Entries by Mike

Wedding Photography at the Alona Hotel | Nicola & William

Wedding season really starting to kick into gear now folks and, a few weeks ago, I was out and about with Nicola and William at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park for their big day. First visit for me to the Alona although, as is customary, I had done my usual recce a week or so beforehand, just to get a feel for the place and scout out a few good spots for photography – of course, the weather on the day dictates a lot and best laid plans and all that can easily go out the window on the day…but it helps to be prepared all the same :-).

Fortunately, no weather problems this time around, unless of course you count the glaring sun beating down on us all day long – great for guests but for me, always sends me looking for shade, as no one wants pictures with folk squinting at the sun!

Very much a day for capturing the moment rather than all the fancy bride & groom shoots that I do but, that’s the way I like it, as I want couples to spend their day the way they want to, not the way I want to…my job is to ensure that, whatever you want from your day, the photography reflects that.

Wedding Photography at Lodge on Loch Lomond | Kimberley & Daniel

Wedding no.15 of the year took me back to one of my favourite parts of the country where I’ve shot many weddings now…Loch Lomond, specifically, the Lodge on Loch Lomond for what must be now, let me see, about my fifth wedding there now. Let’s be honest, if you get the weather, and in this country it is a big “if”, the setting is really hard to beat.

So, how happy was I then on Kimberley & Daniel’s big day that the weather totally played ball and gave us some glorious sunshine pretty much all day long, so much so, that we were even able to have an outdoor ceremony :-).

My day started at another venue that I’ve worked at before, Ingliston Country Club, where the girls were getting the bridal prep done in one of the log cabins on site and, after a brief stop to grab a few shots, it was off to Loch Lomond for the rest of the day. At this time of year, when the days are long, I find that it’s actually better to do the bride & groom photo-shoot after dinner, where the sun will be a little lower in the sky and not produce the harsh results that you can sometimes get earlier in the day. Coupled with a little off-camera flash, you an get some quite dramatic results :-).

Wedding Photography at Kincaid House | Lyndsey & Iain’s Wedding Album

The latest wedding album to head out the door was from a fabulous day that I spent last June with Lyndsey & Iain shooting their wedding at Kincaid House, which was to be my first, and remains to this day, visit there. Glorious weather all day long I recall and an absolute joy to be part of the day :-).

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s “Original Wedding Books”  and opted for snow white leather cover bound in the popular beighe & white floral suede paint finish and all coupled off in a matching sleeve for storage. Lyndsey & Iain also added in a couple of half sized parent albums that are exact copies of the main album with a hardback cover.

A lot of work goes into the designing and preparation of an album prior to it being sent off for printing. All in, I can easily spend around a day and a half with the selection of the images, the initial design, making any changes the couple want and then finally, what I call my “signature” editing process on all the pictures contained within the album to make them look their absolute best for printing.

Pre-Wedding Shoot in Edinburgh | Kate & Iain

April & May were quite a busy couple of months for me on pre-wedding shoots, and the sixth and last of these to be shot (until next month at least) was with Kate & Iain who chose to head onto Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile for their shoot. Of course, shooting here is not for you if you want to be secluded and away from the crowds…far from it in May! But, there are still plenty of quirky alleys to explore and get off the main drag (so to speak) for a few quieter shots as well as those with the obligatory crowds on the Mile itself.

Kate & Iain, thank you for going along with everything on the shoot 🙂 and I look forward to your big day at Monachyle MHOR in September :-). Here’s just a few of my favourites which I hope you like – click on any image to enlarge.

Wedding Photography at Brig o’ Doon House Hotel |Claire & Alan’s Wedding Album

One of the latest albums to head off out of the studio was from a wedding I shot last September with Claire & Alan at the very wonderful Brig o’ Doon House Hotel, one of my favourite venues. Glorious weather enabled us to get a great mix of shots both before and after dinner, the latter under some fabulous early evening skies – brilliant day all round :-).

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s “Original Wedding Books”  and opted for the ever popular “crystal glance” cover bound in dark brown leather and all coupled off in a dark brown and mocha complementing design box.

A lot of work goes into the designing and preparation of an album prior to it being sent off for printing. All in, I can easily spend around a day and a half with the selection of the images, the initial design, making any changes the couple want and then finally, what I call my “signature” editing process on all the pictures contained within the album to make them look their absolute best for printing.