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After months of joyful wedding dreams, brides and grooms trust their photographer to transform the day’s fleeting moments into lasting mementos. In this book, Neal Urban helps you go beyond merely documenting events to design works of art that capture the spirit of the couple’s relationship. Quick, easy-to-follow lessons walk you through every phase of the process, from engagement portraits, to wedding-day coverage, to post-wedding bridal portraits. At each step, you’ll learn how Neal infuses his images with personalityand rises to the challenges all wedding photographers face from time to time! With vivid colors, dramatic poses, and gorgeous lighting, this book flawlessly guides you through the creation of images that transcend the couple’s dreams for their special day.
Neal Urban is a wedding photographer currently residing in Buffalo, NY who captures weddings across the country. Neal is entering his sixth year of photography.
Neal is a self-taught photographer. Dating back in the 1930's his great-grandfather was a master with a camera and in the darkroom. At the age of 26, after the passing of Neal's grandfather, he picked up his grandfather's camera from the WWII era and found his passion. It's obvious that their talent of photography lives on through Neal.
Neal is one of the pioneers of using the post-processing style known as HDR and successfully implementing that style into wedding photography. "Neal Urban-ize" appears to be the name of what many people like to call it. Neal actively shares his techniques with fellow photographers.
Table of Contents
About the Author Acknowledgments
1. Your Individual Style 2. Is the Client the Right Fit? 3. Understanding the Clients’ Needs 4. Before the Big Day 5. The Preparations 6. The Makeup 7. Getting Dressed 8. The Details 9. The Bride 10. Emotions 11. The Bridal Party 12. The Ceremony 13. Lighting Concerns for the Venue 14. Traditional and Classic Shots 15. The Groom 16. The Couple 17. The Parents 18. The Exit 19. Portraits of the Bride and Groom 20. The Bride and Her Parents 21. The Groom and His Parents 22. The New Family Group 23. Working with Group: Strategies for Success 24. The Receiving Line 25. The Décor 26. The Toast 27. The First Dance 28. The Food 29. The Details 30. The Relationships 31. Table Shots 32. Capturing Character 33. The Cake 34. The Bouquet Toss 35. The Garter Toss 36. In the Moment 37. The Love in their Eyes 38. A Photojournalistic Approach 39. The Classic Poses 40. Shoot for the Album 41. Variety is Key 42. The Rings 43. Something for Everyone 44. The Veil 45. Keep Your Ears to the Ground 46. Perspective 47. Creative Color Balance 48. Lighting Setups 49. Working with an Assistant 50. The Exit Strategy 51. Make a Big Impression 52. Safeguarding Your Files 53. Basic Retouching 54. Monotone Images 55. Creative Color 56. Plug-ins and Actions 57. Copyright 58. Portrait Presentations 59. Making the Sale 60. Forging a Lifelong Relationship