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Shop Local ~ Catrina Duthie, Wedding Planner of Love Cat D Weddings & Events

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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This time Sarah’s speaking with the uber-organised brains behind Love Cat D Weddings & Events, Catrina Duthie!

Love Cat D Glasgow Wedding Planner Interview

Have you thought about wedding planning?”, her boyfriend Andrew (now husband) asked. She hadn’t, until now. It played to all of her strengths; her love of organising (I totally get this, love me some organising ~ Sarah), her desire to help people and her soft spot for being part of such a happy occasion.

Cat’s a born and bred islander. Growing up in Mossbank, Shetland meant “complete and utter freedom as a kid. As long as you’re home for your dinner, all was well.” Ah, island life… With two younger sisters, Cat has always been the organised one (or the bossy one as she says); always trying to help her wee sisters “learn faster” at school. Her adventurous streak saw her leave Shetland at 16 and head off to study performing arts at college in Coventry. It was here that her confidence to speak to new people was founded.

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Shop Local ~ Joe & Steph of The Bygone Photobooth Company

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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Next up we have Steph & Joe, the masterminds behind The Bygone Photobooth Company

It all began when an East End boy met a West End girl. In Bloc. And it was heart shaped eyes at first sight… At least for Joe anyway. His persistence when it came to wooing Steph soon paid off and he whisked her out on an amazing first date. It even featured, at Steph’s request, a homemade mask; a sign of things to come perhaps?

When I asked who inspired them to set up their own business Joe is quick to answer, “Steph, 100% she is the brains behind it all”.

“It was a team effort”, says Steph.

“Bollocks,” says Joe, “Steph is always pushing to be better, and up her game, always pushing us to be better people.” Steph is getting a bit misty eyed at this, it’s all too cute.

They didn’t know what kind of business they wanted to run, they just knew they wanted to make it on their own and be self-employed. In Steph’s own words to Joe, “I want to start something, are you with me?”

Joe naturally said “Yes!”

After completing a black and white film class at Glasgow School of Art and having fallen in love with vintage film techniques; the ball had begun rolling on their photo booth idea.

Bygone Photobooth Vintage Cameras by Fotomaki Photography

Their collection of 4 vintage cameras, one was even made in St Vincent St, Glasgow!

To make their dream a reality, they decided to start saving hard. To finance ‘Bygone’ they worked 5 jobs between them and stayed in Joe’s parent’s conservatory on a mattress. Dedication level: maximum! They started sourcing all the equipment they would need, one piece at a time. Despite large boxes being delivered every week and then piled high in the conservatory (for what would become The Bygone Photobooth Company), they somehow managed to keep everything a secret from their friends and family initially.

The planning stage lasted for a year and everything was meticulously organised. And still, nobody knew what they were up to. How they kept it a secret for so long, I do not know. Behind the scenes, they had all their social media and website waiting to be launched and a grand unveiling was planned at ‘Blitzed’, a 1940’s themed club night at The Old Hairdressers. It was the perfect accompaniment to the vintage themed affair. Their photobooth was a runaway success and on the 28th of February 2014, ‘The Bygone Photobooth’ was born!

The Bygone Photobooth Company

Top left picture from their first outing at Blitzed from ScotCampus.com, Bottom left photobooth set up picture by Martin D Barker, Main photobooth picture supplied by Bygone Photobooth Company

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Shop Local ~ Lisa Franchetti of The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow

Interviews with local business owners in Glasgow & Aberdeen by Fotomaki PhotographyWelcome to our latest ongoing project!

Over the coming months, we’ll be featuring “portrait interviews” with local businesses in the Glasgow & Aberdeen areas.

“What on earth is a portrait interview?!” we hear you cry! Well, essentially we photograph and interview local business owners to learn about their livelihood and background, and share all of the juicy details with you.

You’ll get to learn behind-the-scenes stories of cool local traders, gain professional (and sometimes life) advice from people who have been there and done it, and you’ll also get to know a group of local creative entrepreneurs.

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Let’s kick things off with Lisa Franchetti; founder and owner of The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow.

