As the weather so often can be in the North East of Scotland, August the 15th last year provided a typically changeable day. The rain could not put a dampener on the day though as Kathryn and Gary laughed and smiled throughout their beautiful and heartfelt celebrations at their Woodend Barn wedding.
After a laughter-filled morning of wedding preparations at The Hideaway, Gateside Farm, Lumphanan, Banchory, Kathryn looked radiant as she made her way to the beautifully situated Woodend Barn, whose rustic charm and scenic surroundings fit in perfectly with such a relaxed and beautiful day. The Lang Byre Gallery had been decorated by Gary and his team in the morning and Fotomaki would like to give a special mention to the bunting, we love some pretty bunting!
When Gary saw Kathryn walking up the aisle his face lit up and the eyes of many a guest welled up too. As you can see by the photos the ceremony brought laughter, especially where the Quaich was involved, and also many moving moments as Gary and Kathryn exchanged their self-penned vows.
Between the ceremony and reception, drinks and food were enjoyed by the guests as we stole the newlyweds away for some photos with their families. A particular favourite photo of mine is Kathryn and Gary with Gary’s best man Martin and his family. Little Tallulah was perfectly coordinated with Kathryn’s vibrant bouquet of sunflowers and giant daisies and really makes with photo pop. Also knowing the closeness of Gary and Martin really makes this photo special.
Following some mingling and many hugs the new Mr & Mrs Cameron invited everyone to take their seats for a delicious meal provided by Buchanans Food, who also run the Bistro attached to Woodend barn. Jan, the excellent wedding coordinator for this Woodend Barn wedding, ensured the serving of the meal and the entire day ran smoothly. Luckily, afterwards, the rain had given up and we were able to whisk the gorgeous couple off to create some keepsake images of their day. Tucked away behind the Woodend Barn is a beautiful wild garden where we were able to take Kathryn and Gary. It really provided a perfect setting for us to capture some tender moments between the bride and groom.
Then it was off to dance the night away Scottish style at a ceilidh with music provided by Danse McCabre. Between Kathryn’s infectious laugh, Gary’s intelligent and moving speeches and the superb attention to detail during the celebrations it really was a wedding day to remember. We would like to wish Mr & Mrs Cameron (wa-hey!) all the best for the future.
Katy & Rikki’s Spring Wedding at New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden, Glasgow & Moorpark House Hotel, Ayrshire.
Katy & Rikki were blessed with a gorgeous spring day for their April wedding. We had the pleasure of having the whole day with them, which we love, and got to capture everything including the preparations leading up to the ceremony, and beyond right into the evening’s dancing!
They met at a beer tasting in The Good Spirits Co on Bath Street, Glasgow (they even still have the original tasting menu and ticket framed – cute!!) and that had a place in the theme for the day, whisky & beer! Sounds good to us 🙂
The venue, Moorpark House Hotel, was super! A whole country house to themselves! Well, and their friends and family! The whole venue can be booked, including rooms, making for a very intimate and cozy occasion. The roaring log fire in the snug also helped with that! (We love a fire!)
They booked a band that they seen busking in Glasgow city centre (Tom McGuire & The Brassholes) which is an awesome way to support local and upcoming musicians. We have provided links at the end to everyone who helped make this such a great day for they happy couple and all of their friends and family.
Our favourite shots have to be the confetti shot at the church door, we asked them to provide confetti and they gave us 48 boxes of it!! Yessss! The more confetti the better – as you will see!!
We wish them every happiness for the future, and we know they have already added to this by having had a wee baby girl at the beginning of the year!! Many congratulations to Rikki & Katy and all the very best for the future!
Enjoy the photos!
Sarah & Kristeen
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We are documentary wedding photographers based in both Aberdeen and Glasgow. We love getting to know couples and being involved in a little piece of their story. Our style is unobtrusive, relaxed and natural. We like to capture moments as they naturally unfold in front of us. And because there are two of us we tend to capture the little things quite a lot! Outdoor and offbeat weddings are our ultimate favourites.
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If you’ve never been involved in planning a wedding before, you might not know how much there is to fit in one day! Here is a brief guide to what a wedding day timeline usually looks like.
Hope this helps!
10am: Preparations begin. Hair, Make-up, champagne (required), getting dressed, flowers delivered, and photographer arrives
22 Top Wedding Photography Tips
Here we’ve compiled a quick run-down of some things you might not have thought about before your big day!
If you haven’t already you can read our guide on how to find the perfect wedding photographer for you.
#1 Before the Day
1. Does your venue allow photography? Are there any limitations? Think about the use of flash, position of the photographer etc. Some venues may not allow flash photography, particularly if you’re hosting your ceremony in a historic building. It’s a great question to ask when you go venue hunting. If photography is important to you, make sure you’ll be able to do it!
2. Want to go to the local park after the ceremony to take pictures? You might need a licence for that! Some City Councils ask for a fee to use the park for wedding pictures, so investigate this before you go ahead and organise park pictures. Find out more about Glasgow’s fees here.
3. It can be a good idea to send your photographer any pictures you come across that you like so they can get a feel for your style. They might not be able to recreate your pinterest Hawaii beach wedding board in Glasgow, but it’ll give them an idea of the style of photos you like and the look you’re going for on your wedding day. It also lets us know if you’re up for fun poses or prefer classy and chic, which will help the photography process go a lot smoother. You can see our pinterest boards at: www.pinterest.com/fotomakiphoto. We’d love to start a joint board with you to collect ideas!
