Monday, September 29, 2008

Isla and Arron (and family) shoot the dress

Yesterday I had a really cool shoot with Isla (and some extras) at Fearn. Isla was great fun, although Arron was a bit of a girl and didn't want to get dirty haha!!! Anyway we shot at the old airfield where we were on the wedding day and then went to Nigg where we shot some stuff on the shore.

Post Wedding Shoot 21st September

I had a cool shoot the dress session with Alison last Sunday at Westerdale. Word of warning though - wedding dresses fill up with water and get very heavy when brides go in deep water despite being told not to :-)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Photographing a Photographer

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the wedding of Scott and Joy. Scott (Hogg) is a wedding photographer himself so although it sort of added a little bit more pressure, it was very flattering to be asked. I just treated it as much as possible like any other wedding and tried to forget that he might be wondering what the hell I was doing!!! It was a funny experience I guess, setting pictures up and trying not to think "I bet he's thinking he'd have done it differently" but I bet it was even more strange for Scott to be the other side of the camera though!!
Anyway, it was a very relaxed and nice wedding in the sunshine at Innes House near Elgin. I was absolutely knackered by 7pm!! Hopefully they had some fun and we got some cool images. Thanks to Joy and Scott for asking me to do this one, I hope I did you proud!! A few quick edits I did this morning:

Lynne & Angus

19th September, back on the road again! Lynne McFee and Angus Mackay were getting married at Evanton Church, with reception at the lovely Storehouse at Foulis Ferry. It was a beautiful day, after a day of heavy rain the day before. Lynne got ready at home in Inverness so I started there, before heading further North to the church. The setting for the reception was beautiful, right on the edge of the Cromarty Firth. Stayed on for the reception as well so another late night arriving home about midnight, but a great day!

Amy and Tom

Another marathon journey, this time down to Morton Castle near Dumfries. Canadian couple Amy Dumont and Tom McMaster were over in Scotland for their wedding and Amy had chosen this lovely ruined castle as her venue. It was abit dull and wet on Tuesday but we got what we could before returning on Wednesday for a post wedding shoot in much better conditions!
Thanks to Dawn the wedding planner from High Heels and Cocktails for her help.

Chelsea and Brian Part Two

Well, what a trip! Went to Glasgow on Wednesday to meet up with my mate Oz Kharawala who was running a seminar there. Then realised that I'd left the battery my canon camera on Thurso! So first disaster - had to buy another one from Calumet, then eventually ended up at the SNS offices in Glasgow city centre getting them to charge my battery for me! Thanks to the girls in the office there who were very helpful!
Got to Marseilles on Thursday morning, arrived at hotel...and promptly left. It was a pigsty! So, got taxi to the city and a very helpful driver found me a room in a hotel on the phone, then took 50 euros off me and dropped me at the wrong hotel. Eventually 3 hotels later I found a room which was okay and got checked in. Then I chipped my tooth opening a bottle. Then realised my phone charger was in my car. So eventually spoke to Brian on the phone and arranged to meet up Friday morning. They had car trouble so we never got together until late in the day and we drove to Nimes for the shoot. What an amazing place it is! Lovely old ampitheatre and Roman temple and many other great places to visit. Next disaster was me falling from the top of the steps at the Roman Temple, clutching my camera above my head as I skidded down the steps, luckily coming to rest about 8 from the top with a very sore ankle! It was a long way down so I was very relieved! Do you get the idea this trip was jinxed?

Anyway the shoot went really well, although it did start to get dark fairly quickly but we shot a load of night shots as well, which turned out well.

Quite an adventure and I was pretty glad to get home in one piece!

A few images:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

6th September Carbisdale Castle

Today I had a wedding at Carbisdale Castle, which is a lovely location near Ardgay in the Highlands. Chelsea and Brian Mackenzie were over from Seattle for their wedding and I was very lucky to be chosen to do their photography. Brian is originally from the Highlands, and they met when Chelsea was over here 5 years ago. It was a great day, and loads of fun, and I can't wait for the post wedding shoot next week, which is in the South of France!!!

Tracy and Philip

30th of August saw me cross the border for a wedding in Northumberland at the stunning Alnwick Castle. I drove down after yesterdays wedding in Lybster, which was a fair trek, but when I saw this venue it was well worth it! It was stunning! The couple today were Tracy Gow and Philip Storey, both of Darlington, but Tracy is originally from up here, so a few familiar faces withing the crowd. It was a perfect day again for photography, slightly overcast but dry. It was a lovely day, and we had great fun shooting around the castle grounds. It is really is a place you could never have enough time to shoot at!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

SWPP August competition

Another good month in the SWPP competitions. I only entered 7 images this month and again it was the usual last minute thing!! Nothing changes there!
So 3 Golds and 4 Silvers this month. Silvers in children, monochrome, wedding traditional and bridal portrait with these 3 getting golds:

Wedding Contemporary


Portrait Contemporary

29th August - Patricia & John

Today I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Patricia O' Connor and John Crowe from Loch Street in Wick. The wedding was at the Portland Arms Hotel, Lybster on a perfect (yes I was actually happy with the weather!!) day for photography. Patricia got ready at her parents home in Wick before arriving in Lybster. We had a great day - we wanted to shoot somewhere different and that is what we did. Clyth lighthouse was our chosen spot as John was brought up nearby. I think everyone enjoyed the shoot, well I did anyway!! Got some really nice images and hopefully - once again - created something a bit different (until it's copied)!!!

Thanks to Tricia and John for really getting into the whole thing and making my job so easy.