Business

    30:49
  16. 16

    Q&A Days 1-4

    1:25:43
  17. 17

    Pricing Calculator

    32:48
  18. 18

    Package Pricing

    20:57
  19. 19

    Marketing

    23:07
  20. 20

    Vendor Relationships & Referrals

    15:03
  21. 21

    Marketing w Social Media

    52:06
  22. 22

    Booking the Client

    1:00:42
  23. 23

    The Pricing Conversation

    08:15
  24. 24

    Turn A Call Into a Meeting

    12:24
  25. 25

    In Person Meeting

    21:58
  26. 26

    Wedding Planning

    28:41
  27. 27

    Actual Client Pre Wedding Sit Down

    19:17
  28. 28

    Engagement Session Details

    36:48
  29. 29

    Engagement Session On Location

    35:48
  30. 30

    Wedding Details & Tips

    25:49
  31. 31

    Detail Photos Reviewed

    36:07
  32. 32

    Bridal Preparation

    1:02:57
  33. 33

    Bridal Preparation Photo Review

    33:14
  34. 34

    Bridal Prep - What If Scenarios

    09:18
  35. 35

    Q&A Days 5-11

    1:01:22
  36. 36

    First Look Demo

    32:08
  37. 37

    First Look Examples

    19:42
  38. 38

    Portraits of the Bride

    37:45
  39. 39

    Portraits of the Bride and Groom

    20:20
  40. 40

    Family Portraits Demo

    25:29
  41. 41

    Family Formal Examples

    27:43
  42. 42

    Wedding Ceremony Demo

    12:24
  43. 43

    Wedding Ceremony Examples

    39:01
  44. 44

    Different Traditions and Faiths

    12:14
  45. 45

    Wedding Cocktail Hour and Reception Room Demo

    13:34
  46. 46

    Wedding Cocktail Hour and Reception Room Examples

    44:05
  47. 47

    Wedding Introductions

    29:39
  48. 48

    First Dance

    25:02
  49. 49

    Wedding Toasts

    41:28
  50. 50

    Parent Dances

    08:16
  51. 51

    Wedding Party

    44:27
  52. 52

    Reception Events

    12:57
  53. 53

    Nighttime Portraits

    33:01
  54. 54

    Nighttime Portraits with Found Light

    10:08
  55. 55

    Post Wedding Session Demo

    27:51
  56. 56

    Post Wedding Session Critique

    18:57
  57. 57

    Wedding Day Difficulties

    53:54
  58. 58

    Post Workflow - Backing Up Folder Structure

    16:46
  59. 59

    Post Workflow - Culling Shots

    16:20
  60. 60

    Post Workflow - Outsourcing

    20:55
  61. 61

    Q&A Days 12-23

    1:22:10
  62. 62

    Post Workflow - Gear

    30:34
  63. 63

    Post Workflow - Lightroom Editing

    27:36
  64. 64

    Managing Your Studio

    41:33
  65. 65

    Post Wedding Marketing

    37:30
  66. 66

    Client Care

    14:29
  67. 67

    Pricing for Add-Ons

    18:03
  68. 68

    The Album Process

    44:53
  69. 69

    Balancing Your Business with Life

    47:36
  70. 70

    Post Wedding Problems

    26:06
  71. 71

    Parent Complaints

    42:54
  72. 72

    Unhappy Customers

    16:10
  73. 73

    Working with an Assistant

    27:33
  74. 74

    Assistant Q&A

    16:08
  75. 75

    Lighting with an Assistant

    23:47
  76. 76

    Q&A Days 24-30

    38:29

Meet Your Expert

Susan Stripling

Susan Stripling never knew that she'd end up a wedding photographer. Though she purchased her first camera in high school she went to college to study theatre and dance, obtaining a BFA in 2001. Shortly upon her move to New ... read more

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  • Misty Angel

    Misty Angel

    February 2015

    oh Susan, you are AWESOME!! I am not a wedding photographer (despite dipping my toe in this intimidating pool for one of my dearest friends), I shoot all forms of portraits and love sports too! Your '30-Days' has been the single most influential and educational moments since I started my venture into photography in 2009! THANK YOU! Your honesty, directness, bluntness, humor and vulnerability makes these 30-Days the most worthwhile time spent away from actual shooting; while simultaneously is the most inspirational motivator to push you out there to practice these ideas/techniques! #SShostestwiththemostest You raise the bar in this industry, not just with wedding photographers, but with all genres of photography! I wanted this course to learn about shooting and thought, great... I'll get a little bit of the business side too... OMG! I got it ALL! I'm dying! What an awesome investment in myself, my business and in YOU! PLEASE keep doing what you are doing! I love your new Dynamic Range, I feel that it is a wonderful extension of the work you do with Creative Live! I watch you EVERY DAY, every morning... I know that I continue absorbing your wisdom through repetition! I don't want to be you, I want to rise to your level! So thank you for the inspiration, motivation and aspiration! Keep on being REAL, its what we love about you! We embrace your Chanel meets Alexander McQueen-ness! :) Thank you for stepping into this educational space and providing us with your lessons learned so we can avoid the negative-time investment making mistakes... we are drinking your virtual lemonade!! HA! Like the others, whatever wisdom you offer in this medium, I will be jumping at the opportunity to learn from you! THANK YOU!

  • user-59abe9

    October 2016

    All the positive reviews say it all. When Susan took on the challenge of teaching this course it must of looked like attempting to climb Mount Everest...and she accomplished just that. Susan is a detailed, well-organized photographer and this clearly comes out in her teaching. Using repetition, clear instructions, a logical and well laid out presentation, she answers most any question you might have when it comes to wedding photography. I felt like I was having a private consultation when watching the course. She is real, honest, tactful, funny, and a gift to the photography community. Finally, her photography is professional and inspiring. Thank you Susan for the tremendous amount of work that you put into making this an outstanding Creative Live course for us all.

  • Tammy Hoherz

    Tammy Hoherz

    March 2017

    I am actually a HS science teacher, but also have a small wedding photography business. I bought this class because I looked at her work. I won't buy a class on CL unless the instructor has beautiful work. Of course that doesn't mean a person is a good instructor. Well IMO, Susan is a very good instructor. She doesn't get off on too many tangents and sticks pretty much to the point. As a student, that is key. I also have Roberto Valenzuela's course, and his approach is different. Both of these photographers are great. But Susan's approach to business and shooting and work flow is a nice contrast. I appreciate her information about outsourcing work. This was very helpful to me. Kudos to Susan and her teaching abilities.

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