Can’t beat an outdoor wedding on Loch Lomond 🙂
Later on in the evening at Jo & David’s wedding, a lady guest asked how I knew the bride & groom. She had assumed that I was a friend of the couple or family because I got on so well with the guests. If that’s how I come across in the high-pressure environment of a wedding, then I reckon I’m doing my job pretty well!
I have duly patted myself on the back and given myself a raise. 😉
Ali & David made the short (!) trip from Australia to have their dream winter wedding in Scotland. And Ali in particular I think, had a specific idea of the kind of wedding she wanted.
They wanted something twinkly.
They wanted something wintery.
And they wanted something Edinburgh-y.
So that’s exactly the look we went for!
On a side note, it has on more than one occasion been claimed that I have no sense of embarrassment. Be that as it may, I like to maintain an air of professionalism at all times and as such I would like to make a request of the bridal party:…….what happens on Carlton Hill, STAYS on Carlton Hill……. 😉
Another unseasonably awesome day down on the west coast in Ayr. Craig was so eager to get out & enjoy the sunshine that he went in for the big first kiss with his bride half way through the ceremony! (sorry Craig, I couldn’t resist 😉 )
I also came back with one of the best-worded compliments ever from Linsay & Craig’s wedding.
I think it was Craig’s mum who apparently said: “He was like a photography ninja“.
Low-flying UFO’s in Edinburgh.
There are some things in this life that are just awesome. And twinkly dance floors are one of them.
Susan & Gordon enjoyed a lovely, relaxed wedding day at the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone – a venue which has many picturesque little features…….all topped off nicely with a twinkly dancefloor.
Mmmmmm. Twinkly 😉
Not much beats a wedding at the seaside. I love the beach – great for photos – terrible for your cameras. Ah well 😉
Rhona & David had a lovely ceremony down at Seamill Hydro in Troon, which is right on the beach and has a clear view over to the Isle of Arran.
There are worse places to get married……. 🙂
Brian and Amanda were married in a lovely, close-knit, family & close friends ceremony at St Cloumbkilles in Rutherglen – which incidentally, happens to be huge, and really cool for pictures!
We then took the party to the beautiful surroundings of Glenskirlie castle, for some more pics of Brian, Amanda, and Amandas ‘guns’ 😉
Over to the beautiful MacDonald Crutherland House in East Kilbride for the wedding of Claire & Murray. Unfortunately, the weather really wasn’t interested in letting us out to play, so we didn’t get to see too much of the grounds.
However, that certainly didn’t dampen the spirit any with this crowd! When the home-made hen-party crockery contains more hidden phalluses (phallii?) than you can shake a stick at, then you can use this as a pretty reliable indicator that the guests are up for a bit of a laugh! 😉
You may recognise Claire & Murray from their pre-wedding shoot a few weeks ago…..
Just a few shots of Claire & Murray’s (and not forgetting the dogs!) pre-wedding photoshoot from a couple of weeks ago.
Check out the bluebell patch that we found – perfect camera fodder!
Their wedding is this weekend so keep your eyes peeled for more…..
I love a colourful wedding 🙂
Nicola & Jonathan were married at the Georgian Hotel in Coatbridge, with a short sojourn to Viewpark Nursery Gardens for the group line-ups and couple shots. And there was lots of colour to keep me entertained on this day!
There were also lots of funky wee touches that made the day unique: a vintage car, old-school bus to transport the bridal party, not to mention the brides’ shoes which were, I believe, bought, then sent away for a bespoke diamond encrusting procedure – Check those bad boys out! Not to be outdone, Jonathan went for the jazzy leggo cufflinks & some awesome lo-fi Puma kicks especially for the dancing. Booya!
It’s the small touches like these that can really stand out for us photographers. Quirky/ personal/romantic/ bold/ subtle/ or even outright crazy…….the more the better!
Sleepy, sleeeepy, sleeeeeepy………..
Meet Syon. About 25 days old. The baby model with a knockout punch (see last few pics….). Those were the days eh? So cosy all the time. Sleep was but a blink away. If you wanted to sleep, you slept. If you wanted to wee, the nappy took care of it. If you wanted to eat, you, er, screamed for a bit.
Syon was the perfect model really. Coped pretty well with a strange man pointing a camera at him & gave us a range of expressions enough to capture a glimpse of his character in those few first days of his life. Couldn’t ask for more really 🙂
And his name means ‘good luck’ in Sanskrit, by the way. Just in case you were wondering!
