Wedding Photographer Survival Kit
with Susan Stripling
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01 Class Introduction09:27
04 Light Modifiers for Your Survival Kit04:47
Class duration: 10h 0mSee all 36 lessons
About The Class
a wedding photographer’s guide to dealing with difficult situations.
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
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.
The Gear That Will Save You in Tough Situations09:19
How Lenses Shape the Image and Help Tell Your Story29:39
Light Modifiers for Your Survival Kit04:47
Gear to Spice Up Bland Images: Prisms, Mist and More10:48
Walkthrough of a Difficult Venue11:46
Why Each Room Works and Why It Doesn't07:14
Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Dress25:34
Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Rings19:39
Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Shoes23:28
Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in Difficult Scenarios20:12
Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Small, Cluttered Room14:21
Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Dark Hallway30:07
Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Doorway13:28
Portraits of the Bride in a Small Room07:38
Removing the Surrounding Space for a Bridal Portrait07:36
Window Lit Bridal Portrait in a Tough Space12:55
How to Shoot a Quick and Simple Bridal Portrait23:18
Photographing Guys, Complaining Brides and "Helpful" Bridesmaids26:58
Portraits of Bride and Groom: Ideal Situations25:33
Portraits of Bride and Groom: When Things Go Wrong13:25
Bride and Groom Portraits: What to Do If You're Indoors20:21
Bride and Groom Portraits: How to Pose an Awkward Couple19:39
Family Formals: How to Achieve Your Ideal Situations16:16
Family Formals: When Things are Less Than Ideal09:55
Family Formals in an Awful Space15:50
Family Formals Recap and Questions30:14
Photographing the Reception23:17
What Can You Do to Safeguard Your Business?26:34
Dealing with Social Media as a Wedding Photographer15:45
What if Advertising Isn't Working?05:34
What to do When Everyone Just Wants More07:35
When Everyone Says I Am Too Expensive16:08
When You Hate Your Job as a Wedding Photographer11:54
Wedding Photographer Survival Kit Slides
90% of students recommend this class.
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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.
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