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FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
How to Capture Images with Style for the Modern Bride
By Jose Villa & Jeff Kent
On the most important and most photographed day of her life, every bride longs to look as lovely as the images she has spent months studying in glossy wedding magazines. She has selected every detail of the day as an expression of her personality and wants the same aesthetic in her wedding photography, which will be cherished for years to come. “Fine art” wedding photography isn’t just a catchy phrase; it’s a modern artistic philosophy in which design is paramount. Fine art wedding images are more graphic and stylized than traditional wedding photojournalism. Fine art wedding photographers are more than documenters; they are artists who integrate the theme and style of an event into their images.
Especially in a difficult economy, it is essential for semi-pro and professional wedding photographers to stay current, and the fine art style is what today’s brides want. No one is better equipped to lead then way than acclaimed wedding photographer Jose Villa. A pioneer in fine art wedding photography, Jose’s images have graced the pages of nearly every major bridal magazine. In Fine Art Wedding Photography (Amphoto Books, $29.99, March 29, 2011), Jose shares his secrets for bringing a stylized sense of composition, lighting, posing, and most important, design, to wedding images, while still keeping them organic and narrative. Readers learn Jose’s luminous lighting techniques, his trademark method of capturing the more natural moment after a pose, and tips for getting images right in-camera to avoid the need for heavy postproduction. Final chapters discuss how to integrate a cohesive design through the delivered product, whether an album or slideshow, as well as how to turn wedding clients into lifetime clients by expanding to baby and family portraiture.
Packed with real-life examples, solid techniques, and stunning images from one of the wedding industry’s brightest stars, Fine Art Wedding Photography will educate and inspire photographers seeking to update their work as well as a new generation of brides on the search for images that are also exquisite works of art.
About the Authors:
Jose Villa has been named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American PHOTO, one of the “hottest young photographers in today’s wedding industry” by Rangefinder, and among the “most inspirational wedding photographers in today’s industry” by Photo District News. His images have been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Brides, Cosmopolitan Bride, Vogue Bride, Town and Country Weddings, American Photo, PDN, Rangefinder, and many more. He can be found at www.josevilla.com.
Jeff Kent is the former managing editor of Professional Photographer and PEI>Photo Electronic Imaging magazines, and the current editor at large for PPA Publications. He has published more than 500 articles on professional photography in such magazines as Professional Photographer, American PHOTO Wedding and Portrait Guide, and Destination I Do. Jeff can be found at www.jeff-kent.com.
FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:
By Jose Villa & Jeff Kent
Amphoto Books * March 29, 2010
978-0-8174-0002-6 * 160 pages * $29.99 * Trade Paperback
AMPHOTO BOOKS • 1745 BROADWAY • NEW YORK, NY 10019