The best part of being a photographer, in my opinion, is that you get the chance to meet so many great people. This shoot was no different as I had the pleasure of meeting little Isla and her mum and dad Laura and Fraser. As usual I was made so welcome and simply enjoyed photographing a very happy family.
The way I photograph children is to make them as comfortable as possible doing things they normally do and then just wait for their personalty to shine through. I didn’t have to wait long with little Isla however, she was full of smiles and great expressions right from the off which makes my job pretty easy. We had a very minor blip of 5 seconds of tears but I like to get these shots as well, after all, children don’t smile all the time do they
Here are my favourites from the shoot.
I see it is as an absolute privilege to photograph the biggest day in a couple’s lives especially when you have a couple as brilliant as James and Rod. Their fantastic day started in the riverside apartments at the fabulous New Lanark Mill Hotel and was as laid back as you can get. Both James and Rod got ready there with their family and friends in a party atmosphere which made photographing proceedings very easy for me. I wasn’t made to feel like a photographer on the day, I was made to feel like one of their close friends which means a lot to me. The fact I was welcomed so warmly by all that day just goes to show how much love surrounds these guys.
We took full advantage of the fact the guys had chosen to see each other and indeed celebrate the day together by getting the portraits of them done just prior to the ceremony so that James and Rod could fully enjoy their day without having to stand being photographed by my ugly mug. They guys looked fantastic in their kilts supplied by MacDonald Kilt Makers.
After the totally laid back morning the ceremony was held up in the Hotel itself and was brilliant. There was loads of laughter, tears and some beautiful singing which rounded off the day perfect day for James and Rod. I’ve photographed quite a few weddings now but for me James & Rod’s day was what a wedding should be about, friends, family and each other.
Lanark is fast becoming my busiest town for shoots these days and this one of Kate, Kara and their mum and dad was another lovely day spent there. Although it was pretty sunny outside it wasn’t very warm so we started off inside with some relaxed portraits of the family. Once Kate and Kara were totally familiar with the camera we then headed out to finish off the shoot with the children hunting for Easter eggs and picking flowers.
Many thanks to Kate and Kara who were fantastic fun to photograph and also a massive thanks to mum and dad who made me feel so welcome in their home. I even managed to leave with an Easter egg courtesy of little Kara
For me a wedding is all about people and emotions. I see it as my job to try and capture a feeling of what the day was like through my photographs. There is nothing better than having the privilege of watching two soulmates pledging themselves to each other in front of all their family and friends. Doug and Amanda are pretty much the nicest people you’ll meet and you could see how happy everybody was on the day that they were getting married.
The day started for me at Hotel Du Vin, formerly 1 Devonshire Gardens with the bridal prep. It was such a relaxed morning with Amanda and her bridesmaids just enjoying the day and having a laugh. After I had managed to sneak a lift to the Oran Mor with the bridesmaids it was then on to the ceremony itself which was brilliant. The Oran Mor is a superb location and fitted in perfectly with Doug and Amanda’s personalities.
We then headed off to the Botanical Gardens for 10 minutes to brave the weather and get some quick bride and groom portraits. I loved seeing the faces of the commuters as Doug & Amanda headed back to the Oran Mor afterwards. There’s nothing that gets car horns going more than a bride and groom crossing over a very busy intersection at peak traffic time
Many thanks to everybody who made me feel part of the day, and massive congratulations to Doug and Amanda.
Imagine having a field with a pond and trees just out your back garden, that’s how lucky little Abbie is and I’m sure when she’s a bit older you’ll struggle to get her away from there. It was a great location to take photographs of Abbie and if the field wasn’t enough there was also a river right out the front door!
Abbie was great fun to photograph and made my life pretty easy with all of her smiles. Mind you, I did almost screw it up at one point by putting Abbie in her cot. She thought that meant bedtime and the bottom lip started to tremble. Just before the tears started I got one frame and then Abbie was out of her cot again. Lesson learned
Many thanks to Clair and Neil who were the perfect hosts.