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What are David and Joanna’s approaches and attitudes to wedding photography?

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What are David and Joanna's approaches and attitudes to wedding photography? London Wedding Photographers

Recently we were nominated by one of our lovely couples for The Wedding Industry Awards, which are the biggest and most comprehensive in the UK, that led to many more voting for us, and nicely we have been chosen as one of the finalists for later in the year.

Below is the TWIA questionnaire we filled out after our nomination. It was an excellent exercise to answer their well thought out questions and we thought it would be a good idea for prospective and past wedding couples to read about our approach and philosophy for what we do and love.

Here’s our answers in full:

What Is Your Company ethos?

Very simply, as a couple we wanted the best for OUR special day, so we feel it is only fair that we give our very best for YOUR special day. The fact that we love what we do is just a bonus!

What makes you different from your competitors?

We are a couple who work on the basis of striving to give as good or better than we had on our special day. It’s only fair and we love it! We believe we have above average dramatic flair. We analyse every wedding to see where we have done well, and where we could improve, and this process has never stopped for us. It’s our definition of photographer’s ‘integrity’.

Choosing only one, what is the most valuable aspect of the service you offer to wedding clients?

Truly listening to people. We know that we can do a great job for people, but by listening to what they value the most, it allows us not just to meet all their expectations of us, but to actively exceed them.

What was the most valuable thing you learned in your last year of business?

The importance of remaining open minded. You can never know everything, no matter how experienced you are. It’s a joy to keep learning and pushing yourself. Learning from someone who has only just began their photography journey as well as the masters. If you are open minded you can continue to absorb, learn and grow. Anything less is probably naive.

How do you manage the client journey from booking to the wedding day?

Communication is key. So from the minute someone books with us we keep in regular contact, even if it’s just to touch base. This allows us to build a relationship over time and really get a sense of what makes that couple tick and what they value. All our collections include a pre wedding shoot, so a proven great way to further develop that relationship and get an ever clearer picture of our combined approach for the wedding day. A week and a half beforehand we have either a face to face meeting again or a Skype call to go through the timeline and the plan one last time in detail. On the day itself we always arrive a little earlier than expected so that we have a an extra chance of having everyone super relaxed and happy before we start shooting.

What are David and Joanna's approaches and attitudes to wedding photography? London Wedding Photographers

Describe your approach to the wedding itself. What, when, how and why do you do what you do when shooting a wedding?

Our approach starts with the mind set of: “what can I do or not do, to make the images the best we can create on the day” that means where to ‘step back’ and where to gently ‘step in’ to direct a situation.

The day starts with arriving earlier than planned to look at the light in and around the venue, because this will affect our photographic choices later. Next, looking for establishing shots and any other details we can get earlier rather than later, so our focus can primarily be on people and the chemistry between them.

Next we literally breath in the atmosphere of who and where we are to begin our coverage. We introduce ourselves according to the personalities and people we are photographing and then start to shoot.

We have a mental checklist of must have shots and requests as a framework to give structure, but are constantly looking for those unstructured magic moments too, and opportunities to create something a little different from the usual.

Again knowing when to step back and observe, or gently step in is critical.

If it’s a wedding with both of us, we are looking to maximise our workload and time management. So we will take up different vantage points for both ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, speeches and evening celebrations.

If David is doing some couple portraits then generally Joanna will be roaming the drinks reception, photographing details and wedding breakfast rooms etc. David will pitch in with this and then move to photograph any family and friends groups a couple have requested.

Because we have planned extensively beforehand we can concentrate on being ‘in the zone’ for our couple and their guests.

We often joke between ourselves that a wedding day is the only time we are ever truly single minded. We literally cannot think about anything else and we believe that shows in what we ultimately produce.

Wasn’t sure how much detail to go into on this question!

What is the single most important thing that is required to be an excellent wedding photographer?

