Dog and Pet Photo Shoots half price Special Offer June 2019 – only £25

Do you have a furry family member?  Would you like to capture your precious pet in a professional photo? If so, read on!….It is no secret that I’m a massive fan of dogs and I’ve worked really hard on my Pet Photography in the last year, training to capture their personalities, twinkly eyes and those tricky action shots that you can just never get on your phone camera!If you would like your pet photographed, secure your furry friend a slot now or read on to find out more…WHEN? By appointment only in June

WHERE? Outdoor shoots are perfect for your average dog/puppy as we can get some action shots and capture them in a natural environment, I highly recommend outdoor shoots for getting the most from your session (my go-to favourite spots are Camperdown Park and Broughty Ferry Beach). For newborn pups, golden oldies, cats etc I can come to your house for photos. The special offer shoots are within Dundee only. Any shoots outside this area are charged at the usual price.WHAT HAPPENS?  Once you’ve made contact, I will be in touch to arrange your appointment time and find out more about your pet.  On the day, all you need to bring is your pet, some treats, favourite toys and props if you are feeling imaginative.  We will get some great shots of your pet during the shoot for you to view and order a few days later.

HOW MUCH? £25 per session which includes a 10×8 print (usually £50).  £5 from each shoot will be donated to https://www.wildatheartfoundation.org/

Extra prints, digital files and a great selection of Wall Art is available after your shoot.

If that all sounds good, click here to book.  If you have any questions, read our FAQ’s below:

Q: Can I bring two or more pets? A: Yes please!

Q: Can people be in some?  A: Yes please!

Q:  Can I buy more? A: Yes please! Once you view your photos, you will have the option of prints, wall products and digital images at great prices.

Q: I’d like my shoot outside but my dog can’t be off the lead? This is fine, I can Photoshop a lead out, you are best with a collar (instead of a harness) and an extendable lead so your dog can still move freely and your legs aren’t in all the photos!

Q: What should I bring? Your pet, bribery treats, patience and a sense of humour!

Q: I have another question which hasn’t been answered here, where can I get answers? A: Here!

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Ballathie House Hotel Wedding in Perthshire with Ruth and Robin

Ballathie House Hotel is lovely place, an old country house on a huge estate with nice bright rooms and cosy fires a great choice of venue for Ruth and Robin’s wedding.  I arrived to see some impressive cars owned by Robin and his friends’ but even more impressive was this cake stand filled with Tunnocks goodies!      The guests all met and caught up in the hall before they were ushered inside for the ceremony, then Ruth made her entrance looking gorgeous in her bespoke dress 🙂  The big smiles from the bride and groom say it all 🙂  After the ceremony everyone enjoyed a celebration drink while I kept one eye on the window waiting on the rain going off!  It stopped for about 5 minutes and I just managed to get this group shot before the downpour!  Luckily we had use of the bright ceremony room for a few more group photos and for everyone to socialise in while I got some natural shots. Congratulations to you both <3

“The photos are great and really reflect the relaxing and enjoyable time we were all having”

Photography: Karen Jackson Venue: Ballathie House Hotel

Fingask Castle Wedding Photography with Lucy and Neil

I love a Fingask Castle wedding, no two are ever the same, so I was happy when Lucy and Neil booked me for their autumn wedding.

For anyone who hasn’t been, Fingask is a castle with the most amazing grounds in the countryside between Dundee and Perth.

The day started with some Bridal Prep photos in the castle.

Meanwhile Neil and the guests were gathering downstairs for the ceremony..

Lucy’s Dad walked her down the aisle to meet her Groom. They had a Humanist ceremony with a bit of Quaich drinking and knot tying.

After the ceremony, we headed outside to the Castle grounds for some photos.

Fingask has THE best backdrop for a big group photo!

While the newlyweds had their wee photo shoot in the garden, the guests enjoyed a few drinks and canapes before walking over to the Marquee for dinner.

The Marquee looked lovely for the guests arriving, lots of time and detail had gone into the decor. They were also the first couple to hire this flower wall…

Speeches and dinner were enjoyed before the guests were treated to some music by the pipe band Lucy’s Dad and Sister play with.

