Award-winning wedding photograph

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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I’m really pleased to have won a Wedisson award for this wedding photograph from Melissa and Ollie’s wedding!

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We had hoped there would be a glorious sunset and we would get out for a photo showing off the incredible Scottish landscape surrounding Millearne, but unfortunately the Scottish weather had other ideas, so the sun sank into a sea of clouds.
So we waited until after sunset, then headed outside for a night time portrait. Both the bride and groom are personal trainers, so there was not a second’s hesitation when I suggested they climb onto the wall for a photo.

A big thank you to Millearne Gardens and Litu for asking us to photograph this amazing wedding.

Pantone Ultraviolet: Wedding colour of the year?

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Ultra Violet Pantone Color of the Year – wedding colour of the year?

We often ask our couple if they have specific colour schemes for their wedding, and when they do we love to spot all the ways they’ve incorporated their colours into their day. From their wedding stationery and linen colours to flowers and bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s beautiful when it all comes together.

Pantone have named their colour of the year for 2018 as Ultraviolet, so I have taken a look back at some of our weddings, where couples have been ahead of this trend and used ultraviolet in their day.

 

The most popular way to incorporate ultraviolet in your wedding is through flower choices. It works well as a main colour or as an accent, blending perfectly with pink, cerise, fuchsia, purples and lilac colours.

Some beautiful examples of wedding flower arrangements below by the very talented Planet Flowers.

 

This bridal bouquet by Narcissus Flowers worked brilliantly for a June wedding

…or you could of course choose a wedding at Dundas Castle in June and let the Rhododendrons bring the colour…

Liz’s bridesmaids’ dresses were all a beautiful deep blackcurrant Orissa silk, made by Freja Designer Dressmaking

We love a splash of colour in the wedding table decor – tablecloths, napkins, glasses, chair covers, ribbons tied around napkins, lighting, or whatever takes your fancy. Below are some great examples of what can be done with ultraviolet and other purple hues, designed by 88 Events.

Although our photography style aims to be as natural, clean and light as possible, we do LOVE it when it comes to the dancing and the floor is lit up in shades of pink, purple and blue! With a bit of flash, we can keep the skin tones of the main subjects relatively normal, while everything else drowns in sea of colour. The lighting in these photos is done by the talented peeps at Tower Productions.

Pantone talk about purple-toned lighting in gathering places as “energising the communities that gather there and inspire connection.” – Perfect for any wedding surely?

 

Pantone called Ultraviolet “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement, saying it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future”

“The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible” –  a nice sentiment for a wedding?

 

Behind the scenes: Corporate portrait photo shoot

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Ditte under Behind the scenes, Corporate & Event Photography
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Behind the Scenes: Corporate Portrait Photography in Edinburgh

Corporate Portrait Edinburgh. Behind the scenes

Today I want to take you with me behind the scenes on a corporate portrait photoshoot I did recently.

The client brief
Iona Russell is a woman with many irons in the fire, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. In her latest venture she has brought many of her skills and experience together to launch her business as a Personal Transformation Specialist. As part of her new venture, she needed some new corporate portraits, so she got in touch with me to arrange a shoot.
Iona and I spoke about the look and style she wanted in her images and some of the words that came up were Approachable, Friendly, Happy, Natural. A lot of her work will happen via video conversations with her clients, so she wanted some images of her with her laptop, while conveying a relaxed setting. She also needed some images she can use for social media posts, guest blogs, event biogs etc. We decided to do half of her shoot inside a light, airy, stylish cafe, and the other half outdoors for some “green” photos.

The photo shoot
The first part of the shoot took place in a cafe with lots of natural light pouring in. In order not to intrude on the cafe’s clientele, I decided to use only the natural light, a reflector and a bit of on-camera flash. (On other shoots, I love getting my big lights out to play)
Iona had brought a few different outfits with her, so we were able to capture several different looks in one shoot.

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The second half of the shoot, we ventured outside for some green photos. Obviously we had standard Scottish sunshine (ahem), so we took full advantage to get happy sunny photos. In rainy weather it is still possible to get great outdoor photos, you just need to know where to go and how to shoot it.

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After the shoot

The following afternoon I sent Iona a “contact sheet” of nearly 200 photos to choose from. From those, she was able to pick her favourites, which I edited, retouched and presented to her in a gallery in both colour and black and white.
It’s great to see that she has already started using the corporate portraits on her new website and social media. She is also armed with an image library that she can use when doing public speaking, arranging events or need images for other purposes.

Do you need new corporate portraits? Feel free to get in touch for a quote.

