PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH | Geoffrey Goudeau and Erin Goudeau
CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce Geoffrey Goudeau and Erin Goudeau www.erinandgeoffreyphotography.com as August Photographer of the Month. Check out their blog and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Instagram @gingersnapaphoto!
What inspired you to use Forbeyon?
We had used probably 3 or 4 other album companies in the past that never worked out. There would always be something that we didn’t like. Upload process, paper choices, Leather, etc. We found Forbeyon after a friend and very respected photographer at the time told us to check them out. We ordered our first sample album and have never looked back.
What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Forbeyon?
Beautiful beautiful LEATHER.
Share with us your favorite Forbeyon album and why. What materials/ options do you choose?
Our favorite for a year or so now has been the “Brooklyn Brown”. It does not get any better than that! We keep our album designs very simple. We don’t add metal cameos or anything like that. We love the laser etching option and our logo on the back page but that is about it.
What advice would you give to the first time buyers of Forbeyon albums?
Try the “Brooklyn Brown”. You won’t regret it.
Any suggestions for Forbeyon?
Yes. The upload process for spreads could use some work so that files don’t have to be named in exact numerical order. Example: 001,002,003,004 etc. Most album design software will name spreads like this. 001,003,005,007 It would be a big time saver for most photographers if we didn’t have to go in and rename the files or reexport the files after they leave the album design software.
What inspired you to be a photographer?
We have asked ourselves this a lot over the years. We think it basically is this… We both have a huge soft spot in our life for life itself. Specifically, we love wedding photography because we love that we get to document one of the most important days in a person’s life and be able to tell their story to others in a way that can stir up some of the same emotions that the guest may have felt on the wedding day itself.
How long have you been a photographer?
We have been shooting weddings for about 6 years and have been full time around 3.
Are you formally taught or self taught?
How do you define your style?
We used to say that we are wedding photojournalist. But over the years now we just say that we are “Storytellers”.
What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Nikon D750 x4
45mm TS 2.8
Your favorite lens?
Erin (The 50mm is attached to my camera for 80% of a shoot or wedding. It has such a nostalgic feel to it, but such a great portrait lens. If I’m not using the 50, I’m probably tinkering with my 45mm TS) Geoffrey (Its hard for me to specifically say which lens is my favorite but the 85mm and the 35mm rarely come off of the two cameras I use)
Share with us your favorite image and why.
This changes so much because our main goal in photography is probably a bit different than most photographers. Our goal is to document and tell our couples story. Not necessarily to get the most beautiful image anyone in the whole world has ever seen. But currently this is our favorite image of our bride Ellen walking in the rain across our camera scene as a storm approaches in the background.
What is your most important objective when shooting?
This is two fold. For most of the wedding day we are shooting elements vital to tell a story. But we change gears a bit when shooting a portrait session whether its on the wedding day or an engagement session before the wedding. For this we want to capture the emotion in the couples we shoot. We do not pose our clients. We let them be themselves because that is what we want. Raw, pure and untouched.
When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
We honestly don’t instruct our clients very much at all. We also stopped planning the details of our sessions as well. We used to plan very heavily and we realized that plans always fell through. Someone will be late. The light will be different. etc. Now we very much react to the moment. Unscripted.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
From our couples themselves. We try not to look at what other photographers are doing so as not to be influenced by them. Erin in particular rarely, if ever, looks at another photographer’s blog so as not to be influenced. We want to have our own voice in the industry and not imitate someone else.
What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Be yourself. Always.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
Having the privilege of documenting life and being able to make a living off of it is truly truly incredible!
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
We both have different backgrounds. I (Geoffrey) was trained as a painter and Erin has a history with interior design, but has a strong love for woodworking/furniture building.