The Story Behind...with Wedding Photographer Jennifer Davy
- Marianne Stenger
- 7th July 2022
First of all, could you tell us a little about yourself as a photographer and how you got started?
I got started with photography during my fine art degree. I had done a foundation year and decided on painting. But when I did a six week photography module with Mishka Henner, where we took photos and developed the roll of film in the dark room, I instantly knew “I want to do photography.”
My obsession realised itself there. I bought a digital camera and started teaching myself. I was told that if I wanted to do photography, I would need to start the two years again, so I carried on with fine art.
When I left university in 2008, I began experimenting with film photography. I worked on my own personal projects and over the years got asked by friends to shoot their weddings. Eventually I moved to shooting in my own style. I love photographing anything with a story; anything that’s emotional.
I like to shoot my own projects documenting my two daughters or photographing nature. I do weddings and have a print store, and I've also started doing family photography, and try to do all this as a mum.
I decided when I was five years old that I wanted to be an artist, and I’ve spent the last however many years figuring out how to do this. I guess it shows how stubborn I am.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I find it hard to describe my style. I get quirky a lot, but mainly I would say my style is experimental, imperfect and emotional. It’s usually colourful too.
When I shoot weddings, I like to shoot the main photos on digital. Then, if I have some time to experiment, I like to shoot some photographic film alongside digital. I also like to do things like double exposures and light leaks shooting with lomo purple film.
I love film because you can really play with it, and it can be unexpected. I like the element of time to it too, as you can shoot a roll of film and not develop it for two years.
I also love digital because, well, it's a tool to capture memories for yourself or others, tell stories and make people feel emotion. It’s my main way of creating and saying something about the world. Photography is also my way of learning about others, as I find people’s stories very interesting.
Tell us a little about the books you’ve designed with Bob Books. What was the process of creating them like?
I did my own wedding book with Bob books. I absolutely love it and recommend this to all my clients. Having photos in print is very different to looking at them on a screen.
When I had my book printed, I had visions of sitting down and showing it to my daughter Dora. I want to keep making photographic memory books to show them. After I went to the funeral for my husband’s gran, I came home and spent all night looking for photos to print, because the people you love matter.
It was so easy to create a photobook with Bob Books. In fact, the hardest part was deciding which photos to include. I was just picking and dropping them into the layout, and then adjusting everything. It’s so important to print your photos in order to share and enjoy them for decades.
Do you have any tips or advice on creating a photobook?
Start with a basic and simple idea. In my case, it was my own wedding book. Start by deciding how many pages you would like. I wanted to have a story and pick the photos I was most drawn to.
Once you’ve selected the photos, try to put them together in a folder and then drag them into the book as you go. Think about the photos next to each other and how they “talk’ to one another or how they feel side by side. Go with your gut instinct. The next photobook I intend to create will be documenting my daughter Hettie's first year.
The best advice I ever got in photography was simply to carry on. Keep going with what you’re interested in and create books you like about the things you love.
Inspiration is everywhere and you will be more creative if you can restrict yourself. For instance, imagine you only have one roll of film or just one camera or lens. It's always good to challenge yourself to think differently.
Want to see more of Jennifer Davy’s work or get in touch about her photography? You can visit her website jenniferdavyday.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @jenniferdavydayphotography. If you’d like to create a photobook of your own, check out some of our photobook guides or get started with choosing the paper type, book size and binding style for your next photobook project.