Pre-Wedding Session: Lauren and Ben

Lauren and Ben are just the sweetest couple and I can’t wait for their wedding this summer! On this drizzly morning we headed out around the paths of Bennachie to get to know each other and take some photos. Despite the rain we had a lovely wee wander about and got some gorgeous snaps.

I love a pre-wedding session. It’s a chance to talk, see how we work together and if you’re nervous about getting wedding photos done - it’s a great way to see it’s not so scary!

I want the part of the day where you’re getting photos done to be as stress-free as possible for you. Pre-wedding sessions are a great way to dissolve those nerves and get you buzzing for your photos!

Happy first anniversary, Margaret and Fraser!

This year has gone by SO quickly!

Margaret and Fraser’s wedding was a wedding that was very close to my heart. Fraser and his sister, Ashley, were two of my first friends. They lived across the street from me and we would play together all the time! Then we grew up and Fraser joined a band. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll know music is what set my photography journey in motion - so obviously I jumped at the chance to photograph my friends band!

When Fraser met Margaret it was clear they were both absolutely smitten! Their engagement was so sweet and when I got the Facebook message enquiring about being their wedding photographer I definitely did a happy dance.

One of my favourite moments in the morning was seeing Fraser’s mum, Karen, help Margaret into her dress. As Margaret is from the USA, none of her family or bridesmaids had seen the dress yet - and she wanted to share a beautiful first look moment with them all.

Thank you for inviting me into your world and allowing me to capture your wonderful day from start to finish. You guys have nailed the first year - only forever to go!

Big shout out to my second shooter Nicola Stewart Photography. Working with her is the bees knees!

Yoga with Lisa at Haddo House

I met Lisa at Aberdeen College on the HND Photography course in 2011. Fresh outta school we were all sorts of enthusiastic to learn about EVERYTHING. Whilst I’m still pursuing the photography thing, post-college, Lisa found something else she was incredibly passionate about.

Let me introduce you to Wisdom Warrior Yoga.

Lisa’s passion for all things yoga is infectious. As we were going around Haddo taking pictures she talked me through all the moves she was making, the names, the poses, what they’re good for. I loved hearing about the training courses she’d been on - how she’d learned about walking barefoot outdoors to feel more connected to the earth. Seeing her walk along the forest floor, completely unfazed, blew my mind. I was having flashbacks to being five and running through my hallway and getting a foot full of pine needles from the Christmas tree!

What I loved most about Lisa’s attitude to yoga is that it really is for everyone, of all fitness levels. She’s also not afraid to get it “wrong”. It’s not about getting it perfect, it’s all about getting involved! She wanted me to keep in all the photos where she wasn't getting it right because she wanted people to see the authentic side of her yoga teaching.

This summer she’ll be teaching yoga outdoors at Haddo House. If yoga is something that you’ve been looking to take up, I’d really recommend checking her out and going along. Being out in nature is good for the soul, and I honestly can’t think of a better person to take you on that journey.

Clan Stewart

Do you ever have a friend where you say one day, you guys will definitely hang out and do a certain thing?

I do. Her name is Nicola (of Nicola Stewart Photography) and the thing we always say we’re going to do is a family session of her with her gorgeous family!

Drumroll please… we finally did it!

If you’ve been on my blog before (welcome back, gorgeous!) you probably know Nicola is always on the other side of the lens capturing memories for other people. We set out to Bennachie with the whole family - including Louie the dog - to capture some authentic moments of a family walk for her to cherish.

I'm With The Band

I started my journey into photography at concerts.

Alongside my ticket and heavy eyeliner, my compact camera was the ESSENTIAL item when I went along to gigs. Starting off at shows at Tunnels and Moshulu I’d snap away for the duration of the show. When the music stopped and the lights went up, I’d start flicking through the events I’d just seen and decide what were my best shots in the car ride home. This was before the days of instagram - when the biggest things my photos were going to achieve was to sit in the “GIGS!” photo album I’d made on my MySpace page.

I was determined that I was going to be the next big thing in music photography and there was no stopping me.

For a few years I got in as much experience as I could get, and my photos were gaining interest online. I started getting press passes which meant I could take my DSLR into shows and shoot professional quality images. I shot my friends bands, then for webzines and eventually worked my way up to getting paid to shoot shows where my photos were actually printed in magazines. Mind blowing stuff!

When you get a press pass for a concert, you’re allowed to take photos for the first 3 songs of the show, no flash allowed. There’s SUCH an adrenaline rush knowing you have about 10 minutes to get the images that will define the show. As the years were cracking on and I started to shoot weddings, I realised this mad adrenaline rush that you got for 10 minutes at a concert lasted the whole day whilst shooting a wedding! And in the end, the photos would be making people much happier than getting a great shot of Paramore was ever going to.

I still love shooting live music, and jump at the chance when I get the opportunity to do it.

Here are some shots of Gulls live in Inverness earlier this year. Before the show we played about and took some promotional images on the streets around the venue. A tiny, sweaty corner in a pub was all these boys needed to make a giant racket! For the editing of these images I’ve kind of thrown it back to my beginnings with the vivid colours, lots of warmth and heavy on the contrast!