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New Year, New Home, New Blog

So it’s technically not quite the New Year and we’ve (Fiona, Ally and I) been here for two months, but the blog is new!

Now that we’ve moved to Inverness I thought it would a be a good idea to work on a new blog to share some of my portfolio work and some of what I’ll be working on over the next while. You’ll still be able to view my main portfolio site at www.roddymackay.com, while this site will have a few mini portfolios and a little more text.

I’ve been working on updating my portfolios for the last month or so, so if you know of someone looking for a photographer in Inverness and the surrounding areas then please feel free to share the site with them, I’d love to hear from them.

Don’t let the site name fool you too much though, I’ll still also be travelling plenty, and have weddings booked into the diary for most parts of Scotland and a trip down to London in 2015. I’m also due to be travelling overseas with some of my travel documentary work, starting with a planned trip into SE Asia in late January.

In the meantime, enjoy the site and any time you have left with friends and family over the Christmas holidays, and when it comes, Happy New Year!

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Planning a 2015 wedding?

Are you planning a wedding in Inverness or the Highlands and Islands for 2015?

If you are recently engaged, or just getting around to planning your wedding day, congratulations!

I appreciate that there can be a lot to organise, and will be happy to help advise as to how to make the most of your day, as a photographer with 10 years of experience photographing weddings throughout Scotland I’ve seen some of the best, (and a few of the worst!) ideas and suppliers to help make the most of your wedding celebrations.

Of course I’ll also be happy to advise how I can help you make the most of your memories with beautiful wedding photographs, the one thing you are left with when the wedding is all done!

Get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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Working with an Assistant Photographer

Why You Should Consider It

As much as I try to cover everything I can on a wedding day, there are some weddings especially where a second pair of hands if of real benefit.  A second photographer who understands how I work and has experience of my style can really increase the number of images from all parts of the day that are then provided to you post-wedding.

At certain stages of the day, the second shooter will be photographing alongside me, whereas at other points I’ll ask them to cover things that I’m not able to.  For example, while I’m undertaking the group shots, a second photographer will be able to capture candid coverage of your drinks reception, thus covering more of the action of the day! They can also be of great benefit to help cover a second angle on certain moments such as the ceremony.

When working with a second photographer, I always try to give them a brief based on what you’ve told me will be happening on your wedding day, who’s coming and what they can expect.  I realise that you might have a lot of pictures from your wedding guests, but images shot by a trained second shooter to a brief will be of a defined quality that matches the style that you’ve asked me to provide you with.

 

Who do I use as my second shooters?

I have 3 main criteria for recruiting assistant photographers to work alongside me and these are:

1. They can shoot good photographs.
2. They have quality kit, capable of the job.
3. They have a friendly personality.

 

I currently have a selection of second photographers that I work alongside, I’ll only ever use somebody who’s quality I can be certain of, and who has the right personality that you are going to want to be with you at your wedding!

 

What does it cost?

Depending on who is available, the typical costs for 2015 weddings are approximately £400 – £500.  Each second shooter supplies me with their files post-wedding for me to edit alongside my own, to then provide to you as part of your package.

If you want to find out more about an available second photographer for your wedding then get in touch and I’d be happy to help.

 

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Until Every Child

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for some it’s not as easy.  At a time of year when it’s especially poignant to think of others, might I suggest a cause close to my heart if you have three minutes to spare.

The video below is something I had the privilege to work on alongside Fiona and our friends Jenny and Will on our trip to Uganda in May 2012.

Dwelling Places is an incredible work, working to support street children and their families in Uganda.  They would always be grateful for your support.

Merry Christmas one and all.

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Congratulations Anne and Luke

I was shooting my last frames of the year on Friday, at the wedding of Anne and Luke.

The wedding ceremony took place in St Andrews church in Glenrothes, followed by a mad dash to Fernie Castle for the reception. With it being November and the weather being truly Scottish it was a bit of a rush to make the most of the daylight, but we managed!

Congratulations Anne and Luke and thanks for having me share the day with you both, I’m looking forward to getting into your edit.