Winter Weddings  – an Ayrshire Wedding Photographer’s View

When I meet couples at home in Ayr or my studio in Glasgow to discuss their wedding photography, they are often worried about the weather if their wedding is in the winter. My own wedding was in January so it’s something I’ve experienced myself. It turned out to be a lovely crisp winter’s day with blue skies and the photographer managed to get some brilliant images.

Margaret and Neil’s wedding at the New Lanark Hotel had a lovely Christmas theme which worked great for photographs with the bridesmaids.

I’ve often photographed a wedding in the summer and it’s been overcast with rain so there’s no real guarantee, whatever time of year you choose. Thankfully, one thing I’ve never experienced as a wedding photographer, is a day that has had rain all day. Even on bad days, there’s always a break in the weather at some point.

One thing I always do prior to a wedding, whether that is in Ayrshire, Glasgow or further afield, is do a recce of the venue. As well a looking for ideas for photographs and suitable places to take them, I also identify places at the venue where photographs can be taken if it’s raining or too windy outside. If it’s a summer wedding, I look for areas with shade in case the sun is too strong.

With the shorter days you can use that to great effect but using some atmospheric location lighting such as this shot taken at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.

As a Ayrshire wedding photographer, this is crucial as it means I can devote all my time capturing the day and creating stunning images rather than working about what the weather is going to do and where to take the shots. I can very quicky adapt to what happens on the day.

Couples also worry about the lack of light in the middle of winter and certainly it is a bit more restrictive in terms of availability. However, you can turn that to your advantage and just embrace the dark. I always carry a full range of portable lighting with me and work with an assistant so I can create very atmospheric wedding photographs outside. To do this in the summer you need to wait till about 10pm by which time everyone is enjoying the reception!

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Ayrshire, Glasgow or further afield then why not email me or call for a chat on 01292 859 001 or 0141 363 0020.

There are always great details to capture such as this one of a winter wedding cake.

Ayrshire Wedding Show – Photographers, Venues, Florists and Much More…

If you’re looking for wedding photographers for your wedding in Ayr, Ayrshire, Glasgow or further afield, then what better place to look than the Ayrshire Wedding Show which is taking place at Ayr Racecourse on Sat 27th and Sun 28th January.

Magical moment captured at wedding reception at The Brig’0’doon Hotel, Alloway, Ayrshire

We had a great time there last year and will be exhibiting again this year. It’s always nice to be able to meet couples and families face to face. There’s always such a buzz about the event with lots of other wedding exhibitors from Ayrshire, so it’s ideal if you just have one or two more things to get or your whole wedding to organise.

I always like to get lots of natural candid wedding photographs like this one taken at New Lanark Mill Hotel

You can find us on stand no. 6 which is quite close to the main entrance to the exhibition. We’ll have a wide selection of sample albums and wedding photography for you to see and we’ll be on hand to chat about our various packages and options with you.

There’s also a chance to win a free pre-wedding photo-shoot! Details will be available on the day.

We look forward to seeing you but in the meantime if there’s anything you’d like to ask then please feel free to email or call for a chat. Looking through lots of different websites for wedding photographers in Ayrshire and choosing a photographer for your wedding can be a bit of a daunting task, so we’re always happy to chat and help guide you through it.

Ayrshire Wedding Show

Sat 27th & Sun 28th Jan

Stand No 6

Tel: 01292 859 001

Email: studio@richardcampbell.co.uk

I took this wedding portrait of a couple at Sorn Castle, one of the finest wedding venues in Ayrshire

Looking for Wedding Photographers in Ayrshire, Glasgow or Edinburgh?

When couples are looking for wedding photographers they often like to look for a photographer who is based close to the venue, whether that be in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh or further afield, although if you want a good photographer there isn’t really any advantage in that.

I only charge travel for exceptional distances such as the Highlands and Islands or Borders of Scotland. I actually live in Ayr but I also have a studio in Glasgow, so I’m happy to meet couples wherever is convenient, including at their wedding venues.

I always like to keep shots as natural as possible. After we’d done a few posed ones at the end of the pier I asked Catherine and Barry to walk back towards me which made for a great shot.

