The Fstoppers Wedding DVD Is Now Available

After 3 years of planning and 2 years of filming and editing, our newest tutorial: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is now available. Our goal was to create the most complete and informative video on wedding photography and we believe we have done it with this 14 hours digital download. The world is filled with people trying to turn their passion for photography into a career and I believe that wedding photography is the easiest way to start making money with your camera.

This is the reason exists

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When Patrick and I came up with the idea for Fstoppers we wanted the site to be a hub for all genres of photography. We knew that wedding photography wasn't the most exciting genre so we started to film videos on fashion, extreme sports, headshots, portraits, cars etc. While we were filming all of these videos we began to plan out our series on wedding photography because at the time, there wasn't a single respectful video on wedding photography that we could find online.  Our goal from the very beginning was to create the most useful and complete video on wedding photography available. After we had come up with about 30 mini chapters, we started filming this wedding video chapter by chapter. Some of these chapters we actually filmed and edited over 3 times because we weren't happy with the finished product or we had to add to them years later as technology had changed. In December of 2012 we finally finished and were shocked to find that we were left with over 14 hours of tightly edited content.


Our goal

At the beginning of my career it was so frustrating trying to learn everything from scratch on my own. The information in books or on Youtube videos was a complete joke; it was either completely outdated or worthless generic information. The only way I "made it" as quickly as I did was by assisting other very talented photographers in my area. I learned all that I could from them but I still had to figure the majority of it out on my own. I didn't know how to legally start a business or pay my taxes, so I had to pay a CPA hundreds of dollars to explain it to me. I didn't know if magazine ads were valuable in my area so I took a $3000 loss to learn my lesson. Nobody in town had ever made a photobooth so over a 6 year period I created and perfected my own. When I met Patrick a few years into my career I told him everything that had taken me years to learn and within 1 year he went from not owning a camera to being a full time wedding photographer. Our goal was to make this tutorial that 3 year head-start that I gave Patrick. We wanted to cover every aspect of wedding photography, including the most important aspect, business.


What does it cover

As I said above this digital download is broken down into 8 chapters that house 27 chapters that equal over 14 hours of content. A basic over view of each chapter can be seen below.

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

Chapter 8
Post Processing - Creating a Photobooth - Photo / Video Slideshow, - Delivering Your Final Product - Final Words


Who's it for

We have designed this tutorial for photographers that already have a good understanding of their gear. We do not go over the basics in this video so don't expect to learn about standard camera settings here. Before you buy this you will need to learn all about cameras, lenses, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and white balance.  We will quickly jump into the basics of single, off camera lighting and then move quickly into  more complex lighting scenarios. Our goal was to make this video helpful for those who have never shot a single wedding and those who are already professional wedding photographers who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. We even added over 4 hours of interviews with photographers that are far more successful than we are so no matter how good you are, there will be more to learn.


Money back guarantee 

This isn't your standard fun workshop on lighting or how to use your camera. This tutorial is meant to make you money, way more money than the $300 we are asking for it. Luckily you don't have to take our word for it. We will give anyone their money back if they are unhappy with this tutorial for any reason. If you are on the fence about wedding photography we challenge you to buy it and watch it anyway. If after watching it you still don't want to shoot weddings, let us know and we will still give you a full refund. Due to advertising costs and affiliate programs, our money back guarantee must be applied to sales made within 30 days of the original invoice date.


We don't want to stray away from offering high quality content for free on Fstoppers and so over the next year we will be releasing parts from many of the shooting sections for free here on Fstoppers. The business portions of this tutorial were designed for professional photographers and the majority of them will never be released. You have absolutely nothing to lose. Give it a try and you may find out that wedding photography may be your quickest route to becoming a full time photographer.



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wow, I will be purchasing this. 

Just finished the first two chapters. So far, all the informations in this tutorial is incredible. I was little worried because I'm from different country, but wow. I'm pretty sure once I finish this 14 hrs tutorial and try whatever that is suitable for weddings here in Korea, I'll be much better photographer than I have been  for past 8 yrs.
Really really good job guys. I've found so many answers for my questions that I didn't even think of before.
Advertising and pricing part were also pretty mush suitable for other categories of business as well.
I personally found that $300 wasn't too much for this.

Patrick Hall's picture

As we joke a lot in the tutorial, so much of the advice we share might save you thousands.  I know Lee personally saved me thousands of dollars when it came to advertising and hopefully we can at least open your eyes to what might work in your own market.  

Great job...I know that took a lot of work. I have one of those photobooth 7x8 lastolite hilites for sale if anyone is interested. 

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I'm already a part-time wedding photographer, but I've been lacking in the marketing and advertising department, so I'll be talking this DVD offer over with my wife (shooting partner) and we'll probably be downloading this soon. At first when I started playing the trailer video I thought, "Ok, I'll give this one minute of my time". Now I'm ready to convince my wife to get this, so that hopefully our wedding business can expand more rapidly. I'm like Lee, I hate having to answer to a boss 5 days a week, and now that we have a child in our lives, I can't stand having to send her to daycare and be away from her for 8 hours a day. I'm missing so much time with the loves of my life that $300 just to see if this will help in just a small way is definitely a worthwhile investment. I've been following FStoppers for a while now, and have come to enjoy all the posts and the insights on here. I'll give you guys a try and hopefully I'll be able to share a better success story with you! (Off to convince the wife now...)

