Storytelling: The Role of the Wedding Photographer

I’ve had a lifelong passion for photography and can remember capturing my first photograph when I was only six years old. Throughout my childhood, I traveled around Scotland with my family during weekends and school holidays and always carried my camera, keen to capture portraits of my parents and brother in some of the best landscapes in the world, and I always eagerly awaited the moment when my prints arrived in the post back home.

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I became more serious about photography in my early twenties when I spent a month’s wages on my first DSLR in 2009. As I began to network with other photographers who shared my passion, I became increasingly aware that there are two ‘camps’: photographers who are obsessed with the technology; and those who approach photography from an artistic standpoint.

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I’ve always felt I’ve had an eye for a composition and am always willing to go the extra mile to capture an image as I’ve envisaged it, even if it means getting out of bed at 3:00 am for a summer sunrise. The flip side of this was initially having to work that bit harder to get to grips with the various dials and buttons on my cameras and the all the functions of my computer’s image editing software. I know my way around my cameras and lenses but, to me, the technology is a means to an end; its sole purpose is to allow me to capture what I’ve seen in the viewfinder or in my mind’s eye.


Wedding photography is a crowded marketplace with egos of varying sizes and images of varying styles. Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make regarding your special day, as you are investing your trust in that person to capture those memories that you will want to treasure for a lifetime.

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I’m driven by the excitement of capturing those perfect moments on a wedding day: natural raw emotions; tears and laughter. My approach to wedding photography is passionate and enthusiastic yet unobtrusive, considered and calm. I will gladly capture the list of group shots that you want and we will do some semi-posed couple shots after the ceremony but, on the whole, I prefer to take a step back and let the day unfold naturally, allowing you to focus on the occasion and spending time with your loved ones. I want to avoid a gallery full of photographs of people looking posed and slightly awkward, and instead focus on authentic images that tell the story of your wedding day.

Karen Thorburn
Tel: + 44 (0) 7761985752

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