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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To finish my run of four weddings in five days back in July, I headed north once again, this time to the fabulous Castle Menzies in Aberfeldy for Kelly & Callum’s big day. This was to be my first visit here and what a stunning venue it is too, dating all the way back to the sixteenth century.

As usual, my day started a wee bit earlier at the Moness Resort where both the girls and the guys were getting ready. Of course, the bonus of everyone getting ready at the same place is that I can shoot both the bridal prep and a bit of the groom’s prep as well, although with the guys, I just tend to come in at the last minute when waistcoats, jackets and buttonholes are going on…not much hair and make-up needed for the guys usually :-).

Off to Castle Menzies and of course there is that common challenge of shooting the ceremony in a dark room…you don’t want to blast the room with flash as it kills the ambience set out with all the candles but, likewise, you don’t want everything to look too dark, so it’s a subtle balancing act to get it just right…thankfully, I always arrive a good while before the ceremony starts to get things set.

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For my 28th wedding of the year, I was out and about at a new venue for me, Boclair House just outside Glasgow. I love shooting at new places…I know there is a theory sometimes that couples will choose a photographer who is familiar with a venue and sure, there is some merit in that but there’s also, I think, a downside as well in that being so familiar with a venue means that just do the same thing every time, just with different couples.

Shooting at a new venue brings with it a new perspective on things, perhaps doing things that haven’t been done before and therefore often you’re getting shots that are unique. Of course, any good photographer will have done a recce at a new venue, just to familiarise themselves with the new surroundings, and I’m no different in that respect…it’s just good preparations.

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You know that they say about busses…none for ages and then two or three come along together! Well, that’s pretty much the case with my pre-wedding shoots this year…hadn’t shot one for a good few months and then I get to do three inside two weeks!

My latest shoot had me down on my second visit to Mugdock Country Park for Nicola & Stevie’s shoot, which was hotly followed on it’s heels with their actual wedding just a few weeks later. For anyone that hasn’t been to Mugdock, it is a fabulous place for a shoot and we were also lucky enough to be blessed with some glorious sunny weather on the day as you can see from the images below.

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