Congratulations on your engagement and thank you so much for considering me! This is a really exciting time for you both, but I know that it can feel a little overwhelming too! Where to start? Well, you’re not just trying to find a wedding photographer; you’re trying to find the right wedding photographer for you. I combine three elements to create my signature style as a wedding photographer: documentary pictures bursting with emotion; traditional, timeless images; and artistic shots of all your wee details.
Combining candid and classic wedding photography
If you’re looking for a photographer to take a documentary approach to your wedding pictures, you’ve come to the right place! I’ll be trying to blend into the background as much as possible, letting events unfold naturally, without any intervention. I’ll spend much of the day snapping those candid moments, full of emotion. I want you and your guests to have loads of real moments to look back on in years to come. These memories are priceless!
I’ll blend this candid approach with classic pictures, especially when it comes to your couple shots and your group photos. I’ll gently pose you in a way that looks and feels very natural. ‘Posing’ makes the process sound pretentious and showy but I promise that it’s not! Don’t worry, it’ll all feel fairly informal and I’ll work in a way that doesn’t kill the spontaneity! I’ll create traditional photos but I’ll also ask you to interact naturally. For instance, I’ll get you to walk hand-in-hand and pretend I’m not there!
“We had our first look at the pictures tonight on the big screen and we were totally blown away with them!!! Thanks again for capturing our memories so well.”STEPHANIE AND DANIEL ROSS
VENUE: CALEDONIAN CABINS, INVERGARRY
I know you want a record of all the little details that add personal touches to your day. Everything from your dress to your shoes, earrings, bouquet, the rings, seating plan, favours, cake topper and so on. I have an eye for detail (it’s a female thing, isn’t it?!) and I’ll make time to capture it all. You’ll have these pictures for life, long after the flowers have wilted and the cake has been eaten!
So, that’s my style as a wedding photographer in a nutshell: documentary; traditional; details. But how does the magic actually happen?!
Concerned about looking and feeling awkward?
I can sympathise completely if you’re a little concerned about feeling uncomfortable in front of the camera and – worse still! – actually looking awkward in the pictures! Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I know you’re super excited about feeling fabulous in your dream dress and marrying the love of your life. But maybe there’s a little voice at the back of your mind, ruminating over being the centre of attention. The thought of walking down the aisle is daunting and you’ll have to hit the dance floor with your guests watching your every move! You definitely don’t want a camera-wielding stranger making you feel even more self-conscious! You don’t want to hike your dress up to reveal a garter or strike a weird, moody pose with a veil draped over your face. I totally hear you!
What’s my secret? Read on…
A wedding photographer and a friend!
Firstly, you don’t need to worry about cheesy, tacky, moody or overly staged pictures with me. Like you, I cringe at this style of photography. With me, it’s all about beautiful, natural images bursting with love and laughter. In order to capture authentic photographs, it’s essential that we break the ice and connect BEFORE the big day. We can have a friendly chat over Zoom and I won’t dive straight into the arrangements; it’s always better to invest some time in some informal chit-chat first! Also, I’d love it if we connect on Facebook! We probably have similar interests and by gradually getting to know each other, we’ll establish a meaningful connection by the time of the wedding. Honestly, it’ll make such a difference to the photos! You’ll find yourself smiling naturally and even feeling relaxed enough that you’ll often forget I’m there.
“We 100% recommend Karen for anyone who wants beautiful candid photos and a chilled out vibe for their wedding photography. She made us feel so comfortable (we were a bit worried about feeling awkward posing for photos but it wasn’t at all!). Thank you so much!”KIRSTY AND JACK ETHERINGTON
VENUE: DALLAS ESTATE, MORAY
Feel relaxed and look natural in the photographs
On the day itself, I’ll invest a lot of time in the morning preparations to help put you at ease with my camera snapping away. You won’t even notice it by the time the ceremony kicks off. I’ll seamlessly blend in with you and your bridesmaids, so the hair and make-up session and girly chat unfolds naturally and comfortably. I’m smiley and cheerful (without being annoying) and this too will help to put you at ease. Also (sorry guys), I think it helps that I’m female, particularly when boobs pop out when the dress is going on! Nothing fazes me. I’ve seen it all before and I know how to be totally discreet during these moments (I’ll just fiddle with my camera and pretend I didn’t notice!).
Every wedding is unique
I typically start the day with the preparations in the morning and shoot through to the first few dances in the evening, and I’ve designed my photography packages around this. However, I appreciate that everyone’s wedding plans are different. I’m pretty flexible and am happy to offer a customised service if needed. There’s been a huge increase in the number of small, week day weddings in recent years. Maybe you’re planning something a bit different and don’t need a full day’s coverage. After all, every wedding is unique!
Future family heirlooms
Choosing the right wedding photographer is a huge decision, isn’t it? This is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make! You want to cherish these memories for life and the pictures will eventually become family heirlooms, treasured by future generations. You don’t want to skimp on your wedding pictures or palm off something this important to an amateur photographer or family friend! I meet these traumatised enthusiasts when I give presentations to camera clubs. They always say how under-prepared they felt, how stressful they found the experience and how they would never photograph another wedding in their lives!
The Client Experience
There’s so much more to being a wedding photographer than twiddling a few dials on a camera. A huge amount of training and expertise goes into capturing those split-second moments. Also, don’t forget that customer service is every bit as important as the photographs. A lousy client experience will taint even the most beautiful images! Choose a photographer whose style you love, and make sure you get a great vibe from this person. They’re going to be around you all day, sharing in one of the biggest milestones in your life. You’re trusting them with your precious memories (and your slightly fragile ego!).
In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m hugely passionate about my vocation as a wedding photographer, blending my documentary and classic styles. I would LOVE to capture your special day for your and your families!
“Karen took such beautiful photos, we honestly couldn’t have asked for better and she’s just such a lovely, genuine person.CHARLENE O’HARA AND BOBBY ODUBO
I couldn’t recommend Karen highly enough.”
VENUE: ALNESS HERITAGE CENTRE
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