South Queensferry engagement session // Lisa & Graham

Lisa and Graham are getting married in a couple of weeks and wanted an engagement session to have a bit of practice before the day.  They decided on South Queensferry as their location as it's one of the places they like to go to have some time together away from it all.  It's the perfect wee village for photos as there's so many spots that photograph well.  They specifically asked for shots on the beach with the bridges and they'd also seen some photos we've previously done in a close by rapeseed field.  Unfortunately rapeseed fields are ploughed at this time of year but we did find a wheat field which came out beautifully too! 

Here are some of our favourites from the shoot and we can't wait to photograph their big day!

Kayleigh & Richard // Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

When we think back to Kayleigh and Richard's wedding at Ghillie Dhu earlier this summer what springs to mind is LAUGHTER.  These two smiled, giggled and heartily laughed all day long.  They are so well suited with the exact same sense of humour.

Preparations started off at their flat with Kayleigh, her bridesmaids and mum.  We loved their styling and everyone looked amazing in their floral dresses and pin up hair and make up.   The blue Lincoln that took Kayleigh and her mum to the ceremony was just stunning and I was very lucky to ride in it with them which allowed some extra images of this special time alone.

Richard was at his parents house getting ready and also had a very cool mode of transport in the big red bus.

Their ceremony was quick and fun and before they knew it they were married and running through a confetti tunnel. Afterwards we wandered around Princes Street Gardens for some lovely bridal portraits and then returned to allow them time with their guests before dinner.  

Their cake was just amazing and incorporated everything these self confessed geeks love.  It was a real work of art.

After their first dance we left them to boogie the night away with lots of dress swishing and twirling.  It was an amazing day.

Rebecca & Jason // The Corinthian, Glasgow

We were back at The Corinthian recently for Rebecca & Jason's big day and we had an amazing time with them!  They found us online and got in touch with us, quickly placed down their reservation fee to secure the date and then we arranged to meet up.  As soon as we all got together we knew we were going to get on like a house on fire.

Their day was glamorous and beautiful but very relaxed which is just what we love.  Both families were lovely and accommodating in the morning, and then we came together for the stunning ceremony.  Afterwards we worked through the family photos before heading off round the city streets close by for the couples shoot.  There were a couple of specific things we all wanted to get from the shoot and thankfully everything worked in our favour and we're in love with the set of images from the day.

Here is a sneak peek into this beautiful wedding.



Lucy & Matthew // Carlowrie Castle

It was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day and Lucy and Matthew were getting married at the beautiful Carlowrie Castle in Edinburgh.  This venue has it all.  Lots of space to get ready, a glass ceremony room which lets in lots of natural light, stunning grounds and a really glam feel.

Lucy and Matthew are just gorgeous and we had such a great time photographing them.  

Things kicked off around midday when everyone arrived to get ready for the big day.  The girls were downstairs in a gorgeous suite and the guys had one of the rooms upstairs.  The ceremony was conducted by Graeme McKay and as usual he was wonderful to work with.  It did rain for a bit after the ceremony so we hung off on photos and just gave Lucy and Matthew time with their guests while we waited for it to clear.  Thankfully it did and we managed to get outside for their family group shots and then around the gardens for their couples shoot.  We had loads of fun with these two and it really shows in their images.

Here are some of our favourites from their day! 

Lauren & Grey // The Waterside Hotel

This wedding day was perfection.  A beautiful venue, the best weather, an outdoor ceremony, a gorgeous lovely couple, and working with other amazing suppliers.

It was our first time at The Waterside Hotel in North Ayrshire and we would love to go back.  We felt like we were on holiday! 

Lauren was such a chilled out bride and it was an absolute pleasure to be there in the morning watching all the girls get ready with Laura Gray Hair Beauty Bridal.  Everyone looked absolutely stunning, especially the bride herself.

We really love an outdoor ceremony.  It's so romantic and it allows us to move around freely without disturbing anyone.  It was such a warm day and looking out onto the beach was just the perfect setting.  The Americans must have brought the sunshine with them that day :) 

We moved through the group shots quickly and then went down to the beach with Lauren and Grey.  We had a quick 20 minute session with them because we knew we'd do the majority of the portraits after dinner when the light was a bit softer so that allowed them loads of time to mingle with their guests and catch up with family.  We really think that's the way a wedding should be - the photos are important but so is actually spending time with your guests and it allows us to get lots of candids which are the ones we all love.

