Debbie & Graeme – Glenskirlie Castle Kirsty Stroma Photography

I had such an amazing day photographing Debbie and Graeme’s wedding at Glenskirlie castle. It was such a relaxed day surrounded by friends and family and it was so lovely to see the relationship between Debbie’s wee girl Amber and Graeme, especially during the speeches.  They are the perfect wee family and i wish them a wonderfully happy future.

Big thanks to my second shooter Kelechi 🙂

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Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Sophia & Danny – Kirsty Stroma Photography

Its been a busy month of moving house and renovations so it felt so good to be behind the camera again at last weeks engagement shoot!  We went a stroll around the Botanics but decided rather than go to the obvious spots, wander round the wilder edges,get under some trees (no plants were harmed :P) so it felt like we were in the middle of a forest.  I love this time of year for shooting. the sun is getting low and it makes for such great light. We then went up and got a few by the glasshouse as its pretty amazing even from the outside.  Got lots of lovely photos ❤

Caithness Wedding – Kirsty Stroma Photography

Sarah and Will got married on a true Caithness summers day, it was a little wet but super windy. They braved the weather and decided to do something that doesnt happen in Caithness often – get married outside!  So glad they did, the haystacks as seats were super cute and the wind made for some great veil photos!

Sarah told me she hated getting her photos taken but you really wouldn’t know! Both Sarah and Will had a very laid back attitude and we got some really nice natural shots of them together. (brides and fields are my favourite!)

 

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Lucy & Liam – Caithness Wedding – Kirsty Stroma Photography

Lucy was one of my best friends way back in high school so it was such an honour to be asked to photograph her wedding in April. I’m normally a bit hesitant when it comes to photographing friends weddings (the pressure!) but it was so great getting to be a part of the day. I was like a guest with a backstage pass!  Fabulous day at the Castle of Mey and then fun night at the Weigh Inn Thurso. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Bremner!!!
p.s thank you Mark for assisting me 🙂
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Lynn & Alistair – Caithness Wedding – Kirsty Stroma Photography

Was an absolute pleasure and honour to photograph Lynn and Ali’s wedding. I love travelling home to photograph weddings and even more so when its family!

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Edinburgh Portrait Photographer – DIY Backdrop

When I look at the work of some of my favourite portrait photographers like Sue Bryce and Annie Leibovitz I lust over their Oliphant backdrops.   The hand painted backdrops are works of art in their own right so they are a bit out of my price range starting at around $1000!

So if i cant buy one why not make my own? I actually graduated form Art School with a degree in painting and its funny because my work was very textured/abstract as it was inspired by textures of walls. The only thing was, I worked on a tiny scale and i had a 12x9ft canvas to try and paint! Plus it had been about 3 years since i attempted to paint anything!

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I wanted to emulate Sues gold Oliphant as i adored the tones and thought it would be super versatile. I dragged a photo of the backdrop into photoshop and sampled the colours.  This gave me an idea of what colours to buy.  So i went to Wickes and spent 30mins staring at paint. I eventually left with 3 colours. A warm yellow/grey “pistachio” A grey “steel” and a white/blue “putty”

I bought a dust canvas from ebay for 6.99. It ended up being very loosely woven so i wasnt sure how it would take the paint.  Next time i will probably spend a little more and find a thicker canvas.

Painting itself was pretty much trial and error.  Im used to painting on wood and sanding back the paint to create texture so this was a completely new way of painting for me. I started of spongeing it on. i used a mixture of the pistachio and grey as i wanted the outer corners to be darker.

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You can see from the photos that i loaded it pretty heavy with paint. Next time i will use a roller straight away to get a thinner, more even coat.

I lightly rolled some of the white into the centre and left it to dry. When i came back the next day and tried to lift it and it was completely stiff! For the time being im not to bothered about it, i pinned it to my studio wall and it will probably stay there until i paint another one.  I can always slide my vflats in front of it.

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Im pretty happy with the outcome i have to say. 🙂 i think i got pretty close to what i was after. Even got the thumbs up from Sue Bryce herself so what more could i ask for!!

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