This course is for you if ...

  • You have struggled to capture amazing photos on the big day.

  • Shooting a wedding seems scary as you don’t want to mess it up.

  • You always seem to have the wrong gear with you.

Feel confident about shooting any wedding!

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What You'll Learn

Whether your friends have asked you to shoot their wedding, or you are getting started shooting weddings commercially, this course will walk you through all the variables you need to consider to have a successful wedding day shoot.

The course is structured to be a mix of theory and practical – talking you through general points that you want to consider for any wedding scenario, before taking you along on a full styled wedding day where you see how I shoot the day, overcome problems and work with the bridal party.

Plan, pack and prepare for your first Wedding Photography experience This series is specifically designed to help you shoot your first few weddings. Whether your friends have asked you to shoot their wedding, or you are getting started shooting weddings commercially, this course will walk you through all the variables you need to consider, to have a successful wedding day shoot

You will learn ....

  • The 100 must-capture images

  • What you need to pack and prepare ahead of the shoot day

  • What you need to do in the weeks leading up to the wedding

  • How to work with the bridal party for a smooth day

  • How to build rapport quickly and work with strangers

  • How to capture sharp group shots

  • How to find great light and backgrounds for portraits

  • Where to position yourself at the ceremony and reception to capture the critical moments

  • Creative solutions to common wedding shoot issues

Learn what it takes to pull off a
Complete Wedding Day Shoot!


This series is designed to be a mix of theory and practice. We have set up an entire wedding, with venue, bridal party, guests, catering etc – so we can show you in real time the challenges, and then pause to talk through shoot options in each situation.

  • Planning

    You don’t want to turn up for a long wedding day without having a gameplan in place. I walk you through all the preparation you need to take to be ready for the big day, from clarifying what the couple want, managing expectations, and avoiding stress at the busy parts of the day.

  • The month prior

    Until you have shot several weddings, it’s impossible to know what steps you need to take before the wedding to make sure things go smoothly. I will run you through a variety of things that cover communicating with the couple, visiting the shoot locations, prepping gear and more.

  • Gear

    Knowing what gear you will need in each part of the day, and how to use it to get the best outcomes is critical.

    I talk you through the theory, and show you in practice how I use the different equipment to get the desired images.

  • Shot List

    One of the most stressful parts of starting to shoot weddings is not knowing what shots you need to get on the day, when they will arise, or what the best way to shoot each opportunity. I provide you with a shot list including over 100 must-capture shots, and give you guidance on expanding the list to cover off all the requirements of the couple.

  • Shooting the bridal party preparations

    We take you along on a typical traditional wedding shoot – starting with the Bride and Groom getting ready for the day with their Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. This is an important opportunity to strike the right dynamic with the bridal party which will make the rest of your day easier. There are over 20 key shots to get, including story telling images and detail shots.

  • The wedding ceremony

    This is the once in a lifetime moment the couple has been dreaming about – and it is often the most stressful part of the day. I walk you through what to expect, where to position yourself, what shots to get and what equipment is going to deliver results. There are some obvious MUST HAVE shots here, but there are other important story telling and reaction shots you don’t want to miss.

  • Group shots

    For some people working out how to get a great shot of the guests is just as stressful as the ceremony itself. How do you find a good setting for the shots; what camera settings will get you the right image; what different group pairings do you need to get and how do you make sure you don’t miss anyone? We’ve got you covered.

  • Bridal party shots

    Even couples who want a documentary or progressive style of photography end up wanting posed bridal party shots – and these (along with group guest shots) are the ones most likely to end up framed or in albums. I will show you how to get fun and playful, as well as traditional group shots, also tender couple portraits, and how to eliminate potentially distracting elements from your shots.

  • Shooting the reception

    Now the party begins. Every reception presents different lighting and shooting challenges, and you still have several must get shots in this final session of the night, with speeches, first dance, cutting the cake, table decorations and more usually on the couples photo list.

  • Post processing workflow

    You’re likely to end the day with hundreds or thousands of images. I walk you through my process to cull down the shots and save time in editing, as well as showing you options on how best to deliver the images to clients.

  • Bonus Lighting Tip

    It's common that couples will want pre-wedding portraits these days. These are formal portraits of the bridal couple taken before the big day, and they are a great opportunity to sell prints to be displayed on the wedding day.