Looks is invaluable....

wow it's so a wonderdul job to be a photographer, I'm actually learning and doing some stager of photography in the wedding , publicities etc... it's so interresting !!! I agree with you and I know that I will never regret to become a professional photographer ... I'm very interrested with your DVD, but unfortunately the price for your DvD is too high for me. Continue doing the Great Job!!    

For what it's worth, this is not overpriced at all. Take one workshop from a well known wedding photographer or go to WPPI once and you'll spend bucket loads more dough than this. And perhaps learn far, far less about what it takes to run a successful (i.e., profitable) wedding photography business. Furthermore, just try spending 2+ years putting together a 14-hour (!!!) video of this sort to help other people learn how to live their dream, and see if you don't think it's worth at least $300. It's a small price considering all the FREE content FStoppers gives away every week. If you don't want to spend the dough, by all means don't, but keep the negative comments to yourself.

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As of now I am completely shocked at how many people are barking over the price. Seriously, where else are you going to get this kind of information? There are a million successful photographers that don't want to share any of their secrets with you. I can't wait to buy this DVD (SMH) - I will be applying those techniques with lightning speed : )

SO Fresh and SO Clean.  I think I'll be buying.  Def. worth the price all you complainers.

The second review on this tutorials after finishing fourth chapter.
What's incredible about this tutorials, is that as I go through these tutorials, more question I found. Then in a next tutorial, they given me the answers for those questions.
Felt that lee and patrick tried to put everything they learned through their career.
I've been a big fan of fstoppers since I've found it's video on "eye-fi" and all the other BTS.
But first time to leave a comment.
All other BTSs given me so much about the techniques, but this is not just about the techniques but about overall knowledge on  wedding photography business.

Hey hey hey Lee!  Don't knock Dog portrait photography there bud!  =)

I hope the DVD does well... thanks for all the relavent information you guys post on a daily basis.  You have my support as a freelance wedding videographer and all of our support over at SmallHD!

at 17:30 you mention a kicker light on a cake in a flash disc... is that the new modifier you were working on? :)

Patrick Hall's picture

maybe :)

then "maybe" I can't wait to see it :)

shariten's picture

When will this disc be a available?

I also wanted to get one of these so-called flash disks! I've had a chance to go through some of the video so far with my partner

Cassandra Dawson's picture

This looks amazing! One day if I get good enough for something like this, I know where to look!


Lee and Patrick, 
We purchased last night and are in the process of uploading all the videos... but I can already say without a doubt at only 3 hours in, it will be worth every penny! All photographers, from amateur to pro, can benefit. For everyone making negative remarks, don't be too proud to learn something new today! -Anna & Michael 

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Thanks Anna.  Glad you are enjoying it

thanks for posting feedback I'm interested but I have to really justify the price.  

BumKi Cho's picture

I remember I entered the contest to win this tutorial DVD. Has there been a winner or winners announced?

yes we posted about the winners a week or two ago. 


I bought the peter hurly video and realy like it. It is more worth than the 300$! Therefore I consider to buy the wedding tutorial too.

I'm allready a professionall photographer and pro wedding photographer.

My consideration is your recomendation to use wedding as start to become a professionall.

Wedding is the kings disciplin in my opinion. And allmost everybody think that this is the a good starting point to make money. This results in a big mess very often where brides are crying and lawyers are smiling.

Possibly your video makes somebody to a formula one racer by overjump the GP2 and the lower categories. That is what you promiss with your statement and possitioning of the video.

I wish you less or no refunds, but I would have used a other positioning.

Greetings and thank you for your good work in the past!!!

Patrick Hall's picture

Yeah I hope our promo didn't make it sound like you can start shooting $5000 weddings after watching a weekend course.  That's not our goal.  But I think most photographers who read Fstoppers are already more then proficient to start charging at least $1000 a wedding and get the ball rolling.  If moms with cameras are shooting natural light weddings for $1000 and have no knowledge of their cameras or lighting, then it's pretty reasonable to say our readers can at least start at that point.  

Can not wait to get my copy, great job as always guys!

Just hit the buy button, and started the download. Really looking forward to this, although I HATE wedding photography, and the very idea of doing weddings has never excited me, I have helped out a few friends by shooting part of their weddings, and perhaps is was not as bad as I thought it would be.  It was Interesting to hear how both Lee and Patrick did not set out to be wedding photographers in the beginning, and both seemed to have a similar dislike of the whole concept until they got hooked, and fell in love with it.

I have my own photography business, which covers a number of non-conventional forms of commercial photography (360 Virtual Tours, 360 Objects, Architecture, Macro, Widlife), but am now seriously considering shooting a few weddings to test the waters. Fortunately my wife and I have all the right equipment, and know how to use a camera (lol), so now we are keen to learn the art of capturing weddings, as well as business behind it.

For all those above complaining about price, please try to hold yourself in.  I'm sure you paid a lot more for your car, truck, mobile phone, iPad, TV, computer, etc?  You were happy to pay for those because of the value you get out of them.  Either something is worth the price for you, or not, but moaning about it will not get you anywhere. I live in a country where the exchange rate makes this 300 USD purchase 5x more expensive for me that it is for an American, and I do not even shoot weddings (yet), and still I see the value in it.  Lee and Patrick have proved to all of us they know how to share info, and make interesting, entertaining, top class training videos.  I can already see this video set as light years ahead of the other video training DVDs which I have bought in the past.

Sadly our internet speeds are so slow, it will take 9 hours to download the first chapter. :'(

Patrick Hall's picture

Let me know what you think.  I never thought I'd like wedding photography but now I enjoy it very much.  I've met so many great people and it honestly is a job that never feels like work

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