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2013: The Year in Reflection

First post of the year so only right to wish you all a Happy New Year to kick things off. 2014 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Mike Cook Photography – tons of weddings to shoot with some fabulous couples, plus I’ll be looking to kick start the portrait side of my business as well. But, that’s all for another day – for now, I’d like to share with you some highlights from all my weddings in 2013. In many ways, it started as it ended, with some very cold and slightly wet winter weddings (always providing a challenge) and, less we not forget, a very hot summer sandwiched in the middle…and, yes, I did say “very hot”, although seems hard to believe just now.

So, a massive thank you to each and every couple whose wedding I photographed – thank you for showing such faith in me and for going along with my ideas on your wedding day. Here’s a short little video (in chronological order of course :-)) with one image from each and every wedding – hope you like.

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    This Year’s Beautiful Brides (and a few from last year as well).

    So, I guess it’s approaching that time of year for a wee bit of reflection. And, although I still have four weddings left to shoot next month, I thought it would be a good time to put together a wee slideshow showcasing the beauty of the bride, mostly from this year, but a few from last as well. Hope you like…

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    • Siobhan RodgerFebruary 9, 2014 - 12:55 pm

      Beautiful pictures of beautiful brides, just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    2012 Wedding Highlights:
    The Year So Far…

    So, busy year for me so far, so I thought I’d put together a short video showing some of my favourite images to date. Music by the ever wonderful Goldfrapp. Hope you like it…and remember, you can have your wedding day images set to music as well – you pick the songs and I’ll do the rest.

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      Edinburgh Wedding Photography:
      Emily & Ryan’s Wedding Album

      So, as I type this, Emily & Ryan’s wedding album is just about to head off to them down in London, complete with parent albums and their images on disk. I’ll have quite a few albums coming out over the next week or so, such is the number of weddings that I’ve shot this year so far, and I’ll be looking to share most of these with you. The guys got married at Edinburgh Zoo back in April – that was a great day all round and, for me, made all the better by that meerkat image!

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      • Anne ClarkJuly 4, 2012 - 7:19 pm

        Love it Mike you are a star!ReplyCancel

      • Sharron BaileyJuly 5, 2012 - 8:30 am

        Absolutely beautiful Mike – very, very impressive.ReplyCancel

      • Gillian SteeleJuly 18, 2012 - 6:52 am

        Fantastic, love the little meerkat one! Can’t wait until it’s our turn.ReplyCancel

      • Karen McgrathJuly 5, 2012 - 7:37 pm

        Gorgeous photosReplyCancel

      • Mike Cook PhotographyJuly 5, 2012 - 9:44 pm

        Thank you Sharron.ReplyCancel

      • Mike Cook PhotographyJuly 5, 2012 - 9:44 pm

        Thanks Anne, glad you like.ReplyCancel

      Mike’s Muse:
      Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

      Aah, the old chestnut! I came across a short little video this week by fellow wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki and it got me thinking to write a little piece for the “muse”. By the way, here’s the video here if you want to take a quick look but please do read on afterwards for my...

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      • GabriellaFebruary 24, 2012 - 5:34 pm

        I completely agree with you Mike. Sometimes folks forget the things that go into making great memorable photos. It’s not just standing around pointing and shooting.ReplyCancel

      • MikeFebruary 24, 2012 - 7:53 pm

        Yeah, I certainly agree with that although I would add that the images taken on the day are still of paramount importance, as no end of editing at the post processing stage will make a bad photo any better – it will just end up being an “edited” bad photo! However, you can certainly make good photos better by spending a bit of time working on them after the event and this, as they say, is where the bulk of the time goes.ReplyCancel

      • HamishFebruary 28, 2012 - 10:07 pm

        Great post. You should have mentioned all of the equipment too, plus insurance, office supplies, printers, computer equipment/software! Probably loads of other things I can’t remember off the top of my head. That’s before you even talk about how good someone might be!ReplyCancel

      • MikeFebruary 29, 2012 - 9:05 am

        You’re right Hamish and this is the real difference between a full time pro (who will naturally charge higher) and a part timer who might do a wedding for you for about £300. As pros, we need to make sure that we keep up to date with all the latest equipment and software and part of the package fee, as you point out, needs to be allocated towards that – it’s all for the client’s benefit at the end of the day.ReplyCancel

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