Photographed by Photomagician


It was the 22nd March 2020, a beautiful but incredibly cold day in the central belt of Scotland. Just days before the first Coronavirus lockdown in the UK. I would soon find out that this would be the last wedding I shoot for a while.

I was booked as a matter of emergency, 3 days before the wedding. The pandemic was quickly gaining momentum, the shelves in local shops were empty and everyone was growing more and more concerned.

Although it was an intimate ceremony followed by a short photo-walk rather than a wedding of the size it was planned to be in first place, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

After Claire and Fraser said their I do’s, we went for a walk alongside the river. The two, although worried about “posing” at the beginning, quickly settled into it realising that there is no posing as such but rather good conversation mixed with silly prompts and dad jokes.

This photo was taken towards the end of the photoshoot. The sun was quickly coming down and we were just on our way back to the car to warm up. As we were marching towards the car park, we spotted this little hut that belongs to the Dollar Golf Club – a place the Groom spent a lot of time over the years.

I had this idea in my head that even a simple wall can be an incredible background for a wedding photo. The camera sees the world differently to the way we see it – I explained to the couple. With a tiny dose of scepticism and a few jumping jacks to warm up, they decided to let me prove it to them.
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“Okay Fraser, remember how we talked about walking like you’re on a catwalk? Very slowly walk towards the car. Perfect. Now Claire, lean against that door and get as comfortable as you can be. Maybe tuck your elbows in to warm up a bit, and look around you – to the left, over my shoulder and then follow your brand new, hot husband with your eyes.”
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Center FramedBroken RulesLeading LinesWideNatural Frames

Give imperfect symmetry a chance.


Single Point Focused on The bride’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightMoodyNatural LightShade

Equipment & EXIF

1/3200 f/1.8 ISO 160 WB Auto


Nikon D750


Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM


Lightroom, Photoshop, Exposure 6 and JPEG Mini own custom preset

This image was edited with

own custom preset

Challenges & Solutions


Old House United Kingdom

Dollar, Clackmannanshire

2 Back Rd, Dollar FK14 7EA

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Photographer Alva, Scotland Nikon D750 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
“Why Photomagician?” People still ask me this question sometimes, and with the same excitement I always answer that my photography doesn’t come from a photography course at college, or from my grandad’s love for cameras. It comes from the good ol’ days when I worked at weddings doing just that – magic. That’s where I honed my approach and learned to be everywhere I’m needed before I’m needed. Being a magician taught me hunting for emotions exposed in those brief moments of excitement when our heart connects with the brain at a trigger of a song or a smell we recognize. It taught me to anticipate moments. It taught me that surprise is better than a warning. It taught me that asking for smiles is not the way to see real happiness. It taught me that true expression of joy comes at an effort and that people often hide in their own shell. Every day I take photos I’m still that same guy who walks into the room unrecognised and drops something on the floor to get attention instead of announcing myself. I’m a photographer but deep down I’m still an entertainer and a little boy for whom the world is full of wonder.
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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – F. Nietzsche

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