Capturing Everyday Life Review

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Recently I was given the opportunity to review a book on photography by Jane Goodrich entitled Capturing Every Day Life.  Jane Goodrich is a child and newborn photographer based in New York.  The description read: "The no-nonsense, cheese-free, read-while-they-nap, easy-as-pie guide to taking top-notch, world-class photos of your kids."  That sounded good to me!  

I was excited to review this book because I feel like when I read books or articles on photography my photos just get better because it's a good reminder of the basics and different techniques to use with my photos.  I was looking forward to reading a book about photographing kids in particular. 

I felt like this book was very informative.  It covered all the basics of DSLR photography, and her writing style is very conversational and easy to understand.  Beyond giving just the basics of photography concepts, Goodrich also included ideas for photographing children and getting creative shots.  I also appreciated that she included a section on tips for photographing different ages, from infants to teens.  I liked the tips for my kids' age groups, and it gave me an idea of what I have to look forward to in photographing them in future years!

The entire book is filled with gorgeous photos that Goodrich took herself, and more than once I found myself staring at and admiring one of the images on the pages.  I even got a few ideas for photos I'd like to try with my kids, so that was inspiring.

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The entire book is only about 63 pages, so it really is a read-while-they-nap guide - which is perfect for me!   I was able to glean ideas and inspiration in a relatively short amount of time, and that's a plus to me because I like immediate results - tips that will help me improve my photos right away.

The only con I can mention about the book is a few typos I caught here and there - but I'm kind of a grammar/spelling nerd, so I catch typos everywhere.  Even on my own blog (whoops!).  So while it was enough for me to notice, it wasn't a deal-breaker for me.

Overall, I'd recommend this book for any mom who is just starting out in DSLR photography, is trying to learn their DSLR camera, or just wants some photo ideas to use with her own kids.

To learn more about the author and get more photography tips from her blog, you can check out her website, Jane Goodrich Photography.

Note: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Jessica and Stephan said...

I might have to check out that book, it would be great to use to take pics of the kids at work! We do a slide show every year at Christmas, and at the Kindergarten grad at the end of the year, this would be perfect for some good ideas!

Sarah said...

I love reading and I love reviewing books (not products, just books), but I have one question: How do I connect with an author that wants a book review?

Melanie said...

What a great book!!

Rae said...

Thanks for the review! It sounds like a great book :)

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