A fantastic review from Dinkar and Katherine
Isn’t it great when someone sings your praises! This review, posted earlier to my facebook page made my day.
“Paul is a fantastic photographer and we absolutely could not be happier to have chosen him, not only because of the perfect photos of our wedding he took for us but because he is a great guy who did everything he could to make sure he delivered what we wanted, truly becoming a part of our family for the time he was there.”
“After having had his online portfolio stand out to us amongst the many we looked at, we had a great chat to him on the phone and had no hesitation in booking him straight away. He came out to meet us a couple of days before the wedding to discuss the details and get to know each other better.”
“On the day, we could not have asked more from him. We wanted him for his creativity and although both of us are normally camera shy we had a blast with him feeling completely at ease, and had great fun getting all the shots we wanted and letting him work his style into them.”
“The end result was a set of photographs that delivered everything we could have hoped for and more, capturing the essence of the day with all the emotion, atmosphere, laughter and tears, along with some beautifully dramatic shots. We could not be any happier and are really grateful for everything he has done to create pictures we will still love looking at when we are old and grey.”
“We thoroughly recommend Paul to everyone out there who is looking for superb photography, unique creativity, and moreover a fabulous guy you can trust and who will go above and beyond for you!”
Dinkar & Katherine
Thank you for reading and Congratulations to Dinkare & Kath for choosing me, we worked well together and you trusted me. It was an honour to be part of your wedding day and also to meet such a fantastic family. You will be just fine in life!
All the best
For more information on this wedding venue, Cortes house, just go here http://www.perfect-manors.com/cortes-house/
A tale of true Love on Valentines
Hi Everyone, and thank you for taking a few minutes to read my Valentines Post.
Its clear that these photographs were not taken around Scotland where I usually do my work as a photographer so let me explain.
I had travelled to Cambodia so as to holiday and chat through another venture with a friend of mine and during this very relaxing and productive time I had arranged to meet and old College friend Chae and her partner Helen who had just set out on the adventure around the world that most of us only dream of but never actually do.
Whilst I know Chae very well I had never really spent much time with her partner Helen, She is also an amazing woman, calm, direct, and a talented Chef, nom nom. We did partake in loads of amazing food.
It Became apparent that these two fun ladies work so well together and that they understand each others needs, wants and skills. Very handy for travelling the world. I observed a mutual respect at almost every turn and that was just Beautiful!
So it turns out that they are getting Married…. at long last, and the discussion turned from Comedy/ fun Vegas wedding to a deeper more considered decision, and that was to be at home close to their loved ones. At this point I was chosen to be their wedding photographer and for this I am delighted and feel Honoured. So I got to work with their engagement shoot right there and then in Cambodia and with the background of The ancient Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Thom. (see Lara Croft for more details)
Here the girls Story straight from their current destination of Thailand……
“We’ve been going out for 6 years now, engaged for 2 and a half. We knew each other and admired from afar then one day we both knew that had to change. We just fell in love so fast and each day we grew stronger and stronger. We decided to travel the world instead of spending our money on a big wedding and now we have a little longer to decide how we want to do it rather than rushing in to it!”
“As luck would have it Paul, who, I met at college some years ago,wast travelling in Cambodia at the exact time we were travelling through it so we met up with no discussion of him taking our photos – just meeting for a crazy adventure – I thought it would be his worst nightmare to take pictures when he was having a break from it all, but his beautiful camera came out (camera envy) as we walked around Angkor Wat and it just came to him naturally!”
“He made us feel really comfortable and relaxed and had lots of different clever ideas for the photos, without being invasive to our time that we were all spending together there. What a wonderful way to spend time at the temples with a sneaky engagement shoot, and some brilliant photos and memories to take away from it all!”
Chae & Helen
We had a blast and now these two monkeys shall continue their journey together for ever.. (Above…. before celebration drinky) (Below …. after celebration drinky)
Love from Paul
If you are getting Married or just about to pop the question, please do get in touch for your photographic needs.
We first met Paul Mackie whilst trying to find a decent band to play at our wedding. Paul was playing our favourite haunt with his band DoC and I approached him to see if he would be interested in playing ours. Unfortunately the band were unavailable on our date but whilst chatting with Paul and moaning about the challenges of organising a wedding in Aberdeen that wont require a second mortgage Paul mentioned he was a professional Photographer which was yet another thing we still had to book. We went to the internet, checked out his work, liked what we saw and put the wheels in motion.
From the get go communication with Paul was hassle free. He was available to us via phone, text or email and the best bit was he actually REPLIED to us. Something a lot of people working in the wedding industry could learn a lesson from! We arranged a meeting with Paul at the reception venue and we shared lunch. The purpose of this meeting primarily was for us to get to know Paul a bit better and for him to get to know us, what we liked, what we disliked and to get a gauge on what we wanted for our wedding package. He brought a large variety of sample of his work, the albums and the materials and we were really happy with what we saw. I feel like we really clicked with Paul. He’s a genuinely nice bloke and his ethics stand out as soon as you chat to him.
In the weeks and days prior to the big day plans and timelines were finalised. With every other aspect of the wedding going around in our heads like a tornado Paul continued to make us feel completely at ease with the whole situation. Nothing was a bother. He had an exterior of total calm whilst those around were losing their heads.
On the day itself Paul was where he said he was going to be, when he said he was going to be. He spent a long time on the wedding morning with the bridal party capturing them getting ready with both candid and posed shots. He then hot-tailed it across town to get the preparation shots of the groom and the groomsmen.
In the run up to and during the ceremony he was everywhere and nowhere. He captured amazing shots whilst we hardly knew he was there. When it came to the group shots we were probably every photographers nightmare. To put it mildly, getting everybody where they needed to be was like trying to herd cats. Like everything else, Paul took it in his stride and nailed the pictures he needed to take.
We were dreading the bride and groom shots as neither of us is particularly ‘natural’ in front of a camera but, as always, Paul put us at ease and really captured the moment and the mood. He has a great knack of getting good poses and will go to great effort to get the perfect photo (we even had to ask him politely to step away from a cliff edge as no photo will ever be worth a 200ft plunge down a rocky gorge!!)
Paul accommodated our ideas at every step of the way, even venturing into one of Aberdeen harbour’s less salubrious establishments to capture candid shots of us sharing a first pint as man and wife. Like at the ceremony, during the reception Paul disappeared into the background and continued taking the most amazing photographs whilst at no point thrusting his camera into anybody’s face. He was the man that wasn’t there.
In the post production the the service we had been spoiled with in the run-up and on the day continued. All the photo’s were made available to us quickly via his website which is a great platform for viewing his work. We really could not have been happier with what we saw and all of our friends and family who viewed the gallery were most complimentary of his work. We had a really hard time narrowing down the near 400 photos to the 60 required for the album. In fact we failed altogether and had to discuss with Paul to get extra pages added to the album – which was no fuss or hassle for him. We were involved in the album design and layout and Paul had us over to his home to finalise everything.
Our album arrived exactly when he said it would, just over a week after we signed off on everything and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
I would not think twice about recommending Paul Mackie Photography to anybody. I have nothing but good things to say about our time shared with him and his work and skill have become an integral part of the happiest day of our lives. Paul is very skilled at what he does and he knows it too, which is why he was able to produce something for us that is of the very highest standard. He is a gentleman, a humanitarian and now a friend. And he’s not a terrible singer and guitarist to boot! 😉
Sam and Heidi Hill
For Bookings email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org