I am very proud to announce that today my book was released for sale in stores and online. Introducing: Photographing Shadow and Light: Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer Joey L.
Um… That’s a freaken long title… I admit- the book’s subtitle is shamelessly keyword-heavy on purpose, but you get the idea. To make things simple, let’s just refer to it from now on as “The Joey L. Book” or “Joey Lawrence’s Photography Book”.
You can order it today from Amazon for $19 bucks (available in both paperback and Kindle), or pick it up from your local big bertha book store such as Barnes and Noble, Walmart or Chapters. I’ve uploaded a free PDF excerpt of a chapter here. The reason why I like this particular chapter is because it’s from a time when my shoots were very DIY, and I was still half guessing what I was doing.
The truth is, I wrote most of this book between the hours of 3am to 5am sitting in my underwear. Most of my memories of this book include loose piles of notes and color-match prints on my desk. But now that it’s a nice shiney package and in my hands, it feels complete. My hope is that this book with provide both serious amateurs and professionals a fresh perspective on creating compelling, dramatic portraits.
Inside, you will find detailed case studies of many of my photography sessions. This includes both my personal projects shot in Africa, India, and Brooklyn and also commercial photoshoots for 50 Cent, Pennzoil, History Channel’s Pawn Stars, and much more. There are step-by-step guides explaining how I visualized each shoot, formed meaningful connections with my subjects, and detailed gear diagrams sharing how I built my lighting setups for each photo—one light at a time. You will also find that all the horrible grammar & derailed trains of thought usually found in my writing have magically been corrected by Random House editors & the talented Jeff Kent.
I’m also very honored that David Hobby (Mr. Strobist himself) wrote the forward. If you don’t know about David’s lighting blog, you’ve been living under a rock.
Now that this sucker is out, I’ve got 3am-5am free for my next project. For the next couple days, (at least), it’s going to be sleep.