Company Name: Robin Goodlad Photography
Interview with: Robin Goodlad
Location / Coverage: Dorset based, but covering the UK and beyond.
How did your business get started and who works at Robin Goodlad Photography?
I first started photographing weddings for family back in the 1990’s. I didn’t know that much about wedding photography back then so I shot what I saw, and my family were really pleased with the results. Little did I know that this would become my documentary style.
Back then I was shooting with film, so every frame really did count, and time and care was always taken to perfect the frame, as film cost money.
I branched out formally in to professional wedding photography in 2001. My experience and style has evolved considerably since then, though I will never stop learning and trying new things.
I occasionally use second photographers to assist me with coverage, but as my name is the brand, it is myself that always photographs every wedding, in my own style.
Had you always wanted to be a photographer?
I did, yes, but back in the 1980’s (I’m showing my age!) the career advice at school was never the best. It ranged from ‘it’s a very competitive market’ to ‘you should look for a “real” job’! As a result I tried many things, but the desire to photograph was too strong.
It has been the one thing that has been a constant through my life, so it was inevitable I would always seek to earn a living this way. A key belief for me now is that happiness comes from doing what you love every day, and I couldn’t be happier!
Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?
I remember it clearly as it was my 5th birthday. My parents bought me a Kodak Instamatic 126 camera and I took it in to the garden and photographed the Daffodils. Of course film was expensive though, and I was 5, so it was several weeks before I saw the results.
I loved the anticipation of waiting to collect the photos, whether a few days, 24 hours, or the ‘express’ service of just an hour! In today’s instant world it is hard to visualize how exciting this was. I was hooked.
Each film of 36 exposures became a mini project. I would look for interesting things to photograph, and couldn’t wait for the results. Little did I know that I wasn’t just taking pictures, I was developing as an artist.