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2018 End of year review

2018 End of year review

You got to have a laugh! Are laughter and love not the two most important things in life?? It makes everything perfect, brings it all together.

I love doing these end of year reviews. There is something amazing about going through all the weddings from the year and reliving them all over again. Sometimes I miss moments I have captured, as the editing and “Technical stuff” takes over. Looking over all the images again, brings back the fun we all had.

I can not thank my amazing clients/friends enough for choosing me to capture their special day and allowing me to do what I love. 2018 has been incredible! I have met some really amazing people and being able to spend the time I do with each couple makes the big day so much more exciting. Being able to capture these split second moments in time for you all to enjoy for the rest of your life makes all the working hours, driving and living off coffee so worth it.

To every couple that booked me this year, I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!


2019 marks the 10th anniversary since I photographed my first wedding and I hear photographers who hit this mark tend to go down one of two routes.

  1. Staying on the same path, doing the same things over and over where it just becomes a job and lose their creativity and passion.

  2. Change that direction, push the creativity limits, learn more and keep rising to the top!!

I am going down route number 2! I am pushing my creativity and challenging myself. I want to be the best photographer I can be and I still want to love what I do for the next 10 years!

I am excited for what the year ahead holds for me. It’s going to be epic and I cannot wait to share it all with you!

Chris & Claire Blairs Barn at Barra

When the Irish girl meets the Scots guy: Gary & Pauline Morrow

Ryan & Kirsty Ballogie House

Glimmer & Sparks: Lisa & Kirsten

Glimmer & Sparks: Lisa & Kirsten

The very beautiful Kirsten & Lisa on their wedding day at the very impressive Elsick House in Aberdeenshire.

They had the perfect weather, the food was amazing by Hudsons and Tiffany Dawson & Poppy Skinner did a wonderful job in the morning. Of course, I cannot forget the talented Isla Duncan for the flowers & Hazel from Robins Egg for the decor.

I'm looking forward to seeing the video by made with love wedding film.

The evening photographs with the giant sparklers by Fireworx Scotland were amazing (even if it cost me a flash) and then the night shot of them under the stars is one of my favourites.


Second Photographer: Louise Malcolm: https://www.facebook.com/louisemalcolmphoto / https://www.instagram.com/louisemalcolmphoto

Venue: Elsick House: website: https://elsick.co.uk / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elsickhouseofficial/ https://www.instagram.com/elsickhouse

Florist: Isla Duncan: Website: http://www.isladuncanflorist.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isla.florist Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/islaflorist

Decor: Robins egg: http://www.robinsegg.co.uk / https://www.facebook.com/robinseggstyling / https://www.instagram.com/robinseggstyling

Hudsons : Website: http://www.hudsonscatering.co.uk / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HudsonsCatering / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hudsonscatering

Tiffany Dawson: Website: https://www.tiffanydawson.co.uk / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TiffanydawsonMUA/ / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanydawsonmua/Hair: Poppy Skinner: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/poppyskinner110 / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poppy_skinner_hair

Band: Little Red: Website: http://www.littleredweddingband.co.uk / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasgowweddingband

Fireworks: FX Scotland: Website: http://www.fireworxscotland.co.uk / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fireworxscotland / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fireworx_scotland/

Videography: Made with Love: Website: https://www.madewithlove.video / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madewithloveweddingfilm / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madewithlovefilms

Dress from: Avorio brida: Website: http://www.avoriobridal.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avoriobridal.co.uk / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avoriobridal

Dress designer: Ivory Grace: http://www.ivorygrace.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivorygracebridal/ / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivorygracebridal


Warm Summers Day: Scott & Joanne Thomson at Meldrum House

Warm Summers Day: Scott & Joanne Thomson at Meldrum House

SUPPLIERS

The Amazing Suppliers:

Venue: Barn at Barra Castle: https://www.barracastle.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebarnatbarra/ / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barracastle/

Florist: Floral Request: floralrequest.co.uk / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/floralrequest/

Catering: entier-services.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/entierservices/ / https://www.instagram.com/entierlimited/

Make-Up: alanamccraemakeup.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alanamccraemua/ / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alanamccraemakeup/

Dress: midnightelegance.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midnightelegance / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/midnight_elegance/

Cake: Cakes by Kirsty Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cakesbykirsty / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cakesbykirsty_sugarelli/


Spring Love: Alistair & Jess

Spring Love: Alistair & Jess


The amazing suppliers:

Venue: Barn at Barra: https://www.barracastle.co.uk/ / https://www.facebook.com/thebarnatbarra/ / https://www.instagram.com/barracastle/

Florist: Robins egg: http://www.robinsegg.co.uk \ https://www.instagram.com/robinseggstyling / https://www.facebook.com/robinseggstyling

Caterer: Country Flavours of Alford: http://www.countryflavoursofalford.co.uk / https://www.facebook.com/countryflavoursofalford.co.uk / https://www.instagram.com/cflavoursalford/

