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You can plan most things for a wedding with a good degree of certainty but in the UK, and especially in Scotland, you can’t know in advance what the weather will do. Providing your wedding ceremony and reception venue are indoors the weather shouldn’t provide that many problems – but indoor photography can be restrictive and not representative of the day. No doubts about it – there are moments during the big day when you would like to be outside.

Natural light and the charm of your surroundings at that very special venue you hired – at great expense – will be important elements of your wedding photographs. If you have hired a venue in a Scottish castle with views out over mountains and sea or at a country house hotel with its beautifully manicured gardens then you will want to capture them in your photographs.

An experienced photographer will have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” (bad weather). And (s)he’ll be prepared for both plans to go “out of the window”! Your photographer should have researched the location and know which locations to use in any weather.

On what is merely a grey, cloudy day a skilled wedding photographer will know how to make the best of the light. In fact for outdoor portraits this is the best sort of light – beautiful even light that’s kind to any face. Stormy skies add drama and a professional will know how to balance artificial light but retain that drama in the sky (just one more argument against leaving the job to friends and amateurs, but that’s another wedding photography story!) More problems present themselves when the rain starts to fall and the wind starts to blow, and for the bride, problems for her dress and hairdo in particular.
There are several options available to the wedding couple if the weather should turn against them and their wedding photographer’s best efforts.

One obvious strategy to insure against heavy rain and having to be photographed in interiors indistinguishable from a thousand others wedding venues is to choose a venue where exteriors protected by a high roof are available. Think pergolas, bandstands and canopied doorways. Photographers love doorways; the light falls off quickly and that beautiful soft light is back.

Indoors by a window is the next best thing. Window light makes for dramatic images – a large window with a wood panelled or stone wall and all sorts of possibilities open up. Photography is about light and this setting is wonderful.

In the absence of roofed exteriors it may make sense to have large white umbrellas on hand – I always carry several. Apart from protecting against the rain they diffuse the top light and reflect back the bottom light – soft light again! You may even want to bring your own umbrellas in other colours to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. Plenty of clips and pins for holding hair in place and battening down gowns won’t go amiss either. The wind can be used to our advantage too – with a bit of cover that natural wind machine can be useful!

The employment of umbrellas can dovetail nicely with another important strategy for wedding photograph success in inclement weather. That strategy is, in three words, “Go with it!” Embracing the conditions can not merely save the day – it may make the day. You can’t change the weather but you can change your attitude to it. A strong gale, a refreshing shower or even snow will make your wedding day a memorable one and add to the fun. I’ve seen the Bride arrive in “wellies” and it’s a great photograph. Who knows – perhaps that awful weather will forever be associated with happiness?

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Are you getting married? Then write 12:01am at 1st May 2011 in your diary.
Sit at your computer, and get writing and planning – because if you are getting married between 1st October 2011 and 31st March 2012 – then you could WIN your Wedding Photography!

Here we have a little Question and Answer Session, which is also on the Competition Website where you will also find the Terms and Conditions.

Who are Blue Lights Photography?

Blue Lights Photography is a female, Award Winning Wedding Photographer from Barnsley, covering the Yorkshire area and beyond. Run by myself (Adele), I specialise in making images to treasure forever. Also a finalist for a Wedding Idea’s award within my first year of business, you can be sure of a great service.

Why are you running the competition?

I am running the competition to enable couples getting married from 1st October 2011 to 31st March 2012 to WIN their Wedding Photography. I believe that everyone should have images to treasure forever and most people who get married in the winter months, do so because they want to either have a beautiful winter wedding or their budget will not stretch to an in-season wedding. This can mean that a lot of people drop the idea of having a professional photographer, or they go for a photographer they can afford rather than want. Giving the opportunity for a couple to win an amazing £1200 of photography including an album means that they do not have to worry and that money could be spent elsewhere on the wedding.

What do you win?

As mentioned, the prize is worth over £1200, and includes a full-day of Photography from award winning Blue Lights Photography and a 10×10, 10-spread Italian Designer Album of choice from Album Epoca
Blue Lights Photography’s full day photography also includes the following:
•Pre-Wedding Consultations & Pre-Wedding Photoshoot
•Venue visit with Bride and Groom
•DVD slideshow of Pre-wedding Photoshoot and Wedding
•20 Thank You cards
•Travel expenses included up to 50 mile radius
•Online web gallery access & 100 postcards with access details for guests.

How do we enter?

All you have to do is email info@bluelightsphotography.co.uk with your names, wedding date and venue, and why you should win. Full Terms and conditions are available here.

When is the competition open?

The Competition is open from 12:01am on 1st May 2011 to 11:59pm on 30th June 2011 after which 3 people will be shortlisted.

How will the shortlist work?

The shortlist will be chosen by a panel of people from past and current brides, people with media connections and of course myself.

Who will win?

