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Family portrait photography : professional techniques and images.
Boursier, Helen T., 1960-
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Amherst Media ; London : Turnaround, 1999.
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128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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TR575 .B687 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Aiming to motivatenbsp;potential clients to come in for family portrait sessions, this guide reveals important steps fornbsp;taking the best possible family pictures. Arranging locations, helping select appropriate clothing, and getting to know the names of the clients and the ages of their children are all discussed. More than 100 photographsnbsp;illustrate various lighting, posing, prop, and location options. A section on client presentation details options such as contact sheets, paper previews, slide proofs, video, and digital projection.

Author Notes

Helen T. Boursier is a professional photographer, writer, and lecturer. She is the author of "Black and White Portrait Photography." She lives in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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Library Journal Review

Family portraiture represents the greatest portion of many photographers' work, and if done well this type of commercial endeavor may be elevated to an art form, as evidenced by the many imaginative portraits in this book. All the photographs share a common theme of family members gathered together, but after that the similarity ends. Throughout, parents with children, couples, and extended families are situated in environments that uniquely reflect them: on a buckboard at the family ranch, during a walk on the beach, or framed by cherished family possessions. The text is equally compelling. Starting with the history of the genre, this book offers many helpful suggestions regarding equipment and business decisions as well as props, location, and lighting. Perhaps the most valuable advice has to do with developing people skills and an original photographic style. Boursier does an admirable job of convincing readers of the value of family portraits‘through both her text and the many distinguished photographs selected to illustrate the book‘and amateurs as well as professionals will appreciate her guide. Highly recommended.‘Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.