The band then got the dancing started for the evening…

Congratulations Lucy and Neil 🙂

Small Wedding at Perth Registry Office with Laura and James

 I love a tiny wee wedding and they don’t come any smaller than this! Laura and James emailed me just a few ago.  They had planned a very small (two friends as witnesses), low key, Monday morning Registry office wedding in Perth before their baby is born.  No wedding cars, flowers or fuss and no Photos.  Thankfully they had a change of heart about the latter and decided a few photos for the family to see might be nice so they booked me for just an hour and this is what happened….. James and Laura exchanged vows in front of their two witnesses. The words in a small ceremony always feel very powerful, I think it is the lack of noise and distraction in the room but it was a moving experience and the congratulations that followed were sweet….  After the ceremony, this party of four (five if you include the baby bump) planned to go to Malmaison in Dundee for lunch so we decided to have a fairly casual photo shoot on the walk back to the car park! The Registry Office in Perth is next to the River which makes a great backdrop for photos.  We were lucky enough to get sunshine in January too!  There are some beautiful old buildings in Perth (that is the Courthouse in the photo above!) so we wandered along, having a chat and a few stops on the way.  The atmosphere was calm and cheerful as we said or goodbyes. I got some lovely feedback from them too:

“The whole day was just as we wanted it to go. We can’t believe how great they turned out, such a fantastic set of photos! We can’t thank you enough for capturing our special day so perfectly.”

Congratulations to Laura and James x

Are you are planning your own small wedding and think professional photos will be too much fuss or expensive?  Please remember that when the day is over, photos are your only tangible memories, without them the moments of love and happiness will fade with time.  The photography doesn’t have to be posed and it doesn’t have to last all day.  All the photos you see here were captured in one hour!

You can get in touch here!

St Andrews Old Course Wedding with Dawn and Danny

St Andrews Old Course Hotel weddings are always special, so I was excited to be booked as Dawn and Danny’s Photographer.  St Peter and Paul’s RC Church in Dundee was the starting place for the ceremony on this freezing but sunny day in December.  Dawn arrived looking amazing in her dress, I loved this bouquet as well…. Danny had a wee wait for his Bride and was looking a bit nervous by the time she arrived….. It was a lovely ceremony led by Mgr Ken, made extra special by the Primary School class Dawn teaches who came to sing and do some readings during their Christmas holidays 🙂 The other love of Danny and Dawn’s lives, their doggy, Stella came to congratulate her Mum and Dad and have some photos taken.  Anyone who knows me will know how happy I was about this moment!  I love Stella’s happy face here <3  The next stop was the beautiful Old Course Hotel in St Andrews for the wedding reception.  It was so cold the pond in the garden was totally frozen over, Dawn braved the weather in her lacy sleeves for the sake of good photos though, she is my kind of girl! We managed to avoid the flying golf balls for a few photos on the Swilken Bridge too! Time to get cosy in the bar and enjoy the drinks reception….  The decor was really lovely and tied in perfectly with their colour scheme, they named their tables after gins 🙂  Plenty of laughs during some great speeches by Dawn’s Dad, Danny and his Best Man…  The evening guests arrived after dinner and the band got the party started in style! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Albayati! X

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The best of 2017 Weddings….

January is always a good time to look back on the past year and reflect so today I selected a photo or two from each wedding I shot in 2017 and put them in a folder.  When I looked though these images together for the first time, I was blown away by what a great year it really was and also reminded what a beautiful country Scotland is (even in the worst weather).  I feel incredibly lucky that in an ever growing sea of Wedding Photographers, I still get bookings with the BEST couples who have often found me through the amazing people I’ve worked with before.  Thank you to all of you!  Xx

Commercial Photographer Dundee

The right photos make a huge difference in the overall impression and effectiveness of your business. The quality of your photos can make or break a website design.  Great images are vital for a marketing campaign and your social media pages.

Please get in touch to discuss your Commercial needs including company head shots, property, product, on site, event and website photography in Dundee, Fife, Perthshire and around Scotland.

Commercial Work can be booked hourly (£95 per hour) or by half/full day (£295/450), your digital images are included in this price and can be available for download within 24 hours.

Here are some examples of commercial work I’ve undertaken so far this year:

Client: Dundee Airport Brief: Updated Photos of Airport, staff at work and flight take off. 

Client: Big Issue Scotland Brief: Photography of vendors at work 

Client: Content Marketing Academy Brief: Event Photography with coverage of speakers and attendees. 

Client: Property Owner Brief: Photography of Holiday let in St Andrews for use on Airbnb 

Client: Property seller  Brief: Professional photos of flat for sale in Dundee. 

To Enquire about or book Commercial Photography please contact me by clicking here!

