Elie engament session - Andy + Nicole

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Elie engament session - Andy + Nicole

A couple of the things I love about what I do is going to beautiful parts of the world and meeting really lovely people. I get to see  a small time frame of their lives and it is one of the most important ones as they plan their wedding. After all a wedding is talked about for the rest of you and your families lives. Your generations and many many after. Two of these lovely people I talk of are Andy + Nicole. I first chatted with Nicole a couple of years ago and this week they get married at Kinkell Byre in St Andrews. Last week I met Andy + Nicole in beautiful Elie. As we drove towards Elie together it got darker and darker and the rain started. The two embraced the elements, not batting an eye lid and we carried on with the session. I had so much fun with them getting soaked and freezing cold, Andy faired a little worse than Nicole and I even though he didn't want to admit it. It just goes to show you can get beautiful photographs if you confront the Scottish weather straight on and just get on with it. I am hoping they get some sunshine this weekend but if its not meant to be I know these two will have a wonderful day regardless and I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing the two of them get married. 

Andy + Nicole. Thankyou for braving the wet cold weather , I genuinely had such a great time with you both. I'll look forward to seeing you on Saturday. 

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Nielsen Park - Sydney Wedding - Greg + Jo

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Nielsen Park - Sydney Wedding - Greg + Jo

On the 8th April this year Jo (from Sydney) married her husband Greg (from Glasgow) for the second time. I got to capture it and wow how lucky I was to get to do so. Jo and Greg live in Glasgow and after celebrating their first wedding on Greg's home turf at the end of last year they tied the knot in Greycliffe Gardens in Nielsen Park in Sydney. These two had it all right. It was about the people, their connection and the places that defined them. A huge chunk of my heart belongs in Sydney and I felt so honoured to be able to capture their wedding day which was so filled with sheer excitement, happiness and contentment. The month before had been one of the wettest March's Sydney had seen for years so I was a little worried about the weather, however being from Glasgow not a bit fazed about how I would handle shooting a wedding in the rain. Photographing in the rain come second nature to me now. However the day delivered. It was an incredibley beautiful Australian day which ended in the most spectacular sunset which turned the sky into a free pit. 

I sat on the beach at the end of the night with mixed emotions. A heavy heart knowing I was leaving OZ only a few days later but feeling so grateful for the experiences I had had in Australia in the 4 month's prior and to be ending it surrounded by incredible happy people. I also felt and always do feel incredibly greatful to be doing a job I truly love and which allows me to meet such wonderful people and see such incredible places. Also the excitment of the though of the year ahead made me smile. Back to my beautiful Scotland. 

Jo and Greg. Congratulations again, you are both truely lovely and I look forward to seeing you both again soon. Thank you for having me capture your stunning day!

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Mark + Claire | Engagement session Mugdock

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Mark + Claire | Engagement session Mugdock

Last week I had my first couple shoot since being back in Scotland. It was slightly colder than what I've been used to for the past 6 months in Australia but walking through the forest made me remember what I especially missed about Scotland. As we veered away from the easter weekend crowds and found a quiet path with noone else on it there was silence. Silence and the smell of pine trees, crisp air and the warmth from the sun between the brisk breeze when the sun went behind the clouds. Scotland is beautiful. So very very beautiful. Mark + Claire are possibly two of the nicest people I have met and I can't wait to photograph their wedding in a few weeks at the beautiful Boturich Castle. . 

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Kim + Dave | Piha Beach, New Zealand

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Kim + Dave | Piha Beach, New Zealand

 

So I kick off 2017 with a new blog and lots of amazing weddings, newborns and couple's to share. I'm kicking off the blog with a pretty special shoot which took place at one of the most incredible beaches I have ever been to. Piha beach is on the West Coast of the North island of New Zealand. It's a place that reminds you how incredible nature is and how small we are as the rocks tower above you and the ocean pull's your feet out from under you. 

New Zealand is a special place for my family as thats where my husband is from and where we try to visit every year. I met Dave and Kim at Kim sister Emily's wedding which I photographed at The Secret Herb Garden in Scotland last year. I am reminded of what a small world it is when I was able to meet up with this lovely pair again on the other side of it in their home county. Kim and Dave are getting married at a secret location in New Zealand later this year so I can't say much more on that. 

We met one evening after work. It was getting dark, it had been raining on and off all day and the rain was starting again, but the light. The light was beautiful. 

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Time flies....

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Time flies....

If you have made your way onto my website and ventured even further onto my blog, welcome. Welcome to the start of what's to come. My old website was a bit dated so I launched a new website last year which is still under construction. I wanted to revamp and refresh my website after a very busy past few years. I have a huge amount of beautiful weddings, babies and family sessions to share. I'm highly doubt I'll have the time to share everything before the next season kicks off but I'll give it a go. 

So the blog is bare at the moment. 2016 was a bit of a momentous year. A year of adding another family member to the mix. New jobs within the family and a very busy year of business for me. For everyone who contacted me, everyone that booked me, everyone that wanted to book me but I already had a previous booking, thank you. Thank you for loving my work enough to get in touch and share your special life occasions with me. I am one of those fortune people that wake up each day and don't dread going to work. I truely love my job. I love the different people I meet, the different parts of the world I get to see, the different venues and peoples homes I get to photograph in. I love the babies I get to cuddle and moments in time I get to preserve for people. I am fortunate. I work hard, I work very hard . I have a young family and life is a juggling act but I love it. So a big thank you for coming to have a look and thank you for the support. While I am getting my blog up and running you can find more of my work on my instagram pages. I have one for my wedding work on:

https://www.instagram.com/nleadbetter_photography/

and my new born and family work (with some person photographs thrown into the mix) on:

https://www.instagram.com/nleadbetter_newbornsfamilies/

My mum always called me a free spirit. I wasn't the academic one of the family. I was the "arty one" this phrase used to get under my skin. I wanted to be incredibly intelligent and successful and didn't fully appreciate where my "creative side" would take me. I thought it was a diplomatic phrase given to me to make me free more unique (as I'm now finding as a parent you try and make your kind feel this way). Well its taken me here. I am sitting in the house that my husband grew up in. The sun is beaming down outside and I can hear my children screaming with laughter in the garden with the smell of BBBQ being carried in by the wind. We have spent the day on the beach which is a 5 minuteS walk from his house. I am on the other side of the world to where I grew up. My free spirit took me travelling. My free spirit made me fall in love with photography and allowed me to have a profession I could travel with. I am in New Zealand.

Thanks again for stopping by and please do come back.  

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