Claire & Mick's Engagement Session, Lochside House Hotel

I'd never been to Lochside House Hotel before, so it was lovely to join Claire and Mick for a quick coffee before taking a look around. It doesn't happen too often, but whilst exploring the grounds of Lochside, I also did their engagement session as well as working out a plan for their wedding day.

There was also a wedding on whilst we were there, so there were lots of trying to avoid the wedding couple and their photographer so we didn't get in their shots! What I love about going exploring is discovering the unlikeliest of places to shoot and here was no different.

Here's some images to show you what we got up to.

The slideshow - turn up the volume, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Anne & Dave's Engagement Session, Dalduff Farm, Ayrshire

I've been wanting to photograph a wedding at Dalduff Farm for a couple of years now, I love it's rustic look. So what better way to take a look around than to couple it up with an engagement session for Anne and Dave, who get married there in September. Dalduff Farm didn't disappoint; rustic - yes, nooks and crannies - oh yes, plenty of places to explore and get lost - hell yeah!

The kids and their gorgeous husky joined us too so we kicked off with some family photos too. Here's a sneak peek of what we got up to and if you reach the bottom, there's a slideshow of the entire shoot.

The Slideshow - turn up the volume, sit back and relax!

The Mills Family, Cuningar Loop, Glasgow

I love going to places I've never been before and Cuningar Loop was one of those places. An amazing space to get lost in with plenty of places to take some lovely family photos. I'd photographed Fiona and Jonathan's wedding around six years ago and also caught up with their son Charlie when he was nearly two years old. It was my first time meeting Gabby and both her and Charlie were amazing to photograph. Lots of smiles and complete posers!

Here is a small selection to show you what we got up to.

Rona & Darran, Loch Coruisk, Skye

When my family jetted off to Portugal for a week I was unable to join them as I had weddings to photograph at either end of the week. So I decided to take a camper van to Skye with my dog Emily for a few days in between. Then, unexpectedly, my friend Rosie from Love Skye Photography asked me for some help.

Rosie photographed Rona and Darran's wedding on the Saturday at Coruisk House, but unfortunately, the weather was so bad that they never made it over to Loch Coruisk. And so Rosie hatched a cunning plan. She was due to photograph another couple at Loch Coruisk on the Tuesday and asked me if I would mind photographing Rona and Darran. I immediately jumped at the chance as I'd always wanted to go on the Misty Isle boat trip! And Rona and Darran were delighted as it meant they got the photos they so wanted. Win win.

Rona and Darran were staying in a delightful little cottage just up from the shore at Elgol. So we met them there for some photos down on the rocks overlooking the Cuillin Mountains. Before long the midges had set upon us and we got eaten alive! So off we went to join Rosie's other couple on the Misty Isle boat, dousing ourselves in midge repellent.

On the way over, out of nowhere, the rain poured down and we were left wondering if this was going to happen or not. But they seemed to be just heavy showers as we sailed past seals lounging on the rocks. As we approached our mooring point, the heavens opened once more. We stayed on the boat for a good twenty minutes before the rain stopped and then we went for it. A little window of opportunity was greeted by an amazing break in the weather as we clambered over rocks to Loch Coruisk. Definitely a bucket list item ticked off the list for me.

As we all climbed back on board the Misty Isle, we were served hot drinks and a piece of shortbread, a welcome snack on a cold and damp day. And we were almost greeted with a sight of dolphins on the way back, only to find they were porpoises. 

Rona and Darran, you were an absolute delight to photograph and I'm so happy I was able to help out and capture you both in a place you love. It was a pleasure to have met you both and it was a day I'll never forget.

Oh and if you're wondering how Emily spent the day, Rosie's family borrowed her and took her on a huge walk.

Kirsten & Doug's Engagement Session: Sugar Sheds, Greenock

It's been a while since I did a shoot down at the Sugar Sheds, but my oh my, what a building. So many gorgeous colours and textures to shoot against, love it love it love it! And believe it or not, the weather was absolutely horrendous with heavy rain and wild winds sweeping through. Kirsten and Doug were freezing but braved the elements regardless.

See a full slideshow from their engagement session below including lots more images.