Monday, 5 August 2013

Industry News Bulletin

Here are some articles Graham Mackay Photography have found this week

7 Simple Ways a Blog Can Get You More Photography Clients
Well, one of the things that creative people (like artists, writers and, yes, photographers) forget is that you grow a business by marketing it – not necessarily by just being good at what you do. There are plenty of good photographers out there. So what’s the problem? Not all photography businesses have a huge budget to spend on marketing. In this post I’m going to talk about how you can start a blog (or use an existing one) to get you more clients for your photography business. I don’t run a photography blog but I’ve got a bit of experience with helping small businesses grow using content marketing.
3 Steps to Gorgeous Landscape Images
During the writing of Digital Photography School’s latest eBook, Living Landscapes, I was forced to do some heavy thinking about how I approach creative landscape composition in the field. At this juncture, it is important to note that I avoid heavy thinking at all costs. Thinking truly is the hardest work, especially when you are attempting to simplify a process that is almost instinctual to you. However, my fear of hard thinking is eclipsed by my fear of Editorial wrath, so I set aside a day, dusted off a tantric chants CD and retired to my sweat-lodge teepee for some quality time with sub-conscious me. Thirteen hours later I emerged, 12 kg lighter and armed with two revelations, the first; I approach landscape composition as a three step process. The second; my sub-conscious is a freaky place that is best avoided in the future.

Beware Craigslist Scammers Hunting for Gullible Wedding Photographers
If you’re a photographer looking for a gig on Craigslist, be careful. As with virtually all the types of “help wanted” listings found on the site, requests for photography services are often used by scammers as a way of luring the naive. Scammers also regularly send out emails to photographers advertising their services. Here’s how a typical scam might work: First, you’re introduced to a photography gig that seems perfect for you. The pay is great, and you feel qualified to do everything that’s asked.

Here’s a great video by Reuters in which Bangkok-based photojournalist Damir Sagolj shares seven things about photography he has learned over the years by working in the field. They are: anticipate research, reach out, prioritize, practice, interact, and be invisible. Although the tips are geared towards photojournalists trying to document the issues of the world, many of them can be applied to everyday photography as well.

Legal Rumble over the Critical Elements of Wedding Photography

Earlier today, an Australian court put an end to a year-old tussle between photographer George Ferris and newly-weds Jarrad and Sheree Mitchell over the quality of the wedding photos he took for them. Although neither side really won, the court did make an interesting statement that could serve as a precedent in the future. One of the main pillars of the Mitchell’s argument was that Ferris had missed several key moments, including their wedding kiss. Ferris, on the other hand, called it “just a peck” and maintained that not all moments could be captured. The court sided with Ferris.

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

April/May 2013 update from Graham Mackay Photography

In this issue
  • Marie & Michael's Wedding at the Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan
  • Nadia & Michael's Wedding at Airth Castle
  • Nicola & Chris's Wedding at Doune Castle
  • Paula & Lloyd's Wedding at The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan
  • Getting married in Spain, see details below
  • New Joke Book just published online... download it free
  • Wedding Show dates at bottom of blog
Hi all

It's been a busy time since our last Blog in January, where does the time go. We have had 5 weddings to shoot, design the albums and edit the DVD's. Aileen now has her own edit suite and can edit the films on her own system. This keeps the photography and video seperate and will greatly improve our capacity and workflow and probably our relationship!

There have also been several wedding fayres to attend. The majority have been organised by Wedding Supermarket, they are well attended, well organised and an excellent opportunity to network with the other suppliers. 

Claire Hammell School of Dance booked us to film their dancing display at Larbert High School in March, a great night enjoyed by the girls and their families.

Marie & Michael featured in our January Blog, we have now produced a slideshow with some of their wedding photographs.


On the 14th of February John married Mags at the Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan. The weather was cold but we still managed to get all the photographs and filming done outside. We received a nice compliment from the couple when they said " Our work was fantastic "

On the 9th of March Louise married Martin at Solsgirth House and we were booked to film their big day. We managed to get most shots outside, we received the under noted testimonial from the couple
" When planning our wedding we weren't sure whether to have it filmed or not...we are so glad we did. Nothing compares to the enjoyment on the day itself however being able to look back and see parts of the day you missed and reliving memories was worth every penny. Graham was fantastic on the day and the team have captured everything we wanted and more in compiling the DVD complete with the music we love most. I cannot recommend Graham Mackay Photography highly enough and look forward to watching our DVD over and over again! "
Airth Castle was where Nadia & Michael had their big day, it was a chilly 29th of March but again we were fortunate to get all of the photographs and filming done outside. We got some really good images, the Bride & Groom plus the Bridal party were all up for a laugh.

