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Portrait and Wedding Photography Books

“A Selection of Good Buys”

If you were to read all the portrait and wedding photography books available, you would have no time to take photographs.

How do you pick a few which will help you?

The books listed here have all been read and recommended by visitors to better-photographs.com. Some of them cover a broad range of topics and techniques whilst others specialize on specific areas and subject types.

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Portrait and Wedding Photography Books
They have all helped their readers to improve and progress.

If you have read one which is not on the list and you would recommend it, then please spare a minute to help your fellow photographers by completing the short form at the bottom of this page.Wedding Photography Books

Portrait and Wedding Photography Books

Photography Books - Posing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography - Jeff SmithPosing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography - Jeff Smith

This comprehensive guide to location portraits teaches the basics of good head-to-toe posing, indoors and out, and shows the classical approaches used throughout photographic history to create a pleasing rendition of the human form.

Additional introductory chapters detail the four main posing styles and reveal how to determine which will work best with a subject, their clothing, the location, and the purpose of the portrait. Chapters for advanced photographers highlight the creation of a wide variety of individual and group poses—including ground, seated, head-and-shoulders, and standing—to be utilized in tandem with stairs, rocks, and other architectural and natural elements.

A chapter devoted to the essential business skills needed to professionally schedule appointments, work through consultations, manage sessions, and present and deliver final prints is also included.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Photography Books - Fashion Model Photography: Professional Techniques and Images - Billy PegramFashion Model Photography: Professional Techniques and Images - Billy Pegram

Covering all aspects of fashion model photography, this book is for the professional or amateur photographer interested in shooting commercial model assignments or working with models to create portfolios.

Tips on picking out each model's best features and highlighting them in photographs, hiding a model's flaws, and making models feel comfortable in form of the camera are detailed. This guide is full of images that are analyzed individually, describing the photographic techniques used to create them as well as the composition; lip, face, and hand posing, lighting and selection of clothing.

Technical photographic advice is given on creating the perfect exposure to make a model's skin look its best and details how procedures such as cross-processing film can make images stand out and attract further business.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Photography Books - Portrait and Candid Photography: Photo Workshop - Erin ManningPortrait and Candid Photography: Photo Workshop - Erin Manning

Taking great "people pictures" isn't a matter of luck. The secret is in observing your subjects and connecting with them, and then using your camera to its best advantage. Here's how to work with lighting, location, angle, composition, physical characteristics, environment, and a host of other variables, including the unique challenges of photographing babies, group activities, and action. Apply these techniques and watch your subjects come to life; then test your newfound skills by completing the assignments at the end of each chapter.Wedding Photography Books

I think this book is great not only for people looking to start heading towards becoming a professional, but also those just looking to improve their own candid family shots. I learned a lot about some of the equipment and the book had some great tips for getting those special non-posed shots that most photographers try so hard to capture.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

The Art of Engagement Photography: Creative Techniques for Photographing Couples in Love - Elizabeth Etienne

This beautiful guide to engagement photography will show aspiring and professional wedding photographers how to boost their current income by offering higher-quality engagement sessions (or by adding them for the first time).

Written by award-winning photographer Elizabeth Etienne, this modern guide to engagement photography offers portrait and wedding photographers a step-by-step approach to shooting in-demand engagement sessions and maximising an often-untapped revenue stream.

Including 200 inspiring images and written in a fresh style, this guide offers a high-end, magazine-style approach that is coveted by brides and wedding photographers alike.

Elizabeth Etienne is an award-winning wedding and lifestyle photographer, teacher, speaker and freelance writer.

Her images can be found in many ad campaigns, stock libraries and fine art galleries, in such publications as Rangefinder and Bride World. She is a regular speaker at WPPI, a teacher at Brooks Institute and Pasadena's Art Center and a freelance writer for Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Photography Books - Wedding Photography: A Professional Guide - Morag MacDonaldWedding Photography: A Professional Guide - Morag MacDonald

Now that the cost of the average wedding runs well into five figures, the job of capturing a complete record of the great day has become critical and those who undertake it, even if they are not themselves professional photographers, will want to make sure they are fully prepared and equipped to deliver a completed album that is up to the highest standards. To ensure that they achieve the best results they need look no further than this admirably comprehensive and practical manual which is packed with inspirational examples of the very best work from around the world.Wedding Photography Books

The book, which is aimed at both amateur and professional photographers, starts with a discussion of the choice of equipment available, and then goes on to take the reader through every aspect of a wedding shoot - preparations and planning, locations and poses, the execution of the shoot, printing and work in the digital darkroom, designing an album - and ends with a chapter on the business aspects of wedding photography.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Photography Books - The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a More Profitable and Fulfilling Business - Damien LovegroveThe Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a More Profitable and Fulfilling Business - Damien Lovegrove

Damien Lovegrove is clearly among a very few photographers who have a deep grasp of business concepts. Damien generously shares his proven business and photographic system with us - invaluable to both the aspiring and experienced professional photographer in the digital era.Wedding Photography Books

This isn't just another professional guide, it's a blueprint for success. Becoming a wedding photographer is the easy part. What's difficult is joining the elite, the top wedding photographers who earn big money. Even then it's not enough to be a good photographer. You've got to be good at everything else, too. That's where this book comes in.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Photography Books - Wedding Photography: The Complete Guide - Mark CleghornWedding Photography: The Complete Guide - Mark Cleghorn

Mark Cleghorn is considered to be one of the most creative and influential portrait and wedding photographers practising and lecturing today. Mark is one of a few photographers in the world to be awarded a "Fellowship" by all three major photographic organisations. A professional photographer for more than 20 years, he specialises in portraiture and wedding photography.

Whether you are planning to take up wedding photography professionally, or have been given the role of photographer at a friend or relatives big day, this is the book for you with its fantastic tips and comprehensive advice.

Available from amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

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