In our wedding photographer spotlight article where we chat to the people behind the lens we catch up with David Green of Big Day Weddings.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
It was 11 years ago that we opened a commercial photography studio in North London doing fashion and portraits. We kept being asked to do weddings though, and once we started it snowballed to such a large extent that 5 years ago we decided to concentrate solely on weddings full-time, and we haven’t looked back since.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
We love the raw emotion of a wedding day, which of course is photographic gold, and we love the fact that at such a special time many people seem to drop their personal barriers and let their hair down which creates a great energy.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Seeing the joy on the faces of the newly weds as they make their recessional through friends and family at the end of the ceremony. Also those times when we get extra creative with some great moments for the couple shots.
How would you describe your style and approach?
We would say it was documentary with flair. So a mixture of “taking and making” great shots. We know when to step back and also when to gently direct. Getting that balance right is crucial.
Who, or what inspires you?
We are inspired originally by classic French street photographers like Cartier-Bresson and Robert Dosineau. Portrait photographers like Richard Avedon, and we keep a keen eye on others working around us in the industry both here and in Europe.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Wherever possible meet or at least Skype/Facetime your photographers. Look into their eyes, use your intuition and see if you “feel” they are right to spend the day with you. Great photography is one thing, but those with a great rapport too are going to make a big difference to your experience and results.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
Plan and talk to your photographer. Tell then what you are excited about and what you may be worried about. Leave no stone unturned so that you can just enjoy your day fully in the moment.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
Tibet. We’ve always felt it to be exotic, mysterious and beautiful.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
So many great moments, but perhaps one of the favourites is photographing a couple after their St Paul’s Cathedral wedding and having literally hundreds of tourists step back making way for the photos and continually wolf whistling cheering and applauding. The lovely couple that day might as well have been royalty, which of course to us they were!