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The Luminous Portrait: Capture the Beauty of Natural Light for Glowing, Flattering Photographs Paperback – April 24, 2012
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ELIZABETH MESSINA was named one of the top ten wedding photographers of 2010 by Adorama, one of the top ten wedding photographers of 2008 by Pop Photo and American PHOTO, and one of the twenty-five trendsetters of 2008 by Modern Bride. Her images have graced the covers of Us Weekly, OK, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and Professional Photographer magazines. For more about Elizabeth, visit her award-winning blog, kissthegroom.com.
JACQUELINE TOBIN is the executive editor of Rangefinder magazine and the former deputy editor of Photo District News. She is also the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers.
ULRICA WIHLBORG (Foreword) is the West Coast weddings editor at People magazine.
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She is constantly re-inforcing the importance of natural light by showing you how she hunts it down for every shot either by moving a subject near a window, diffusing a strong light source, making a group of people stand under trees to shade them, etc. It's a simple concept but sometimes we try to shoot for the light we have instead of looking for the best light. So says Elizabeth, get to your shoot early and hunt it down! It's there and you need to find it.
The best advice to a writer has always been "show don't tell." Throughout the book she shows you how she created amazing moments by establishing trust and intimacy with her subjects. Elizabeth's prose is intelligent and articulate and sneakily dense with advice and clear guidance of how to create a great portrait. She makes you feel like you are in an actual conversation with her while dolling out instruction in technique in a non-patronizing way.
For example, she says to have a baby's mother out of their eyesight so that the baby engages with you. I actually thought of that this weekend while I was shooting my four year old nephew watering beans. His mother kept trying to "direct" him so I asked her to make some sandwiches. When she left he starting squirting the hose all over everything. He ended up soaking wet, taking off his shirt, squirting the hose straight into the air and laughing hysterically. I got some great shots of a a delighted four year old boy with a hose instead of the more posed looking shot that his mom wanted. Guess what? She loved them. Thank you, Elizabeth!