Wedding Photography: Complete Guide to Wedding Photography

Learn exactly how to become a wedding photographer, start a photo business of your own, and shoot better wedding photos.
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  • Lectures 84
  • Length 5 hours
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  • Languages English, captions
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

You're here because you want to become a wedding photographer, right?

Great idea, my friend. 

Average wedding photographers make over $3,000 per wedding. Great photographers can make $10,000+ per wedding. And money isn't the only reason to be a wedding photographer. It is an important job that helps capture a beautiful day and preserve memories for a lifetime.

What makes us qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil, and I'm co-teaching this course with my good friend Will Carnahan, a professional wedding photographer. I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular photography courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these ones from this course:

Amazing course- I love the fact that it covers every aspect of wedding photography. - Gergana Tzoncheva

The instructor gives a clear explanation on the topic that is good sound advice and I have learned quite a few things that will make life easier for me on my next shoot. - Peter Dee

I'm obsessed with weddings (after having my own), but this is bringing a new view to it -- from the photographer's perspective of the day. Very good tips and I appreciate the examples with the camera data. Thank - Aubrey Kvasnicka

Our Promise to You

We'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on wedding photography. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

Get Ready to Jump into the World of Wedding Photography

If you're interested in using your photo skills to make people happy (and make money), this is a great course for you!

Here are just some of the things you'll be learning in this course:

  • Setting up your wedding photography business
  • Creating a brand, website, and portfolio
  • Putting together wedding photography packages and pricing them to make sales
  • Getting your first clients
  • Putting together an awesome equipment kit for shooting weddings
  • Knowing exactly what goes on during a typical wedding day and how to navigate it
  • Shooting beautiful photos of every moment (with a walk-through of two entire weddings)
  • Posing and interacting with couples (with a live demonstration of 5 basic poses)
  • Editing photos to make them look amazing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Succeeding with your business and being a happy photographer
  • much, much, more!

Please check out the entire course lesson plan below.

We promise that if you follow all of our lessons and exercises, you'll have a wedding photography business up and running by the end of the course.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!

Cheers,

Phil

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have basic knowledge of photography and equipment.
  • Students will benefit from attending a wedding or two and knowing the basic structure (but it is not required).
  • Students need to be ready to take action and be super passionate about photographing.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Become a successful wedding photographer
  • Start a wedding photography business and build a brand
  • Price and create photography packages that sell
  • Create a wedding photography website and portfolio
  • Get your first client
  • Shoot amazing wedding photos from pre-ceremony getting ready to the last dance
  • Know how to pose and interact with couples and big groups
  • Make money as a wedding photographer
  • Edit photos in Lightroom and Photoshop to make them look better
  • Shoot engagement photos
  • Build the perfect equipment kit with cameras, lenses, lights, and extras
  • Grow your business and be a happy photographer

What is the target audience?

  • Any photographer interested in making money, being a part of someone's special day, and start a flexible business that can be done anywhere in the world.
  • probably not for you if you've never picked up a camera before. Check out Phil's Photography Masterclass to learn the basics of photography before enrolling in this one.P

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:26

Welcome to this course! In this video, we cover what this course is all about and how we'll be teaching it. Thank you so much for enrolling!

02:29

There are many reasons to become a wedding photographer. Some of ours include:

  • taking beautiful pictures of people & emotions
  • having a flexible business where you're the boss
  • making A LOT of money per weekend (we're talking up to $15,000 if you are really good at it)
  • and much more!
01:19

Let's get to know Will Carnahan a bit more! Where did he go to school? Why did he start shooting weddings? Lots more inside!

03:02

Here are Will's top five tips for getting better wedding photos. Throughout this course you will get hundreds of other tips - but these are ones that Will thinks are most important!

13:18

In this video, Will does a live photo session with a couple (Phil and Isabel) to show us how he interacts with clients and poses them. During the video, we'll cut away to the photos themselves to see how they look. This is a great way to get started with posing a couple for a wedding or engagement shoot.

02:14

Here's a quick message from Phil about leaving a review for this course.

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Here's a quick start guide to help you shoot engagement and wedding shoots with two people. Download the guide to help you when you're starting out.

01:13

Taking an online course isn't easy. It takes a lot of effort to stay committed. And you are about to embark on an epic journey starting your own business - so it will be even harder. But you can do it! And here is how!

Section 2: Setting Up Your Wedding Photography Business
01:13

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about setting up your photography business - the first steps.

