Learn Professional Wedding Photography
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Learn Professional Wedding Photography

All you need to learn and start a successful wedding photography business anywhere in the world.
3.7 (103 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
629 students enrolled
Created by Nick Stubbs
Last updated 1/2013
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Current price: $69.99 Original price: $99.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 15 hours on-demand video
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course, you will have the confidence and knowledge to shoot a wedding in a timely and professional manner
  • You will have a much better understanding of camera and flash settings
  • You will know how to plan and prepare for the big day
  • You will know how to deal with low light and tricky situations
  • You will be able to get more work and seal more deals
  • We recommend that you at least own a DSLR and photo editing software (trial copies will do for now)
  • Nothing else needed for now, just a willingness to learn!

Please Note: It is strongly recommended that you use Google Chrome (free download) as your browser to view and take this course.

This Professional Wedding Photography course is aimed at beginners to wedding photography whether a seasoned and established working photographer or a complete newcomer to this industry. 

It was filmed during a 3 day course in Dorset with half the lessons in the classroom and half out on location in hotels, churches and various local areas (beach, rocks and grunge location) for the group shots and special portraits.

The videos in this Wedding Photography Tutorial flow from classroom to location and take you right through the process of photographing a wedding from start to finish including:

  • Preparation
  • The bride getting ready
  • The ceremony
  • The reception
  • Group shots
  • Couple portraits
  • Video
  • Business
  • Album creation
  • Slideshow software and creation
  • Equipment
  • Camera and flash settings
  • 65 high definition videos
  • 4 Interviews with industry professionals
  • 5 Bonus eBooks
  • ...everything!

There are also Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials taken from the screen recordings woven into the course at various and helpful intervals.

The bonus eBooks cover the course in more detail, plus the business side of things, they also teach you how to earn money from stock and property photography in your spare time and even cover your health!

The overall cost of taking this course off-line and buying the eBooks separately is over £600 ($950)

If you are looking to make some extra money in your spare time by shooting weddings, property and/or stock photography, this Wedding Photography Tutorial is for you.

If you are looking to start a full time wedding photography business, this course is a must! It will save you hours of research time and bags of money spent on offline courses.

This is a one stop shop for learning how to make money from Professional Wedding Photography!


"Firstly, I loved the first set of DVD's, which is why I was keen to get the updated set, but I have to tell you that the new series has taken your work to a whole new level. I am finding the information so incredibly valuable and am even thinking of finally upgrading my Canon 550D to a 5D MkIII - I am so inspired to capture better quality shots! - But most importantly, feel confident that my knowledge base has grown enough to empower me to make an informed decision on this pricey purchase.

Secondly, how very generous of you to allow access to your new online venture! I haven't worked my way through all of the DVD's yet, but have started and am enjoying the format."

Cynthia Herdman-Grant

"All going well here. Had a productive first wedding season with 12 weddings all in all and quite a few booked for next year. It's been a very enjoyable learning curve and something I wouldn't have been able to start on without your excellent course!"

Clive Nolan - Original Course Attendee

"Let me congratulate you for the wonderful work you have done to help people like my brother (Noob Photographer) and me (Noob Videographer). We are trying to start our wedding video and photography business here in Australia. Your DVD set was really intuitive and helpful. I must say the investment I made was the best I have ever made. THANK YOU."

Anonymous - Australia

"Just wanted to say thanks. I got the DVD course at the end of last year in preparation for a friend's wedding. I gave them the photos last week and they are absolutely thrilled. Definitely could not have done it without your help. The basic camera setting you recommend in the DVD was worth the price on its own. I didn't get a single badly exposed shot "

Lee Brookes, UK


I have recently retired as a business services manager with a major company in Crawley West Sussex and decided to get my qualifications as a professional photographer as I have been a very keen amateur photographer for well over 40 years I'm also pleased to say that I have now just completed a photographic course with the Institute of Professional Photography and was awarded a diploma with merit.

I just completed my first wedding in Yorkshire, England is using your settings and advice from your wedding photography tips course...

