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2015 – A review of the year for Inverness Photographer

Happy New Year!

2015 shaped up to be a rather monumental year on a personal level with the sale of our Glasgow home, purchasing our Inverness home and working on relocating our businesses north to Inverness. The icing on the cake came late on Boxing Day with the arrival of Lucy Kate, a daughter for Fiona and I, and a little sister for Ally.

Work life was also exceptionally busy, and exciting – with weddings all over Scotland and as far afield as London and Colorado! Other projects also took me travelling back into the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, with an additional first time trip into Laos for the year end.

2016 will hopefully be as exciting a year, as I celebrate the 10 year anniversary of being in business – possibly with an exhibition of previously unseen images.

The calendar still has plenty of free space however, so now is the time to be in touch if you or someone you know has a project in mind.

For now, take a look through some of my favourite photographs from these last 12 months, some from Inverness, and some from a little further afield!

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January – My year started with the first of my overseas trips to the Philippines.

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February – My first wedding of the year was the elopement of Jordan and Julie who came to Scotland from their native USA to get married in Aboyne. We had a great day travelling through Aberdeenshire capturing a selection of shots, including a trip to the Queen’s highland home at Balmoral!

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I was travelling again in March, with Mark and Diana’s wedding in Dunkeld and a commissioned project to shoot an editorial travel feature on Glasgow for Canadian airline Westjet amongst my favourite jobs.

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Wedding season got into full swing in April, with Alex and Suzie’s wedding at Aultmore House, Niall and Catherine’s wedding in Glasgow and Airth and Laura and Kevin’s wedding at beautiful Achnagairn.

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May was one of the busiest months I’ve ever had, with Alex and Susan’s wedding in Inverary feeling fairly local compared with Phil and Rose’s wedding in London, and Andrew and Jennifer’s wedding in Coloardo! I also managed to fit in a trip to Thailand and Singapore inbetween – just!

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I was back in Thailand again later in June, but not before a few more weddings in Lewis, Camusdarach and back at Achnagairn.

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I started July in Thailand, but was soon back in the UK for weddings all over Scotland and a week down in London.

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I was still shooting weddings well into August, with more trips on the road in Glasgow, Blanefield and Aberdeen including some more local Inverness weddings.

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September was America month, as I shot the weddings of 3 american couples inbetween a few Scottish couples, followed by a trip to America for our family holiday.

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I managed a little holiday time in October,with a road trip in the USA with Fiona, Ally and Bump. A few days in the Carolina’s was great creative therapy to come back to a busy end of the year. A cabin in the woods was also an ideal editing environment for more weddings, and editing my scottish roadtrip photo diary with Jason and Julia. My first visit to a highland games was a fun job to shoot at the end of the month, with an editorial assignment for Red Bull.

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I was delighted to make the most of a late Autumn for Becky and Struan’s engagement photo session on the first day of November. But I was soon back on my travels again, this time to Laos.

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And then it was December – I was busy with a variety of editorial jobs through the month, but grateful for a little time to relax and take stock too – it’s been a busy year!

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Farr Loch Winter Reflections

2016 marks 10 years since I first became a full time professional photographer, so it will hopefully be another exciting year for projects. I’ve still got plenty space in my diary as things stand, so if you or anyone you know would like to talk to me about a project you have in mind, now is the time to get in touch!

Send me an e-mail!

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Becky and Struan got in touch not long after their engagement to ask if would be able to take some photographs with them to celebrate their engagement – I was delighted to be asked!

I travelled down from Inverness to meet them in Aberfeldy, where Struan is originally from, and we spent some time exploring different corners of Aberfeldy and further along Loch Tay on what was a beautiful autumn/winters day.

With it being the 1st of November I was a little nervous about what weather we could have to work with for their photo session, but we had a beautiful day with clear blue skies and bursts of colour from the trees all around. The autumn colours really seem to have lasted much longer this year, something I’m very grateful for!

