About Ian Arthur
Let me tell you a story...
Well, pull up a chair and let me tell you a story…. I left school in 1975 with little more than a mind full of dreams and a head full of hair. In those days of Ziggy Stardust, platform shoes, and ridiculously flared trousers I just couldn’t imagine that one day I would be a professional photographer, but photography is a bit like that “crazy little thing called love” – it slowly lures you and then once it has you, it just doesn’t let you go.
When I was younger – much, much younger – my job in marine engineering took me travelling and I started taking pictures everywhere I visited. After a few years I started to get serious about it, and thinking that being a photographer could be much more fun that engineering I decided to become a photographer. After too much time in a classroom I became a fully qualified photographer in 1983, and I qualified as an Associate in the British Institute of Professional Photography in 1987 – achievements which I am still massively proud of today.
I photographed my first wedding over 20 years ago. It was a scary experience as it was raining and I was also shooting on film – which in those days was 60 frames on five rolls of film. Surprisingly, the couple loved their pictures and from that moment on I knew that I was always going to photograph weddings in one way or another. Since then I’ve worked in all aspects of professional photography, even managing photographers and teaching photography, and after all these years of photographing just about everything I am still a full-time photographer – who is lucky enough to visit the nicest of places and photograph the loveliest of people.
I live near Loch Lomond, have a dog called Sam, drink copious amounts of strong tea, love watching films on the big screen, hate shaving, eat Haribo secretly, prefer music to TV – and spend every spare moment reading books because I get incredibly lost in a good story. Also, I’m still hooked on photography…