In our latest behind the lens interview we chat with France based wedding photographer David from DavidOne.
How long have you been photographing weddings for and how did you get into it?
Almost 10 years now, I started shooting wedding in 2006, and as a lot of wedding photographers with a friend of mine who knows that I used to take some surf and landscapes pictures. She asked me if I wanted to cover her big day. After that, another friend asked me and then another, and the process was launched.
What do you particularly like about photographing weddings?
I think it is part of the challenge. Every wedding is singular and has its own mood. Trying to retranscribe this mood, and to put my creativity on it, is what I’m mooking for. In wedding photography, we can’t calculate anything, there’s no storyboard, and we have to compose with all scenes or details which will animate the day.
What is your favourite part of the day?
Certainly the getting ready part. First, because I have enough time to compose my frames, second, I see the bride and (or) the groom, with the parents, Bridemaids, bestmen. It gives me the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the day and also to make some creative pictures.
How would you describe your style and approach?
As I see the life, my « style » is mostly colorful, using natural lights and landscapes. But I’m in constant evolution. I try to be as unobstrusive as possible, letting the Bride and groom enjoying their D.day and feel confortable … but with this part of creativity which can make them speechless when they’ll see their images. I’m always trying to find different perspectives, lines, giving my pictures something sensitive, modern.
Who, or what inspires you?
It’s not so easy to say who or what can inspire me, I trully think that it comes with lot of things. I’m a painter, and, for example, I love the work of Dali… his use of colors, his well balanced compositions. But I’m also a huge fan of Photography on each part of it (photojournalism, landscape, fashion), so I’m always looking at different type of photos. They certainly, unconsciously influence my work and my approach. There’s some names who comes to me (but there’s many more): Alex Webb, James Nachtwey, Josef Hoflehner to name a few.
What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer?
Never forget that these images will be the memory of their life, your entire life, and for the next generations. It’s so important to find the photographer who will be a part of them in these images. So having the feeling is the most important in my opinion.
What tips would you share with couples to help their day go more smoothly?
It’s so easy to say this, but don’t stress! Everything that will happen will be such great memories often times. Let the evenements play their role, and enjoy each minutes of this special day.
If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why?
There’s too many beautiful places in the world to choose one.
Finally… Whats the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?
I remember one moment, it was not during the D.day but some weeks after when I deliver the photos to one of my couple. They wanted to see them with me. Only few pictures have been seen when tears drop down on the face of the bride, tears, mixed with smiles and laugh didn’t stop until the end. That’s why I’m a wedding photographer !