Dream Weddings Create Fresh and Stylish Photography

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-04-15
  • Publisher: Amherst Media
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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 personality—and 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.

Author Biography

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

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


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