Introduction

Introduction

This book was a ton of fun for me to put together, even though I do not specialize as a wedding photographer. If you have read my other books or viewed my online WebTV shows, you know I don't really claim a specialty; I "specialize" in beautiful photography. Yet I am probably best-known for travel photography—mostly for portraits of strangers in strange lands.

That said, I do have some focused experience with wedding photography.

From 1978 to 1980, I was the editor of Studio Photography magazine, which was, at the time, the leading magazine for wedding and portrait photographers. A cover of our special wedding issue opens this introduction.

I was also the editor of PPA Daily, which was the daily newspaper of the Professional Photographers of America's annual trade show. At the PPA shows, I attended many seminars on wedding and portrait photography.

Sharing Secrets

Sharing Secrets

While I was the editor of Studio Photography, I had the opportunity to interview many wedding photographers in their studios and learn their secrets .... way back then. Scavullo, Feininger, Rothstein and Eisenstaedt were among my favorite interviews. Here's a look at the opening pages of those interviews. The papers are faded now, but the memories of these luminaries are still sharp in my mind.

During this time, I shot ...

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