About Ian Arthur
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 chocolate secretly, prefer music to TV – and spend every spare moment reading paper or kindle books because I get lost in a good story. Also, I’m still hooked on photography…
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 also photographed my first wedding in 1987, which was a massively scary experience, but today its more of a pleasure than anything else which is why I love what I do.
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.
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. I’ve even managed photographers and taught 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.