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Wedding Photography - a Guide to Photojournalism (Invest in Knowledge) [Paperback]

Kerry Morgan
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31 July 2010 Invest in Knowledge
The way I work on a wedding day, my style as a photographer and the approach I take when communicating with my clients are all about empathy with my couples - from the first time we meet to the day they receive their album.

Having empathy enables me to shoot not just from my own view as a photographer but from their point of view. I'm their eyes for the day, so what I choose to see and how I choose to see it must be in tune with what they would want to see. Listening to your clients and understanding what they are all about enables you to create beautiful images that will connect with them.

There are many different approaches to wedding photojournalism. My approach is to shoot images that tell a very personal story. I do not want to be an outsider looking in; I want to be an insider, a trusted person who people relax with, so that they're being themselves and acting naturally and I can capture a truthful image of them and their story, that others will recognise and that they will cherish.

It is this empathy and involvement, blended with a unique style, that both sets you apart as a photographer and ensures you have satisfied clients.

I often get asked "Do you not get sick of weddings?" To me it's like asking a professional sportsman if he ever gets sick of football, tennis or running. The assumption held is that all weddings must be the same, an assessment which is just like assuming that any two tennis matches are the same. All weddings follow a similar formula by and large - there are preparations, a ceremony and a party - but the moments at each and every wedding are unique. It is this uniqueness that I'm interested in, and it's how you go about finding those images that this book is all about. A great picture can happen by chance, but if you want to shoot weddings week in and week out with consistent results, you need more than just luck. Being in the right place at the right time, great timing, and an image that tells a story are all things required in the pursuit of the great documentary wedding picture.

In this book I will describe to you each section of the wedding day in detail and how I go about photographing it, what I look for and how to tell a story in pictures.



Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oliver Cameron Publishing (31 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956546315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956546319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerry Morgan was born in October 1971 Farnborough, Kent and grew up in South London. She studies photography at the presitgious Bournemouth & Poole college of art and design. For the last 21 years she has photographed weddings all over the world. Her first book, "Wedding Photography - A Guide to Photojournalism," was published in July 2010 to great reviews. She now lives in Kevington, Kent with her husband and daughter. To view more of her work visit her website http://www.kerrymorgan.com

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Wedding Photography - A Guide to Photojournalism is an in-depth guide to capturing wonderful and natural images at weddings. It is written for long standing professionals as well as those photographing a wedding for the very first time. In this remarkable book Kerry takes you through the wedding day as if you were actually with her. She explains the best vantage points in which to photograph and how to find great light.

"Feeling" an image is very important to Kerry as it ensures the bride and groom really connect with it and can "feel" you have empathy with their wedding. This leads to more referrals and bookings helping you grow your business.

The book has been sized to fit into your camera bag easily so should you need to have a sneek peak at it then you can quite easily.

From the Author

Documentary wedding photography is about capturing the day, as the events unfold with minimal interference or instruction from the photographer. We do not stop events and ask our subjects to smile for the camera and we do not set up moments so we can capture them. It is not something that can be condensed into a formula to be repeated at each wedding. You cannot sit down and plan out each shot the day before and use it as if "painting by numbers" and - above all else - you never get a chance to do it again! It is a record of family history that lasts generations: something grandparents share with their grandchildren. It's a one-time opportunity to photograph one of the most significant and emotional days in someone's life - their wedding day.

Depicting a wedding in an authentic way means you can't predict or repeat things that happen. Every wedding day is unique, with different personalities, lighting and weather conditions, locations and ceremonies. That is why documentary wedding photography is a hugely challenging profession and certainly not something that suits everyone. Being a successful documentary wedding photographer requires skill, talent and the right personality.

In this book I will be taking you step-by-step though an entire wedding day, sharing with you my approach and attitude to shooting weddings. You will be a fly on the wall and I will share information about my shooting style, mind-set and the reasons behind my methods.

This book is not about photographic techniques or equipment. It is about how exactly to shoot weddings in a story-telling style and come away with a set of images that will exceed your client's expectations; pictures which will let them relive the day, as it actually happened.

