Engagement Photography at Dunnottar Castle | Kirsty & Richard | Part 1

What an amazing day this was. There is nowhere on earth better or more beautiful than Scotland when the sun shines (or when it doesn’t, I would argue). Everything was perfect for an incredible day of engagement photography at Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire.  You may have seen the little sneak peek of this pre wedding portrait shoot here.

Kirsty had said she was feeling a wee bit nervous when she arrived. I can understand that. I don’t like having my photograph taken by someone telling me what to do and when to smile. I don’t think it took Kirsty and Richard even one minute to realise that I don’t work like that. For me a great engagement shoot should be different from the wedding in terms of location and style of photographs. My main aim is to be completely informal and explore the relationship between the couple themselves rather than between the couple and the photographer. I like them to try to forget about me to a certain extent. It is incredible how much fun you can have when you don’t feel pressurised by your photographer.

I had a total and absolute ball on this shoot and could have gone on for hours. Hopefully Kirsty and Richard felt the same but I felt we could have been friends for years. It’s lovely when you make that instant connection with people.

I hope you like these photographs. They are meant to work together as they would within a book rather than as one-off images. They are a little story of the day. I’m so happy to have these photographs to look back on to remind me of the fun. That is at the heart of an engagement shoot.  In fact, I have so many favourites of this day, the images are split into two parts.  You can view Part 2 here.