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Wedding Photographer Survival Kit

with Susan Stripling

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   04 Light Modifiers for Your Survival Kit


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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 
After this class you’ll feel confident that, no matter how challenging the circumstances, you’ll be able to produce beautiful photographs and resolve issues quickly. 

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    The Gear That Will Save You in Tough Situations

  3. 03

    How Lenses Shape the Image and Help Tell Your Story

  4. 04

    Light Modifiers for Your Survival Kit

  5. 05

    Gear to Spice Up Bland Images: Prisms, Mist and More

  6. 06

    Walkthrough of a Difficult Venue

  7. 07

    Why Each Room Works and Why It Doesn't

  8. 08

    Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Dress

  9. 09

    Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Rings

  10. 10

    Wedding Day Details in a Difficult Situation: Shoes

  11. 11

    Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in Difficult Scenarios

  12. 12

    Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Small, Cluttered Room

  13. 13

    Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Dark Hallway

  14. 14

    Photographing the Bride Getting Ready in a Doorway

  15. 15

    Portraits of the Bride in a Small Room

  16. 16

    Removing the Surrounding Space for a Bridal Portrait

  17. 17

    Window Lit Bridal Portrait in a Tough Space

  18. 18

    How to Shoot a Quick and Simple Bridal Portrait

  19. 19

    Photographing Guys, Complaining Brides and "Helpful" Bridesmaids

  20. 20

    Portraits of Bride and Groom: Ideal Situations

  21. 21

    Portraits of Bride and Groom: When Things Go Wrong

  22. 22

    Bride and Groom Portraits: What to Do If You're Indoors

  23. 23

    Bride and Groom Portraits: How to Pose an Awkward Couple

  24. 24

    Family Formals: How to Achieve Your Ideal Situations

  25. 25

    Family Formals: When Things are Less Than Ideal

  26. 26

    Family Formals in an Awful Space

  27. 27

    Family Formals Recap and Questions

  28. 28

    Photographing the Reception

  29. 29

    Reception Q&A

  30. 30

    What Can You Do to Safeguard Your Business?

  31. 31

    Contracts Q&A

  32. 32

    Dealing with Social Media as a Wedding Photographer

  33. 33

    What if Advertising Isn't Working?

  34. 34

    What to do When Everyone Just Wants More

  35. 35

    When Everyone Says I Am Too Expensive

  36. 36

    When You Hate Your Job as a Wedding Photographer


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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  • loveashg


    December 2015

    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.

  • Kamera

    August 2016

    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.

  • Jill


    November 2015

    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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