As well as having some time to take photographs at the Birks of Aberfeldy we headed on to Ardreonaig to spend some time down at Loch Tay, the calm waters of the loch made for beautiful reflected light, great to work with!

If you are recently engaged, or are looking for the perfect Christmas present for a loved one then please do get in touch – I’d be delighted to advise further on options for capturing some beautiful photographs for you.

 

 

Wedding Albums – What should we choose?

 

Wedding albums are much like weddings –  rarely are two the same nowadays, and what one couple loves will likely not always be to someone else’s taste!

With that in mind I offer a range of wedding albums, designed to help you get an album that you love and that will best complement your images.

I currently offer a range of 4 albums with my packages, all of which are customisable to some extent.  I’m also happy to source a different product should you have seen something elsewhere that you would like instead.

I’ve outlined some of the core information on the albums I offer, and links to where you should be able to find the PDFs with set information on the different albums. You can also send me an e-mail if you need more information.

 

What’s Included in our package?

I offer an album entitlement with most of my wedding packages, in addition to your USB of images and online galleries. This allows you to pick which album you would like, and which images you would like to have in it. You can also customise your album with extra images, or extra pages. Package prices have changed recently but you should find a guide to your album allowance below.

For packages booked pre October 2015

£1,600 package a 20 page Mini Eros, A 20 page Combi Book or a 30 page Layflat Infinity
£1,800 package a 30 page Mini Eros, A 30 page Combi Book or a 40 page Layflat Infinity
£2,000 package a 40 page Mini Eros, A 40 page Combi Book or a 40 page Layflat Infinity (additionally you also have 2 x parents vouchers with this package)

What is the difference between the different albums?

The Mini Eros album is handmade in the UK, and features a range of overlays which frame the prints in the album. It comes in a range of 20, 30 or 40 pages. Each page has an overlay with a variety of different apertures, some with space for one image, and some with space for 2, 3 or 4 on a page. The album page size is approx 10 by 8 inches, with a maximum print size of 8 by 6 inches.

The Mini Eros is available in black or white, and comes with a faux leather cover.

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The Mini Eros Wedding Album

 

  •  The Hera

The Hera is the big sister to the Mini Eros, and like the Mini Eros it uses a range of mounts to frame images into the page. The biggest difference with the Hera is the size of the album, with a page size of approximately 14 by 11 inches and a maximum print size of 12 by 8 inches. If your budget will stretch to it, I’d highly recommend it as it’s a beautiful product!

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The Hera wedding album

 

The Combi Book is made by the same craftsmen as the Mini Eros and Hera, but rather than utilising mounts to keep the images on the page, prints are applied directly to the album page, making the most of the images.

The Combi Book comes in two sizes, (8 by 6 and 12 by 8 inches) and your choice of a 20, 30 or 40 pages. (The Combi Book option included in package is for a 12 by 8 version of the book.

 

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The Combi Book

 

The Layflat is a press printed book with a unique spine system that allows for images to be spread across two pages with virtually no loss of image on the centre of the page.

With a 12 by 12 inch page size that folds out to a 24 by 12 inch size, the Layflat is a great product when you want to make the most of your key images.

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Layflat Coffee Table Book

 

The Memento is a great additional product to accompany your album, or great as a basic standalone product in its own right. As a digitally press printed book it allows space to have contact sheets of all of your images from the day in addition to a selection of some of your favourite images as larger prints. Due to its size  (A4) it’s also a great product to pop into a handbag and take with you to share with friends and family.

The Memento also makes a great gift for family or bridal party members, with costs from £95 or £75 when ordering multiple copies.

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The Memento Book

 

 

 

How many images can we have in our album?

Each product contains a different number of images, but most are cutomisable.

With the Mini Eros, Hera and Combi Books you have a set number of images which corresponds with the number of pages in your product, so a 20 page would have 20 images and so on.

