Natural, Relaxed Wedding Photography in Scotland

I photograph the whole day and provide you lasting memories of your wedding, honestly and without interference. It is your day and I won't change a thing about it!
Unobtrusive and unposed wedding photograph at Wedderburn Castle, Scotland

How I photograph your wedding

However you plan your wedding, my approach to photographing it is the same.

Whether you're getting married in a church, or having a civil, humanist, or civil partnership ceremony, on a beach, or somewhere else special to you, I aim to photograph the whole day and provide you lasting memories of your wedding, honestly and without interference. You may have heard of 'documentary' or 'photojournalist' wedding photographers. That describes me perfectly. It is your day and I won't change a thing about it!

I usually arrive an hour before the bride leaves for the ceremony, photographing her bridesmaids and parents as they get ready (and the father of the bride writes his speech!) If the groom is nearby I can usually find time to also photograph him, his best man and his ushers as they get ready.

I drive ahead of the bridal car, to be ready to capture the bride's arrival and the last minute preparations with her attendants.

During the ceremony I usually stand at the back of the room or church, unlike most wedding photographers. From this angle, using a variety of lenses, I can shoot wide angles of the whole venue to close-ups of the exchange of rings. And although at the beginning of the formalities the bride and groom will have their backs to me, very quickly they turn to face each other so that I can see their faces. (If, like most photographers, I stood in front of the bride and groom, I would not only just get the back of the grooms head, but also I would be incredibly intrusive - something I absolutely aim to avoid.)

After the wedding ritual has ended I give the newly married couple a chance to receive the congratulations and hugs from the wedding party. Then I encourage them to move on, and take them to the location I have chosen for their official portraits.

I don't pose people! I put you in a pre-chosen location and then suggest you act naturally - by kissing, hugging, or walking towards me. I am never in your face, preferring to stand a short distance (or further) away from you. I believe that the couple (or any subject) being comfortable and relaxed leads to the best images.

Then I photograph the 'official' group shots, which I try and do as quickly as possible. The minimum requirement from most wedding party's is to take pictures of the bride and groom with their parents and siblings, and with the best man, bridesmaids and ushers. I also always try and photograph a group photograph of every guest. Of course, this plan is always up to discussion!

From this point, my minimal interference continues. As the reception continues I photograph the guests enjoying themselves, whether it's laughing, drinking, or playing the provided games.

When it's time for the speeches I not only photograph the speaker, but mainly I photograph the reaction of the bridal party and their guests.

After recording the first dance, I usually stay for the next few dances to photograph guests enjoying themselves. I love ceilidhs! They make much better photos than people shuffling to a DJ's playlist!

If I've been booked to stay until the end of the wedding (usually marked by Auld Lang Syne, or the striking of the midnight bells) I continue to wander the venue with my eyes open and my camera at the ready. This might produce photos of drunken guests supporting the bar, or younger guests asleep on a sofa. There will be definitely more dancing photos, and the finale - whether it's The Pretenders' 500 miles or the more traditional Auld Lang Syne - always produces fantastic images!

When it's all over I aim to have a
story of your wedding day, and to have a small gallery of photos on this web site, so that while you're on your honeymoon you can start to relive the memories - and also discover what you missed!
The photos below are all from one wedding in East Lothian. It’s not a complete set - I always give couples a choice of the photos I have taken of them - but these 98 photographs are more than enough to make an album for the bride and groom.
  •  Best man helping groom with buttonhole