After dinner we went back down to the beach and got some of our favourite photos from the day.  Flung Aboot were the evening entertainment (our absolute faves!!) and they had organised a confetti canon to go off which was amazing and took Lauren and Grey completely by surprise! 

Here is their day in pictures.

Karen & David // Spring wedding at Airth Castle

The first weekend of April saw a lovely spring day for Karen and David's wedding.  Karen put so much effort into all the details and it really made an impact as soon as you walked into the venue.  The spring florals, hand painted table cards, all the little decor items which came together beautifully and just the good feeling everyone had made the day really special.  It was lovely to work with Mary Wallace again who conducted a lovely Humanist ceremony, and we also saw past bride and groom Dawn and Paul who got married a couple of years ago at The Parsonage also with Mary Wallace.  

We had a lovely day with Karen and David and their families and here's a snapshot of our favourite images.

Roadtrip with the Godding Family - Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

We love the Godding family.  For the past 5 years we've shot an annual family session for them, and it's been so lovely to get to know them all and see the girls, Orla and Thea, change as they grow.  This year they have shot up! They're so tall! We try to do something different each time, and since last year was an epic shoot up on Dumyat which you can see here, Nichole and Mark wanted to do something extra special this year.  They asked us if we would be up for travelling down to the Scottish Borders to their wedding venue.  They wanted to show Orla and Thea where they'd gotten married, show them where Nichole grew up, and take some family photos around the area.  Of course we said yes, we are always keen to see new places and love coming away with different images.  It's really easy to fall into the trap of going to the same parks and local beauty spots and eventually that just gets boring, and there's no variety in your work.  

So, on the day of the Royal wedding, we met up in Falkirk after the girls dance classes and set off down to Dryburgh Abbey.  We passed through a couple of really pretty little villages and Nichole pointed out her old house, school and hang out spots.  We first stopped off at a viewpoint for the Eildon Hills, which is a really stunning landscape, and then moved on to the Abbey.  We took a walk around to pick out some spots we liked and then started photographing Nichole, Mark, Orla and Thea just hanging out together and we really love the wee moments we captured.  These are things that just can't be posed and set up.  Yes, we asked them to sit on the grass, but they started making daisy chains together and all the interactions you see in the images are completely natural.  No looking at the camera with cheesy grins! 

Because it was a day trip we had our three children and two Dachshunds with us, and Flo even managed to make it in to a portrait with each of the girls.  By the end of our walk Orla and Thea were in charge of their leads and asking all sorts of questions about them.  They even asked the dreaded "Which one is your favourite?".  Well, we love them both for different reasons :) 

We love the results of this shoot, and the images here are just a snapshot of what we captured.  When we do lifestyle sessions like this an album really is the best way to display them, to really show off the flow of the story and all the little moments, but there will always be that one favourite image to put up on your wall.  

Anniversary session // Devilla Woods & Culross // Ewan & Claire

This was a really lovely shoot for us to do because we have become really good friends with Ewan and Claire over the past (almost) year.  

We first came to know of Ewan through an online photographers forum, and when we discovered that we were from the same area and he was opening up a pet photography studio we arranged to meet up.  We all get on great and regularly get together for coffee, a blether and the odd photo session too.  Ewan has done lots of photos for us of our border collie, who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, and our two dachshunds.  Flo has become a bit of a muse for him even though she's not the most well behaved.  She definitely has her diva moments! She'll teach her little sister Winnie the modelling ropes though.  Have a look at Ewan's website Mutley's Snaps for some serious oohing and aaahing over gorgeous animals.

Claire is an amazing web designer and she has given us lots of good advice on the minefield that is social media, website and brand building.  She is super busy so if you need help with anything get in touch asap.  Her beautiful website is Wildflowers and Pixels.

Claire and Ewan eloped with their two boxers a year ago, and they had some amazing wedding photos done by The Curries.  They wanted to mark their first anniversary with another photo session and they chose Devilla Woods and Culross as two locations they'd like to use.  We chose to do the photos in the evening in the hope of getting some lovely golden light.  It was a pleasant day and still fairly mild in the evening so we all really enjoyed the walk.

We'd never been to either location before so it was really nice to shoot in some new places.  Culross, made famous as an Outlander shooting location, is just so pretty!! We love the pops of colour, and quaint alleyways.  We really enjoyed shooting there. 

Here are some of our favourite images.

