I caught up with Cam from Hemera Visuals recently and he told me all about this amazing shoot he styled at Springkell. I love that he used a real couple as models and the shoot really shows off this amazing venue! I'll let Cam tell you more...
"Springkell is located just a few miles from the iconic Gretna Green, it's an 18th Century Palladian Mansion with exquisite grounds and interiors to match, owned by the wonderful Mr & Mrs Johnson-Ferguson who welcomed us with open arms and gave us their blessing to use the venue for the shoot. The venue itself is an amazing up and coming wedding venue in South West Scotland and any brides still deciding on a venue should definitely check this amazing space out."
"After booking the venue , I moved onto sourcing a couple to be my bride and groom for the day. I was in two minds between booking some models from an agency I know or using a real couple but I felt that it was no contest and I used a local couple as they would never have posed before and would show raw genuine emotion just like the Bride and Groom on the big day. The couple I found were perfect, local couple Danni Green & Tom McMahon."
"Then I went about sourcing a make up artist and hairstylist. After a long search I found Nicola Gardner and Jenny Walker of Hairworks Salon Dumfries. Both were incredible and invaluable on the day, the look both ladies managed to achieve on the day was spectacular and I would highly recommend both to anyone."
"Lastly I went about securing props for the shoot. The beautiful dress was from Freckles Bridal, I would like to say thanks to Alan, Elizabeth and Avril who were all amazing help in sorting us out with the perfect dress and accessories for Danni. The bridal flowers were custom-made for us by Dawn at Blooms Florist; both bouquets were beautiful and really set off the dress and location. We were also lucky to get a fantastic cake from Linda at Sweetheart Cakes, I gave her full creative licence over the cake; my only guidelines were simple yet elegant and she pulled it off spectacularly."
"Finally my good friend Dan Wright of StageTwo Imaging was my assistant on the day, an absolute godsend and also a helpful set of second eyes and a dab hand at putting up light stands!"
"On the day we arrived at the venue nice and early under quite a gloomy sky with the threat of rain forecast. We unpacked what seemed like an entire room full of items for the shoot and began shooting upstairs in the bridal suites and beautiful stairwell and slowly made our way downstairs in the afternoon into the foyer, wedding room and many other beautiful parts of the house. We were also lucky half way through the day the sky cleared up enough for us to get some final shots outside on the beautiful back of the house with its huge staircase and grounds."
I think what Cam has done with the shoot is fabulous, and really shows off what he could do for your own wedding! I asked him more about his style, his advice for brides and grooms and why he thinks Scotland is such an amazing place to get married...
"My style is a mix of a couple of different styles of shooting. Having gone through college and loving shooting fashion & editorial style shoots I feel this definitely comes through in my work. I love posing people but doing it in such a subtle and relaxed way that it really makes the Bride and Groom pop and they will have fun doing it. This also makes my images stand out from the crowd from your typical ‘Stand Up Straight’ style of posing which I find makes people feel more rigid and look a lot less comfortable."
"My main advice for all brides & grooms in regards to their photographs is to just enjoy the process of having their photo taken during the day as these images will stand the test of time, a timeless album you can bring out and show your children and even their children when the time comes."
"I think Scotland has definitely got to be the perfect place to have anyone’s wedding day. We are a country steeped in such deep romance and history. From the iconic Gretna Green to the castles that span the highlands we have something for everyone. I personally don’t think you can get any more romantic and traditional in Scotland than a Hand Tying ceremony. I also think for this reason is why we see a lot of couples come from round the world to have their weddings here."