    I show you a simple location lighting tip that yields beautiful dreamy results that brides just love!

  • Planning forms & templates

    There are SO many things to keep in mind on a wedding day - you will need lists and planning tools to keep it all clear in your mind.

    The course comes with a gear guide, a packing list, a shot list and also a set of editing presets. These tools will help you plan, execute and wrap up the wedding shoot smoothly!

Hear what photographers have to say…

  • "Rookie wedding photographer here. Just shot my first wedding in April. After finishing your course, let me say this: You really gave my head-nodding reflex a workout. There were a lot of issues raised that I stumbled across on my own, and it was nice to see confirmation that I was indeed on the right track.
    Where did you really help me with this course? Easy. You covered - in depth - the demeanor that a photographer should have on wedding day, how to communicate before, during, and after the ceremony, and what the post-processing workflow should look like.
    BTW, I also like the planning forms. I used your "Business of Photography" client agreement with my wedding clients, and let me tell you, they were impressed. I'm looking forward to impressing more people. Thank you for this course!" - Martha, Tucson Arizona.

  • "This course was just what I needed. I am shooting a wedding in September and I was so nervous about messing up the ceremony! Matt’s course showed me all the shots I need to get, where I need to be at each point in the ceremony and what lenses will work best for each part of the day. Highly recommended" - Carmen

  • "Having watched Matt's Wedding Photography 101, I actually feel that I can competently serve a bride on her most important day! Until now, I really wanted nothing to do with such an important one-time event! The 100+ "must-have" shot list is great, as are the other planning resources; and actually seeing him shoot a wedding, real-time, and then re-shoot it while adding remarks to the camera, was a really useful way of offering this information. Plus, I feel that I can apply the approach and techniques to any event I may shoot in the future. Breathe easy!" - Eric

  • "I am so happy to have purchased the wedding 101 series. I found it very informative and easy to follow and a great way to get some valuable insight if you are planning to get into wedding or event photography in the future, definitely worth the price, I would highly recommend the series, thanks to Matt, another fantastic series." - Laith

"Wow you take great photos - would you shoot our wedding?

So many photographers are faced with this - and honestly - it just isn't that simple. A wedding is a huge day-long event with lots of parts and dozens of must get images - which are often non-repeatable moments.

I created this course to get someone confident, ready and prepared to shoot their first wedding - from meeting with the couple to scouting locations, executing the shoot, all the way to delivering final images."

Matt Granger

  • Lessons

    14 sections

  • Length

    4h 52m

  • Level

    Beginner

Lessons

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Gear & Packing

    • Gear & Packing Part 1

    • Gear & Packing Part 2

  • 3

    Planning

    • Planning Discussion Part 1

    • Planning Discussion Part 2

  • 4

    The Month Prior

    • The Month Prior

  • 5

    Intro to Shoots

    • Intro to Shoots

  • 6

    Women Getting Ready

    • Women Getting Ready Part 1

    • Women Getting Ready Part 2

    • Women Getting Ready Part 3

  • 7

    Men Getting Ready

    • Men Getting Ready Part 1

    • Men Getting Ready Part 2

  • 8

    The Ceremony

    • The Ceremony Part 1

    • The Ceremony Part 2

    • The Ceremony Part 3

    • The Ceremony Part 4

  • 9

    Group Shots

    • Group Shots Part 1

    • Group Shots Part 2

    • Group Shots Part 3

  • 10

    The Reception

    • The Reception Part 1

    • The Reception Part 2

    • The Reception Part 3

  • 11

    Couple Portraits

    • Couple Portraits

  • 12

    Post Processing Workflow

    • Post Processing Workflow Part 1

    • Post Processing Workflow Part 2

    • Post Processing Workflow Part 3

  • 13

    Portrait Bonus

    • Portrait Bonus

  • 14

    Conclusion and Next Steps

    • Conclusion and Next Steps

  • 15

    Source Files

    • Forms & Templates

Meet Your Teacher

Matt Granger

As a professional working photographer for the past 15 years, Matt has learned what it takes to execute a wedding shoot that leaves the couple speechless. Over countless weddings Matt has learned all the tricks you need to step up to the plate.

Having studied business and marketing at University, Matt is able to bring together theoretical models and hands on experience to show you methods and tools that really work.