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Coffee Table books your best friend will love

The beauty of coffee table books is that you can showcase your style no matter what your passion is: whether it be travel, shoes, fashion, interior design, antiques or art. They make a beautiful and personal gift and stunning accessory to your home.

Here are 5 Coffee table books that would be perfect gifts for your best friend, no matter their taste:

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:vintageIcons of Vintage Fashion: Definitive Designer Classics at Auction 1900-2000 by Penelope Blanckaert

Examines fashion from the twentieth century through auction sale listings, providing the estimate and amount the item was sold at, with profiles on designers and styles.

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:shoeThe Shoe Book by Nancy MacDonnell

For centuries shoes have served as a form of expression that communicates to the world who we are or who we want to be. Following on the heels of the success of The T-Shirt Book, The Leather Book, The Bikini Book, and The Trench Book from Assouline’s Anthology Collection, The Shoe Book explores the history and technologies that have shaped the designs and styles that continue to evolve.

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:beverlyIn the Spirit of Beverly Hills by Nancie Clare

Assouline began with an idea and a belief: the first, a notion that beauty, perfected, has meaning that is capable of transforming our lives; and the second, that a book–artfully crafted and highly considered in its visual content–can open our eyes and minds. With our first book, La Colombe d’Or, we sought to convey the experience of a small hotel in the south of France, a tiny, sublime world of art, history, luxury, and inspiration unto itself.

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:hamptonsThe Big Book of the Hamptons by Assouline

Celebrates the mystique and romance of the iconic and extravagant neighborhood of the Hamptons, exploring the architecture and gardens of the area’s opulent mansions.

 

 

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:sartoriarlistThe Sartorialist by Scott Schuman

Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people on the street who looked great. This book is an anthology of Scott’s favourite shots from around the world. It includes photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer.

So you want to be a…. photographer

I have always loved and been interested in photography but it didn’t truly come alive for me until my son was born a few years ago. As a first time mum, I wanted so badly to capture every moment with my son while he was still young. I started to live and breathe photography. All my spare time was spent scouring the library for photography books, reading article after article online, and working on my skills to capture everything around me. I have also completed some basic photography courses and attended workshops which have been helpful in networking and sharing knowledge with other photographers.

This year I joined the AIPP (The Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and received accreditation. It was a big milestone for me. Since I didn’t have any formal training, I felt it really validated me as a Photographer! I still learn new things every.single.day. As a professional photographer you need to maintain up-to-date skills so I like to do one workshop a year and also participate in short courses here and there. I read photography books to find new ideas and techniques to try out. I like to set photography challenges for myself to try new things. I also follow some successful photographers on social media who kindly share their knowledge and skills. Currently I’m focused on learning how to run my business in a very competitive world and how to stand out in the sea of other family photographers. For this purpose I see a mentor once a month who helps me hone my business skills. It’s all about constant learning and having the courage to put yourself out there!

Here are a few of my favourite photography books:

https-::covers.booko.info:300:EnvisioningEnvisioning Family by Tamara Lackey

 

 

 

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:absolutelyHow to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang

 

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:artThe Art of Photography: An approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum

 

 

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:eyeThe Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

https-::covers.booko.info:300:extroadinaryExtraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are by Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwarin

New York: Books to inspire

Some people feel that they can only truly understand the essence of a city if they walk its streets themselves. This may be true, but you can also get a fantastic insight from books that feature design, history, the food and the people that belong to a particular city. Here is a selection of books that bring on wanderlust for New York (sigh).

 

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

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New York Sleeps by Christopher Thomas

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Gastropolis: Food & New York City by Annie Hauck-Lawson & Jonathon Deutsch

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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

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New York In Style: A Guide to the City’s Fashion, Design and Style by Janelle McCulloch

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