The shortlist will be announced and then we are actively asking people to VOTE!
This will be done on the Blue Lights Photography Blog. We ask that people do not vote multiple times for the same person, as this will lead to all your votes being pulled.
The winner will be the person with the most votes and will be announced on 1st August 2011.

Then what happens?

We will publish the winner, and will also go to local press with the winner (and shortlist) stories and pictures. We will also use online wedding blogs and websites to promote the pre wedding Photoshoot and the wedding after the Bride and Groom have seen their images.

It really is that simple! – If you have only provisionally booked your Wedding Date then you can still enter as long as it is within the months stated. People without a Wedding Date cannot enter.

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions over on the competition website – and good luck!!!

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If you are planning a black and white themed wedding, then hopefully our collage will give you some inspiration! If not, however, do not hestitate to contact us for our supplier recommendations and ideas!


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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!


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1.       Tell us the background to establishing CIA Photography

It all started over six years ago, working  full time with Polaroid in research and Design and part time with another photographer at weekends. I built up my skills and started shooting some weddings as an assistant and then to actual ones on my own. When I was made redundant from Polaroid it really was a logical step, and one I have never regretted. 

 2.       Who are the people involved in CIA Photography?

Well, Colin Allison to start! It really is a family run business, with a little bit of support from everyone. I am chiefly involved with the client meeting s and actual photography. I have some amazing support in the from of Henry Peachy who has started assisting and shooting for CIA Photography.  My father does a huge amount of work, including hand assembling albums, logistics (postage really!) but we do prefer the personal touch of hand delivery where possible. My wife seems to have taken over the role of media and advertising and my poor mother deals with the accounts. Throw in a lovely three year old daughter who wont put her Vtech camera down and it is easy to see why we are a family outfit!

3.       What makes CIA Photography different from your competitors?

Some core beliefs that a lot of photographers seem to ignore. Quality is fundamental to my business beliefs. For our wedding couples this means :

  • fantastic coverage with no set hours,
  • unlimited photographs,
  • no proof marks,
  • CD of all images fully processed and corrected
  • Stunning Italian Storybooks (with our own wee twist!)

But more so, I offer a great day for not just the couple but the guests too. I love having guests snap a picture that I have setup, it make them feel part of the day. This has always been a complaint about the “traditional” wedding photographers, not allowing guests to take photographs. I also find that if they are included for family shots when it comes to the bridal pictures, they give you a little bit of respect to work your magic, and everyone ends up with a great day and great shots!

4.       What have been the main achievements and challenges since establishing CIA Photography?

One of the worst is entering in with no real knowledge of how to run a business. Advertising was a major issue, costing so much but wrongly targetted. If you do not have a mentor then it really is a trial and error task. Thankfully, we quickly learned and had some great assistance from experienced professionals and it seems to be working! Better still, we are now helping other local business with similar challenges with our new directory www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk. It is different from others, as it is run purely to support the new and established wedding industry in and around Loch Lomond for free! 

5.       Who or what inspires you?

The kind words from Bride and Grooms who are delighted with their albums or images. Better still are the recommendations from these couples who have enabled CIA Photography to continue growing year on year.

 6.       Do you cover solely weddings, or do you undertake other photography?

I have a full range including Portraiture, Boudoir, Commercial, Schools and anything that is a bit different! We have had some fantastic commercial customers (Like McGhees) to provide product launch shots of a new range of Curry Pies! You should have smelled the studio after that event!

We’ve also been regularly asked to photograph local wedding venues and have had our work featured in television adverts and magazines. We’ve photographed quite a few well known faces and undertaken some charity work.

 7.       Can you tell us about a memorable wedding you have shot?

Old cliché here but no weddings are the same, and no wedding I can think of was not memorable for some reason or event. That is the great thing about weddings, there are some many variables and different people that it never falls into an “ordinary day”.

 8.       Can you give our readers a price guide for your photography?

Yes, we offer an amazing range of products but here are our current favorites. A digital CD of all the images for you to print from, and proofs in a presentation box for £495, covering to your first dance. Or a stunning Italian storybook with an aluminum cover, 30 pages and CD/proofs for £650. Or to cover everything an Italian Storybook with 50 pages, CD/Proofs/ two parents books for £1000. In today’s climate we have a package for any budget, but at great quality.


9.       What are your plans for the future?

I am hoping to launch a studio very soon, and build on our wedding success with Portraiture and possibly more commercial work. I have started  personally developing my skills as well, I now have a mentor and I am keenly working towards my BIPP and SWPP qualifications which I hope to achieve in 2011.

10.   How can our readers get in touch with you?

Every way, find us on the web at www.ciaphotography.co.uk, Facebook – CIA Photography, Twitter @cia_photography or good old fashioned phone on 01389 605173

You can meet us face-to-face at the Loch Lomond Wedding Show which will be held at Duck Bay Marina on the 27th February 2011 at 1pm (free entry). We will also be at the Craigownie Castle wedding fair on the 20th March and the online wedding fair on the 6th March.

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