I'm proud to work with (and learn from) some of the most inspiring photographers in the industry—and to have the opportunity to share my own work in print. Below are some of my books, magazine articles, and blog posts on industry sites. For a complete list of my publishing credits, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelledperkins
Over the past 20 years in publishing, I've racked up quite a few of my own titles. Click through to my Amazon author page for a complete list or to order.
I've had the pleasure of writing for Fearless Photographers for a few years now—and it's always exciting to talk with their talented members. The following are photos from a few of my profile pieces. A link to the story follows each image.
STAYING FOCUSED: THE WILDFIRE WEDDING. Despite months of preparation, weddings (like love itself) often unfold in unexpected ways. Bride April Hartley and groom Michael Wolber discovered this when a wildfire west of Bend, OR , suddenly changed course and threatened their wedding. As the bride stood poised to walk down the aisle, firefighters informed the wedding party that the area was being evacuated. While the emergency personnel finally agreed to allow an expedited ceremony, the couple’s guests and reception vendors were then immediately transported to a nearby park. (read more at http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/blog/wildfire/)
THE POPE AND THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: JOSEPH GIDJUNIS. The non-stop media coverage of Pope Francis’s September visit to the United States included documentation by his personal photographers and videographer, the Vatican news service, and a sea of top photojournalists representing the national and international media. How, then, did a wedding photographer from Philadelphia end up making what could be the quintessential image of the Papal visit? (read more at: http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/blog/the-pope-and-the-wedding-photographer/)
AN UNFORGETTABLE DANCE: ANGELA LYONS. Wedding photographers are accustomed to sharing intensely emotional situations with their couples, but it takes a committed professional to keep steadily and skillfully documenting those moments when a truly emotional event unfolds. This is exactly what happened for Washington wedding photographer Angela Lyons during a September 2015 event in Bonney Lake, WA. (read more at: http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/blog/an-unforgettable-dance-angela-lyons/)
LANNY MANN: 2014 FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR. Fearless Photographers is happy to announce our 2014 Fearless Photographer of the Year: Lanny Mann of Two Mann Studios in Canmore, AB, Canada. Lanny claimed the title by winning 17 Fearless Awards, a coveted prize granted to only a small percentage of images by the world’s top wedding photographers. This year’s race to the top was especially interesting because of the photographer who was hot on his heels: Lanny’s wife Erika Mann, co-owner of Two Mann Studios, who finished in second place with 16 Fearless Awards of her own. (read more at: http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/blog/lanny-mann-2014-fearless-photographer-year/)
BEYOND THE CHAPEL: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SERVICE TO SOCIETY. While their workdays may be occupied with white dresses and first dances, many wedding photographers devote their off-hours to projects that take them far afield from churches and hotel ballrooms. Volunteering for nonprofit organizations that often lack the funds for professional photography, these committed artists use their camera skills to raise awareness of social and environmental issues in their neighborhoods and around the world. Kristi Odom is one such photographer. Based in Washington, DC, Odom says she loves shooting weddings but also has a huge passion for nature. “I believe in photography for conservation and change,” she says. “My personal goal is to remind people of the beauty in this world, hopefully influencing people to want to conserve it.” (read more at: http://www.fearlessphotographers.com/blog/beyond-the-chapel/)
For many years, Rangefinder magazine (affiliated with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International [WPPI]) has been one of the top titles for professional photographers. I'm proud to have written over twenty articles for them. The following are links to a few on their website.
JIM GARNER: LIGHTNING STRIKE. Jim Garner (named by American Photo as one of the world’s top 10 wedding photographers and winner of WPPI’s Best Album awards in 2007 and 2008) has become accustomed to dealing with a little bit of rain at his weddings. But conditions like the ones captured in this dramatic image could be enough to put even the most adept photographer a little off their game—especially when the storm nearly blew the reception tent right over. (read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/imaging-techniques/The-Last-Word-Jim--3322.shtml#sthash.tQvPsbyK.dpuf)
KEN SKLUTE: S-CURVES LA.Like most successful wedding photographers, Ken Sklute has a masterful way of teasing out great images from situations that don’t quite go as planned. “This image was taken in downtown Los Angeles,” says Sklute. “The wedding was being held at the nearby Millennium Biltmore Hotel, so I had searched out a killer area for some unique portraits.” The Biltmore, home to the Academy Awards in the 1930s and 1940s, is an extremely glamorous and ornate hotel. Consequently, Sklute wanted to find an area that contrasted with (and complemented) its old-world design. (read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/imaging-techniques/The-Last-Word-Ken--3189.shtml#sthash.YNoTVqOY.dpuf)