Family photoshoot at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline.

The sun came out!! We were so lucky to have such a gorgeous day for the McFarlane family's photoshoot.  These photos are to celebrate little Madison turning one, and she's just so gorgeous!! We first met Marie-Claire and Ross at their friends wedding who MC was a bridesmaid for.  We then went on to photograph their wedding a couple of years later, their maternity shoot, and now Madison's first birthday photos.  We love these guys, their smiles light up the picture and they are just great to work with.

We'd never been to Pittencrief Park before but we are very impressed with it.  It has a lot of ground, a great play park, a lovely woodland walk and plenty photo opportunities.  I'm sure we'll be back! 

Here are some of our favourites from this session.

Photography Farm, Shoot Session with Gabe McClintock, Edinburgh

We were so excited to attend Photography Farm in Edinburgh this year!  Unfortunately we couldn't go on the first day due to a clash with our diary but we took so much from our shoot session with Gabe McClintock on day 2.  Gabe is a Canadian wedding photographer and teacher.  He uses light in a beautiful way and captures gorgeous emotive images.  When we looked at the line up of teachers Gabe's work just spoke to us and we knew he was the one we wanted to book with.  

There were 12 of us in the group and Gabe talked us through how he looks at light to create depth and emotion in his images.  He set situations up that we would have previously shyed away from but are now excited to bring to our own portfolio of work.  The models were fantastic and we met some really cool fellow creatives. 

Here are our shots from the day.  We had such an amazing time and are so excited to get to work on our next shoot! 

Fine Art Portraits // Falkirk Studio

Our first blog post of 2018!  We've got so much to look forward to this year.  We have lots of plans for the business and exciting new things we're bringing in.  The biggest changes are to our family shoots.  We've realised that by the time we photograph a wedding we have met the couple a good few times prior to the day, but most often than not when we're booked for a family shoot our first encounter with them is when we're all wandering around the agreed meeting point trying to figure out who's who!  So, now we are inviting everyone to come into the studio before the shoot day to chat, get to know one another, meet the kids, and plan the session.  That way by the time we get to photographing you we will already be at ease with one another, and hopefully the kids will remember us as those funny folks that are going to take their picture.  After the shoot, when your images are edited, we'll get you back into the studio to see your images and we'll be there to help you pick out favourites and show you the beautiful new products we have.  It's exciting and means we'll build much better relationships with you and you'll know we're there with you every step of the way offering our help.

Today was our first time back in the studio after a lovely Christmas and New Year with our family.  We asked Trini to come in for us to model for some portraits we wanted to try out.   We love natural light and the lovely soft glow it gives.  Today was pretty dark and rainy so we weren't sure how we were going to get on with no lights on in the room but we love the final result!  We told Trini we were just going to play around and take some pretty pictures.  We'd already chatted beforehand about clothes and make up and what our desired final look was so we were well prepared by the time it came to shooting the session.  And can we just say; how gorgeous is Trini?  I certainly didn't look like this at her age.  

Here are our favourites! 

Edinburgh Christmas Market // Couples Shoot

We love the Edinburgh Christmas Market.  Every year we take the kids and it's always a lovely day out, getting us in the festive spirit.  When Doshie and Curtis arranged a couples shoot with us as they were visiting Edinburgh for a few days before heading off to spend Christmas in Paris, we knew this was exactly where we wanted to take them.

Doshie and Curtis are from Houston, Texas but currently living in Germany.  They love to travel and we had such a great time with them shooting their portraits.  Doshie is also a photographer so we gave them minimal direction and they were fantastic.

Here are some of our favourites.

Supplier Collaboration // The Parsonage

We were delighted to be asked to photograph this collaboration of some local wedding suppliers.  The whole thing came together beautifully thanks to the organisation by Leigh at Regal Rocks.  The main thing for this shoot was to show off the talents of some key people who are local to the Central Scotland area and are available as suppliers for your wedding.

It was great fun meeting up at Olivia Cameron in Falkirk to go dress shopping for the shoot!  We came away with 4 dresses we loved and thought would work well for The Parsonage.

Then we nipped downstairs to Stewart Highland and spoke to Ewan about what we had in mind for our male model Sam.

We were lucky enough to get Chisholm Hunter involved and they provided some gorgeous watches and jewellery for us to use.  We highly recommend them when you are looking for your wedding jewellery - the pieces are stunning and the customer service in the Falkirk branch is fantastic.  Let Jo the manager know we sent you!