The good news is I received a telephone call from the bridegroom's mother crying with happiness at how pleased she was with my photographs which gave me a massive confidence boost. I appreciate that most of the good results were down to my hard work however, the settings you give in your course worked a treat and I would recommend your video course to anybody who is thinking about doing wedding photography, whether for one wedding for a friend or family member or if they are intending to start up their own wedding photography business. Can't thank you enough for the confidence your advice has given me in my new venture as a wedding photographer."
Alan Turner Dip Pro. Phto (Inst P. Photo)

"Nick, Thank you very much. I purchased your wedding course last year. Last Saturday, I did my first wedding. I used a lot of your tips and everything went better than planned. Thank you, your DVD's gave me the confidence I needed to do the job. The photos turned out better than I could of expected. Now all I can think of is, Roll on wedding number two, three,...... etc. etc."  Mick Lumley, IRELAND


Who this course is for:
  • This is for anyone with a basic knowledge of photography and a willingness to learn
  • Bring your own enthusiasm and passion
Course content
Expand all 77 lectures 23:57:05
+ DVD 1 - Classroom - Introduction to Wedding Photography
8 lectures 02:03:08
This is the promotional video for the course.
Preview 02:38
The first of the classroom sessions. In this video, we take you through what to expect from the course with a general outline of what we will be covering both in the classroom and on location.
Preview 08:01
Why do you want to shoot weddings? What can you expect when the work comes in and you begin to get established...what is the money like?
Why Weddings
A general overview of the wedding industry, how it is changing and how you can grow and prosper with it.
About Weddings
Part one of three videos where we discuss equipment both needed and recommended for your wedding photography business. You don't need to buy everything now so don't panic...you can start this business with the minimum of equipment and grow your kit as your business flourishes.
Equipment - Part 1
Equipment - Part 2
Equipment - Part 3
To ensure each wedding goes smoothly and professionally, you need to plan ahead. Here we discuss the best way to plan each wedding shoot.
Planning and Preparation
+ DVD 2 - Classroom - Shooting the Wedding
13 lectures 01:34:56
The bride getting ready is a special time for photography. This is the one part of the day that the groom doesn't see so you need to get it right. 
Bridal Preparations
Get this wrong at your peril. This section along with the location shoot will teach you how to prepare for and shoot the ceremony unobtrusively and professionally without missing a trick!
The Ceremony
Some couples say they don't want formal photographs but many change their minds on the day. Even if you promote yourself as never wanting to "do" formal photos, they will crop up now and again. Here we take you through the basics.
Groups and Formals
Most weddings will require you to shoot professional portraits of the couple on their special day. In this video we run through the general requirements and tips.
Special Portraits
Once the ceremony and portraits are done, you reach the final part of the day...the reception. Depending on the type of wedding and location, this can either be a chilled out, stree-free affair or it could be a full-on, fast paced party night. Reccying the venue, requesting information and preparation are key to ensuring a problem free end to the couples special day.
Preparation is key here and you can have some real fun with the bouquet shot. We run you through what to do and give some "out there" ideas too!
Bouquet Shot
Here we start to run you through a selection of images taken at actual weddings to give you some ideas before we head out on location with an actual wedding couple starting with the bride getting ready...
Bridal Preparation
Ceremony Photos
Group and Formal Photos
Special Portrait Photos
Reception Photos
Camera settings and knowing what to use and when is crucial to shooting a good, consistent wedding. Here we run you through the basics and we also cover the settings throughout the rest of the course.
Camera Settings
Whether or not you think you will use flash at weddings, I can almost guarantee there will be times when you have to! In this section, we discuss the times you will need flash and the best settings to get it right.
Flash Settings
+ DVD 3 - Classroom - Video, Lighting and Software
7 lectures 01:50:24
In the last of the classroom sections, we introduce you to the concept of shooting video clips at a wedding if your camera has that feature. This could be the USP (unique selling point) of your wedding photography business.
Introduction to Video
In this video we run you through the video equipment, software, etiquette, settings, sound and so on.
Video and Slideshows
A huge part of any photography business and wedding photography is no different. Lighting can change in an instant and you need to know how to cope with it. An important half an hour video here.
You WILL come across low light when shooting weddings and here we discuss the ways to photograph in low light as well as dealing with poor quality images shot in poor lighting conditions.
Low Light Tutorial
A quick ten minute video showing a selection of images taken with various lighting techniques.
Lighting Photos
Once you have shot some video, you need to prepare and render it much like you do with a RAW still image. In this video we take you through the basics of video editing.
Video Editing
Slideshows are a fantastic addition to your output material and are also excellent for promoting your business. We discuss some amazing software and what it can do for your business and clients.
