Engagement Photoshoot in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Martyn and Anne’s wedding at the Roman Camp hotel in Callander was fast approaching and they were both a little worried about being nervous in front of the camera on their wedding day. Quite a few of my clients are not very comfortable in front of the camera and choose me as their wedding photographer because of my less-posed documentary style of photography, so a having nervous bride and groom is nothing new to me and it is actually very enjoyable for me to be able to put their minds at ease by having a little photoshoot a few weeks before the wedding itself. It is a bit like photographing an elopement but without a ceremony. Martyn and Anne asked to have their engagement photoshoot in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, close to where they live in Edinburgh and beautiful even in the winter time. In fact, shortly after our little session in the gardens the UK was hit by the icy blasts of the Beast from the East and Scotland in particular was buried under large snowfalls so we were pretty lucky otherwise it would have had a completely different look! It was also very fortunate that it had all cleared by the time of their wedding a fortnight later as both the church in the little village of Drymen and the Roman Camp itself are quite remote.

I’ve photographed several weddings in Edinburgh botanic Gardens before and knew a few quieter areas tucked away from too many other visitors where we could work in peace. In the end I don’t think it was too stressful for Martyn or Anne and they mentioned on their wedding day a couple of weeks later that they found it really helpful so it could be something to keep in mind if you yourself are particularly worried about being in front of the camera.

Thanks Anne and Martyn for letting me share a few pictures from your engagement photoshoot in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens!

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