 

Iona’s business team includes:

Leslie MacDonald, Lets talk Marketing
Julia Bastek, Julia’s Design Lab
Louise Boyd, Copywriter
Orlaith Brogan, Business is Women
Paul Adamson, WP Jockey
Ali Campbell, Ali Campbell Coaching
Jennie Wright, Managemeant
Ditte Solgaard, First Light Photography

Autumn Wedding Photography – Mhoraig and Colin

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Scottish Autumn wedding bursting with seasonal goodness

Scottish autumn wedding

I’m going to start with a small disclaimer: I love everything about this wedding, so prepare for gushing and an inordinate amount of adjectives.
In fact, allow me to get them out of the way: Introducing Mhoraig and Colin’s stunning, lush, colourful, delightful, fun and simply gorgeous autumn wedding, using all the seasonal beauty the Scottish countryside has to offer. Add to that a seriously stylish couple, a stunning chapel, delicious food, gorgeous marquee and a constantly full dancefloor and you’ve got the picture.

Love love love Mhoraig’s autumnal bouquet!

Before their wedding Mhoraig and Colin decided to have a pre-wedding photoshoot done – it was great fun, and having had this experience together, our wedding photo shoot went fast and smoothly. Outside the guid Scottish weather was doing its thing, so we went to the lovely cloisters at the chapel for photos.

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Mhoraig and Colin, it was wonderful getting to know you through the wedding planning planning process and engagement shoot. Even more, it was an honour to photograph your beautiful wedding! We wish you a happy first wedding anniversary this week, and a lifetime of happiness together!

Ditte & Chris x

Mhoraig and Colin’s suppliers included:

Can you spot the difference?

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Ditte under Behind the scenes, Photography, Portrait Photography
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See anything different about Tallulah’s face in these two portraits?

As photographers, we have many tools to create different looks during a shoot, including lighting, lenses, poses and backgrounds, not to mention the endless array of editing and retouching options after the shoot.

In case you can’t work it out: The photo on the left is taken with an 85mm lens, the one on the right with a 50mm lens.

Notice how her features are visibly changed by the amount of compression offered when using different lenses.

The photos in this post are from a recent headshot session with the talented actress Tallulah Grieve.

Here are some more of the photos from her session:

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If you would like to book a portrait session with me, please get in touch. Prices start at £150.

First Light is 10 years old!

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Ditte under Behind the scenes, Personal, Photography
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I have had a triple celebration this summer, which I thought I would share with you wonderful people.

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In July I turned 40 – a big round corner in life, which I have happily welcomed. It feels like a very happy, very settled and confident place to be – a perfect meeting point for youthful foibles and lived experience.

This month sees the 20th anniversary of me getting my foot in the door in the photography world, when I started working as freelance picture editor on Scotland on Sunday. Under the watchful eye of the Picture Editor and Deputy Picture Editor I was taught innumerable valuable lessons about the aesthetics of photography, the workings of Photoshop and the effective running, editing and day-to-day managing of a picture desk and a photo database.

And finally, this year is the 10th anniversary of First Light. After having dabbled in picture editing, photography and filmmaking for 10 years, I decided to focus on one area – to do one thing well, rather than many things averagely. I decided that photography was what I enjoyed the most, and set up First Light.
I’m often asked if I miss the other things I used to do. Although I’m happy to have done it, had the experiences, learnt the lessons and met a bunch of wonderful people while doing it, I can honestly say, I never miss any of it. Photography is my burning passion, and I feel blessed to be able to do it as my job.

To celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway on my Facebook page, where you can win a photoshoot. Head over there to read more and to enter – Good luck!

Nathalie & Lennert, Broxmouth Park wedding photography

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Wedding Photography, Broxmouth Park, Dunbar

Nathalie is Swiss/ Scottish, Lennert is Belgian. They live together in Switzerland, got engaged in Portofino and were married in Bonnie Scotland – proof that beautiful things grow from a solid, European base 🙂
Below is the story of their beautiful, light, happy, inspired-by-nature wedding.

Broxmouth Park wedding photography by First Light photography, Scotland

We love shooting weddings at Broxmouth – the house and grounds are great for photography. It was great to be back there in August to photograph Nathalie and Lennert’s Scottish/ Swiss/ Belgian wedding. Here’s what they had to say about Broxmouth Park:
“We first visited in November, and even on a winter’s day, we were stunned. The beautiful mansion is set in a grand, well-groomed park, dominated by a gorgeous Lebanese Cedar. Couples can use the lovely rooms inside the house for more intimate weddings, or the top notch marquee tent on the lawn for larger parties. The food was excellent, even with a large number of guests; and the service during our day was impeccable. Between the lush gardens, the sheep, the horses and the wild deer we spotted in the early mornings, it was a wonderful place to stay and to celebrate our wedding.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Both Nathalie and Lennert started the day at Broxmouth, though managed to stay out of sight of each other. 

