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Wedding Photography: Capturing the Story

with Rocco Ancora and Ryan Schembri

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   16 Outdoor Photographing with Available Light

    20:27

Class duration: 9h 35m

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About The Class

Capture powerful stories and master technical skills for your next wedding shoot.


Weddings are rife with storytelling potential. The gathering is inherently romantic and celebratory. People reminisce about the couple’s past. Spirits are high, music is playing, and as the night progresses, the dance floor fills with joyful motion. The emotional and physical energy of weddings makes for good photography, but a wedding photographer does more than simple, passive documentation of the revelry. Great wedding photography immortalizes the story of the event by combining a mastery of technical skills in a highly dynamic environment, and the social skills to put people at ease and capture genuine moments.

Join Rocco Ancora and Ryan Schembri for this in-depth class on wedding photography and powerful storytelling. 

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals of shooting a wedding - lighting, exposure, composition
  • How to maximize the use of natural and artificial light to create the mood
  • What to do once the wedding is over - image culling, album development, and sales
This class places heavy emphasis on developing strong posing and direction techniques, and deploying them in a natural, non-confrontational manner. Rocco and Ryan believe that the job of the wedding photographer is to understand the story of the evening, and to document it as a journalist would - with technical confidence and the mind on storytelling. All levels of wedding photographers will benefit from this class. Learn how to deliver the product that will most effectively tell the story of the client’s most important night.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:18
  2. 02

    Define the Goals of Wedding Photographers

    15:04
  3. 03

    The Importance of Wedding Photographers

    11:42
  4. 04

    Shooting Philosophy

    09:22
  5. 05

    How to Build a Shot List - Bride, Groom & Formals

    22:42
  6. 06

    Tye the Wedding Story Together

    07:19
  7. 07

    Capture Stories in Wedding Pictures

    05:53
  8. 08

    Get the Right Exposure

    16:20
  9. 09

    The Theory Behind Lighting

    10:19
  10. 10

    The Power of Short Lighting & Backlight

    30:08
  11. 11

    Shoot with Low Ambient Light Indoors

    05:25
  12. 12

    Seven Fundamentals of Pose

    13:56
  13. 13

    Continuous Light Sources for Indoor Photography

    25:36
  14. 14

    Use Available Light for Indoor Photography

    35:06
  15. 15

    Flash for Indoor Photography

    18:59
  16. 16

    Outdoor Photographing with Available Light

    20:27
  17. 17

    Group Posing & Lighting Techniques

    12:22
  18. 18

    Groom and Groomsmen Posing & Lighting Techniques

    11:43
  19. 19

    Couple Together Posing & Lighting Techniques

    16:21
  20. 20

    Creating a Memorable Client Experience

    12:40
  21. 21

    The Power of a Same Day Slideshow

    12:07
  22. 22

    What do Couples Look For in Wedding Photographers?

    05:51
  23. 23

    How to Successfully Interview a Couple

    05:11
  24. 24

    The Importance of Wedding Photography

    09:07
  25. 25

    Example Couple Interview

    22:49
  26. 26

    A Workflow That Works in Lightroom

    09:34
  27. 27

    Workflow Overview in Lightroom

    19:28
  28. 28

    Manage Wedding Images in Lightroom

    21:30
  29. 29

    Export Pictures to Animoto

    04:28
  30. 30

    Color Correcting Images in Lightroom

    14:09
  31. 31

    Optimize Images Through Lightroom

    13:35
  32. 32

    Color Management in Photoshop

    03:04
  33. 33

    Rocco's Skin Retouching Technique

    33:27
  34. 34

    Image Toning to Create Distinct Looks in Photoshop

    24:27
  35. 35

    The Value of a Wedding Album

    05:27
  36. 36

    Traditional Design Elements in a Wedding Album

    19:05
  37. 37

    Magazine Design Elements in a Wedding Album

    20:04
  38. 38

    What Makes a Good Wedding Album?

    07:47
  39. 39

    How to Sell the Wedding Album to Your Clients

    10:37
  40. 40

    Wedding Album Workflow

    08:13

Meet Your Experts

Rocco Ancora

Named as one of the Top Ten Photographers in the world by the iconic photography magazine American Photo, Rocco’s poetic imagery continues to evolve with his mastery of light and the ability to capture the human connection. Rocco’s distinctive style is classical and romantic; his imagery is exquisitely imbued with evocative lighting and composition it’s a look and feeling that Rocco strives for. ... read more

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Ryan Schembri

Ryan Schembri, one of Australia’s leading master wedding photographer has been awarded the 2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year and a three-time winner of the NSWAIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year titles, which has now been repeated in his new ... read more

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  • pdf Posing Guide Book Chapter
  • pdf Keynotes

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Jerry Willis

    Jerry Willis

    March 2016

    Ryan & Rocco, in my very humble opinion, are THE best wedding photography instructors in the entire industry! I've been watching their work for years now, which just so happens to win a most grand-scaled competitions, and they somehow continue to keep getting better! I first drilled Ryan at WPPI inquiring about what made his workshop different from all the others. His response, me paraphrasing, "If you're looking for tools to learn, come to my workshop. If you're looking for inspiration and smoke blowing, don't come." That's exactly what I needed to hear. Straight tools, no fluff. THE BEST photography workshop I've EVER taken, by far. You want the best photography education, learn from the best. This CreativeLive workshop is the PERFECT complimentary refresher and companion to what I learned! Thank you so much for having them! It's not the same as the workshop, which it shouldn't be, but they ARE reinforcing many things that have slipped my memory! I'm for sure buying this! :-)

  • Neeraj Arora

    April 2018

    WOW!!! I have started a few CL courses but not finished as I got distracted by "life" and it took me a while to get back and finish them. But these guys!! They were simply superb. I finished this course really fast. Amazing artists, they explain things so well, Ryan is such a charmer and engaging teacher, Rocco is a fountain of knowledge. I am an enthusiastic photographer with aspirations to start my own business soon. I learn't so much from this class that will help improve my photography even if I don't become a professional wedding photographer. Great job guys, keep it up. I will need to come back to the lessons and I very much appreciate the key note pdf. All CL courses should include the slides like they did here. Thanks CL.

  • user-3a41db

    June 2016

    I am a newborn photographer by trade, but I really want to venture out and photograph more weddings so I decided to purchase a wedding class on creative live. Of course when I typed in wedding, quite a few classes came up. But when I saw the image and title "capture the story" I was definitely intrigued. I've always been touched by the photographs that have emotion and that's what I'm passionate to photograph! Always a little nervous when you purchase a class because you don't want to feel like it was a waste of money, but this knocked it out of the park for me! Thank you to Ryan and Rocco for explaining so much, showing the pull backs, and moving your subject and explaining why! This has opened my eyes so much to how beautiful photographing a wedding can be and not so terrifying as I've been making it out to be. I'm really so thankful to hopefully being a great wedding photographer and making more income for my family, while having fun creating something beautiful

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