A testimonial is usually a sentence or two, maybe a paragraph even, where a couple say thanks by sending a message that I can use to show to others as a recommendation – and they are always appreciated
This one however – this is an essay !!!
“Wedding Photographer – David Goodier – Photography Experience on our wedding day
When I began initially planning my wedding, a photographer was a key part of my day that I was not willing to scrimp or save on. I wanted to ensure that my beautiful day was captured from the very beginning up until the final moments ensuring that our special day was encapsulated in beautiful photographs that we could look back on in years to come and show our future generations. I was lucky enough to be good friends with David’s wife prior to booking my wedding, so naturally he was one of my first choices for wedding photography! However I did go through the motions and spoke to others at wedding fairs and viewed their portfolios but nothing compared to David’s work. I noticed in competitors work that there were many “dramatic” shots where the couples look thoughtfully into the distance, no smiles or love in their faces, the shot more focused on the “artistic” twist. David’s photos differed in the way that couples were almost always captured smiling, laughing or exchanging gazes where true love and joy can be seen on their faces as they enjoyed the biggest day of their lives. This was one of the main factors which contributed in my choice of photographer. I loved that I would be captured naturally in the photographs, that I could look back on them and recall how I truly felt in that moment by the emotions conveyed on my face.. my husband however truly loved David and his photography packages as it complimented his already lightening wallet haha. David’s packages are very reasonable compared to many without sacrificing the true quality and beauty of exceptional wedding photography.
Once we decided to see David for an initial consultation we were invited into his home where we were presented with several albums all displaying different styles of wedding photos. Some were fun, energetic and completely natural whilst others showed the romance and pure emotion that the day conveyed to the couples in the photos. The Italian style leather bound albums were of the purest quality and proves he wants to showcase his work in the most stylish way. We decided there and then to book David. We opted for the 12 hour photography package with album and all edited photos available digitally. We paid a reasonable deposit and were made aware when our final balance was due.
David then largely didn’t pester us up until the lead up to our wedding day. He answered my many questions with patience and honesty and never once laughed at my sometimes silly queries. We then met with him before our big day, he walked around our wedding venue with us and talked us through the venues “beauty spots” and where would give us beautiful backdrops without having to travel miles away. He discussed group shots with us and helped us to formulate a reasonable list again without us having to sacrifice particular shots we really wanted including in our final wedding album.. then that was it, he bid us farewell and assured us when he would be with us and where he would meet us on our wedding day!
The day came and I was understandably incredibly nervous by the time David arrived! He introduced himself to the bridal party but then became almost invisible, drifting around the excited group of ladies taking stunning natural shots, many of which were not posed for, my bridal party and myself were captured smiling, laughing and taking controlled, very nervous breaths (the bride only)! He was on hand for emergency hair and makeup adjustments, being the only person with hairspray on hand when required (I later found out this was his wife’s/my friends hairspray which he had stolen that morning for such emergencies), he was there to help with the most complex necklace fitting when it looked like the bridal party just weren’t going to manage getting my jewels around my neck and he was there with reassuring words when I couldn’t hold the nerves in and thought my champagne breakfast was going to make an encore appearance. But once we finally overcame these hurdles, David then talked me through the beauty shots, photos which showcase the bride prior to her marriage, in between all this bridal chaos he had also managed to locate the groom and his best men and take some gorgeous photos of him displaying his very crazy sense of humour, something which many fail to grasp or understand haha.
I didn’t notice David during my ceremony assuming he had taken a seat whilst the nuptials occurred, however once receiving my edited images I noticed he had managed to capture the intimacies of the whole thing, making himself again invisible but managing to get close enough to the proceedings to photograph the most intimate and beautiful moments of our wedding without ever disturbing the moment. In the hour following the service he managed to capture my guests in the most natural of moments, when they were laughing, chatting or even congratulating the happy couple. He then gathered those required for the group shots and took us out into the windiest day of 2018, he rejigged the list to ensure the little flower girls were photographed first so they could get back inside to the warm reception and then opted for a large numbers down approach to ensure we could get all our group shots done quickly and make sure we all got back inside before the brides dress was taken by the wind and swept onto the roof!
Then once the guests all sat to eat, David took his break, knowing that no lady wishes to be photographed with a spoon of broccoli soup halfway to their mouths! He photographed speeches and guest reactions, capturing the smiles and giggles in response to the cheeky grooms words regarding married life to come! But at this point David collared myself and the groom to tell us twilight was very quickly approaching and that whilst everyone was mingling and chatting between themselves we might want to make our way to the hotel grounds to capture photos with the dusk skyline in the background.
Once the sun was almost set David took a series of photos which are arguably some of my favourites. His choice of lighting and angle was amazing and gave us some of the most beautiful photos of us as the bride and groom, we are in the process of having one put onto a canvas so we can display it proudly in our home. He brought us back out just before our evening guests arrived to photograph us in an archway which looks rather bland in the daylight, however he used the lighting of the venue and some unexpected car headlights to create a gorgeous set of photographs which were quite striking but completely reflected me and my hubby at the same time.
David stayed for the all important cake cutting and first dance catching us in our first sway (the new hubby has two left feet) and then stayed for the all important boogeying. Photographing my sister/maid of honour in her all finest and most hilarious glory.
Having said all the above, I could not recommend David more. I have recently collected my album. And it is, as expected and promised more beautiful than I could imagine. He has caught every special smile, look and moment of our wedding day and put it into photos for us to keep and cherish. We will never forget our day, and we have the photos that will remain just as young, beautiful and special as the day itself.
So David, Thankyou so much for being the most special photographer we could have hoped for!
Lots of love
Mr and Mrs Stenton”