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Ash & Ross’s Wedding @ Balbirnie House

When Ash & Ross told me, at their wedding on Saturday, how long they had spent hand-making two giant aluminium letters, illuminated by lightbulbs, I knew I had to do something special with them. And thankfully I was at the award winning Balbirnie House Hotel where the lovely Angela, looking

Coffee break

After a haircut and a pair of new shoes, I stopped for a coffee in Edinburgh this afternoon. For £3, I got a lovely cup of mocha PLUS a marketing lesson thrown in! See that wee winky smiley face? Well it brought a smile to mine. And that in itself, that little personal touch, that extra 1%,

PRE WEDDING SHOOTS IN EDINBURGH

I’m backing up last year’s work and just happened across a picture I created from Lucy & Gino’s pre-wedding shoot. A couple of things. Firstly, I absolutely love the picture. Taken at Gosford House, Edinburgh, it also reflects the grandeur of Lucy & Gino’s wedding

Saturday’s wedding at Dundas Castle, Edinburgh

This brought a wee smile to my face on Saturday when I was at Dundas Castle, Edinburgh. I admit I did a double take and rubbed my eyes! Never seen a wedding cake design quite as cheeky. But you know what, I love it. Anything that brings a smile to your face on your wedding day and to the faces of

Family photography session in Englandshire

If I had a list of my most loyal and treasured clients, Sarah would be pretty much near the top. Our paths first crossed eleven years ago (omg!) when I opened my first portrait studio in Trinity, Edinburgh. Sarah and her family were one of my first ever clients through the studio doors. That fact

Madamemoiselle Macaron, Edinburgh

While it might not actually be the first Saturday I’ve had off in years, it certainly felt like it today. So what to do? A leisurely stroll around the Edinburgh farmer’s market on Castle Terrace was just the ticket. The way I see it, when you buy at farmer’s markets,

Photobooth fun at Carberry Towers

WEDDING TIP. If you’re going to have a photo-booth at your wedding reception, then this is always going to happen. Yep. Your official photographers are going to jump inside at some point! Which is exactly what Sandie & I did at the end of the night just after the fireworks and after we

Dalhousie Castle wedding

WEDDING TIP. As a bride, you know you’ve hired a good makeup artist when the first thing she does is sit you down facing the largest window in the room and uses that as her primary light source on your face. Nothing beats the softness and neutrality of diffused window light. The bigger the

Climbing Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

On Saturday, what was originally going to be a gentle afternoon stroll around Holyrood Park, Edinburgh quickly turned into a full scale expedition to the top of Arthur’s Seat. Nothing like a last minute change of plan…I’m still recovering. So proud of Samuel, Mileah and Lewis for

Totally gratuitous image of a pair of shoes

Just cos it’s pretty and twinkly and I like it 

Emma & Tom’s wedding Merchant’s Hall – George Hotel Edinburgh

I was just doing a final run through of all the pictures I took at Emma & Tom’s wedding and this was one of my favourites. It’s not overly directed or posed, typical of what you might find in magazine editorials where brides are contorted this way and that (probably for hours on

Fiona & Ross @ Kintore Parish / Monymusk Estate

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a happier bride than Fiona. I mean, I know brides are happy people generally. But when I think back to Fiona & Ross’s wedding day, my most vivid memory is how excited and positively radiant Fiona was. She smiled beautifully and

Gabi & Simon’s wedding @ Wedderburn Castle

OK, just how much pressure is there to do well when the groom owns a Leica and is an excellent (published) photographer in his own right? I took this gorgeous picture of Gabi a month ago when she and Simon had their wedding at Wedderburn Castle. Yes, I’m slowly but surely catching up with

Dog Portraits Edinburgh

OMG. It’s been ages since I had one of these produced for a client – a huge wall portrait. Frank, one of my poker buddies, is going to be over the moon when I drop by this afternoon and he see’s what I’ve gone and produced for him. A gorgeous framed portrait of his dog

Francesca & Colin’s wedding @ Giffnock South Parish Church – Mar Hall

I always make a point of experiencing and learning as much as I can from every wedding both as a photographer and as a human being. And this day was no different. One of the many things I recall vividly, I remember Sandie and I pulling up to Mar Hall on the morning of Francesca &

Sandie & a big muckle eagle

This is Sandie, my studio manager and able assistant at weddings. A wonderfully talented photographer in her own right specialising in beautiful contemporary boudoir photography and also haute cuisine food photography, she is far braver than I am! And she loves her birds of prey. She’s always

Fireworks finale @ Comlongon Castle

I love twinkly lights. I love Christmas decorations. I love meteor showers. And I LOVE fireworks. Have to say that I’m usually on my last legs come 10pm on a wedding night! From an 8am start mind. But a good ol’ fireworks display always gets my heart racing. I’ll never stop

My world

There’s a light at the end of this very long tunnel where I see three tiny silhouettes are dancing to the sound of laughter. #grateful

KIRSTY & KEVIN’S WEDDING AT GLASGOW CATHEDRAL / POLLOK HOUSE

It’s been a pretty traumatic 12 months for me. My world seems to have been turned upside down and given a good ol’ shake. I know everyone has their own bag of stones to carry on their life journey but about a year ago I took a big tumble and my bag of stones scattered across the

PAULA & ANDY

I’m really not a writer. I wish I was. Because it’s hard for me to put into words how in awe I am of what these two have done with their lives and continue to do together. Their solid commitment to one another, the strength of their love & support for each other and to their wee

Merry Xmas!

