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Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig shares his creative insights for creating natural-light bridal portraits.
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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. A roadmap overview to the course
      2m 31s
  2. 18m 5s
    1. The art and craft of bridal portraiture
      4m 27s
    2. Crafting a vision
      2m 27s
    3. Evaluating the gear: Is it good enough?
      1m 58s
    4. Choosing your essential gear
      4m 22s
    5. Considering other gear
      2m 6s
    6. Working with an assistant
      2m 45s
  3. 12m 49s
    1. Introducing location
      1m 41s
    2. The art of previsualization
      5m 40s
    3. Scouting the location
      5m 28s
  4. 7m 12s
    1. Getting ready and capturing candid moments
      2m 8s
    2. Photographing the details
      2m 2s
    3. Setting the tone with a conversational approach
      3m 2s
  5. 18m 24s
    1. Using natural locations
      1m 20s
    2. Working with window light
      2m 32s
    3. Working with open shade
      2m 3s
    4. Sitting versus standing
      2m 24s
    5. Working with poses, posture, and poise
      3m 35s
    6. The importance of authentic eye contact
      2m 7s
    7. Using the bouquet in the shoot
      2m 20s
    8. Working with multidirectional natural light
      2m 3s
  6. 21m 45s
    1. Capturing images that are quirky and fun
      2m 42s
    2. Introducing props
      2m 46s
    3. Working with props
      3m 28s
    4. Taking images with a vintage truck
      2m 53s
    5. Working with the makeup artist
      5m 7s
    6. Looking at the dress and veil options
      1m 29s
    7. Working with a backlit scene
      3m 20s
  7. 2m 6s
    1. Understanding the rhythm of the shoot
      1m 18s
    2. Wrapping up the shoot
  8. 8m 55s
    1. The quality and feeling of natural light
      1m 38s
    2. Working with the bride
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing mistakes and lessons learned
      3m 20s
    4. Reviewing tips for working with natural light
      2m 37s
  9. 44m 28s
    1. Reviewing what worked and what didn't
      11m 1s
    2. Reviewing images from the beginning of the shoot
      5m 23s
    3. Reviewing images from the middle of the shoot
      5m 49s
    4. Reviewing the end of the shoot
      6m 15s
    5. Reviewing the film images
      3m 45s
    6. Comparing before and after
      7m 29s
    7. Making selects: A few words of advice
      4m 46s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Reviewing final tips for bridal portraits
      2m 54s
    2. Exploring the next steps
      1m 29s

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Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits
Video Duration: 0s 2h 22m Intermediate


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Learn to capture the personality of a bride and the energy and emotion of the moment during a wedding photography session. In this course, photographer, teacher, and author Chris Orwig shares his creative insights for shooting authentic and beautiful bridal portraits. The course begins with details on preparation: talking with the bride about her desires for the portrait, and scouting the location to find the best places to shoot. Next, Chris photographs a bride, illustrating techniques for lighting and employing props to help relax the subject and add fun and energy to the photograph. The course concludes with a review of the photos and some ideas for further inspiration.

Topics include:
  • Crafting a vision with the bride
  • Choosing gear
  • Scouting the location
  • Photographing details
  • Working with window light and open shade
  • Refining the subject's poses, posture, and poise
  • Knowing when to make eye contact
  • Reviewing images from the shoot


(MUSIC). Welcome. My name is Chris Orwig. I'm a photographer, author and teacher. And welcome to this course, Wedding Photography for Everyone, Bridal Portraiture. In this course, we're going to focus in on how we can capture beautiful, artistic and stunning portraits of a bride using natural and available light. And we'll do this by starting off by talking about some of the things we want to consider when planning ahead for a shoot. Next, we're going to go on location to the Santa Barbara History Museum and there we'll do a live shoot. And throughout that live shoot we'll encounter different scenarios, which will help us learn a few things that we can then integrate into our own work flow. For example, we'll talk about light and how we can use different types of natural and available light in order to craft or create different types of photographs. And we'll also talk about how we can work with a location. For example, we'll look at how we can photograph a bride in front of an old wall, or perhaps in front of an old fountain. And we'll look at how we could integrate props into our work flow in order to add personality and fun.

Whether the prop is something that the bride can hold, or perhaps it's something they can stand in front of, like an old vintage truck. And we'll explore how we can create different types of photographs, whether those are quirky and fun, or elegant, simple and strong. And here, the goal for this course is that it will help you to become a better wedding photographer, which, in turn, gives us the opportunity to become better photographers in general, because bridal portraiture, it's all about seizing those opportunities in order to craft and create compelling portraits.

Well thanks for joining me in this course, let's begin.

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