Catherine and Barry asked me to photograph their wedding at a venue I’d never been to before called The Vu, which is just outside Bathgate near Edinburgh. Unlike conventional venues which are usually hotels or castles, this is actually a purpose built wedding venue which only opens for weddings.

I always visit a venue prior to photographing a wedding, so I arranged to meet Catherine at The Vu to chat about the day and also check out the best locations. The venue is very well designed from the point of view of wedding photographers. The venue itself is built on a former fishing loch which surrounds the wedding ceremony room. Although both the venue and the loch are fairly modest in scale, it does allow for some excellent views and background for wedding photographs. One other nice feature is the purpose built pier which juts out into the loch.

The main wedding venue at The Vu, although fairly small in size is very well designed with lovely natural lights and a great view over the Loch.

The only downside is that the venue often book two weddings on the same day, which makes time for the photography quite limited. Normally, I’d allow between an hour and and hour and a half for photographs but I only had 30 minutes before we had to move out of the ceremony room and into the function room which is a short walk away. Thankfully, meeting with Catherine and the venue staff beforehand allowed me to plan for this limited time slot so when it came to their wedding day I was able to capture everything they wanted in a nice relaxed way.

No matter where you are planning to get married, I’m always happy to meet up for a chat with no obligation to book. Why not call me now on 0141 363 0020 or 01292 859 001 or drop me an email.

Magical Moments at Blairquhan Castle, by Ayrshire Wedding Photographers

When Janet and Fraser were looking for wedding Ayrshire photographers to photograph their wedding at Blairquhan Castle near Maybole, I was delighted when they asked me to capture the day for them.

I had never photographed a wedding at Blairquhan Castle before but one thing I always do prior to photographing a wedding, is to to a recce of the location, even if it’s venue I know very well. When I did the initial recce a few weeks prior to the wedding, it was a very hot sunny day but knowing that the weather could be very different on the day I made sure I had plenty of alternative locations to use just in case it wasn’t as sunny on the wedding day.

 

Confetti shots are always fun ones to get as they so spontaneous.

Thankfully, Blairquhan Castle is perfect if the weather isn’t ideal as it has some wonderful interiors. I was particularly struck by the main hall where the wedding ceremony was held. Above this there is balcony which looks down into the hall. This is surrounded by some lovely wood panelling and more importantly has lots of lovely natural light. Even if the weather was going to be good outside, I wanted to do shots shots here as the light is perfect for informal, relaxed wedding photography.

Blairquhan Castle has some wonderful interiors which are perfect for wedding photographs.

Unfortunately, when Janet and Fraser’s wedding day came, the forecast was for rain but my experience is that very rarely, if ever does it rain the whole day. There is always a little window you can use. Thankfully we managed this for the confetti shot just after the ceremony but when it finally started to rain I decided to make full use of the locations inside the castle I’d identified during my recce.

It’s impossible to plan for a sunset like this but myself and my assistant Willie were quickly able to set up some location lights to take full advantage of it.

The silver lining was that after the meal we were treated to a wonderful sunset! Although, I’d planned to do some shots in the gardens this was something I couldn’t plan for. Sunsets like this don’t last very long so myself and my assistant Willie quickly set up some location lighting to do some portraits of Janet and Fraser with the sunset behind them. Even when the weather forecast is poor there are always those magic moments.

If you are getting married at Blairquhan or any other venue then why not drop us an email or call me for a chat.

I always like to do some informal bridal portraits prior to the ceremony. It’s always such a special moment when the bride sees herself in her wedding dress for the first time.

Wedding Photography at Brig o’ Doon House Hotel Alloway, Ayrshire

I photographed a lovely wedding at the Brig o’ Doon House Hotel in Alloway last month. Although I’ve been there many times before, every wedding is unique and each couple puts a lot of effort into making their day extra special, which is why Christine and David asked myself and my assistant to capture their special day when they were looking for wedding photographers in Ayrshire.

