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Wedding Photography from the Heart: Creative Techniques to Capture the Moments that Matter Paperback – October 27, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Original edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817424547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817424541
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOE BUISSINK has photographed the weddings of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, and Jessica Simpson. Visit his website at www.joebuissink.com.

SKIP COHEN is the coauthor of several books, including The Art of Wedding Photography and The Art of Digital Wedding Photography. He is the founder of Marketing Essentials International and the former president of Rangefinder Publishing, Inc.

DENIS REGGIE (foreword), a nationally renowned society wedding photographer, has been proclaimed "the best in the business" by Oprah Winfrey.

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Highly recommended for pros who want to take their wedding photography to the next level.
Dan Fulton
Among many recipe books, it is refreshing a book that really help you go deeper into your "inner photographer" so you outer one becomes better.
David Medina
This is a must have book for anyone looking to add more creativity and emotion to their images.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Miears on November 4, 2009
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I just received my book two nights ago, and sat down and read the entire book in one night! This book has some stunning photos, and contains great information and tips for photographers who want to capture the most beautiful and intimate moments of a wedding. Joe's advice is practical and uncomplicated, which I love. Everything from lighting to equipment to how to gain your clients' trust and capture people in their natural states is included in this book, which is truly an enjoyable book to read. It isn't too heavy on jargon/technique and is easy to navigate through to find the topics you are most interested in. I'm very happy I purchased this book and send my congrats to Joe on a job very well done - as always! I continue to be a raving fan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Lyle on January 17, 2010
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I have been an avid fan of Joe Buissink for several years now, attempting to emulate much of what he does when I shoot. A little disappointed, I guess, in the book. Not so much "creative techniques" but stories Joe tells about some of his favorite images. Am I glad I own the book? Absolutely. Do I wish it was a little heavier on creative technique, of course. His voice was inside my head at the last wedding I shot, reminding me WHERE to look to get the shots. Would I purchase it again? Yes. His imagery is incredibly inspiring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.W. on December 22, 2009
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Being new to wedding photography, I'm always looking for something that is inspirational as well as informative. In the past year I have read 5-6 books on wedding photography and this one has to be my favorite. As the reviewer before me stated, this book is uncomplicated and practical. Each image has a note next to it with a little behind the scene story or a tip from Joe as well as what he used to capture the image. The rest of the book is filled with tips on technique, working with clients, group shots, lighting, location and great business advice is also included in the book. This is one book that I'll be picking up over and over again for inspiration. This was a fantastic read. Thanks Joe and Skip!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Starr on February 9, 2010
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This book is great if you already know the technical aspects of photography. Joe talks about how to look for moments and record the wedding day in a way that will make the wedding couple feel the memories every time they look at the album. The images alone are worth the cost of the book. It really makes you think about concerning yourself with getting the moments and not worrying as much about technical perfection. Seeing that images he provides to celebrity clients are often not perfectly focused and are full of grain, really illustrates this. I fully recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Medina on January 13, 2010
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I just got "Wedding Photography from the heart" by Joe Buissink and Skip Cohen yesterday and I can't put it down. Is like having a personal conversation with them. It gives you an inside look at how Joe Buissink works but not with the purpose that the reader will imitate him but that he/she will develop their God given talent and take it to the next level. True to its purpose, It has challenged me to go out there a shoot with intent. To shoot from the heart more. To lear to see instead of just looking.

Among many recipe books, it is refreshing a book that really help you go deeper into your "inner photographer" so you outer one becomes better. I know that this is a book I will have to read many time to get it all.

If you are a professional photographer I highly recommend it as one book that should be in your library and read often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enche Tjin on March 13, 2010
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Photojournalistic / documentary style has been booming in wedding photography industry in the last decade. Almost all wedding photographers nowadays advertise or incorporate some aspect of this style. Joe Buissink has been using documentary style for a few decades. His images are not hard to recognize: emotional, romantic, artistic and tells the story of the day. Joe has ability to see with both eyes, mind and heart.

This book will help guide you as a walk through on a wedding day. It gives you tips on how to make your images stand out and creative in various wedding scenes, such as getting ready, portrait, ceremony and reception. But the most important of all, Joe prepares your mind and heart so you know how to capture the best moments in the wedding flawlessly.

Beside the shooting aspect, Joe also discusses about business aspect, gears, and also mistakes he made when he first starting the business (which is one of my favorite chapter). Interestingly, Joe also shoots many hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Swank, Jessica Simpson, Rebecca Romijn, etc. Joe kindly shares what are the pro and cons and what you need to pay attention to when you shoot celebrity wedding.

However, This is not an technical / creative how to book, but it is more about philosophy. So if you are looking for those, you might want to attend his workshop or get his workshop DVD.

Overall, this is a great book, very good written. Every sentence counts. I gladly recommend this book for photographers and enthusiasts who aspire to be wedding photographers.

For more photography related review, please visit my blog. You can get the address in my profile page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Vargas on February 25, 2010
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I read this book from front to back as soon as it arrived. Good Condition. Incredible collection of Images. It focuses on getting into the mindset to shoot weddings with a emotional and creative edge. Not for someone looking to learn about camera usage and such. It's perfect for reminding you why you went into wedding photography in the first place. I Love it!!
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