Edinburgh wedding photographer - 'crazy Armands'
Listen: Your day needs to make just two people deliriously happy–as happy as you make each other.
Your wedding Photography Story is UNIQUE, so it should be your Portraits.
I can say whatever I want, do as many silly things as I can, but at the ned of the day, it is your wedding and your happy day. I will inject as much as I can my energy, but it is all about YOU and your CONNECTION between yourselves.
I have been wedding photographer Edinburgh for past 8 years, I tried and failed at the start 🙂 Even all 4 years I spent study BA in professional photography, it didn't help me. I had to walk away and start again. I had to stop for a year and readjust to have my real energy/passion in your photos. Long journey, which lead me to creating STRIKING wedding portraits, successful photo studio and have brides going AWW and WOW over their wedding photography.
You know you’ve dreamed about it since being a little girl. You’d flip through thick wedding magazines until they were dog-eared. When you’d drive past that bridal shop, you secretly hoped you could linger in and look just a little bit longer.
To create photography like this, you have to have a vision, skill and willing to 'push envelope' to be better every time when I photograph a wedding story. Let me guide you and help you to achieve the best wedding photos you have ver seen.
I should say upfront. You will hear me say all sorts of things on the day but these words you will hear the most.
Connect, Chin Forward and Down, Bums away. Yes you read that right - Bums away.
Once we meet, ask me and I will explain myself.
Armands proved to be a fantastic choice for our wedding photographer. He worked extremely hard for the whole of our wedding day and his enthusiastic and fun nature made us feel completely at ease. His able assistant Daniela was also great fun. Armands was well organised and had the day of photos under control from the outset - it meant we could just relax and of course smile on cue. The pre-wedding shoot was a fantastic bonus and is a great way for couples to understand Armands' way of working.
Importantly our family and friends loved Armands' energy and we can't wait to see the final photos!
Armands is great value and more importantly great fun!
Watch this behind the scenes Edinburgh wedding photographers video.
Together with my creative approach, we will make your wedding day the most outstanding, awesome event of your life, to date. I will channel all of my wedding photographer expertise into capturing the raw emotion, crazy laughter, and the unavoidable bumbles that all come together to make your day uniquely yours be it in Edinburgh, Glasgow or anywhere else throughout Scotland. I can’t wait to capture the elegance, the smiles, the happy tears, and even the shoes off, dance-your-pants-off part of the reception!
Here is how I can help You.
Your wedding is such a special day. It’s the beginning a new life that you’re building together, and from that point forward outlook, viewpoint, and priorities will never be the same. As one of the best wedding photographers I can help you to make your photography experience to go smoother.
I LOVE weddings! This is why they fire my passion:
- Communicating and planning your wedding photography. Venue visit with me and do photo test run. Super important part and you will feel a lot more relaxed on the day.
- It’s all about VISION – I’m a visual person, I see pictures in head. You don't have to give a pinterest board, your wedding is UNIQUE. I will inject all my creative wedding photography, trust me.
- You will get help with directing you during creative wedding photos. I know many couples say, we want natural unposed photos. I agree, but if you want wedding portraits to look great, you might need a little direction and help.
- You will hear a bit of easter european accent with witty sarcasm. You will smile a lot at this as I'm not that good with jokes.
- For those 'in the moment' photos I have a second photographer. She/he will photograph quietly from off angle while I will direct or chat with you.
- For all wedding I do full day coverage only. This ensures you have full story including your guests and grooms prep during morning hours
Video Review from Newlywed Mr and Mrs McFaden.
Special thanks to my second photographers for taking photos of me goofing around with brides and grooms. I'm definitely not the best in front of camera.
Couple of real wedding stories to wet your appetite.
We came across A-Fotografy through internet research as we were planning our scottish wedding from Australia. We were initially impressed by his website and amazing images gallery – it was exactly the unique, creative style we were looking for. After speaking with him via skype we were left with no doubt that he would make our special day truly amazing and memorable, so we booked him in immediately.
What we got was even better than we ever could have dreamed – his creativity and expertise shine through in each and every photo. Armands and his assistant not only covered all the standard wedding day illustration shots, but went above and beyond to create some truly special masterpieces that everyone we show raves about.