Sparkler photographs are always fun to do at weddings such as this one under the Kissing Tree at the Brigadoon Hotel, Alloway, Ayrshire

Sparkler photographs are always fun to do at weddings such as this one under the Kissing Tree at the Brigadoon Hotel, Alloway, Ayrshire

One special request they had was for some sparkler shots which are always fun to do. These have to be shot at dusk when it is dark enough for the sparklers to show up in the photograph but also light enough so you can still see the location. There’s a lovely tree at the Brig o’ Doon called the ‘Kissing Tree’ which made for a perfect backdrop for the shot. It was a bit too dark with just the sparklers so we added some additional lights for dramatic effect. After that it was just down to a little rehearsal so Christine and David could draw a love heart with the sparklers.

This bridal portrait was taken at the brides house with the bridesmaids dresses framing the shot. I always look out for unusual angles such as this which help tell the story of the wedding day.

This bridal portrait was taken at the brides house with the bridesmaids dresses framing the shot. I always look out for unusual angles such as this which help tell the story of the wedding day.

It was the perfect end to the day which started with us getting photographs of Christine and her bridesmaids getting ready. I’d done a recce of the house about a month earlier and knew where I wanted to take the shots but I always keep my eye out for other opportunities which always turn up. I had just finished taking some shots of Christine in the garden when I turned round to see that one of her bridesmaids was holding up a mirror so she could see herself. I quickly asked all the other bridesmaids to crouch round and there was a lovely fun shot which will look great in the album.

This is one of my favourite fun shots from the wedding which was taken at the bride's house. I'd just finished photographing the bride when I looked round to see one of her bridesmaids holding up a mirror for her to see herself in.

This is one of my favourite fun shots from the wedding which was taken at the bride’s house. I’d just finished photographing the bride when I looked round to see one of her bridesmaids holding up a mirror for her to see herself in.

I always feel it is important to plan some of the wedding photography but I also love candid shots which I take throughout the day. The wedding reception at the Brig O’ Doon was perfect for these, especially the first dance, when Christine and David were showered by confetti. It’s one of my favourite shots of the day as it was so spontaneous.

If you’re thinking of getting married at the Brig O’ Doon Hotel or any other venue then I’m always happy to meet up  with no obligation to book. Why not call me or email for a chat.

This is one of my favourite shots from the wedding which was taken during the first dance at the reception in the Brigadoon's lovely function room.

This is one of my favourite shots from the wedding which was taken during the first dance at the reception in the Brigadoon’s lovely function room.

 

You don't always need a grand location to do bridal portraits. This was actually taken in the bride's bedroom just after she'd finished putting on the dress. There was some lovely light coming in the window and my assistant help an extra light to help balance this out.

You don’t always need a grand location to do bridal portraits. This was actually taken in the bride’s bedroom just after she’d finished putting on the dress. There was some lovely light coming in the window and my assistant help an extra light to help balance this out.

Photographing a Wedding at Ayrshire Wedding Venue Sorn Castle

When Ailsa was looking for wedding photographers in Ayrshire she was looking for a photographer who had a style that would complement her plans for her wedding day and get the best out of the wedding venue she had chosen which was Sorn Castle between Ayr and Mauchline.

 

As an actress she was interested in the fact I’ve spent many years photographing professional theatre and opera which in many ways isn’t that different from photographing a wedding. You essentially have a live event, which you only have one chance to get right while at the same time being able to get the best shots in a limited amount of time whilst not getting in the way of disrupting the actual event itself.

It’s always nice to have some classic shots in areas such as staircases but I always like to look for other areas at a location to create something a little different.

This aspect of wedding photography is very important to me. Whilst you are always striving to create stunning  images, you have to remember that someone’s wedding isn’t an opportunity to create images for your portfolio. It’s a couple’s and an entire families unique and very special day. In fact it’s a privilege to be given the responsibility of recording that. It’s my job as a wedding photographer to fit seamlessly into the couple’s special day, making it enjoyable and fun for them.

Sorn Castle is a particularly unique venue for wedding photographers in Ayrshire, as the castle is only available to hire for functions. This means that when you book it for your wedding you and your guests are the only people there and there are no members of the public around as you might find at other venues.