02:42

There are three main types of wedding photographers - journalistic, fashion, and traditional. Within each type are sub-styles and combinations. Will goes over why it is important to choose a style early on.

05:00

To start a wedding photography business, you'll need certain equipment like a camera, memory cards, flashes, and other basic gear to get started. Here Will covers the basic kit you'll need to start out.

01:47

Canon vs. Nikon, Fuji vs. Sony - these are age-old questions that Will tackles in this video. Which brand is best for you? Find out inside!

00:39

In this video, Will suggests a few great websites for buying new and used camera gear.

02:49

Picking a name for your business is very important, and there are a few ways to do it. In this video lesson, Will gives some advice on how to pick a name.

04:33

When starting any business nowadays, having a great website is key to success. While it would take an entire course or two to learn the ins and outs of web construction and design, we want to give you the basics that make a great wedding photography website.

If you want to dive further into web design, hosting, themes, and everything else you need to get started, take our free Building a Website with Wordpress and Bluehost course.

01:03

It's time to take action! Our first challenge is a big one. We want you to pick a name for your company and start building your website. Only by taking action now will you be able to successfully build your wedding photography company. So take the time you need to get this action item done before moving on to the next lessons.

04:11

In this video, we show you how to purchase a domain name with Godaddy and Squarespace.

05:05

In this video, Will covers what types of products and services you can offer as a wedding photographer. These products (photos, albums, enlargements) and service (length of photography session, number of edits, second photographers, etc) go into building your packages. In the next video, we'll cover pricing.

09:16

In this lesson, we'll cover how to set prices that are competitive within your market, but also encourage customers to purchase a more expensive package.

04:16

In this video, we'll give you tips on how to get your first clients.

02:32

In this video, we'll talk about how important contracts are. We'll also talk about how we use deposits to secure dates.

02:28

In this video, Will talks about his philosophy as a wedding photographer - and what keeps him going.

01:56

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 3: Wedding Day Overview
01:29

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about general wedding day tasks and what you'll be photographing.

02:02

In this video, Will talks about all of the things you need to take care of on the wedding day.

11:52

In this video, Will gives a basic overview with examples of what you'll be photographing during a typical wedding. In the next section, we'll dive deeper into how (technically, aesthetically, and creatively) to take these photos.

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It's time to take action! With this action item, we ask you to prepare yourself for your next wedding.

01:21

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 4: How to Photograph a Wedding
02:51

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about how to shoot a wedding - giving loads of examples and walking through each moment of a typical wedding.

04:31

In this video, Will covers the equipment you'll need for the wedding day and making sure that you're prepared.

02:36

In this video, we'll talk about the different types of lighting situations you'll need to consider and how this effects your equipment choices.

04:24

In this video, we'll help you decide whether you need an assistant or second shooter (and what the difference is).

01:05

In this video, we'll cover the basic rates for an assistant or second shooter.

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In this action item, you take an important step towards being ready to shoot a big wedding.

01:31

In this video, we'll talk about the importance of scheduling the day out. There are a few key photo sessions you'll need to schedule with the help of a coordinator.

01:17

Before we dive into all the 'how-to' lessons, Will talks about the importance of having a look - and what to do to achieve it.

04:54

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot details that show the setting of the ceremony. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

11:24

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

08:47

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot the groom and groomsmen getting ready. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

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Here are some thoughts about shooting detail shots of jewelry, shoes, and other wedding items.

04:17

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot everyone walking down the aisle. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

11:47

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot general wedding ceremony coverage. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

03:07

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot readers and the officiant during the ceremony. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

03:18

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot the vows, ring exchange, kiss, and any other major event during the ceremony. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

05:22

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot the couple walking out of the ceremony and any post-ceremony activities like signing the marriage license. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

08:21

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot family and group shots. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

13:21

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot posed couple shots. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

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It's time to take action. Today's action item will help you prepare you for taking photos with your wedding couple either for engagement photos or at the wedding during the posed couple shoot.

02:00

In this video, we show you how to find inspirational photos with Pinterest.

01:17

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how he shoots the reception grand entrance. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

05:37

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot reception detail shots. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

06:07

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how to shoot speeches and toasts. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

03:04

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how he shoots the cake cutting. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

06:24

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how he shoots the first dances (the wedding couple's first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance). We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

02:35

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how he shoots the bouquet and garter toss. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

06:17

In this video lesson, Will walks us through two weddings and shows us exactly how he shoots dance / party photos. We hope that these lessons inspire you with creative compositions and really help you understand how to take photos on the wedding day.

