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.
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 ❤
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Well, without a doubt this was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever photographed. Kim & Dom asked me to photograph their wedding in November last year. Such great people who I’m now lucky enough to call my friends.
The day started off dark and rainy with the occasional snowflake, but its November and Scotland so the weather didn’t shock or bring any moods down. The bridal party got ready a the very cosy Apex hotel. It was a calm morning until the last minute rush of course 😛
Once the sun came out we headed to the very beautiful and grand Mansfield Traquair for the ceremony. Its hard not to gasp when you enter this magnificent venue and it was perfectly lit with hundreds of fairy lights. The vows were super cute and Kim’s brother sang a beautiful version of Over the Rainbow.
We snuck out briefly to cafe Marlayne for some photos before the meal. Kim and Dom moved to California at the end of the year so this was a great opportunity to get some photos at one of their favourite and first date spots.
Then for something i have never experienced before. A traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony and Dancing Lions. This was fantastic!
The moment you turn and speak to your new husband in Chinese and then suddenly remember he only speaks English!
Mansfield was incredibly decorated by Planet Flowers. The top table was a stunning array of gold and white flowers with glass top float over the top.
The guests sent the Bride and Groom off in a shower of sparklers.
Congratulations Kim & Dom, I hope you have a lovely married life in sunny California!
At the weekend i had the great pleasure of photographing two lovely ladies, a good friend of mine and her mum. This was the first shoot in my new studio (which i hope to blog about soon too!) We had a lot of laughs, these girls have a great sense of humor! It was so lovely to photograph a mother and daughter again as i know that they will cherish these photos forever.
This shoot was a lot of fun! Gorgie City Farm was kind enough to let us shoot with their week old lambs. I recommend Gorgie farm to everyone, such a fun place, right in the city centre and its free! Brilliant place for kids (big ones too :P)
I assisted another photographer for a Hogmanay Wedding. This was a bit different for me as I was in charge of the boys! Couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of guys and the whole day was great. The Mansfield was decorated beautifully by Planet Flowers.