Rain, rain and more rain, such was my welcome to Edinburgh early on a Wednesday morning. I consoled myself with a croissant, coffee and orange juice at the Circus café, read my book and eased into the morning.
I'd woken at an uncomfortable hour to make it into Glasgow. Adrift in the city I followed the clockwork orange and then wandered into Queen Street Station where a pleasant surprise met my feet. I'd sold an old event image to a firm a while back, expecting it to appear on a leaflet or two, possibly a web site, but there it was covering a large expanse of floor beneath the bleary eyed commuters' feet. My part of the montage is the blue knight. So Bannockburn at the end of June folks, just in case you don't see the news elsewhere!
So the train brought me to Edinburgh and the rain had me hiding in a café. A short while later I met my model for the day, the beautiful Kavelle, of Kavelle Bridal Couture. Her husband was also along as a handy unsuspecting lighting assistant. We'd talked about shooting outdoors had the weather favoured us, but it didn't, so we resorted to a fallback option.
And so we discovered the marvel that is The Scotsman Hotel. I'd never been in this grand building before the conversion so the elegant wood panelling, attentive staff and the grand marble staircase were a very pleasant surprise. They kindly let us shoot in some of the public areas of the hotel, so Kavelle finally got the shots of her designer dress that she was after. Here's some out of camera previews from the day. Despite her serious mien in front of the camera, Kavelle was great fun to work with.
And the icing on the stick toffee pudding? Kavelle and her husband treated me to a lovely lunch in the brasserie.
My return trip through Glasgow brought me to the doors of Dreghorn Photography's studio in Kinning Park. Stuart had had the good luck of covering a wedding in New Lanark the previous weekend and we had a nice chat about designing wedding albums and the narrative of a wedding. I must admit to being a little envious of his work, as I have not had the good fortune to have had a wedding at this fabulous location before. Though I should apologise to his other half for distracting him with design and album talk rather than picking her up in a timely fashion.
Then I came home.... in the rain.
Now updating with a few comments about that last but one paragraph. The wedding day is a story in many ways (or chapter in the story of the lives of the people involved) and a photographer is trying to capture the events that tell that story over the course of the day, recording key moments, important people and all the little details that provide the setting for the story.
This is a major consideration when designing a wedding album for a couple. A series of 40 pages with beautiful pictures is nice, but it may not necessarily tell the story well. Finding a happy medium where you can show the best pictures with a coherent story really makes an album stand out and helps the couple remember their special day that little bit better in later years. A sequence of images leading to a big finale can be as fun and meaningful as a casual look between the couple.
If you have those key details that mean something for a particular part of the day, then these need to be incorporated into the story at that point and not just randomly tagged on at the end or somewhere random. But a big part of story telling can be the subtle embellishments that get added in the telling. If moment A took place after moment B, but the narrative is served by switching the pictures around, then this shouldn't be something that the photographer is afraid to do. If the symmetry of a picture works better if it is flipped in a mirror then that slightly altered picture might be a better way of telling the tale.