An Edinburgh wedding photographer at yet another destination wedding? Well, if you’ve looked at the pictures first, you may be thinking that it was one of those weddings that I’m not allowed to show in any media of any kind, nor mention any names (of which I’ve had a few this year.) And I’m not going to tell you any more!
Suffice to say I have just returned from a few days in the Greatest City in the World (after Edinburgh) where I managed to spend some time with my friend Peggy. I haven’t been in NYC for 15 years so there was plenty for us to see and do and Peggy, a long term resident, was an excellent guide.
Photographically, I have a problem with the city. Almost every view is one I have seen before, whether on TV or in the cinema and I wanted to remember something different.
A piece of advice from a friend came to mind – “Always remember to look up,” they’d said, because with such tall buildings the view of the sky is always varied and interesting. And while looking up, I discovered that those tall buildings reflected other buildings (thanks to modern architect’s predeliction for glass.) So I started hunting for interesting reflections. The amazing weather helped enormously (22c and blue skies almost the whole time!) and a trip to Central Park to view the Fall Colours added a bit of variety to my project.
Finally I have added one of the final ‘reflection’ pictures I took – of the two of us reflected in the window of a subway carriage.
All in all, a wonderful few days reflecting (see what I did there?) on the wonders of being an Edinburgh Wedding Photographer!
As an East Lothian wedding photographer, it’s not often that I get a Saturday off. But today was one such day and I decided to photograph the chimneys of the local Cockenzie power station being demolished. After a bit of research using Google maps I picked my location – the old Blindwells open cast coal mine. The mine used to supply coal to the power station, but it closed in the 1970, has been reclaimed and is covered in grass.
The power station itself opened in 1967 and for 48 years the chimneys have been a dominant feature on the East Lothian coastline. It was being demolished as it is too polluting, and coal fired power stations are being fazed out across the country.
And next week I’ll be back at work as an East Lothian wedding photographer, at a wedding in North Berwick!
The other weekend I photographed a highlands wedding which I can’t write about, or show any photographs from! The couple asked that no photos appear anywhere on the internet, as an increasing number of my clients do nowadays.
However, since my friend Peggy was visiting from Brooklyn, New York, I decided to turn the trip north into a tour of the Highlands, and these are her and my photos. It was, of course, a typically Scottish summer, with no sun and lots of grey cloud, but Peggy seemed to love every moment!
I don’t really do landscapes. To paraphrase Joe McNally, ‘I’ve never seen a good landscape that couldn’t be improved with the inclusion of a person.” In the almost deserted Highlands, that person was Peggy!
We travelled to Lochinver (where the wedding was) via Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Ullapool, and returned via Cromarty, the Cairngorms and Braemar.
And although Peggy was keeping a sharp lookout, she didn’t see the Loch Ness Monster, or a single Haggis on the hills! To make up for the disappointment, on our return I introduced her to my favourite ‘wild’ animal, Freddy.