We were able to catch up with Gavin Farrington, a photographer based out of LA and one of WeddingPhotoLove’s talented vendors. For brides who are tired of the over-posed wedding scene, Gavin is your guy!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I was born in Ferndale, a small rural Northern California town, and relocated with my family to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of thirteen. I studied design and multimedia in college, but ended up in IT. When IT had sucked my soul dry, I moved to Japan to teach English for four years before returning to California to start my photography business.
2. How did you get into wedding photography?
I discovered photography in high school, but it was to be many years before I broke out of hobbyist-mode. While living in Japan, a friend who is a pro photographer was traveling through the country working on a personal project. He invited me to join him at a couple of stops, and for the first time it occurred to me, “hey! People make a living doing this!” It changed my life. To be brutally honest, there was a time many years ago when I turned my nose up at wedding photography. I never could have guessed how much I would love it. It’s the ultimate job for people-watchers.
3. What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
This would have to be a toss-up between getting-ready and reception dancing. There are some wild and awesome things that happen when the lights go down and the drinks come out. Moments during the getting-ready time are so genuine and intimate.
4. What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Hmm… probably the time a vendor at the wedding tried to make everyone laugh by letting it slip that he’d seen one of the teenage bridesmaids having a little sip of alcohol with the bride before the wedding. Instead of the winks and chuckles he was expecting, everyone within earshot got really quiet. Incredibly awkward crickets.
5. What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Parmesan cheese-puff hors d’oeuvres.
6. What is your favorite venue and why?
My favorite venue is the one I haven’t seen yet. Nothing gets my creativity moving like tackling a new space. That said, I shot inside a barn once at Chileno Valley Ranch, and the light was absolutely stunning. I look forward to shooting there again.
7. Nikon or Canon?
If you must know I’m on Canon. I firmly believe there are things to love in both camps, though.
8. What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Having worked in India, Hawaii, New York, and Japan, I think next up would be Mediterranean Europe or South America. Tropical beaches are always welcome. India is absolutely incredible – I’d go back in a heartbeat.
9. If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Hmm I don’t have an answer ready for this one… Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz. Can you imagine the stories??
10. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Advertise. How else will people find out about you?