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Photography Inspiration from Books: A Round-Up


I am inspired by all sorts of things!

But, surrounding myself with beautiful coffee table books filled with stunning images is one of my favorite ways to find inspiration.

A few of these photographers I’ve followed for years and some I stumbled upon.

You just might find me perusing one of these books before I start sketching my ideas for a session.

“But, Natasha these aren’t all family photography photographers?”

Correct! Inspiration can come from different types of photography. And I LOVE exploring it all – weddings, family/motherhood, headshots, women, animals. And that’s what these books reflect.

Books for Photography Inspiration

Here are my personal favorites.

Motherhood book

Mother and Child

Ok, these is a stunning book by Claiborne Swanson Frank filled with portraits of moms with kids, some are multi generational. I love reading the blurbs/interviews of all the moms, but the photographs are truly gorgeous.

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Slim Aarons was a mind blowing artist. I’m sure you’ve seen his photographs before. He has a number of books that showcase his work. I love the glam and the environmental shots. Seeing how photographers pose women is always an inspiration!

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The Perfect Imperfect

John Dolan is the standard for black and white wedding photography (he does shoot color, too). His photos feel. And to capture photos that feel is a true art. Also, I love a black and white images, so, of course I love his work!

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Gray Malin

I have followed Gray for a long time! His photos are whimsical and fun. I simply adore his aerial shots. And the series he did at The Parker Palm Springs!

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Who hasn’t heard of Annie Leibovitz? Her images are as iconic as the people she photographs. And there is always something to be learned from a true genius!

Where Else I Find Photography Inspiration

I find inspiration all around me…observing people when I’m out and about. Different forms of art – sculptures, paintings. My personal life.

But, these are coffee table books are the ones I gravitate to time and time again.

If you have a photographer in your life, consider gifting them one of these amazing books! I know they will love it. xo

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meet natasha

I'm DC photographer, Natasha Sewell. I'm all about capturing those unscripted, full-of-personality moments in the comfort of your home.

As a mom of three and a former elementary school teacher turned in-home newborn and family photographer, I know how to get your littles to cooperate and have FUN!

Let’s get to preserving your family's real-life moments in the place you’re most comfortable – your home.

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