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Lana & Brian are getting married in September and as I have known Lana for many years, I really wanted to give them both something (other than wedding photos) to mark the occasion and give them something to look fondly back upon in the years to come. For quite a while now, I have been reading about pre-wedding photography and viewing some incredible work by very talented photographers and, naturally, I have wondered about trying it myself. Of course, Lana’s news created an opportunity here, not to be missed. After setting a date, we all met up for lunch in New Lanark, waited for the rain to stop and after managing to blag my way into getting the hotel management to allow us to use their gorgeous roof garden for some shots, we were very kindly escorted up to the roof and left alone to make some photographs.
I have to say that even though I have shot a number of weddings in the past, thus feeling like a pre-wedding shoot would be a proverbial walk in the park by comparison, it did take a while for me to get into a rhythm – perhaps because I have known Lana for so long, or the uncertain weather causing time pressures, or maybe even the fact that Lana and Brian have seen and enjoyed my work and therefore, set certain expectations of me on the day. Whichever way I think of it, in retrospect, I just wanted to get it right for them but all of these things buzzing around in my head didn’t help. It’s something to be aware of if you’re thinking of trying this for the first time, is all. But things did get better, the weather brightened up and a decent flow ensued. Lana is one of the sharpest people I know, and it was great to meet Brian – a really laid back chap and helped to make this all a lot easier for me. A wonderful couple, utterly devoted to each other and absolutely no shortage of love, laughs or generosity. I hope these things show. This is for them.
(L&B: if you see this, thanks so much for being my Guinna-pigs and I hope you enjoy these. We’ll see you in September!)
All images here were shot with my Fuji X100s, in some cases the TCL was employed, with some off-camera fill-flash in a few shots and posted with kind permission. Huge thanks to Lana & Brian and, the wonderful staff at the New Lanark Mill Hotel, New Lanark for their kindness and hospitality – not to mention, a very tasty lunch!
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