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We all need a holiday at some point and, 30 weddings already down the line, at the end of July I jetted off to Majorca for a couple of weeks of (I think anyway) well earned rest :-). I guess if I could have chosen a wedding to shoot upon my return, Lee & Craig’s big day at Kirknewton House Stables would definitely have been right up there as a major contender.

I have this theory that the best wedding photography often comes from the weddings where couples just have a “grand old time” and really enjoy the day for what it is…no stresses, no strains, no worries. Ask any bride or groom and they’ll tell you that the day just flies by…before you can catch your breath, you’re already sitting down late afternoon for dinner! So take it all in, enjoy it and the pictures will (almost :-)) take care of themselves. And, let me tell you guys, from where I was standing on this very day, everyone had a total blast :-).

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To say that July was a busy month for me would be an understatement – eight weddings, a pre-wedding shoot and even a commercial shoot..all in the space of three weeks – you know, I needed a holiday after that and, would you believe…I got one…two weeks in Majorca :-).

But, before all that, my last wedding in July was an absolute cracker as I was honoured to be shooting Allyson and Findlay’s big day in Loch Lomond…well, not specifically “in” Loch Lomond, but you get my drift…Luss Parish Church for the ceremony and then along the road to the Lodge on Loch Lomond for the reception….fabulous :-).

Whilst shooting the bridal prep, I always get a good feeling about how the day is going to pan out…and I wasn’t wrong this time either. I always have this theory that if you just go out and have what I call “a bloody good time” on your big day, then your pictures are going to show that and look fabulous and hey, from what I saw at least,everyone did just have that “bloody good time”.

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Never being one to conform with tradition, I thought I’d wait a few days for the dust to settle on Black Friday and then tell you about this one amazing offer that I have for you guys…

Yes folks, for the first five couples to get in touch and book with me using my “earlybird” payment option*, I’m offering my most popular package, the Mezzo, at a fabulous reduced cost of just £1000 – that’s a saving of £700!!!

Here’s what you get..

  • full wedding day coverage from bridal prep through to the first 5 dances (approx. 10 hours coverage)
  • a minimum of 500 pictures from the day, fully edited and made available to you to use as you wish
  • a personal online gallery for viewing and sharing your pictures
  • a fabulous 50 page Graphistudio “Young Book” album with your choice of covers and materials from the huge range available.

This really is a huge saving on the usual cost and a great chance to get your hands on one of the best wedding albums around at almost no extra cost than my standard “picture only” Primo package.

A couple of months back, I was out on yet another pre-wedding shoot…this time with Kara & Louis at the very picturesque Dollar Glen, which the guys had chosen and which also was, unless my memory is playing tricks with me, the very place where Louis proposed to Kara :-). Being the city boy that I am, I kind of wasn’t ideally prepared for the short hike down to the river (although the very name itself “glen” should have told me that we would be going downhill)…a pair of boots rather than a pair of Converse might have been a better choice. But boy was it worth it!

I do often get asked as to the benefits of pre-wedding shoots – will it make your wedding pictures better…not necessarily. Will it make you feel more comfortable getting your pictures taken come the big day…I think so. Will it get you used to being photographed…absolutely, and that’s a big plus. I see the pre-wedding shoot as a kind of dry run and a testing ground. We get to try out a few different types of shots and you can then tell me which ones you like and those that you’re not so keen on…and that’s a win-win come the big day :-). And, of course, you get to keep all the pictures from the shoot and also have the option of adding on a signing frame.

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Today on the blog, I’m very delighted to be sharing with you guys one of the latest wedding albums to leave the studio…this time around featuring Jacqueline & Bryan’s wedding at the Bay Hotel last August.

For their album, the guys chose one of Graphistudio’s very stylish “Young Books” with a huge 60 pages. Jacqueline & Bryan opted for the popular “crystal glance” cover, bound in a dark blue leather binding. This was all topped off with my own design for the box with a light grey scroll design raised and varnished over a dark blue leather box to complement the album binding, and all finished off with a white ribbon. 

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