Posted on September 15, 2016 by under
I should start this post by saying just how much I love engagement shoots. I love engagement shoots.
There’s a number of reasons why, and I’ll tell you some of them. Firstly, it allows me to get to know my wedding clients in a way I wouldn’t be able to without the shoot. The shared experience, the chat along the way, the laughs and the excitement come together to create a bonding experience that carries through to their wedding day.
For me, this is also a chance to try out different ideas or techniques. On a wedding day there is rarely time to go “off script”, as timings are tight and the couple will want to spend as much time as possible with their guests. At the engagement shoot we can do whatever we want!
For the couple, it’s a great chance to be in front of my camera with no pressure and no time constraints. Almost without fail I find that clients who have booked an engagement shoot as part of their package are far more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera on their wedding day, which will of course be reflected in their wedding photos too. I will also learn what the clients are or aren’t comfortable with – some couples love kissing, cuddling and interacting with each other in front of the cameras, others find they prefer a more formal approach.
After an engagement shoot I often ask couples for their feedback on the photos – were there any they really liked or ones they weren’t so keen on? Their answers are added to my notes and help decide how we approach their wedding photography.
In short, after an engagement shoot, I feel I have a much closer relationship with the couple. When I turn up at a bride’s house or hotel on the morning of her wedding, it feels like I’m greeting an old friend, I know her and I know the man she is about to marry. I’m excited with and for them. And I know the photoshoot will go well.
For Mhoraig and Colin engagement shoot I ventured to Gullane to meet them for some beach photos and photos on top of a hill with the most beautiful view towards Edinburgh. After an initial rain shower, we were blessed with incredible weather for the rest of the shoot.
Here are some of the highlights from the shoot – enjoy!
Mhoraig and Colin, I had such a great time doing your engagement shoot – I can’t wait for the wedding to do it all again!
Posted on September 8, 2016 by under
Phew – where did that summer go? With a season of amazing weddings under our belt, it’s time to get back to doing some blogging again and I’m so pleased to share this really sweet Dundas Castle wedding with you!
We first met Holly and Jamie at this wedding last year when they sang and played a song in the church for Catriona and Archie – I can still remember the shivers down my spine when I heard it. As such talented musicians it was not entirely unexpected that they had a choir of their close friends sing for them at the wedding. Cue more shivers and me checking out where to join a local choir!
Below are some of the highlights from the day, though it was almost impossible to cut down the photos to use in the blog as everything about this day had me smiling.
I love it when friends and family are actively involved in the making of the wedding. Holly’s aunt Fiona Cumming created the beautiful flowers for the wedding.
A friend of Holly and Jamie, Chris Bardo, designed the super sweet illustrations on the stationery.
Back at Dundas Castle we were lucky to have some amazing sun for our portraits. Hard to believe that 20 minutes after these photos were taken the rain started chucking down (luckily not for long…)
Holly and Jamie, thank you for having us at your wedding, and for trusting us to capture the day the way you wanted it. We loved all the beautiful details, the amazing weather (even the crazy rain), all the laughs and the shiver-inducing singing.
We wish you a lifetime of happiness, good music and lots of loving.
Holly and Jamie’s suppliers included:
Posted on May 25, 2016 by under
I have always wanted to capture a wedding at Edinburgh Botanics – the most perfect setting for a wedding with the most beautiful colours, light, flowers and plants anywhere look. So I was delighted when Kate and Finbar asked me to capture their spring wedding there. Their choice of the Botanics for their wedding must have been an easy one: Kate is an artist, and her work is so full of flowers and bright colours – I imagine the Botanics is how it looks inside Kate’s head when she works! What they couldn’t know is whether the weather would play its part, but when the day came, there was sunshine and warmth, creating the perfect conditions for guests to sip champagne in the beautiful gardens and for us to take a few photos too. I say “a few” – this translates to “many thousand” photos taken and a final set of “many hundred”… Below, you will find a small selection of them!
We started our day at the Holy Cross RC Church with Finbar and his groomsmen…
Isn’t Kate’s dress just beautiful?
The newlyweds were piped to the Caledonian Hall in their Bentley wedding car.
Kate had (of course) designed all the wedding stationery herself.
From the Caledonian Hall, all the guests were piped through the Botanics to the John Hope Gateway for the evening meal and entertainment…
…after Kate had thrown her bouquet.
Great speeches! Just the right balance of humour, emotion, anecdote and total humiliation of the groom…
After the meal, we sneaked outside for an evening portrait.
Kate and Finbar’s first dance was perfectly choreographed and executed!
Kate and Finbar, we so loved your wedding! Thank you for having us there, for trusting us to capture it the way you wanted and for finally allowing us to capture a wedding at the beautiful botanics!
Can’t wait to share the full set of photos with you soon!
Ditte & Chris
Kate and Finbar’s suppliers included:
Posted on May 2, 2016 by under
Lois and Terry’s beautiful Scottish/ Irish wedding at Carberry Tower, East Lothian
The 2016 wedding year is being extremely kind to us so far!
Our second wedding of the year took us to Carberry Tower in East Lothian for the wonderful wedding of Lois and Terry. I first met with them over a year ago, and from that first coffee when they told me about the plans and ideas for their wedding day, I knew this wedding would make me happy. And it did!
Lois, Terry, their friends and family were all incredibly welcoming and warm to us, which made us feel like we were at the wedding of old friends. I laughed, I cried (me and everyone else…) and went away that evening thinking that THIS was the perfect way to have a good wedding.
On top of everything, it was great working with some great wedding supplier friends, with a special mention to Lucy Gourlay, who came out of wedding makeup “retirement” to do Lois’ makeup, and to Bowery Productions for being such great fun to work alongside.
