5 reasons why you need to have an unplugged wedding (and how to do it without annoying your guests)

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Guest photographing Bride and Groom with a mobile phone

  With modern technology almost everyone has a camera in their pocket and the ability to take fairly decent quality shots and share them online in an instant. But do you want to feel like you’re being papped at your own wedding with a sea of mobile phones as you walk down the aisle or is it possible to get the photos you really want that makes your guests feel included too? It’s not for me to tell you what to do at your wedding but over the years as a wedding photographer in Angus, Dundee and Perth I’ve seen … Read More

Can you photograph my charity event for free wine, nibbles and publicity?

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Charity event photography

I get inundated with requests to photograph charity events for free in Forfar, Arbroath, Dundee and beyond and as much as I would love to support all of you with my time, I can’t. But there is another way. Let’s get to the bottom of it. I donate money to charities that are close to my heart (literally) for personal reasons. I support British Heart Foundation because I had life-saving heart surgery as a baby and Cancer Research UK because I’ve watched my Mum fight her way back from the brink of death and I want to do what I … Read More

Is CMA Live worth all the hype? CMA Live 2017 reviewed

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Marcus Sheridan CMA Live 2017

  CMA Live is the UK’s leading content marketing event run by the Content Marketing Academy. Held in Edinburgh it’s a 2-day event attracting world-wide speakers at the top of their game. But is it worth all the hype? Read on for my review of my first CMA Live experience.   My journey to CMA Live 2017   I’d only just heard of the concept of content marketing and the Content Marketing Academy in early 2016. I was learning about content marketing but wasn’t sure if I was ready to invest in what was then called TCMA 2016. So I … Read More

Content Marketing Academy 90 day challenge: the big review!

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Earlier this year the Content Marketing Academy set its members a 90 day challenge to help us improve our businesses through content marketing. We’d set our own objectives, commit to the process for 90 days, support each other along the way and hopefully come out the other end relatively unscathed. Did I ace it or do I need to go suck eggs? Let’s jump in and find out. Here’s the questions the CMA asked us to answer to review our progress. I set myself a target of producing one wedding related blog a week to get me into the habit … Read More

Alternative wedding gift ideas

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Weddings photography bridge groom Woodlands Hotel Dundee

  You know the most important part about your wedding is that you have the people that you adore there celebrating with you. You don’t want to seem cheeky and ask for gifts and you certainly don’t want to ask for money. People will want to buy you nice things and it would be rude to say no. As a wedding photographer I’ve seen it all so let’s say no to filling your house full of stuff and instead say yay to the alternative gift ideas that you’ll really love.   Alternative wedding gift ideas   I remember reading a … Read More

Perth Wedding Exhibition review (2017)

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Perth wedding exhibition free gifts

When you’re planning a wedding one of the best things you can do to kickstart your wedding planning and get lots of inspiration is go to a wedding fayre. As both a bride-to-be and a wedding photographer I know just how much is involved in wedding planning so I popped along to Perth Wedding Exhibition to see if it really lived up to the hype. Here’s my unbiased review.   My Fiance and I haven’t set a date yet so in terms of wedding planning we’re right at the beginning stage. He couldn’t feign excitement at the thought of a … Read More

Top 7 things your wedding photographer needs to know

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Groom and friends walking near the Glen Clova Hotel

You spend months pouring your heart and soul into your wedding planning so you want your wedding photographer to capture all the special details you’ve agonised over and all the people that came to celebrate with you. But wait, what’s this? Imagine you’re sent the link to your wedding gallery and there’s no photos of that amazing moment when your Auntie flew in from Australia and burst through the door to surprise everybody at your beautiful Scottish wedding in Dundee. Yes, many wedding photographers are super talented but there are 7 key things they need to know. I love natural … Read More

Feeling the fear and doing it anyway: how I overcame my fear of public speaking

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Feeling the fear

It’s the morning after the night before, I’m riding the waves of a high after a successful speaking gig, feeling totally stoked and reflecting on just how much things have changed. You see, even a few years ago there’s no way I would have stood up and delivered a speech in a room full of people. I would rather have poked myself in the eye with a stick. But today, I’m feeling good and know that I’ve turned a corner. Related content: I started out in life as a glum baby, the one that horrified anyone that dared to look … Read More

I’m getting married in Scotland. What paperwork do I need?

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Weddings photography bridge groom Woodlands Hotel Dundee

Planning your Scottish wedding is a hugely exciting time. Hello! You’re getting married in Scotland, the most beautiful country in the world! You’re spending months dreaming about your perfect day with your beautiful venue, how gorgeous you’re going to look in your dress, how you’re going to have your nails done and much, much more. But as well as all the fun stuff there’s some paperwork (I know, yaaaawn!) that you have to complete to make sure you’re marriage is legal in Scotland. As a Dundee, Angus and Perth wedding photographer with more than 4 years under my belt I … Read More

5 top tips for choosing wedding suppliers that won’t let you down

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Pink Paradox London Cosmos shoes with bouquet of flowers

When you’re spending months painstakingly planning every tiny detail of your wedding you cross your fingers that it’s all going to go to plan and look perfect. Oh, and you’re assuming that your day actually does go ahead because your venue hasn’t double-booked your wedding with another event, the wedding planner hasn’t fled to America with all the things you need to make your day look so pretty and the wedding co-ordinator isn’t calling you “Bridezilla” all over Facebook! Yip, it’s not your guests you need to watch out for, it’s your wedding suppliers and I’ve seen it all over … Read More