Film cameras eh? Those were the days 🙂
So, film can’t compare with the flexibility & convenience of digital, but you can’t argue that it can give a certain organic ‘feel’ to your photos that can be extremely attractive. Not to mention the satisfaction of nailing the shot, without the option of fixing it in post production if you screw it up!
I wouldn’t ever really use film for a professional job, but I do love to play around with my lo-fi Holga in my (rare!) spare time. The following series of pics were taken over the past couple of years on trips & summer holidays & such.
No trickery. No Photoshop. Just pure, retro charm!
Winter weddings. As a Glasgow wedding photographer I’ve had my fair share of them. They can be both beautiful and challenging. Katie & Alastair’s wedding was no different, the weather was basically horrendous for the whole day: gale force winds, heavy rain – the lot!
The attraction of a winter wedding for me, lies in the challenge – how do I create beautiful pictures in the dark and in pretty poor conditions? Well, we had the grandeur of Loch Green House Hotel as a backdrop so I wanted, if at all possible to show some of the grounds. As it happened we manged to get a TEN MINUTE break, just before the main course, when the ferocity of the weather was at it’s lowest, and we shot outside for a bit of light painting!
This was a total contrast to the wedding of Katie’s sister Lindsay whose wedding earlier in the summer was awash with bright sunlight and warmth, but I like to think I captured the feeling of warmth in the atmosphere at both weddings. As there was plenty 🙂
A bit of family portraiture this time to add a bit of variety!
These kind of shoots can be notoriously difficult & awkward if you let them, so I prefer to do them at the family home – that way everyone is more relaxed right from the start.
The other essential ingredient is a bit of laughter 🙂
Mix the ingredients well, simmer for a couple of hours (gas mark 9), and serve chilled. Et Voila!
Rubbing shoulders with the cream of British society this weekend, at the wedding of Jon & Saleha in the upmarket locale of South Kensington, London. Ahhh, just another day for me 😉
The Millenium Hotel was rather a spectacular venue, with much of the day taking place in “The Conservatory”. The name may conjure up images of a greenhouse out the back of the hotel, but what “The Conservatory” actually was, was a huge glass domed structure (not unlike the Crystal Maze on steroids) comprising a bar area , a piano, seating for over a hundred and, believe it or not, four huge palm trees. Swish!
The day itself was to take a slightly unusual format, in that I would not be with the bride for the morning preparations, but shadowing the groom & his pals. I was invited for breakfast where the banter was fast, the winding-up frequent, and beans were most definitely not on the menu (don’t worry, you had to be there to get that one). 🙂
I was given the brief of getting some “Reservoir Dogs” type shots on the way back from the cafe. I didn’t want to do it in the usual cliched wedding way, so I didn’t give the guys any instruction at all, I just let them wander back to the hotel and worked around them as they traveled. I’m really pleased with the results, I think it’s usually much better to these kind of things ‘unstaged’ as it were, so that they look much more natural. It was also a nice change to snap the guys getting ready as I think it gives a distinctly different aesthetic to the bridal preparations.
The main challenge for the day was that the ceremony took place at 4pm which meant that by the time we got to the bride & groom shots the light was fading fast. There was also nothing in the way of greenery or scenic backdrops anywhere within walking distance so the only thing for it was for us to take to the busy London streets for some rapid street scene photography! I actually coaxed them into walking down the centre of a busy street at one point to nail a striking photo – a wedding dress & a beautiful bride will often buy you a little patience from motorists who would normally just flatten you – even in London! (it is however wise not to push your luck too far…). It was all over in 15 minutes & Jon & Saleha were straight back inside enjoying themselves 🙂
And then they partied righteously 🙂
The (occasionally) sunny shores of Loch Lomond formed the backdrop for the wedding of Rob & Charlotte, at the Cruin near Arden. A great venue with spectacular views of the Loch & quite a few options in terms of photographic backdrops. We were joined by a truly international assortment of family & guests with Scottish, English, French & Dutch representatives, who were all exceedingly friendly & made my job a breeze. At one point I was tempted to use some of my amazing(ly poor) french skills to organise some of the group shots, but wisely refrained….flashbacks to the time I spent 10 minutes trying to order a window in a Geneva restaurant helped that decision.
