Elevate your wedding photography with Wedding Storyteller, Volume 1: Elevating the Approach to Photographing Wedding Stories, authored by photographer and educator Roberto Valenzuela. This book is a response to the needs of photographers seeking to enhance their wedding photography skills. As a successful wedding photographer, Roberto shares insights and techniques he has developed, building a business on high-quality imagery that narrates the compelling and beautiful stories of his clients’ most important day.
This isn't your typical wedding photography book filled with generic looks or traditional shot lists. Instead, Wedding Storyteller delves deep into crucial topics, themes, and subject matter essential for significantly improving your wedding photography. Roberto emphasizes the pivotal role storytelling plays in creating meaningful and unique photographs for your clients.
Roberto introduces a unique approach through his "wedding storyteller skill components" system, divided into four sections:
- Foundation Components: Location Techniques. Learn how to conquer wedding locations by working with light, context, clutter, walls, depth, and compositional elements like frames and reflections.
- Foundation Components: People Techniques. Navigate the high-energy and high-stress wedding environment by developing crucial people skills. Roberto shares his unique approach to "situational posing" and group posing.
- Storyteller Approach Components. Explore the five approaches Roberto uses to build a wedding story: photojournalism, interactive photojournalism, stylized aware posing, stylized unaware posing, and story development.
- Expert Components. Build on the previous sections with insights on Emotionally Valuable People (EVP), lens choices, helper light, posing patterns, capturing "peak action," achieving a unique perspective, and creating multi-layered stories within a single photograph.
With Wedding Storyteller, Volume 1, Roberto guides you to create amazing images and craft masterful stories filled with beauty, emotion, and meaning. As the director and documentarian of your clients’ special day, this book equips you with the skills needed to capture each photograph's opportunity to contribute to a rich visual narrative.