Incredible Wedding Details = Free Marketing & More Referrals
The secret to getting more referrals from wedding vendors is actually very simple ... provide venues and vendors with incredible images that make them look good and benefit THEIR business. Vendors & venues naturally share these images on social media, on their websites, and in publications that will garner the attention of future clientele.
Want to Get Published? Take Better Wedding Details
When it comes to getting published, wedding decor photos are THE MOST IMPORTANT photos from the entire wedding. Getting published opens the door to new marketing capabilities for your business & gives you the recognition you deserve.
Our studio uses these strategies to get featured in dozens of publications each year.
"The Lighting At This Venue Is Horrible! How Do I Photograph Anything In Here?"
41% of our Community Members told us that they struggled with lighting their scene properly so we made that a primary focus, offering 9 various indoor & outdoor lighting situations you can find yourself in; from ballrooms to conference rooms we cover it all!
Learn ALL of our lighting techniques, camera settings, and tricks for beautiful indoor ceremonies & reception decor, regardless of the wedding budget. Whether it be a 500 person ballroom or a 120 person community center, we've got you covered!
With unpredictable lighting, outdoor wedding decor can be a challenge. We'll teach you our approach for capturing beautiful wedding decor in harsh light, golden hour, dusk, and more! Never fear an outdoor reception ever again with our comprehensive education.
incredible imagery no matter the gear, location, or lack of time
49% of photographers we polled listed "not having enough time to adequately shoot details" as a primary pain point. We show you how to prioritize, how to communicate with venue staff, and how to execute under time pressures.
Composition & Angles
Before taking a single shot, we recommend you put down your camera, walk the scene to plan out your shots, and see where your best angles are. Slow down even if you’re short on time, it will be worth it in the long run. We teach you about setting the scene (shooting wide), presenting the story (medium shots), and finally showing the details (tight compositions).
telling a complete story
The goal when planning to shoot for the story is not to predetermine a shot list, but rather to understand how each angle can be used to build impactful sequences within a given scene. Take the time necessary to scout the location, analyze the heroes in the room (which could be a centerpiece on a table, an altar at a ceremony site, etc.), then capture the story.
the right Crops
Before you photograph a scene, you must decide what to conceal and what to reveal. We'll teach you a simple formula for helping you decide what to show and how to reveal it: The more grand/epic a scene is, the wider you shoot. The less grand it is, the tighter you shoot to isolate the best elements within a scene.
Any light will do the job - just pick one!
When it comes to lighting, choose your tool, then use what you’ve got, whether it’s a small flash, a medium strobe, or a constant light. Often, portability and power will prove deciding factors. Details can be rushed, and the available ambient light may lean toward the darker side, so you’ll need something portable and strong enough to suit your needs in a variety of situations.
Learn our favorite constant lighting tools that will help you light centerpieces in dark ballrooms that desperately need additional light sources.
There are a number of ways to achieve similar results as far as lighting details go and we will give you the pros and cons of using constant lights vs. speedlights.
speedlights + modifiers
Learn flash photography for wedding decor! This is the flash photography course you need to get those amazing wedding reception photos that your clients and wedding vendors will love.
Oh yeah, and we teach you how to do this with ANY speedlight, regardless of your gear budget.
Create Unique Compositions & learn easy lighting tricks
When you are faced with unpleasant backgrounds and lower budget venues you can use simple lighting and composition techniques to conceal less attractive elements, focus attention on the more attractive elements and add interest to the scene.
Here are some examples that we discuss in the workshop!
Light Painting w/ speedlights
- Introduction Purpose And Top Five Challenges Of Wedding Day Details
- The Marketing Power Of Wedding Decor Photographs
- Ideal Lenses For Details
- Any Camera Can Tell A Story
- Any Light Will Do The Job
- How To Photograph Wedding Decor Under Time Constraints
- Before You Take A Single Shot...
- Start By Minding The Details
- Anatomy Of The Details Story
- With Each Image, Select A Single Subject
- Conceal Vs. Reveal
- “Must Have” Walk-Throughs | Wide – Setting The Scene
- Medium – Showing The Ceremony Heroes
- Tight – Revealing Ceremony Details
- Putting Together The Ceremony Story
- Wide – Setting The Reception Scene
- Medium – Showing The Reception Heroes
- Tight – Revealing The Reception Details
- Storytelling With Wedding Decor For Publication
- Lighting: The Goal & Approach
- Outdoor Ceremony Daylight | No Modification
- Outdoor Reception – Daylight | Reflector Pin Lighting
- Outdoor Reception – Daylight | Day Vs. Dusk
- Indoor Reception – Daylight/Ambient Mix | Balancing
- Indoor Reception – Moody Warm Ambient Light | Pinning With Constants
- Indoor Reception – Craptastic Ambient Light | Simulating Natural Light
- Indoor Reception – Dark Ambient Light | Flash For Bright Editorial/Commercial
- Indoor Reception – Bright Daylight/Ambient Mix | Pinning With Gridded Flash
- Indoor Reception – Dramatic High Color Ambient | Correcting/Pinning With Constants
- Verify Ballroom Entrance Lighting Before Shooting
- Backlight For Added Interest
- How To Create Unique Compositions With Foreground Elements
- Panoramic Stitch Grand Scenes
- Light Painting Panoramic Scenes
- Light Painting And Compositing To Complete A Scene
- Practice And Refinement
- Use Mirrors Wisely
- Remove Crappy Objects | Use Existing Light For Speed
- Capture The Couple
- General Goals With Details And Post-Production
- Managing Bright Lights
- Controlling High-Intensity Colors
- Use Lightroom Transform For Perfect Invitation Shapes
- Pano-Stitch Using Lightroom
- Simple Compositing To Fill Out Rooms
- Understanding The Client Coordinator And Desired Publication
- Ten Tips For Photographers To Create Incredible Details That Get Published
- 3 Tips For Submitting Your Photo Collection To Publications
Q: Will this workshop cover how to photograph a reception?
A: No, this workshop is specifically tailored to the challenges that arise when photographing wedding decor in reception and ceremony venues.