How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer DVD

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Whether you want to know how to become a professional commercial photographer or how to become a professional photographer in general, the quickest way to start making money with your camera may be wedding photography. Our Fstoppers tutorial How To Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is finally here! Lee Morris and I have spent over 3 years planning and 2 years filming and editing this tutorial on all things wedding photography. The goal behind this 14 tutorial was to create the most comprehensive resource on everything it takes to create compelling wedding images as well as the tools needed to start and run a successful wedding photography business. No matter if you are brand new to photography or if you are already shooting weddings professionally, this 14 hour tutorial will teach you everything we know about wedding photography so you can either start your own business from scratch or take your existing business to the next level.

Please note, for lack of a better term we have called this a "DVD" but for reasons explained in the promo video below, we have decided to make it a digital download.

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Why Wedding Photography?

As we explain in the promo video above, wedding photography pretty much fell into both of our laps. I believe many photographers have the same wrongfully biased opinion about wedding photography as I did when I first picked up a camera. The idea of dealing with dramatic bridezillas, going hours without food or drink, and having to take cheesy photographs all day was not my idea of a good day at work. But after shooting a few weddings, I found that wedding photography was incredibly fun, creative, and way more stress free than I ever imagined. In fact, what I realized was I was taking the best photographs the bride and groom had ever had taken of themselves and their friends during the happiest day of their lives. And the reason I was there in the first place was because they loved me as a person and valued my creativity behind a camera. What originally started as a dreaded favor I did for Lee Morris quickly became my passion, obsession, full time job, and eventually my career.

The most interesting thing about wedding photography is that there is a market in every single city. I believe wedding photography offers an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in photography as a hobby or career; through wedding photography, you can become 100% self employed as a full time photographer!

What We Hope To Share:

Our goal with this tutorial isn't to make everyone a millionaire or turn you into some sort of rockstar wedding photographer. Lee and I aren't either of those things. What we want to teach you is how you can take better photographs, start your own business, and hopefully shave off at least three years of trial and error during those initial startup years.

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Material: 8 Chapters containing over 27 topics over more than 14 hours of content

Chapter 1
Intro - What is “Commercial Wedding Photography” - Mandatory Gear - The Importance of Assisting - Composition, Exposure, White Balance
Chapter 2
Advertising - Bridal Portraits: Lighting 101 - Pricing
Chapter 3
Meeting With Potential Clients -The Engagement Session - Designing Your Website - Music - Slideshows - The Importance of Video
Chapter 4
On Camera Flash - Getting Ready and Details - The Ceremony - Fusion
Chapter 5
Formals and Groups - Interview with Pye Jirsa
Chapter 6
Four Ways to Light a Reception - The Cake - The Rings - The Departure - Taxes, Write-offs, and Accounting
Chapter 7
Interview with Cliff Mautner, one of the top wedding photographers in the world
Chapter 8
Post Processing - Creating a Photobooth - Photo / Video Slideshow, - Delivering Your Final Product - Final Words

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Patrick Hall is a Charleston Wedding Photographer based in South Carolina. Lee Morris is also a commercial wedding photographer based out of Charleston South Carolina.

Preview Video: How To Light Posed Wedding Photos in a Church (Click for Full article)

Preview Video: How to Photograph Engagement Sessions (click for full article)


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Matt Kozovski's picture

Ok, so I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of this and here's my 2 cents so far (please keep in mind I've watched about 4-5hrs of it so far in no particular order)
Pricing - While some may be put off on the price, you just need to remind yourself that this is a 14hr production. There is a ton of information in here. While some of it may be introductory to many, it really is a comprehensive package that tries to hit every mark. If anyone was to take a workshop (2 days at 8hrs per day) they would easily pay more than this. 

Content - Again, I've watch some things out of order so I may be missing key parts. I am quite pleased so far with what I've seen. Personal favourites are the breakdown in advertising (via facebook, google adwords, and places), the use of off-camera flash in daylight situations (really shows how much even a speedlight with a softbox can go a long way in the sun), and Lee's photobooth setup. I've just started to watch the interview with Pye from SLR Lounge and I'm curious to see what he covers in book design.

