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

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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 

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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 🙂

Adore Studios 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

 

Boudoir Packages and booking

Boudoir Photography studio scotlandBoudoir Packages

  1. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & gift box of 10 10×8 prints: £250
  2. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & 10 images on USB/Download: £250
  3. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & all images USB/Download: £350
  4. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & 8×8” Luxury Boudoir Album with up to 20 images: £350
  5. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & 14×10” Luxury Boudoir Album with up to 20 images: £450
  6. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & 8×8” Luxury Boudoir Album & all images on USB £500
  7. Hair styling, Make-up, shoot & 14×10” Luxury Boudoir Album, all images on USB & 20×16 wall art £650

Book Your Shoot

If you need your photos back for a specific date, please book your shoot as far in advance as possible, I only do Boudoir shoots on occasional dates and I hate to disappoint so please book your shoot as soon as you can.  There is a £50 non-refundable deposit on booking.

Forbes of Kingennie wedding photography with Ryan and Karla

Karla and Ryan had a Forbes of Kingennie wedding a few weeks ago.  The day started with some bridal prep photography in one of the Lodges…. The men were in a nearby lodge so I popped in to take a few photos on the way to the ceremony building….  As you can see it was a wet day at Forbes of Kingennie! Karla’s bridesmaids helped get her ready to go while Ryan and his groomsmen welcomed the guests into the ceremony room… The helpful staff were on hand with brollies to help Karla and her bridesmaids stay dry!  I love when couples let their kids get involved in the ceremony 🙂  They had a Humanist Ceremony conducted by Gary Smith…  The windy, wild rain wasn’t going anywhere so we opted for photos in the cosy shelter of the indoors!  Speeches were held before dinner…  Once the evening guests arrived and the band were ready, I set up some lighting for the first dances….Conrgatulations to all three of you! <3

“Karen did our wedding pictures for us and to say we are delighted is an understatement. We have a three year old son so knew that posing for any length of time would be a challenge and as a result we requested photos that captured the feeling of our day. We are in love with our pictures that show laughter and are honest. Thank you Karen xxx”

 

 

Forgan’s St Andrews Wedding with Natalie and Dunc

BACK TO MAIN WEBSITE  I had my first 2017 wedding last week and what a way to kick off the year!  This was a special wedding for me as it was my gorgeous school friend Natalie marrying her High School sweetheart Duncan 🙂 They have a great modern love story as they met and dated at school, lost touch, met again through Facebook a few years ago and now are happily married! I started the day by meeting the boys in The Rule where they were having a few drinks before walking along to the Registry Office where the ceremony was being held.  The Registry office is part of St Andrews Town Hall, a lovely old building in the centre of town.  Natalie arrived by car with her Dad and Bridal Party including some very cute flower girls….  Natalie’s son had the important job of Ring bearer and Dunc’s daughter read a very cute story to all of the guests….  We gathered all the guests for a group photo before they left for the reception at Forgans. We had a quick stop along the way for a photos outside Madras College, the school we all went to back when Natalie and Duncan were first dating <3  This was the first time I’d photographed at Forgans and was really impressed at how well it works as a wedding venue.  It has a unique style that looks great in photos and a relaxed, warm atmosphere.   I loved all of the details around the venue!  After the speeches a Caricaturist drew all of the guests during the meal…..  Once the evening guests had arrived, the dancing started.  They had a Ceilidh band to teach their English guests some traditional Scottish dances ….  Congratulations to all four of you!  Wishing you a very happy future and lots of love xxx

 

Fingask Castle Wedding with Danielle and Graham

Back to main sitefinask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0138Fingask Castle weddings are always great, it is a venue with lots of quirky features that look great in photos, so I was excited when Danielle and Graham booked me to photograph their day.finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0124 We started off at Danielle’s Mum’s house for Bridal Prep photos in the morning.  There was a great atmosphere, everyone was relaxed and enjoying having their hair and make-up done.finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0125 Danielle’s Mum helped her get into her dress…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0126 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0127 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0128 Once Danielle was ready, I left the girls to go and take some photos of Graham and the guests arriving at Fingask.  I sneaked a look in the reception marquee when I arrived, I knew they were having a movie theme for their decor and I was really impressed with the details…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0129 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0130 Graham was waiting at the castle with the Piper to greet the guests arriving off the bus…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0131 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0132 Danielle followed shortly behind in this classic Volvo and was walked up the aisle by both her parents…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0133 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0134 Danielle and Graham had a lovely, personal Humanist ceremony with a reading from their bridesmaids…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0135 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0136 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0137 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0139 After the ceremony, I took the newlyweds outside for photos straight away.  We had half an hour until sunset so we wanted to make the most of the amazing gardens before it got dark….finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0140 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0141 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0142 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0143 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0144 I got a big group shot of everyone before heading back inside to do the rest of the group photos in the warmth of the castle!finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0145 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0146 We headed over to the Marquee for the meal followed by speeches from Graham and his Best Men….finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0147 finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0148 The evening guests arrival was delayed so we went outside to play with some sparklers while we waited…..finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0149 Once the evening guests arrived, the dancing started and it was time for me to leave them all to enjoy themselves…finask-castle-perthshire-wedding-photography-scotland-photographer-karen-jackson-dundee_0150Congratulations Mr & Mrs Watson xxx