Engagement-Photographer-Edinburgh

05/07/12

A engagement photography session in Edinburgh. This is a rare occasion when I started the photography in a studio, it was wet and cold outside. I much prefer to work at the couple's chosen wedding venue which is an opportunity to plan the wedding photographs, determine where the light will be and give the bride and groom a chance for valuable practice. See and read more about the benefits of complimentary engagement portraits and how it speeds up the process of creating your album images at my new blog  wedding photographer Edinburgh

 

Corporate Portraits-Edinburgh-Bio Quarter

0/09/12

Edinburgh Architecture and Interiors photographer Paul Zanre kindly recommended me for Bio Quarter corporate portraits. This included a mixture of formal and informal portraits for website and brochure usage. The stair case was the selected setting, taking advantage of the sunlight in the background and the subject was lit using portable Nikon off camera flash, for speed. Pre planning was important to enable quick photography under time pressure.

Dundas Castle Wedding Rings Photography

0/11/12

A professional wedding photographer must also be an expert in other genres such as still -life photography. The details add so much more narration to the story of the day, so it is worthwhile adding creative wedding ring photos to give your album a little extra sparkle. This was photographed at Dundas Castle whilst the bride and bridesmaids were preparing for the wedding. The idea and the background were planned before the day.

Wedding rings close up detail.

Wedding rings close up detail.

Wedding Photography-Panorama Montage

04/ 

I was second shooting for an Edinburgh wedding photographer at Dundas Castle and suggested we try a panorama montage technique made popular by New York photographer Ryan Brenizer.This method of photography involves taking several images of a scene with bride and groom keeping relatively still and by using a fast lens (50 mm, f1.4 in this case) for a shallow depth of field to make the background soft. I took 31 photos which were then processed and montage together to make one very big photograph, simulating the effect of a large format camera. It was very important to ensure accurate exposure and colour balance, because it would be difficult and time consuming matching each exposure, but not a problem for black and white.
See more of the Brenizer at here

A panorama montage wedding portrait. 

A panorama montage wedding portrait. 

Family Baby Portraits

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Photographing children can be tricky and quick reflexes are essential to capture fleeting moments. Sometimes this can mean that the composition may not be perfect but getting the right expression is what good portrait photography is all about.
I took this in the family's home, if small children are in a familiar setting it helps put them at ease for better images. Here a 5 month old baby's attention was caught by the focusing light on my camera. More baby photography here

Quick reflexes are needed to capture this expressive family portrait.

Quick reflexes are needed to capture this expressive family portrait.

Marlin's Wynd Wedding-Edinburgh

23/04/13

This was the first wedding shot taken by my assistant and niece Naa Shika. I gave her some instructions on how to best capture the bride and groom entering the room which is actually quite tricky as it requires good anticipation and timing to get the image. I asked her to take at least 2 shots because of the unpredictable nature of documentary photography and combine the two together to get this image.

Bride and groom arriving for their wedding ceremony. 

Bride and groom arriving for their wedding ceremony. 

Edinburgh Destination Wedding

04/05/13

Swiss couple Evelyne and Fabian chose Scotland for their Spring Wedding. Their chosen venue at Haddington was not available so they held the ceremony at Dalkeith and we moved on to Edinburgh for the photos. It was Evelyne's first time in Scotland and was keen to have pictures with the castle, so we shot this at Princes Street Gardens. This panorama montage was made from 11 images and required a bit of time, but produced a fantastic wedding photograph.I will post some more on my other blog soon. Thanks for the day Ewi and Fabian. to to this blog for more images

Wedding photography in Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Wedding photography in Princess Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Creative Wedding Photography

1/05/13

I love experimenting with creative techniques for wedding photography. Multiple exposure technique is a genre that has been explored since the beginning of photography and film. I used to do this type of double exposure image over 30 years ago on 5x4 sheet film often creating the second exposure days after the first,however with digital cameras this needs to be made quickly, but you can extend the time by switching off the power save function. This was made after by re-photographing the silhouette from a screen and the trees live, difficult to do under time pressure of the day.
This is from Ewi and Fabian's Wedding.

Double exposure in camera. 

Double exposure in camera. 