For cons on the video - there is a lot of talking head segments. I know the F Stoppers team is famous for their talking head spots, but I think some locations would have added to the presentation. While I did learn from the segments, I would have like to have seen more real world examples of unique scenarios and situations (mind you I may have yet to watch them).

So far I'm quite pleased and look forward to watching the rest.

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I personally started up my Photography Business on the side of my full-time job Dec 2011, and have since then managed to build something fairly self-sustaining on a small scale. However, after watching this DVD I realised that if I had this DVD last year, it would've definitely given me a headstart on things.

When I needed a website design, I spent hours of research on the 'best way' to do it, and found my way. This DVD provides quick and easy solutions which would have saved me hours/days/weeks of time to overcome obstacles like a Website. This is simply just one example to name, there are many!

Both Patrick and Lee speak with incredible passion about what they do, and they keep everything simple to not over complicate any task and offer you suggestions and advice to really boost your income and exposure.

As a UK based Photographer, admittedly I did skip completely over the Tax section as the US Tax laws do not apply here in the UK, however there is tonnes of information within this DVD which is 100% applicable. I honestly, hand on my heart, cannot express how fantastic the information in this DVD is.This DVD, in my honest opinion, could be titled "How to Become a Photographer", because as far as I'm concerned, nearly all the information could be utilised for any aspect of Photography.

I really enjoyed watching this DVD. Now I'm watching it for a second time. I highly recommend it to every photographer. I've learned a lot and I can't wait to experiment all those things. After watching the DVD I have come to the conclusion I have to invest in some new material. But I know for sure that I will save time and money in the future. I'm sure it will bring my work to a higher level. 
Greetings from Belgium,

Peter Premereur

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I just finished this DVD and it was AWESOME. Way past my expectations. I am hoping to start a part-time business and become full time in 2 years and I know this will give me the jump start. The instruction is simple to follow, yet thorough. I can't wait to watch it again. If you want to be, or already are, a wedding photographer or portrait photographer, you must watch this DVD. It well exceeds its value. Thank you guys for taking the time to produce this and share you knowledge with us

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I just finished watching the complete dvd and i'm very confident to say that this is the best $300 i've ever spend. Seriously: this dvd set is pure gold! Everyting i wanted to know is in there, i feel no need to look for more information anywhere else. Lee Morris and Patrick Hall are great teachers and look like fun guys to hang out with. The interview with Cliff Mautner and Pye from SLR Lounge was also very interesting to watch. Just great GREAT stuff! I can also highly recommend purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Workshop DVD. These two dvd's combined together will rock your world!

I have about 10 weddings under my belt in the past couple of years, and I wish I had the chance to watch this before I did any of them. The series is incredibly comprehensive. I've watched a some of the videos a second time just to make sure that I didn't miss anything in my notes the first time.  This is an absolute must for anyone aspiring to be a professional photographer, or even to develop a better grasp of the technology and techniques of creating amazing images. Thank you Lee, Patrick, and everyone who contributed to the videos.

I have about 10 weddings under my belt in the past couple of years, and I wish I had the chance to watch this before I did any of them. The series is incredibly comprehensive. I've watched a some of the videos a second time just to make sure that I didn't miss anything in my notes the first time.  This is an absolute must for anyone aspiring to be a professional photographer, or even to develop a better grasp of the technology and techniques of creating amazing images. Thank you Lee, Patrick, and everyone who contributed to the videos. 

Awesome, I mean really awesome. I planned on taking a week or so to get through all the chapters. I burned through them in 4 days. It's like a great book that you can't put down. The content didn't feel like a lame class. It felt like you were hanging out with Lee and Pat in the garage and they were passing on all of their secrets to success. I'm especially happy about how they included 2 other photographers to show different perspectives and ideas. I can now take all this info, tweek it to suit my style, and keep pressing forward with my vision and plans. Thanks guys. 

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This is one of the best and most comprehensive tutorials on the market. I cannot say enough good things about it! I truly admire Patrick and Lee's commitment to helping other photographers and providing such a great resource. If you're at all hesitant to buy it because of the price, don't hesitate any longer! It was worth every penny. If anything, it's under-priced! This was truly a great resource for me as I have been considering starting up my own business. I feel so much more confident and prepared because of their candid overview of the business and the skills needed to succeed. 
Patrick and Lee, thanks for your hard work and dedication. 