I shot my first wedding in 1992, whilst I was still studying photography at college. In preparation for the shoot I studied the work of prominent wedding photographers of the time and noticed that they were all taking lots of staged wedding pictures. I wanted to shoot something that would remind the bride and groom what it was actually like to be there. The moments they'd shared were over in a split second and it seemed to me that the photographers of the day weren't interested in capturing them. All the work at that time was about standing and posing for hours while a photographer ran around shouting orders at the couple and their guests (I even heard of one photographer who had a whistle which he used to summon guests to his chosen location). It was not a world I wanted to be in. It seemed that there was so much more that was missed, forgotten or deemed unimportant.

Photographs are tied into memories and if you in any way doubt that, just think back to a picture that was taken of you as a child. I have a particular one in mind and I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing; not just at the moment the picture was taken but all of that afternoon. Somehow by capturing that little moment in time it has unlocked a whole world of other pictures and I can remember a day that might have otherwise been lost to my mind's eye. By capturing images of events as they took place, you're not only giving someone a record of what happened, you're also allowing them to revisit their own feelings, emotions and memories.

Our pictures stand alone to tell a personal story without any additional explanation in the form of the written word. They are the only tool we have to advance the plot. How we see the world and what we choose to show others is something unique to us.

No book can tell you how to see things. That is part of who you are and your experiences and perspective of the world up to this point. You can learn all the techniques available, buy the latest action sets (Photoshop shortcuts for various effects) that can transform your pictures at the touch of a button, and set up a blog to show the world what you've created. But all of this does not give you the capacity to observe and to notice.

Your take on the world through pictures is something unique to you. Not everyone sees things in the same way. How many times have you heard "You should go and see this guy's show, he's absolutely hilarious," only to find the show wasn't as funny as you thought it would be? Everyone is different and becoming successful in any field is all about finding a group of people who appreciate what you do. Just as a comedian will not make everyone laugh, not everyone will like your pictures. However, if you can identify the type of person who shares your take on the world, you'll have a target market.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE BOOK 27 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a professional photographer and in the past 5 years I've bought approximately 20 wedding photography books. All were good but this little book was the best by far. Don't be put off by its small size as the information contained within is great. If you fancy yourself as a documentary wedding photographer this is the book for you. Read this book and you will learn a lot. David
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for nervous beginners! 21 Feb 2011
By mnx
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as I'm an amateur 'tog who's been asked to shoot a friend's wedding and I'm nervous as hell! My friend isn't interested in posed shots, except for maybe a couple with immediate family so the in-laws have what they want, and that suits me just fine as I'm much more interested in shooting events as they unfold. I bought a wedding photography book by Mark Cleghorn a few years ago, and dug it out again with my friend's wedding I mind, but, despite finding it a useful book when I first bought it (before I'd really found my niche as a photographer), this time it just seemed s far removed from what I wanted to do. It listed shot after shot, how to pose the groups, what angles to take the shots from - brilliant if you're doing a traditional wedding shoot, but it filled me with dread. So I hit up Amazon to look for something a little more suited to me, and, despite being small, this book reaffirmed my belief that I can create beautiful wedding photos without posing everyone to within an inch of their life. I read it so quickly - it was honestly un-put-down-able! It's packed with useful info, ideas of things to look out for, tips on what to include and what not to include - but it doesn't hold your hand through the very first steps in photography, it assumes you know how to handle your camera and that you're maybe shooting your first weddings, rather than your first photos! Kerry Morgan writes in such a friendly, honest way - it's hard not to take something away from this book. And it's so small that you can easily re-read, and keep it in your camera bag as another essential accessory!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read no matter what your experience 4 Aug 2010
By Rachel
Format:Paperback
It's been a long time since I bought a photography book, but I decided to buy this one after hearing great things about the previous book brought out by this publisher.

I own a wedding and portrait studio, and have shot hundreds of weddings - so I'm fairly picky about "how to" books, and whether they actually have anything of value to teach me. I can say categorically that this one does. Kerry Morgan is undoubtedly one of the best photojournalists in the UK (which is what made me part with my cash), and she shares this knowledge in a straightforward way that doesn't try to hide anything or sell anything.

