Win a photoshoot with Elemental

One of the things we love most about Scotland is how quickly we can get out of the city and into incredible scenery like this. You’re never far from an adventure here.

To celebrate our new look and shiny new website, we’re giving away an Elemental photoshoot in the location of your choice. So whether you’re celebrating an engagement, anniversary or just love the idea of having some beautiful photos taken in your favourite place, we’d love to hear from you.

To enter, head over to our Facebook page, like the relevant post and comment with where you love most in Scotland, why, and who you would take with you for your photoshoot.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, May 8th 2015 and the winner will be announced on May 10th 2015. Full details and Ts&Cs can be found below.

Terms and Conditions (aka the boring bit):

Entrants must be over 18.
The prize is a two hour photoshoot on location and a disc of edited, high resolution digital files. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or alternative product and is non-transferable.
The winners agree that Elemental may use the images online, in social media & blogs, or in print for advertising or marketing purposes.
All photographing and editing will be done in Elemental Photography’s style and the location choices are at our discretion.
The shoot must take place by September 30th 2015, dates are subject to our availability.
The shoot can take place in any location in Scotland. Go on, surprise us!

Yvette & Andy’s wedding at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

We were lucky enough to be back at the incredible Mansfield Traquair for Yvette & Andy’s wedding, and boy, was it a beautiful day! From the great banter in the morning to one of the funniest best man speeches we’ve ever heard, it was such a fun day to be part of. And as for those fairylights – wow!

Yvette & Andy, we loved being part of your wedding day and had such a great time photographing the two of you. We can’t wait to hear all about your travels and look forward to showing you the rest of your photos soon!

C&J x

See something you love? Yvette & Andy’s wedding team included:

jgolian - June 16, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks Louise!

Louise - April 24, 2015 - 1:37 am

Wow – what a stunning collection of photos. I love the way you use the light in the church. Thanks for sharing!

Nicola & Ed’s wedding at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Wedding season is here and we’re so excited to share the first of our 2015 weddings! Nicola & Ed were married at the magnificent Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh in a celebration that was full of thistles & ferns, romantic rain & red noses (for Comic Relief day), and a whole lot of love & laughter.

Nic & Ed, we have loved getting to know you both over the past few months and it was so much fun meeting your wonderful family and friends too. We wish you all the happiness in the world. And enjoy round two of the wedding celebrations in New Zealand!

C&J x

See something you love? Nicola & Ed’s wedding team included:

Carly & Sean’s wedding on Rock My Wedding

We were so excited to see Carly & Sean’s wedding feature on Rock My Wedding this week. They got married last autumn at The Caves in Edinburgh – one of the most atmospheric and unique venues in Scotland. It’s a nightclub, a live music venue and a brilliant alternative wedding setting.

If you’ve ever visited the city and gone on a ghost tour, chances are you’ll have been in those same underground vaults. I also have (slightly hazy!) memories about nights out there as a student, but the less said about that the better!

Carly & Sean’s wedding was one of those incredibly beautiful days filled with joy and love, laughter and happy tears. The sort of day where every photo you take is a personal favourite. If we could, we’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Christina x

What do wedding photographers do in winter?

We often get asked what we get up to in off season, when we’re not working so flat out on photographing weddings. And while I’d like to say that we take a month off to indulge our love of snowboarding, bake bread from scratch and generally make up for the lack of socialising we do with our friends and family the rest of the year, the reality is slightly different.

For us, January and February are our quieter months wedding-wise (autumn and winter weddings are pretty popular here in Edinburgh, which keeps us busy right through to Christmas). And then we take a little bit of breathing space to work on all the new ideas and projects we have dreamed up through the year, and to dismiss the ones that seemed like a good idea at the time (although I still think that Elemental needs its own craft beer!).

Like most creative business owners, we have a tendency to want to do everything ourselves and right this very second (hence why Jay is burning the midnight oil to code our new website as I write this!), but we also have a little girl these days who is very good at dragging us away from the computer and making us dress up in pirate hats and go in search of muddy puddles to splash in. And given that some of our winter jobs are more than a little bit boring (I’m thinking bookwork and taxes), we are happy to oblige whenever possible.

Another thing that keeps us busy at this time of year is album design. The Christmas holidays are the perfect opportunity for many of our clients to sit down together (with a cheeky glass of red or two), and make their photo selection. Which means lots of very beautiful albums have been making their way in and out of here lately.

We also find that this is our busiest time of year for enquiries – with lots of newly engaged couples getting in touch from New Year onwards to chat about their wedding plans and see if we are the right photographers for them. We’re now almost fully booked for this year – the last thing we would ever want to do is take on too many bookings and fail to deliver to our clients or burn out creatively, so we’re really careful to manage our diary. And we’ve been loving meeting our 2015 couples (who come here from all over the UK and the world). From what we’ve been hearing so far, there are going to be some pretty incredible photos going in our review of 2015! We can’t wait!

We also often get asked if we do other types of photography, and the answer is absolutely – we just tend not to share all our shoots on here (as any self-employed people reading this will know, there are never enough hours in the day for all the things that you’d like to squeeze in!). When we’re not on commercial or portrait shoots, Jay loves to head into the wilderness and can often be found negotiating a munro in the dark or camping out overnight to get the perfect landscape photo (below are a few photos from his recent micro-adventures). Whereas I tend to indulge my love of writing at this time of year – every New Year I pledge that I will write a novel but (like my desire to become fluent in French and Spanish, and learn to play guitar), it has yet to happen. But I’ll keep you posted…

So, it turns out that this quiet time that we spend the other 10 months of the year  making grand plans for, isn’t really so quiet after all. But if we’re honest, we wouldn’t want it any other way really. Christina x