After Graduation from the University of Birmingham and a 9 year career in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a Territory Manager for 2 multinational Pharma Companies, it was time to turn a hobby into a full-time business.
10 years later on and here we are running a multi-award winning wedding video company filming in some of the most wonderful venues across Scotland, and producing amazing award winning Wedding Films!
I absolutely LOVE what I do, and I think this passion shows through in our work.
Enough about 'me' ! Take a good look through the blog and you will learn a little about what makes us tick, get to see some samples of our work, find out how and why we manage to win awards for our films and our customer service, and hopefully get a feel for who we are too.
Enjoy, and we look forward to talking with you soon.
The very big positive side of the winter months being quieter for actually filming weddings, is that I do get some Saturdays off.
The best part of those days is getting to watch Callum play rugby for Watson’s. He’s currently picked as a Hooker (as he’s a demon at driving through people much bigger than him and just will not let go of the ball when nabbed;) . Personally I’m thinking Flanker or outside Centre (which will please Yvonne as she hates the idea of him becoming a big cauliflower ear forward and spoiling his good looks). Time will tell 😉
So I just thought I’d share a few of photos from the past couple of matches. A couple of nice breakaway tries from loose ball at the base of the scrum, a nice crash ball restart, and getting nabbed by children that surely are no way only 11yrs old 😉
So, I’m enjoying my Saturday mornings off, but boy is it cold! Brrr, and I’m the one with the coat, hat and scarf on! Ahh, brings back the days of me running around with a rugby ball in the snow…. way back in the day 😉
Busy Busy Busy on the edit front. Working through the Munro of edits and doing well, so thought I’d show you a highlights from a little earlier in the year with a Wedding at Dundas Castle and the film of Grant & Christi.
Grant & Christi had a fabulous wedding, a lovely intimate family affair and as their humanist ceremony vows were so special I decided to make use of them in the highlights sequence. It was also lovely to work alongside Sarah & Jenny at Sarah Elizabeth Photography again (I’ve had the pleasure of filming both Sarah & Jenny’s Weddings, so always really good fun to work with them!).
So here, without further ado, the highlights of Grant & Christi.
Do let me know your thoughts! All comments are very welcome, love to hear what you think!
Thursday, November 12, 2009 Posted in News, Photos
OK a couple of days late (was at a training course yesterday) but here are a couple of photos from the VOWS Awards 2009.
We had a great night, really good fun and superb company. Below are some photos of Yvonne, Stuart and myself, along with some photos of Niels & Alie from Blue Sky Photography. If there are any gaps then it’s because they have been censored by Niels, who as the photos show had a good time! Niels and Alie were great fun and it was also nice to see Jay & Christina from Elemental
Also, Stuart (who for the record once and for all, is not my son! nor does he wear a waistcoat at every function!) came along and had a good time too. He did well to consume more red wine than anyone (then again he is a youngster), yet not exhibit any of the side effects (slurring, falling over, dancing like your dad etc).
Well, subject to approval by those featured in the photos, here goes…. normal disclaimers apply (ie point and shoot camera, moderate alcohol use, we only get out twice a year etc etc)
Wow……October’s over, Halloween’s done, Bonfire Night all fizzzled out…. guess it’s time for a new video?!
I’m in a period of very intense editing right now – long long hours at the edit suite, and working 7 days a week trying to bring down the backlog and wait time.
I know my clients may have to wait a little longer than some, but I hope you will agree the final films are worth those few more weeks of patience
So, here is an ‘alternative’ highlights sequence from this weeks edit. The song used is a personal choice rather than the couples chosen music as I just felt this one would work – you be the judge of that I guess…
So here we have Lindsay & Mark’s Wedding at the wonderful Blair Estate.
The holiday has subsided now and it’s my first day back in the office so lots to catch up on! (as well as a mountain of editing…Mañana, Mañana)
Just been reflecting on the whirlwind that was the IOV Awards in Coventry the week before last. The Institute of Videography is the UK’s professional body for Filmmakers from all walks of life including commercial, wedding & event, music industry, corporate and broadcast filmmakers. I’ve been a Master Member for many years but only once before got around to submitting anything for their Annual Awards.
Anyhow this year I didn’t have time to edit anything together especially for the awards so I decided to submit a showreel DVD with 5 of my recent films, covering different facets of my work as a wedding videographer. As it was a showreel, it was entered into the open category, and I sat back and waited for the shortlist to be announced.
When I discovered I had been shortlisted I was absolutely chuffed to bits! The competition is extremely tough and includes some serious talent from across the whole of the UK!
