A short list of frequently asked questions, please feel free to get in touch if you need any more info
Are you insured?
Absolutely! My equipment is insured, I have public liability and full professional indemnity insurance.
What is your experience and approach to weddings?
Ive been shooting weddings and elopements for the past 10 years in all manner of venues and locations (and in all weather!) I love to document the happenings as they unfold, a reactive photographer, picking up on the characters, the key family and friends. I also love to capture the off-beat vignettes that flit by, the unseen gestures and emotions, as well as everything from the tiny details to the epic environment.
We are a bit camera shy, can you work with us?
Definitely! I would guess that almost 100% of my couples (All those you see on my site) tell me that they are worried about being in front of the camera before the day (and many tell me afterwards it was their favourite part of the day!) My approach has been crafted over many years of working with people and before any creative or technical skill, the ability to put people at ease is the most important asset for a photographer. I keep things fun and flowing and never too serious, there are no rules after all. I let couples just ‘hang’ together in sweet spots being themselves and I click the good shapes. I don’t stick to rigid posing but give soft direction to fit the mood, the environment and the personality of each couple.
Can we meet before the wedding?
For sure! I love to catch up via Skype or Facetime for a coffee and Chat (or a Zoom-beer!) in the first instance but if you are local to Edinburgh Im more than happy to meet up in person too, I know some good cafes and pubs. I like to get to know my couples and for us to all feel comfortable. Im easy going and can easily turn up and do a job but I want to learn as much as I can about you to give me the best chance of creating an authentic and beautiful document of your day.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes, for sure! At every wedding I carry two cameras on me at all times and they never leave my side (even during dinner). I also have another spare and I also carry backup lenses, batteries and flashguns.
When I return to the office I back up all your RAW files to three separate external hard drives, one of which is kept off-site. I also keep a copy of the images on the original SD card until your gallery has been delivered. Overkill? Not when it comes to weddings. You get one shot at this and I 100% make sure Im keeping your memories safe.
Do you take group shots?
Of course! I think a few groups are a great idea (Mum/Gran/Auntie pleasers) I usually say 6 or 8 set ups is a nice number, enough to cover close family/wedding party.
Do you travel outside of Scotland?
I do, and I love it. I travel all over the UK (and occasionally Europe) for Weddings and Elopements. A small surcharge is applied for fuel/ferry/flights. For Scottish elopements we normally take our VW Campervan (Ziggy) and sleep in this, so that no charge for accommodation is passed on to the client.
Do you work with a second shooter?
For most weddings/elopements I work with my partner Justyna (Who also shoots stills as one half of our We Are Elopers Film and Photography business). She is a talented wedding photographer and an amazing second photographer on the day.
How long after the wedding do we receive our pictures?
My turnaround for the full gallery of images (850+) is 6 weeks during peak times (often around 4 weeks in Winter/Spring). I always send a selection of around 30 preview images to my couples around 2 weeks after the wedding.
If you are considering an elopement in Scotland and need some advice, ideas, inspiration or local knowledge Im more than happy to help. Ive written a couple of handy guides to get you started too so please do check them out.