Go beyond the birthday snapshot and learn how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There's even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.
As a professional photographer and mother of three, Farrah Brannif knows what parents are looking for in the photographs they take. She also knows what stands in the way of obtaining those images. In Moments That Matter, she answers the questions parents ask most frequently about photographing their children and shares the techniques that will capture and share the unique story of their family life. Farrah recognizes that camera manuals are scary. Her accessible, step-by-step instructions follow the format of her popular workshops, include clear examples, and follow an intuitive progression. Here are simple, powerful tools that will transform the way parents imagine and take photographs. She covers both point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras and emphasizes that the equipment is not the secret to powerful photography. Each section includes practice instructions that will have readers producing the photographs of their dreams in no time.Introduction by Brene Brown, Author of New York Times #1 Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead: I'm not very creative doesn't work. There's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don't.The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born of our creativity.If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. If these findings didn't emerge from my own research, I wouldn't have believed them. I spent my entire adult life being too busy strong arming the to-do list for creativity, art, or crafts. So, when I found that creativity is key to wholehearted living, I was inspired to make a change. I wanted to become a photographer.There was only one problem. I'm forgot how to be new at something. I forgot about that awkward, uncomfortable process that defines the gap between wanting to take pictures like the ones I see in the magazines and having no idea how to use my camera or set up a shot.Then I met Farrah. My husband actually set me up with her on a friend date. He's her pediatrician and, truthfully, I think he thought we shared the same work/balance anxiety so he recommended we meet for lunch. When I told her about my new foray into photography she offered to take on the challenge of teaching a not-good-at-being-new, creativity-fearful, and want-everything-to-be-perfect budding photographer.Farrah changed my life. Not only is she a gifted artist, she has a long teaching history AND she's a trained counselor. She can nail every party of the technical challenges, teach in way that makes it crystal clear, and she can talk you through the frustration and vulnerability that is the joy (and struggle) of making art.I wanted to take pictures of my children, my extended family, and the ordinary moments of my everyday life. I showed her both my favorite pictures from magazines and the pictures that I had taken over the years. She taught me composition by pointing out the differences between the photos I loved and the ones didn't quite capture what I was trying to capture.She taught me about complicated issues like aperture and light by making me practice with my son's transformers and shooting thousands of pictures next to every window in my house (and I'm not exaggerating). One of my favorite teaching moments happened one day when I was trying my new macro lens and I couldn't get anything to work right. I called her and she said, Go into your front yard, get on our stomach, aim your camera at the caterpillar on the leaf, and turn on your camera.I said, Okay, I'll call you back and let you know how it goes.She said, Nope, you're taking me with you. I'm staying on the phone.I'll never forget army-crawling through my flowerbed with my phone in one hand and my camera in the other.Dive into this book. Start anywhere. Take thousands of shots. Screw most of them up. Then find that one. No one can walk you through it like Farrah. She has the photography, teaching, and hand-holding skills to help us capture the moments that matter."
Author: Christie Mumm
Publisher: Amherst Media
Going beyond how to capture memorable family photos, this examination spotlights the special touches and relationship-building skills that turn subjects from clients into friends. The author’s signature techniques for generating repeat business are shared, revealing how to remain a family’s constant photographer for years—from maternity portraits and baby photos to wedding images and senior snapshots. Specific suggestions are featured, including reaching out through social networking sites, blogging, and hosting special parties and events. Offering a comprehensive approach to building a successful portrait business, this handbook demonstrates how relationships with subjects are just as important as the pictures created for them.
Capture the Moment
Author: Sarah Wilkerson
Publisher: Amphoto Books
Turn everyday photos into stunning works of art, with this essential guide to photography Featuring gorgeous phographs takn by the members the photography industry’s largest social network of female photographers, Clickin Moms, this accessible and gift-worthy guide provides both the inspiration and skills every photographer needs to capture life's beautiful moments as frameable pieces of art—from breakfasts to birthday parties and first steps to first days of school. With big, bold images paired with short, easy-to-follow tips progressing from elementary to advanced, this book is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike, covering equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, and advice based on photographs from over 100 contributors include these priceless suggestions: • Channel the old masters—painters such as Rembrandt and DaVinci are great inspiration • Anticipate emotion—watch for laughter and surprise • Embrace harsh lighting, backlighting, dappled sunlight and shade and use them to your advantage • Emphasize texture and seek out patterns—repetition can be striking and bold • Shoot from unexpected angles—sometimes the best shot is from below, behind, or above Clickin Moms is contributing 100 percent of the royalties from Capture the Moment to the Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation for the families of seriously ill or injured children near the facility where a child is hospitalized. From the Hardcover edition.