On the morning of the wedding Terry and his groomsmen got ready at Carberry Tower – Lois was there too, so there were strict arrangements about where they were allowed to be, so they wouldn’t bump into each other!
Lois and her team were getting ready in the bridal suite in Carberry Tower. I love capturing this part of the day!
Lois and Terry’s gorgeous Labrador made a quick visit after the service, to congratulate her mum and dad. She came with us for a few photos too (how could she not?)
Lois and Terry, I can’t thank you enough for having us at your wonderful wedding! I hope you are having a wonderful honeymoon and can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos when you are back!
Ditte & Chris
Lois and Terry’s amazing suppliers included
Posted on April 12, 2016 by under
I really enjoy finding inspiration from the work or approach of other photographers. The documentary aspect of wedding photography is one I am particularly passionate about. I love capturing moments that tell a bigger story. So last week I joined an online group of Documentary Wedding Photographers, to view and share images with other photographers who have the same approach. I was delighted to win “Photo of the Week” for the image I submitted!
Here is what the judge said about the image: “I really like the image as the fathers’ handshake represents the coming together of two families, not just the couple. I’m also quite partial to a vertically framed image, even though it seems out of fashion among DWP (Documentary Wedding Photographers) at the moment, and you’ve also accomplished a great storytelling image with a telephoto lens from the back of the ceremony room, which is no small feet! Love the elevated angle too.”
The image is from Caroline and Tony’s Signet Library wedding last year – you can see the full story here
Posted on March 16, 2016 by under
Oh, this most beautiful Signet Library wedding is without a doubt the best wedding I’ve photographed this year! (Not just because it’s our first wedding this year…). Photographing weddings at the Signet Library is always a treat – it’s such a stunning venue with beautiful rooms, the gorgeous staircase, amazing big bookcases – and of course the wonderful Royal Mile and gorgeous Georgian architecture all around.
When you then add a beautiful, fun(!) couple (I literally cried with laughter in our pre, gorgeous flowers and a whole list of lovely things to photograph it all comes together to create the most fantastic day to photograph.
Special mentions to Origami Fox and Planet Flowers for their stunning work!
George’s personalised cufflinks featured the date of their wedding.
Groomsmen gifts: Harris Tweed hip flasks!
I’m mildly obsessed with buttonholes, and these gorgeous ones with white roses, thistles, white heather and brunia berries by Planet Flowers were just stunning.
Meanwhile, team “Bride” were getting ready nearby, with maids, flowergirls and family all bringing a happy energy to the morning.
Laura had arranged beautiful bracelets as gifts for all her bridesmaids.
LOVED the mismatched bridesmaids dresses! So so pretty!
At Signet Library nerves were being calmed…
If you are having a wedding in a library, then you must of course have book-themed wedding stationery and floral decorations in books…
Roses in pretty pastels and fragrant eucalyptus created a gorgeous soft floral look.
The Table of Interest was a fantastic talking piece for guests. Both Laura and George are doctors, so it featured lots medical tools and implements, mixed up with flowers, books and candles.
Stunning book-themed wedding stationery, by Origami Fox.
The dining room at Signet Library is simply exquisite.
The wedding cake was created to look like a pile big books – the details was incredible!
As per tradition at Greek weddings, Laura and George performed a Money Dance, where guests would pin money to the couple as they danced.
There HAD to be a ceilidh, of course! Everyone loves a ceilidh!
So, that’s how to do Scottish-Greek-Doctor-Library-Edinburgh-Winter-weddings in style! Laura and George, my hat off to you, you completely rocked the whole thing! I’m so happy to be part of your wedding team, and can’t wait to do your album with you!
Ditte & Chris
Laura and George’s wedding suppliers included:
Posted on February 24, 2016 by under
When wedding clients become family portrait clients – A Baby Photography shoot in Edinburgh
It’s always wonderful to meet up with couples again after their wedding, especially if it’s to capture their exceedingly cute little new baby human.
I meet this little fella on a snowy morning in Edinburgh where he was visiting his grandparents along with his mum and dad. The house was bathed in lovely natural light, with the snow outside acting as a big softbox, so I hardly needed to add any light to the photos.
Oliver was such a charmer! I was instantly smitten with his big blue eyes, his curious gaze and kissable cheeks.
But then, he’s got a great gene pool to dip into. We photographed his mum and dad’s wedding
a couple of years ago. They were always going to make a gorgeous baby…
Baby Photographer Edinburgh
If you would like to see more of our children’s photography and family portraiture, you can visit our Portrait Gallery
Posted on February 10, 2016 by under
Goodness, I loved photographing these guys!
A freezing cold January morning, jumping up and down for warmth, I did these photos of Viper Swing
, a gypsy swing band oozing cool.
If you are looking for a band that looks and sounds awesome, then these guys are for you!
Posted on January 14, 2016 by under
I had the great pleasure of photographing The Scottish King of Swing, Paul Ellis, over the holidays.
We wanted to go for an old-fashioned music club feel, black stage with directional light, and had lots of fun creating the look and feel in the studio (HUGE thanks to Niels and Alie from Blue Sky for emerging from their holiday cocoon to let us use the studio space!)
The highlight of the shoot was definitely when I asked Paul to sing some Sinatra for me, while I snapped away – boy, can he sing! It is no wonder he counts Shirley Bassey, Buddy Greco and Cilla Black among his fans.
Website: Paul Ellis Music
Management: Freak Music
Photo Shoot Styling: Yvette Annand
Photography: First Light Photography
Posted on December 21, 2015 by under
The holiday starts here for First Light. We’ll be closed between Christmas and New Year and will be back in the office on 7th January 2016.
Thank you to all our wonderful clients, colleagues and friends who have been such a great part of the year that’s gone.
I’m off to spend some time with these two…