My 3 little rascals. Their smiley faces make my Christmas ever year :) I hope you had a fun Christmas surrounded by the ones you love!

Mileah & Tea

I love taking pictures of Mileah. This one is from Sunday afternoon when she had her best friend Tea round for an afternoon play. I love this fun picture of the two of them; the expressions, the pose – their friendship really shines through. I got a lot of positive feedback from this picture

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY DALHOUSIE CASTLE – CHARLENE & ANDREW’S STORYBOOK DESIGN

It’s been a long time coming but here’s is how Charlene & Andrew’s spectacular wedding day panned out  The glorious setting is Dalhousie Castle, one of Scotland’s most historic and beautiful castles run by the most amazing professional weddings & events team in the

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GLASGOW UNIVERSITY CHAPEL, CAMERON HOUSE

This is the beautiful first draft storybook design of Lee & Kevin’s wedding day back in August. What a super bride & groom. I’ve been absolutely up to my eyeballs this summer with wedding work and subsequently designing albums, blogging etc and Lee & Kevin have had to wait

West Linton Primary School

Here’s how I spent Monday morning! <SLIDESHOW> Doing stuff like this makes me happy to be a photographer and happy to be alive Best of luck to all the staff and all the kids at West Linton Primary School in their brand new building.

Just one

three sisters I’m feeling guilty. I’ve not been blogging each and every wedding this year. I promised myself in January that I would too. I never promised any of my B&G’s, thankfully. I guess because that deep down inside, looking at my diary for May – August, I knew

Bumps & babies

I didn’t know whether to post this under ‘Weddings & Portraits’ or ‘Personal’ but I had the pleasure today of reuniting with Sarah & Peter, two of the nicest, kindest people on the planet. They also happened to be a past bride & groom of mine. In fact

School Report

I never used to get ‘excellent’ at school! Or Uni for that matter. Until I took up photography that is Really proud of my wee boy’s 1st high school report. The most important thing for me is that HE thinks school life is ‘excellent’. Carry on…

shoot when you feel

Life passes by so quickly. And with my current workload, I have my head down and weeks feel like minutes. So I’m glad I set aside some time to capture the moment when Mileah bounced into the living room, straight off the school bus, with Lewis biting at her ankles. If I hadn’t reached

PARTY TIME

Here’s my very latest wedding picture i.e. the very last picture I took at the last wedding I photographed a few days ago. By the end the night, just as I’m loading my lightstands and camera bag into the car, I always know that I’ve just photographed THE best party in

Don’t quit

I’m dead proud of my wee boy. He’s a lovely lad. Popular, cheery, fun loving. Always thinking of others. And football daft. He goes to football training after school every Tuesday & Thursday and plays matches every Sunday (I’m his taxi driver & biggest fan). And

VEGAS BABY!

Been a hectic summer of weddings and still over a dozen big ones still to go and all that entails. And I’m a bit exhausted and already thinking I need a holiday. But hey, it’s been years since I’ve been abroad. Yep, that’s me in the picture, a good few years back, en route

JO & FORBES WEDDING AT ST MICHAELS & GLENSKIRLIE CASTLE – WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GLENSKIRLIE

One of my favourite shots of the boys in recent times! It goes to show what can be achieved if you’re ready in good time I knocked on Forbes’ door at 9.30am to spend an hour of photography with the boys before heading to meet Jo and the girls. When I pulled up at Forbes and Jo’s

CARA & ROSS – WEDDING AT DUNDAS CASTLE – WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DUNDAS CASTLE

I love this fun shot of Cara and her girls at the getting-ready stage! The best bridesmaids in the world are fun, slightly mad but always give calm reassurance when required! Lyndsay & Carol did brilliantly :) Ross with his bestman Paul and the rest of the lads all suited and booted. Or rather

LAUREN & CRAIG’S WEDDING AT St GILES, EDINBURGH – DALHOUSIE CASTLE

You can just feel the excitement in the air, outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, when Lauren & Craig stepped out into the sunshine as husband and wife. I love how in this shot Lauren and Craig are right in the middle of it all, simply enjoying being surrounded and congratulated by