As a regular reader of Wedding-Inspiration, you will have undoubtedly seen some of Lyndsey Goddard’s work and for those stumbling across the site for the first time – check out the real weddings section to see some!
I love Lyndsey’s style of photography. From he unobtrusive shots she manages to capture of the happy couple, to the small details that may be forgotten about after the wedding day itself, each shot seems to be taken at precisely the right moment.
And so, I thought it would be a nice great idea – to get to know more about the lady behind the lens. Lyndsey Goddard.
“I live in London with my husband, a wonderful Scottish man, who I was lucky enough to marry last year. After documenting other people’s big day it was fantastic to be on the other side of the camera. It truly was the best day of my life. As a recently married female wedding photographer, I can put myself completely in another bride’s (diamond encrusted, blown the budget on them, but what-the-hell-it’s-my-wedding-day) shoes.
I do think being female helps in my line of work; I know when to shoot and what not to shoot when the girls are getting ready, how to calm the wedding morning jitters, and the importance of keeping a pair of ‘party feet’, an emery board and other necessities in my camera bag. I have helped brides reapply mascara after a tearful walk down the aisle, negotiate a dress on a toilet trip and stitch up a hemline which has got caught in a (said diamond encrusted, blow the budget..) heel.
For me a wedding day is the culmination of every emotion going; excitement, joy, nerves, happiness, satisfaction, nostalgia and of course love. To capture all of these in my photography is what I strive to achieve.
I studied Fine Art which I am often told shows in my work. A lot of my photography is about detail; a vintage necklace, a blue ribbon sewn discreetly inside a wedding dress, handmade wedding favours. The small things which tell the story of a wedding day.
Although I shoot digital now, I started out in the days of film, and spent many a happy hour in the darkroom, seeing images come to life. I love photography for its ability to catch a moment in time which can otherwise pass by unnoticed. A look, a touch, a feeling.
Photography can tell a story in years to come when the memory has gone from our minds. This is why I work in the way I do; documentary coverage tells a story and captures all the personality of the day. It isn’t just a record of who was there, what they wore, and what they ate. It’s a record of how they felt. If you can look at a photograph and imagine what it was like to be there, then the photographer has achieved their goal.
When I am photographing a wedding I like to arrive at the bride’s a couple of hours before she leaves for the ceremony. For me this is a hugely important time, whether it is just the bride by herself, slicking on her lipstick before she heads out the door, or a house full of 4 bridesmaids, 6 flower girls, two makeup artists and a frazzled dad; the madness or the quiet time before the ceremony is a special time of the wedding day.
I photograph the journey to the ceremony, the ceremony, the drinks reception, the speeches, the first dance and the party, usually leaving about half an hour into the evening celebrations. The majority of the day, I work as a quiet presence, and this allows me to achieve the photographs I do, and fully capture the spirit of the day. However, I do like to take a short amount of time with the couple, away from the crowds, to take some portraits of just the two of them. This usually takes about 15 minutes; any longer than this is too long away from their guests in my opinion, and they should be drinking champagne, getting congratulated and soaking up the atmosphere, not posing for photographs. It’s their day, not mine.
My aim is that my couples have complete faith in me to document the most important day of their lives artistically, creatively and honestly. I want them to relive their day every time they look at the photographs. And if when looking at the photographs, their guests can say, “Did you have a photographer there? We didn’t notice” then I feel i have done my job. ”
Doesn’t Lyndsey sound fab?! Based in London, but covering all of the UK – if you would like to check out more of Lyndsey’s work please visit her website, www.lyndseygoddard.com or become a fan on her Facebook page.