“With a decade spent as a photojournalist, working for most national newspapers, I learned to spot decisive and descriptive moments, capturing them quickly, in a variety of difficult situations. Adapted to wedding photography, those skills perfectly tell stories in great depth while I remain unobtrusive.”

This is me, Paul Raeburn, on a rare occasion in front of the camera. And I promise I don't look so moody when photographing weddings.

This is me, Paul Raeburn, on a rare occasion in front of the camera. And I promise I don't look so moody when photographing weddings.

I never intended to become a wedding photographer. From the exciting role of a photojournalist based in Edinburgh, being sent on assignments throughout Scotland and Europe, the old school wedding photography on offer seemed uninspired and formulaic.

By chance I stumbled into photographing the weddings of some friends, and realised I could use my skills to create a new, modern, artistic and creative style of wedding photographs that broke away from the existing photographic formula, and make weddings look beautiful and unique.

Some of my photojournalist work that underlies my wedding photography portrait style. Pictures here from musicians, port company rebranding, Olympic gold medal winner portraits, and street photography from Istanbul.

Some of my photojournalist work that underlies my wedding photography portrait style. Pictures here from musicians, port company rebranding, Olympic gold medal winner portraits, and street photography from Istanbul.

Storybook wedding albums did not exist in any affordable form at the time: your wedding album was expected to be a series of set piece clichéd snapshots; signing the wedding register, standing in the church doorway, beside the car, cutting the cake, and of course the never ending series of group shots that were the only way of ensuring family and guests would be photographed.

By telling the story of a wedding day through an unlimited number of photographs, I was able to paint a comprehensive picture of everything that happened, capture every guest, and show more of the setting, details and atmosphere that made the marriage special. This also meant I could avoid the constant interruption to proceedings that came with capturing those old fashioned posed photographs.

A few photographs from a recent wedding in Stockholm.

A few photographs from a recent wedding in Stockholm.

Providing couples with several hundred photographs rather than a few dozen prints in an album created a new problem. Digital photography was yet to arrive, and existing wedding albums were off the shelf products designed to hold the old fashioned collection of 40 pictures. I customised albums to hold more photographs before new technology started to make storybook albums possible. I worked with manufacturers to help design the wedding books that fitted the new style of photography emerging as digital cameras started to replace film.

Being one of the first photographers in Scotland to embrace what is now the standard approach to photographing weddings, I’ve had over 12 years to learn, and develop a style of working with couples to produce the most creative and artistic wedding photographs possible.

“The relationship between you and your photographer has a huge influence on the enjoyment of your wedding, and the way your photographs will look. Taking the time to get to know you ensures photography is a stress free, fun part of the day, revolutionising how you look in your pictures.”

Paul Raeburn


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