Firstly, I would like to thank you for showing an interest in my site. My name is Gary; I am 50 years old and stay in the south side of Glasgow. My interest for photography started around 20 years ago. I began taking photographs of family members and landscapes using a 35mm camera. I would spend a lot of time around the west coast of Scotland where I found my passion for landscape photography.
During the winter months, I would get up at 3am just to drive to the perfect location so I would catch the sun rising, sometimes sitting for hours waiting for the light to change to capture the perfect image. About 15 years ago I was a guest at a friend’s wedding at Gretna Green, I took my camera of course. It was only when my friends compared my photographs with the photographers, I realised my work was just as good. I am now doing a job that I love and have an enormous passion for.
What I enjoy the most about my job is seeing the look of joy in a couples face when they receive their wedding album.
I am an experienced and highly regarded professional photographer. I especially enjoy capturing images that capture special moments in my clients lives. Capturing intimate, romantic and emotional moments on your wedding day.
My clients and wedding guests often comment on my relaxed and professional approach during the time we spend together. I feel it essential to gain the trust of my clients, as this makes it possible for me to produce unique and memorable photographs for them.
My aim is simple: to create beautiful photographs of your wedding for you both to treasure for many years to come.
What to expect from me on a typical wedding day
My clients are often keen to find out what I do during a typical wedding day. Therefore, here is an example of my approach.
Bridal Preparation And The Wedding Morning
On the morning of the wedding day, I often photograph the bridal preparations. There are many photo opportunities here, including make-up, hair styling, photographing the dress and shoes and finally the bride with her dress on. I am also able to capture the fun and excitement, with the occasional tear, and the frequent laughter of the bridal party during this time.
On The Wedding Morning With The Groom
Often the bride and groom will be getting ready at the same place, such as the hotel where the ceremony will be taking place. I may photograph the groom and his best man, as they get ready for the wedding ceremony. This is an ideal time to take candid or reportage photographs, as I quietly photograph the activities as they unfold. If it is a church or chapel wedding, I will arrive one hour before the ceremony to photograph the groom and best man.
The Wedding Ceremony
I will photograph the ceremony unobtrusively often staying down at the front along with the couple. I am well known for be courteous and being very quiet during the ceremony. I always prefer to check with the person conducting the ceremony that they are happy with me taking photographs during it.
After the ceremony, the newly married couple will be greeted with good wishes and congratulations from family and friends. This is a great time for capturing those informal, natural and often emotional moments between the guests and the newly weds.
Often, my wedding clients ask for family formal group photographs to be taken around this time. Prior to the wedding, I will have already discussed the best way in which to take these photographs. I realise that the immediate wedding party are there to enjoy themselves and to chat with friends and family they may not have seen for some time, so I do like to work quickly and efficiently at this time. Therefore, you can get on with enjoying your day.
You may have noticed from examples of my bride and groom photographs, I will ask for some time to create photographs of the couple during their first minutes as husband and wife. These photographs can be great for the wedding album, As well as capturing candid moments between the couple, I will guide them into natural looking, relaxed poses. This is often a welcome time just to be alone and reflect on their day.
Cutting The Cake
Cutting the cake can be great fun, watching the couple’s faces as they cut into the cake, hoping that it does not fall over. After I have taken my shot’s I will step aside and allow your family and friends to step forward to take some photographs.
Traditionally speeches are before the wedding breakfast but with today’s modern weddings, speeches are before. This allows you to relax and enjoy your meal. Without having, to worry what you are going to say during your meal. This can be one of my favourite moments of your day watching and capturing the reactions, tears and laughter shown at this time. These photographs are very much in the reportage style, taken from a distance.
My client’s last request is often for me to photograph their first couple of dances as a married couple. I am also open to stay around for a few more photo opportunities, to photograph family and friends. On occasions I get to photograph the couple again outside, maybe the sun is setting or the building is nicely lit up.
Equipment used by Gary Davidson Photography
The latest in digital technology Canon 5D MkIII and 24-70 2.8 L lens with the Canon 580EX mkII Flash.
Camera 2, Canon 7D and 70-200 2.8 L lens with Canon 580EX Flash. Back up camera Canon5D MkII