00:44

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 5: Editing Wedding Photos - Post-Production Workflow
00:48

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about editing photos and post-production workflow.

02:15

In this video, Will talks about the differences between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, our preferred photo editing applications.

09:56

In this video, Will walks us through a very basic editing workflow in Adobe Lightroom. If you want to dive deeper into Lightroom, check out the other Video School Online courses.

02:58

In this tutorial, Will shows us how to export photos from Lightroom.

10:48

In this video, Will walks us through a very basic editing workflow in Adobe Photoshop. If you want to dive deeper into Photoshop, check out the other Video School Online courses.

06:07

In this video, Will shows us how to use Zenfolio to create private and shareable online photo galleries.

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Here are some resources for using Lightroom Presets.

01:04

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 6: Succeeding with Wedding Photography - Taking it to the next level!
01:19

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about taking your business to the next level and succeeding with wedding photography.

00:52

In this video, Will gives you tips on being a happy wedding photographer.

01:42

In this video, Will gives tips on how to stick with your business.

00:53

In this video, Will talks about how to continously improve your portfolio and how this will help you get more business.

02:00

In this video, Will talks about getting testimonials, how it will help your business, and where to post them.

01:55

In this video, Will talks about his favorite social networks and how to use them to increase business.

01:41

In this video, Will talks about how to compete in a saturated wedding photography market. How can you stand out and get work?

00:44

In this video, Will uncovers the truth about why wedding photography is so expensive.

01:18

In this video, Will talks about how to work with other vendors to increase business.

00:53

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 7: Bonus: Shooting Engagement Photos
00:37

In each section intro, Phil goes over what Will is going to be teaching in this section. This section is about taking engagement photos.

00:51

In this video, Will covers the basic equipment recommended for shooting engagement photos.

01:03

In this video, Will talks about the right price for engagement photos.

01:58

In this video, Will gives tips for choosing the perfect location for an engagement photo session.

01:13

In this video, Will gives some more tips and reminds us of the great poses that turn into beautiful photos.

06:49

In this video, Will reviews some of his favorite engagement photos.

00:30

This is the last video in this section. Phil gives a quick recap of what you just learned.

Section 8: Course Conclusion
00:39

Thank you so much for taking this course! As Will mentions, we have two requests:

  1. Please leave a review for this course so that others can hear your thoughts
  2. Please visit VideoSchoolOnline.com for more great premium courses and free tutorials
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Instructor Biography

Phil Ebiner, Best Selling Instructor, 215,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.


Instructor Biography

William Carnahan, Photographer/ Cinematographer

Will Carnahan grew up in Southern California. After spending every hour he could in the darkroom at Highschool playing with film, Will went on to earn a B.A. from The University of California Riverside in Film and Visual culture. At UCR he became a staff photographer for the schools newspaper, covering sporting events, concerts, and local news. In late 2006 Will and his friend Ryan started a photography company focusing on weddings, events, and their love for photography.

In 2007 Will continued on to Loyola Marymount University, earning an M.F.A. in Film and Telivision Production. While still shooting headshots, weddings, and events on the side, he focused on Cinematography. The years between 2007-2010 were an exciting time for film makers as it saw the first heavy transition from emulsion to digital. Having a base education in film exposure and a practical education in digital media allowed Will to excel as a cinematographer while in grad school. He went on to earn LMUs Panavision Cinematography award in 2008 and 2010.

Graduating in 2010, Will started freelancing as a Cinematographer, camera operator, and photographer. With heavy expirence in 16mm and 35mm film will transitioned into 4k cinema and up using REDs, Arri systems, and other cameras to take on Hollywood. The first few years of freelance saw Will shooting Music videos, short films, 2nd unit features, commercials, and web content.

Late in 2011 Will got a job shooting a web commercial for Disney Interactive. Since then he has been shooting consistently for Disney, shooting commercials for the parks and resorts as well as Disney channel, ESPN, and the Muppets.

Will Call Cinematic was established in 2013 as Will and his business partner and friend built a Production company to accommodate their freelance work along with some notable corporate clients. Through Will Call Will and Sam direct and produce video content for companies like Ghirardelli Chocolate, Diesel films and Nike, Whitney Eve Clothing, PredPol, and many others. With Sam and Will being cinematographers, Will Call gives them a hub for equipment rentals, music video production, and photography.

Today Will continues to freelance as a cinematographer and photographer, shooting and directing mostly commercial content and weddings.

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