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Candid wedding photos
Brett Florens' guide to photographing weddings
Brett Florens.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Amherst Media, 2011.

With fashion-inspired images and discussions on the techniques used to create them, this sensational handbook guides both serious amateurs and professional photographers through the rigors of running a successful wedding-photography business. Couples today allocate larger portions of their wedding budgets toward saving the memories of their day on film, and breaking into this business as a photographer can seem like a daunting task, but this manual helps photographers navigate the entire process. From acquiring the fundamental tools of the trade and scouting out shots to album design and postproduction tasks such as image editing, enlargement, mounting, and closing the sale, this guide offers the inspiration needed to grow profits, earn recognition, and continue to develop as an artist.

     
Wedding photography : advanced techniques for digital photographers
Bill Hurter.
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, c2010.
Drawing on the images and expertise of dozens of industry-leading photographers, this manual on wedding photography provides critical insights into the techniques that set the best in the business apart from rest. Covering both the technical aspects of the profession as well as delving into more subtle aspects of the craft—including preparation and planning, interpersonal skills, anbsp;keen eye, good timing, a cool-under-pressure mindset, posing and lighting skills, and artistic talent—this detailed handbook also offers strategies for streamlining postproduction efforts from running digital filters and retouching images to saving and archiving files. With instructions on how to replicate stunning wedding images, this guide will interest amateur and professional photographers alike.
     
Dream wedding photography
Lorna Yabsley.
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, 2010.
Create stunning contemporary wedding photography Dream Wedding Photographyis a complete guide to producing stunning photographs of the perfect wedding. Packed with exciting and original images, it will inspire you to create your own professional wedding portfolio.Find out about the approaches and techniques used by top wedding photographer Lorna YabsleyUnderstand practical shooting plans and get essential technical advice from a professionalDiscover how to enhance your work with post-production and presentation techniques
     
Advanced wedding photojournalism : professional techniques for digital photographers
Tracy Dorr.
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, c2010.
Aiming to produce more vibrant, emotional, and compelling images, this guide instructs how to instinctively capture the most important moments at a wedding. By emphasizing a deeper understanding of the client and the importance of practicing technical skills, this in-depth reference explores the roles of preparation and patience in capturing memorable photographs. Since being in the right place at the right time is imperative, instruction is also provided on how to evaluate body language and subtle clues during the event. In addition, this manual, designed specifically for the professional wedding photographer, demonstrates how postproduction, album design, and photographer–client communication can maximize sales and customer satisfaction.
     
500 poses for photographing brides : a visual sourcebook for digital wedding photographers
by Michelle Perkins.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Amherst Media, c2010.
Containingnbsp;numerous contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual concerning wedding portraits explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph—one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, legs, or torso—in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.nbsp;Since posing is the second most challenging aspect of photography and with the added complications of a wedding—from the bride's personal style to her figure and gown—it can be very easy for a photographernbsp;to make a wrong turn. This perceptive reference provides the perfect place to turn when in need of quick posing strategies and fresh ideas.
     
Wedding photography from the heart : creative techniques to capture the moments that matter
by Joe Buissink and Skip Cohen ; photographs by Joe Buissink ; foreword by Dennis Reggie.
New York : Amphoto Books, 2009.
"There's no such thing as a perfect imageuonly a perfect moment," says Joe Buissink, one of American Photo's Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World. In Wedding Photography from the Heart, the premier photographer gives us an inside look at how he captures photographer gives us an inside look at how he captures the feeling of a couple's wedding, seeing the moments from their perspectives and hearts. Here, for the first time, are more than 150 of his stunning imagesuincluding many from celebrity weddingsuaccompanied by creative techniques, inspiration, and unparalleled advice. Joe brings us into his creative process, emphasizing "learning to see"utraining yourself to anticipate the moments that matteruand, most important, developing a relationship of complete trust with your clients. His goal is not necessarily to take technically perfect photos, but to capture the right moments, transforming intimate, emotional memories into timeless images. A must-have for all professional, semipro, and aspiring wedding photographersuas well as brides and grooms looking for inspirationuWedding Photography from the Heart reveals how to create wedding photographs that will, even decades later, capture the joy of a couple's wedding day.
     
Vision in white
Nora Roberts.
New York : Berkley Books, 2009.
#1 New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts invites readers to the wedding event of the year! #1 New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts presents her first trade original-a novel of love, friendship, and family-Book One in the Bride Quartet. Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars. A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.
     
Wedding photography NOW! : a fresh approach to shooting modern nuptials
Michelle R. Turner.
New York : Lark Books, c2008.
Includes index.
     

At the end of the big day after the champagne is gone and the guests have gone home, the bride and groom have their photos to treasure. Candid snapshots of a wedding celebration capture the joy of the occasion. If you are taking informal photographs of a wedding, here are some ideas for strong images:

  • Capture emotions and you’ll have a lively photo
  • Capture the unexpected and you’ll have an entertaining shot
  • Capture beauty and your photo will be timeless

Emotions run high at family celebrations, and weddings are most evocative. A photo of the bride’s mother looking at her daughter coming down the aisle may be the defining “mother” shot of the day. An image of the bride dancing crazily with her grandfather will have future generations interested.

Tips for family snaps

Do not interfere with the professional photographer chosen by the bride. Instead, augment their work with casual snaps.

Since there will be many family members attending the wedding, take photos of family units with the bride. She may not wish to pay the professional for these groupings, but she’ll treasure the memories.

As a friend or family of the wedding party, you have advantage in knowing wedding guests. Snap people in characteristic poses.

more tips

If you find something surprising—shoot it! Everyone will love an image of the flower girl asleep, curled up in a chair. The bride’s blue jeans and sneakers worn to the church, juxtaposed with her jeweled purse and gloves, make a statement about her personality. If you can catch some pre-teen cousins sneaking a sip from a cocktail, take the shot for its sense of fun.

Romantic shots that capture loving interactions between the bride and groom are important. A moment that shows tenderness or laughter, especially if it takes place with a pretty backdrop, will be the bride's favorite. Send it to her in a silver frame, and she will treasure it forever!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff