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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

The Winter Months - Bridal Photoshoots

So I may have mentioned my grand winter plans in passing, but I thought I'd add some more details, now that the shoots have kicked off.
 
I like the chance to get creative with my beauty and fashion shoots, whilst at the same time playing with tradition and being inspired by art and popular culture. This also applies to my bridal and wedding photoshoots. In a normal wedding you can't be carting around a ton of lighting gear and asking the bridal party to wait 30 minutes while you get the lighting, "just right.", so it's nice to break out of a real wedding and do some bridal fashion photography.
 
With this in mind I decided that if I was going to do this, it couldn't be a half baked project. I reached out to a number of venues, stately homes, castles and hotels as well as stylists, designers, models, makeup artists and hair stylists to create complete shoots.
 
The first of these was at a stately home South of Edinburgh, Newhall. Shooting with dresses from the designer, Gemma Sargent. This great old house has a beautiful walled garden and we were also fortunate to be able to shoot a few interiors in the house. The autumn colours really created a beautiful setting for the shoot. Hair and makeup by Alexis Aitchison (AA.dora Bella) and Leigh Donaldson complimented the fabulous outfits we were fortunate to have been loaned. Zan was on board as stylist and ably churned out the models in their various outfits. We shot with Charlotte, Mol and Dominique as our models with a taste of the results below.
 
Mol in the Sitting Room at Newhall
 
 
Charlotte in the dining room at Newhall
Dominique in the sitting room at Newhall
Mol in front of Newhall
Dominique at the walled garden at Newhall
 
Our second shoot took us back even further in time, as we descended on the medieval castle at Balgonie. The Laird and his family were welcoming hosts, even regularly topping up the wood stoves to save our models from goosebumps. This time we shot with several different pieces, old favourites Nutmeg Couture loaned a couple of dresses, Crikey Aphrodite provided some bridal corset and skirt combinations and Catwalk 54 wowed us with some traditional princess style dresses. Libby Kilpatrick was styling the shoot and as a milliner herself, she managed to sneak in a few of her creations here and there during the shoot along with some accessories.. Hair by Gillian (Pin-up Hair) was fabulous and we whizzed through a series of shots in the ancient vaulted chapel, the grand hall and around the castle. The models for this shoot were Poppy, Jenny and Erika, with Erika appearing in the picture below.
 
 
Poppy at Balgonie Castle
 
Erika at Balgonie Castle
Jenny at Balgonie Castle
Poppy in the Hall at Balgonie Castle
Erika outside the chapel at Balgonie Castle
Jenny in the chapel at Balgonie Castle
The third shoot was slightly closer to home at Strathaven House Hotel. We were loaned a room for makeup and changing and then shot around the hotel and in the gardens. This was different to the previous two bridal beauty shoots, as we had roped in the actor, Andy Gerard Hally as our groom. It was a chance to shoot with designs from AJR Designs again and I revisited her Victorian dress with a grand cathedral veil from Mairi Brunning Millinery, thanks to Zan's able sourcing, as well as a couple of twenties inspired pieces. Andy's brides for the day were Sin-Ling and Jenna and the picture below is of Jenna and Andy in the gardens followed by Sin-Ling on the stairs.
 
 
 
In this rollercoaster ride our 4th shoot took us to Ayrshire and the Burnhouse Manor Hotel. A lovely little hotel that turned out to be surprisingly close to home (for me), though we still had to retrieve models and makeup artists from Glasgow. The hotel has recently been nominated for the prestigious VOWS award, so it seemed only right that we were working with Lisa at Dragonfly Dress Design, a fellow nominee. Lisa's dresses are always a joy to shoot with their distinctly vintage leanings. I'd cast about for this shoot as well, but had a late cancellation, but luckily Charlotte was able to step into the breach, joining  Claudette and Kirstie in front of the lens. As well as Dragonfly's dresses, we were able to shoot with the lovely bouquets from Cherished Crystal Bouquets again. Makeup was provided by Katherine Yardley and Lisa kindly stepped in to improvise some of the hair styling. A great shoot rescued from a touch of chaos. We managed to shoot a little outside, despite the bitter cold, capturing the brief sunshine and did quite a few shots in the reception area, finishing up in the bridal suite, where we'd been located for changing and hair and makeup. The hotel were great hosts and their soup and sandwiches really warmed us up when they were most needed.
 
 
Claudette doing a Mary Poppins in the drive at Burnhouse Manor Hotel
 
 
Claudette at the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
 
Kirstie in the bridal suite at the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
 
Kirstie in the function room at the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
 
Charlotte in front of the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
 
 
Charlotte in the bridal suite of the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
Kirstie in the function room at the Burnhouse Manor Hotel
The 5th shoot, but not yet quite the final one, had a different flavour entirely as the team went on a major road trip. Makeup artist Ailsa Docherty and model, Pamela were picked up from Glasgow, our other female model, Natalia and two male models, Eddie and Eric along with Zan, were picked up from Edinburgh, before we headed down the A702 and M74 to the fabulous location that is Sprinkell. During our discussions ahead of the shoot, Jame at Springkell was quite keen on us shooting a Civil Partnership themed shoot so Eddie and Eric had been recruited as our male couple. Glendinnings of Annan were kind enough to loan kilts for this aspect of the shoot and Duncan (yes there's more than one Duncan in the world!) was on hand to help the gents attire themselves correctly, even going the extra mile (or several miles) to go back to the shop to get a better fit. The dresses for our two stunning female models were from Freja Designer Dressmaking in Edinburgh. It just so happened that one dress fit our stylist perfectly, so even Zan got in on the act on the day! James and his family were very attentive hosts, whilst also happy to leave us to our chaos of preparation and shooting. 
 
 
Natalia in the hall at Springkell
Pamela in the ceremony room at Springkell
Eddie and Eric on the steps in front of Springkell
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 more to go before Christmas and then I can hibernate again.

1 Comment to The Winter Months - Bridal Photoshoots:

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Katja Anton on 05 December 2013 10:26
Really your photo shoot is amazing you are a excellent photographer i must say. the work you have done is awesome,so thanks for shearing this wonderful blog with us
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