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Coffee table publicity book.
on 27 February 2013
With the number of positive reviews I was expecting a useful guide to wedding photography but it seems to be a promotional coffee table book for the authors business. I have to agree with the more negative reviews that most of the images are uninspiring. He does seem to congratulate himself a lot for taking pictures that are pretty standard wedding photos with quite a few with dodgy exposure. There are very few that in my opinion are particularly creative or show a unique style. It seems to me that "the Lovegrove style" is that of self promotion which they are clearly good at, the success of this book being testament to it.
There's a fine line between self confidence and arrogance and the narrative in this book crosses it heavily and slips into snobbishness at times. On at least one occasion he compares himself to Rembrandt..except Rembrandt sometimes read his light wrong.(!?) If you're hoping to be the sort of photographer who interviews prospective couples to test their worthiness to be allowed to have their picture taken by you then you'll find inspiration here. For your average wedding there's nothing here besides average pictures to get you started. I've been to quite a few weddings but have never started the day by shooting unsuspecting birds out of the sky which in the book is put across as standard. This gives you an idea of the overall tone of the book and if you're interested in dealing with the upper set then this is for you As I said earlier his self promotion is of such a standard that he seems to feel that the wedding revolves around the photographer including a place at the table to share the meal. I can't comment on the latter half of the book as I became increasingly bored and annoyed by it's content and gave up at the point when he stated that he tries to include his wife in shots as they themselves are part of the day...well you're not really are you? You're there to record it no matter how well renowned you are. To save you reading it, here's the crux.Use off camera flash, use exposure compensation, look for a good angle, use the existing surroundings, try to capture emotive moments(and still have them look posed), use lots of memory cards, backup and most importantly tell everyone repeatedly how brilliant you are till they believe you. I could be wrong of course as he does love champagne owns at least one £30,000 lens.