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Nikki & Alastair's Engagement Shoot, Loch Drunkie, The Trossachs

I recently fell in love with a new and unexplored area of Scotland, near Aberfoyle. I have Nikki and Alastair to thank for this as they wanted their engagement shoot to take place within a stones throw of their new home, Gartmore.

I met them at their rented cottage for a chat about their wedding over a coffee before going off to do the shoot. Although they've now lived in the area for over a year, we still managed to venture into a part of The Trossachs they had never been to, always exciting! We took Dukes Pass just beyond Aberfoyle and turned onto the Achray Forest Drive. The main thing Nikki and Alastair wanted was to be captured together in this beautiful landscape. I also knew that they wanted some lovely pink heather to be featured too. With that in mind and my love of textures such as tree bark and pine cones, we stumbled first upon a fantastic viewpoint with Loch Drunkie stretched out in front of us. It was truly breathtaking.

We found a number of different spots along the way and the weather didn't disappoint either as I placed them as naturally as possible in the area they both love.

Once we had finished the shoot we took a trip to Gartmore Village where not only is their new house situated, but is also the location of their wedding. They're currently completely renovating an old house which will soon become their new home and they took great pleasure in showing me the old place, I'm a stickler for old buildings. Then it was off to the Parish Church and Village Hall together with a quick walk around the village looking for some nice spots for photos.

We ended the day with a meal at The Forth Inn in Aberfoyle which proved to be the perfect end to an amazing day spent with a fabulous couple. Here is a small selection of what I captured that day.

Jen & Andy's Engagement shoot, Inverbeg, Loch Lomond

I spent the most amazing few hours with Jen and Andy for their engagement shoot. They wanted to return to Inverbeg where they'd spent some time together. It was a place I'd passed often but never stopped at. Now called The Inn at Loch Lomond, we met for a coffee first and talked all about the wedding.

Although the sun wasn't shining just yet, we headed to 'The Beach House' which is part of the hotel. There were so many little bits for us to explore and Jen and Andy's love for walking in the hills meant that Ben Lomond just had to feature! Thank goodness it was a clear day.

After all the hard work was done, we grabbed a bite to eat and got to know each other even more. As well as the photography, getting to know my couples is one of the most enjoyable parts to my job and results in feeling like they're good friends.

At the time of writing this, it's not very long before Jen and Andy's wedding at Cottiers in the west end of Glasgow which I'm very much looking forward to.

Here is a small selection of photos from the shoot for you all to enjoy.

Elaine & Ben's Engagement Shoot, Victoria Park, Glasgow

One thing I love when meeting a couple for their engagement shoot is catching up over a coffee beforehand. And that's exactly what we did. Of course this is usually designed to calm the nerves, but it's always lovely to just sit down and chat about all sorts of things, especially as usually I may not have seen them for over a year.

After lots of chat, we headed to Victoria Park. A place where Elaine and Ben love to go. It was perfect also because Ben is a gardener so he was in his element. They took me to a part of the park I never knew existed. We walked through secret passageways cut through the rock that would open up into the most amazing spaces with loads of colours thrown in for good measure.

Elaine and Ben get married in November and after a recent recce of the venue together, I can't wait for their day to arrive.

Thanks for being so awesome guys, here is a small selection of what we got up to for you all to enjoy.

Tara & Ciaran's Engagement shoot, Glasgow

Saturday morning, the day of Tara and Ciaran's wedding and only then did I realise when sharing one of their engagement shoot images on my Facebook Page that I hadn't actually blogged their engagement shoot! How on earth did that slip through the net as it was awesome!

Tara and Ciaran live in the Gorbals in Glasgow and they mentioned that they would like some photos taken of them both in the Gorbals Rose Garden as they love spending time there and walking the dog. It would be just our luck that it was slightly overgrown at the time we chose to visit, but still, it was a nice space to be in. But we needed something more, so they suggested the Southern Necropolis which was an ancient graveyard! However, there was something strangely beautiful about that space, it was perfect.

Here are a collection of images from the day.

Jayne & Paul's Engagement shoot, Glasgow

I had been looking forward to this shoot for so long. A few years ago, Jayne and Paul had booked me for a couple's shoot, long before they were planning a wedding. So I was really pleased when the day finally came to meet up with them both.

Prior to the shoot, we drove out together to Airth Castle to catch up over a coffee and talk all about the wedding plans. It was so nice to catch up with them again. We also took the opportunity to go and take a look at Solsgirth House together, the venue for their wedding. It's great to look around a venue with the couple as they can let me know their thoughts and what they're seeing and vice versa.

It was soon time to begin the shoot and we decided upon Speirs Wharf in Glasgow, a lovely old mill of some kind beside the canal that has been developed into posh apartments. The only downside is that is was soooo windy! It was really hard to find any kind of shelter, but we managed and we ended up with some lovely images.

At the time of writing this blog, Jayne and Paul are due to get married this coming Friday at Solsgirth House and I cannot wait. Here are some images from the engagement shoot for you all to enjoy!