I'm allready a comercial wedding photographer (dooing a lot of studio stuff too not only weddings).

I worried a little bit if the DVD is valuable for me, but with the refund policy there was nothing to loose and so I purchased.

After watching the whole video meanwhile I like to comment here, that the DVD is the money worth in my opinion and it is realy a great made tutorial.

It was not completely ground braking for me, because I have allready my way to do it. But it was benefitial to see how others are working and there was enough in it to learn from and to adapt it to my business.

Until now I don't do any advertising for my wedding photography, it is all "worth of mouth advertising" yet, but the dvd inspired me to get advertising started, what I did meanwhile. I'm shure it will bring me more weddings, and I like this job very much.

Loved the DVD, watched it 3 times now. This weekend I will be assisting on my 3rd wedding. Although I have been full time "pro" photographer for 10 years now, I have not been very interested in shooting weddings at all. In fact I hated the very idea of it.  But recently decided I would give it a try for a while, bought this DVD (after following FStoppers for the last year or so).

Love the simple, and fast paced training, packed with valuable info. It never gets boring, even watching it the 3rd time.  I can't believe its 14 hours long, time flies when I sit down to watch this.  The landing clients section, and dealing with clients has also given me a new outlook on how I deal with clients in my other business, with great results.

Well rounded DVD, with great pointers for those starting out, and not too much focus on just the gear (there is more than enough out there about gear). IMHO the DVD focuses more on the approach and attitudes towards the business of "Commercial Wedding Photography" , as well as dealing with people throughout the day.

For me the DVD was expensive at first, but now that I know the value inside the box, I would easily spend the money again.  Tks Lee and Patrick !

Damon Bates's picture

Thanks guys.  Ive been through the vids once and will likely watch them all at least once more.  The painstaking detail is the most valuable.  The business section was great...marginally tedious, but essential.  The one stand out challenge was Cliff's seemed a bit strained.  I've seen his Kelby instruction, and LOVE his methodology, but the tone of his session felt like he would have rather have been anywhere else....not sure why.  Felt like there was a (lack of ) reationship issue there.  All in, this was a great series.  It also turned me on to Pye Jirsa and SLR Lounge's material.   I had a passing familiarity with them but with his schtick I went all in...their LR preset system and workflow rules.  Period.   I bought the wedding DVD based on my experience with the Peter Hurley vids and the comprehensiveness of the fstoppers blog.  nice effort guys.  Thanks again. 

I must say that it is by far the best tutorial video I saw on photography. It is well structured, very informative (I already put some of your recommendations in practice ) and interesting to watch. So, my hat’s off to both of you and the team behind.
Michel Delisle Photograph

$300 put me off initially; I could probably have found all the relevant information on-line had I looked around on YouTube. But there was something about the passion exuded in the promo that I couldn't shake. So I spent the cash.

I am so glad that I did.

Lee and Patrick have a love for what they do that shines through and makes learning from them easy. They make things like off camera flash, shooting angles, dealing with clients and advertising seem so straightforward that I have literally been able to go out and improve my all-round game the next day.

But more than that, these videos have been made with a generosity and honesty that I found captivating. Despite the passion shown for the Lee and Patrick way of doing things, Lee is confronted with two completely different artistic and business methods in two outstanding interviews. In particular, the interview with Cliff Mautner was sensational - Lee clearly wanted to know how this guy could be so successful with a model so different to his own. I will watch those two hours again - just good stuff. (The interview with Pye Jirsa was also excellent - I was convinced to shell out another $180 for SLR Lounge Lightroom tutorials).

I have been shooting weddings in Tokyo (Japan) for about 18 months ( but I think I am going to regard my career as being pre/post watching this DVD. I wish I had watched it 18 months ago.

To finish, I started advertising on Facebook on Monday (using the strategy taught by Patrick). As of today (Wednesday) I have had over 100 clicks and one potential client - all for about $30. That kind of advice is priceless.

after watching this video, seems my friend will be interested to join this company...

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