When we arrived on the morning of the shoot, hair and make up were in full swing so we got some great behind the scenes shots of the Me Time girls at work before having loads of fun with our models with the portraits.

Leigh from Regal Rocks had brought along some stunning pieces from her collection and we were all loving the finishing touch they gave to the bridal outfits.

Sam looked amazing in the formal wear from Stewart Highland.  Kilts are traditional but it is really nice to see a groom in a gorgeous suit and we loved these two that Ewan sent along for us.

We've always loved the bouquets we've seen from Pretty Little Flowers and it was really nice to work with Elaine again.  Her work set off this shoot perfectly.

Thanks also to the Parsonage for hosting the shoot.  It's a venue that has everything you need with rooms to get ready in, a beautiful big house, lovely grounds and big marquees for the party later at night.


Mutley's Snaps - Finlay and Flo's photoshoot.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you'll know that we recently got our little Dachshund puppy Flo.  She was 18 weeks this Friday and she's a little bundle of naughty!! She does give awesome cuddles though so she gets away with it.

Although we are photographers, we're people photographers and animals are a whole other ball game.  Our friend Ewan owns Mutley's Snaps Pet Photography in Falkirk and we couldn't wait to get into his studio with our little fur babies and have their photos done.  Ewan's work is absolutely stunning!  We all thought a trade of services would work out really well for us, we'd get gorgeous portraits and Ewan would get some behind the scenes images of him at work.

What we really wanted from the session was a photo of Finlay and Flo together.  We thought this was going to be mission impossible and told Ewan this but he didn't seem fazed by the task at all!  We came away thinking we knew we had lots of gorgeous photos of them individually and if there was one of them together it would just be a bonus.  Well, that night Ewan sent us the cutest, most gorgeous image of Finlay and Flo sitting together on one of his chair props.  We were totally over the moon! It now has pride of place in our living room.  Yip, we don't let our photos rot on a USB - photos are made for printing and enjoying every day :) 

To start with Ewan let the dogs get used to him - hot dog treats works wonders.  Then he started with Flo up on his stage with the pretty pink backdrop for some individual portraits.   There was lots to keep the dogs attention - peanut butter, bubbles, toys, silly noises.  We have tried and failed on a few occasions to get Finlay our 9 year old border collie onto our own studio for a picture but he just hated it.  Ewan worked his magic and we've got such great images of him that we never imagined we'd be able to get.

If you're looking for pet portraits, Ewan is definitely the guy to go to.  He works so hard to make sure he gets the shots, and because his studio is in Falkirk he's perfectly placed for anyone in the Central Scotland belt, but we'd say he is worth the drive for anyone further afield too.

Mansfield Traquair Wedding // Jayne & Ross

We'll always remember this wedding as just being so absolutely stunning.  We felt right at home because there were past bride and grooms aswell as people who we've done family shoots for there, and everyone else made us feel so welcome.  

The Mansfield Traquair is breathtaking.  When you drive past and see the red doors you have no idea what is waiting inside and it literally makes you stop and take it all in when you step through.

Morning preparations went well and everyone was feeling excited.  We all couldn't wait to see Jayne in her Jenny Packham dress as it looked beautiful on the hanger.  Due to timings we had to leave for the venue before Jayne got her dress on so it was as lovely for us to see her step out of the car.

The ceremony set against the fairy light backdrop was beautiful and the family photos afterwards went without any hitches.   The best men were on top form gathering everyone up for us.

We stayed within the garden at Mansfield Traquair for Jayne and Ross' bridal portraits but after dinner we took them out for some street photography and we love those too.

Here are some of our favourite images from the day.

Eskmills Wedding Venue // Ruth & Liam

Ruth and Liam got in touch with us last year about photographing their wedding at Eskmills Wedding Venue, and we were really looking forward to it because it was going to be our first time there.  It's always really nice to go to a venue for the first time and create new images.

The day started off with bride and groom preparations and both mornings went really well.  Ruth had all her bridesmaid and flower girls there with her and there was lots of buzz and excitement.  Ruth was quite nervous but she handled it well and looked absolutely beautiful.  There were some familiar faces at this wedding and it's always really nice to catch up with people we've worked with before.

The ceremony was conducted by Kirsty Harvey, who we always enjoy spending time with.  She's so cool and quirky and really brings your story to life.