4. Build a wedding day timeline; this may sound neurotic but there’s a lot of stuff to fit into one day, and the photography may take up more time than you think. You’ll need to schedule time after the ceremony for your formal family portraits, wedding party portraits and bride and groom portraits too. Check out our article about family formals and the shot list here.
5. Check the sunset time! This is especially important with winter weddings. If you have a 2pm ceremony there may only be 30 minutes of natural light available for outdoor photographs. Plan accordingly! On the other side of the scale, knowing when the sun goes down and scheduling your portraits about 1 hour before sunset can lead to beautiful golden hour photography.
Wedding Family Formals and Some Observations on Shot Lists
Dun, dun, duuuuun. You’ve probably heard of the ‘shot list’; that magic list that will make all your wedding photography dreams come true. The reality is, they are a bit of a photographer’s nightmare. We know the bride and groom just want to get perfect shots of their wedding day, but as professionals, we don’t need a list of obvious requests like ‘get the kiss’ or ‘capture the bride coming down the aisle’ – we’d be pretty rubbish wedding photographers if we needed to be reminded about these iconic shots!
What is really great to have on the other hand, is a list of family formals that you’d like taken on the day. The wedding day can be hectic and there’s a lot to remember and do, so we want to help you make family photos as quick and painless as possible; that’s why we slot them in immediately after the ceremony, at your wedding venue or at a picturesque spot nearby. Family formals are simple, posed images of the newly wedded couple with key family members. We understand that these shots become an important piece of family history, so we will handle them with the utmost care and attention to ensure everybody looks their best.
Remember those prints, that you meant to have done, but never got round to it? Please, allow us, I implore thee! Here are the two different kinds of prints we provide and why you need them!
Unrivalled, high quality prints. Hand checked for colour balance and tone. Printed in Scotland in one of the UK’s top rated photographic labs. Prints do not get any better than this. Trust us, we did the leg work.
Available in sizes 4×6 to 40×60
Getting Photos & Portraits Taken: Tips for a Successful Photo Shoot
Here are some of our favourite tips for a successful portrait photo shoot. These are guidelines only, so you don’t need to follow them to the letter, but we hope they help you have a little fun with your session. Mix it up a little and see what happens!
What will my final photos look like?
Share your vision with us! If you’ve seen any pictures online that you like the look or style of, please send them to us at email@example.com so we can see what you’d like to achieve from the shoot. Or add us on Pinterest, we are: fotomakiphoto. We’d love to start a mood board with you that we can all pin our ideas to. Once we have these ideas we can start scouting locations and coming up with ideas that match your vision.
Before we begin, consider these questions:
Do you want formal, posed (looking-at-the-camera) portraits?
Do you want informal, candid photos with natural interaction?
Tell us what you want your portraits to portray; when people look at your pictures, do you want them to see a family that is easy-going? Fun? Energetic? Warm? Serious? Think of some descriptive words you’d like people to use when they see your images. This will help us choose poses, looks and styles that will suit the overall impression you want to display with your finished portraits. Continue reading
We give our top tips on what to do with your wedding photos, from prints and canvases to albums and custom cards. Make those memories last by doing it right!
Depending on what was included in your wedding photography package, you may only have digital files of your big day. What will you do with them? You can always go down the traditional route and slot your wedding photos into a nice photo frame or album. But there are also some really interesting options out there today. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy your wedding day again and again – long after your wedding day is over.
It’s becoming more popular for clients to purchase only digital files, instead of photo products, as people think about saving money by making their own albums and prints. However, most of the people who walk away with digital files will never do anything with them – they discover that they just don’t have the time or expertise.
Our advice to all couples heading down the aisle soon: please don’t let your wedding day rot on a hard drive somewhere! These moments and memories should take pride of place in your home. Plus, you’ll really wish you had them when it comes to showing friends, children and grandchildren in the future.
Do something with at least some key shots – get them printed at Boots on their instant photo machines (if you really want to save money) or order some from your photographer and let them do all the hard work for you. The quality of photos through your photographer’s professional print lab is totally worth the extra pennies you might save by choosing a chemist or supermarket option.
Hang your favourite images on the wall; they’ll fill your heart every time you look at them. I have a wall of memories myself, and every time I open my front door they make me smile and think about how great a time I had during those amazing moments.
Fiona & Martin did something outrageous. They planned and executed their awesome wedding in only 12 weeks! Yes, it can be done! They seized the day and decided that this wedding was going to happen, and it all turned out perfectly. Their wonderful son was ring bearer and they had their family and friends all around them as they tied the knot at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park Glasgow. The venue is beautiful and lends itself so well to weddings that you can have the ceremony, dinner and reception all in several stunning rooms throughout the house.
Martin’s very talented and lovely cousin Sorcha May provided music during the signing of the register and at the dinner too.
We also managed to get outside for some bride & groom portraits just as the sun was going down, our favourite time of day so that was a treat for us too.
The speeches were really lovely, especially when Martin got a bit choked up as he announced that he and his new wife have another baby on the way! Kristeen and I both started to tear up too!
After dinner everyone went downstairs to the party where It’s No’ Reel, a smashing ceilidh band, led everyone through some traditional dancing; the guests and us loved it!
We could not be happier to say congratulations to Martin & Fiona! Enjoy the photos!