The little things

Beyond the usual advice which I offer people who ask me how to go about choosing a wedding photographer (stuff like – make a shortlist of your favourites, go meet them in person, look at...

Twinkles

Ach, I could sit here and self criticise the hell out of this shot of the bride & groom standing in their reception room at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. It’s a lovely shot but far...

Responsibility

The ultimate confirmation that you’ve booked the perfect bride & groom is when, years later, you look back on their wedding pictures and you can’t stop smiling! Because fantastic...

Feel it first

I’m far less interested in a technically perfect shot than I am in an image which captures how the moment felt. One of the things that bores me to tears when I’m talking with other...

Capture the real

Couples say to me all the time that they don’t want posed shots, they want their wedding pictures to be spontaneous and fun and natural with real smiles and genuine emotion. And very early...

My thought process

This particular bride & groom portrait was taken on George Street, outside The Dome. I love it! It was just after the ceremony and my thought process went something like this…ok first...

In between takes

What do I do in between takes? Sit and have a breather? Swig some lucozade? Nope, I keep on clicking. That’s when you catch the real moments of the wedding. The behind the scenes shots that...

Experience is key

I was asked in an interview recently what is the secret to capturing perfect moments? The answer is simple. It’s all down to hard earned experience in the real world. It’s all down to...

Dalhousie Castle

Ah, another must-have shot. And for good reason. The bride & groom in front of the venue. But what if it’s night time and all dark outside? Then even better. The best time to do this...

Big & bold

As much as I love quiet, discreet black & white imagery that packs an emotional punch, I can’t resist the lure and the sheer WOW factor of the big, the bold and the beautiful! The all...

The quiet ones

Quiet moments often make for powerful pictures. That’s why I’m always, always on the move, even throughout the ceremony. Ministers never believe me when I tell them that I will deploy...

The in between moments

At a wedding, you’ll find me always on the move and clicking constantly, come rain or shine. Many of my best shots have been the fly-on-the-wall candid moments in between the must-have...

Visualise

I used to spend all my time visualising how I would photograph a person or a couple in any given location. No matter where I was. I could be on holiday, going down the shops, wherever. It could...

Trees

If you EVER see me do the peekaboo-around-the-tree shot with the bride & groom, you have permission to shoot me. At least twice. Just to make sure. Omg, I can’t even think it. But...

Worth it

Spontaneity and courage can bring so much to a bridal shoot. Like for example walking up a crowded Royal Mile in the middle of Edinburgh, on a Saturday afternoon, in full wedding attire. The...

Time out

At some point during a wedding, I normally ask for 30 minutes alone with the bride & groom. Just 30 minutes? One reason is that I work super quick. Like I practically run from one location to...

Master of all trades

I’m not sure wedding photographers can get away with being a one trick pony any more. There was a time when it was considered rather impressive to be a master of one particular style of...

KISS

Keep It Simple Stupid. When you focus on getting the basics right, you’re halfway to capturing stunning bride & groom pictures. Get your location sorted, your lighting sorted and your...

Doing the Hitchcock thing

Me doing the Hitchcock thing. He couldn’t resist a cameo in the movies he directed either. Actually this one was accidental. Most of them are. I don’t make a habit of making the...
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