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17 Oct 2013

Danielle and Kane

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I have just had a lovely email testimonial from Danielle and Kane about the photographs taken by David at Banchory Lodge on the 5th October.

Well what can I say… David you are amazing at what you do! Love love love my photos and you are such a lovely guy and made everyone feel at ease. My guests loved you and are recommending you to people already :) Thank you for making our photographs go so smoothly. Also they are absolutely gorgeous. I will 100% recommend you to anyone looking for a photographer.
Ps he also helped with button holes. Haha
Thanks again,
Danielle and Kane

7 Oct 2013

Kirsty and Brian at Norwood Hall

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Although the forecast was for a dry afternoon, unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived at Norwood on Friday and most of the photographs before the service had to be taken inside although Brian, the best man, ushers, and both Dad's ignored the rain and got a few shots outside. 

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Kirsty was stunning and got photographed with her proud Dad, Alan on the beautiful staircase at Norwood Hall before the service.

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Fortunately after the service, the rain had eased to a very light drizzle and we got most of the photographs taken in the beautiful grounds of Norwood Hall. 

You can view all the images on our website by clicking here

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1 Oct 2013

Our New Website

Although we still have a lot of work to do and it is far from complete, we are getting some great feedback on the new website. We are currently adding new galleries replacing the multimedia which will keep these as an option but all the sample galleries will emulate the front page gallery which with it's clean design and simple navigation is a very effective way to view sample images.

website-imacWhen developing the website, it was very important to us that it looked good on a desktop but also on all mobile devices. We previously experimented with having different version of the site for mobile devices but the new website scales beautifully for desktops, tablets, and smart phones, and looks great  on all devices.

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When the display is too narrow for the navigation bar, it swtiches to a drop down selection to choose any of the pages. The icons that are in a line on a wider screen line up vertically on an iPhone or any narrower display.

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There are some key features in the website design

  • The design is based on HTML5 and CSS3 with backwards compatibility when possible, and does not use any flash

  • Responsive design that scales to screen size and orientation

  • The website is built on "blocks" making it easy to introduce major changes easily

  • Ther are a large selection of different templates available within the website

  • It is very easy to edit existing pages or add new ones

  • There is some very impressive automation e.g. when a wedding is added, it automatically gets posted to the News section, the Browse and Buy front page, and the annual listing.

  • The contact forms are built on a "back end system" which records every enquiry in a database

  • It has automatic optimisation for SEO

There is going to be lots of content added – pages for all popular wedding venues, pages for each of our wide range of products, and commercial case studies

​We are getting much more involved in website development and have several projects in progress at the moment. If you have a requirement for a new website or want to re-vamp an existng one, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.

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30 Sep 2013

Beaconsfield Mews apartments

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Below are a few photographs of these beautiful apartments in the west end of Aberdeen just off Fountainhall Road. The development was built by JNF Developments and these are to be offered as serviced apartments by West End Properties Ltd.

25 Sep 2013

Opening of the Aberdeen Maggies by the Duchess of Rothesay and Queen Sonja of Norway

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The Duchess of Rothesay and Queen Sonja (with the Provost in the background) look on as Colin Welsh addresses the guests.

On Monday 23rd Camilla, the Duchess of Rothesay and Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened the new Maggies cancer care centre at Foresterhill.  They met Colin Montgomerie and his family, fundraiers, the construction team, and the Maggies staff. The Duchess is the President of Maggies and she and Queen Sonja viewed plans for the centre, designed by Norwegian Architects, Snohetta, while on a visit to Oslo last year.

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Colin Montgomerie and Colin Welsh look on as the Duchess and Queen Sonia unveil the stone naming the the Elizabeth Montgomerie building.

The £3 million raised by the Monty's Maggies appeal for the Aberdeen centre in just 3 years is the fastest fundraising camapaign in Maggies history. The "Elizabeth Montgomerie Building" named after Colin Montgomerie's Mum is a tribute to the support from Colin and the Elizabeth Montgomerie foundation. The Duchess and Queen Sonja unveiled a commeratiive stone with the name of the building at the front door of the centre.

