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Top 5 Friday // Photographer Christmas Gift Guide

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If you hang out in my house for any amount of time, it's hard not to know it's nearly Christmas. My wife is a bit of a fiend for all things Winter, and especially Christmas. 

As the days disappear in the build up to the festive season, attention turns to the true essence and spirit of the holiday...gifts!

Photographer's are great people to buy gifts for, as there is a HUGE selection of gadgets, toys, tricks and magic to buy. But, all of that choice can be a bit overwhelming.

Before I get into the top 5, something worth pointing out. The actual bones of the image making, the camera & lens, is a pretty personal choice and every person will be after something different. So, unless the hints have been completely unsubtle, this is somewhere it's probably safest to stay away from. 

This list isn't exhaustive, obviously. Rather, a few things that I'm confident any photographer would love (me included!). Hopefully it can start the ideas flowing and get you a few brownie points on Christmas morning. (click the images to head through to purchase or for more info from suppliers).

1. ANGELO PELLE LEATHER CAMERA STRAP

These are, legit...beautiful. I really, really want one. 

Manufacturer camera straps are UGLY. Grab one of these beauties and do justice to the little magic box hanging around your neck. I love this 'Foxy Brown' (weird name) colour, but that have a variety on the website. 

2. IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT POLAROID CAMERA

Impossible Project have been keeping the Polaroid dream alive. As phone cameras are so ubiquitous, the value of a small, printed photograph, is huge. The tangible product is immensely satisfying, and you don't even need a filter. Buy this with a photo album or scrapbook to start putting some memories together.

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3. JOBY GORILLAPOD

This is a brilliant tool. Super compact and takes the weight of most cameras. Way more fun than carting a full size tripod around, if that's your bag. (and that's 'Joe-bee', not 'Jaw-bee'!!)

4. PEAK DESIGN MESSENGER BAG

For some reason, photographers seem to have a weird love affair with bags. I don't even know how many I've bought over the years, or how many are hiding away in cupboards unused. The hunt for the perfect bag goes on, but Peak Design are the closest I've ever found. I have the everyday backpack which goes with me to every job. This messenger is a great option for smaller kits or jobs when the kitchen sink isn't required. 

5. BOOKS

Books will improve photography skills far more than any piece of kit. There are more photography guidebooks available than you could ever find the time to read. This one is a great start on the 'educational' side. Alternatively, finding out some favourite photographers and hunting out any books they've published is another great option. A couple of my favourites are '50 Portraits' by Gregory Heisler & 'Genesis' by Sebastio Salgado.

 

A wee final bonus to the top 5 (as I only saw this announced after I wrote the post), the Don, Annie Leibovitz, has just released a new book titled Portraits 2005 - 2016. She is a powerhouse, an absolute icon. So this will be packed with a vast amount of incredible work. Get it here: http://uk.phaidon.com/store/photography/annie-leibovitz-portraits-2005-2016-9780714875132/

 

 

Hopefully this has got your creative juices flowing and might inspire some ideas for your nearest & dearest photographer. And I hope they put just as much thought into your gift!

Happy shopping

E x

Wedding Wednesday // Rachel + Calum @ Kinkell Byre

Instagram, Facebook...they're kind of like the greatest hits, or the latest release, right? An awesome place to see the best work that people are producing in their business. I fill my feeds with shots I love from weddings I love. 

But weddings are about so much more than the marquee shot in the mountains. There are hundreds of moments right through the day that make every wedding special, that don't always see the social feeds.

And so, Wedding Wednesday is a deep dive into a wedding I've shot. Much more in depth than a standard blog post. Something to sink your teeth into when you're on the hunt for your wedding photographer. 

This time, it's Rachel + Calum's wedding day at Kinkell Byre in St Andrews. One of the coolest brides you've ever seen, right? And a wedding day to match. So much awesome all the way through. There's so much to love at this venue, and when you add Lazy Sunday catering into the mix, it's not going to be a day you forget.

Wedding wednesday // Caroline + Chris @ One Devonshire Gardens

Welcome to Wedding Wednesday, a fortnightly deep dive into the days of wonder created by and for a couple in love. I'm lucky enough to be invited into so many awesome days, this is a chance to show off some of the great things that happen in front of me.

Today, we're in the city.

I love city weddings. Especially a Glasgow wedding. There is so much character around every corner. Both in the people and the places. 

One Devonshire Gardens is a really cool spot. Tonnes of great spots for photos in the hotel and the lanes and streets around. 

But what's a venue without an awesome couple? A wonderful pair at the centre of an incredible cast of friends & family. Caroline's pals went all out and got her a custom snapchat filter for the day!! What a team!

Their day looked a little bit like this...

Autumn on Loch Lomond // Katy & Geo #hitched

When you do any marketing for your business, the first question is always "Who is your ideal client?". From now on, these photos will tell that story of the most incredible couple. 