Summer Garden Portrait_Edinburgh

Portrait photography in a summer garden this one uses natural contre jour sunlight and a large gold reflector from in front of Bonamy, you don't have to be an experienced professional model to receive a stunning portrait. Back lighting is best for a slimming and flattering result for your wedding photos. This image was a panorama montage using a 50mm lens on Fuji pro 5 camera and shooting many frames to build the final picture. This method of photography is ideal for your wedding photographs, it creates a wonderful soft background and is quite trendy new style.
It requires a lot of concentration and a reasonable amount of time to make a successful image.
Portrait photography using natural back lighting. 

Portrait photography using natural back lighting. 

Panorama_Photography_Edinburgh

Today's Fashion Trend
My niece and photographer's assistant visited today for a session in front of the camera. I am experimenting with a fantastic digital technique to create a very shallow area in sharp focus. This is the latest trend in today's photography completed with clever software.
I think it gives a great wow effect despite a teenager's fashion sense for shorts that are too short.
So what do you think?

Bridal Bouquet Wedding Photography

30/07/13

Bridal bouquet close up. This floral arrangement adds powerful colour effect on a wedding and contrasts well with the traditional white wedding dress a great idea for adding colour on your wedding.
I had the opportunity to act as second photographer for a friend at Houston House which is a fabulous wedding venue in Uphall, West Lothian.
It has extensive well kept gardens ideal for all family portraits and your romantic bridal photographs.

Wedding bouquet close up detail. 

Wedding bouquet close up detail. 

Wedding Dress Photography Edinburgh

0/08/13

Another day and a fashion bridal photography, here Naa Shika is all dressed up and styled by my sister Claire.Here is a big cream wedding dress idea with pearl necklace. Photographed using natural light and gold reflector, for a rich warm colour quality. There will be more to follow soon.
What do you think?

Wedding dress idea. 

Wedding dress idea. 

Selling Property in Edinburgh using a Professional Photographer

Professional photographers use a wealth of knowledge and experience to promote and aide the successful sale of homes and properties in and around Edinburgh's thriving property market. Producing clear, bright, sharp photographic images, which enhance the selling potential of your property and assist the selling agents in generating buying interest.
Photographing Edinburgh residential interiors can be challenging, particularly in regard to properties where the room dimensions may be small. However the advantages of using a professional photographer lie not only in their marketing knowledge but also in their ability to select the optimum angles for shots, using wide angle lenses and lighting techniques they are able to create light and airy interior images, factors which play a crucial role in selling properties in Edinburgh's competitive market.
The exterior shot of residential property is always best portrayed from the sunniest aspect, this achieves that all important positive first impression and encourages more people to view. When a camera is tilted upward to take in an entire building the vertical lines converge inward and create a distorted image, this is due to the wide coverage of the lens and the angle of view and is corrected using photographic software to produce true vertical lines and better looking images.
It is an undeniable fact that quality professional photographs bring property to life on a page and in turn will attract more visitors to view.

Property photography for estate agents. 

Property photography for estate agents. 

Engagement Ring to Warm Her Heart

Valentine is but a day and the chocolates are gone time to celebrate you engagement with a Solitaire so bright, it outshines a star for all eternity and captures loves heart.

It has been many years since I have photographed diamonds for Edinburgh jeweller Hamilton and Inches. I had a very short time to do this project and a difficult subject, but as a wedding photographer I thought that is good to be associated with a retailer of beautiful engagement and wedding rings.
Although the concept is a simple one, chocolates tray empty except a  stunning round brilliant cut Solitaire ring. The set up was rehearsed before arriving at the store and lighting was a mix of flash and long exposure using an led torch to give that bust of light. I used Nikon's creative lighting system for ease and portability on location. I use this system on weddings for speedy set ups.
Finally I combined the basic image with the flare of light and blended with red and purple colour effects for the background.
This ring is a 1.65 ct diamond set in platinum valued at £27,500 for someone very special.

Congratulations on your engagement.

Special thanks to Stephen Paterson and his team at Hamilton and Inches for their assistance.

Beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring. 

Beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring. 

Portrait Photography In a Midlothian Garden

I am making the most of the current warm weather we are having in Scotland. This time working on fashion portrait ideas with my photography assistant in a garden near Loanhead, Midlothian. Always fun to practice image making techniques that will be useful for portrait and wedding events, so more of the panorama montages.

