Sunday, January 22, 2012

Book Review: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer


You know when a book is titled "confessions" it's usually going to be a good one, and this one did not disappoint. Each chapter is a true short story about a wedding the author has covered: spoiled brides, controlling mother of the brides, venue mishaps, online officiants and bizarre requests from couples. The chapter titles should give you an idea: "Rover as Ring Bearer," "The Ugly Bride," "Whipped Cream and a Cherry." The author is hilarious and sarcastic, as well as descriptive and brief. It's one of those easy to read books that you can't put down. I haven't photographed as many weddings, but definitely could relate to some of the aspects of her stories.

What interested me most was that she still shoots with film and a non-digital camera. She doesn't re-touch photos and develops her own prints. It impressed and worried me at the same time. The expense and risk of not shooting digital for weddings worried me, but I was impressed with the quality of her work considering how much more difficult it is. She relates two stories in the book where film gets ruined and she needs to tell clients. You can view her recent work here.

7 comments:

  1. It does sound like a fun read! How different she must me from most wedding photographers with how she does things.

    I am so sorry you had that computer problem. It is so difficult living without one.

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  2. Wow sounds like a fun read! I am with you tho! The none digital approach makes me nervous! Lol!

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  3. I need to see if I have this at my library! Looks like a fun read!

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  4. I think it's so cool you're always honing your craft and learning from others! And I loved her work on her website.

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  5. It was a fun read, but now I'm going back through my wedding day in my head and wondering what people thought! Haha! She does talk about 2 film mishaps she had in her career where the pictures were destroyed. Yikes! I really enjoy reading books on photography. The whole field is a passion of mine.

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  6. wow i am amazed that she isn't following the latest trends. good for her for doing what she believes in ya know.

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  7. Ohhh... that does seem like a good book! Going to check out her site now. :) Have a great weekend if you don't post before then!

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