Books that Inspire, Motivate and Educate Photographers

Regardless of whether you are just starting out or you’ve been in the photography business for years, it is important to stimulate your mind, replenish your motivation reservoir and improve your skills. One of the best ways to do that, is reading (or listening to audiobooks). The following list includes a few of the books we’ve read this year and a few that were suggested by our readers. Most are not even photography books but are more creative, inspirational or business oriented. We would love to grow this list so please submit your favorite books that inspire, motivate and educate using the  form at the bottom of the page.

Photography


Going Pro: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer

Going Pro Going Pro is the essential guide to leaping successfully into any genre of professional photography. Industry powerhouses Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen share invaluable advice on defining your niche, putting together a portfolio, pricing and showing your work, marketing, positioning your brand, and, most important, building an online social media platform from the ground up.

 


For the Love: An inspirational Guide and Adventure into Photographing Your Family

For the LoveA personal and inspirational guide and adventure into photographing your family and inviting time to breathe, time to love, and time to embrace what you have. An invitation to explore your creativity, whilst also recording the moments that your heart tells you that you must.

‘For The Love’ is for anyone who loves photography, as it is a gentle reminder that we need to slow down, record, and remember these precious days.


Fine Art Wedding Photography

Fine Art Wedding Photography A guide to the next big thing in wedding imagery that shows wedding photographers of various levels how to evolve past photojournalism to the higher-end, more stylised look brides want, with specific design, composition, posing and lighting techniques that makes any bride’s wedding photos look like the pages of a glossy lifestyle magazine. Thanks to Abundant Life Images for the suggestion.

 


Motivation/Inspiration


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.


 
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transform­ing education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.


The Gifts of Imperfection

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”


Have a Little Faith: A True Story

Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man’s journey, but it is everyone’s story.The book follows the spiritual journeys of three men—a suburban rabbi, an inner-city pastor and the author himself.

 

 


The Complete Artist’s Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice

For the millions of readers who have experienced the rich rewards of following any or all of Julia Cameron’s three twelve-week programs for creative recovery, here is a gorgeous cloth-bound edition that includes The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. In her introduction, Cameron reflects on the artist’s journey and provides deep insights into how readers may set about cultivating a more creative and spiritually rewarding existence by using the principles contained in these books.


Business

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen in your photography business? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.
This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace.


Grouped: How small groups of friends are the key to influence on the social web
The web is undergoing a fundamental change. It is moving away from its current structure of documents and pages linked together, and towards a new structure that is built around people. This is a profound change that will affect how we create business strategy, design, marketing, and advertising. The reason for this shift is simple. For tens of thousands of years we’ve been social animals. The web, which is only 20 years old, is simply catching up with offline life.

From travel to news to commerce, smart businesses are reorienting their efforts around people–around the social behavior of their customers and potential customers. In order to be successful, businesses will need to understand how people are connected, how their social network influences them, how the people closest to them influence them the most, and how it’s more important for marketers to focus on small, connected groups of friends rather than looking for overly influential individuals.


Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded Edition: Leverage Your Unique Strengths for a More Successful Photography Business 

Competition in the photography industry has never been fiercer. But in this empowering guide, acclaimed photographer and speaker Dane Sanders reveals that the key to success is to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and start focusing on your most powerful resource: you. Discover how to:

      Use your unique skills and talents to carve out a niche all your own.
      Avoid the mistakes most photographers make.
      Choose a business style that fits the way you want to spend your time—and live your life.

 

 

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