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Here is how Nathalie described her dress: “
The dress is completely different to what I thought I wanted. I was going to go with the total princess look with something BIG… I went on the first trials with my mum and my maid of honour; and the first shop owner recommended I indeed go with something big as I only had one shot at such a dress. I tried many on that first day, and several looked really nice, but I just felt like I was dressing up, wearing costumes – not exactly how you want to feel on your wedding day…
I met THE dress on my second day dress hunting, and it just felt like a glove the minute I tried it on. It was dainty with transparent lace in the back, a little bohemian and had that tulle skirt which was the one thing I would not compromise on! By the way, I highly recommend tulle – I somehow cut my finger during the wedding day and the stains washed right off the tulle with just some cold water!
I wore my grandmother’s vintage bracelet from the 1920s, borrowed pearl earrings from my mum, and a beautiful headpiece by Lottie Designs. That’s about it – I thought the dress did enough and didn’t need much more.”

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Nathalie described their wedding style as “inpired by nature”:
I am very keen on sustainability and wanted a local, fresh and natural feel to the wedding. We wished to work with locally grown flowers and plants- using soft colors, wooden crates, and vintage jugs and pots. All of the flowers from the church were reused in the marquee, as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Get Knotted recommended using bay trees, which are very decorative and a nice sustainable touch as they get reused. We also used lots and lots of candles for a romantic atmosphere. It was important for us to honour the people who are no longer with us, and we had a lovely ladder table with photos of them, flowers and candles – this was extremely special to us.

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Nathalie and Lennert left us this wonderful review (Thank you for the kind words guys!):

“We could not recommend Ditte and Chris, her co-photographer, more – the whole experience with First Light was professional, friendly and especially fun! They made us and our guests feel comfortable from the moment we met them, and made a lot of effort to get to know us and understand what we wanted. Both are extremely talented photographers who pay attention to tiny details we would never notice but make the pictures so authentic and natural – we really feel like each photo reflects us and our wedding. We shared many laughs during our photo shoot, yet they knew how to fade into the crowd during our celebrations, leaving room for super natural, “unposed” pictures as well. Ditte was also extremely responsive and patient with us throughout the creation of our album, and everything was shipped internationally to us in lovely boxes with nice details – we loved it! Needless to say, we are delighted…”

 

 

Nathalie and Lennert’s suppliers included:

Church: St Mary’s Parish Church, Whitekirk
Venue: Broxmouth Park
Florist: Get Knotted
Hair stylist: Gwen Mckenzie – Mckenzie Hair Design
Make-up: Eye Candy Scotland
Musicians – The Quartet and The Magic Keys
Transport: Ecosse Classic

Wedding album – Matted overlay

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Mounted Wedding Album - Matted overlay album by First Light Photography © Photographed by Ditte Solgaard Dunn, First Light Photography

“Just a wee note to say…our wedding album has arrived! And we couldn’t be happier or more impressed.

We are quite overwhelmed, really – it’s such a beautiful, unique object. Thank you for being so careful and exacting in putting it together; it really shows.
We’d like to say again that it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you, from start to finish. You’ve given us a wonderful collection of images and memories, and we’ll treasure them. Thank you!”
This is the email we received when our clients received their wedding album, and we’re chuffed to bits! We love creating beautiful heirlooms for our clients, and knowing they will enjoy it – and future generations after them – is such a buzz.

Our wedding albums come in a wide range of sizes, styles, materials and colours, so we can tailor each wedding album to the couple it is going to live with.
This album is one of our hand-crafted matted overlay albums, with HD Fine Art paper, light brown sequoia leather and a matching sleeve.
The matted overlay albums are hugely popular with couples who would like a traditional wedding album, but with a modern twist. Always made of the highest quality materials, they become heirlooms for couples, who can pass it down through generations to be be viewed and enjoyed.

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How to have a great Humanist Wedding

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Ditte under Behind the scenes, Wedding Photography
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I’ve always loved photographing humanist weddings; each and every one is unique, tailored perfectly to the couple and telling their story.
I asked one of my favourite humanist celebrants, Tim Maguire, to write a little about what makes humanist celebrations so special. Here’s what he has to say:

