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The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

with Davina and Daniel Kudish

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About The Class

Stay creative and adapt to every job

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:25
  2. 02

    What Are "Epic" Images?

    16:50
  3. 03

    The Slideshow Formula

    11:04
  4. 04

    First Client Meeting

    08:19
  5. 05

    Establish Client Relationship

    20:35
  6. 06

    Expectation vs Preparation

    10:39
  7. 07

    Pre-Wedding Checklist

    06:55
  8. 08

    Gear for Photographing Weddings

    07:16
  9. 09

    Capture The Subtleties

    03:32
  10. 10

    Show The Connection

    04:07
  11. 11

    Importance of Capturing Transitions

    25:17
  12. 12

    Sidelines & Story Telling Details

    23:42
  13. 13

    Anticipation & Patience

    09:26
  14. 14

    Let The Scene Develop

    21:10
  15. 15

    Sequencing in Numbers

    08:53
  16. 16

    Successful "Anticipatience"

    19:52
  17. 17

    Examples of Poor Reaction Time

    08:57
  18. 18

    HTCG in 10

    06:41
  19. 19

    Giving Direction

    15:33
  20. 20

    Have Variety With Light & Composition

    10:24
  21. 21

    Capture The Mood

    07:37
  22. 22

    Take Advantage of Natural Light

    05:43
  23. 23

    Be Creative With Video Light

    06:47
  24. 24

    On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor

    05:32
  25. 25

    Find Flattering Ambient Light

    04:09
  26. 26

    Don't be Afraid of Tough Light

    04:32
  27. 27

    Composition & Framing

    12:07
  28. 28

    Lens Choice

    06:11
  29. 29

    Keep it Simple

    18:13
  30. 30

    Purpose of the Creative Portrait

    29:07
  31. 31

    Scouting for the Creative Portrait

    17:06
  32. 32

    Maximize a Location

    05:48
  33. 33

    Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait

    12:04
  34. 34

    Experiment with Your Photography

    12:42
  35. 35

    Make The Image Personal

    11:19
  36. 36

    Post Production Overview

    05:04
  37. 37

    Stay Organized in Post Production

    04:42
  38. 38

    Full Gallery Edits

    05:25
  39. 39

    Lightroom Workflow Overview

    06:48
  40. 40

    Bring Out Detail in Lightroom

    10:55
  41. 41

    Black & White in Lightroom

    10:51
  42. 42

    Landscape Images in Lightroom

    06:32
  43. 43

    Bold Images in Lightroom

    05:18
  44. 44

    Slideshow Edits

    07:26
  45. 45

    Importance of The Slideshow

    08:18
  46. 46

    Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding

    22:13
  47. 47

    Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding

    20:22
  48. 48

    Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding

    07:22
  49. 49

    Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding

    15:24
  50. 50

    Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding

    09:49
  51. 51

    Build a Business Around Storytelling

    08:10
  52. 52

    Portfolio for Clients

    15:04
  53. 53

    Importance of The Inquiry Reply

    11:35
  54. 54

    Price List Best Practices

    21:04
  55. 55

    How to Price Your Work

    12:10
  56. 56

    Final Thoughts

    05:05

Meet Your Expert

Davina and Daniel Kudish

Davina and Daniel are the co-founders of The Image Salon in Montreal, and they live (most of the time) in the woods by a lake in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, Canada. They have photographed hundreds of weddings in over 30 countries around the world, have been featured in dozens of international publications, and are award-winning members of several international photography contest organizations. ... read more

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  • pdf Wedding Photography Contract
  • pdf Albums Contract
  • pdf Pre-Wedding Checklist
  • pdf Five Discount Codes

96% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2018

    Holy Moly! I have been very familiar with Davina & Daniel for several years and I also work closely with Image Salon for the past 3 years. I loved their relatability, raw honesty, human connection, and their teaching method. It was also super helpful to see the GoPro footage on a real wedding day and walk through their thought process with them. A refreshing wind of inspiration has now flooded my mind and attitude. I am excited to begin my 8th year of weddings with a clear mind and full heart. These two are the REAL deal and I am so happy I made this investment. Thanks, CL for always bringing the BEST of the BEST.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2018

    I’ve been following Davina and Daniel’s work for years and suffice it to say, they are in my top 6 all time favorites. I was so excited to watch this creative live and it didn’t disappoint. From their approach to shooting through the moments, to their stunning locales and minimalist gear, there is something for everyone in this class. Both Daniel and Davina have a tremendous knowledge of photography and their willingness to share and educate is second to none. Oh, and just so you know, they are also the nicest people on the planet. Super sweet, amazingly talented. Thanks for having them on.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    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!

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