Engagement Photography at Cringletie House- Peebles

In the merry month of May I headed to Cringletie House near Peebles for an engagement portrait session with Laura-Elizabeth and William.

Winter was still unwilling to yield its grip with some frequent hail showers,

I had the pleasure of photographing Laura around 20 years ago and like many brides to be she was anxious about being photographed, so I suggested a portrait session at her wedding venue Cringletie House. It was a good opportunity for us to to practice ideas in the grounds to get Laura and William more relaxed and for me to scout for suitable locations for their wedding images. 

 

So I am looking forward to photographing their wedding at the end of the month and hopefully the gardens will be full of colour.

An engagement Portrait of Laura and William at their wedding venue,

An engagement Portrait of Laura and William at their wedding venue,

A Brenizer Method boket Panorama made from 14 images.

A Brenizer Method boket Panorama made from 14 images.

This 21 image bokeh panorama will be spectacular on the wedding day when the blossom is out. 

This 21 image bokeh panorama will be spectacular on the wedding day when the blossom is out. 

Double exposure with Spring blossom.

Double exposure with Spring blossom.

Sunset Portrait Photography in Scotland

It has been a summer more notable for the rain than sun.

Evening late sun.

Evening late sun.

Creating an exotic sunset glow in Scotland can be a challenge. Here I used off camera lighting to create an atmospheric ambience, green blue filters on the flash and balanced for skin tones. Neutral density filters helped reduce the brightness of the sky and enabled me to through the landscape out of focus to give the portrait more prominence. Lighting on outdoors location will make portraits a lot more dramatic in appearance.

Bokeh portrait panorama.

Bokeh portrait panorama.

Normal lighting for natural colour balance.

Normal lighting for natural colour balance.

Sunset Portrait

Environmental Portrait Photography Edinburgh

I wanted to create an environmental portrait taking advantage of the last throws of spring and Braidburn Valley in the south side of Edinburgh is a beautiful city park. So I asked Daniel and Nicola to model under the pink cherry blossom canopy and used a technique which has become known as the Brenizer method. This creates a very shallow area of sharp focus which is great way to make a portrait stand out. One thing I do is make the portrait session fun and running and waking make a good distraction.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Environomental Portrait Edinburgh
Couple Portrait Photography
Braid Valley
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Walking in the Park


Spring Portraits In The Meadows Edinburgh

A cold spring day in the Meadows, Edinburgh. Naa Shika has got her teeth back so time to celebrate with a portrait session using a technique discovered by Ryan Brenizer which creates a very narrow area of sharp focus and gives portrait photography a very unique appearance of a soft fuzzy background and a three dimensional look.

A three frame Brenizer method portrait in the Meadows.

A three frame Brenizer method portrait in the Meadows.


Spring Time
The Meadows in Edinburgh

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Luxury Birthday Portrait Photographer

Birthday portrait photography or seniors which is popular in the USA, this is a young person's opportunity for a professional portrait photography session at the their coming of age between School and University. So isn't it worth treating yourself to a little luxury when you are in your prime and a great gift for your parents before you head off to Uni.

This is fashionable Naa Shika's official birthday portrait taken at her home in Midlothian. She will soon be on the runway in an Edinburgh fashion show this April.

Luxury Birthday Portrait-Bokeh

Glamour beauty portrait photograph

3 image Brenizer method panorama.

3 image Brenizer method panorama.

East Lothian Wedding Photographer- Juliet and Matt

Although I am based in Edinburgh it great to travel to a wedding, this allows me some thinking time. Juliet and Matt married at Belhaven Parish Church in Dunbar, East Lothian on a warm September day and their marquee reception in the church gardens.

I brought Naa Shika along to assist with setting up and holding the flash and even the bride's bouquet, it is always helpful to have a assistant on a wedding because be quite demanding sticking to the time schedule.

 

To break with tradition for my blog I invited Juliet and Matt to choose their favourites of the day.

What do you think?

Would you like to see more?

After the ceremony we took the opportunity to create some relaxed wedding portraits outside the church whist the large formal group was being prepared.

