Focal Press Book: This Modern Romance: The Artistry, Technique, and Business of Engagement Photography

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Focal Press 9780415828260 Overview

This Modern Romance: The Artistry, Technique, and Business of Engagement Photography from Focal Press is a book by Stephanie Williams and Christen Vidanovic. Engagement photography has become an essential and valuable component of wedding photography for clients and photography businesses. Successfully booking romantic portrait sessions and providing your couples with creative, playful, and beautiful images can mean a lasting-and lucrative-relationship. In this volume, award-winning photographer Stephanie Williams and photographer Christen Vidanovic share their approach to handling an engagement shoot.

The book covers the authors' thoughts on the psychology of shooting and directing couples, as well as their take on current industry trends, and the use of blogs and social media. Discover photography tips on romantic styling, workflow, and branding that will help get your engagement sessions recognized by prospective clients and industry publications. Examine gorgeous photographs illustrating principles, techniques, and styles. Whether you are an aspiring photographer or established professional, this book is sure to inform and inspire your next photo shoot.

Read tips and testimonials from prominent wedding professionals, bloggers, editors, and stylists, as well as Stephanie's actual clients. Learn how to build your brand and get your work published. Additionally, improve or refresh your technical skill through practical lighting, equipment, and technical guidance. This book will also help you diversify the ways in which you interact with clients and style your shoots.


    The Intention of the Engagement Session:
  • Educating couples & planting the seeds
  • Client rapport and building trust
  • Value added to your packages and print sales
    Current Trends in Engagement Photography:
  • Using props
  • Bridal blogs
  • Finding inspiration and staying relevant
    Choosing Your Equipment:
  • Being comfortable with your equipment
  • Film & Digital
  • Stephanie's camera bag
    On Lighting:
  • Different types of lighting
  • Getting creative with lighting
    Scouting & Location Selection:
  • Finding locations that inspire you and your couple
  • Permits and travel fees
    The Art of Directing & Creating Flow:
  • Psychology behind putting your couples at ease
  • The art of directing
  • Using your own voice and body language
    Composition & Color:
  • Rule of thirds
  • Lens choice
  • Fine art style
  • Keeping it simple
    Wardrobe & Styling:
  • Using props
  • Storyboarding your session
  • Mood boards and stylists
    Workflow and Post-Processing:
  • Post-processing techniques
  • Ways to proof and sell to your couples
    A Note on the importance of Branding and Online Presence

Author Bios

Stephanie Williams runs her own studio and blog called This Modern Romance. Her work has been featured on the cover of Pacific Weddings, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Destination I Do, California Wedding Day, and Australia's White magazine, as well as in the pages of The Knot, Brides, Oui, Southern Weddings, and numerous blogs and internet publications such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, and more. Stephanie was listed as one of the top 20 Destination Wedding Photographers in the world by Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. In 2011, Stephanie was honored as one of PDN's Rising Stars in Wedding Photography. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Isaac.
Christen Vidanovic is an Oahu-based photographer with a background in journalism. She specializes in weddings, fashion, and editorial photography. Her work can be seen in various local and worldwide publications, including SMART, FreeSurf, Pacific Edge, The Honolulu Weekly, and Jetstar, in addition to the photo collections of many Honolulu fashion designers.

Focal Press 9780415828260 Specs

Type of MediaBook
AuthorStephanie Williams
Christen Vidanovic
PublisherFocal Press
Publication DateNovember, 2013
Edition1st Edition
Number of Pages198
Cover TypeSoft
Image TypeColor Photos
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