ANN HAMILTON: CUPCAKE. In addition to weddings, photographer Ann Hamilton has created an interesting niche market in photographing dogs. This charmer, a 7-month-old bulldog puppy named Cupcake, was photographed in Ann’s San Francisco studio. “With a little coercing from my clients, the dog’s ‘parents,’ Cupcake turned over and had her belly rubbed until she fell asleep in this position,” says Ann. “My clients requested this shot because this is a typical pose for Cupcake when she’s at home.” (read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/imaging-techniques/The-Last-Word-Ann--3216.shtml#sthash.jPXRbvFE.dpuf)
LOVE IN THE HEARTLAND. “It’s crazy to think that at 9 and 10 years old I used to get subscriptions to Shutterbug and Popular Photography every year for Christmas,” says Dawn Shields. “I would sit and look at those pictures and think about how great it was to be a photographer… but I never imagined that this would happen.” That same Christmas-morning joy comes across as she tells how “this” actually did happen—how she went from seeing photography as an impossible dream to being one of the top photographers in the Midwest, how she has been awed by the generosity of people in the industry, and how privileged she feels to share in the lives of her clients and co-workers. (read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/wedding/Love-in-the-Heartlan-3090.shtml#sthash.eu2KUkAG.dpuf)
BRIDE AT WATERSHED WINERY. Acclaimed photographer Tony Hewitt created this arresting bridal portrait during a wedding at Watershed Winery in the southwest region of Western Australia. “We were waiting in an adjacent room with the bridal party before they entered the reception to be received by the guests,” recalls Tony. “As the bride was moving toward the door, she passed under a small halogen ‘downlight’ and in front of a painting of yellow light shining through a window onto a red wall. The bride was gentle and quite reserved, so I asked for a few minutes of her time, as I felt I could capture a warm, intimate and yet strong, iconic shot of her.” (Read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/wedding/Bride-at-Watershed-W-2190.shtml#sthash.wcCgLDlQ.dpuf)
DOUG GORDON: ROMANCING THE DAY. This alluring bridal portrait, created by acclaimed photographer Doug Gordon, reflects a type of image that has become a staple of his wedding day coverage. “The brides love it, and more importantly, it is a really invigorating experience for a woman,” says Doug. “I find it really boosts her confidence and helps her trust me, which creates a good working relationship. Even better, brides love telling their friends how great I made them feel about themselves. The key to a good business is getting the client to recommend you based on a personal relationship.” (read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/imaging-techniques/Doug-Gordon-ROMANCI-3904.shtml#sthash.KY1go7Cj.dpuf)
DQ QuiKeys: WORKFLOW EMPOWERMENT: “We’ve always believed capturing an image in the camera is only half the job,” say Canadian photographers Dave and Quin Cheung, owners of DQ Studios in Calgary, Alberta. When shooting with film, the couple would develop and print their own black-and-white images in their darkroom. When going digital, however, they made the decision to retouch each and every image they delivered to their clients. “Our clients loved the final images, and we were rewarded financially for this service,” says Dave, “but doing so proved to take way more time than anticipated.” As a result, the couple felt they had to develop more efficient ways of retouching to increase both their profitability and the time they could spend with their growing family. While many software solutions are available for streamlining the postproduction workflow, the Cheungs realized that the hardware component of the equation was less effectively addressed in other workflow-enhancement systems. “As photographers, many of us are very conscious of our tools. It seems that camera ergonomics, usability and speed can never be enough to quench our collective thirst,” notes Dave. “So why do we not take the same care in choosing our tools for retouching and settle for a mouse and QWERTY keyboard which were never intended for photo retouching?” (Read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/aftercapture/new-products/DQ-QuiKeys-Workflow-3069.shtml#sthash.80HPIfIN.dpuf)
FOR THE LOVE OF ROMANCE. Dave and Quin Cheung are unusually gifted photographers. First and foremost, however, they are a happily married couple raising a young family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The pair makes no secret about being hopeless romantics, as you can see in the spirited images of the fashionable young couple that pepper the “About Us” section of their website. Certainly, this passion for each other and for family is what drives their personal lives, but it’s also what inspires them to create fresh and innovative images for each client they photograph. It’s what motivates them to seek out the subtle exchange of glances that cut to the heart of a bride and groom’s romance, or to capture the exuberance of a laughing family doing crazy jumps in the front yard—a family so clearly lost in the moment that the camera has all but disappeared. (Read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/wedding/For-the-Love-of-Roma-2749.shtml#sthash.7PoY93lc.dpuf)
OUT TO SEA: CAL LANDAU. Developing a consistent, efficient workflow, especially one that involves printing your own images and producing your own albums, can be a challenge for any photographer. Now imagine doing it with the added variables of high humidity, rolling waves and unpredictable weather. This is precisely the challenge that Pittsburgh wedding photographer Cal Landau took on when he and his wife, Marty, made it their goal to establish a second business in Florida and spend some time sailing. “My father lived on a boat for a little while with his wife, and I always thought it would be cool,” Landau says. “Then I married someone who also thought that would be pretty interesting. We’re very much about being in a healthy environment, and there’s no more healthy environment than being near the ocean.” (Read more at: http://www.rangefinderonline.com/features/profiles/Out-to-Sea-3492.shtml#sthash.1SC24eTT.dpuf)