What happens when you choose once and for all to put what matters to you in the viewfinder, regardless of who approves or understands?
What happens when you claim your craft, your art, your expertise, and stop asking anyone more established or proficient or experienced to say it's good enough?
What happens when you throw away the rule book and all the measuring sticks and just say what you were afraid to say all along?
I am a photographer. Here is my work. Learn from it. Let it speak to you.
In many ways, this is what publishing Expressive Photography has meant to Tracey and the rest of us here at Shutter Sisters. Most of us learned the technical aspects of photography primarily by way of experimentation and trial and error, leaning on our creative instincts to guide image-making. While the technical aspects of photography can be researched, learned, and mastered, the art of uncovering and embracing the vision that is unique to you and letting it guide your lens is a far more challenging task. Some of us didn't know this was a passion until we looked through the lens at our ordinary lives and realized we were bearing witness to honest beauty and real magic.
Like many of you, our education in photography came over years, hand and hand with our own personal development. While we were learning about aperture, composition, and shutter speed, we were also mastering the art of how to see, how to really see what's worth honoring in an everyday life.
Not everyone will appreciate our particular contribution to the photography conversation at large. A quick scan of certain reviews and the Shutter Sisters inbox reveals that Expressive Photography has actually riled some members of the old guard--an outdated and small contingent of the fading old boys club that has dominated the professional photography scene for so long.
But times are changing. At this particular moment in history, it's no longer enough to have the longest lens or the most sophisticated mastery of your technical skills. What matters is your ability to infuse your work with heart and soul--whether you're standing on the fields of Rwanda watching two young girls wait for a miracle or whether the miracle is already standing in your own backyard.
This is why we wrote Expressive Photography. We believe in what you see, and we know that this book will inspire and help you show everything your soul already knows about what matters the very most.--Jen Lemen
Enjoy what you’re doing, value your work, honor your journey, and celebrate your creative spirit! And always, shoot from the heart.
--Tracey Clark, Founder of Shutter Sisters
"In our new book, Expressive Photography: A Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart, we introduce another approach to portraiture: focusing on the details. Although often overlooked, the small gestures and subtle nuances of your subject often can tell you more about them than any headshot ever could."--Digital Photo Magazine
"Ten authors, collectively known as the Shutter Sisters, successfully parlay their blog (shuttersisters.com) into an analogous print format, which is no small feat! Edited by Clark-a professional photographer and founder of the Sisters-the book is unusual among photography guides because it is far more concerned with questions of why than with lengthy explanations of how. The advice presented in this approachable guide addresses primarily issues of creativity, inspiration, and meaning for photographers in a way that many will find helpful. It is likely to appeal most to photographers less enamored by technological gadgetry and to busy young parents."--Library Journal
"Ten women photographers shooting from the heart collaborate and produce a wonderfully complete reference book for exactly that: expressive photographing.. The Shutter Sister's Expressive Photography is an eye-candy guidebook that illustrates how delightful and heartfelt images can be captured. From lighting through perspective and composition to approach, the reader is inspired to look at simple life and the world around them with a rejuvenated creative eye.. The book is filled with images from many facets of photographic opportunities-life as it happens in all sorts of lighting situations: outdoor in natural light; indoor with artificial light; or soft light from a window; and the world at night.. I absolutely loved this book and many times have it by my bedside for inspiration. It will be a cherished present for the avid photography buff."--Sacramento Book Review
"For the person who likes to take pictures or just got a new camera, EXPRESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: THE SHUTTER SISTERS' GUIDE TO SHOOTING FROM THE HEART is a collection of photographic techniques and ideas from a group of women who call themselves The Shutter Sisters. Check out their cool website to get a feel for their style. I love the life-infused tone and hearing different approaches to this accessible art form. Why not go the extra step and turn your photography more into art than chronicles?"---Ecomama Guide to Living Green blog
"It's such a relaxing, enjoyable book, I find that I keep going back to the book and leafing through it. Bring it to a cafe on a rainy day while you're sipping a hot beverage, or wrap it up for the holidays and give it to your favorite photographer. If you end up with photos even half as good as what's in here, you won't regret it."--CoolMomPicks Online
"I cannot recommend it enough, whether as a gift to yourself or a loved one. Whether you're a novice, amateur, or professional photographer, Expressive Photography is replete with inspiring imagery and practical tips and tricks on approach, perspective, composition, lighting, details, and processing for different types of photos (e.g., landscape, portraits, still life, etc.)."--Life.Style with Christine Koh on the PulseNetwork
"I also picked up the book, Expressive Photography, written by Tracey Clark and her and her friends over at Shutter Sisters. I really like the book, and feel like it's pushed me to think about different ways to frame my photos, things that I probably wouldn't have thought to try. This book is not full of technical jargon, rather, it's about looking through the lens with fresh eyes. I think it is the perfect companion for more straight forward technical books that you may own."--endorsement on the blog "two straight lines"
"Tracey Clark, a natural light photographer, started Shutter Sisters (what an awesome place to visit) in Blogland and now has released a book called Expressive Photography. I was so excited to get it-I can be found sitting outside piano/soccer/horse lessons with my face buried in it." --several websites including PhotoClique website, Information Publishing and Marketing Portal website, Photo Focus website, Linda's Reading Blog, Farewell Photograph Workshop website, and this from Modern Prairie Girl:
I feel that reading this book and applying what I learned from it will make me a better photographer.
In the meantime, I'll focus on reading wonderful photography books like the two I've read in the last few weeks.
Expressive photography empowers the female photographer to infuse her images with soul and personal history.
Just because a book is not meant for me doesn't mean it can't be useful to someone else. It's just that in the case of EXPRESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, I'm not exactly sure who that someone... Read morePublished 13 days ago by D
Great photos and tips on how to create the same affect. Encourages manual mode and creative inspiration. So glad I bought this book!Published 6 months ago by melissa russell
Very enjoyable and enlightening for those of us who desire another look at taking pictures. We don't have to be "pro" to open our eyes to our life and engage with our... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zee
I love this book. The photos excellent, the ideas and tips are easy to practice! You don't see pictures on some mountain that you will never get to as an amateur photographer,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Pyle
I normally do not glance over existing reviews for products before I review them--I like to be influenced by the product only and nothing else if I can help it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by CodeMaster Talon
It feels like I'm settling in with a group of friends, every time I dive into this book. The stories are welcoming and the lessons are simple, and I have learned much - about... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kyeli Smith
I didn't get too much out of this book. It teaches neither the technical craft nor artistic vision. It's supposed to be inspirational, I suppose, but it's not really that, either. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Julian Velasco
Expressive Photography was a photography game changer for me. It taught me how to view the craft as more than the finished product. Images are our stories. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by vpea
There are thousands of photography books out there that help you frame a shot or teach you to maximize your camera's different settings, but most read like a text book and few make... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Syke27