This is a book seen in an in-store display and which a friend had recently bought, contrary to my asked-for comments based upon a scan through the first 50 or so pages, at a rather higher price than is on offer here.
I did not know the author although she has apparently worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She is obviously better-known states-side than here. I also did not realise that this was one of a series that covers travel, weddings and sport amongst other available (and, perhaps, yet to be announced) titles. In a some ways, the series may be compared with the far more extensive alternative from Amherst Media, where there are several titles from different authors that each cover one or more of a broad range of subjects, providing differing approaches. Portraiture (in several aspects) and weddings are the most comprehensively covered.
The pages that I then examined concerned themselves with young children through to those in their teens and I had then assumed, quite incorrectly, that the remainder of the book continued in that vein. Her style appears to indicate two obvious characteristics; planning the shoot in advance, and getting to know the sitter in advance as best possible and then to engage them in some fun way, presumably in whatever subject, sport or activity they are happiest. She works indoors and out utilising whatever space exists in the sitter's own home, or outside of it. In principle, we could all do much the same. However, the latter portion of the book which I had not then considered extends those principles to working with subjects of all ages and in many different locations, including some where she is forced to take a wholly different approach and make the best of her surroundings and available light.
This is a practical book in the sense that it attempts to cover everything from lighting, make-up (where necessary), costumes and props, backgrounds and finally, the photography including posing, shooting angles etc. There is a plentiful supply of advice and suggestions, all based on real-life experiences and there is something for just about anyone who wants to do better than a shot of grandma asleep in the armchair.
However, despite a greater and later appreciation of the book than my initial quick examination led me to hold, I still feel that it somehow will not be fully appreciated by a non-US readership. The front cover alone shouts its origins all too loudly!