The Cow Shed Crail Wedding with Andy and Amy

The Cow Shed in Crail is a wedding venue I’ve been counting down the days to visiting ever since Amy and Andy booked it last year… you’ll soon see why!  I had actually already taken wedding photos of Amy about 7 years ago (not for a real wedding, she modelled for some wedding photos at her Mum’s work when she was a teenager) so I was really happy when she booked me for her real wedding to Andy (the same tall boy she was going out with when we first met!).The day started off with some bridal prep photos at Amy and Andy’s house, where the girl’s were having their hair and make up done.There was a wee bit of emotion when Amy came downstairs in her beautiful wedding dress!  I think Lilly approved of her Mum’s dress choice too 🙂Meanwhile my second Photographer Lynne was with Andy and his Groomsmen over at his family’s farm before they all headed to the Cow Shed…The bridesmaids arrived in style in this classic VW Camper-van.  I absolutely loved these sequin dresses, they look great in the photos….The Cow Shed is a DIY venue and Amy and Andy had decorated absolutely every corner with cosy blankets, home made jam favours, chalkboard signs, lighting and even a kid’s tent to keep the little ones amused during the day.  Andy is a fishmonger so I especially liked this sign haha….The Camper-van came back with Amy and her Dad and it was time to get married!  Lilly and her favourite bunny were first to enter the ceremony room….First look *gulp*It was a tight fit at the front of the room but I was able to peek between the best men to catch some smiley faces from the families 🙂Andy and Amy had a Humanist ceremony with a few reading and a bit of knot tying,  this was their first kiss as Mr & Mrs…I’d guess by their faces they are all happy to be married 🙂A bit of Confetti throwing and photos outside followed the ceremony!The Cow Shed is surrounded by fields and Amy was up for swapping her Jimmy Choo’s for wellies for the photos…After the photos it was time to eat!  The marquee had just as much amazing decor as the rest of the venue with another VW camper-van as a bar amongst the other details…There was just a small matter of getting the kids off the bouncy castle first…Some lovely speeches before the meal and evening guests arrived.  Soon it was time for the party to start!Amy and Andy were the second cutest couple on the dance-floor that night!Everyone was up giving the ceilidh dancing a go when I left and it was all going well!Congratulations Amy and Andy xxx

 

 

Carnoustie Golf Hotel Wedding Photography

Carnoustie Golf Hotel is a great wedding venue, especially on a sunny day like Lisa and Neil had! I love the bridal suite, it is huge and bright so great for getting ready photos!  How cute is Scarlett looking at her Mum’s wedding dress? 🙂 I spotted the Groom and his Groomsmen from the balcony and got a sneaky photos while the girls hid! They had a Humanist ceremony conducted by Gary Smith.  After the ceremony everyone went outside for group photos and drinks in the sunshine…  I got a few photos of the bride and groom on the golf course before everyone headed inside for dinner…  A bit of dancing finished the day nicely!

Congratulations Lisa and Neil 🙂

Boudoir Shoot tips

Boudoir Photography Dundee

So you’ve booked your Boudoir Shoot and now have the nervous/excited wait!  Here are some tips to help you prepare and get the best from your Photography session:

  • Bring some clothes and accessories.  Nice underwear is important (three different choices is ideal) and high heels always look great even if you can’t walk in them!
  • If any of your outfits have visible labels, please cut them off before hand.
  • Pick outfits for your shape and try them on beforehand, flattering underwear can make you look and feel amazing.  If you are self-conscious about your tummy a baby-doll, Basque or bodysuit may be a good choice.
  • Choose a bra that makes your cleavage look great!
  • Try on stockings if you plan to wear them, they vary greatly in size and length, if they are cutting into your thigh, go a size up or try ‘suspender tights’ which are a flattering alternative.
  • Wear loose clothes/underwear on the day so you aren’t left with any marks on your skin from elastic.
  • Be as imaginative as you like with props, if you have props or accessories you would like to bring to the shoot (guitars, footballs, bike helmets and poker chips have all been in recently so be as imaginative as you like!) bring them along.
  • If you have seen any boudoir/pin-up pictures you like or hair/make-up styles you fancy, bring some pictures along.  If not, don’t worry, your hair and make-up artist and photographer will have ideas for you.
  • It is entirely up to you how clothed/naked you choose to be during the shoot, some ladies prefer to be covered up and others are happy to go for a full artistic nude.  Just let me know your preference and I will photograph you in the most flattering way.
  • If you need to wax or apply fake tan please do this a few days before your shoot.  Waxing can leave you with red marks which are not easy to airbrush out, neither is a streaky tan!
  • Please arrive with your hair washed, dried and ready to be styled.
  • Hair and make-up usually takes up to an hour and your shoot can take up to an hour so please allow yourself 2 hours.
  • Make plans for the evening if you can…. you will have your hair and make up professionally done and you will be feeling great… so get out there and celebrate how great you are!

Most importantly just relax and enjoy yourself, it is great chance to look great, treat yourself and have your experience captured on camera.  Yes you will be nervous beforehand ….. but I promise you will find the shoot to be a great confidence boost.  I will light you and guide you through poses to suit your figure so that you look and feel your very best!

Find out more about Boudoir Shoots