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15 Jun 2017

Nicola and Richard at Jurys Inn Dyce, 10th June 2017

I have not posted about weddings recently and will do a catch up post soon, with some of the great weddings photographed recently.

Last Saturday I photographed Nicola and Richard’s wedding at the Jurys Inn at Aberdeen Airport. Nicola is a friend of Laura and Lesley Allan, and I photographed both of their weddings, and they recommended me. The weather was not great but luckily, it stayed dry and we got the photographs taken outside at the hotel.

When Nicola and Richard danced up the aisle after the service, it was obvious they were a fun couple, and were very easy to photograph.

We had hoped to go to a garden for bridal portraits which was not possible, but after the meal, the sun came out and I got nicer lighting for a few more photographs. This highlights one of the advantages of booking the evening service.

Richard’s nieces, Jessica and Olivia, were the beautiful flower girls and Nicola got some funny shots with them.

 

It was a full day service and I finished with the grand march and some dancing photographs.

You can view the photographs and slideshow here

As always we had the photographs on-line very quickly and Nicola and Richard have already viewed them and emailed me

Evening Neil, had a chance to look at the photos and they are brilliant……couldnt be happier.

Thank you again for making our wedding such an amazing day and being so efficient, friendly and professional all day.

Looking at getting one of the albums made and already picking my favourites………how many pics cank the different album sizes have?

Shall arrange to pop over soon and get all the pictures and things ordered and things once we are back from honeymoon.

Thank you again to you and Sandra for everything

Nicola and Richard xx

5 Jun 2017

Stewart Spence’s 70th Birthday Party

I was delighted to be asked to photograph Stewart Spence’s 70th birthday on Sunday 28th May, when over 300 people enjoyed a fantastic afternoon and evening at the Marcliffe.

Having worked for, and with Stewart Spence for 40 years next month, I was delighted to create a record of his special birthday. Knowing so many of the people made it easier to try and get the photographs during the hectic celebrations.

Doreen, Stewart’s partner arranged the event along with Mandy, Stewart’s PA. When I started as a photographer with Martin Johnston in 1977, I was working with Doreen, who was herself, a very capable photographer.

As you would expect the food, drink and entertainment were all top notch, especially the amazing London Essentials. Their ability to play all types of music around the tables creates an amazing atmosphere. There were some speeches, and a great song by Dr Fiona Kennedy Clark OBE

The brief was to take informal shots with no formal groups, I took over 1100 images, and I also got roped in to video the speeches.

Doreen and Stewart were both very pleased with the images, and their comments are below

Afternoon Neil

Wow, what a job you have done. Thank you so much.

Have forwarded everything to Mr S
Will let him push the button as far as making the link available. !!!
Hopefully he will do that quickly and everyone can remember a fun day.

Regards
DD x

(Doreen Douglas)

Just got round to seeing your photos, just amazing, reminds me of one of the best nights ever! The feedback has been brilliant, and I even enjoyed my own party and to see so many of my friends having a memorable time. Now because of you, I can be reminded forever,

Thank you so much Neil, you are def. the best!!!

Regards,

Stewart.

7 May 2017

Spring Print Sale

12 Apr 2017

Photography for Hall Morrice

The Hall Morrice partners with clients on location.

The shots are for a new website and the message (story) is that Hall Morrice work closely with their clients, and understand their businesses. Here we can see Des Petrie visiting Neil McDonald of Eblast, and Laura Cummings of FIS. Bob Bain is being shown a 3D printer by Andy Dare of Andrews Hyrographics Ltd. Shonagh Fraser is with Graeme Paterson, Chief Executive of Transition Extreme, and Derek Mair is with Gerald Smith at Drumsleed Farm in Laurencekirk.

10 Apr 2017

Studio shots for Tain Silver

Unlike a jewellery shoot for SilverStory, Tain Silver, a repeat client, wanted a black background, as we had used previously. Our studio is tiled in black gloss tiles and we used a spare floor tile which added a little interest with the reflection.

Gordon from Tain Silver wanted the shots to match what was taken previously as he was very pleased with these and used them on his re-vamped website  – see above and his comments from the first shoot, and from last week.

