Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography



The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds

Review by Lauren

Source: Copy from Blogging for Books; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: With nearly half of the states in the US (and 13 countries) currently recognizing same-sex partnerships, the market for LGBT weddings is poised for explosive growth, offering great opportunity for today's wedding photographers. But capturing portraits in this new market requires a new approach to posing, which until now has been nearly exclusively oriented toward pairing a larger man in black with a smaller woman in white. What works for Jack and Jill won't necessarily work for Jack and Michael, let alone Jill and Louise. The New Art of Capturing Love rewrites these traditional techniques, giving photographers the tools to create flattering, emotion-filled images for any couple in today's dynamic wedding market.

Review:  I might not be a professional photographer, but I can admire good photography. Plus, I'm a big fan of love, in all types of forms. Therefore, I really loved checking out this book about LGBT wedding photography. I've never given it much thought, but it's true that a lot of typical wedding shots would not work for a couple of the same sex. It was really interesting to see new pose ideas in this book. They even include ideas for the wedding "objects" like dresses, suits, shoes, rings, etc. as well as wedding party/group shots.

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There are Behind the Lens moments where the photographer whose photo is highlighted share some thoughts about the shot, or the couple in the shot. I loved the more personal information the best, of course, since I don't take pictures for a living. I think this book has a nice mix for fans of photography to those who want to try and recreate these moments. I liked how the authors included their thoughts throughout the book to help photographers in using some of these ideas. They note to talk to the couple and see how comfortable they are with PDA and other things that photographers might take for granted. They also note how some poses will work better for some couples than others, depending on heights, what they are wearing, etc.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this and I hope it does well because it has some great tips for Gay and Lesbian weddings!

15 comments:

Melliane said...

oh yes it must be so beautiful to see all the pictures!

Krysten Quiles said...

This is just beautiful.

Kindlemom said...

Beautiful pictures!

Lauren D. said...

What a beautiful idea for a book! I love the photos you shared. Thanks for your lovely review!

Liviania said...

That's a great idea for a book. I've never even thought about traditional poses not working.

Cleo Bannister said...

What a brilliant book for those interested in photography, it sounds like it has good tips for poses too.

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Erika Sorocco said...

I love the last image - so beautiful!

xx

kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh this is lovely and would make a nice engagement present.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Oh I love these pics! So pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

Candace said...

Very cool! I can imagine there is more of a market for photographers to do LGBT weddings these days and I hadn't thought about the fact that some things might be a little different. Looks like a cool book!

Giselle said...

Aw this sounds like such a great read and I love the pics you shared!

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

Oh, these pictures are beautiful <333

Alise (Readers In Wonderland) said...

This sounds so great, and the pictures look absolutely gorgeous! :)

Angela's Anxious Life said...

What a wonderful book about love. Amazing pictures. I wish I could take better pictures.

Brandi Kosiner said...

great point and one I hadn't thought about the need for different types of poses. Love the women in the truck