West Lothian Portrait Photography:
Jen & Barry’s Pre-Wedding Shoot at the Scottish Owl Centre

Something a little different for me today guys as I’m out and about with Jen & Barry on their pre-wedding shoot. Usually, couples opt for their pre-wedding shoot in parks or down by the sea or the like and that’s fine, as there’s good shots to be had there but, today, I’m at the Scottish Owl Centre where the guys have booked a private session with the owls, and I’m along with them to capture it as best I can. From recollection (and please do correct me if I’m wrong here) the proposal took place at a bird of prey centre, hence the significance of where we are today.

I’ve got to admit that I’ve never done a shoot anywhere like here before so I don’t really know what to expect, but it soon all becomes clear as the first owl is brought out and just buzzes around the room flying between the gloves that Jen & Barry are wearing and then up to a perch, narrowly missing me with each pass! You know, I’ve got to hand it to the pros who photograph birds for a living; this is no easy gig. The speed at which they pass by is quite something and it takes quite a while before I come even close to getting any “in flight” shots – I’ve posted some here but you should see the number that didn’t make the cut :-(!!! Suffice to say the call from National Geographic will be a while away yet! And, to cap it all, it’s really quite dark inside as well – photographer friends will know when I say ISO3200 what I mean!

Guys, I hope you like the images, the full set of which can be found in your online gallery. Thank you for asking me along to photograph what was a very enjoyable session. Here’s just a few of my own favourites.

Please feel free to leave a comment or two at the bottom of the post as it’s always very much appreciated. And, what would be totally phenomenal, is a “Like” on my Facebook page as it’s always great to get new people on board.


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  • Jennifer HendersonJune 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

    Thanks mike the pictures are great! You’re right Barry proposed by having an owl fly in with the enagagement ring so we wanted a few pictures with owls. We really enjoyed our day at the scottish owl centre thanks very much.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola HendersonJune 6, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!! You both look stunning and it’s so romantic recreating the moment it all started <3 love it! XxxReplyCancel

  • Marissa HendersonJune 6, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Lovely photos! You both look so happy! XReplyCancel

  • Barry McintoshJuly 7, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Love the pictures Mike, captured just what we wanted and the owl pictures look great to. Really happy with them.ReplyCancel

  • Jane LaughlinOctober 23, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Aww check you guys out!!! The pics are stunning!!! Cant wait for the big day xxxReplyCancel

  • Diane ForresterOctober 23, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Fantastic photos – Love the one with the Owls eyes closed with embarrassment! Get a room you twit twoo!ReplyCancel

  • Betty KirklandOctober 23, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Photos are brilliant, you both look great xxReplyCancel

  • Frances MartinOctober 23, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Photos are really good , you both look amazing x

  • Darren WalkerOctober 23, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Pics are amazing! Documented proof that Barry picked the right ‘bird’ in the end!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie SullivanOctober 23, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Aww pictures are amazing. Very natural and a great idea. You two are obviously made for each other. Good luck for the big event. xxReplyCancel

  • Polly CraigOctober 23, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    lovely pictures xxReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Jv EllisOctober 23, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Pictures are amazing, capture you both brilliantly. Great proposal Barry looking forward to the wedding. XReplyCancel

  • Sue ShekOctober 23, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    What a fab idea, the pictures are great and capture some lovely moments. ReplyCancel

  • Mike Cook PhotographyJune 6, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Hi Jen, glad you like these. Was a really enjoyable and unusual shoot and I love these images.ReplyCancel

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