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Great Images, poor layout, good business advice,
This review is from: The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a more profitable and fulfilling business (Hardcover)I found this book very informative and useful, but not at first. My initial response to this book was to not finish reading it because I felt it didn't apply to me. The reason is because he shoots with his photographer wife, so they're a 2 photographer team. Most of the photographers I associate with do not have this luxury of having a multiple photographers to capture a wedding. But as I continued to read, I tried putting myself in their event as a single photographer so it would relate more to my business.
The photography examples in the book are excellent, although the examples didn't always match up with the text on the page. I would have to flip back or forward a few pages to see the photography examples he was discussing during that chapter. As a visual person, I would prefer to be able to the photo shoot he was discussing on the same page. His captioning for the photos in the book explaining his camera exposure, his angle and thought process in creating the image was informative.
The author does eventually get to discussing the `business' part of his wedding photography. This is where I feel most photographers need the most help. The business side of things is always the toughest. I feel most photographers are afraid to charge what they are worth or they just have not taken the time to sit down and figure out what they really are making. The author does an excellent job of explaining how you should take some time and figure out just how much you should charge and take a look at what you are currently making. So this book is worth reading clear to the end, because I found the most important and relevant information in the back half of the book during all the business discussion. If you are already in the wedding photography business, the first 7 chapters are nice, but the biggest benefit of this book begins in chapter 8 when the author begins to talk business. The author probably could have been able to get away with just publishing from chapter 8 to the end.
I would recommend this book to any of my photographer friends who want a different view to the photography business.