So jump forward to the IOV Awards dinner at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. It was the 14th October which happened to be our 13th Wedding Anniversary so I was hoping for something special given that I had left the night before and Yvonne and I wouldn’t see each other that day (sorry Mrs T hope you forgive me!)
So my apologies and anniversary wishes were made on the phone to Yvonne, and I parked up in the Ricoh Arena Carpark (uncannily all the parking spaces were numbered and as I got out of the car I noticed I had parked in space number 1 – corny co-incidence perhaps lol).
Pre-dinner glass of water (I was driving to Glasgow Airport through the night as we were flying out to Tenerife at 5am the next morning!) then a nervous dinner, some chat, coffee and then on to the awards proper.
There were 5 people in each category and ‘Open’ was up first (thankfully as I had that 5hr drive ahead of me!).
3rd place….2nd place… then a pause and I realised I had either come first or 4th/5th….. I don’t really remember the next minute or so, other than something about a blurted expletive as I stood up, and then charged up to the stage to collect my award from Maggie Philbin ex of Tomorrows World (don’t know who she is? ask your dad lol). A few photos, lots of hand shaking and then back to my seat in total shock. FIRST PLACE!!!!!!
Hurried goodbyes and then a 4 and half hour car journey northwards up the M6, fueled by coffee and pure adrenaline!
I must admit I am immensely proud to have won this award. It’s an award for the quality of my work, my filming, my editing, my post production and coming from the Institute of Videography it’s a huge pat on the back.
So thank you to the IOV Judging panel, thank you to Yvonne for supporting me and for being my soul mate, thank you to Callum for making me laugh so much, to the great photographers out there we work with week in week out (you know who you are) and to my parents who I wish were here to see it
There, acceptance speech done 😉 [sorry, yes I know that was a cheesy moment but I had to do it]
You can see one of the samples from the Showreel DVD just below.
Here’s to the rest of 2009 and a completely awesome 2010!
Just back from a fabby break in Costa Adeje, a lovely part of Tenerife – a really nice surprise. I’ve never been to ‘Tenerife’ before and had visions of hundreds of British Bulldog pubs but thankfully Costa Adeje is just lovely with some amazing hotels, beautiful golden sandy beach, and lots of cool bars and restaurants. Nice and classy
Anyhow we had a great time and feel pretty rested and eager to get through my backlog of editing work now that the filming schedule has slowed.
Well I thought I’d share a few pix from our hols – and my usual disclaimer is that this was taken with a tiny point n’ shoot Lumix compact camera so not as creative as I’d like, but some nice pix of us having fun and a little of Costa Adeje.
Oops, forgot to post this from last weekend…. We had a nice chilled Sunday brunch in town, enjoying some more surprise Autumn weather. So took the opportunity to take another couple of snaps of Callum doing his usual ‘moody’ posing. Not sure why our ‘eleven-teen’ year old insists on only being able to do ‘moody’ or ‘cheesy laughter’ poses and not much in between. I think I’ll have to stop taking pix of him, he’s probably getting fed up by now.
Anyway, just a diversion from the Wedding stuff…. Enjoy….. Got a really cool Highlights edit coming soon (once the B&G have seen it first 😉
Don’t Stop Me Now Marryoke Wedding Day Pop Video for Ben & Nikki as featured in The Scottish Wedding Directory 2010
Hello to all you Real Life Wedding readers out there….
Well as promised here (again) is the Wedding Pop Video we created for Ben & Nikki on their fabulous Wedding Day at Balbirnie House earlier this year.
Just so you know, this is something very different for Design Scotland Video! It’s not our usual ‘unobtrusive’ cup of tea but Ben & Nikki were so up for it we just had to go with it!
There’s lots of ‘marryoke’ about and most unfortunately seem to opt for the ultra obvious ‘Perfect Day’ routine. OK don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song, but do you honestly want a song that was written about Lou Reed’s heroin addiction (come on, have you not seen Trainspotting?!).
Please do relax, as if you are looking for a really natural, creative wedding film, with a truly unobtrusive style, and from a multi-award winning company….then we are the right choice!
Do look at some of the other blog videos, plus our private demo room (contact us for access) and see what we can do!
OK, without further ado here is Ben & Nikki’s Wedding Day Pop Video.
Things are a little hectic right now, still busy filming weddings and also working through the backlog of films that need to be edited.
I’m blessed to have superbly patient clients, so thanks for waiting guys!
I’ve done a couple of ‘coming soon’ films so thought I’d share one I did recently for Lindsay and Jamie at Dundas Castle. A fabulous couple who had a complete blast, so here’s the little teaser that will keep them going while I finish the edit (not too long now guys, promise