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Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer: A Memoir

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  125 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Once upon a time, Claire Lewis dreamed she would take her camera to war zones todocument 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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Julie Stevenson
Feb 23, 2014 Julie Stevenson rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of meeting the author, Claire Lewis, when David and I were in Sonoma County for our first anniversary. We were at a little wine shop in Cloverdale, CA and Claire's book was proudly displayed there. The book was already signed by her and I happily purchased it. The owner of the wine shop advised me that Claire was in town and she called her to come and see me. I wanted to meet Claire and chat about her book and her experiences with book publishing. I could not have met a nicer ...more
May 01, 2016 Bunny rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-16
The best thing about memoirs that involve fun and crazy workplace stories is how a good author can weave their personal life into stories about their work. Stories about dealing with their children turn to dealing with problem customers. Personal trauma can lead to glorious, tear inducing stories about making a customer's day the best day ever.

And Claire Lewis?

Does none of that.

More stories about her personal life than "confessions" about her work. And guess what? I didn't pick up this book to
Jun 09, 2008 Arwen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who's gone to a wedding
I got this partly because I'm getting married in two weeks, but mostly because I know the author through a friend of the family. She's wonderful and so I hoped her book would be, too. And what a treat!

Exposed is a wonderful swirl of delicious guilty pleasures: crazy stories of lunatic brides and grooms mixed in with thoughtful meditations on art vs commerce and the fascinating life story of the author. I bought it because of Claire, but that's not why I read it through in one sitting! It's real
Frances Johnson
Dec 27, 2014 Frances Johnson rated it liked it
Interesting book , funny book about a wedding photographer.
Elaine Meszaros
Dec 03, 2014 Elaine Meszaros rated it really liked it
This collection of teeth-grittingly awful stories make me so grateful I never became a wedding photographer. Jam-packed with horrendous Bridezillas, venomous mother-of-the-brides, gad-awful ministers and other fiascos Exposed will make even the most painful wedding seem a painful pleasure cruise in comparison. There are a few stories of wonderful couples and their perfect day, but for the most part Lewis trots are here worst and dimmest. A delightful guilty pleasure of a read.
Jun 22, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
I read this book for fun. :) I've always loved wedding stories, and this book had a lot of crazy stories. The author is a wedding photographer, and she shares some of her most memorable bridezilla stories. What I read from this is that she doesn't like weddings, or being a wedding photographer, it's just a job to her. She does mix in a few chapters of her life, for example, before she wanted to be a photographer, then her internship with a well-known photographer in NY, how she met her husband w ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Angela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone looking for a quick, fun memoir
The title pretty much sums up the book. Claire Lewis has been in the wedding photography business long enough to become jaded, but not so long as to become insufferably jaded. While not as "scandelous" as the title may suggest, Lewis includes plenty of stories of brides--and grooms, and guests, and family members--behaving badly. She does, however, compare them to her dream couples who share her wedding values, placing the people above the pomp. Lewis occasionally mentions her own history of lov ...more
Dana Cheryl
Sep 15, 2012 Dana Cheryl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone needing to laugh out loud! Photographers
I haven't laughed out loud like this in a long, long time. The author condensed 20+ years spent as a wedding photographer down to about 300 brilliant pages. Readers get up close and personal with the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the American wedding industry. Some of the stories were sweet and moving while others literally had me sitting with my mouth hanging all agog as whatever could go wrong did go wrong. Add in to the mix a healthy heaping of the author's life story and it makes fo ...more
Jan 16, 2016 V rated it liked it
Interesting subject matter - a level headed wedding photographer with a snarky assistant who seemingly thrive on chaotic weddings.
Jan 13, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I generally like memoirs and learning about people's jobs and how they do them. This was more of a rant against wacka-a-doo weddings and how crazy a lot of people get when planning a wedding.

