Confessions of a Wedding Photographer: A Memoir
By Claire Lewis
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312381899, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 27, 2008
Once upon a time, Claire Lewis dreamed she would take her camera to war zones to document political upheavals and expose grave injustices. Fate led her elsewhere. And while she might not be on assignment for The New York Times, her current job carries its own dangers: Claire is a wedding photographer. Her world is populated by stressed-out brides and the mothers who reared them, grooms who seduce bridesmaids, brides who change their minds, pass out, or dance on tables in tiaras, and the occasional couple who are truly in love. If you told Claire that you thought being a wedding photographer was glamorous, chances are she’d laugh and give you a list of reasons why it is not glamorous. What it is is unpredictable, funny, demanding, moving, and full of spontaneous moments that cause one to question the nature of love and relationships. As Claire says, it’s all that and it’s never dull. What more could you ask for?
Told with great wit and exuberance, this memoir is a hilarious and touching account of one woman’s adventures in a career that she never saw herself in, and of how she braved those waters while also managing to fall in love and have a wedding of her own. A delightful, insightful read, Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer will make you see weddings in a whole new light.
Claire Lewis has been photographing weddings for more than twenty years. She lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco, California.
"Wedding Checklist:1. Read and enjoy Exposed, a rollicking, insightful look at the inanities and affections that comprise the modern American wedding by affable photographer Claire Lewis.2. Heed her sage advice re: garter belts, windbag officiants, and dogs as ring bearers.3. Pop champagne. Read and enjoy some more."--Franz Wisner, bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother "This is everything a book about shooting weddings should be. By turns hilarious, poignant, and outrageous, Exposed is for anyone who's ever been in, or to, a wedding."--Tracey Toomey and Leanne Shear, co-authors of The Perfect Manhattan and Cocktail Therapy