Offers the tools needed to create professional images and presents one hundred family portrait poses for newborns and babies, children, siblings, and family groups.
From leading photography expert Me Ra Koh, "The Photo Mom," comes the book for parents with little to no photography experience who want to capture better portraits and photos of their families using any camera. What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle
Author: Rachel Devine, Peta Mazey
Publisher: Amphoto Books
Ready to Capture Your Story with Beautiful Photos? Let professional photographers Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey show you how to use that fancy DSLR to photograph the story of your life, from falling in love and having a baby, to the everyday moments that are no less precious. You’ll learn: • Common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them • How to take portraits of your children, friends, pets—even yourself • How to capture light to make your photos more dramatic • How to make colors pop, eyes sparkle, and skin tones more realistic • How to capture the uniqueness and wonder of your family, friends, and world After all, why trust your memories to regular snapshots when with just a little knowledge, you can create beautiful photographs? Be inspired to see the beauty around you, every day. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Marianne Hirsch
Publisher: Harvard University Press
On role of family in photography
Family Photography Now
Author: Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren
An intimate, honest look at how we photograph our families through the lenses of some of the world s great photographers"
Author: John Loengard
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
A collection of interviews and 270 photographs traces the work, experiences, and careers of the original staff photographers of LIFE magazine, documenting how they pioneered the picture story and the photographic essay. 15,000 first printing.
Now in paperback, this New York Times best-selling collection of humorous anecdotes and heartfelt observations from Henry Winkler shares the joy and wisdom he’s accumulated while honing his skills as a fly-fisherman. An accomplished sportsman who meticulously records the measurements of every fish he hooks, Winkler has learned that his yearly trips to the river are not just about catching trout. More importantly, they’re about adopting the proper perspective on life. Or, as Winkler puts it, when he’s fly-fishing, the river acts like a “washing machine for my brain,” recharging him and reminding him that anything is possible. Winkler makes a habit of sharing his angling adventures with his wife, Stacey, and their three children, Jed, Zoe, and Max. The Winklers’ annual trip, where they can escape the busy-ness of everyday life, has brought them together as a family. On the river, Henry has grown to appreciate the support his wife and children give him, learned to listen, and developed the confidence to publish his outdoor photography in his first non-fiction book. An expression of the inherent optimism that stems from the simplicity of the outdoors, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River is an invitation to share in the realizations and achievements Winkler has found while fishing. Hopefully it will help you catch a few of your own.
When American photojournalist Nancy Borowick’s (born 1985) parents Howie and Laurel were diagnosed with stage-four cancer and underwent simultaneous treatment, she did the only thing she knew how to do: she documented it. By turning the camera on her family’s life during this most intimate time, Borowick learned a great deal about herself, family and relationships in general. Borowick's father died in 2013, and her mother followed 364 days later. The lessons she garnered from Howie and Laurel were plentiful: always call when the airplane lands, never pass on blueberry pie, and most importantly, family is love and love is family. “Though it is nothing she would have wished for, in a relatively short time Nancy Borowick became an expert in photographing death.” —The New York Times
Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century
Author: Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony P. Graesch, Elinor Ochs, Enzo Ragazzini
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Using archaeological approaches to human material culture, this volume offers unprecedented access to the middle-class American home through the kaleidoscopic lens of no-limits photography and many kinds of never-before-acquired data about how people actually live their lives at home.
Half In Shade
Author: Judith Kitchen
Publisher: Coffee House Press
“Judith Kitchen has written a book that is at once clear and accessible and at the same time insistently complex. Her effortlessly constructed hybrids make Half in Shade part memoir, part speculation, part essay, a demonstration of the interactive art of seeing, and finally for me, a beautifully sustained meditation. It is at that meditative level that the book’s potent, unsentimental emotive power gathers.”--Stuart Dybek When Judith Kitchen discovered boxes of family photos in her mother's closet, it sparked curiosity and speculation. Piecing together her memories with the physical evidence in the photos, Kitchen explores the gray areas between the present and the past, family and self, certainty and uncertainty. The result is a lyrical, ennobling anatomy of a heritage, family, mother-daughter relationships, and the recovery from an illness that captures with precision the forces of the heart and mind when "none of us knows what lies beyond the moment, outside the frame." Judith Kitchen is the award-winning author of several works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has won the Lillian Fairchild Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the S. Mariella Gable Fiction Prize. She has served as judge for the AWP Nonfiction Award, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, the Oregon Book Award, and the Bush Foundation fellowships, among others. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Kitchen lives in Port Townsend, Washington, and serves on the faculty and as codirector of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.