Adaptability. Looking at that it is actually two words, adapt and ability. Adapt to the light, the situation, the people and personalities around you, the weather and opportunities that arise. Put that with ability and it becomes a win win combination.

Describe your style and approach to being a wedding photographer.

We would describe it as creative documentary. That means ‘taking’ as well as ‘making’ the most memorable shots possible. During the day it means total concentration to be ‘in the zone’ so that no opportunity or angle is missed in the purely documentary side of coverage. It also means if the chance arises “fighting for the shot”, which is simply if you see a chance for something dramatic or different to make that couples memories even more special, then go for it. But of course only if the couple or guests are happy and it fits their personalities!

How Many Weddings Do You Supply Each Calendar Year On Average?

35

How many clients whose weddings you photographed between 24.10.17 and 09.10.18 have seen their finished product (eg: prints or album included in their package or ordered after their wedding)?

All of them

You can also find out more about us on the website here: David and Joanna

 

 

 

Groom cries at East Finchley wedding

Here is our winning image from the Wedding Emotions Competition.

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We don’t usually enter competitions and never really have. It’s not arrogance, it’s just not been a priority as we are so busy shooting and editing images, and that takes most of our available time. Though we realise it’s pretty good publicity when you win though!

However when the call came from Your Perfect Wedding Photographer for emotional wedding moments for their photo competition entries we thought why not?

Here’s our winner. It’s a single tear rolling down groom Christopher’s cheek as he senses his bride Veronika has started her walk down the aisle with her father. A lovely moment from this London wedding day.

Here is our winning image from the Wedding Emotions Competition. London Wedding Photographers

Our other entry was a moment from a civil ceremony at Islington Town Hall in the intimate Mayor’s Parlour where both bride and groom were overcome with emotion and both reached for the hankies at the same time!

By David Green

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London wedding couple laugh together under umbrella

Google review from Alex and Adriana – thank you!

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Google review from Alex and Adriana - thank you! London Wedding Photographers

Thank you to Alex and Adriana for your lovely review on Google.

Here it is:

“Adriana and I hired David and Joanna for our recent wedding in April. From the moment we had our first meeting with them back in January to discuss what we wanted and what we could expect, they were very welcoming, attentive and reassuring. We had high expectations based on the previous work displayed on their website along with the reviews we had read of them. On our big day they did not let us down at all, they were really enthusiastic and took lots of amazing shots of us and our guests. It was a great day and we now have lots of lovely photographs to remind us of every moment. We would highly recommend Big Day Weddings.”

Original blog post: West Lodge Park, Christ Church Southgate and Trent Park Country Club wedding day

By David Green

Langham Hotel wedding couple by red London telephone boxes with umbrella

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London

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Asia House and The Langham Hotel are fantastic venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and we have photographed at both of them many times. They of course are very different propositions with one being an iconic and grand central London Hotel opposite the BBC, and the other a classic and opulent Georgian House a few streets away.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

We were delighted to hear that Glori and Andrew had booked both, with Asia House for their intimate wedding ceremony with just close family, and then their reception at The Langham with a fantastic private dining room for the evening meal.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Bride and groom chose to get ready at The Langham first, and then walk together with us for some photography as they made their way to Asia House and their waiting guests.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

As expected it was a lovely heartfelt ceremony and afterwards as has become something if a tradition it was not confetti but bubbles that were blown as the newly weds came out of the building on to New Cavendish Street.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

At the Langham it was private dining by Roux in the fantastic Postillion Room. With it’s fantastic views of All Saints Church and Broadcasting House I imagined there must have been many wonderful lunches and dinners here with many a famous face in attendance over the years.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

 

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

We were happy to be with our own famous faces though on their very special Asia House and Langham Hotel wedding day.

Lovely weddings at Asia House and The Langham Hotel in central London London Wedding Photographers

By David Green.

Take a look at another Asia House wedding day here: Wedding day at Asia House and Sketch in Central London

And here’s a Langham Hotel Wedidng day too: Langham Hotel wedding photographer