Again the best type of lighting for a flattering portrait is back lighting and a soft fill from a reflector or off camera flash for a punchy image.

Panorama Portrait_Midlothian

Panorama Portrait_Midlothian

Panorama Portrait

Black Dress_Portrait

Black Dress_Portrait

Fashion Portrait Midlothian

Fashion Portrait Midlothian

Fashion Portrait Midlothian

Wedding Photography Ideas

I have been working on wedding photography ideas recently using an exciting trendy new creative panorama technique for creating images on location in a Midlothian garden near Edinburgh. So you can see beautiful images can be made in very little space, just a little bit of imagination and planning.

Here my sister and I have gone for the idea of a black wedding dress and veil for a unique wedding concept, helped by the unusually sunny Scottish weather.

I think that back lighting in photographs has a flattering slimming effect for interested brides. A gold reflector was used to give the pictures a warm glow on my niece Bonamy.

It is great fun experimenting with ideas which can help you with your wedding planning and you will know that your photos will have the wow factor.

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Wedding Dress_Idea

Wedding Dress_Idea

Black Wedding Dress

Natural Beauty Portrait

Natural Beauty Portrait

Natural Beauty

Here are some more photos of Bonamy using the panorama technique known as the Brenizer Method. This kind of photography requires so much practice because it is anything but straight forward and needs so much concentration. The idea is to make a large canvas with a wonderful bokeh using a narrow area of sharp focus and a wide angle of view.

You should try out such a portrait session you will have so much fun as my model here did, I guarantee your images will be flattering and you will have something special to keep.

Photography Panorama_Midlothian

Photography Panorama_Midlothian

Summer Garden Portraits

The Set of "World War Z" in Glasgow City




A small piece of the USA dressed the streets of Glasgow city centre for the filming of Brad Pitt's new film"World War Z". It was interesting to see George Square transformed into a part of Philadelphia dressed with all the details of a US city, even painting out the yellow lines from the roads.
Here is the trailer with scenes or Zombies chasing people through the streets of Glasgow Trailer"World War Z"


The set of "World War Z" in Glasgow city centre 2011.
A Bit of Philadelphia in Glasgow
Philadelphia City Plan

An American truck parked in Glasgow for the filming og "World War Z" in 2011.


Traffic Lights from Philadelphia

Engagement Portait Photographer Edinburgh

Edinburgh has some fabulous locations throughout the city centre for environmental style portraits. Impressive architecture both in the New Town and the Old part of the city such as the Royal Mile, creates a unique backdrop for your engagement portraits.
A few days ahead of Lea and David's April wedding in Edinburgh city centre, we met up for an engagement portrait photo session, this is an ideal opportunity to break the ice, and yes it was a very cold day too. David was uneasy about getting photographed, not so unusual, so the session is a great confidence booster for the up coming wedding. I think that when a couple see how good they look in professional photographs, it makes my work so much less stressful.
I wanted to use the photo session to experiment with new techniques such as panorama montage, which allows me to get a wide view using a 50mm lens and shoot 6 to 30+ images to build the final picture with a WOW factor.

Smiling couple on their engagement photo shoot in Edinburgh
Pre-Wedding Photography
Edinburgh engagement portrait photography with old city architecture background.
Couple Portraits

A 12 image panorama montage image of engaged couple kissing.

Portrait Panorama

Engagement Portrait

A film noir type black and white engagement portrait, back lit for dramatic effect.
Kissing in an Edinburgh Close

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www.creativeweddingphoto.co.uk


Swiss Couple -Edinburgh Wedding Destination


A Kiss For His Bride

 Evelyne and Fabian from Switzerland chose Scotland for wedding in the merry month of May. Although they planned to marry at Letham House the venue was not available on their date, so they married at Dalkeith Registry. They had a German speaking translator for the civil ceremony which lasted about half an hour. Then we began with some photos outside the garden outside the office. Luckily the weather smiled on us and we had some warmish sunshine for the rest of the afternoon even though winter wanted to remain a bit longer. Obviously communication was a little tricky and my German was a little rusty we coped well and the photographs say it all. Before leaving I was given a huge bag of Swiss Chocolate. Danke Ewi und Fabian.

Fashion Bride

Edinburgh Romance
Evelyne und Fabian

31 image panorama montage of wedding portrait
Princes Street Gardens