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Portrait Photography in Loch Lomond:
Kirsteen & James’ Pre-Wedding Shoot at Rowardennan

Bit lacking on the old blog posts of late guys so time to put that right. And, today, I’m delighted to share a few images from Kirsteen & James’ pre-wedding shoot in Rowardennan that we did early March. Although I’ve shot at Loch Lomond a few times before, I normally find myself over on the western shores in places such as The Cruin, Duck Bay and Luss. So, Rowardennan, on the eastern shores, was a new location for me – very remote, a bit off the beaten track but beautiful with it and, dare I say, a bit “mystical” if that’s the right word to use :-).

Looking at my planner, Kirsteen & James had one of the farthest away weddings in my files, having booked me way back in March 2012, and I bet their June 2014 wedding felt a long way off back then…not now though, and I’m really looking forward to shooting their big day at the wonderful Mar Hall come the day. But this day was all about the pre-wedding shoot and I know the guys enjoyed the session and were really pleased with the results which, as I keep saying (and I know I sound like a broken record) really does help come the wedding day.

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Commercial Portrait Photography:
William More

Something a little different today for you guys as I recently did a commercial shoot with Will More. I photographed Will’s wedding to Karen last year and Will got in touch a little while back to see if we could get together for some head shots that Will was needing for a programme for an upcoming concert, as well as a few other things. Will is the Artisitic Director of Strathclyde Harmonia so naturally it seemed appropriate to incorporate the baton into many of the shots.

The shoot took place at my very small home office/studio – big enough for this type of shoot though, and it gave me a chance to try out my recently acquired “storm grey” coloured backdrop, which I thought would work well for this type of shoot. I guess there’s only so many ways to hold a baton and we must have got through all of them in the hour and a half or so that it took for the shoot, even deploying a “Harry Potter” style wand waving approach as well :-).

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Portrait Photography in Linlithgow:
Rochelle & Callum’s Pre-Wedding Shoot at Blackness Castle

So, a few weeks ago, I was out with Rochelle and Callum on their pre-wedding shoot at Blackness Castle, near Linlithgow, somewhere I’ve never been to before. In many ways, I guess the title of the post is just a touch inaccurate, as we didn’t actually get to go into Blackness Castle itself (professional photography not being allowed without prior permission…and a fee), but just around the grounds and surrounding areas. And boy, was it cold!

I don’t often feel the conditions myself on a shoot – often feels like when I get behind the camera, everything else around me, including weather conditions, pales into insignificance. But, today, even I’m feeling it…brrr! A brief respite was offered from the biting wind when we jumped a wall to get down onto the beach area but that didn’t last long before we were back into the Arctic conditions for the remainder of the shoot…but hey, we got some nice stuff :-).

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  • Karin Mckenny - March 27, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Lovely pics – you both look so grown up though, it’s scary! Good luck for the big day. Karin xxReplyCancel

Wedding Photography at The Vu:
Pauline & Ali

Pauline & Ali’s wedding was no.2 of the year for me and, very much like wedding no.1, it was a bit drizzly, cold and blustery…but hey, these things are sent to challenge us :-). The Vu in Bathgate was the location, a venue I’ve shot at many times before and, looking at my upcoming schedule, a venue I will be shooting at many times in the future as well…just as well I like it and the staff are brilliant and, I always find, very accommodating to us photographers.

After a brief stop at Pauline’s parents house in Grangemouth for the detail and bridal prep shots, it was off to The Vu where I met up with Ali and the guys for a few shots pre-ceremony. It was also really nice to receive a number of compliments from family on some of the pre-wedding shoot images that we’d taken a few weeks previous – thanks guys!

Thankfully, come the key bride & groom shots, the weather had cleared up sufficiently for us to venture outside onto the jetty, The Vu’s iconic landmark, and where you simply have to get some shots (although having said that I did fail once in a wedding here when the conditions were simply atrocious). Under darkening skies, out came my trusty speedlights to save the day…although I do love a bit of flash for added drama and, of course, it allows me to do my usual back-lit silhouette shot as well with the added bonus of lighting up the rain.

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  • Pauline Mullen - March 19, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Completely overwhelmed Mike, thank you again so much for everything. You truly are a talented man and wish you all the best for future. xxReplyCancel

  • Josephine Mitchell - March 19, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    they r all lovely pauline.xx
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  • Carla Dobson - March 19, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    Gorgeous pics love the picture of you all with wee Charlie lying on the floor and the picture captured of a very emotional Pauline.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley McElroy Craig - March 19, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Fantastic pics Mike. Dont fancy being Pauline and Ali trying to pic xReplyCancel

  • Rona Lyon - March 19, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    OMG these are absolutely stunning xxx
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  • Marie Richmond - March 19, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Awww Pauline these and both of you are stunning it feels like the love, life and laughter has been captured in every shot x beautiful xx although a lot more magic lights would be needed to make me look anywhere near this good xx love to you and Ali Mrs M xxReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Wilson - March 19, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Mike knows I love him, I told him at the wedding, he had me smiling, crying, laughing before I had ever met him with the pre-wedding shots. He is marvellous at his job. These are stunning, despite my double chin, haha, I never like photos of me…but love these. Ali and Pauline make yet another ‘right choice’ having Mike do their photographs, well done all xReplyCancel

  • Cheryl allan - March 19, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    Wow, absolutely stunning Pauline! Some fab photos xxReplyCancel

  • Michelle Barclay - March 19, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Pauline they are amazing, he has captured so many lovely moments…absolutely beautiful. x x xReplyCancel

  • Tracy tollins - March 20, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Pictures are amazing capture every moment and every emotion of a very special day ! Pauline and Ali have a hard job picking from such stunning pictures xReplyCancel

Portrait Photography in South Queensferry:
Michelle & Steven’s Pre-Wedding Shoot

Just starting to hit the busy wedding season and, next up on the wedding front (well, next but one), is Michelle & Steven’s big day at Glenbervie House, which I’m very much looking forward to. So, thought it would be wise to try and get a few images from their pre-wedding shoot up on the blog ahead of that, so here we go.

I spent quite a lot of time in South Quensferry in January, with a couple of weddings at Orocco Pier and now the guys’ pre-wedding shoot here as well. That’s not a complaint by the way; I love doing shoots here – you’ve got the bridges, the pier/harbour, cobbled streets and tons of old world charm, so plenty of options. The only downside is that it is very open with little shelter anywhere, so not the best if it rains. But hey, we didn’t need to worry about that on Michelle & Steven’s shoot as you can see from the images – bit chilly though…but it was January.

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  • Jill Possingham - March 19, 2014 - 2:09 am

    Beautiful Photos Michelle and Steven – Such an exciting time for you both! ReplyCancel