What I learned from this book: brides are insane, bridesmaids are bitchy, grooms are drunk, parents of brides and grooms are weird, and the author's husband left his wife of three months after meeting the author, having realized that she was his one and only. (Seriously, the chapters about her personal life
Apr 29, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: photographers
I am a wedding photographer and this book had me in tears laughing a few times. I wouldn't believe Lewis had I not witnessed bridal hysteria first hand. The dynamic between Lewis and her second shooter was really funny and I really enjoyed reading about the author's life. Her doubts and hard times are not unlike mine (or most photographer's who do this stuff for a living) and it was a really engaging read...and fast! Killed it in one day. Definitely a good beach read.
Jan 29, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it
Fun read! I really enjoyed it.
JJ Casas
I actually caught Clair Lewis at Books Inc. in San Francisco right before she left. I had her sign my copy and look forward to reading her book. We've exchanged emails since I wanted her to see my photos on my website and she was kind enough to spend a few minutes and give me some words of encouragement.

I'm sure I'll breeze through this since I too have shot weddings and will expect to be enjoyed when reading this.
Sep 11, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
+ I am obviously on a memoir kick and this is the 2nd one in a row that I'm giving 5 stars to!! Such a quick read, but I loved each chapter!
+ I loved how the author wrote about her personal life every other chapter, and then about different weddings. I literally LOLed at some of the stories!! So funny.
+ Sarah, the photographer's assistant, was my favorite. She cracked me up!
Apr 03, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
I have no idea why I chose this book as I am not sentimental about weddings or even interested in them. I guess it was because it is the memoir of a photographer. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Claire Lewis' book which is full of quirky people, some nice and some not so nice. I highly recommend this book as Claire Lewis has many delightful tales to tell.
Jun 24, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer, was a hilarious read - part memoir, part funny stories from years of photographing weddings.

I'm currently in the mists of booking vendors for my May 2010 wedding. This book was a great read to keep me laughing about it all.

I greatly enjoyed reading this book and wish Claire Lewis has written other books.
Feb 01, 2012 Ginny rated it it was amazing
Wow....Loved this one so much. I am addicted to the behind the scenes and what really goes on in jobs like this. Brides are ca-ray-z. And Exposed shows just how crazy they can be!

Reading this memoir also makes me wish I was having my wedding in California so I could have Claire Lewis do my pictures!

Nov 15, 2008 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Adriana by: a friend
This book helped keep me sane while I was planning my wedding. It was full of funny and sweet tales about various weddings in the bay area all told from the perspective of the wedding photographer. It made me remember what is really important about the wedding day despite family squabbles.
Dec 28, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
This was a nice light read. It makes you happy to think that there are people out there who are WAY more obsessed than you are, and that there are nice people who can help them to have the best day possible even if they are being unreasonable.
Oct 24, 2008 Shelbs rated it liked it
a light and fluffy memoir written from the perspective of someone who is privy to the most ridiculous aspects of weddings - the wedding photographer. it was a breezy & entertaining read and a good escape book. definitely beach reading.
Aug 26, 2011 jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
For anyone who thinks wedding photography is glamorous and, well, easy . . . read this book. As outrageous as some of this stories are, having photographed a few weddings myself, I actually believe they are all completely true.
Lynn Vannucci
Written by a friend's sister or might never have picked it up. Funny and sweet - and interesting particularly to people in the hospitality industry, as I once was, as they will relate to all the crazy requests from clients.
Lynn Vannucci
Written by a friend's sister or might never have picked it up. Funny and sweet - and interesting particularly to people in the hospitality industry, as I once was, as they will relate to all the crazy requests from clients.
Jan 15, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography-memoir
This book is not well-written. Wedding-gone-wrong stories are my guilty pleasure so of course I read it all and quickly - but it's clear that the author is a photographer and not a writer.
Feb 07, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
Hysterical stories of bridezillas. Reminded me why I would be a terrible wedding a laugh-out-loud kind of way.
Aug 01, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book is very fun and laugh out loud! Silly and sweet... I would recommend as light summer reading, really fast read.
Elsa Wong
Jun 04, 2010 Elsa Wong rated it liked it
HI-larious!!!! Funny and at times poignant. A series of stories all wrapped up in a memoir. The stories of
May 30, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it

An entertaining, mostly humorous, look at weddings as experienced by a wedding photographer.
Angela Lynn Holland
May 24, 2009 Angela Lynn Holland rated it really liked it
This is a great book, lots of funny stories about crazy weddings.
Oct 05, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Fun read. Memoir and stories from a wedding photographer.
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