The Little Cake Parlour, Glasgow interview by Fotomaki Photography

The idea for The Little Cake Parlour was formed in January 2006, on a trip to Amsterdam. Lisa was mesmerised by a kitsch little cake shop and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place like this in Glasgow?”

“You should do it!” said her boyfriend, Declan. It’s all his fault apparently.

Lisa had always felt at home in the kitchen. In fact, she had a talent that been passed down through the generations from her Grandmother. And so the adventure began. The seeds of what would become The Little Cake Parlour had been sown and on her return to Glasgow she would see her Mum and state proudly “I’m going to be a baker!”

In the humble beginnings of her parent’s home, the planning of Lisa’s exciting new business began. She started selling cakes and cookies to local cafes and hosted a stall at weekend farmer’s markets. I don’t know how their oven wasn’t worn out as things took off fast! Her specialty was cupcakes, which at the time were quite new to the UK, and people loved them. Wedding cupcake orders began flooding in as brides were keen to stand out from the crowd with their chosen cake. The Little Cake Parlour was ahead of the curve on this one, maybe even the cupcake trendsetter. Things progressed quickly and Lisa found herself doing less wholesale and more bespoke orders. In 2008/2009 she did 60 cupcake wedding orders alone! In need of more space to bake and a place to meet and consult with all her new wedding clients; in late 2009, The Little Cake Parlour shop in Pollokshaws, Glasgow was opened.

The cupcake craze was at its peak at this point. Due to the success of the shop, Lisa was run off her feet with queues out the door. “It was mad”, she says. The dream of opening a quirky cake shop in Glasgow had been achieved. And she doesn’t just make cakes for the ‘average Joe’ either. Providing the cakes for the MOBO awards has been a highlight of her career with My Chemical Romance, McFly and Ed Sheeran also featuring among her star-studded clientele.

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Some of Lisa’s beautiful cake creations on display at her studio.

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Terri & Joseph’s Intimate & Musical St Mungo Museum Wedding, Glasgow

Terri & Joseph’s Intimate & Musical St Mungo Museum Wedding, Glasgow

Kristeen literally shrieked in my ear when I told her we had booked an awesome couple who both worked in musical theatre in London’s West End. Shrieked I tell you. Can you tell she is a total musicals geek?

My lovely friend Marj, who is Terri’s good friend, suggested we meet to see if we were a good fit to be their wedding day photographers. As soon as we met it was as if we had been friends all along. I love Terri and Joe, they are the sweetest couple, and you can tell they are lobsters – musical lobsters – for life. I love how emotional Joe is and that he wasn’t afraid to admit that he was going to cry hard on the wedding day.

And it was the best wedding day – we had SO much fun!

For a bright yet intimate feel, having a St Mungo Museum wedding is a great idea for a venue!  It has a lovely ceremony room and the location, right next to the Cathedral and Necropolis, made it a fantastic location for photos.

Terri, Joseph and all their guests then had a lovely walk down to George Square where they were having their reception at Browns Restaurant, but not before we did some great group shots right in George Square!

There was so much laughter, joy and happy tears throughout the whole day, Kristeen and I never stopped smiling from behind the camera. I think this truly shows in the photos that everyone there was overjoyed for the happy couple and that they too felt so lucky to be marrying one another.

These are some of our favourite photos we have taken, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

Massive congrats to Terri and Joe on their wedding AND on their 1 year anniversary today!! I loved reliving this day and I’m sure their friends and family will too.

Enjoy!!

Sarah (& Kristeen)

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Katy & Rikki’s Spring Wedding at Moorpark House Hotel

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

Moorpark House Hotel

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What Does a Wedding Day Timeline Usually Look Like?

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

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22 Top Wedding Photography Tips

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.

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Wedding Family Formals and Some Observations on Shot Lists

Wedding Family Formals and Some Observations on Shot Lists

Wedding photography in Glasgow and Aberdeen by Fotomaki Photography

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.

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Photographic Prints & Fine Art Giclee Prints

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!

Photographic Prints

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.

High Quality Photographic Prints Glasgow

Available in sizes 4×6 to 40×60

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