I loved the fact that Charlotte & Rob were happy to give me free reign with the photography as they trusted my judgement based on the previous work that they had seen. That’s always music to my ears because it means if we get a chance to try something a little bit different or unusual in search of a great shot then I know they will be up for it. We were hampered by the weather somewhat on the day, but we had a nice time playing around on the jetty trying to negotiate the worrying sway, & not forgetting the heel-to-wooden-slat challenges…..I guess guys just don’t fully appreciate these things! 😉
David & Michelle chose to have their wedding at Glenbervie House Hotel, which is one of my favourite wedding venues in the central belt of Scotland. I didn’t get to meet Ashley the peacock on this particular occasion, but I’m sure our paths will cross again someday soon! The wedding was lovely, with a really friendly crowd in attendance, which is always a nice bonus : )
If you look carefully you may notice a few faces that also cropped up elsewhere on my blog recently , including a certain bridesmaid…..; )
Another drizzly day in Glasgow, nothing new there! Danielle was getting ready at The Boutique hotel, Woodside place in Glasgow which was a luxurious venue, ideal for lots of fly-on-the-wall type shots of the bride, friends & family getting into their finery & enjoying a relaxing morning. Well, I say relaxed, it actually became a little more intense the closer we came to the big moment!
Damien is a military man & this gave a splash of novelty to the wedding party aesthetic, as some of the boys wore their uniforms for the day…..steady ladies! It was a lovely day despite the weather, & we managed a stroll around neighbouring Maxwell park for the bride & groom photography, between the bouts of rain. And a good time was had by all, well into the evening!
My favourite moment of the day: An inconclusive first throwing of the bridal bouquet (there obviously has to be a clear victor!), which required a second throwing & a resultant demolished bouquet.
Mark Timm Photography will be exhibiting at the Parkhead wedding show this weekend, where there will be lots of other exhibitors so you can nail down some great ideas for your own wedding & enjoy the live catwalk show as well. To be missed?….I think not!
Please feel free to come along & have a chat with me & you’ll be able to see some of my work first hand. I’m dead friendly, honest : )
See below for details.
Entry: 12-4pm, over 50 wedding suppliers all under one roof, live catwalk & live band showcase. Entry £3 with a goodybag & refreshment on arrival! Get in FREE on the guestlist by emailing your name, how many people in your group and the event name to email@example.com
The wedding of my friend Paul & Joanne who had their evening reception in Oran Mor in the West End, an outstanding venue with lots of photographic potential. The Scottish weather was true to form & it rained intermittently throughout the day, however we managed a quick jaunt around some secluded parts of the botanic gardens to get some lovely shots – the rain has its upsides too, scaring off the general public so that we virtually had the place to ourselves. Bonus!
Despite multiple unavoidable potential setbacks that included broken hire cars and a delayed wedding band (through no fault of their own), Lindsay & Brian had the kind of unflappable, fun seeking, ‘show-must-go-on’ attitude that carried the day off with style. The weather & locations were amazing and, as a photographer, I couldn’t have had it much better : )
The grand Cameron House in Loch Lomond was the backdrop for the reception & gave us photographic opportunities aplenty. I pride myself on not just using the obvious locations that a venue may provide in terms of backdrops, but searching out the unique little treasures that can be found in most places if you look closely enough. To this end we took a quick stroll around the grounds a little later in the day when the crowds had dissipated & the warm evening light was streaming through the foliage, to get some lovely, peaceful, romantic shots of the bride & groom. By this point I think Brian & Lindsay trusted me enough follow me on my seemingly random (pre-prepared) route through the grounds, through long grass & bird feathers to get the shots I wanted. And what’s more, I think they enjoyed it : )
As for the evening celebrations, the bride & groom provided what I think was the best display of fluid dancing prowess that I think I’ve witnessed to date………..see below for proof!
My favourite parts of the day:
* That killer evening light that we managed to catch the last of, post-dinner.
My virgin post on my own site. Oh yeah! I’d like to start off with a bang & show you some of my favourites from the awesome wedding of Iain & Lorraine. I’d previously photographed Lorraine’s sister’s wedding, who loved her pictures, so I wanted to give them something equally pleasing (or more so!) for their album, but also unique to their day, as both weddings shared the same venue – Glenbervie House Hotel, Stirlingshire. We had an unexpected stroke of beauty with a full-on summer’s day weather and I think we rose to the task well : )
A couple of my favourite touches from the day:
Bailey the dog’s bowtie.
‘Sweetie plants’ as gifts for the fathers.
A small patch of unused scrub ground that we successfully transformed into an ethereal summer’s meadow.