It was a busy weekend at the end of March as we had another wedding on the 30th of March at Doune Castle and then onto the Inchyra Grange Hotel. This was a great wedding with
Nicola & Chris. Some nice photos to choose from

The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan was the lovely venue for the wedding of Paula & Lloyd on Saturday the 6th of April.  A lot of family came up from England and were subjected to some good Scottish hospitality!

Our Blog this month coincides with our April Newsletter which will be sent out to our database of Brides to be at the end of April.
In February we were in the Costa Del Sol speaking to some Wedding planners to look at the costs involved to have your wedding in the sun along with your family and friends.  A wedding like this is not for everyone but with the right numbers and the opportunity to turn it into a honeymoon/holiday it does appeal to some people.  We spoke to Marbella Marriages who recommended The Hotel Puente Romano along with many others. If any couples are interested in Spain as a possible venue for their wedding please let me know and I can pass on their details.
The end of April is as busy at the start of the month. On Saturday the 20th April we have a dancing display for Danielle School of Dance in Cumbernauld. On Wednesday we are off to the Centre for Health Science in Inverness for their 2 day seminar. We are booked to photograph the speakers and delegates.
NEW JOKE BOOK Published on line
Over the last 20 years we have filmed many wedding's and have taken a note of some of the best jokes from the speeches. With the number reaching nearly 100 I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer these to the guys as weddings are usually all about the girls!
This is a free and it can be downloaded from
I hope some of the jokes can be used by the Groom, the Best Man and the Bride's Dad.
Sunday 21st April The Park Hotel Falkirk 12 until 4pm
Sunday 28th April The Royal Hotel Bridge of Allan 12 until 4pm
Sunday 19th May The Grange Manor Hotel Grangemouth 12 until 4pm
Sunday 23rd June The Leapark Hotel Grangemouth 12 until 4pm
Our new 2013/14 Wedding Album Collection will be on view. Both Aileen and I look forward to speaking to all those visitors who attend. As always you can keep in contact with us via our Facebook page and why not give us a tweet!

Friday, 8 February 2013

January update from Graham Mackay Photography


I hope you all had a great time over the festive season, it seems so long ago now.

Our new Newsletter went out at the end of last month to over 250 Brides planning their big day and we have had great feed back. Over the next few days our website will have links that will allow you to register your email address and join the growing list of subscribers.

Since our last blog we had a lovely wedding at the Royal Hotel in Bridge of Allan, Georgia got married to Russell, a cold day but we managed all the photographs outside, without any blue noses!  
Images from the Storybook Wedding Album
A slide show with photographs from the big day
Another lovely wedding last month, at the same venue was Marie & Michael, again it was a cold day but we still manged to get along to Airthrey Castle at Stirling Uni campus for additional photographs. The Bride & Groom were great and we got some lovely images. M & M were off to the Cape Verde Islands for some warmer weather.

January was a busy month for wedding fayres and we attended one at Alloa Town Hall organised by Wedding Supermarket. The other was at the Dobbie Hall in Larbert, another great show organised by Pamela Jayne Bridal Wear.
A slide show from the Alloa Wedding Fayre
Our stand at Alloa Town Hall
A slide show from the Dobbie Hall
Exhibiting at the Dobbie Hall
We will be attending a show at the Falkirk Wheel
on the 17th of Feb. There will be the usual " Deal on The Day "
On the 3rd of  March 2013 we will be at Airth Castle Hotel
Wedding Show
On the 17th of March 2013 we will be at Glenbervie House
Wedding show
Last weekend we had a photo shoot in the studio with Charlene M.M. Key a lovely model, great to work with and we got some fab shots.
A slide show with more images can be be seen here


Higher Image our Ground based Aerial Photography business has been stirring up lot of interest at the Wedding shows we have been attending. The system allows us to capture photographs from a height up to 26m. We have used this at weddings for WOW factor shots at the door of the venue. 
We are now hoping to also include aerial photographs of the bridal party when I am taking the group photographs. On a nice day this will also include images of the guests interacting with one another unaware of  the " Eye in the Sky ".
This will add a completely new dimension to your wedding album. As far as we are aware there is no other Wedding Photographer in Scotland with this capability,  so you could be the first Bride & Groom to have Higher Image during the photography session. For more details please click on the top image
Higher Image at Gleneagles
Higher Image Wedding group photograph Gleneagles Hotel
Higher Image at Cameron House
Higher Image captures a spectacular fireworks display at Gleneagles Hotel
Glenskirlie Castle as featured in the Scottish Wedding Directory Venue magazine
Higher Image has many other commercial uses,  it is used by Housing Associations for roof inspections on their stock of properties. We also work for Glasgow City building and advertise in the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations Directory
New advert for the SFHA 2013/14 directory
 Lastly, have you every thought about having your wedding in the Costa del Sol?
Too expensive, don't know where to start?
Well it might not be as expensive as you think. I am meeting with some Wedding planners
in Spain next week. I want to discuss putting a package together to offer Scottish
couples an opportunity to have a Marbella Wedding.
I'll let you know how it goes in my next Blog.

