The Smaller Wedding
The SMALLER WEDDING is a portfolio for those smaller wedding days with the dress, the cars and the love, but with fewer guests .
The day starts just before the ceremony and finalises as you sit down for the wedding breakfast. Options are available to include the preparations or the evening coverage.
Besides my prices there are four FAQ’s, and at the bottom of this page a contact form if you want to take things further…
The Portfolio includes:
An image collection of individually edited pictures on USB.
High and low-resolution digital files in colour and monochrome.
Three DVD slideshows – with a selection of pictures coordinated to music.
A private online gallery to share with family & friends.
The Smaller Wedding
Photography from 30 minutes before the ceremony until you sit down for the wedding breakfast at the afternoon reception.
Starting around two hours before the ceremony, I will photograph the bride’s preparations at home or hotel.
Extended coverage to photograph the speeches and then the first dances of the newlyweds and the bridal party at the evening reception.
WEDDING ALBUMS & BOOKS
These hand-made albums are made in Scotland, and bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional albums. Each album includes my bespoke design printed onto photographic paper and then bonded onto thick core card pages. Containing 20 spreads (40 page-sides), you can choose from over 90 materials to cover your heavyweight album cover.
10x10 or 12x8 inch album
12x12 or 14x10 inch album
14x12 or 16x12 inch album
Two 8x6 or 8x8 inch Parents albums
Coffee Table Books
These hand-made coffee table books are a slimmer and more economical way to present your wedding pictures. Containing 20 spreads (40 page-sides), my bespoke design is printed onto acid free paper and bound into the cover, which is protected by a gloss or matt membrane to keep your book looking perfect for many years to come.
8x8 or A4 inch Book
12x12 inch Book
14x10 inch Book
Early Bird Albums…
If you order a wedding album or coffee table book before your wedding I will include a complimentary pre-wedding portrait shoot at Loch Lomond or in Glasgow a few months before the wedding.
WHAT TO EXPECT
PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE DAY
Regardless of how long I will be with you on the day, I will work tirelessly to capture your wedding, photographing not just the main bits, but lots of incidental parts which go to make up your wedding day story.
I take a lot of time and care during the editing process, individually editing each picture to gain the best results. I believe colour pictures should be colourful and vibrant, so I don’t mess about with fancy effects. I want your pictures to look just as good in two or twenty years as they do today.
I do like mono pictures and I’m sure most people do too, but there’s a time and a place for mono pictures. Some photographers make the decision for you as to which pictures they make into monochrome. I don’t. Besides all your colour pictures, I also provide a complete set of monochrome files so that you have the best of both worlds.
Once I have edited your pictures I select about 100 to 150 pictures to tell a brief story of your day and then make a slideshow which I coordinate to music. I include an HD copy on your USB and also make three DVD slideshows: one for yourselves and one for each set of parents.
Your USB will contain all your edited pictures and posted to you three weeks after your wedding. The USB will contain four sets of pictures: a complete set of colour pictures as high and low resolution files, plus a complete set of monochrome pictures as high and low resolution files. None of the pictures will have logo’s or watermarks.
When the pictures are edited and posted I upload a set of pictures to an online gallery which is password protected. This is where you, your family and your friends can view your pictures – as well as order prints or canvasses.
As soon as the wedding is edited or ordered I go right ahead and make a first design using my selection of pictures. Doing it this way saves time, but after you have seen the first design page layouts you will have a better idea how the album ‘flows’ so then you can choose to change, add or take away any pictures. The first preview will be uploaded to a separate gallery with its own password so only you can see it.
ORDERING AN ALBUM AFTERWARDS
If you want to order an album after your wedding, either weeks or months, then all you need to do is let me know and I will send you a link to a separate part of my website where you can make your order.
My approach is to stand back and observe and capture your wedding day – just as it happened. There really isn’t any set formula to what I do because every wedding and every couple are different, and that’s why I love doing what I do.
Experience has helped me develop a style that captures the formal and informal moments of your day without a lot of fuss. For most of the day I just blend into the background and take pictures as the day unfolds, and as a safe pair of hands for your photography, this means you can just be yourselves, enjoy the day and not have to worry about the photography
When its time to photograph the formal parts of the wedding, then I will soon have everybody in place and smiling at the camera. The groups can be time consuming, so I prefer to keep the groups down to a minimum so I can get these done as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
I also suggest taking 20 minutes during your day to escape from it all for some natural portraits, and my relaxed approach to these will ensure these are neither stuffy or cheesy.
I take great pride in what I do, and taking beautiful images that you will treasure is my ultimate goal. My images are timeless and honest, and I photograph each wedding in a way that captures your day and the start of your new journey.
You’ve probably got a few questions about my wedding photography, so here’s a few answers…
How do I choose the right photographer...?
All I can suggest is that you visit several websites, look at their pictures and see what they’ve got to say. There’s zillions of photographers to choose from, some are cheap, some expensive, some just starting and some are just part timers.
Look closely at their pictures and look for continuity, make a list of the ones you like then arrange to meet the photographers. When you do meet them, ask them lots of important questions – about their experience, if they’re insured and also, their approach. After that, you’re going to have to make an inspired decision. Are they the right photographer for you…?
Things I don't or won't do...
- Destination weddings. Unless its in Scotland.
- Take hours to shoot the groups, and even longer for the portraits.
- Take snaps of the guys holding their kilts up.
- Make people jump up and down.
- Call myself a ‘fun’ photographer. Weddings are a serious business…!
