THE ADVENTURE KICKS OFF HERE!
Firstly, massive congratulations on your engagement and thanks for your interest in my work! Im genuinely honoured when couples get in touch about their wedding and consider me for their photographer. I would love to know more about you, your stories and how you came to be here, about to get hitched! I also hope I can help a little with your plans. The buzz of the build up to a wedding day is pretty full-on with so much to organise, so I’ve kept this brochure as easy to navigate as possible. Enjoy.
Scotland based photographer, outdoorsy soul, a lover of the wild places and of the quiet light.
Ive been shooting weddings in Scotland for around 10 years and absolutely love my job, my craft.
I draw inspiration from different places but my passion for music, cinematography, art and nature all influence and drive my creativity. Im a keen rock-climber, mountain biker and snowboarder but equally happy being lazy and just chilling with a beer and a guitar in hand.. playing into the wee small hours.
I was born in Edinburgh and now live 8 miles South of the city with my wonderful partner Justyna (who is also a photographer and works alongside me) and our super quirky but very cute Border Collie dog (Molly).
From preparations to the evening.. a mix of candid and quietly directed moments are my preference (although I totally understand the importance of capturing a few groups and Im happy to do these) I love to focus on the true connection between people, their friends and the surroundings as I feel that this is where the good stuff dwells.. where the ‘magic’ lives!
My aim is to document the warmth and atmosphere of your Wedding in a natural, creative and authentic a way as possible. You, your families and friends having fun, soaking up the celebration and diving head first into the party!
Post-production is a very important part of the process. I spend a lot of time colour grading and tweaking the final gallery. I aim for gentle earthy, warm skin tones and a filmic overall look to give a timeless feel.
My partner Justyna is a super talented photographer (she would never admit to this!) and aswell as shooting her own weddings and elopements, has been seconding or me for 7 years. Originally from a small village in Poland, she is a quiet, unassuming and outdoorsy girl, happiest in nature, climbing, reading or pottering around with her many houseplants, she has a gentle and creative eye. We met through our mutual love of rock climbing while she was studying photography in Edinburgh. Having Justyna along for weddings helps build a fuller story of the day, adding more detail and alternative angles..
This is us in Paris, one of our favourite cities… and where we fell in love..
Time and investment
You, family and friends will spend a lot of time with your photographs over the course of the coming years. The final gallery will be a visual legacy, an heirloom, a path back to the gathering and those feelings, of you at your best, surrounded by your favourite people!
These images and moments will hold more importance to both you and your family as time goes by and I believe It’s worth considering having your day documented in the most authentic and creative way possible. Building a unique body of work for couples is something I take a lot of pride in, it takes time ahead of the day, on the day itself and in the careful production afterwards, but I believe in doing it right, and its important to me that Im recording and laying down a visual record that will stand the test of time.
Full Coverage Wedding Photography
Deposit to secure your date £350. Remainder of balance payable anytime up until 30 days before the wedding (Instalment options available)
First 250 miles from Edinburgh are included. Mileage after this is charged at £0.30p per mile.
For Weddings more than 4 hours drive from Edinburgh I will travel the day before.
Depending on finish time, I may stay the evening of the Wedding too.
Due to this distance and days away I do require accommodation. Im happy to book my own, but ask for a contribution of £80 towards this outlay.
For Destination Weddings in Europe, Travel and Accommodation costs are set at £350
For Weddings on the Outer and Inner Hebrides and other UK Islands I ask that the ferry crossing be paid too.
Beautiful Fine Art Contemporary Albums from ‘Folio’ – From £350
Also available – Fine Art Prints/Wall Decor/Canvas and Thank-you Cards
A short list of frequently asked questions, please feel free to get in touch if you need any more info
Are you insured?
Absolutely! My equipment is insured, I have public liability and full professional indemnity insurance.
What is your experience and approach to weddings?
Ive been shooting weddings and elopements for the past 10 years in all manner of venues and locations (and in all weather!) I love to document the happenings as they unfold, a reactive photographer, picking up on the characters, the key family and friends. I also love to capture the off-beat vignettes that flit by, the unseen gestures and emotions, as well as everything from the tiny details to the epic environment.
We are a bit camera shy, can you work with us?
Definitely! I would guess that almost 100% of my couples (All those you see on my site) tell me that they are worried about being in front of the camera before the day (and many tell me afterwards it was their favourite part of the day!) My approach has been crafted over many years of working with people and before any creative or technical skill, the ability to put people at ease is the most important asset for a photographer. I keep things fun and flowing and never too serious, there are no rules after all. I let couples just ‘hang’ together in sweet spots being themselves and I click the good shapes. I don’t stick to rigid posing but give soft direction to fit the mood, the environment and the personality of each couple.
Can we meet before the wedding?
For sure! I love to catch up via Skype or Facetime for a coffee and Chat (or a Zoom-beer!) in the first instance but if you are local to Edinburgh Im more than happy to meet up in person too, I know some good cafes and pubs. I like to get to know my couples and for us to all feel comfortable. Im easy going and can easily turn up and do a job but I want to learn as much as I can about you to give me the best chance of creating an authentic and beautiful document of your day.
Do you take group shots?
Of course! I think a few groups are a great idea (Mum/Gran/Auntie pleasers) I usually say 6 or 8 set ups is a nice number, enough to cover close family/wedding party.
If we cancel do we get our deposit back?
The deposit is in place to secure your day, once this payment has been made I honour this and will turn down other enquiries for this date. A large part of the deposit is for the initial admin, ongoing business costs and helps to secure the health of the business and as such is non-refundable if you are to cancel.Obviously I use my discretion in such matters. If I need to cancel(I wont) I will refund in full. I am kind and considerate and during the pandemic I have been as flexible as possible during tough times. If you now have to cancel due to COVID-19 I am willing to return 50% as a goodwill gesture if we cannot find a new date for you. For new dates being transferred I do not charge any additional fees.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes, for sure! At every wedding I carry two cameras on me at all times and they never leave my side (even during dinner). I also have another spare and I also carry backup lenses, batteries and flashguns.
When I return to the office I back up all your RAW files to three separate external hard drives, one of which is kept off-site. I also keep a copy of the images on the original SD card until your gallery has been delivered. Overkill? Not when it comes to weddings. You get one shot at this and I 100% make sure Im keeping your memories safe.
Do you travel outside of Scotland?
I do, and I love it. I travel all over the UK (and occasionally Europe) for Weddings and Elopements. A small surcharge is applied for fuel/ferry/flights. For Scottish elopements we normally take our VW Campervan (Ziggy) and sleep in this, so that no charge for accommodation is passed on to the client.
Do you work with a second shooter?
For most weddings/elopements I work with my partner Justyna (Who also shoots stills as one half of our We Are Elopers Film and Photography business). She is a talented wedding photographer and an amazing second photographer on the day.
How long after the wedding do we receive our pictures?
My turnaround for the full gallery of images (850+) is 6 weeks during peak times (often around 4 weeks in Winter/Spring). I always send a selection of around 30 preview images to my couples around 2 weeks after the wedding.
If you are considering an elopement in Scotland and need some advice, ideas, inspiration or local knowledge Im more than happy to help. Ive written a couple of handy guides to get you started too so please do check them out.
What if you are ill or cant make our wedding/elopement?
In over 300 weddings/elopements I haven’t missed a single one and I’m grateful of that! That said, it’s not to say it is not impossible in the future so I have a group of photographer friends with similar experience, style and approach always on call. In Scotland the community of photographers is strong and we all help each other out, Ive had to step in a few times for others and they would do the same for me. We would never pass this stress onto a client.