Elgin Wedding Photographer.

Elgin Wedding Photographer.

I've been a wedding photographer for over nine years now. Elgin has some of the best Wedding Venues (from castles to stately homes). So, if you are planning your wedding, you are spoilt for choice while looking for your photographer in Elgin.

Living in Elgin gives me a central base to travel to Aberdeen or surrounding areas for wedding photography, with Inverness to the north ( the gateway to the Highlands). Further to the south is stunning Perthshire with the tourist hotspots of Pitlochry and Blair Athol. The Hermitage near Dunkeld, a few miles south, looks gorgeous in its autumn colours. To the southeast of Perthshire is the county of Fife, with its stunning beaches and villages on the east coast.


Planning Your Elgin Wedding Photography!

Having been fortunate to be a wedding photographer in Elgin for a few years, I can give some advice.

You'll first need to decide which season you want to get married.

Winter Weddings- Short days, twinkly lights, frost and snow.
Spring Weddings- With lengthening days, new growth, early sunsets and warmer days.
Summer Weddings- Long hot days, outside weddings, drinks with friends.
Autumn Weddings- The leaves are dying back with golden colours.
Once you've decided on this, it's time to think about the best wedding venues for your wedding photography and their availability. Get this in place, then start thinking about the other suppliers that you will need. Wedding photographers in Aberdeen and Videographers, Dress, Catering ( unless the venue arranges this), celebrant, cake, hair and makeup.

My Approach.

So you are at the point of looking for a wedding photographer in Elgin for your wedding photos.

Where do you start?

Well, Google would be my first choice. So type your search term into the "Elgin Wedding Photographer " box, bringing up a list of photographers in Elgin.

You will know what style of Elgin wedding photographer you want for your wedding photos. You now have a list to go through. They use social media, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to give you an idea of more of their portfolio. Full details of what they can provide will be on the websites.

I am a documentary photographer 90% of the time. Most of the day is left to flow naturally. I only have any influence during the family formal group photos. Although I try to finish these as quickly as possible after the ceremony, nobody wants to hang around.

Once done, I take you (the couple) away to get the bridal portraits done at a chosen location, giving them alone time for an hour. Here, I aim to create something which will hang with pride of place on your wall. Then it's back for the speeches, meal and first dance. I may get the couple out for a twilight photo depending on the time and weather.

How I Became A Wedding Photographer?

An accident is an answer to the above. Back in 2014, my younger brother was getting married, and I agreed. I'd been doing all landscape work for the previous five years. So I knew what I was doing with a professional camera, but I had never covered a wedding—first, having captured the family groups after the ceremony. But a few weeks beforehand, I agreed to cover the bridal preparations before the first dance. The following year, I photographed a friend's wedding, which was me hooked.
I started to market myself in the wedding industry the following year. I went to England to embark on wedding photography training. A mixture of practical photography training alongside this, there was business training covering marketing and how to run your wedding business.

Why Is Wedding Photography Important?

The flowers die, the food gets eaten, the wine drunk, the cake cut, but the wedding photos last forever!

Having a professional Elgin wedding photographer capture your wedding photography is an investment worth making.

After all the chaos, love and laughter, what will you remember? The little snippets will fade, but with a professional capturing your wedding photography, someone who has been through it before captures those little moments. Whether emotional or fun, you can be sure you'll have something lasting. Combine this with one of my wedding photography packages, which contains a wedding album, and you now have something to pass down to future generations. You will have something to cherish that will last for generations. Reminding you of the little moments you missed or have forgotten alongside this, you will have a high-quality wedding album of the day.

Elgin Wedding Photography Pricing.

Pricing is a big topic if you book a wedding photographer in Elgin. But have you ever sat down and thought about it? Why does it cost what it does?

My Approach To Elgin Wedding Photography Pricing.

My approach to being an Elgin wedding photographer starts when you first enquire about the availability of your day. I will then find out more about your day and plans. I will arrange to meet you for a coffee to discuss your plans. It is also an opportunity for us to get to know each other. Why? To get the best wedding photos, you must relax and enjoy yourselves. 
From booking until your wedding day, I am happy to answer any queries you may have. In the month before the wedding day, I will arrange to meet for a coffee to review the final plans. 
The next time you see me will be on the morning of your wedding day. 

The Wedding Day.

I arrive for bridal preparations on your wedding day at your chosen location and time, usually 9.30/10.00 a.m. I'm with the bridal party through to the ceremony unless the groom is nearby, where I can head off to photograph him getting ready, returning to the most important person on the day, the bride. Once the ceremony is complete, the family group photos are taken, then the couple portraits. You may produce These special moments for some wall art for your home.
The next stage of the wedding day is the speeches just before the wedding meal. Once you have enjoyed your meal and can spend time with family and friends, it's time for the first dance. That first moment where you get to dance together as husband and wife.

Post-Wedding Day.

Immediately after I'm home from your wedding, I will back up all the photos twice. I ensure I always have at least two copies of everything for security. The next day, I will start going through the hundreds, maybe thousands of photos and culling any that don't make the grade, such as where someone has blinked. From here, the editing begins in earnest. It's where I create a set of beautiful wedding photographs with a look in keeping with my brand. Once complete, which may take several weeks, I will upload your wedding photos to your online gallery. After which, I will design and prepare your wedding album in consultation with you.

So Why Does Wedding Photography Cost So Much?

Elgin wedding photographers aren't just working on your wedding day; there is all the pre-booking work, the work leading up to your wedding day, the work on the day itself, and editing and album design afterwards. 
Wedding photography is an investment, not an expense. How will you remember those memories in the months or years ahead after the wedding? Yes, that's right, the wedding photography.
Wedding photographers in Elgin are professionals; they maintain insurance, training, and equipment in addition to the usual business costs. 
When selecting an Elgin wedding photographer, you should always view their previous work, ensuring you like it and its style. Photographers will have various packages available for different budgets. These will range from digital-only to packages containing albums.

If you have worked out your budget for your Elgin wedding photographer, research their style and the various packages available. Now you are at the point of enquiring about availability on your chosen wedding date.
Arrange to meet your wedding photographer in Elgin. If everything goes well, you can invest in your Elgin wedding photographer.

Why Choose Me?

To most people, one photographer in Elgin is the same as any other. True to certain extents. We all carry a box that takes pictures. ;)

Seriously, though, the wedding photographer will be ever-present throughout the day, turning up as the bride and bridesmaids are still in their dressing gowns, hair and makeup still needed to be done, snapping away. But this is a vital part, a record of the transformation into the blushing bride. They will be there right through to the first dance. So this is a person you'll have to get on with and be relaxed around.

As wedding photographers in Elgin, we are creative people. We see the situation differently and will put our stamp on a job. Based on their online portfolio and presence, you've booked a meeting with a photographer! So, when you meet your wedding photographer, be sure you get the chance to look through some more of their portfolio. Get them to show you complete weddings, not just select photographs hand-picked from other weddings. And current ones at that. In time, their style and ability change. Looking at up-to-date work allows you to gauge whether they will fit in with your vision of your day.

If you want to book me, I will always arrange a meeting with you in person, by phone or video.

The aim is to make the day stress-free and relaxed. Make sure you get the best wedding photos on the day.


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