Wedding Photography: Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Amazing Wedding Photos Premium class

Bernie Raffe AMPA, Award winning photographer and teacher

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38 Videos (2h 4m)
    • Introduction to the course

    • Bride applying makeup, close up shot

    • It starts here: Photographing the dress and shoes at the bride's home or hotel

    • Photographing the bride's dress as it's being done up

    • Photographing other items of clothing as they're being done up

    • Shooting through a doorway or structure for a reportage photo

    • Arriving at the church

    • Don’t overlook those small but important details

    • Photographing the bride and groom on their own in a relaxed mood

    • The bouquet and bride with a difference

    • Photos of family member looking over the speech and other notes

    • Parents seeing the bride for the first time

    • Bride by a window - against the light, featuring the dress

    • Bride relaxing on a sofa looking out of a window

    • A few tips for taking formal photos of the bride

    • Bride walking down the stairs

    • Photographing the wedding rings

    • Capturing some wedding ceremony moments – Part I

    • Capturing the groom’s first sight of his bride

    • Capturing some wedding ceremony moments – Part 2

    • Walking the aisle - Photographing the processional and recessional

    • Signing the register / marriage license

    • Bride and groom kissing to cheering friends

    • Drinks on a tray - get in quick before they go

    • Photographing informal photos of the groom

    • Capturing the hugs and kisses immediately following the ceremony

    • Throwing of the confetti - always a great action shot

    • An idea for a strong, dramatic photo of the groom

    • Creative idea for a cake shot, with bride and groom in background

    • Course Conclusion

    • The bride and groom standing and sitting in the car or carriage

    • Ideas for photographing the groomsmen and bridesmaids

    • The formal group photos - the families will always ask for these

    • Bride by a window – flatter her with soft light

    • Photographing the first dance

    • Photographing relaxedphotos of the groom and his best man

    • Photographing the wedding breakfast speeches

    • Dramatic image of bride and groom in the church doorway


About This Class

Does this sound like you?:

You’re a photographer who's been asked to take photos at a friends wedding. They asked because they’ve seen some of your nice images, but you’re naturally concerned that you’ll let them down.

You have a few weddings under your belt, and want to gain confidence, improve quickly and develop your own style

You’ve photographed quite a few weddings but want to learn some new creative ideas   

...or maybe you’re just interested  in learning how to become a great wedding photographer   

What you’ll learn:
Learn how to capture some of the wonderful emotional moments throughout the day, how to get very natural looking posed photos, how to relax the couple and familes for more natural expressions, plus you’ll be amazed at some of the creative ideas that you can easily use yourself.

This course covers the whole wedding in chronological order, from the bride getting ready at home or hotel, through to their first dance. Learn from the huge number of wedding images shown throughout the course (complete with camera settings), while I narrate and explain how I achieved the photos.

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

  • Learn how to cope and take great images during the (sometimes stressful) getting ready phase.
  • Discover some creative and unusual ideas for great photos while the bride gets ready.
  • Ideas for photos while guests and familiies arrive at the the church or ceremony
  • How to take great ‘Ring’ photos before the ceremony
  • Learn the secrets of great processional (and recessional) photo, i.e walking the aisle
  • Discover the many ideas for photos during the ceremony and how to plan in order to capture some ‘moments’
  • Learn some useful techniques to use while the couple are signing the register/ marriage license
  • Learn what to do and get some great photos when everyone leaves the church or ceremony and mayhem ensues!!
  • Ideas for taking the couple with their posh car or carriage as they leave for the reception
  • Learn to capture some fun confetti throwing moments
  • Great tips for the formal individual and group photos
  • Don’t just stick to the line-ups, but learn some creative ideas for photographing the bride and groom, and the groomsmen and bridesmaids.
  • Learn to capture the fun atmosphere of the wedding speeches
  • Tips for photographing the first dance.

… plus much much more, please check out the course lessons below for more info.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a DSLR or ‘Mirrorless’ camera
  • You should have a reasonable understanding of your camera.
  • You should be personable and enjoy meeting and chatting to new people
  • You’ll benefit if you’ve attended a wedding or two
  • You’ll need to be enthusisastic, and keen to learn and practise.

9 of 9 students recommendSee All

Very Good and informative class
Great variant of ideas for wedding images. Less about the technical facets and more about imaging important moments and emotions. Very helpful.





Bernie Raffe AMPA

Award winning photographer and teacher

Award winning portrait & wedding photographer

I'm a working photographer based in Bedfordshire UK, and have been passionate about photography ever since my parents bought me my first camera when I was just 11 years old (a Kodak Brownie 127)!

I'm qualified as a photographer to 'Associate' level with both the MPA (Master Photographers Association), and the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) in the UK.

I'm also a guest speaker on cruise ships, and also in demand as a speaker to other professionals and to beginner and keen amateurs at camera clubs...

I love to share my passion for photography, and these entertaining and informative films will demonstrate, without blinding you with science, how you can be a better photographer, taking more creative and dramatic photos that will wow your friends and family.