If you would like any more information on Photography, Films or any general questions then please drop me an email, sent a message via our Facebook page or catch us on Twitter.  We are here to help!
Best Wishes


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Festive Blog from Graham Mackay Photography

Welcome to the festive blog of Graham Mackay Photography.

December has been a great month to catch up on things. We are getting ready for the launch of our new Newsletter in January and we are busy speaking to our colleagues and other wedding suppliers that we will be promoting during the course of the year. My aim is to build a small team of professional wedding suppliers who will do their utmost to ensure your big day is a spectacular success. 

Click to see more images of Carol Ann

My colleagues have been working in the wedding business for many years and will offer experience and trust, I hope this will bring confidence and reassurance that you are in good hands leaving you to spend more time on getting the other important arrangements attended to.

Okay! What have we been up to over the last Month, the Glasgow Hilton Charity night went really well with over 600 guests.  Our Event Team worked heroically from 7pm until midnight taking photographs and printing them for the guests to take home.
A slide show has been produced, it can be seen at here

Charity Event at the Glasgow Hilton

The Studio has been busy with portraits and it was rented out by an English based photographer who has been running courses "North of the border". The day was attended by 6 photographers from various parts of Scotland. Dee our model was great to work with, here are a few images that were taken.

Dee with Butterfly lighting

A full day shooting in our Studio

Dee with a smile!

Dee was great to work with

Along with Christmas Photographs taken with Carol Ann we also had some First Communion photographs of Amy.  Leona & Nicky also visited our studio last week to have a photo shoot done in advance of their ABBA Tribute Duet launch. The girls knew what they wanted which makes life very easy for us photographers!  Leona is also an Opera singer and can sing at your Church or at your evening reception. Click here for more information.

Friday, 7 December 2012



Welcome to our first blog, which will hopefully, be the start of many as we expand and promote out Wedding Photography business during 2013. Many things are happening with the new team coming on board, the website being professionally optimised, social media sites being integrated and a new quarterly newsletter being prepared as part of our email marketing programme.

November was a busy month for us with Mikaela & Thomas getting married on the 3rd, Leanne & Stuart on the 10th and Georgia & Russell on the 30th. Tonight we are at the Glasgow Hilton for a Charity Dinner Dance where our Events team will be capturing all the action and we will be printing our photographs for the guests to take away.

A lot may be happening with us but at the forefront of all of this is YOU our client.

Having being involved in the wedding business for 20 years we have a wealth of experience and knowledge which we would like to share with you.

In order to be successful in these challenging times a Wedding Photographer has to be

good at what he does, be competitive, be a good communicator, be knowledgeable and helpful but the most important thing is, he has to care about his customers. These are the values that differentiate us from our competition.

Over the years our Videography team has captured hundreds of wedding speeches, some have be good, some have been okay and some have been great. We have kept a record of the best jokes, stories and funny incidents that have happened and we would like to share these with you. We are sure the Groom and Best man would like to have a flick through the pages! We are in the process of compiling an e-book and this will be available at the start of 2013 free of charge through our website.

Another exciting development with GMP is a new Honeymoon Package that will include your wedding photographs, wedding film and your Honeymoon at a fabulous apartment at the Santa Maria Golf & Country Club in Marbella. This will be available for wedding couples or family members from the end of 2013. Further details will be posted on our first quarterly Newsletter, which will be sent out at the end of January. To register for the newsletter please click here.

As mention this will be the first of many blogs, our aim is to make these informative, amusing and hopefully helpful to the many wedding couples planning their wedding

in 2013/14 or in the years ahead. We would also like to feature stories of wedding couples from the initial contact with us right through to the collection of their album.

If you and your fiancé would be interested in this then please let us know as you will end up with a lovely diary of all the challenges, fun and laughs you had organising your big day!

As a final note I would just like to thank all those couples that have booked us for 2013 and 14. We aim to ensure that all our Bride & Grooms will be more then delighted with the quality of our work. That is my personal guarantee.

Best Regards