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Determining the best way to pose a subjecta way that is simultaneously flattering, appropriate, and visually appealingcan be one of the biggest challenges in designing a successful portrait. This is especially true when creating portraits of brides, where the photographer may be called on to create anything from a very traditional head-and-shoulders pose to a more adventurous full-length look straight out of the pages of a fashion magazine. Quite simply, the variations are almost limitlessas is the pressure to perform flawlessly throughout this once-in-a-lifetime event. This collection is a visual sourcebook designed to address exactly that problem. Filled with images by some of the world’s most accomplished wedding photographers, it provides a resource for professionals seeking inspiration for their own work. Stuck on what to do with a particular bride or unsure how to make use of a location? Flip through the sample portraits, pick something you like, then adapt it as needed to suit your tastes. Looking to spice up your work with some new poses? Find a sample that appeals to you and look for ways to implement it (or some element of it) with one of your brides. It can be difficult to remain creative day after day, year after year, but sometimes all you need to break through a slump is a little spark. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of images designed to provide just that.
Photographer, writer, and designer Michelle Perkins has worked in the photography publishing industry for nearly 20 years. Her images and articles have appeared in Shutterbug, Rangefinder, AfterCapture, Metropolitan Bride, and Fearless Photographers. She is the author of over a dozen instructional books for professional photographers, including the popular 500 Poses reference series, How to Photograph Weddings: Behind the Scenes with 25 Top Pros, and Professional Portrait Lighting: Techniques and Images from Professional Photographers.
In addition, she has designed interiors and covers for photography books by industry leaders like Neal Urban, Neil van Niekerk, Mimika Cooney, Tim Kelly, Tamara Lackey, Michael Mowbray, and Lori Nordstrom. She has worked as a photography and design consultant on publications for Oxford University Press and Rizzoli. She resides in Buffalo, NY.