There’s a unique atmosphere about weddings at Glencorse House. It may be the team that work there to make every wedding run so smoothly, or it may just be Paul’s catering skills! More likely it’s the setting, hidden away from the outside world yet just minutes from Penicuik and Edinburgh.
I believe that it’s unique in the Lothians in that it has it’s own church on site, a gem of a building that Robert Louis Stevenson visited, worshipped at, and wrote about: “”If my spirit re
Wedderburn Castle, in the Scottish Borders near Duns, is one of my favourite venues to visit. It’s not just the stately building, the magnificent rooms and grounds. There’s also a lovely feeling to the place, of relaxation and care. Not to mention the food! They are one of the few venues I know that employ their own chef. No matter how large or small the wedding party, or whatever the weather throws at you, there’s plenty of scope for some wonderful wedding photography.
My colleague Steven Taylor wrote on his blog recently about the importance of hiring a professional photographer for your wedding, rather than relying on family and friends to do the job. He writes “There were always amateur photographers who could deliver, sometimes, great pictures… every now and then. It was always true that professional photographers were expected to do just that every time.” and “All that technology is just a tool, in the same way a painter uses a brush,
In general, those three phrases mean the same thing. The documentary, photojournalistic or reportage photographer at your wedding should be taking many unposed photographs. The intention is to document, or report, on your wedding. (I think ‘Photojournalistic’ is an American phrase, but meaning the same thing.) Years ago, sometimes even today, every photograph at a wedding was posed. Your photographer would have arrived with a tripod, and during the reception a long list of gr
These are my 20 favourite wedding photos of the year. They also happen to summon up my approach to wedding photography – “captured moments.” These are the expressions – of concern, trepidation, joy, and love, to name a few – that can appear at any wedding. There are loads of lovely posed photos I could have included, but I decided to show how great wedding photography doesn’t have to mean ‘posed photography.’ You just need an experienced and observant photographer.
There’s going to be a brief hiatus on blogs about specific weddings, as there’s several of them that I’ve photographed, or will photograph, where the bride and groom don’t want to appear on the web in any form. Instead, I’d thought I’d put down my thoughts on various aspects of the wedding industry, starting with my own little niche, wedding photojournalism. It’s easy to tell you what wedding photojournalism isn’t – we’ve all been guests at weddings where the photographer has
Here’s a warning to the few who shop on price rather than value! Are these the worst wedding photos ever? “A newlywed couple were devastated after bungling wedding photographers ruined their big day by taking ‘horrific’ pictures – including one which featured a spooky floating hand.” It’s not just cheap photographers that will cause you problems, videos can be just as bad as this other story shows! #Advice #Glasgow #Scotland #WeddingPhotography
There’s a fantastic blog piece by one of the UK’s top wedding photographers, explaining why you get what you pay for: The Price of Wedding Photography & How Much Should I Expect to Spend? I don’t charge anything like the author (I wish I could!) but the principles are the same. The wedding photographers fee is not just for his or her work on the day, it’s also for all the other work involved that goes into making up a superb memory of the day. #Advice #Award #Scotland #Weddin
I hope this illustrates my ‘Unobtrusive’ style. I shot this via a large mirror last Saturday during Tasha and Craig’s wedding ceremony at Pittodrie House. I took the next photo a few seconds later! #WeddingPhotography #PittodrieHouse #Unobtrusive #Scotland #Advice
Should you invite children to your wedding? Some people don’t, reasoning that the parents will get a night out without them (although some may not wish to turn up without their youngsters) or that it will just make life easier and quieter. In fact, all ministers, registrars and celebrants welcome children – and their interruptions – nowadays. And most caterers and venues have a supply of high chairs or special meals. And children always end up being so honest – whether it’s y
Sometimes brides tell me they’re not sure if they want me to photograph them getting ready. I try and reassure them that however nervous they’ll be on the day, however much chos is going on, and however late they’re running (!) they’ll look back on the photos with joy. Whether it’s the little details of the dress or shoes, the laughter with the bridesmaids, or even her Dad putting the finishing touches to his speach, it’s all part of my full day coverage and style of photogra
Unlike most other (if not all other) wedding photographers in Scotland, I stay and photograph all the dancing, right up to Auld Lang Syne at midnight. Of course, there’s lots of non-dancing photographs too, but I’m afraid there’s only a few I can show here without embarrasing too many people! And at the end, Auld Lang Syne is such a brilliant finale to a brilliant day. #Advice #WeddingPhotography
Here’s an example of how I DON’T behave at weddings! I find this totally embarrassing to watch. Make sure you ask your photographer how he will photograph the ceremony before you book them! You can see three and a half minutes of cringe worthiness behaviour on YouTube here As one of the comments says: ” The photographers standing up on the altar, jumping here and there, and their shirts and holding cameras, focus beeps, flashes etc are all very distracting.” That is the unde
Here’s an article from Scotland’s new online newspaper, the Caledonian Mercury: “A note about bargain photographers (actual text) Just a little translation help for craigslist ads: When the photographer’s ad says: “$500 and under!”, the photographer means: “I’m not a photographer, but my mom bought me a Digital Rebel!”” etc, etc “Be careful getting your wedding photographer for $500 from Craigslist – seriously ok? Buy a couch from Craigslist. Look for a part time job on craig
Many of you will have read, or seen on TV, the news of the bride who sued her wedding photographer, due to his incompetence. (Click here if you’ve not seen it) He cut people’s heads off photos, under exposed, over exposed, took photos of irrelevant details and even mis-spelled the couples names! So how do you avoid that experience, and find a wedding photographer who will deliver the results you expect? Firstly, remember that wedding photography is about much more than just t