Over the bank holiday weekend this August, my flight bags were packed and after one serious delay on the M5, one missed flight and 5 extra hours of the executive lounge at Bristol airport I found myself on a flight to Edinburgh where I would meet up with friend and fellow photographer, Stuart Reid who runs Reids Photography in St Andrews.
Stuart had asked me to help second shoot a wedding he had at St Andrews University, I pretty much jumped at the chance when he asked.
So the day came and it was a weird experience for me, going blind into a wedding, having never met the couple or even shot at that venue before. But being the second photographer I had a degree of freedom where I could push the limits a little more than if I was the only shooter. Look for different angle, view points and locations, knowing I was there for Stuart not the other way around.
The wedding was held in the stunning chapel of St Salvators in St Andrews, then it was a short skip across the lawn to the university building for the reception, but we did manage to make it onto the beach at St Andrews for a few beach portraits. The evening was topped off with some ceilidh dancing care of Billy Anderson and his troupe. A great day and the weather held off for the most and it was dry and fine.
Being a second photographer was a very valuable experience for me, I felt I was able to push my skills a little further on the day and back processing these images I have pushed it that little further away from my normal feel. It’s cool once in a while to try different things, be creative and second shooting certainly allowed me to do that. Also the experience of travelling to shoot a wedding was a great learning curve for me. Familiarity breeds contempt as they say and shooting somewhere new certainly made me more aware of where I was shooting. I could really get the bug for this destination wedding location malarky..
So if you or anyone you know are getting married anywhere in the UK or further abroad and want me as your wedding photographer, please do get in contact with me.