I'm pleased to say Scotland is being represented south of the border at the Connected 2013 Exhibition at the Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham.
Three of my castles form part of exhibition - Balvaird, Dunmore and Ardvreck. The exhibition launched last Saturday and runs until 27th May - so pop in if you're in the area.
Full details here: http://alturl.com/khwh9
Spring is in the Air!
2013 is about to kick off. Upcoming events include the first wedding of the season at the MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel on Loch Ard in heart of the Trossachs. We were out there yesterday having a reccie. Really hope the weather will be as good on the day as it was yesterday!
Immediately prior to that I have 2 local charity events - a Spring Dance for under 18s in aid of Help the Heros, and the Dunblane's Big Fat Wedding in aid of Wobbly Williams (Funding Neurological Clinical Research). I'm official photographer at both events and will be running a studio booth - so much fun!!! Hope to see you there.
Happy New Year!
Well, I hope 2013 has started as well for you as it has for me. Significant milestones include getting my tax return in before the deadline, finalising print runs for some studio shoots that took place in December, and working on ideas for several forthcoming events. Refresh of this site long overdue, so hope to get cracking on that this week.
Studio Portraits & Amazing Photographs
I've been so busy and despite promising an overhaul of this website, I haven't yet done it. Busy mostly down to work - the studio has been booked every day this week, and the results are amazing. Some very cute little toddlers, gorgeous teenagers and fun families! I've also been doing a fair amount of galavanting, from the most remote parts of Rannoch Moor to the Isle of Tiree, I've been out and about stocking up on more stunning landscapes of Scotland.
There's an exhibition running at Resonate in Alloa featuring some of my work which is going well, and as well as processing all the studio work, I'm developing new fliers, posters and a range of gift cards too. Have had loads of requests for calendars featuring my abandoned buildings....but one for next year I think. Ok back to work! And remember, my latest news and updates can be found here
Location & Studio Portraits in Dunblane
Another busy couple of weeks, managed to get some time off for a weekend down in Cumbria and have also been out and about in Perthshire and Dumfries & Galloway photographing landscapes and abandoned buildings. Portraits have been the main thrust finishing with 2 back to back on Sunday. The first was a Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro, and the second was a fabulous 16th birthday shoot in the studio and out on location. Prints are selling well on the approach to Christmas and now is the time to think about booking in for family portraits - the ultimate personalised Christmas gift.
Gorgeous Confirmation Photos
Last night was a real treat as I got to shoot Tammy's confirmation pictures. She looked absolutely amazing. Will upload more to the portraits gallery once they are ready so you can see for yourself.
I can cover any type of event, not just weddings. Assignments include: wedding anniversary, divorce parties, family and friend reunions, sports and engagements.
Studio portrait work also includes pets not just babies, kids and families. I've been asked to take photos of gerbils and even frogs...so no job is too strange. If it's easier I can come to you - just ask!
Phew, seems like August was the month of photoshoot parties. So much fun!
September has been great so far for photography assignments. Another photoshoot party for 12year olds, followed by a great Lighting course by John Denton, have a confirmation portrait session coming up along with a 16th birthday modelling shoot and a couple of family sessions with cute toddlers. But most of the emphasis this month will be on getting this website updated and adding the online payment/shopping cart facility. Prints are still selling well and I'm working on an a very large oak framed print of Plockton right now. I have a couple of recent enquiries to respond to and will do that tomorrow. All updates are: http://www.facebook.com/LouiseBellinPhotography
Party Photoshoot Marathon Weekend!
This weekend has been one of Photoshoot Parties....on Saturday it was a birthday party for 18 nine year olds....and Sunday's party was for 5 twelve year olds, so a bit more civilized.
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Back to Work
Well that's the holidays over and both girls back to school. last week we had a wonderful break at the cottage in Scourie, Sutherland - this pic taken in Balnakeil Durness is featured on Cocoa Mountain's facebook page. I'm now starting work on all the backlog of studio and location portraits from over the summer, plus a framed print of Plockton as well as all the admin that comes with running your own photography business. Hope you've had an excellent summer too and thanks for looking at my site.
MacBeth on Inchcolm Island
This image was used as the key graphic to promote the open air production of Macbeth, part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We took the ferry to see it last night and it was amazing.
Been really lame in updating this site...but am planning a big overhaul once the schools are over. Meantime, find all the latest news and some gorgeous pics here:
Wedding Photographer, Strontian, Ardnamurchan
Saturday was a perfect day for Robyn and Brian's wedding at Bluebell Croft in Strontain, Ardnamurchan. It really is the perfect venue for small intimate weddings. I was very impressed with the place and the owners. The weather was great, the midgies stayed away and I got some amazing photographs. The bride looked stunning.
