This week we chat with David Gaffney of Stunning Photography, in our interview series where we find out about the people behind the camera.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
I’ve been photographing weddings for 15 years now. I spent my early years traveling around Europe working as a professional dancer. I was the only one who had a camera and I was always snapping away. After my dancing career ended I bought a recording studio and enjoyed a few years working as a songwriter. Again I always had my camera on me and it wasn’t long before I found myself photographing the local bands that came to record at my studio. My partner who worked in the wedding industry suggested I try my hand at wedding photography, it seemed like a natural progression. I still write the odd song but I much prefer to make music with my camera.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
What’s there not to like about weddings? I wont give you a bunch of crap about capturing loving, cherished moments. It’s a massive party and I’m paid to be there. It doesn’t get much better than that.
How would you describe your style and approach?
I don’t really have a particular style or approach as each client requires me to be a slightly different animal. There’s no point being Timmy Mallet when your client is a bit up tight and anti photo. Sometimes it’s softly softly catchy monkey.
I like to blend into the guests like a ninja, the less seen of me the better.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Choosing a photographer is like choosing a venue, you know straight away when it’s right. If the photos blow you away then go for it.
The modern bride will always tell her photographer exactly what she needs so the days of the bossy, shouty photographer are over.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
I always formulate a plan with my clients, this usually involves a venue visit.
Plan your day for good weather and bad. Always have wellies and umbrellas at hand, but the most important thing is to enjoy yourself with gay abandon.
It’s always a shame when a bride is uptight, as no amount of photoshop will correct a grumpy looking bride.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I’ve had many favourite moments over the years but I guess being voted most popular photographer worldwide in the Wedding Industry Expert 2014 Awards has to take the top spot.
Thanks for David for chatting with us, if you would like to find out more and get in touch with him then do head over to this profile page here.