Featured Photographer – Amanda Jones

April 7, 2010

Today’s post is featuring a wonderful pet photographer, Amanda Jones.  I recently purchased a wonderful book called “A Breed Apart: A Celebration of the New American Mutt“.

It was a fantastic photo book about the new breeds you find popping up everywhere that seem to be so popular. While these dogs used to be called mutts, they seem to be establishing more and more as types of dogs.  It was quite entertaining and enjoyable. This got me on a quest to find more work from the author / photographer of the book Amanda Jones.  It is a book that my son, my wife and my son have all found great pleasure in.

Amanda Jones

After a brief internet search I found her website.  Her work is beautiful and it has a distinct look. She photographs animals in a very simple way but she does it in ways that create a feeling that you can actually tell something great about the character of these animals. It is as if she is actually telling you about their personalities. She is wonderfully capable of portraying animals in ways that only those with the technical and artistic abilities match that of one who has the ability to read animals.

If you haven’t had the chance or have never heard of Amanda, take time to check her site and her work out. It will be well worth your time.


PortraitTutor.com – Posing guide website

March 10, 2010

One thing that many beginning photographers have issues with is posing their subjects. As far as that goes, even photographers who’ve been doing this for a while can get stumped on posing their subjects.

I found a great resource called PortraitTutor.com which has some helpful information on basic portrait information and some posing ideas. However, they sell a posing guide of over a thousand poses for all types of subjects. These poses are both traditional and contemporary.

This looks interesting enough to invest in. I think that many photographers get stuck and with a resource like this, coming up with new and unique looking images would really help them expand their abilities and skills.


Tamara Lackey Photography

March 5, 2010

Have you ever done a Google search for a child photographer?  There are a ton of very good child photographers out there.  Are you looking for someone with wonderfully inspiring child portraits?  How about a book on child photography or better yet, a DVD on Contemporary Child Photography?  Please allow me to introduce to you Tamara Lackey of Tamara Lackey Photography.

Tamara is a Contemporary Photographer, who specializes in child photography, with a studio based in North Carolina.   Her work is full of emotion and glows with inspiration.  Her ability to capture the perfect moment seems to be found in every shot.

In her first book, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography, which I have read, Tamara touches on the many different aspects and how-to’s of child photography. She details her methods not only on how to get fantastic shots but how to market, advertise, and promote your business.  Tamara has a fun and witty approach in her writing that makes her book a very informative and enjoyable read.  The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography is “a must” for those looking to educate themselves and venture into the direction of Child Photography.

Tamara now has a new DVD called Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography.  Just by watching the preview on her website you can see this DVD is professionally made and produced.  It is a behind the scenes look at Tamara’s shooting session from start to finish.  After watching the preview make sure you read the wonderful compliments and reviews about it.

Tamara has won many awards from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.  Her work has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and in many magazines such as Parenting, Town and Country, and Vogue.  I hope you enjoy Tamara’s work and feel free to let us know what you think of her book or DVD.