Courtesy of Thomas Dunne Books
After more than twenty years of photographing weddings, Claire Lewis is sharing her behind-the-scenes secrets with brides everywhere in Exposed: Confession of a Wedding Photographer, an uproarious memoir of one woman's adventures in an unpredictable but always exciting career. Read an excerpt from the book here and check out Claire's expert advice below. —Kathryn Papanek
How should a bride go about choosing a wedding photographer?
First, figure out your budget. Then, go online and choose two or three photographers that you would like to meet in person. It's a good idea to just visit with a few people so that you don't overwhelm yourself with choices. When you visit the photographers, keep in mind that the most important thing is that you like both the pictures and the person. Your photographer is very different from your caterer or your florist. It's nice if you like those people, but on your wedding day, the florist drops off the flowers and the caterers go back in the kitchen. And the photographer is there with you throughout the day. They're there when you're half dressed and putting on your clothes and when you're having a private moment two minutes after you've said your vows. So, you will want to really make sure that you like the photographer as a person! ...