Additional images can be added at a cost of £5 per extra image, or 10 extra pages can be added at a cost of £95, with 10 additional images.

You can have an unlimited number of images in a Layflat album, presuming there is enough space for the design to hold it.

Can we add an album or extra albums to our package?

Absolutely! Albums can be ordered as standalone products should you wish to add one into your package, or additional albums can be ordered for yourself, friends and family.

Costs of albums vary depending on up to date info from suppliers, but as a guide – current album costs are as below.

30 page Mini Eros – £295

40 page Mini Eros – £395

20 page 12 by 8 inch Combi Book £250

30 page 12 by 8 inch Combi Book £295

40 page 12 by 8 inch Combi Book £395

40 page 12 by 12 inch Layflat: £295

60 page 12 by 12 inch Layflat: £395

The Hera: POA

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Inverness Wedding Photography Costs

Recently engaged and planning your upcoming wedding? Congratulations!

Once the celebrations have calmed down a little you’ll no doubt be getting your notepad out and looking to get an idea about the different costs involved in planning your wedding. There’s a lot to take in – but I’ll be happy to help!

I’ve been photographing weddings for the last 10 years, and have had the pleasure of sharing the day with hundreds of couples during that time. I’m now based in Inverness but I love visiting new venues (and old ones!) and frequently travel throughout Scotland and further afield for weddings.

Wedding photography costs are essentially determined by what you would like to include in a package – that normally covers a certain amount of time on the day and all of the rest of the work that comes either in preparing for the wedding, or the post wedding edits, gallery construction and albums. As photographers we know that everyone has a camera with them at a wedding nowadays – but our skillset is unique, and you can expect us to spend about 6-8 days in total working on your wedding.

It’s great to have images available to share with family and friends after the wedding – so that is included in all of my packages as standard. It can be tempting to hide a USB in a drawer and forget all about it after the wedding, so I also offer a range of wedding albums, wall art products and prints in order to make the most of those important images. Each package also contains a personalised mobile app with up to 40 images of your day – ideal for sharing with friends and family!

You can find a full listing of my pricing for weddings below but if you are planning a small boutique wedding, a midweek celebration or an elopement then please do get in touch, I’d be happy to advise further.

You can also download a PDF with information on my packages hereor send me an e-mail here.

£995
  • - Pre wedding consultation to help plan out your wedding day and advise on the best options for your wedding photos.
  • - Coverage on the wedding day up until the mealtime.
  • - A USB of your images post wedding with licence to print and share images with family and friends.
  • - A password protected online gallery of your images to share with family and friends.
  • - A mobile app of a selection of your images to give a flavour of the day - accessible online or via your mobile device!
  • (£995 package is only availble on select dates and smaller
  • weddings - get in touch for more details)
£1,295
  • – Pre wedding consultation to help plan out your wedding day and advise on the best options for your wedding photos.
  • – Coverage on the wedding from the preparations on the day up until the first few dances.
  • – A USB of your images post
  • wedding with licence to print and share images with family and friends.
  • – A password protected online
  • gallery of your images to share with family and friends.
  • – A mobile app of a selection of your images to give a flavour of the day – accessible online or via your mobile device!
  • – A £100 print credit towards prints, wall art or album products
£1,695
  • - Pre wedding consultation to help plan out your wedding day and advise on the best options for your wedding photos.
  • - Coverage on the wedding from the preparations on the day up until the first few dances.
  • - A USB of your images post
  • wedding with licence to print and share images with family and friends.
  • - A password protected online
  • gallery of your images to share with family and friends.
  • - A mobile app of a selection of your images to give a flavour of the day - accessible online or via your mobile device!
  • - A £100 print credit towards prints, wall art or album products
  • - An additional selection of Black and White images in your edit
  • - A choice between a 30 page Combi Book, Layflat or Mini Eros album
£1,995
  • £1,995
  • - Pre wedding consultation to help plan out your wedding day and advise on the best options for your wedding photos.
  • - Coverage on the wedding from the preparations on the day up until the first few dances.
  • - A USB of your images post
  • wedding with licence to print and share images with family and friends.
  • - A password protected online
  • gallery of your images to share with family and friends.
  • - A mobile app of a selection of your images to give a flavour of the day - accessible online or via your mobile device!
  • - A £100 print credit towards prints, wall art or album products
  • - An additional selection of Black and White images in your edit
  • - A choice between a 40 page Combi Book, Layflat or Mini Eros album
  • - 2 x parents vouchers with a £100 print credit towards prints, wall art or album products
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Isle of Skye Engagement Photos

