Glencoe | January 2020
Elopement Wedding Photographer.
Small weddings are just awesome! I was lucky enough to be a second shooter with the one and only Neil Thomas Douglas back in January. This was my first elopement and what a great day it was! With stags, dogs, great people and amazing scenery we couldn’t go wrong really! In the current climate, I think smaller weddings are going to feature more and more and this is no bad thing at all. Absolutely lovely to be a part of this day from start to finish.
Glencoe was epic and the weather played ball for us and Kat and Grant were awesome to work with! We started off at the Ballachulish Hotel which is situated where Loch Linnhe meets Loch Leven. The Ceremony was planned at Glen Etive so the weather was monitored with military precision!
A very chilled wedding morning ensued with lots of laughs and good banter and food. Just the way it should be! Stress levels close to zero for all involved!
Glen Etive in front of the “Little White House” on the bed of the river Coupall was the setting for a lovely fun-filled ceremony conducted by Gail Brack from Humanist Society Scotland. The wind blew strong but the rains stayed away! Such a stunning setting for a ceremony.
A fine mix of Yorkshire Ale and Malt Whiskey was blended in-situ and sampled with mixed opinions!
WE GOT A STAG!!!
A few drams at The Clachaig Inn followed before heading back to Ballachulish for the wedding meal and celebrations.
All the best to Kat and Grant in their future together and a big well done to all involved in making a brilliant day!
Again, small weddings are awesome and I’d love to be your elopement wedding photographer, Get in touch HERE to find out more!
Glasgow Wedding Photography.
Back in September, I was lucky enough to be involved in Ellen and Daniel’s big day. Two stunning locations in St Andrews Cathedral and The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. I do love a city-centre wedding. Always a real buzz around them!
I was a second shooter on this project alongside Simon Lees. A lovely day to be involved in and thanks for having me.
I travel all over the UK and beyond shooting weddings in a discreet manner. Get in touch HERE to find out if your date is available and we can get the ball rolling.
Enjoy some of the highlights!
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Signet Library Wedding | Summer 2019
A trip to the capital in September for Anna and Norman’s wedding. The Signet Library just oozes class and the attention to detail within the building is amazing!
This was a job I was the second shooter on for Simon Lees.
All of the rooms are gorgeous and a pleasure to photograph.
The Library is so tranquil especially given the fact its bang on the Royal Mile which was absolutely buzzing!
One thing I love about my job is the variation in venues that I encounter. It can be a barn or Yurt one week and then a building like this the next.
I love the smell inside a vintage car! Don’t know why!
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I travel all over Scotland shooting weddings in a natural style. Contact me to see if your date is available.
I love an engagement shoot! It’s a great way to meet up and for you guys to get a feel of how it will be on the day during the couple shoot etc. We were very lucky with the weather on the night and spent some time in the grounds of the Crichton before heading down the coast for a stroll around the shores at Glencaple. How blue were those skies!!! Just lovely!
I shoot weddings in a relaxed natural style all over the UK and beyond. Get in touch for more info or head on over to the homepage for more info.
Wedding Day Photography Timeline – How it all works!
So, the chances are you might not have done this “big day” thing before? Even if you have been a guest at a wedding its a tad different being on the other side of the big dress! Read on to find out more of the day actually runs.
What time do you arrive and start taking pictures?
Usually, this is around 2-3 hours before the ceremony. if your wedding is all in one location I may be earlier to get shots fo the venue etc before I come to the bridal preparations. I like to have a good scout around for all the little detail shots and get some exteriors of the venue etc. Preparations are a great time to photograph and I get some lovely material during this time. Some great reaction shots and there’s generally a nice buzz to the atmosphere! If you are exchanging gifts on the morning of the wedding it’s lovely to catch this happening so a heads up is always advised.
When will you leave to get to the ceremony?
This depends on the logistics. If its all in one place and its a case of nipping downstairs this can be simply a few minutes before you walk down the aisle. In this situation, I may nip up and down like a yo-yo to catch some guest arrival shots and get some of the groom and his party too. If it’s a church wedding I like to be on site with a little time to spare and say hi to the celebrant and find out any restrictions that may be in place for me. Travelling time and getting parked also need to be taken into consideration. This is especially relevant at City Centre Weddings and even more so on a Saturday! I have been known to ride in a wedding car too which can be fun and I can get some great shots while en route! Some clients choose to have a second shooter option which does allow us to be in two places at once. This is usually to help with Groom preparations and to be at the ceremony before me catching guest arrivals etc.
How do you shoot the ceremony?
As discretely as possible while getting the shots I need. I do believe in not being inside a certain space during the ceremony. In my opinion its a distraction from what is going on if I or anyone else is jumping around you as you say your vows. I have no problem at all working with celebrants requests. It is helpful to know of any limitations on movement before the big day though to help plan things as best as possible. I also very rarely use flash during the ceremony to avoid distractions, except where really necessary. I like to try and get some nice candid shots of guests during the ceremony too as there are some lovely reaction shots.
What happens after the ceremony?
Things all become a tad more relaxed now! This is the time in the day when group shots and the couple shoot will usually take place along with candid shots during drinks receptions and mingling etc. Often a confetti shot is done close to the end of the ceremony and often as you walk down the aisle. Group/Family shots can take place before or after the couple shoot. I like to work quickly in the couple shoot and it should only take up to around 45 minutes. I advise keeping group shots to a minimum as it does eat up time. If you allow 4-5 minutes for each shot that is realistic. Having efficient ushers/bridesmaids etc speeds up the process if they know who they have to call on to appear in the shots. The timings of this part can also depend on the venue and how much space we have, the weather plays a part too if we aren’t able to get outside. Couple shoots don’t have to take place before dinner and in summer months it can be great to do an early evening shoot after dinner. Shortly before guests enter the dining area I will grab some detail shots of the room and tableware etc.
Not all weddings have speeches but when you do I will document them in pictures. LIke the ceremony, I like to keep my distance from the top table wherever possible. Having a good selection of prime lenses at my disposal allows this. I love to get nice reaction shots when speeches are being made. You can be hysterics one minute and tears the next and it’s a really fun time of day!
My normal package includes coverage of early dances at the reception. It’s always great to get some lovely shots during the first dance and then watch all the moves being busted out as the party kicks in! If fireworks are in the schedule of the day these can be included too.
Hopefully, there will have been some useful info here for you. Head on over to the main website HERE for more info and pics.
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I had the pleasure of attending an open day at Dalswinton Estate on Sunday. I happened to have a camera with me so took a few shots.
This venue is really stunning! It’s an exclusive use venue on a private country estate less than 7 miles from Dumfries. The walled garden hosts a stunning pavilion style marquee which is beautifully furnished in a modern way and surrounded by seemingly endless ornate gardens and a stunning loch.
Events are handled by Sophie and William from Queesnberry Events. Having worked with these guys before at several weddings I know you are in safe hands!
If you are looking for a Chic Countryside venue which oozes class this could just be the place for you. Several Ceremony options are available and can be outdoor, in the church or in the marquee. I love shooting at this kind of venue. It’s so peaceful and pleasing on the eye. The surroundings are truly world class.
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Great to hang out with the other suppliers on the day. Some even had leftover Easter eggs! I resisted of course!
Blooms Florist Dumfries
Tantrum Events Dumfries
Eden of Dumfries