Entries by Mike

Wedding Photography at Airth Castle | Lynsey & Chris

My first wedding in September this year was also part.1 of yet another wedding “double header” and took me off to one of my local venues, the fabulous Airth Castle, where I’ve shot many times now, so fair to say I know my way around :-).

One of the things I find that happens a lot now, is couples booking me on the strength of a recommendation from a friend who’s wedding I’ve shot, or they were a guest at a wedding I shot etc etc, as opposed to couples coming across my website by way of advertising – in fact, I’d say referrals count for more than 50% of bookings that I take these days. And, I guess there’s no better way of seeing exactly what a photographer does, not only the pictures, but also the way they conduct themselves on the day as well, than if you know someone that’s been there, done it, got the t-shirt…as they say :-).

In Lynsey & Chris’ case, they were good friends with Sarah & David, who’s wedding I shot at Solsgirth House last year – in fact, Lynsey was one of Sarah’s bridesmaids on the day, so they got to see first hand eactly how I roll :-)…and I like “rolling” discreetly more than anything else.

Mike’s Christmas Cracker | Save Up To £500 On Your Wedding Photography

It’s that time of the year – mince pies, presents, the same old Christmas songs from years gone by…do they ever make any new ones these days??? Anyway, who am I to spoil the party…and, just to prove it, I have my own “Christmas cracker” to offer you guys…

Up until the 18th December, I’m giving all you lovely people the chance to book with me at a huge discounted rate of £300 on every wedding photography collection that I offer.

This means that you could get my popular Primo digital collection for just £1000 instead of the usual £1300; the Mezzo collection which includes the stunning Graphistudio wedding album would be £1700 instead of £2000.

And, here’s the best bit…take advantage of my “earlybird” discount* and you’ll save another £200 on top, so, for example, the Primo would then only be £800….a massive £500 saving on the usual cost!

Wedding Photography at The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn | Jacqueline & Bryan

It’s always quite exciting shooting at a new venue and these days, having been around for a few years now, that opportunity doesn’t come along too often. But wedding no.31 of the year gave me such an opportunity, and off to The Bay Hotel in Kinghorn I headed for Jacqueline & Bryan’s big day. And, for the first time in a while, we’re blessed with some gorgeous August sunshine…totally glorious for a locaation overlooking the beaches along the Forth.

As with a few couples this year, I’d not met Jacqueline & Bryan prior to the wedding but, as I’ve said before, that, to me, never causes an issue, and I quickly got to know everyone during the bridal prep and the shots with the guys prior to the ceremony.

My preferred shooting style is one of a documentary nature, with a sprinkling of family group shots and a short bride & groom session, so you’re free to get on and enjoy your day to the max without feeling you’ve been in a photoshoot all day…I just look for the “moments”, and there were certainly plenty of them at this wedding…just take a look below.

Wedding Photography at Oran Mor, Glasgow | Siobhan & Eoin

My 30th wedding of the year was part two of a wedding “double header” weekend and took me back to a couple of “old haunts” (if that’s the right word to use)…namely the University of Glasgow chapel for the ceremony and then onto Oran Mor for the reception – the reason…Siobhan & Eoin’s wedding day :-).

Now, I love my Canon 70-200mm lens – yep, that’s the big white one that gets in really close even when shooting from a distance. And boy do you need it in the chapel at Glasgow Uni, as they have a ruling where us photographers are consigned to a seat half way back down the chapel, although if you have a videographer (as the guys did) you’re in luck, as oddly they are allowed the shoot from up front. So guys, anyone reading this, if you’re getting married here in the future, do check that your photographer is well equiped for the job.

So here’s the thing, and unexpected as it was, the rain that hadn’t stopped at the previoius days wedding and also on the morning of Siobhan & Eoin’s big day, suddenly…stopped! And, even gave way to some sunshine, just in time for the shots in and around the cloisters, which I love so much…happy days!

Wedding Photography at Airth Castle | Gillian & Michael’s Wedding Album

Back in April, I was up the road at one of my local venues, Airth Castle, to shoot Gillian & Michael’s fabulous wedding day. And, a few weeks ago, I was delighted to be delivering their wedding album to them…by the way, if you want to see the blog post from their wedding day, you can find it here.

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s “Original Wedding Books”  and opted for a combination that I hadn’t actually done before – a light grey suede cover with picture inset, bound in the very stylish grey woven spine. This was all topped off by a complementing design box in black cloud leather…very nice 🙂