Yay it is that time in the month where I get to share another photographers tips and thoughts on weddings. I met this photographer via Twitter’s #Weddinghour and checked out his work. I chose to showcase his work as he offers an Eco Friendly wedding album, which is something I have not come across before. So here is Gavin Forster Photography, read on to find out more via our Twitter styled short answers!
What are your top 2 ‘Do and Don’t’ tips for couples on their wedding day?
Do: remember who the day is for – don’t get bogged down in traditions and other people’s expectations, do what you pair want to do.
Don’t: cram too much into the day – leave time to sneak away as a couple and share the moment together otherwise you will get to the end of the night and realise you have spent your big day with everyone else rather than with each other.
What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?
Look around and meet a few photographers before you make a decision. Then make sure you like the one you chose as a person as well as their photography style! You have to put up with them all day 😉
Your top tip for Styling your day?
Make it about you pair – only incorporate the Pinterest things that you love, not just because it is what everyone else is doing.
How can a photographer be Eco Friendly?
Loads of ways: energy saving shared office space, reducing and recycling waste, reuse of packaging, electronic ‘paperwork’, all local or UK sourced products, rechargeable batteries, etc, etc
What are your Eco friendly top tips for Green Wedding?
Borrow, reuse and upcycle where ever possible, and get all the friends and family making things – it helps make things more personal too.
Do you think you should “Trash your Dress”?
Although this would be a fun shoot to do it is a very personal thing. Ladies spend a lot of time and effort choosing their ‘dream dress’ so I can see why some would hate the thought of destroying it. Why not consider upcycling it into some that can be worn again – far more eco friendly!
Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable at the moment. What are the advantages of having one?
An hour of time spent on an engagement shoot can be so worthwhile for both parties – the couple get a ‘practice run’ before the big day photos so feel more relaxed on the wedding day, and I get to learn about how the couple react in front of the camera and the kind of images they prefer, meaning I get more personal photographs come the wedding.
What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?
The amount of people out there who don’t like their picture taken! This just proves why it’s important to choose the right photographer so you can be as relaxed as possible on the wedding day.
How you describe your style of photography?
That’s easy – Natural, Personal, Simple. Nothing too formal and definitely no pressure!
What can a couple do for you on the big day?
Laugh at my bad jokes because I’m telling them for a reason!
Indoor or outdoor wedding?
Outdoor because of the fantastic natural light but all of my weddings I encourage couples to sneak away with me for a walk so I get everyone outside at some point.
Themed or none theme?
It doesn’t matter as long as it means something to the couple – it has to be personal rather than a trend!
Local or Destination?
Both! I love local because there are so many stunning places that are fantastic photo backdrops but who could resist an amazing destination elsewhere.
Big or small?
I’ve done them all from 200+ down to 2! Personally though I prefer the more intimate ones as I get to capture the emotional interactions of the couple and their nearest and dearest.
Gavin goes that extra mile when it comes to being an Eco Friendly wedding supplier. He offers Eco Friendly wedding albums that are all handmade. Gavin could choose cheaper options, but it is something he is passionate about. So what makes an album Eco Friendly I hear you say? Well here are just a few things about the suppliers he uses that tick those eco boxes!
Cover board – FSC certified 100% recycled material
Paper – Art White from sustainable sources
Paper – Art Cotton PEFC certified from sustainable sources
Leather – sourced from suppliers committed to sustainability and the ethical treatment of animals
End sheets – 100% from sustainable sources
End boards – 90% recycled, 10% from sustainable sources
Leather bound books – Sourced from Scottish tanneries that are committed to operating in an ecological and sustainable way
Gavin’s suppliers are with 100 miles of where he is based and use DPD Carbon neutral deliver service.
To find out more please contact Gavin below.
Website: Gavin Forster Photography