Sam Gibson Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographers are a key part to almost everyone’s big day and Sam Gibson is no exception. Knowing when to slip into the background and when to take charge are integral parts of being a fantastic wedding photographer, not to mention a good sense of humour.

Sam sat down to answer our version of the Proust Questionnaire earlier this year. Read on to find out why lying to the groom might deliver some of the best photos of the day.


What is your idea of the perfect wedding?

Just a bunch of awesome people having the most fun possible.

What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?

Anything travel related!! As soon as I get there I’m happy. Everyone always thinks being a wedding photographer must be stressful but it’s only getting there that I ever worry about. Hence always leaving way too early for every journey J

What is your best trait that helps you be so great at your job?

Being calm and sensitive. I think I can put people at ease very quickly and react to how others are feeling. I think that really helps on the day.

Which living person do you most admire?

My wife. She has the kids on her own all day while I’m off out taking photographs 😀

What is your greatest extravagance that helps you get through the day?

Coconut water! Great for rehydrating and staying refreshed.

What is your current state of mind?

Happy, relaxed (just coming out of winter hibernation) and super excited about some lovely weddings coming up.

What do you think is the most overrated thing that couples try to squeeze into their wedding day?

That’s a tough one as understandably everyone has different priorities. Personally when we got married I was never fussed about following too many of the traditions – we didn’t have a wedding car and we didn’t ‘cut the cake’ when we got married. But I think as long as people focus on what’s important to them then they’ll make sure they have a brilliant day.

On what occasion is lying at work a good idea?

Wow…. That’s difficult. Okay, I have one! If a groomsman asks me if I know how to tie a tie or put on a button hole I always say no at first, as it lets me get some funny shots as they try and do it or get someone else to help them. If they’re really stuck then I’ll step in at the last moment and fix it for them!!

Dress Up Wedding Sam Gibson Photography

What is the most outrageous (fabulous or terrifying) outfit you have ever seen at a wedding?

Definitely my bride and groom who dressed as a penguin and a giraffe for their wedding day.

What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?

See above! Their fancy dress wedding was brilliant fun. The theme was ‘Animals, Biscuits, Dinosaurs and Robots’

What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?

I can’t think of a single thing. I’m obviously not being tested enough!!

What quality in a groom do you like the most?

The ability to give a good speech 😀

What quality in a bride do you like most?

I honestly can’t think of one specific thing that is most important. Just being relaxed and embracing the day is probably the best.

What is the most overused word at a wedding – or in a wedding speech?

The best men often have a tough time. I’ve definitely heard a few of the same gags more than a few dozen times. Being original is hard but worth it J

When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?

Priya and Dave’s wedding just before Christmas – it was a 3 day Indian / Anglo wedding and the games at the end of the final day were hilarious. Dave got absolutely owned by Priya (sorry Dave)

What makes an ideal wedding?

Love. Alcohol and good music helps too!!

Indian Wedding Photographer

When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?

Priya and Dave’s wedding just before Christmas – it was a 3 day Indian / Anglo wedding and the games at the end of the final day were hilarious. Dave got absolutely owned by Priya (sorry Dave)

What makes an ideal wedding?

Love. Alcohol and good music helps too!!

Mr Wilson Second Liner Band Sam Gibson

What is the most unusual entertainment you have ever seen at a wedding?

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – they are AMAZING. A sort of steampunk brass band who play 90s dance classics and look like Dr Pepper’s era Beatles.

If you could change one thing about a wedding, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change a thing. The joy of documentary is that I’m there to capture what is happening – I wouldn’t want to change anything, that’s not the point J

What moment are you most proud of in your profession?

I love looking back each year on the highlights – it really gives me a sense of joy to see everything condensed down

Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?

Anywhere that the couple have really fallen in love with – I think that really makes the difference. I’m a big fan of outdoor weddings and humanist ceremonies always seem especially personal.

What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?

My 58mm lens. It’s verging on magical.

What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?

Drunken dancing is one of my favourites!!

What is your favourite occupation, apart from your own?

Well I used to work in TV and that was pretty fun – I definitely much prefer being a photographer, but if I had to go back and work in TV it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I got to travel a lot and see the world a bit which was a real privilege. It’s also what got me into photography in a big way so I’m always grateful for that.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?

I draw inspiration from all over really. Books, stories, press photographers, music, films. I love following editorial and documentary photographers on Instagram. But mostly the thing I focus on is relationships – documenting those is what’s most important to me, and I think those photographs are the ones that are so precious further down the years. So being inspired by my wife and kids is just as important – I know what’s important in life and what stands the test of time.

What is your biggest regret at a wedding you have worked on?

I’ve still never seen a wedding cake collapse. I’m always poised and ready, just in case though 😉 (I wouldn’t actually want to see one collapse so probably not a regret as such!!)

What is your motto?

Keep calm

What would people be surprised to learn about you and/or your work?

I once climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Gary Barlow.


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