Before The Shutter: Free eBook Launched Today

I am so excited to announce the release of my second eBook! And best of all, you can get a copy for FREE.”Before The Shutter” will help you get the most out of your next photo excursion by preparing for and planning an award-winning photograph.

Creating a timeless image has as much to do with the work that went in to the photograph long before the shutter was pressed as it has to do with what happened on the scene.

Don’t just hope for a great shot! Leave less to chance by preparing for an award-winning image.

You will learn how to:

  • Research locations
  • Stretch your creative vision
  • Plan your trip
  • Hire a Guide
  • Pack the stuff you will need
  • Scout locations
  • Create a shot list
  • What to do on the scene
  • What to do after the shoot

If you are already a subscriber to my monthly newsletter, you should have already received a download link in your inbox this morning. If not, all you have to do is sign-up and I will send you a free copy!

You will also receive my monthly newsletter which contains travel updates, news, excerpts from popular blog posts, a sample of my latest images, and free wallpapers.

Don’t worry, I’m never going to rent, sell, or otherwise share the information I’m collecting here. I hate spam as much as you do. And if you decide the content isn’t for you, there’s an instant “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every single message.


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  1. Laurie Nelson Alexander says

    Hi Anne! Just downloaded the new e-book and quickly paged through it. Congratulations…it is beautiful!

    I am so excited to stop at some point today and read from cover to cover with my 9th grade daughter, the budding photographer. It looks fabulous. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge…this makes it so much easier to assist my girl in moving out into the world into the passion-based field of her choice – photography and travel. I am so delighted and grateful that she has mentors willing to share what they have learned, and that you are one of them. Bless you.

    • says

      Hi Laurie, thank you very much for your very kind comments about my eBook! I am so honoured that you would consider me a mentor for your daughter. If she wants to go into travel photography, the book should help her plan out her photo shoots in new locations. Thanks again!

  2. Kathy says

    Ann: I’m already a subscriber, but I can’t seem to get the book. In my e-mail, it says to “enter your e-mail below to receive your new e-book.” However there is no place to enter my e-mail. So I enter it in the “subscribe” box, but I am already a subscriber, so I get an error message saying I am already subscribed. I think I’m in a “do-loop” here.

    Do you have a solution?

    Thanks so much.

    • says

      Hi Kathy, I replied to your comment directly in your email. I hope you received the book ok. Please let me know if you didn’t get it. I really want you to have one! :)

  3. Chuck Bruton says

    Sorry so late with the suggestion, I forgot to remind you that while you were on your way to Big Bend, you should have stopped at Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US. It is between Amarillo and Canyon Texas. Maybe next time around you can visit it.


    • says

      Hi Adam, thank you very much! I actually did all the design and layout of the book myself. I created the pdf version with the nicer layout, and then created another version for the small ebook readers. For the small version, I used smashwords to convert to all the various ebook reader formats and they also distribute to all the major sellers. Shoot me an email if you have any questions, I’m more than happy to share. Actually a number of people have asked me about my process so I might write a blog post about it.

  4. says

    Congrats on your second book Anne. I will have to download it and give it a read. I am sure tat I will enjoy it.

    I see you are in New Mexico. I’ve never been there but will be in May. I’ll be looking forward to your images. Don’t miss Monument Valley as it is my favorite stop in the Southwest. If you do, hire a Navajo guide to take you to the places you can’t see from the road especially Tear Drop Arch. The guides that I used was Simpson’s Trailhandlers Tour. They were great.
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    • says

      Hi Len, I really hope you enjoy the ebook. Let me know if you have any feedback. After New Mexico, we will be going through Arizona and Utah so I will definitely be going through monument valley. Thanks for the recommendation on the guide. I had a guide when I went to Page, Arizona, who was Navajo and it was great because he took us to places we wouldn’t have been allowed to go otherwise.

  5. Pamela says

    Amazon and Google didn’t agree on a universal file format, and not all electronic books were supported by all readers. Sony’s early Readers faced this issue, but as of publication, its newer models, like the Reader Touch, or PRS-600, support both ePub and PDF electronic book files.


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