Behind the lens 4: we speak to some of Scotland’s top wedding photographers

Still haven’t found the photographer for you? We’re profiling four more of Scotland’s favourite wedding photographers to help you get to know the best in the business

Robbie Muir, Pulze Photography

A couple takes a selfie of them kissing

What got you into working in wedding photography? When I started my photography adventure, I always had the urge to jump into weddings, but I was petrified. By chance, a couple of friends asked if I would do their wedding, and it just snowballed from there.

How would you describe your style? It’s modern, relaxed and fun. We are a young team eager to try new ideas and techniques.

Tell us one thing about being a wedding photographer that you wish more people knew It’s not just about taking photos. Going through all the images, deleting ones that aren’t quite right and then doing fine tweaks takes time.

Do you offer packages? We strive to keep our prices competitive and give our couples the best. We don’t have any hidden costs – what you see on our packages is literally what you get. These can also be tailored to any particular requirements.

A couple stands on a landing on an impressive staircase and smiles up at their photographer who shoots them from above

Why should a couple pick you to photograph their wedding? If you want a laid-back approach and to feel as if you have a member of the family taking your pictures, come to us. We keep your day casual and want you to have fun – with some stunning photos at the end of it, of course.

Do you have a favourite Scottish wedding venue? Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway: the mix of the sandstone walls and the stunning gardens with massive trees is out of this world. Shooting a wedding there is incredible!

How long does it take you to deliver your photos after the wedding? Our timescale is based on our workload. We usually estimate between four and six weeks for the gallery and USB to be delivered.

Paige Anderson, Paige Anderson Wedding Photography

A bride and groom look at each other while walking along a tree-lined path

How long have you been photographing weddings? It has been five years now.

How would you describe your style? I think my style is creative but pared-back: I am very natural and minimalist. I believe less is more and it shows in my images.

Why should a couple book you to shoot their day? Obviously, they need to like my style of photography, but it’s just as important that we connect personality-wise. I don’t want to just be a client’s photographer – friendship and trust are so important to me.

We’re nervous about being in front of the camera. How will you help put us at ease? There’s nothing worse than knowing a camera is on you all the time, so I adopt a discreet, fly-on-the-wall approach. This also helps me get those beautiful candid pictures, which can be so much more special than staged moments. It’s your special day and you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.

A bride and bridal party face away from the camera and hold hands

Any advice for couples who are looking to book a photographer? Do your research. Make sure your photographer matches your style and your personality and that they’re qualified and willing to have meetings with you. Most importantly, make sure they are as interested in your special day as you are.

What’s your favourite Scottish wedding venue? Brig o’ Doon in Ayrshire for its history, beautiful grounds and lighting. It’s very traditional and spacious, which is key on any wedding day.

Zoe Rae, Zoe Rae Photography

A smiling bride and groom swing on a large swing under a tree

What got you into wedding photography? I started in family photography and was approached by a couple at three weeks’ notice to cover their wedding after their own photographer fell ill. I enjoyed it so much I didn’t want to stop. I’ve been doing this for six years now.

How would you describe your style? I’d sum it up as storytelling, natural and fun.Tell us about your packages I offer a basic digital-only package, then clients can add on albums, prints and framing from there. I try to be quite flexible, and offer full days and half-days as well as an hourly rate.

Any advice for couples currently researching wedding photographers? Don’t rely on just one or two images you’ve seen online – ask to see full galleries. A good photographer should be able to consistently produce a high-quality, 800-image gallery from a full-day shoot.

A bride and groom kiss in front of a castle and its lawns

We’re nervous about being in front of the camera. How will you help put us at ease? I have a big repertoire of fun games we can play: some are quite cheesy but I guarantee you will laugh (either at me or the story!). It’s all designed to put people at ease and show them at their happiest.

Why should a couple pick you to photograph their wedding? I’m not just your photographer, I’m a little assistant for you too! Fixing veils, carrying phones and hip flasks, touching up lipstick – I’ll do it all! I’m with you all day and I want to make the process as smooth as possible so your images show a happy and relaxed couple.

Sam Mosca, Tower Photography

A bride sits on her groom's knee and her veil blows in front of the camera

What first attracted you to wedding photography? I love love. It seemed like the perfect career choice for me. I have a passion for love stories and art and I’m embarrassingly sentimental.

Tell us something couples should know about you before they book? I’m American, I’m super-friendly, and I’m always looking for ways to elevate my skills and your photos.

Do you have any favourite anecdotes from shooting a wedding? I cry at every wedding. I can’t help it, because I am such a sap, but recently I was at a wedding and I was bragging to my second shooter that I’d made it through the ceremony and hadn’t cried. My pride was short-lived: the bride went on to give such a unique and deeply touching toast that I cried – a lot! Happily, everyone was in tears, but the groom did point at me and shout, “You made the photographer cry!”

Left: a bride wearing black stands in front of a groom; Right: a bride and groom walk through a walled garden

What’s the most crucial thing to consider when hiring a photographer? I really think that meeting before you book and knowing whether you get on is essential. This gives you the opportunity to ask important questions, such as whether or not the photographer is insured and what will happen if they get ill and can’t make it on your day.It also allows you to get familiar with them and their style.

We’re nervous about being in front of the camera. How will you help put us at ease? I’ll make you laugh! That’s the surefire way, but I’m not always as hilarious as I’d hoped, so really it’s just a matter of reassuring you, showing you the shots, and giving you good direction for posing.