28 Feb 2013

Sarah and Innes wedding album

 

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We just had another delivery of a beautiful album from Graphistudio in Italy. Although Sarah and Innes got married in November, 2011, busy life's and a new baby meant the album was not ordered until before Christmas last year. Sarah and Innes and their parents chose to have printed preview books with every image, which they got after the wedding. As we leave our images on-line, ordering an album can be done at anytime after the wedding. Sarah and Innes chose to have a 40x30cm landscape book with a black leather cover with a die-cut in the cover for a photograph. Their names and wedding date are embossed on the front, and they chose to have silver foil embossing which looks great. This is the first album we have supplied with this and the choices are blind embossing (with no foil), silver, or gold.

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The quality of these books is excellent and even after selling them for 14 years, I still get excited every time a delivery is received. The main book is stunning and the parents books are exactly the same in a smaller size but with the same thick laminated pages and they are very competitively priced.

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You can view all the album pages at the link below.

Click to see the whole album.

14 Feb 2013

Philip King Kiltwear

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Another studio shot of new kilts and acessories by Philip King of George Street, Aberdeen.

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14 Feb 2013

Worldwide Workwear

Product shots in the Studio

Although the studio is mainly used for family portraits, we often undertake shoots of products for a wide range of companies. We have photographed toys, jewellery, clothing, tools, test equipment, and many other things. We have a wide range of backgrounds although black or white seem to be most popular. Good photography has a wide range of uses – website, email promotions, leaflets, display prints, exhibition panels etc. The image below shows a few of the 100+ shots taken for Worldwide Workwear based in Crombie Road, Aberdeen.

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29 Jan 2013

2012 weddings

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We had another great year for weddings in 2012 and despite the ever increasing number of photographers and the huge amount of competition, we managed to increase the number of weddings photographed last year. It is a privilege to work with so many great couples and even after 36 years as a wedding photographer, I get a great buzz creating the images on the big day, and then creating the beautiful books after the event. I still get excited every time another book is delivered from Italy. Every wedding is special and we enjoy them all and going to great venues such as Kings College, St. Machars Cathedral, all the local castles, Meldrum House, Norwood Hall, The Marcliffe, Ardoe House, Pittodrie House, and many others. In August 2012, I photographed Sally and Matthew Finnie's wedding at the famous  St. Paul's Cathedral in London which was a great experience. Also in August we photographed Michelle and Jonathan's wedding at Cameron House at Loch Lomond, which is a stunning setting. Below is small selection of images from 2012 weddings.

The most satisfying part of the job is the incredible feedback we get from our clients who are so kind in taking the time to write, email, or post on Facebook. As I was preparing to go to the AECC, I got an email of an amazing post on Facebook from Kelly Tanser who got married on the 18th October last year. This was a great confidence booster, as I was about to spend two days chatting to lots of prospective wedding clients.

Kelly wrote: "Good luck guys , hope its a great success this weekend and you get all the wedding bookings you truly deserve. Its a tough competitive world out there but your work speaks for itself. your incredibly organised manner and Pre wedding meetings ensures a wedding day runs like clock work and that's exactly what you need to ensure that all the important photos on the day are captured. Neil, dazzle the potential bride grooms with your love of all photo related and "apple" gadgets and I bet they'll be just as impressed as what we were the first time when we walked into your office . For anyone still swithering about a photographer, take some time to meet Neil at his studio and I can guarantee, him and his team will blow you away with their work!! 3 months on from our wedding and I still can't stop looking at all our photos. I am so thankful and feel so lucky that we stumbled across aberdeenphoto to capture our day and it was the best decision we ever made. xxx"

Click here to see lots of comments from clients married in 2012

29 Jan 2013

Your Wedding Exhibition 2013 at the AECC

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On the 19th and 20th January we had a very busy two days at the wedding exhibition at the AECC and I have been busy since sending information and samples to all the couples we spoke to on at the show.

We had a draw with a prize of £500 off any wedding package and the winner was Hannah Smith who is getting married in July this year. 

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We had a simple design for the stand which featured 6 large (2.4m x1m) panels covering the shell stand. We had lots of albums, an iMac running a slideshow, my Retina Macbook Pro with thousands of images at most venues. The 2 computers and 3 iPads allowed us to show relevant images to most visitors.

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