Katie and I had a wicked day out with our new client family members Ollie and Sam. We've known these guys a wee while now and it was super thrill to finally do their pre-wedding shoot down in Leith. Ollie and Sam met whilst backpacking a few years back and true love blossomed. It's always incredibly enjoyable to work with a couple who aren't afraid afraid to jump in front of the camera and have some laughs. We met for a cheeky coffee over at the Granary ,one of our favourite watering holes , with the happy couple and after a good caffeinating we ventured out along the Shore in Leith. The weather was absolutely lovely as you can see. I totally forgot suncream though :-( big mistake. I looked like a human lightbulb for a few days. But as you can see from the pics below - totally worth it :-) We're incredibly excited about their upcoming Edinburgh wedding in July. Since Katie and I are both shredding for the wedding we're super looking forward to the food as its going to be a uber-healthy Vegan Buffet!
Engagement Photo Shoot - Jenni and Gary....and Brandon #engagementphotoshoot #mattephotography #edinburghweddingphotographer #wedding #family
We found ourselves down at The Shore again with the lovely Jenni and Gary. We're shooting their DIY extravaganza wedding in September. Jenni and Gary were telling us all about their upcoming nuptials and they sound pretty exciting. Look out for Origami center pieces when we blog their wedding later this year. Very very excited. Jenni and Gary have two gorgeous boys Brandon and Seth. Seth was sadly unavailable due to a scheduling conflict but Brandon came to help Mummy and Daddy get their pose on. Really nice to finally meet new members of the MATT.E.PHOTOGRAPHY family after so much time. This is a great little family unit and we're so lucky to be shooting their big day :-)
Engagement Photo Shoot - Royal Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Edinburgh #mattephotography #edinburgh #edinburghweddingphotographer #engagement #preweddingshoot
We've been all over Edinburgh at the moment with our lovely engagement shoots. Our newest MATT.E.PHOTOGRAPHY family members Kayleigh and Alan joined us for a wee pre-wedding shoot at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. This is fast becoming one of our most asked after venues for engagement shoots amongst new client couples. We had a lovely extra added bonus on the day as wee baby Frazer joined us for the shoot as well and he was fantastic. Check out his awesome hungry Caterpillar hat :-) I've never met such a lovely mellow chappy. We were extremely lucky as the weather was meant to be awful and it held just perfectly until 5 minutes after we finished. The weather Gods were on our side again this fair day. We managed to take in more than a few of our favourite spots and even some lovely new ones with the happy couple. Kayleigh and Alan are getting married this coming July in our favourite Edinburgh venues - The Rowantree Rooms! We're super excited to be back at one of our most iconic venues for our July 2015 wedding schedule. Not only that but there's going to be an Alice in Wonderland Theme to the big day as well. Looks like July is going to be a crazy fun month.
If you're looking for a photographer for you special occasion MATT.E.PHOTOGRAPHY is always excited to hear from new friends and you can contact us directly any time here.
Wedding Photography Trends - Pre-wedding Shoot or Engagement Shoot - Are They A Good Idea??? #mattephotography #edinburghweddingphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographerleith
Like a lot of wedding trends that have come over from the States these days Engagement Shoots or Pre-wedding shoots have taken on an increasing popularity. In the noisy sea of social media, in which we live, photographers can always use more quality content to advertise themselves and promote their businesses. That said, is the whole process just a fad? Or is it tactually a good thing for the couple as well as their photographer?
Well having spoken to my Mum and Dad recently about it they laughed and said it highlighted all the changes in wedding photography since they were married which I can kind of understand seeing as they're a bit shy and don't love getting their picture taken in the first place. They're wedding photography lasted all of an hour and half. We have virtually no family photos from my sister and me growing up because we were all so busy taking pictures of other people or landscapes and nature. But being a wedding photographer I have come to understand the process of these pre-wedding shoots and the benefits DO in reality outweigh anything else.
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Food for thought :-)
Wedding Photography - Community Vs. Competition - Should Photographers Collaborate or Simply Compete?
2015 has been labelled "The Year Of Community Over Competition". So we're asking should photographers compete or simply create and keep to themselves to themselves. Well it really depends on what kind of photographer you want to be. And that in turn does depend on what your experience has been. We've only recently started networking again with other photographers. Sure we've followed Facebook pages and blogs etc. but we've never really held anything so much as a coffee morning with other local creatives. This wasn't a decision we took lightly considering that your work is your work and once it's out in the ether of the internet and social media people can and do deface your lovely work via the medium of Instagram filters, Facebook cropping, compression and more. But like writers we have to man up and stop being so precious about it if we want our businesses and brands to grow.
A fantastic family orientated wedding with the lovely Louise and Craig at the Capital Hotel in Edinburgh last month. Louise and Craig celebrated their beautiful union with lots of family and friends as well as their new-arrival baby daughter Mila-Rose who was a super cutie and didn't make a fuss all day. Big thanks to Louise and Craig for making us part of their big day and also big thanks to the staff of the Capital Hotel who did an amazing job start to finish. Full blog post and gallery to follow shortly.