His dedication and thoroughness were evident in the time he took to research the venue (numerous visits to test the light and find photo shoot locations), in meeting prior for an ‘engagement’ style get-to-know-you shoot, turning up the night before the wedding to get all the accessories shots (less to do on the day), and then arriving hours earlier than necessary and staying late for us in order to get every shot on his ‘list’.
With A-fotografy, it is not about the number of hours you have booked him for, it’s about him truly capturing your entire day, your relationship, your story. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough!
Communicating and Planning Your Wedding Photography
Communication with my couples troughout the process is paramount to me. You will always know what is our next step in process. I will be happy to answer your questions as soon as I can. We even will meet up at least 3 times before your big day, just to make sure that everything goes as planned. You really don’t want to worry if your photographer knows what they are doing or even if they will show up for the wedding. I like to be organised for your big day.
Direction During Your Photography Experience
Most of my brides always say to me ‘oh we just want natural photos with no posing’ My questions to that always is if they want to look good in photos or hope that at least few photos will look good. I know word posing is not the most appealing to couples, but there has to be some sort of direction from photographer to make sure you will love your photos. Of course not to the point that you look like stiff dolls, but just to give you a starting point for the pose and then it is all about your own connection and moments.
Pre Wedding Test Photo Session
This part of the photography planning process is probably most important to you. During these sessions I would take you to the venue and actually would talk you trough your wedding days photography plan. We would take many test images and my aim is to establish really good connection with my couples. It will be very fun and relaxed, but at the same time would give you good idea what would be happening on the day. Once your big day arrives, you already will know what to do and feel a LOT more relaxed. My couples love this part and it means more pretty images for you. If you would like to go to more personal place to you, like a beach or park, then we can have more fun on the same day as your test session.
Creative and Relaxed Approach
I’m very vision driven photographer. I see images and possibilities everywhere I go. I love to make these visions to come live. This is where my creative side kicks in. For you that means that you not only will get some standard poses images fro your families, but also fantastic artwork for your walls. I love making my couples comfortable in front of camera, love talking to you, teasing and just having fun. I want to be personable and connected to you guys. To have most awesome moments first you have to be 100% comfortable with your photographer, period.
Wedding Photography Coverage From Getting Ready Till 10pm.
You will love your story from start to end. I want to tell trough the photographs as much as I can. You have spent month and month or even a year for organising your wedding, creating your perfect day. I want to show off all that effort in your story. From little details to late evening crazy dance moves. Photo story would start from your morning prep till late evening. If you are not so much into my late evening photography, then it is fine we can finish after first dance.
Wedding Photos Turnaround
You really don’t want to wait and wait for wedding photos. Normally within a week I make a blog post story about your wedding. This would be highlights from your day with around 70 images. Sometime around 3-4 weeks mark you will see full gallery.
Second Photographer to Cover More Candid Wedding Photos.
Very often I get asked why would you want two photographers on the day. It simply comes back to telling full story of the day. Most likely you as a bride will want to know what boys were doing during morning part or have those candid guest images during reception hour or beautiful candid portraits during the group photos. To you it would mean more beautiful photos and most of these photos would be nice candid moments. I photograph my visions and creative images, but my second photographer will give totally different feel of images and style. I just love to work with second photographer and it is always more fun during the day too. Not to mention that there is that extra reassurance for you in case if something happens on the day.
You can check this helpful resources I made for my wedding couples.
How Do We Get Started?
Drop me an email and tell me a little bit about yourselves and how you see your wedding day going down (eg. themed, elegant, bohemian, casual and small, etc.)
I promise to get back to you within 24 hours to further discuss your big day.
We can meet over coffee (I’m buying!) or Skype to chat a bit more about your vision for your wedding day.
Taking a good picture is as much about people skills as technical ability – I care about my couples and I hope that comes across in the photos. I offer a creative approach and full day photography package costs £1699. This would include all day coverage, 2 photographers and your wedding images digitally on USB. If you know someone I have photographed before, please ask them about my referral program, great way to save some £££.
I offer wide range of albums and once you see them, you can make a decision if you wish to invest in album package.
I’m based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mainly cover Scottish weddings across Midlothians and Scottish Highlands, but can travel abroad as well.