- Make your pictures weird colours.
- Take months to edit your pictures. Three weeks, with me…!
- Pretend I’ve won zillions of photography awards.
- Use flash during your ceremony.
- Demand a meal at tea-time.
- Wear scruffy clothes to your wedding.
- Only turn up with one camera and two lenses.
- Miss your wedding…!
Will you be the photographer at my wedding?
Of course I will be your photographer. Some wedding photographers will take your booking and then have someone else photograph your wedding, usually a part-timer. I would never do that and will always be the photographer at your wedding.
How do you define your 'Style'...?
I photograph things as they happen, so I’m very hands-off during your wedding day. I like to stand back and photograph the day as it unfolds, capturing real moments. The only time I get involved is for the formal part of the day for some group pictures and of course, portraits of the newlyweds.
Do you need a shot-list...?
No, I don’t. I photographed my first wedding in 1987 and I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings since then, so I know what pictures to take and where to take them. But… if you have any special pictures you would like, then tell me beforehand or tell me on the day, otherwise just relax and enjoy your day and let me worry about the picture taking.
How do you handle group shots...?
Every wedding needs some group pictures as they are a part of the wedding and its a rare opportunity of families getting together. I usually shoot between 8 to 12 group pictures at a wedding. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less but I do have to keep them to a minimum due to time. A group picture takes around five minutes to get everyone together and pose, so if you want ten group pictures – that’s around 50 minutes or maybe longer depending if guests are on hand. This is why I keep the groups to a minimum and concentrate on fewer but larger groups.
How many photographers will be at my wedding..?
There will only be one photographer, and that’s me. I will always be at your wedding.
What if we love having our pictures taken..?
If you love having your picture taken then all the better. I love taking pictures, especially if you want to play, so let me know beforehand so we can put some extra time aside for your pictures.
What if we don't like having our pictures taken..?
Maybe we could break the ice with an engagement shoot, as this helps me to build rapport with you. If not, then on the day I will try to make the pictures as easy and as painless as possible with my hands-off approach.
How many pictures do you take...?
That’s a difficult question so I never promise a set amount of pictures. All weddings are different, so much of it depends on the day and the opportunities I get. On the day I only stop taking pictures when I feel I’ve taken enough.
Some of the pictures you won’t see because the ‘doubles’, ‘eyes-closed’ shots or shots that just didn’t work are deleted during the editing process – and besides, no one needs to see them anyhow.
As a rough guide the final number of edited pictures could be around 200 pictures for an intimate wedding, 400 for a small wedding and around 600 for a big wedding. As I said, it just depends on the day.
How do you edit your pictures..?
Some people know a bit about photography and some don’t, but its a fair question. The pictures you take on your small cameras or phones are JPEG’s, which are small compressed files. The problem with JPEG’s is once you edit the picture it looses quality.
All the pictures I take are captured as RAW files, which can be edited multiple times without loosing any quality – so that’s what I use. Once I’ve selected the pictures I want to keep (the keepers) I use professional software to edit the pictures, editing each individual picture to get the best results.
And by the way – I don’t use fancy colours of effects when editing pictures as believe me, trends soon go out of fashion. I like clear and concise colours as I want your pictures to look as good in 20 year time as they do today.
What do we get..?
Each couple receive a USB with the edited pictures as high and low resolution files – with one complete set in colour and one complete set in monochrome. I also provide a slideshow movie, which is a selection of the day’s pictures coordinated to music. There is also an online gallery to share with your family and friends, and which stays online for six months after the wedding.
If you want to include a bespoke album or storybook, you can add the cost of one to your portfolio before or after the wedding. Its completely up to you.
What of it rains..?
If you live in Scotland, then its something we come to expect. If you are just visiting Scotland for your wedding, then you need to be aware that rain is always a possibility. I’m used to it, so if it does rain then I will always have a plan B for the pictures, whether its somewhere indoors or even outside under an umbrella.
What if you were sick on the day..?
Once I am committed I will be there! There’s no if’s and definitely no but’s, but if something colossal were to happen then I do have some close colleagues who would cover for me. But in all honesty, in the 30+ years I’ve been photographing weddings I have never missed a single wedding. Ever.
Did you really...?
Did you really get this far down the list…? I’m amazed. So, just to cheer you up…
- Did you hear about the two spiders who just got engaged? I hear they met on the web.
- Did you hear about the two cell phones who got married? The reception was terrific.
- Did you hear about the notebook who married a pencil? She finally found Mr. Write.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a very emotional day. Even the cake is in tiers.
- I just saw two nuclear technicians getting married. The bride was radiant and the groom was glowing.
- It’s been ten years since the invisible man married the invisible woman. Their kids are nothing to look at either.
And finally, a quote…
“To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
I cannot recommend Ian highly enough. This is a special and important part of any wedding and he was excellent in both service and quality”.Sarah & Mark
“Wow. All I can say is WOW!!!! You did an amazing job!!! Thank you so so so much for taking the time you took to make it all so perfect.Kristen & AJ
If you would like to meet up for a chat, then send me a message with some possible dates and we can meet at Loch Lomond or in Glasgow. Its a no obligation chat, so no decision has to be made on the day.
If you’ve seen enough and would like to go-ahead and book me to be your photographer, then just click on the link to make a provisional booking. You don’t have to pay anything yet. When I receive your details I will send you my online booking form where you can confirm the booking and pay a deposit with the final fee due the month of your wedding.