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I don’t usually mention our weddings on here though this one is certainly worth a few words.

Mid 2017 and I received an email asking if my wedding photography services were available throughout the UK, as with our event photography. Yes we cover anywhere and after some messages regarding thoughts, ideas, locations, styles and content we were booked to cover a wedding at the beautiful location of Loch Lomond.

This was to be a three day job owing to travel and the requested coverage by the bride & groom. They had Kindly paid for our hotel room, in their hotel, and the hotel had placed us not too far from them so that coverage would be simplified. How many hotels actually think like that in advance? I’ve never had it before.

The drive up was a steady 5hrs or so with stops and we got there mid afternoon, to sunshine and a brisk wind over the water. The bride & groom were upbeat, as expected, and once we had dropped our suitcases in the room, I was out and about with my camera for some pre wedding images of them both. The evening meal was beautiful and after just a couple of drinks we retired early before the big day ahead.

We woke to solid mist and a view of around 20 meters in any direction. The view of the Loch was literally non existent, though you could ear all the birds out on it. We maintained a positive outlook on the day which was rewarded around 10am when the sun suddenly started trying to make an appearance. An hour or so later we had blue skies and lovely views with just a slightly cold breeze still in attendance.

Before we knew it the preparations were over and the ceremony was underway. One thing about weddings is that those which are planned correctly run seamlessly and keep us busy 100% of the time. We are constantly capturing formal or candid images throughout the day to provide the contracted ,editorial style, overview expected.

The wedding meal is served, to which we have also been invited to, and a traditional Scottish meal is beautifully delivered and gratefully eaten by all.

A break for some in the bar, some in their rooms and others walking outside soon saw the start of the evening reception. Traditional Scottish dancing mixed with disco and classic, join in, singing saw the night fly by to a successful conclusion.

We had collectively amassed some 2000 images throughout the day and around 80gb of video too. This was all edited and ready for delivery when the Bride & Groom returned from their honeymoon two weeks later. Another set of huge smiles, the constant thank you’s and the range of emotional reactions to our product told us this was yet another successful day. We left them watching the video’s over again and the messages received later that evening reinforced their happiness with our work.

The image below is being used with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs Ketterick. It’s one of their, and indeed our, favourites of the day. The sun had just popped out from behind a cloud and did the honours of lighting them up for me. No flash required.

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The image at the foot of this text is the culmination of several months work with a bride and groom who wanted something different.

It all began when we covered their wedding on what can only be described as a damp and windy day. The outdoor images were ok but certainly nothing startling because of the dull grey sky we had. Yes we used flash to liven things up and the guests event helped decorate a tree in the grounds for a shoot. Sadly the staff at the location took it upon themselves to tear all that hard work down before we had chance to get out and shoot. Idiots jumps to mind.

After handing over the final set of images the bride asked if it would be possible to do a specific location shoot during the summer. I was of course happy to help, as I believe all photographers should be in such a situation, and left the proposed date to them. Once the summer of 2016 arrived we planned a date to coincide with what the weather forecasters had said would be a nice day. The day arrived, the sun was shining, a low but warm wind blew and off we went to Whitby.

The location they had chosen was very specific. The bride had seen a shoot that I had done the previous winter in and around the town of Whitby, North Yorkshire. One of those images had been taken at the end of and underneath the North Pier. This is usually populated with fishermen taking advantage of its reach out into the North Sea and not the easiest point to reach as it involves a climb down some precarious old metal ladders. The brides wish is the brides wish though so off we went.

Once down there the bride and groom simply got changed into their wedding day attire. This was a hoot to say the least with fishermen averting their eyes whilst cheeky comments were received from passing pleasure cruise boats. All good clean fun and certainly something that you wouldn’t see or be believed when you told the story.

The shoot itself was easy enough and took about half an hour to finally get a pose which they both liked. Once this was in the bag and agreed upon we packed up and went for a well deserved fish & chip dinner in one of the many harbour restaurants.

The long process of developing the image into exactly what the bride and groom wanted then began. The whole process took almost 6 months. This wasn’t time with me getting the processing done but actually being able to arrange all three of us to be in the same room at the same time. Work, kids & other interruptions all delayed the process.

The image ended up with some seventy (70) layers, within multiple groups in Photoshop. There are many obvious additions and many very subtle additions requested by the bride and groom. A few obvious examples are the multiple bouquets along each of the pillars, the doves and lighting. The not so obvious include the bride and grooms names and date of marriage etched (via photoshop) onto the nearest pillar. This can be seen in the final print, if you look hard enough, as she wanted several small additions to totally personalise the image.

Finally completed a couple of weeks ago the final 30×18 was framed in a silver to black graded frame on a double mount to match their house decor. One very happy couple and one very pleased photographer.

I never anticipated this taking so long. I just thought a few weeks would see this through from start to finish. All the subtle additions and removals, as the image was created, along with the delays in seeing each other turned this into a long and protracted commission. The result however looks superb up on their wall and has already had many visitors looking for the finely added nuances and personal touches along with the obvious ones.

I won’t even bother with the camera settings as with such a heavily manipulated image it hardly seems appropriate.

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The bride from a recent wedding requested if I could do something special with her and the bridesmaids flowers after the big day. She was after something which could be used as wall art and be personal in a very unique way.

I simply arranged & placed the flowers together so as to be aesthetically pleasing and then, to truly personalise the image, placed the bride & grooms wedding rings onto one of the flower cups.

A very simple idea which took longer to get the flowers correctly arranged than it did to actually photograph them.

They absolutely loved the finished image.

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