Hair Dressers: Rachael Stronach : http://www.rachaelstronachhairdressing.com / https://www.facebook.com/hairbyrachaelstronach / https://www.instagram.com/rachaelstronachhairandmakeup/

Make-up artist: Alana Macrae; https://alanamccraemakeup.co.uk/ / https://www.facebook.com/Alanamccraemua / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alanamccraemakeup/

Videographers: Scott Cassie: https://www.scottcassie.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/scottcassiefilms / https://www.instagram.com/scassiefilms

Dress Designed by Martina Liana: http://www.martinaliana.com / https://www.facebook.com/martinalianabridal / https://www.instagram.com/martinalianabridal  #MartinaLiana #myMLstyle

Bought at Eleganza Sposa: Eleganza Sposa: https://eleganza.co.uk / https://www.facebook.com/Eleganzasposa / https://www.instagram.com/eleganzasposa_

Kilt/Grooms: Neil Selbies https://www.neilselbie.com/ / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Neil-Selbie-Co-229045420558767/

Band: Sleekit Beasties: http://sleekitbeastiesceilidhband.co.uk / https://www.facebook.com/TheSleekitBeasties / https://www.instagram.com/sleekitbeastiesband

2017 End of year review

2017 End of year review

2017 has been EPIC!  To all my couples, you have been amazing. I cannot thank you all enough for having me along to be with you on your day.  I have loved photographing everyone of you.

Also a HUGE thank you to Louise my second shooter who has kept me stress free (ish) and constantly topping me up on sweets and iron bru,  You truly are amazing.  To Steve who helped assist me before moving is ass away.  You were awesome, thank you for carrying my bags and setting up my lights when needed.   A BIG thank you to Zoe Rae for covering Louise when she decided to leave me for a weekend (too Dubai) , you did a tip top job.

To my amazing fiancée Iris who has kept me strong when I was low, tired and just unmotivated (it happens to us all).  Bringing me food, talking to me on the phone while I drive late at night.  Your late night top up of coffee, hugs and kisses kept me going.  My amazing son who seems to know when I need to take a break and for me to come play toys with you. lastly my amazing parents who are incredibly supportive and my biggest fans.

I spent hours looking through all the photographs from 2017 and found myself not picking the usual photographs you see in my social media feed but the candid and real life photographs.  I often think these photographs are over looked and in 2018 I plan to share lots more. 

I also want to say thank you to my 2018 & 2019 couples who have booked me.  I am incredibly excited to be part of your day, having a laugh and capturing the moments that you will cherish forever.

Lastly, a thank you to the Scottish Wedding Directory for your continues support and the wedding venues who have helped make my job easier.   You all rock.

Here is to 2018.

Enjoy.

 

 

Faroe Islands Elopement

Faroe Islands Elopement

On the 19th of December, I had the great honour to photograph Nicole & Jordans wedding.  But this was a slightly different wedding as they were traveling to the Faroe Islands from Edmonton Canada.

Back when they were planing their wedding, they made the decision to Elope as they did not want the fuss that often comes with a wedding.   They had been listening to music when this one song "Far Away" came on by the singer Eivør Pálsdóttir.  They found the song to be beautiful and searched where Eivør was from and for the first time, they discovered the Faroe Islands and this is where they were to marry.

They contacted myself through a wedding portal (https://www.brudleyp.fo/wedding) i'm part of in the Faroe islands and after a few emails they booked myself to capture their day.   I know how intimidating it is to travel to another country, let alone get married and I wanted them to leave with the happiest memories.  I sent them links to so many of the different locations to visit for portraits and I think it might have been a bit overwhelming and they let me decide.

Being so far north and in December has it's complications with light.  By 3pm it is almost pitch black and they were getting married at 1pm.  This meant very limited time and ruled out many of the locations that involved a long drive.  

The second element I was worried about was the Weather.   The weather is incredibly difficult unpredictable and the reports were all rain and wind. 

We met with Nicole and Jordan out sound the council building where they were due to marry and we had an hour before the ceremony.  We decided we would break the ice and start off with some photographs at the old parliament buildings: Tinganes.  We hit it off great and and they both very quickly relaxed in front of the camera.

The local mayor married them in a stunning room with beautiful words, Iris and I were lucky to be their witnesses.  

Jordan & Nicole jumped in our car and we started off up at Hotel Tórshavn which offers a beautiful panoramic view over Tórshavn.  For the next two hours we visited some of the most beautiful and dramatic locations.  Apart from a little wind, the light was perfect and just could not believe how lucky we were.

Nicole & Jordan were amazing, they were natural in front of the camera.  They were just themselves and happy (as to be expected) to be in each others company.  They never once complained about the cold or having to stand around while I took photographs even when they were on the beach and the tide came in quick and covered their feet. 

We ended they night by treating them to one of the amazing French Hot dogs and a jolly cola.  What perfect way to end the day. 

I can't thank Nicole & Jordan for putting their trust in me and being an amazing couple.  I wish you both all the best with the future and I hope our paths cross again.

James