Slideshow Software
+ DVD 4 - Location - Bridal Preparation
7 lectures 01:55:29
This is the start of the location videos. In the first clip we head off to a local country mansion that holds weddings and this is the introduction.
Introduction to Venue
The bride can get ready in a variety of locations and will generally move about during this time. You need to establish what lighting you will use and here we talk about flash photography.
Bridal Preparation and Flash
This is a video showing footage and images from a real wedding I shot in Spain with the bride getting ready. A real insight into what to expect from your first wedding.
Bridal Preparation at Real Wedding
Inevitably you will end up with some poor images during your shoot but don't delete them! You may find that the image with poor lighting, composition and colour balance is the only one you have of that moment. We run you through how to salvage such an image in various software...
Salvaging Poor Images During Editing
Natural light is the way to go for most wedding photography and here we discuss how to make the most of it including a little processing.
Bridal Preparation and Natural Light
When you arrive to shoot the bride getting ready, don't just think of her. There is a wealth of photographic material lying around that would look great in an album or photo book.
Bridal Preparation and Details
Once the bride is ready, and if you have the time, you need to get some special portraits of her. After all, she has probably spent hours getting ready and a lifetime waiting for this moment.
Bridal Portraits
+ DVD 5 - Location - Church and Outdoor Location Shoots
9 lectures 01:54:40
Back on location in a large church this time for the ceremony. This is where it starts to get exciting as the bride enters the church so you need to be ready. This is a complete run through of how to best prepare yourself and your kit.
Bride Entering Church
Massively important section this...camera settings in the church. These can make or break photographing the most important part of the day.
Church Camera Settings
Practical sessions where we discuss all aspects of the ceremony, where to be, camera settings, etiquette, processing and so on.
Church Ceremony
Not all weddings are in churches. You will inevitably come across the odd registry office wedding so we now spend some time in an actual venue that is ready for a wedding later that day.
Registry Office Ceremony - Part 1
Registry Office Ceremony - Part 2
Following on from the classroom sessions where we talked about special portraits, here we find ourselves in some local gardens shooting the couple using off camera flash.
Garden Portraits
A different location now as we place the couple on some rocks on the beach. Finding a great location that means something to the wedding couple can be a bonus and really add to the entire days shoot. Some very handy tips in here...
Rock Portraits
Multiple locations for the portraits can really add variety to the wedding portraits and here we shoot the couple in a more grungy location. Additional Photoshop and Lightroom techniques run you through how to make the most of the images and make them pop!
Grunge Portraits
As we discussed earlier, you will at some point need to shoot some group shots so in this short video, we run you through the basics of how to cope with any sized group and location.
Group Shots
+ DVD 6 - Location - Reception, Image Correction and Review
8 lectures 01:55:45
The wedding ceremony and portraits are done and we now find ourselves at the reception venue. In this video, we shoot the couple in a ballroom that has been kitted out for a real wedding later that day. Again, some very useful and handy tips here...
Reception Venue
So many mistakes can be made when reccying a location or venue. Here we discuss the best way to deal with lighting, people and camera settings.
Camera Settings
Mistakes can be made when photographing the simplest of situations such as the bride and groom entering the reception. This also applies to other areas of wedding photography so worth watching this one.
Bride and Groom Entering
Ahhh...the cake! Chaotic fun at its best and you need to be in control! Learn how to do this quickly and efficiently and then relax and watch the crowds take over. 
Cutting the Cake
From a "one minute wonder" to a full-on mini epic, I have seen them all. Establish exactly what will be happening and learn how to photograph it in a "story-telling" way. This is also where learning video and sound can not only secure the job but make your final output a real corker!
The Speeches
Again, I have seen everything from a quick shoe shuffle to a full professional production that has taken a year to learn. I love shooting the first dance and here we take you through the whole sharabang!
First Dance
What with all that low, artificial lighting mixed with varying ambient light, you will at some point end up with some problem images. In this video we use Photoshop, Canon's DPP and Lightroom to correct a couple of problem images.
Problem Image Correction
Now that the classroom and location sessions are over, you should have a much better understanding of what it takes to shoot a wedding from start to finish. You can now relax a little as we run you through a real wedding that was shot in Exeter in the UK (and the groom was a professional wedding photographer himself)!
Actual Wedding Review
+ DVD 7 - Classroom - Business Tips and Advice
15 lectures 01:51:56
It is all very well having the skills and knowledge to shoot a wedding, but without clients, you have nothing. This is why we added the business section...a full day where we discuss all aspects of running a wedding photography business starting with the introduction.
