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Iain Struthers Photography

He’s the man capturing the perfect moments on your big day.

Meet Iain from Iain Struthers Photography

Iain Struthers Wedding Photography at Crieff Hydro Hotel

What made you become a wedding photographer?

I sort of fell into it!  I had been a motorsport and press photographer for several years until a few friends asked me to photograph their weddings.  I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, so decided to try and make it a part of my business.

Is there anything you think you’ve learnt so far from being a photographer?

Every day is a school day!  Every wedding is different so you are always learning new things and have to be prepared for anything.  After almost 300 weddings over the last 12 years, you’d think I’d seen everything… but far from it!

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing instead?

I’ve had many jobs over the years but nothing gives me the same job satisfaction as wedding photography, so I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else now. Motorsport is still a big part of my life, so I would maybe do something racing related.

Where do you get your inspiration from?    

I live in highland Perthshire and it’s one of the most beautiful places in the UK.  The local landscape and scenery are the biggest inspiration for my work. Also, I love meeting new people and I enjoy the challenge of capturing them at their best.

Iain Struthers Wedding Photography at Crieff Hydro Hotel

What do you love most about wedding photography?

The banter!  Wedding photography should always be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. I always try to have a laugh with guests to ensure that their smiles are natural and not forced!

How would you describe your photography style?

My style is very natural and candid – you often catch people at their best when they don’t know they are having their photo taken.  For the couples shoot, I usually put the couple together with a nice backdrop and just tell them to act natural. The good photos normally come from this without forcing any unnatural poses. I love to use the local scenery as a backdrop.

On average, how many weddings do you roughly do in a year? Have a guess!

I shoot around 30-35 weddings a year as well as maybe 15-20 family events, parties, engagement shoots etc.  I also cover around 30 motorsport events a year for Knockhill racing circuit in Fife…. So it’s always a busy year!

Can couples give you a list of specific shots they would like?

Definitely. I usually ask for a list of the group shots needed so we can make sure nothing important gets missed on the day.   I’m very open to couples ideas and happy to try anything they want!

Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?

Absolutely.  I have no problem with this, providing they don’t stand in front of me!

Do you have a favourite, must-capture moment for every wedding?

The big group shot of everyone is usually at the top of the list. I do love a good confetti shower!  There are so many must-capture moments that you can’t miss… The first kiss is sometimes a challenge to capture so you need to be ready for it!

Are there any photography hot-spots at Crieff Hydro?

Crieff Hydro is an amazing venue for a wedding – the gardens are stunning and then there’s the Knock viewpoint just around the hill. But the surrounding countryside is also gorgeous – too many options!

What would be your best tip to give to future couples on choosing a wedding photographer?

Choose a photographer who will put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. Make sure you know exactly what coverage is included and what the photography package includes. Meet them before the wedding so you are all in agreement of what the plans are on the day.  Maybe have an engagement shoot with them to make sure you are happy with their methods and they are the right fit for your wedding.

What advice would you give couples to ensure that they get wedding photos they love forever?

Relax and trust your photographer.  They will have the experience to know what works and what won’t work, so take their advice on board. Be prepared for bad weather and have a plan “B” in case of rain and you can’t get the outside shots you hoped for.

How far in advance do I need to book my wedding photographer?

At least a year in advance.  Most of my bookings come in around 12-18 months before the wedding, although some people book 3 years in advance!  As soon as you have your wedding date confirmed, you need to be booking all the other main suppliers quickly, as the most popular ones will book up quickly!

Iain Struthers Wedding Photography at Crieff Hydro Hotel

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