This book won't hold your hand and show you exactly what to do - PJ isn't like that - but it will show you how to open your eyes, see things you didn't see before, and enable you to shoot in a different way.

There are many photography books that will show you a formulaic way to photograph in a specific way, without any thought about why. This is a book for the rest of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great reference book, I always carry with me 11 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
This book was a wealth of good tips and ideas that I now utilize when shooting weddings. Together with David Pearce's guide to posing, they invaluable sources of information.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 5 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I love this.
Just finished reading it and I feel incredibly inspired.
I've learned tons of things that I can actually use in my wedding photography not only to take better pictures, but also to connect even further with my couple and capture their day with emotion and take pictures that makes a difference.
I highly recommend this book to anyone in the photography or wedding industry.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited use for a beginner 15 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are about to photograph a wedding in a cathedral, where the bride arrives in a Rolls, likes being photographed, the service is accompanied by a choir and there is an opportunity to shoot the couple in a quiet moment in the orchard attached to the family garden, this is a useful book. The problem with this book is that it assumes readers are booked to shoot a top end wedding - it is almost as if the author wrote the book as a marketing tool for their own business .... If you are buying this book because you are just starting out, you are much more likely to have to make the best of a tired Register Office, a wedding party who find it difficult to relax in front of the lens and a free bar in a pub with a low ceiling rather than a cocktail hour in a grand hotel - and there is limited help with difficult venues here.

This is not to say that there is not useful material in here for anyone - the emphasis on planning can hardly be faulted, the section on capturing preparations is relevant whatever the final venue and the writer demonstrates that she really can make great compositions in spontaneous moments and difficult light. The key to getting the best out of this book is to look at the subtitle : "A Guide To Photojournalism" - there is nothing here about posing and almost all the photos demonstrate the value of being unobtrusive but close to the action. If you are new to wedding photography, see this as a source of inspiration rather than a "how to" guide.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly impressed. 4 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I am incredibly impressed with this book. It is compact, so can be carried with you always, it's beautifully printed and amazing value for money.
The difference with this book however, as compared to many other books on this subject, is that the author actually knows what she's talking about. The author is of the UK's best Wedding Photographers, however she not as well known as some others who profess to have an understanding of the subject and seem to churn out books and DVDs like they're going out of fashion.
Kerry talks the reader through a typical wedding from preparing for the shoot right through to the reception and dancing. She also discusses different types of ceremonies and she also shares with the reader a complete wedding which complements perfectly her inspiring images throughout the book.
A mix of fantastic practical advice with the talent and images to back it up, this book is a must for anyone considering entering the competitive world of wedding photography.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A great reference - Doesn't cover everything!
Firstly, if you are interested in wedding photography, buy this book. It's cheap and will get you asking questions about what you want to achieve, which in turn leads to further... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Fascinating & interesting book lots of tips & snippits of information, have recommend it to a friend already great read
Published 8 months ago by paul harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
great pocket size so i can carry around with me and jot down little notes to remember. very useful book
Published 12 months ago by Shona
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to expectations.
I found this book disappointing really. It could have been so much more but I've found much better books on this subject. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Cr Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
Even if you have a lot of experience with wedding photography, this book will inspire you. Kerry Morgan is a highly rated photographer and when you read this book, you can see... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault the book at all - great guide to wedding photography
A great little book, sound advice and some lovely images.

She references Jeff Ascough as one of her inspirations - she likes his post processing style. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr Blaidd
5.0 out of 5 stars little gem
this book is a little gem. it just walks you through a whole wedding, from start to finish. tips on timing are invaluable. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Elena Eremina
5.0 out of 5 stars guide to photojournalism
very useful and interesting to read, soft backed so easy to carry around and hold, would recommed this book to anyone
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by Christy
4.0 out of 5 stars gnphoto.co.uk
bought this book along with 3 others and found it to be ok. For a photo book its fairly small in size. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by gnphoto.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Wedding book
It is a great little book I haven't put it down
It has helped me so much, I do similar photography and it was nice to see someone who loves what they do as I do
Thank you
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Leejonbroom
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