The cloakroom at Sorn Castle is not the most obvious choice for a location but adds lots of rustic charm. Photography by Ayrshire wedding photographer Richard Campbell

The cloakroom at Sorn Castle is not the most obvious choice for a location but adds lots of rustic charm. Photography by Ayrshire wedding photographer Richard Campbell

The number of potential locations for wedding photography is also limitless. Sorn Castle itself has numerous rooms that can be used from the main hall with its magnificent staircase and the main drawing room with a large window looking out onto the grounds to the cosy bedrooms upstairs with their four poster beds and nooks and crannies. Some more unusual locations include the roof with its dramatic battlement views, the cellars and billiard room with an organ. One of my favourites at Sorn Castle is actually the cloakroom which has a wonderful rustic feel with its old walking sticks and umbrellas.

Wonderful mature trees at Sorn Castle can work at any time of the year. Photography by Ayrshire wedding photographer Richard Campbell

Wonderful mature trees at Sorn Castle can work at any time of the year. Photography by Ayrshire wedding photographer Richard Campbell

In the grounds you have paths that run alongside the River Ayr, a wonderful old bridge, mature trees and of course huge lawns which offer limitless possibilities. There is also a swing on a tree just outside Sorn castle which makes for some fun wedding photographs.

Soon Castle has lots of possibilities for wedding photography. This narrow corridor is ideal for relaxed portraits. Photography by Ayrshire Wedding Photographer Richard Campbell

Soon Castle has lots of possibilities for wedding photography. This narrow corridor is ideal for relaxed portraits. Photography by Ayrshire Wedding Photographer Richard Campbell

As a wedding photographer based in Ayr I know Sorn Castle very well but I still like to do a recce of the location beforehand just to check what the conditions are like on the day as they can vary dramatically from season to season and also day to day depending on what the weather has been like. All of these factors means that the possibilities for wedding photography are limitless and it’s hard to repeat the same shots. Every wedding is unique and that’s very much the way I like to approach them.

One of the wonderful things about Sorn Castle is that you have full run of the castle, including areas such as the battlements.

If you are thinking of having your wedding at Sorn Castle or another wedding venue in Ayrshire or elsewhere then please feel free to drop me an email or call me. I’m always happy to chat or meet up with no obligation to book.

 

What goes into making a wedding album

Glasgow and Ayrshire Wedding Photographer Richard Campbell talks about what goes into the making of a wedding album.

What people often don’t realise when they are booking a wedding photographer in ayrshire or Glasgow is just how much work goes on behind the scenes before and after the wedding day itself. One aspect of wedding photography which takes wedding photographers almost as much time as photographing the wedding itself is the making of the album.

Selection of wedding albums by Ayrshire and Glasgow photographer Richard Campbell

Selection of wedding albums by Ayrshire and Glasgow photographer Richard Campbell

The process of planning a wedding album actually starts before the wedding when you meet the couple to discuss the photography of their special day. This allows you to identify key moments or photographs which they would like captured. The next part of the pre-planning is a recce of the wedding venue to see what opportunities there are for different types of shots. It’s at this stage where I also start to think about little details which can often be used as backgrounds for shots. These can then have other photographs laid over them which adds a unique personal touch to the album and is a nice change from just having white or black backgrounds.

On the actual wedding day I also shoot landscape and portrait variations of some key shots which is often invaluable when planning the wedding album, as you often find that one works better than the other depending on the layout.

Double page spread layout showing wedding ceremony. Photographed at Lanarkshire wedding venue New Lanark Mill Hotel by wedding photographer Richard Campbell

Double page spread layout showing wedding ceremony. Photographed at Lanarkshire wedding venue New Lanark Mill Hotel by wedding photographer Richard Campbell

After the wedding the couple are able to see an online gallery of their wedding photographs as well as receiving them on a USB stick. This allows them to select the images they would like for the album. After they’ve chosen then the work of putting the album together can start.

The initial design usually takes about half a day depending on the size of an album. Some wedding photographers like to start an album with shots of the couple but I like an album to tell the story of the day so it flows quite naturally. I take a lot of candid shots during the day which are perfect for creating sequences of images to illustrate parts of the day such as the bride and groom getting ready, the service, or the first dance. I see these as a mini movie so you see capture the atmosphere of the day, very often without having to pose anything. It’s here that my experience photographing professional theatre comes in very handy.

