Scotland

Dunnottar Castle at Dusk | Raw Love

These two are precious humans, whom I adore.
Their love is raw and their sweet joy can be felt by anyone who is in their presence.

The first time I met these newlyweds was literally in the Highlands of Scotland for a shoot when my friends were visiting from LA, Sheri and Nicole, and invited me to join them for a day trip! My main contribution was to suggest that we go to Dunnottar at dusk because of the cliffside views and the skies tones are some of my favorites in the country. It couldn’t have been a better setting to end a day in Scotland with friends visiting and to witness all of them seeing Dunnottar for the first time, under such beautiful dusk light. I honestly couldn’t have even told you their names before I captured these images of them on this day (I’m also just bad with names, it takes me a while, ha). Matt and Tamar are also a talented husband & wife photo/video duo I came to find out later! But there is something so lovely about simply meeting someone in person first before seeing their online presence or scrolling through their life before meeting them. I really love meeting with people in person, in passing. Face to face will always be the truest form of connection and authenticity, and these two’s love for each other was just that, deep and genuine. It was so apparent from the first day I met their bubbly selves cuddling on the mountainside. I just love their perseverance, their joy, their hope and their sweet and kind spirits. I’m so grateful to have met them in the Highlands on this day and for all of our hangouts since! So cheers to meeting people in person, developing genuine friendships and to couples endlessly in love and pursuing their dreams together!

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Isle of Skye Road Trip | Scotland

When I’m with you, I’m home.

My boyfriend, Ross (who has the kindest heart and is the loveliest human I have ever had the privilege of knowing and loving) and I travel back and forth between our two cities regularly every few months. He is Scottish and lives in the beautiful historic city of Edinburgh and I am an American who lives in the stunningly modern city of Chicago.
With that said, when I visit Scotland, we road trip, multiple times a month when I’m in the country. Sometimes our travels consist of weekend flights to nearby countries (well relatively, to me) to France or to Ireland, sometimes we do long weekends away in the Highlands (the most consistent and always regular, to explore Scotland’s beautiful countryside), other times it’s day trips that we can take around the coast in the middle of Scotland.
However, of all of our trips we’ve taken together, we don’t go for the purpose of shooting but to just spend time together in new places, which is why this is the first post I’ve taken enough on my camera to share. I love capturing the land, but more so just seeing it with my eyes, in general, since I never grew up or experienced much of the outdoors as a child, and Ross…well he grew up in Scotland and was practically raised outdoors and would hike and be in nature with his family constantly. This blog post is a simple look into one of our many road trips taken together over the last few years. I also wanted to show some lovely scenes from a country that I currently spend half of my time living in and that I’ve fallen in love with over the last few years. I just love it. Although, I definitely don’t need to sell the majestic beauty of this place with my words, which I couldn’t do if I tried, so enjoy the images below. And if you haven’t yet, I highly suggest visiting Scotland. Just driving anywhere north in the country is beautiful, no location tag needed. It’s truly a beautiful land.

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Ross is featured in this edition of Rucksack Magazine.

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We never go on a trip without an Aeropress and a bag of local whole bean coffee.

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We like crosswords + breakfast bagels.

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The two above images were taken 2 minutes in between each other. This is Scottish weather at it’s finest.

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We’re not super into the “tripod and formal pictures” being taken of us, but when it started pouring rain we ran to the overhang of this house for a bit and I saw our reflection when I was looking too hard inside the windows, ha. Thankfully, no one was home.

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We stop at many small inns for soup + hot drinks on our road trips.

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Porteous Studio | Edinburgh, Scotland

Watch carefully the magic that occurs
when you give a person enough comfort
to just be themselves. - Atticus

Eilidh and Jack, of Izat Irundell, are the beautiful humans who created this serene and cozy space, quietly located in the center of Edinburgh. Its name is Porteous Studio. It encompasses who they both are and was their first project working together as a couple. I truly appreciate the thoughtful details they included, from the local coffee beans in the cupboard to the custom furniture that was commissioned for the space. The textured design, the clean lines and the calming color palette all contribute to the experience of a stay at Porteous Studio. I’m so grateful to have spent a few days here and can’t wait for my next retreat in this beautifully designed getaway, nestled in the heart of my second home.

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photography Melody Joy Co. | oak screens  @56northkitchens  | brass object @fionadeanartist  | linen print @hayleymccrirrick | textured walls @clayworksclayplasters  | clay pots @_rebeccaproctor  | sofa @namongaston | toiletries Aēsop Skincare | coffee table read Rucksack Magazine | that delicious carrot cake | Love Crumbs

Katie + Oliver's Intimate Wedding | Loch Lomond, Scotland

I love how every couple is so uniquely them. Whether they have a large party with endless amounts of friends, family members and acquaintances or a small intimate wedding, both represent who the couple is and it's such a lovely thing. 

Katie and Oliver originally were planning a large wedding in downtown Glasgow and as the weeks went on they realized they really just wanted an intimate day with just 20 of their closest family and friends from near where they both grew up on Loch Lomond.

The day was as serene as the landscape that surrounded us. The beautiful mountains lining the horizon, the calming still water served as the backdrop of the day. 

I always learn so much about myself and others after becoming a part of their family for a few days. It's always such a humbling experience and these precious moments make me so grateful for my life's work. I truly love what I do, photographing memories being made and stories unfolding.     

So cheers to you, Katie + Oliver!
May your days be filled with lots
of explorations in nature, lots of
delicious donuts, lots of reality
tv shows and most importantly
lots of love! 


Dress Seni Dey // Florals Adelaide's Secret Garden // Shoes & Other Stories // Suit Moss Bros //  Venue Stuckgowan Estate // Vintage Tables Virginia's Vintage Hire // Floral Boxes Bailey's Fine Furniture // 2nd Shooter Ross Dickie // Caterer Raegan Hallatt Catering //

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Ruth + Mark | Isle of Skye

Ever since being introduced to Ruth (thanks Ian!) I knew she would become a close friend of mine. I appreciate her kindness, hospitality and just overall genuine personality. She is a gem and a firecracker at the same time. I was so grateful to spend this past weekend capturing Ruth and Mark's engagement photos on the Isle of Skye, where Ruth grew up. She had plenty of hikes lined up and plenty of food and drink to satisfy an army. Ruth's grandma also contributed with delicious homemade food multiple times, so I now know where she gets it from! 

Anyways, enjoy these images of our weekend...and always remember..."a couple that lunges together, stays together!" (see second to last image)

If you'd like me to come with you for an engagement or elopement weekend, contact me and we can work something out! 

A Highland Bride | Scotland, UK

        Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

( These are the kinds of individuals, artists, brides and humans I want to work with, and just live life with. )

 

Featured today on - Mrs. P & P Wedding Blog

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You can't beat pure joy, even when it's so cold out!

I can't get enough of shooting the unique details of a wedding day.


Location // It's a secret says the building owner, but I'll give you a hint...it's in Arrochar. 

Planner + Stylist Fin Flükra (Catrina Duthie) // Website  Facebook  Instagram  Pinterest

Wedding Photography Melody Joy Co. // Website Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest

Floristry Posies & Pots // Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Headpieces + Jewellery Susan Dick Jewellery // Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest

Hair + Makeup Bonnie Brides //  Facebook  Instagram

Model // Natalie Leask

A Cottage Wedding | Argyll, Scotland

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venue Lunga House  |  florist The Flower Shop  |  dress Flossy + Dossy  |  hair/makeup LeeAnne Fraser  |  wedding planner + stylist Fin Flükra (Catrina Duthie) // Website  Facebook  Instagram  Pinterest