The weather wasn't on our side when it came to family photos so we decided to stay indoors and use the fairy lights as a backdrop which worked really well for the more formal portraits.  We kept an eye out for a break in the rain and grabbed Ruth and Liam when we saw a window of opportunity just before dinner for their portrait session.  We did as much as we could in the time we had but we hoped to get them back out again after they'd eaten, and thankfully the rain went completely off and we got some more shots later on.

Here are some of our favourites from the day.

Arta, Glasgow wedding // Jacqueline & Jason

We have huge heart eyes for this wedding! Back in the summer Jacqueline and Jason got married at Arta in Glasgow, and looking over the images for this blog reminded us how amazing a day it was.  It's in our top 3 favourites of this year :)

The day started off with prep at each of their parents houses.  Jen C was there to make up the girls and Jennifer Thomson created their gorgeous hair do's.  Jacqueline's dress was stunning.  We do love a blush pink wedding gown! 

A white cab brought Jacqueline and her dad to Arta, where Kirsty Harvey conducted a beautiful humanist ceremony.  It was really emotional, and in the atmospheric surrounding of Arta we all felt how much Jacqueline and Jason love each other.

Afterwards we did some family photos out on the street before taking our gorgeous couple away for their bridal portraits.  They look so good together that several passers by thought they were models out on a fashion shoot.

After dinner, we took them back out and headed onto Buchanan Street, where they became celebrities amongst the tourists who all wanted to have a photo with them.  We had so much fun and got some more lovely images.

The first dance at Arta is just gorgeous as the staff throw hand picked rose petals down on the couple, it's just so romantic! 

Here are some of our favourite images from the day.

Kirknewton House Stables wedding // Ingham & Kevin

We had a fantastic time at our first wedding at Kirknewton House Stables.  We'd visited the venue with Ingham and Kevin a few months before the day to have a look around and took some pre-wedding photos to get an idea of what we might do on the day.  So we did have a plan of sorts in our minds.  The only thing we can't plan for is the weather, and in typical Scottish style we didn't have a typical summer's day.  Despite being the end of July it was rainy and foggy. 

The day started with bridal preparations at nearby Norton House which was great as there was plenty space for everyone to get ready and it was only a 10 minute journey to the venue.  The guys got ready at Ingham and Kevin's house and headed to the venue in plenty time to greet the arriving guests.  It was a lovely humanist ceremony, and the fairy light backdrop is so beautiful in the images.  After the ceremony we decided to just keep an eye on the weather and nip in and out when we could.  There was a small break in the rain and we managed to get through the list of family photos the couple wanted but unfortunately it was shortlived and everyone moved back inside to mingle.  

Speeches took place before everyone ate and we heard some great stories about the couple and there was even a maths test in best man Lee's speech because it's not Kevin's strong point even though he works for a bank!  It was all very entertaining.

After dinner the weather was still looking a bit grim but we spoke with Ingham and Kevin and thankfully they trusted us and agreed that beautiful wedding images are more important than having a pristine dress hanging up in the wardrobe.  We absolutely love what we came away with and think the mist adds a lot of atmosphere to the pictures.  

We loved their Colin the Caterpillar wedding cake!

Here are some of our favourite images from the day.

House for An Art Lover wedding // Lauren & James

Lauren and her mum came to our studio to book us for Lauren's House for An Art Lover wedding after seeing a previous blog of another wedding we'd done there.  We absolutely love this venue, and we knew we'd look forward to the day as Lauren and her mum were so lovely.  Lauren lives in London with James and so a lot of people travelled up for the wedding and everyone had a fantastic time.

We started off with bridal prep at Lauren's parent's house.  Lana from Cameo Bridal Styling made an amazing look with Hollywood waves on Lauren and the bridesmaids and Mum's hair all looked stunning.  Lana's work is always so swoon-worthy!  Stephanie Graham complimented the look with gorgeous make up.

It was a nice registrar ceremony and once they were made husband and wife we headed out for a few group shots with family before moving on to the bridal portrait session.  There are so many great spots at House for An Art Lover both inside and on the grounds that we're spoiled for choice.  The great thing about a summer wedding is that there's still plenty of light after dinner to head back out for some evening light and by then the couple are much more relaxed and we can have a bit of fun - I'm sure Lauren and James never imagined they'd be playing on a swing set in their wedding outfits but they did and we had such a laugh with it! 

Here are some of our favourite shots from the day.