Photographed by Photomagician

Story

Camilla and Michael tied the knot at Durn House – an elegant Scottish Georgian Mansion and 4-Star boutique Guest House. The venue is located in the medieval harbour town of Portsoy, on the Moray Firth cost of northeast Scotland, some 50 miles northwest of Aberdeen. The original name of the village may come from Port Saoithe, meaning “saithe harbour”.

For a wedding photographer, visiting a new location is always a magical experience. Soaking in the life, colour, architecture and the smell of wind inspires. Even more so when the weather is dramatic and the thunders of huge waves crashing on the nearby cliffs give the shutter its rhythm.

The weather that day was capricious. By the time we made it to the harbour, the wind was howling and the sea mist whipped our faces. For me it was pure perfection.
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Directions

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“”guys, you’ll have to stay very close on the way up, hold hands and assist each other when hiking whenever you can. It’s slippery so be sure to watch your every step. When you make it to the top I’d like you to muster all the body warmth you have left and stand an arms length apart. We will be heading to our warm car soon. Michael, I’d like you to stand right in the middle of that dip at the top of the stairs. Camilla, please position yourself right at the peak. Look at each other and then look around. Camilla, please take your veil off as it might get in the way. It might be too dangerous to keep it on but don’t worry – we can use it to add some movement to the pictures. When you’re at the top and feeling comfortable, raise you hand and let the veil take the wind in, like a sail, and let it move with the gusts of wind””
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Composition

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I refuse to put rules over following my heart. Art is not science. If following a manual was the way to express ourselves we’d be no more than androids destined to live our lives surrounded by mediocrity.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Groom Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightBack litDarkMoodyNatural LightCloudy

Equipment & EXIF

1/3200 f/1.6 ISO 100 WB Auto (5550K)

Camera

Nikon D750

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Editing

Adobe Lightroom Classic Own Custom Preset

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Own Custom Preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Hill United Kingdom

Portsoy Harbour

Shorehead, Portsoy, Banff AB45 2PB

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Photomagician

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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