I've been invited back to do another wedding, so hoping the trip on the Corran Ferry becomes a regular occurrence. I love the west coast!
Highland Wedding Photography
Well this afternoon we are heading north for the next Highland wedding in Strontian, Ardnamurchan. Really can't wait to be back on the road again and it's the first time back to Ardnamurchan for over a year. Making it even better is the high likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights this weekend. Fingers crossed for clear skies by day and night! Looking forward to getting some beautiful photographs.
Newborn Baby Studio Portraits
The last 2 weeks have been very busy with studio portraits which has been perfect given the weather. Had the delights of a newborn baby, 3 sisters aged 15years, 3 years and 8 weeks old, a 16th birthday girl, two gorgeous 13 year olds and a very cute 9 year old with pink Dr Martens to die for!! Fun fun fun and lots of laughs. Girly girly girly!
This lovely pet portrait of Tank, a very handsome Cane Corso Italian Mastiff, won the MyBIGDog June photo competition! Don't forget I can take lovely photos of your pets either in your home, on location or in the studio. Your pet could be a winner too!
Last night I finally got round to starting my facebook business page for Louise Bellin Photography. It's been going for less than 12 hours and I've already got 41 likes! You can join me here to keep up with the latest offers and events, and of course some lovely pictures too!
This shot is from a 16th birthday party shoot last month taken near Dunblane Cathedral. The girls had a lot of fun! Let me know if you want to organise a party shoot, or are thinking about next year's wedding. ...more
Mid-summer Wedding at Culcreuch Castle near Fintry
The ceremony was at mid-day on mid-summer...but as can happen in Scotland, the weather wasn't as kind as it could have been. Despite that Jody and Simon had a fantastic intimate wedding in one of our most gorgeous castles by Fintry. The wedding photographer did good, despite the drizzle and dark...so another happy wedding all round! :)
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Royal Highland Show Photo Comp Winner
This picture has received a lot of interest recently, firstly from the whisky industry, and then as competition winner in the SEPA Royal Highland Show Photo Competition. So I'm now £100 better off and have 2 comp tickets for the Royal Highland Show!
It's been a crazily busy 2 weeks, with another wedding this week....but hope to get more images uploaded soon and will catch up on this blog eventually!
The weather and light were perfect for Jane and Jon's wedding on Saturday in Bridge of Allan. The bride looked stunning and it was a lovely lovely wedding. Everyone was so happy. Just how weddings should be. Happy Honeymoon x
Wedding venue: Ivy Hotel Bridge of Allan
Location shots: Airthrey Castle (former maternity hospital), University of Stirling ...more
On Saturday I was lucky enough to spend the day working for the Forestry Commission at the Kilmacolm & Port Glasgow Agricultural Society Annual Show. It was a fantastic event with lots of beautiful prize winning farm animals, dogs and show jumping. There were plenty of stalls and fun activities for everyone. A great day out and the weather was ace :)
Pre wedding shoot, Bridge of Allan
Last night was the prefect evening for Jon and Jane's pre wedding shoot in Bridge of Allan. We started at the Ivy, then on to the Memorial Gardens, finally finishing up at Aithrey Castle where Jane was born!
We arrived at Stirling University campus just as the Dumyat Hill race was ending....I don't know how they do it!
Anyway, we got some lovely shots and we're now all geared up for the wedding in June....won't be long :)
Model Location Shoot
After a week spent working flat out on a tender deadline...it was time to change pace! So we spent a fantastic morning shooting the gorgeous Kirsten at the abandoned Dunmore Mansion near Airth. The light was smashing despite my fears...but we put the reflectors and softbox to work anyway with great results. Seems like we were very lucky - massive hailstones now :( Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Dunblane Primary School
Another busy week, and an exciting one for us as we've just become the owners of a gorgeous cross breed rescue dog called Buster! On the work front, the highlight of the week was being asked to photograph Primary 7 at Dunblane Primary School for their Graduation Year Book. The weather was grey and their black sweatshirts made it challenging, but I got some nice shots and some great group pictures too.
Just back from a wonderful break in Portugal with the family to find 2 more weddings have been confirmed!
Busy busy now collecting wedding and model shoot albums from the printers, organising refreshed marketing materials and working on a project with some outstanding and very unique wedding vintage cars.
Watch this space!