Tim Maguire conducting a humanist wedding ceremony

What’s the first thing we do when we decide to get married?
Book a venue.
Then book a band – we’ve got to get a great band!
What else do we need?
A dress – tick!
Shoes – tick!
Hair & makeup for four – tick!
Kilts, Catering, Cars, Flowers, Invitations…
Oh yes, and a Photographer… the list goes on and on. And on.
Then, six weeks later, it’s, “Hang on – we need someone to marry us! And that’s when it’s time to play the ‘find a celebrant’ game…
If you’ve been to a humanist wedding, you probably know that they’re a bit different. They only became legal in Scotland in 2005.
By 2015, they’d become the 2nd most popular form of marriage in the country: Register Office weddings are still by far the most popular.
But more and more people are choosing the humanist route: why do you think that is?
What everyone says to me is “They’re personal, they’re moving, and they’re fun!”
They are all about you, and your story: why you love each other, why you believe this is the person you want to share the rest of your life with, and what marriage means to you.
Let’s be honest: wedding ceremonies used to be the boring bit you sat through before the party started. Not any longer.
If you ask any of the couples I’ve married, you’ll see that the ceremony was actually the best part of their day. It sets the mood for all that follows, and it leaves your guests wanting an encore, not needing a drink.
There are lots of humanist celebrants in Scotland now, working through various different organisations, so take your time to find someone who’s right for you. Not all of us work the same way. Some celebrants will write your ceremony for you: I don’t, and here’s why:
Humanists campaigned for decades to win the right for you to have the freedom to make your vows in your own words, not somebody else’s.
In Scotland, we’re lucky because we can now do that. You can’t in England or Wales, or Northern Ireland.
So I don’t want to put words into your mouths. I want to help you tell your friends and family why it is that you’re making the biggest decision of your lives. It’s a huge privilege, and one I enjoy immensely.

I’ve been a celebrant now for 12 years. Last year, I conducted my 1,000th weddingand every single couple I’ve married has created a unique, personal, and absolutely memorable ceremony.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out my blog and ask around.

Humanist wedding, Royal College of Surgeons. Photographed by First Light Photography

Humanist weddings only became legal in Scotland in 2005, now they are the 2nd most popular form of wedding in the country.

Humanist wedding, Dundas Castle. Photographed by First Light Photography

Humanist ceremonies give you the freedom to make your vows in your own words. (And to choose an owl ring-bearer if you wish!)

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One of the good things about coming last in the wedding checklist is that by the time you get to me, you’ve usually spoken to a few wedding planners and photographers, and they are the people who see more weddings than anyone, so my advice is to ask them who they recommend.
With luck, I might be one of those names.

The only sad thing about it is that it doesn’t often work the other way, so I hardly ever get to recommend a photographer. But when I do, guess who it is?
That’s right, it’s Ditte. She’s the person Susie and I asked to photograph our wedding in 2014 at the wonderful Monachyle MhorShe does beautiful work, she’s a joy to work with, she’s totally professional, but also really relaxed.
I’d love to work with her again, so if you do get in touch (tim@cha.scot), I hope you’ve booked her first! 

Slainte!
Tim

The wedding of Tim Maguire and Susan Mathieson, Monachyle Mhor. Photographed by First Light Photography

Thank you Tim- here’s hoping we will be working together again soon!

Ditte

Perfect Scottish Summer wedding – Henrietta & Will

Posted on March 7, 2017 by Ditte under Wedding Photography
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A perfect Scottish Summer wedding.

 

If you had a “Perfect Summer wedding” tick-list, what would be on it? Good weather? A beautiful setting? Tasty food, funky music, happy guests, good friends, tears, laughter? If any (or all) of these are on your list, then I’m pretty sure you’re going to love Henrietta and Will’s wedding.

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church

Fiona Clare mother of the bride

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church wedding

Chrichton Church wedding

This fantastic garden took our breath away! All the colour made such a perfect setting for the drinks reception.

The marquee was set up with long trestle tables with hessian table runners and small bouquets of pink flowers.

After dinner, we headed outside for an evening portrait with the beautiful lights that had been installed in an old tree in the garden.

Good lighting (and a warm(ish) Scottish evening made the outside as welcoming as the inside.

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summer wedding evening

We loved everything about Henrietta and Will’s fantastic summer wedding.
It was great working with lots of familiar faces from the Scottish wedding industry, and great getting to know some new ones too.

Henrietta and Will, thank you for having us at your wedding, we loved capturing your day and are so happy you like the photos and the albums we created for you. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together.

Ditte & Chris

 

Some of the wonderful suppliers who worked with us at this wedding:
Event Planners: Added Dimension Events
Make-up: Emma Motion
Marquee: Arc Marquees
Catering: Ginger Snap
Mother-of-Bride & Mother-of-Groom outfits: Fiona Clare
Wedding film: The Filming Business
Lighting: Tower Productions
Saxophonist: Stacey Sax
Florist: Flowers by Maxwell
Dance floor: Albert Hall Dance Floors


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