    Best man helping groom with buttonhole

  •  Bride looking in a mirror

    Bride looking in a mirror

  •  Father of the bride sees her in her dress

    Father of the bride sees her in her dress

  •  Father of the bride driving her to church

    Father of the bride driving her to church

  •  Bride arriving at church

  •  Groom waiting for his bride inside church

  •  Bride and her father arrive at church

  •  Panorama of church interior during wedding

  •  Church wedding ceremony

  •  bride and groom kiss after marriage

  •  Bride and groom holding each other during wedding ceremony

  •  Bride and groom look at each other during ceremony

  •  A reading during wedding ceremony

  •  A second reading during marriage service

  •  The order of service for  wedding ceremony

  •  Bride and groom kissing while witnesses sign the register

  •  Bride and groom leave the chuch after being married

  •  Bride and groom celebrate as guests throw confetti

  •  Bride and groom leave church in a vintage MG car

  •  Bride and groom hold hands surrounded by trees

  •  Bride and groom walking through a tunnel of trees

  •  Bride and groom hugging each other

  •  Bride and groom pose in a vintage MG car with East Lothian countryside behind them

  •  Bride waves her bouquet as her new husband drives them to their wedding reception

  •  Ladies in hats at wedding reception

  •  Guests in hats at wedding celebrations

  •  Guests in formal wear talking at wedding reception

  •  Elderly lady in large hat at wedding party

  •  Beautiful guest smiling

  •  Wedding guests with champagne glasses

  •  wedding guest gesticulating

  •  Groomsmen checking the football scores on an iPhone

  •  Guests at wedding reception

  •  Femaile guest wondering what is nder a kilt worn by male wedding guest

  •  Bride and groom eat ice creams

  •  Bride and groom in a woodland glade

  •  Bride and groom kissing

  •  Bride and groom smiling at the camera

  •  Bride and groom walking and holding hands

  •  Wedding guest with baby

  •  Smiling wedding guest with beard

  •  wedding guest in green dress

  •  Grinning wedding guest

  •  Bride and bridesmaid

  •  Gesticulating wedding guest

  •  Groom and his mother

  •  Four finely dressed ladies at a wedding

  •  Flower girl talking to bride

  •  Two guests talking

  •  Master of ceremonies with microphone

  •  Father of the bride giving his speech

  •  Bride laughing at her father's speech

  •  Bride and groom laughing at a speech

  •  Groom giving his speech

  •  Bride laughing at her husband's speech

  •  bride laughing at the groom's speech

  •  Groom giving his speech to wedding guests

  •  Best man giving his speech

  •  Bride and groom laughing at best man's speech

  •  Bride with her head in her hands in reaction to best man's speech

  •  Bride looking aprehensive during best man's speech

  •  Bride and groom pose with sunset and a dog

  •  Bride and groom's first dance

  •  Bride's father dances with the groom's mother

  •  Two bridesmaids dance together

  •  two wedding guests dance together

  •  two male wedding guests dancing

  •  Bride and her father dancing

  •  Guests talking on side of dance floor

  •  Bride dancing

  •  Mother and young son dancing

  •  wedding guests pose for the camera on dance floor

  •  Three wedding guests posing with props

  •  ceilidh dancing at wedding reception

  •  Bride and groom and guests on the dance floor

  •  Wedding guests take a selfie

  •  Two guests dancing

  •  Young boy giving his all on the dance floor

  •  Two guests pose with a prop picture frame

  •  Bride and groom waltzing together

  •  Wedding guests dancing

  •  Bride and a guest dancing

  •  Tired father with sleeping daughter and yawning son

  •  Bride and groom ceilidh dancing

  •  Bride and groom dancing the strip the willow ceilidh dance

  •  Bride and groom in traditional scottish dance

  •  Guests ceilidh dancing at scottish wedding

  •  two guests in traditional scottish dance

  •  Bride dancing with her groom - and a bottle of beer

  •  Bride's father dancing enthusiastically

  •  Bride dancing with her father

  •  Brie and her father on the dance floor

  •  Bride and groom dancing surrounded by their guests

  •  Bride and groom during the last dance of auld lang syne

  •  Bridesmaids and wedding guests during auld lang syne

  •  bride and groom kissing during last dance

  •  Bridesmaids and guests dancing

  •  A scottish saltire appears on the roof of the wedding marquee