Getting out and about can be the difference between failing and succeeding in this business. Learn where to go, who to see and how to get yourself and your business seen.
Before you even start shooting weddings, think about the end product. Think about how you see your business in 5 years time and how it will look. Here we talk about effective branding for your wedding photography business.
I have spent 8 years learning about the wonders of the internet and have been through some rough patches as Google do their regular merry dance with their algorithms. Learn from my mistakes and and get your business off on the right foot as we run through all aspects of getting your business online.
Online Presence
Do you build a website, blog or both? In this longer video, we discuss the pros and cons of each as well as giving some excellent tips and advice.
Websites and Blogging - Part 1
Websites and Blogging - Part 2
Ah, social media...love it or hate it, it can do wonders for your wedding photography business but which once do you use for the best exposure? 
Social Media
Advertising can be a costly experience so learn how to make the most of what is available both paid and free.
Online Advertising
A quick and effective way to promote your business but you need to be aware of the costs and best agencies to use...don't waste your money (although some are free)!
Press Releases
The chicken and the egg. How do you get a professional looking portfolio before you shoot a wedding and how can you shoot a wedding without a portfolio? In this video we have 25 minutes of tips and advice and pitfalls to watch out for...
Take one day out of your time and invest a little cash and you could add thousands of pounds worth of business to your income in a short space of time but how to get started?
Wedding Fairs
Sometimes it take a little effort to kick-start your business and here we discuss how best to go about it and where to start. This is where you can make new relationships that will see your business boom for years to come.
Door Knocking
Not everyone's "cup of tea" but offline advertising is sometimes necessary in order to get the work in and can also be very effective. Cost can be an issue so we talk about what could be good for you.
Offline Advertising
A huge issue and one of the most asked questions I receive is "how much do I charge?". Pricing is a tough area and here I talk about how to price your wedding photography depending on various factors such as demographics, the economy and so on.
Pricing and End
152 pages of complimentary material that goes into huge detail about running a photography business. Tons of good tips and advice on everything from business to health here so please make sure you read it.
The Business of Photography eBook
152 pages
+ DVD 8 - Bonuses - eBooks and Interviews
10 lectures 02:05:47
As part of the course, I though it would be good to hear some advice from other people in the wedding industry so we start with a highly successful wedding planner from the UK. Melanie offers some great advice, insights and extremely useful tips on how to get your business moving.
Interview with Wedding Planner - Part 1
Interview with Wedding Planner - Part 2
The final output of your wedding photography will usually involve producing an album or photo book. In this video, I talk with one of the leading wedding photo book manufacturers in the world about what is available, what the costs are and the wedding industry in general.
Interview with Photobook Maker
Straight from the horses mouth! Who better to hear from than an actual wedding couple about how they went about choosing their photographer for their special day. You need to watch this to learn "insider tips" about how to woo and wow them into booking you over anyone else.
Interview with Wedding Couple
A friend of mine and a very special and talented "photo-journalistic" wedding photographer based in Spain. Back in 2008, I interviewed Jeremy and grilled him about all aspects of his business and also got him to spill the beans on how to become a success in this industry.
Interview with Pro Photographer - Part 1
Interview with Pro Photographer - Part 2
The original eBook that started it all. This was the basis for the entire course and has been updated recently to include all the changes in this industry. Worth reading before or after watching the course and great for reference at any time.
Wedding Photography Blueprint eBook
124 pages
Any wedding photographer may find periods of time throughout the year where work is scarce. One way I have filled this gap and added a great supplement to my income is though stock photography. This 131 page eBook takes you through the entire process of shooting, uploading and selling stock photography. A $47 bonus free for buyers of this course.
How to Sell Stock Photos eBook
131 pages
Another way to supplement any wedding photography business is to shoot properties. I spent year photographing luxury villas and apartments in Spain and offer all my experience and advice in this free eBook. Bear in mind that I secured a number of weddings by doing a great property shoot for people (including parents of brides-to-be) so worth thinking about...
Introduction to Property Photography eBook
97 pages
As a final bonus, I decided to add a healthy supplement to this course. After injuring myself during a wedding in Gibraltar back in 2006 once, I went on a serious health campaign and this book offers my findings and advice to anyone willing to listen. Being fit and healthy can be a huge benefit when lugging a ton of heavy camera gear around for up to 12 hours but be aware that this is only my personal advice and should in no way be taken as professional medical advice. Some of it may shock you too...
Let Them Eat Cake eBook
21 pages