Last summer, the photographer Luke Hayden joined us in Greece to shoot a three day wedding for 150 people. Whilst being UK based, Luke travels the world to capture the most important day of his lives. And when he’s not hopping from quaint english churches to beautiful private island havens, you can find him on his making music or roaming around on his skateboard. We caught up with him to find out more about what he’s learnt from documenting what is arguably most important day in people’s lives:
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALISE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COULD BE A CAREER?
I always liked the idea of choosing a career where I could be my own boss. I knew I wanted to do something creative with my life but wasn’t sure what exactly. I bought a camera in 2007 and shot my first wedding in 2008 for my uncle. I wasn’t sure exactly how I could make it happen but from that point I knew this is what I wanted to do. I started by booking only a few weddings a year but as my confidence and portfolio grew it wasn’t too long before I had a full summer of bookings in 2013 and I realised that I could turn my passion into a full time job.
YOUR CAREER SEES YOU JETTING OFF TO ALL CORNERS OF THE EARTH, WHERE HAS BEEN YOU FAVOURITE PLACE SO FAR?
The Peligoni Club has to be up there for sure. It was my first time shooting in Zakynthos and I loved the relaxed vibe of the place. Another favourite would have to be Bali. I love that island so much and would happily spend all my winter breaks there.
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
I suppose, my style is quite laid back. I aim to capture weddings as honestly as possible and don’t set up many ‘posed’ shots which I find are generally less natural and miss the real movement and character of a wedding. My actions behind a camera are instinctive and driven by authentic moments. Don’t get me wrong, I do take posed portraits and group shots of course, but I try to minimise the amount of staging involved.
DO YOU THINK THERE IS A FORMULA FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING?
As long as all your loved ones are with you, I don’t think there’s much more that you need for your own perfect wedding.
HAS WITNESSING SO MANY WEDDINGS CHANGED THE WAY YOU LOOK AT LOVE AND LIFE?
For sure. Seeing people getting married every week and showing their love for one another really hits me hard. What get’s me the most is the speeches and I’ve even been known to shed a few tears at this point of the day.
HOW DO YOU STAND APART FROM OTHER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS?
I honestly don’t focus on trying to set myself apart from other photographers. I just do me because that’s all I know.
HOW DOES A DESTINATION WEDDING COMPARE TO A LOCAL ONE?
Destination wedding are always super exciting to me. I love to travel and work in new environments. They tend to be a lot more intimate if the couple are not from the country and I get to spend more time with their family and friends which is nice.
IF YOU COULD TELL ALL COUPLES ONE THING BEFORE THEIR BIG DAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Make sure to book a photographer you click with. You need to make sure you’re comfortable with them as they’ll be with you for most of your wedding day.