We hung out a couple of months ago for their engagement shoot and had a blast, then got to do it all over again for their wedding at Luss Parish Church & Boturich Castle.

They were never phased by the (occasionally awful) weather, and were 100% on board with making some beaut images and completely bought into the teamwork needed to make it all a success. 

Katy, George...you are heroes, and I'm so chuffed to have been there capturing it.

Crail Cow Shed // A Wedding Dream

The Cow Shed in Crail is a pretty new wedding venue. I love getting to visit venues I haven't been to before, but especially when they're only just getting going. It already has a great reputation after it's first 12 weddings, and totally didn't disappoint. 

A big part of every venue is obviously the couple. Stephanie & Gordon were awesome. Stephanie made her own dress (and one for her mum too!) and was even doing some last minute alterations an hour before she left for the wedding!

They had an outdoor service and nobody blew away in the crazy wind (except a veil!)

Congratulations S&G x 

When The Sun Shines on Loch Lomond // Boturich Castle Wedding

I love going to venues for the first time, especially when they're beauties like Boturich Castle. Loch Lomond is a pretty incredible place, and seeing it from this vantage point, on a day like this, was pretty special.

Add to the mix a couple of crazy kids have the party of their lives, and it was all set up for an epic day. 

I was introduced by Hann-Nora & Steven by my pal and super-photographer Jo Donaldson, who was a bridesmaid. So I was mad chuffed when they booked (I don't know if she did or not, but I'm taking this as a fully fledged endorsement from Jo!)

I need to remember and stick some suncream in my camera bag...

Congrats to you beautiful pair, it was a blast!

And big props to the amazing people that helped make it all happen

Boturich CastleCat Robertson Make-up, Hair by Pew Bridal Stylist, Fiona Higgins Photography on 2nd shooting and Ross Wright - Super Human(ist) for making it all legal.

Scottish Castle Wedding // Jennifer & Andrew

I'd never even heard of Duntreath Castle when Jen first got in touch. Which is ace, as shooting new venues is loads of fun. As it turns out, the venue is an absolute beauty. Hidden away and huge, wandering the grounds in the Spring sunshine was a total joy. Especially with these two laughing all the way.

Thanks to you guys and all your friends for making me so welcome on the day and for having such a laugh, it's make my job such a pleasure. 

Neil + Suzi

That hair!!

This beautiful pair took me to the banks of glorious Loch Lomond for a mini adventure ahead of their wedding.

The perfect engagement  session is in a place you love to be, with the person you love to be with. Simple.

Add in some epic scenery and you're doing things right 

West End Wedding @ Ubiquitous Chip

A sometimes sunny, sometimes torrential, typical Glasgow day, punctuated by the wonderful wedding of Dorrien & Christ at the Ubiquitous Chip.

It was my first time photographing at this venue and I really enjoyed it. It's a great space for it with heaps of beautiful natural light and interesting features. 

After lots of laughs & a few tears during the service, we popped out for a wander around Ashton Lane and Byres Road for some photographs with this cracking pair. "We just love kissing" Dorrien told me. She does not lie :)

Big congrats again guys, much love x

2016 // My Year in Wedding Photographs

It never stops humbling me how many people trust me with their wedding photographs.

I say it often, and it's not even marketing speak, but I really do believe that it's so important to have good photos of your wedding day. It's nice for you to have, but it's more than that, it's a link down the years to your kids and grandkids. 

I married my bff this year as well, and we were lucky to have photos of some people very close to us, who sadly aren't with us anymore. Having them there, even in a small way, was important to us. 

It's been an incredible year for me with a long list of wonderful people in front of my camera. The smiles and laughs on a wedding day are what keep me coming back for more and more. 

One final thing, if you're married, or are getting married, please make sure you print off some photos. Digital is amazing, but nothing will ever beat having a print in your hands. To make it easy, here are a couple of ace labs that you can send your files to http://prints.folioalbums.com/ & http://dscolourlabs.co.uk/  (worth noting, neither have anything to do with me, I just really want you to print your photos so that somebody will find them in a shoebox in 60 years tim!)

Thank you so much to all the beaut people that have been in front of the camera. 

Have a great holiday season.

Much love,

Euan x 

Woodside Warehouse Wedding

Sometimes (most of the time) people get really caught up in what the weather is going to be like on a wedding day. When I got married, I was getting twice daily reports on the weather from family, for a week beforehand (despite semi-polite requests for them to stop!)

If it rains on your wedding day, it is still your wedding day and you will still have an absolute blast. Helen & Ben are the most perfect example. So much fun all day and not a mention of the fact that Glasgow was doing its thing outside. 

I've learned over the course of many weddings, if you relax and go with it, you will have a much better day. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Huge props to this wonderful pair for having me along, it was a pleasure

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