Detail from wedding album shot at Ayrshire wedding venue the Savoy Park hotel, Ayr by Richard Campbell

Detail from wedding album shot at Ayrshire wedding venue the Savoy Park hotel, Ayr by Richard Campbell

Other aspect of the album design include adding other elements such as black and white images and different toning effects but probable what takes the most time is just creating a page layout which works well. The images need to flow naturally and work together on the page so I like each one to have a theme. If the theme is the wedding service then it looks awkward to have a shot of the bridal preparations mixed in with that.

Once the design of the album is finished I send the couple a PDF of the layout so they can see if they wan any changes and approve it before it goes to print. As a photographer, I it still gives me a buzz seeing the finished album.

If you’d like to see my selection of wedding albums then please drop me an email or call and I’d be happy to meet up and let you see them with no obligation to book.

Wedding album showing contemporary edge to edge printing. Shot at Ayr beach by wedding photographer Richard Campbell.

Wedding album showing contemporary edge to edge printing. Shot at Ayr beach by wedding photographer Richard Campbell.

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Wedding Venues

One of the most common questions I am asked when couples approach me after looking for wedding photographers in Glasgow or Ayrshire is if I’ve photographed their particular venue before.

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Bride and bridesmaids on the roof garden at New Lanark Mill Hotel. If you are looking for Wedding Photographers Lanarkshire, call Richard Campbell Photography Glasgow.

It’s understandable, as I imagine people feel more secure if a photographer knows the venue. The danger though is that if you rely too much on this method of selecting a photographer you end up with someone who just goes through a list of pre-prepared shots that they’ve done dozens if not hundreds of times before.

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Wedding function at New Lanark Hotel. Weddings photos by Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

Good wedding photographers will know how to make the best of any venue. They will understand how the time of day and year will affect the light, how to supplement that with creative use of additional lighting and also what features of a venue will work for wedding photographs, whether that be bridal shots, portraits of couples or groups.

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Wedding couple and wedding car at Sorn Castle Ayrshire wedding venue. For wedding photographers Ayrshire, call Richard Campbell Photography Ayr.

One thing I always do when visiting a wedding venue for the first time is do a recce beforehand to identify all the areas I want to use for the photography. I also check that these will be available for use on the day, arrange any special access for restricted areas or gates that need unlocked and also check what will work at certain times of the day or year. The summer can offer the greater choice when gardens are in bloom and the leaves are out but strong sunshine in the middle of the day can make it difficult for the couple and all the wedding guests if they are all squinting into the sun.

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Savoy Park Hotel Ayr: wedding guests. For wedding photographers Ayrshire, contact Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

If I know a wedding venue well or if I’ve previously done a recce, I will also do a second check a few hours beforehand just to make sure everything is in place. Sometimes, if you’ve had a lot of rain beforehand the grass can be too wet and soggy for groups even when the sun is out. There’s nothing worse than half the guests getting their high heels stuck in the ground and the bride’s dress covered in mud!

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Wedding at Musicians Room New Lanark. Wedding Photographers Lanarkshire. Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

In summary, it’s all down to planning and preparation. In the end that’s more important than if you’ve been to a particular venue before. Having said that if you’d like to know which wedding venues I’ve photographed then here’s a list of some of them.

Wedding Venues Ayrshire

  • Savoy Park
  • Brigadoon
  • Horizon Hotel
  • Lochside Hotel
  • Dumfries House
  • Sorn Castle
  • Turnberry
  • Waterside Hotel

Wedding Venues Glasgow

  • Sherbrooke Castle Hotel
  • Hotel Du Vin
  • Hilton Glasgow
  • Central Hotel
  • Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow
  • Abode Hotel
  • Marriot Hotel
  • Radisson
  • Oran Mhor
  • People’s Palace
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Busby Hotel

Wedding Venues Edinburgh

  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
  • Rutland
  • The Balmoral
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
  • Edinburgh Castle

Other Scottish Wedding Venues

  • New Lanark Mill Hotel
  • Eastwood House
  • Gledoch House
  • Newark Castle
  • Cornhill Castle
  • Ednam House
  • Balbirnie House
  • Dunkeld Hilton
  • MacDonald Forrest Hills Hotel
  • The Inn on Loch Lomond

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

Ayr: 01292 859 001, Glasgow: 0141 363 0020, text me on: 07721 325 326 or use the Contact Form.