After the ceremony we took the opportunity to create some relaxed wedding portraits outside the church whist the large formal group was being prepared.

I would have chosen this one also because it just has the relaxed moment. I was a bit lucky with this image my flash didn't trigger but the quality of the Nikon D800 made this possible.

I would have chosen this one also because it just has the relaxed moment. I was a bit lucky with this image my flash didn't trigger but the quality of the Nikon D800 made this possible.

The staircase was light by light from a large window which gave me a beautiful soft light.

The staircase was light by light from a large window which gave me a beautiful soft light.

The large formal group was perfectly set up for.

The large formal group was perfectly set up for.

A documentary image taken during the formal group photographs.

A documentary image taken during the formal group photographs.

Engagement Portrait Photographer-Dunbar

I headed out to Dunbar in East Lothian to meet up with Juliet and Matt for a planned engagement photography session and test ideas for their wedding next month.

This is a 27 image panorama to create shallow focus.

This is a 27 image panorama to create shallow focus.

 Although we were due a visit from the tail end of hurricane Bertha it didn't stop us from photographing ideas for the wedding day. That being said Juliet and Matt were not to concerned about a little rain and we started at the home of the bride to be before heading the church venue, where we tried out lots of creative ideas.

Capturing fun moments during an engagement session helps relax the happy couple.

Capturing fun moments during an engagement session helps relax the happy couple.

Couple outside Belhaven Parish Church

Couple outside Belhaven Parish Church

Back lit portrait of love.

Back lit portrait of love.

Hopefully these photos tell the story of the day. What do you think?

I am looking forward to the main event next month.

I used an image of the Edinburgh Festival fireworks and double exposed it onto the original silhouette.

I used an image of the Edinburgh Festival fireworks and double exposed it onto the original silhouette.

Kelpies-Falkirk

I went to to opening ceremony of the Kelpies, Falkirk. Fabulous imposing steel structures in the West Lothian landscape. This would make an impressive backdrop for wedding portraits of bride and groom.

Kelpies-Falkirk
Night time event photography of the grand opening of the Kelpies.

Night time event photography of the grand opening of the Kelpies.

The kelpies at dusk. I decided to add a couple more views of this modern sculpture.

The kelpies at dusk. I decided to add a couple more views of this modern sculpture.

A dramatic monochrome silhouette of the Falkirk Kelpies.

A dramatic monochrome silhouette of the Falkirk Kelpies.

Portraits in the Rain_Edinburgh

 

Portraits in the Rain_Edinburgh
 
When it rains most people will run for cover, but rain can create beautiful and dramatic portrait photos.
This photo session with Naashika is a test to show how bad weather can be turned into something good to create a powerful image.

Hopefully this helps demonstrate to you how creative lighting solutions can turn a rainy day from being miserable to very exciting.

A strong back light makes the water droplets sparkle with light.

Environmental portrait using off camera flash backlighting.

Portrait photography experimenting with bounced fill light.

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Funny moment when the umbrella collapsed.

Painting With Light

The word photography means painting with light. This is best achieved ideally in complete darkness. A long exposure is needed to record the light moving effect, at this time of year it gets dark early which is great for this style of photography.

Best avoiding street lighting as it can cause subject movement blur.

Here Nathan and Naashika modelled. 

Painting with light using off camera flash, for a dynamic environmental portrait.

Painting with light using off camera flash, for a dynamic environmental portrait.

Night time portrait photography. 

Night time portrait photography. 

Long exposures for amazing light trails. 

Long exposures for amazing light trails. 

Valentine's Day Heart

30/01/12

Valentine's Day approaches and this time the annual event falls on a leap year, so ladies surprise your Valentine with the warmth of your love and melt his heart.
In a leap year the bride has the opportunity to propose marriage to her partner.

Wedding Photography-The Rings

11/06/12

The wedding rings are just one of the little details that will add a little interest to your album.
Here the wedding rings were laid on a glass rock which was prepared with a little oil to hide the scratches. A white card reflected the sunlight through the glass to give form and shape with off camera bounced flash completed the image. Because this was photographed on the morning of the wedding the technique was planned the day before.