Jason and Julia first got in touch with me a few weeks ago to enquire about having some engagement photos taken on the Isle of Skye before their wedding in Edinburgh a few days later.

We made a great first connection over Skype, and I was delighted to be asked to come and shoot some images with them on Skye before shooting their Edinburgh elopement.

As first time visitors to Skye I was able to advise on some locations that would work well for their images, and we travelled up from Inverness to head over towards the island, stopping off at some of my favourite locations along the way.

We ended up at one of my favourite coastal spots with views accross to the beautiful Cuillins for our final shots of the day, which is where we shot this image – and I’m now looking forward to heading down to join them in Edinburgh on Monday!

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Alun and Louise – A Cottiers Wedding

I had another double wedding weekend this weekend, with the wedding of Alun and Louise in the West End of Glasgow on Friday before heading up the road for Jess and Mike’s wedding in Inverness on Saturday.

It’s always good to be back in Glasgow, and to have my first time shooting at a wedding that I used to pass almost everyday.

Alun and Louise had a very relaxed day, with no bridal party and a very close group of friends and family joining them as they took their vows and celebrted in style in Cottiers into the small hours.

New Drumossie Hotel Wedding – Laura and Neil

Laura and Neil were my first wedding back at the New Drumossie Hotel since they had their recent makeover earlier this year – and it looks beautiful!

Laura and Neil were joined by their family and friends, mostly from across the water in Lewis for their wedding at the end of July and in between dodging the rainshowers we had a great day.

The wedding ceremony was held in St Stephens church in Inverness and was the first of two weddings that I had the privilege to shoot their that weekend.

After the ceremony we stopped off at a few spots I had reccomended that would be good for photographs, mainly because they were covered from the summer rain showers, and then we headed up towards the New Drumossie for the reception to follow.

If you’d like to view the whole collection of images you should be able to find them here.

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Alison and Gary – A Loch Lomond Wedding

Alison and Gary were married last month at the Lodge on Loch Lomond, and I was delighted to be there to capture their wedding photographs for them!

Alison grew up around the corner from me so it was especially satisfying to be with them both as they took their vows overlooking beautiful Loch Lomond.

Both the ceremony and the reception took place at the Lodge on Loch Lomond which made the day very relaxed!

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Tom and Bekah – Camusdarach Beach

It’s been a hectic few weeks, hence why I haven’t quite got round to posting some sneak peeks of my latest projects, I’ll hopefully rectify that over the next few days!

After a few weeks in Singapore and Thailand I made a quick trip to Colorado to shoot the wedding of Jennifer and Andrew in Fort Morgan, and then a quick dash back to Scotland for two beach weddings one in Lewis and one in Arisaig, and both on the same weekend!

Tom and Bekah planned their beautiful and relaxed wedding on Camusdarach Beach Campsite with a ceremony planned for the beach, the weather was truly Scottish but Tom, Bekah and their guests were determined to make the most of it, and they did!

We managed a couple of quick sessions down on the beach in between wind and rain and made good use of the beautiful marquee at Camusdarach for the rest of the photos – it really was a very relaxed and enjoyable wedding to shoot.

Next up I’ll be at Achnagairn this weekend before heading back to Thailand on Monday for the next two weeks, it’s all go!

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