18 Books to Grow Your Photography Business

18 Books to Grow Your Photography Business

FTP_Cover_MED.jpgWith the holidays around the corner, your making your list and checking it twice. If you are a pro photographer or an aspiring pro, these 18 books are among the top of preferred information to grow your business to the precise point you want. Put one or two on your list, and you may just find the perfect gift that will give you an enormous return on investment.

1. Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders

What draws you to a photography? Do you really understand what it means for you to personally make the jump from hobby-est to business owner? Fast Track Photographer will help you dig deep to discover how far you are willing to go to pursue your dream career.

2. Successful Self-Promotion for Photographers by Elyse Weissberg and Amanda Sosa Stone

Before spending money unnecessarily on ads and marketing for your business, do some strategic analysis on your market and what may be the most successful bang for your buck.

3. Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David DuChemin

A conscious effort of artistic development is just as necessary as the steps you make with your business. DuChemin’s book will help you enter that level of “conscious-competance.”

4. Photographer’s Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business by Vik Orenstein

What field are you cut out for? Which do you want to enter? What will it take? No better guide will equip you than the Photographers Market.

5. Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers by Jacqueline Tobi

Whether or not you are interested in wedding photography, this book by “Unveiled” will give a sneak peek on artistic expression in the midst of a variety of shooting experiences.

6. “52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life” by David Allen

There’s a great deal of competition in the photography industry. Get the inside scoop on how to make goals and accomplish them to raise the bar on your business.

7. “How to win friends and influence people”” by Dale Carnegie

The photography business is all about connections. Learn how to make connections, stand out from the crowd, be personable and persuasive with one of the original books of social networking.

8. Kevin Kubota’s Digital Photography Bootcamp .

Running and managing a studio is one of the greatest joys and challenges for business owners of photography studios. Create a systematic approach to running your digital workflow which will cut down on time – and money.

9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The photography industry is fiercely competitive. So how do you make your edge? One of the oldest surviving military treatises will help you develop a mindset to take competition to a new level, and come out on top – even in the wedding photography industry.

10. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

There’s no need to put off entering that “next level” of technical and artistic development with your photography. Learn the ins and outs of being an advanced shooter through Peterson’s book, and start charging a premium for your work.

12. John Harrington’s book: Best Business Practices for Photographers

An understanding of basic business doesn’t always give you the edge in owning a photography business. With unique issues specific to the photography industries, you need guidance to deal with negotiating contracts, securing liscences, and print rights. Harrington’s book is a perfect solution for discovering the business side of photography.

13. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Nothing stands out quite like a Purple Cow. Godin’s book will guide you through the process of making your brand unique, solid, and cohesive for your clients; giving you that upper edge in your target market.

14. 2010 Photographer’s Market

Don’t want to run your own business, but enjoy freelancing? No guide will equip you better to discover opportunities for paid work better than the 2010 Photographers Market. Get the info for magazines, business, and publishers who are open for accepting work in all areas of life.

15. The Photographers Eye

Sometimes you need a little extra input to develop the artistic element of your photos. Think of your photos through the eyes of an educated designer, and watch your skills grow and develop even beyond your personal expectations.

16.The Moment it Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the worlds top shooters by Joe McNally

If you want “one foot on the coffee table, the other foot in the classroom”, there’s no better way to grow than with Joe McNally as your personal mentor. Be challenged and inspired to grow, push your own artistic envelop, and think about your photos on a level you never thought possible.

17. The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a more profitable and fulfilling business – Damien Lovegrove (Author)

Want to be fully informed with a full understanding of the wedding photography industry before you jump in? Review in depth details of artistic practice, systematic workflow, and business development to equip you with the info you need to succeed in the wedding photography industry.

18. Essential Fashion Illustration: Poses (Essential Fashion Illustrations:) – Mite Lafuente

Need to figure out how to pose your subjects to be poised and natural? Take some ques from the fashion industry to create your arson of poses to pull out during your shoots for the perfect artistic portrait.

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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography www.BrideInspired.com and leadership with www.RevMediaBlog.com.

Some Older Comments

  • St Louis Wedding Photographer November 13, 2010 06:20 am

    SWEET! I'm always up for a good read. For some reason, books seem to make more of a change with me than websites do. I think it's the difference in credibility of a book combined with how dedicated and focused I am on the book when I sit down to concentrate.

  • Matthew Duke April 3, 2010 09:37 pm

    There are various podcasts, and individual photographer's blogs that are just as useful to use as a resource and these often are free.

  • Pete December 23, 2009 12:43 am

    I like the list you've given us. Just a quick tip, though... on book 18, I don't think you want an "arson of poses"... arson is willful and malicious burning of someone's house or property. Arsenal might be a better word to use... :-)
    Oh, and the ques we're taking from the fashion industry are actually cues...

  • Jason Collin Photography December 22, 2009 12:29 pm

    I would add Scott Bourne's "88 Secrets to Publishing and Selling Photographs" though it is a bit old now and may not include all the latest about online ventures, it certainly covers all the things you can do with your feet.

  • Shane Thompson December 22, 2009 09:56 am

    She got the number one book right. Fast track is a GREAT book for anyone looking at becoming a professional photographer. Read this before you write your business plan and hang out your shingle, it will definately help you figure out how to do things right and to personalise your business to you. Dane also offers weekly coaching on different photography subjects at askdane.com. Its worth your time to check it out.

  • Kristi Crosson December 22, 2009 09:26 am

    Great article! I read Dane Sanders' book, and it is awesome. Several of these books are in my near future plans! Great job with the article Christina!

  • D. Travis North December 22, 2009 03:27 am

    I've read several of those books, and I can attest that they are all good reads. I have one to add, though..."The Photographer's Survival Guide" by Amada Sosa Stone and Suzanne Sease. I just so happen to review this one for Digital Photography School - check out my review of The Photographer's Survival Guide

  • Peter December 22, 2009 01:43 am

    I miss:

    Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig
    VisionMonger by David DuChemin
    The Photographer's Survival Guide by Amanda Sosa Stone and Susanne Sease

    and the ebooks of Mitchell Kanashkevich: Seeing the light and Understanding post-processing

  • DPStudent December 22, 2009 12:49 am

    My two personal favorites of this bunch are:

    The moment it Clicks - by Joe McNally - a great book talking about photographer's mindset. The moment it "clicks" refers to the moment that all of the little pieces come together in photographer's head producing amazing photo.

    The Photographer's Eye - by Michael Freeman - while clearly not the easiest book to read for a beginner photographer, this book offers wealth of composition tips which are well documented and explained. It's a fantastic read, but i would recommend it for people who already know composition basics. Otherwise it is definitely one of the best books on composition to-date.

  • Lester December 22, 2009 12:45 am

    Thanks the info, this is just what I've been looking for!