I hope you enjoyed my blog post earlier today featuring Daniel and Charlotte’s wedding last August.
As promised, here’s a Q&A with the very talented wedding photographer, Lucy Davenport, who captured their wedding.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
Photography has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve grown up surrounded by cameras, with both my grandmother being very passionate and my mother being a professional.
It was never a given that I would follow the photography route. I went to Art College and photography wasn’t an option and I was heavily into both graphics and fashion.
I then went onto study Art Foundation for a year and although photography again wasn’t an option, I undertook my own projects and my passion grew from there.
Afterwards, I made the decision to study a degree in Advertising and Editorial Photography. As the course was very broad-based, it suited me perfectly in allowing me to try all aspects before specialising.
When did you become a wedding photographer?
During my degree I was heavily inspired by fashion and people. It was evident that I would take this route rather than still life or landscapes, for example.
I took as many opportunities as I could whilst studying. I taught myself Italian and went to work in Milan and Rome for fashion photographer Filippo Caroti.
When I returned, I landed myself my dream role working for my idol, Mario Testino.
After graduating, I continued to work for Mario before deciding to make the plunge into the freelance world myself.
I was fortunate to be able to work under the wings of other wedding photographers in order to learn the trade.
Due to my previous experiences though I’m never daunted by the wedding industry and having just one shot at the day – I enjoy this!
I’ve now been working solo under Lucy Davenport Photography for several years and I’m thriving off having my own business and watching it grow.
What is it about wedding photography that you love?
I love how different each wedding is. No two weddings are ever the same.
There’s always that unknown even though most days have been planned for at least a year!
I love being able to offer my bride and groom my knowledge and never lose sight that even if I have twenty weddings to attend in one year, for them I still need to provide that personal service. I’m always at the end of a phone or email.
I also love that I can call my passion my job and am very fortunate to be able to say this.
Where are you based and what areas of the UK do you cover?
I split my time between London and the Cotswolds. Naturally I do receive enquiries for other areas too and I just factor in travel expenses.
I’d also love to be able to shoot a wedding overseas!
How would you describe your style?
I would like to say that my style is candid, but my approach is nothing of the sort!
It’s so important to have great communication with the bride and groom prior to the wedding day so that there are no surprises on the big day!
I ensure that I know all the timings and events to expect. Naturally things over-run and change on the day, but as the photographer I just allow events to unfold before me.
Each wedding is different and I reflect the feel of the day in my own style, be it bright or vintage.
My style is observational, capturing every memory and detail possible for the couple to look back on in years to come.
When speaking to my clients after their wedding day, they all comment on how fast the day went, so my job is made all the more important!
What is your favourite wedding moment to capture on camera?
Emotion! On the wedding day this comes in abundance!
What advice would you give to couples to help them to get the best from their wedding photography?
Make sure you have a good relationship with your photographer!
I always make the effort to meet potential clients before they book me. It’s so important that they not only love my work, but like me as a person. After all, I’ll be spending more time with the bride than any of the guests on the big day!
It’s also a great time for me to ask the right questions to get the feel for their personalities, what their hopes and expectations are, even though it’s normally in the very early planning stages.
Closer to the wedding date, I ask the couple to complete a details form with all of the timings, venue details and events, so that I’m able to plan the logistics of the day.
I also do a recce of the venues prior to the day. Even if I’ve shot at the venue before I still do this so that I can go over with the wedding planner where the various parts of the day will be happening, especially if the venue has more than one place that is sanctioned for marriage!
I’ll also use this opportunity to take some shots of the ideas that I have. I’ll email them to the client for us to discuss them so that on the day they know exactly what will be happening.
(Image : Lucy Davenport)