Lots of guests, lots going on and lots of photography. These kind of days I know all too well.
The dress, cars and the cake – just fewer guests, plus good photo’s to make it perfect…
Two people madly in love, and doing it your own way. I’ll even be your witness…!
A GLBT friendly service for pink weddings and ceremonies of all shapes and sizes…
Choosing your photographer is going to be a big decision
Okay, you’ve decided the wedding date, chosen your wedding venue and now you’re looking for a photographer. You’ve looked at zillions of photographers, so your next decision is about which photographer to choose. Do you choose a friend, a part-timer, or someone who’s just starting out – together with the disappointment this could bring – or do you choose a full time professional with a lifetime of experience..?
There’s lots of people with camera’s who call themselves photographers, but there’s a bit more to being a wedding photographer than having an impressive camera and a bag full of shiny lenses. Besides understanding how to use the cameras, its about knowing when to use the cameras, and that’s something you learn from experience and not from a book or an online tutorial.
I’ve been photographing weddings for over 20 years, photographing weddings of all shapes and sizes, so I have the experience to know where to be and what to do at any kind of day. Experience is the biggest asset that any photographer can have, and experience is one of the biggest tools in my camera bag.
I bring this experience with me to each and every wedding so that when things don’t go entirely to the script – like the venue, the weather or just ‘things’ – then I always have a plan ‘B’ to make sure the photography works. What really matters above all else is that I am a safe pair of hands for your wedding day pictures.
Your weddings is unrepeatable, and as a couple you are placing a lot of trust in me to be your photographer to capture your day. I appreciate that trust, and will work tirelessly to feed your trust.
My Approach to weddings is to stand back and photograph things as they happen
As I’ve said already, my approach is about watching rather than organising, so I photograph things as they happen. I think this is the best way to photograph any wedding because the wedding is all about YOU, and not about the photographer. Its my role to capture the day and take pictures that you will love and cherish for many years to come.
Weddings today are so different than they were ten or even twenty years ago. They are much less formal now, and fortunately, so is the photography. One thing that weddings of the past share with weddings of today are the importance of the pictures. Besides being a record of the day, they are going to be your way of remembering your day, giving you that warm and fuzzy feeling about how perfect your day was.
My photography is a mixture of styles. For most of the time I stand back and photograph things as they happen in a candid, natural and unobtrusive way. The groups are obviously shot in a traditional way, and for the newlyweds portraits, I shoot in an elegant way, keeping the poses simple and the pictures timeless. To me, I think is the best way to capture a wedding, and I think many couples do, too.
Some photographers think the cheapest price is the route to their success, and some use fancy effects to make their pictures stand out, which is fair enough. I am not a budget photographer and definitely not an alternative photographer who uses fancy effects to follow this year’s trend. I believe in simplicity, and that pictures should last forever. This is why I keep my photography simple, the editing colourful, and most of all, creating pictures that will stand the test of time.
My wedding albums are made right here in Scotland. They are made of high quality materials and are very easy on the eye, plus each album I design is bespoke to you, ensuring that your album is yours, and truly yours and like no other.
I offer three portfolio’s, which are based upon on the size of the wedding.
Each portfolio offers just a few options to fit into your day, and if you want to know more, or know my availability, then just get in touch using my contact form – and don’t forget to tell me how many guests you’ll be at your wedding.
For those big wedding days, with lots of guests and lots of photography…
For those smaller weddings, with fewer guests and lots going on…
For those intimate weddings or ceremonies, with just a few guests…
If you want to find out about my availability, or how much it would cost to capture your day, then click on the link to get in touch.
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 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..?
I will always be at your wedding, but sometimes for big weddings I may use a second-shooter called Brian – who is also a full-time photographer of 16 years wedding experience.
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.”
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