“We have been getting lots of very positive comments about the photographs on our website, especially regarding how clearly you can see the products so thanks very much for those ! I’m not sure if you have had a chance to look at the site yet: www.tainsilver.com. Each product has a magnify function and you can click on the image to enlarge it as well so you really get to see the images properly.
Kind regards
Carrie, Tain Silver”

“Good morning Neil,
Thank you for sending the shots I am delighted with these so please send me the link to download .
….
Kind regards, Gordon Tain Silver

17 Mar 2017

Silver Fin – photography for t.i. tiles international ltd

Last week, I was asked to take some photographs of the new Silver Fin building on Union Street for t.i. tiles international ltd.

It is a very impressive building of 132,611 sq ft arranged over nine occupied floors with a feature reception hall with four storey atrium.

I did some work for t.i. tiles in 2015 including photographs of the GDF Suez building on North Esplanade West (now Engie) and Prime Four at Kingswells.

Apart from this shoot at Silver Fin, they have several other project for me to photograph which is good news.

The site is still very much in progress so careful viewpoints and cropping were required.

Fortunately they were very pleased with the shots – as per the email below:

“They are fantastic Neil !
Thank you ! “

Jordan Harwood, Company Director

Technical info: Nikon D5 with 24-70mm f2.8E AF-S ED VR, 14-24mm, and 24mm f3.5D ED PC-E Nikon lenses.

12 Mar 2017

Gala Bingo, King Street, Aberdeen

Last week, I was photographing Gala Bingo on King Street.

The building was originally Kingsway Cinema. After James Donald died in 1934, the four brothers continued the business and land was acquired for a large cinema at the corner of King Street and Frederick Street, the latter providing a separate entrance for the cheaper seats.

Notable for a spacious foyer, its Art Deco style and Holophane lighting system, the Kingsway Cinema opened on 1st March 1939 with Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The Kingsway Cinema survived until February, 1963 and then became a bingo hall, the largest in northern Scotland. It remains so in 2017, under Gala Bingo Club’s and this has enabled the building to survive where others of such size have disappeared.

The photographs were for the manager, Fraser Calderwood, who is moving to another Gala Bingo closer to his home in Fife.

A lot of the features of the original cinema are still retained making it a nice interior to photograph.

The client responded within 10 minutes of receiving the images:

Hi Neil

I’ve paid the invoice, fantastic work. I’m so pleased with them. Thank you so much!

kind regards,
Fraser

Gallery

Technical info: The lighting was mainly available with 2 off camera flash units to light key features. Some of the shots were created using HDR (7 varying exposures combined in post processing). I used a Nikon D5 with a 14-24mm, and also a 24mm PCE lens (“PC” stands for perspective control and “E” stands for electronic diaphragm). The PC lens lets me raise the lens rather than tilt the camera which keeps parallel lines from converging – see example below:

 

9 Mar 2017

Apartment refurbishment photographs for Mac Architects

I am finally getting back to blogging and this is the first of many featuring some of the wide range of photography that we undertake for some amazing clients.

I regularly photograph projects for the award winning and very talented Mac Architects and last week, I photographed the first stage of a refurbishment of a flat in James Street, Aberdeen.

I loved the design and look:

  • the skimmed concrete floor
  • the floor to ceiling trainers display
  • the huge Frezoli lights
  • the shelving in the en-suite
  • the “industrial” lights in the wet room
  • the Control 4 tech

I am looking forward to seeing and photographing more of this project.

25 Sep 2016

New Digital Wedding Services

We have a great reputation for wedding photography and the huge number of testimonials from clients is our best advert. We photograph weddings throughout Scotland, and even internationally.

We have always had a good range of packages for all weddings – from only 2 people to the largest wedding with hundreds of guests.

We have never included digital files as part of our packages but included them when a book was purchased, or sold them at an additional fee. This was not only a commercial decision but I have always wanted to ensure that anything printed from our files was printed to a high standard. However our clients want to have the digital files to share them on social media, and the flexibility to use the photographs how they want.

From today every package will include digital files making our services exceptionally good value. Not only will the high resolution files with copyright release be included, a print of each will also be part of the package ensuring you get beautiful prints and a reference to how the files should be printed. The option to upgrade to a book will always be available, with a wider range of options than ever, and at exceptionally good value.

12 Aug 2016

Summer Print Sale

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