I am thrilled to introduce to you all the wonderful Lyndsey Goddard, Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017. Lyndsey works effortlessly and tirelessly to capture the real, honest and unscripted moments of weddings. When you view her pictures, you feel you are right there watching the moment unfold, and what exciting moments she captures. Lyndsey's style isn't about getting people to pose and perform, but to discreetly get in amongst all the activity and highlight the emotion, personality and energy of every element of the day. She photographed my wedding day last year alongside her husband who is also a wonderful photographer, and we could not have asked for more.
Lyndsey and her husband have been vegetarian for many years but since trying out Veganuary this year, they transitioned. I couldn't resist asking Lyndsey a few questions so that you can find out a little more about her photography and her experience of going vegan.
Congratulations on your award for the Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017 in the Wedding Industry Awards! How did you take the news??
Thank you! It was a huge shock as the other regional winners I was up against are all incredible. I was happy with just winning my region, London & South East, but to win the national award was massive! I was at the awards event with my husband and a number of our industry friends, so it was a special night.
How long have you been a wedding photographer and what inspired you to become one?
I have been full time since 2009, but was photographing weddings in 2007 and 2008, and my very first one was back in 2003. I studied Fine Art but have always been drawn to photography. My dad was (and still is!) a very keen photographer, and I got my first camera, an Olympus OM-10 film camera, from him when I was very young. I love social documentary photography, so weddings are perfect for me.
How would you describe your photography style and your approach?
I approach the day in a very ‘hands off’ way. I won’t be a loud presence on the day orchestrating people or controlling situations, I just get in amongst the guests and this allows me to get really natural unguarded photos. Documentary, reportage, wedding photojournalism; it gets called a lot of things, but essentially it just means that you crack on with the day and let me capture it!
What is your favourite part of the wedding day?
Hard to say, as all weddings are different. Can I say the part where the light is perfect?! Seriously though, I’m in my element when there’s lots going on and the light is really good. I also love a mental dance floor where the music is great and everyone is going wild. The dance floor is no place for inhibitions and shyness ;-)
Tell us about your vegan journey
I had been vegetarian for 29 years when I decided to try going vegan for Veganuary this year. I had tried once before when I was an Art student, but trying to be vegan in Lincoln in 1995 wasn’t particularly easy! This year it was actually my husband who suggested we give it a go. He is a very keen cyclist and does 100’s of km every week on his bike. He’d been researching how a plant based diet can be better for athletes than any other diet, so wanted to try it. We already ate a largely vegan diet; we were no longer drinking dairy milk, and had cheese maybe twice a week and a few eggs. I cook each meal we have at home from scratch anyway, so it’s been really simple to omit anything that wasn’t vegan to make our 90% vegan diet 100%! We’ve had a couple of trips away to Amsterdam & Ghent and found it really easy there too. I’d been concerned we’d struggle for places to eat, but we haven’t. Our favourite restaurant in Ghent even did a special menu for us so we could eat there! It’s been surprisingly easy for us, and we both decided we wanted to stick with it after the month was up.
What’s the best thing about being vegan?
Knowing that everything I’m putting in my body is wholesome and no animal suffered for it. It’s made me even more creative with our meals (I was pretty obsessive to begin with!), making sure all our food groups are met at every meal.
And what’s the hardest thing about being vegan?
Nothing has been difficult really. I thought I’d miss cheese, but I haven’t one bit. We live on the coast so in the summer, not being able to get an ice cream on our evening dog walks might sting a bit. The pace that attitudes are changing, though, it wouldn’t surprise me if the local ice cream kiosks start selling dairy free ice cream very soon!
What advice would you give to the couple for their big day?
Sit down together and make a list of what is most important to you both for the day, and concentrate on getting the best suppliers you can to bring those elements of the day to life for you. Keep looking at the bigger picture and don’t get bogged down by the minutiae or swayed by what other people think you ‘should’ do. It’s your wedding, do it your way!
Thank you so much Lyndsey for letting us in to your world and offering your wisdom! Check out some of Lyndsey's work below. You can view more of her images and get in touch with Lyndsey through her website, Instagram and Facebook.