A bride stands beside a window

Photographed by The Caryls Photography


As intimate wedding and elopement photographers based in Scotland, we often find ourselves shooting inside very characterful old historic venues. These are very rewarding spaces in which to shoot… but not without their challenges! Kilmartin Castle is one of these… A bijou 16th century castle, it has tiny windows, so we knew that our greatest challenge, in terms of interior portraits, was how we would use the light. We were drawn to this window as it was south-facing and offered the brightest diffuse light of any of the windows in the room. It was also an uncluttered space, allowing free movement of the bride (and us) to capture her from various different angles.

We quite often aim for a chiaroscuro look with our internal portraits, so we were paying attention to how the light spills over the body, and the contrasts and micro-silhouettes created between the highlights and shadow. It’s not an easy technique to master, or specifically, to process well, especially if the light source is too strong.

We knew the space in which we were working was very dark, so the potential for a strong contrast between light and dark was a little bit of a worry. However, we were very happy when we captured the first few frames using this window as a light source, as we knew we’d be able to make it work nicely.
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A bride stands beside a window
“”Please just gently lean against the wall to the right of the window and look towards the mirror” [there was a mirror opposite the bride, situated within a tiny alcove]”
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Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesFull BodyOff Center


Single Point Focused on bride’s bouquet Continuous Autofocus
A bride stands beside a window
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightDarkMoodyWindow LightNatural LightIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/2.0 ISO 640 WB Auto


Nikon D750


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G

Additional Equipment

Tiffen Black Pro-Mist 1/4 Filter


Adobe Lightroom Classic The Caryls – Interior

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Challenges & Solutions
A bride stands beside a window


Castle United Kingdom

Kilmartin Castle, Argyllshire

Kilmartin Castle, Kilmartin, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RQ

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The Caryls Photography

Photographer Scotland Nikon D780 Nikon 85mm 1.4 (Katy) & 50mm 1.4 (Jim)
We’re Katy and Jim: lovers of life, light and the great outdoors! We’re a husband and wife photography team, based in beautiful Scotland. We’ve been photographing weddings regularly since 2018, and it’s been quite a ride! We’re two quite different people, who essentially love the same things (nature, adventure, travel and people). While Jim is very much a cerebral person: a creative yet analytical thinker who loves a research task and is very methodical and detail-oriented; Katy is more of an intuitive soul, who is spontaneous, creative and empathetic. You could say we’re chalk and cheese! But we find that by working closely together, and listening to each other’s gut instincts, we always bring out the best on a shoot—two heads are better than one, as they say! As photographers, we’re passionate about storytelling, documenting the heartfelt moments and capturing not just what a couple’s wedding day looks like, but what it ‘feels’ like. When we deliver a gallery, we always aim to transport a couple back in time, to allow them to re-live their special day all over again! We feel that, at heart, this is the power of wedding photography. We specialise in intimate weddings and elopements throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond! We’re always super-excited and inspired by destination weddings and the opportunity to shoot against a different canvas.
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“Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exulted…” E. M. Forster, Howards End

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