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Envisioning Family: A photographer's guide to making meaningful portraits of the modern family (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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I was always left wishing she had a book out there with LOTS of color photographs, because I am so inspired by her photos. Enter "Envisioning Family" an incredible book that amasses so much information it will leave your head spinning, in a good way. She gets personal and talks about what family really means to her and how her own children have effected her photograph. It contains a nice breakdown of how she works (shooting JPG! *GASP* When you get it right in camera you don't have to shoot RAW, though I still do because my exposure can sometimes be off a smidgen with those moving kids) and what lens's she uses and why. You learn all about how she works and why she works the way that she does.
This book applies to any sort of photography that has you photographing people outside and in there homes (and in the studio) so its really a phenomenal book for ANY photographer not just children and families.
Another key part of the book is just that, families. It's a lot more difficult to juggle getting the shot when you have Mom, Dad and three siblings vs.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out to someone who is already in the thick of their photography career. Tamara breaks it down to the reader in a way that only she can, with wit and common sense that makes her so relatable. The book covers a spectrum of topics from portrait photography essentials, gears, prepping for the shoot, connecting with subjects, location scouting, lighting, basic composition and posing, and even the basics of setting up your own studio. It is a very practical reference book that focuses on the day to day realities of a working photographer and not so much of the technical literature that some authors tend to focus on.
Definitely a good investment!
Even if you're just starting out, there are better books in my opinion that go into gear, settings, etc. I might suggest starting with Scott Kelby's books on digital photography.
Lackey opens with two chapters explaining a bit about the history of what we consider "the family unit." She also touches on views of various family networks around the world. Her personal experiences--especially those of adoption--are explained as she weaves her views about the ever-evolving redefinition of what we call "family."
Equipment and studio space considerations and explanations are next discusses. Lackey describes her kit and studio, succinctly telling the reader what her options are and why she selected what she did. If one shoots a variety of subjects and has a variety of lenses, this section will help to avoid over packing.
The remainder of the book is a wonderful quilt of topics (lighting, locations, posing, and interaction) with beautiful, warm, and funny photographs of children, pets, parents, and locations that illustrate the topic addressed. With work seen in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Men's Journal, and Professional Photographer magazines, one can be certain that the images are clean, breathtaking, and send messages about how we see--and should see--what this world calls "a family."
I'm not a professional photographer (although I probably spend like one on gear in some months). I value my equipment and the people I choose to shoot my shutter toward. She really breaks both the technical aspects and the humanity of photography in such succinct, wonderfully illustrative and moving ways that you can't help but be compelled to take your camera and use it for the good of your fellow man (and know what lens to use when doing so) immediately after reading this book.
I bought my first DSLR last June and quickly delved into the realm of photography. My camera's manual and Tamara's other book, "Capturing Life Through Better Photography" helped me as a newb. This book helps me on a different level. I know the basics of my camera and I relish in her expertise and love of her subjects as she explores the art of photography in this book. I can't recommend this book enough.
I cried during the 1st 2 chapters and learned my gear (and the gear that I aspire to have) in the subsequent chapters. Bravo, Tamara. This book rocks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book that shows examples of family photography and how to use your surroundings to make great photographs . Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brandy L Drayton
If you know basics on posing.. This book won't help u much. Read better books.Published 19 months ago by isaias sanchez
This is a superb reference and will be utilized often in the years ahead. It also makes a swell gift.Published on March 2, 2014 by Vladimir N
Thank you Tamara for an amazing book full of wonderful information. I will purchase other books from you! You are such a personal writer and it shows! Thanks again!Published on November 16, 2013 by MrsTib
Detailed, descriptive, images used as examples, simple easy to understand and keeps the reader engaged. Also some great tips for the beginner photographer.Published on October 19, 2013 by infinite
Beautiful images & some good information for taking family portraits. I actually prefer to hear Tamara speak live, but the book is a good alternative to those who can't see her in... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Bijouxlover
Not much information here. If you just picked up your first camera you might find this of interest, but you sure don't need it. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Artist
I'd give this book way more stars if I could. The images are beautiful, the writing is easy to read and entertaining. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Faith
Tamara is really a great photographer and author. I've really enjoyed reading this book and refer to the methods and insight on child/family photography often. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Ryan Wise