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Wedding Photographer : Lynne Kennedy Photography  
Couple : Caleigh + Patrick
Wedding Photographer Scottish Highlands
Ceremony Location : Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Reception : -
Wedding Date : 1st October 2015

Tell us a little about yourself??

I live in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands, where several generations of my family lived before me. No kids but a great husband, a cool dog and four funny chickens.

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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

What a hard question. I hope that people think mostly good things! Warm and friendly maybe.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Caleigh and Patrick had contacted me a few months before when they started planning their elopement to the Isle of Skye from Virginia. They were very chilled out – Caleigh did her own hair and make up and made a small bouquet from wild flowers she collected the day before. She also made Patrick's boutonniere. I travelled with them in their car to Elgol where we picked up the boat to sail to Loch Coruisk, along with the registrar who was conducting the ceremony, and a bunch of tourists.

It was all very laid back, no fuss. I knew where I wanted to go for the ceremony, on a small piece of land jutting out into the loch. It was a sweet ceremony and one of the boat crew and myself were the witnesses. After the ceremony we spent some time hanging out making lovely portraits before getting the boat back and shooting at a couple of other spots before their dinner. They were a joy to photograph, totally at ease with each other and not bothered about the camera.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I worked in Public Relations in the City in London and had become a bit fed up so took a year out to travel. I had become a bit fed up of life in the City and took a year out to travel. When I got back to London I couldn't settle there again, so I came home to the place I grew up in and got a job working on the local newspaper as a reporter. The paper published some of my travel stories and my very amateur photographs, taken on a Canon compact digital. After the photos were printed, a local couple asked me to take their wedding photos and wouldn't take no for an answer, despite the fact I explained I wasn't a wedding photographer. Eventually I gave in and did it, then a few more couples asked me. I realized then that I quite enjoyed it, so I joined a couple of forums, met some great and very helpful folk who mentored me and after two years I left the newspaper to go full time. I was 37 and it was the most unexpected thing that has ever happened to me but I'm so glad it did.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Full time since 2009.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

Work hard and look after your clients. Never stop learning. Find good people to mentor you.

Mistakes? Quite a few probably! Buying equipment I didn’t need, thinking it would make me a better photographer. Not being very business savvy. Always looking at other people’s work and thinking I’m not good enough.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

I think the most important thing is for them to love the work of the photographer first and foremost. If they can’t afford the biggest package with albums and extras, then buy what they can afford now. Get an album later. Don't compromise on picture quality and experience just because someone cheaper and possibly less good offers more stuff in their package.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

The Scottish Wedding Directory and We Fell In Love Blog. Social Media. Good vendor relationships also prove to generate a lot of enquiries.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I think it's predominantly because of my couple shots, clients say they like how natural and emotional they are and also the use of the landscape in the images.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

About 50 although this year it's over 60.

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

Gosh, I have no idea. I'm not sure I'd want to shoot anyone famous, the pressure would be immense!

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

New Zealand or Canada or anywhere with mountains and water. Norway maybe. Definitely not anywhere hot.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

Canon 5D III, 24-70 2.8, a 135 f2 which is my favourite portrait lens and occasionally a 50mm prime. I'm usually outside with my couples, often walking a bit to get to their ceremony location, so I don't want to be carrying a lot of gear.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

For me, on a typical outdoor wedding in Scotland, it's the weather and the midges!

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

Go with the flow, with elopements clients are often changing locations or times at the last minute (one of the good things about there only being a couple, or a small number of guests) depending on what the weather is doing.

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Who or what inspires you?

Trying to get new/different shots at locations I work at a lot. The blogs of my favourite wedding photographers. Advertisements.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Probably the worst is wedding fairs so I don't do them anymore. Best. I don’t know, I'll tell you when it happens!

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

I'd have a wee cafe/deli and bake bread and cakes and things. And make cheese. And grow more vegetables.

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

I love this image because it's so passionate and also, typically Scottish, with the low cloud over the mountains.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

I would love to photograph the birth of a baby. And personally, to perfect the work/life balance so I get more time in my garden.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Remember that it's about your clients and not about you. Put the same effort into every job. Be good at the business side as well as the creative side.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Gabe McLintock, Davina & Daniel Kudish, Susan Stripling are maybe some of the more well-known, US photographers whose work I really like. There are also some fantastic UK documentary photographers from the MV Forum who produce fantastic wedding and personal work.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Climbing Kilimanjaro. And winning the Best In Show prize for my (first ever) artichokes at my local horticultural show this year! :-)

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