Ok - so we wake up to snow after a week of bikini weather! The joys of this amazing wee country :) However, Spring is in the air and it's time to get outdoors and catch a fabulous mix of posed and spontaneous images. You might have a favourite place where you go walking or somewhere that holds special memories: a hill, the beach, or even just your own garden. I know loads of secret places, so I can help you decide if you prefer!
Our Location Shoot is the perfect way to capture you or someone special in those wonderful surroundings.
The price of the shoot, including travel within a 30 mile radius of Dunblane is £75. This includes: ...more
This month Louise Bellin Photography got a full page centre spread in the Allanwater Herald and an image published in Scottish Field - so very happy! We were at the recent wedding fayre at Balathie House Hotel which was really well attended with a great selection of exhibitors. Wedding enquiries now coming in for later in the year and 2013 which is great. And it's nice to know the clocks are changing and the lovely long days are spreading out in front of us. Enjoy!
Dunblane's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Well, last night I was at the Opera......tonight I'm shooting Dunblane's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. I'm heading down the venue shortly to get the lights set up. Should be a whole lot of fun!
Had a successful wedding consultation last weekend, and another coming up next weekend. The summer diary is filling up, so do get in touch if you are considering using me for your wedding this year. Happy weekend!
Mother's Day - the Perfect Present
Gorgeous girly gift vouchers are now available or come and have a shoot of the kids or grandchildren (or both!) ready to present to Mum on that special day! A range of prices and options available. Pop in for a chat, give me a call to discuss: 07959 399538 or send me a quick email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Speycasting on the Tay
On Saturday I joined Graeme on the Tay. He was receiving expert Speycasting tuition and guided salmon fishing from Jock Monteith. A stunning day.
Well I'm very excited as I've just ordered new Bowens lighting - to arrive early next week. Will take my studio and location portrait work to another level.
This week has been busy meeting with clients and responding to wedding enquiries which are coming in thick and fast! The image here is one from a private shoot last week, with the brief being corporate images for professional web presence. It was great fun and I have another happy customer!
Well 2012 has got off to a good start. Had quite a few smaller jobs already and lots in the pipeline. Hightlight so far was Andy and Louise's wedding on Saturday at Glenbervie House Hotel. Will upload a good selection in due course.
That's the Physiofocus individual and team shots finished for their rouges gallery and website. Got to do some creative anatomy stuff for them too. View their website here: http://www.physiofocus.com, and hopefully won't be too long before the new images are up.
December Scottish Field
I'm back in Scottish Field again with this wee shot taken from the abandoned mansion house in Upper Largo looking out over the Firth of Forth to the Bass Rock. I wonder if that old dead tree survived the storm last night...?
Still busy which is great. On Monday I delivered the family location prints taken at Doune Castle just in time for sending out with their Christmas cards. On Sunday I had a pre-wedding shoot at Culcruech Castle with Jodie and Simon who were great fun. Then Tuesday into Physiofocus to take staff headshots (out in the snow!) and some anatomy shots for their website. Images to follow. Hope everyone survived the storm!
Back to Work!
We've been away for a bit on a fantastic holiday with the kids - a minimum of 30C, and then back to Scotland in time for the first frosts and snow on all the surrounding hills. Been a busy week starting with a family portrait session. Planning to revamp the website next week - so watch this space.
The wedding season is slowly winding down, and we move into autumn with more family portraits in the pipeline keep me busy! I'm also offering a series of gift vouchers at various prices for those hard to please ladies. Go on - treat them to a boudoir experience. The final images will look amazing and will make her feel so good about herself - you'll have earned yourself a year's supply of brownie points! Everyone should have some done, just as a wee self esteem boost. Girls - imagine the look on your Mr Wonderful's face if you were to gift him some truly hot pics of yourself as a lovely surprise! Think about it...you know you want to!
It's been a while since I added new content, and hope to do so this week. I'm aware that very little of my wedding and portrait work since Spring has made it's way to this website. Do email me if you would like more examples of my work.
Hallaig - Sorely MacLean Tribute
This tree always reminded me of "Hallaig" by the legendary Scottish poet Sorely MacLean.
I was delighted to be contacted recently by Ceol's Craic asking if they could use the image in their publicity material for a tribute night on the centenary of Sorely MacLean's birth. The event will take place at the CCA (Cetnre for Contempoary Arts) on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
More info here:
Might see you there, and don't worry, you don't need to have any Gaelic!
Today I have been busy doing product shots for a Dunblane based Silversmith. The level of workmanship was just fascinating and I learnt so much about the processes involved in producing such precious items.
Wedding Season is in full swing! ...more
Wedding at St Andrew's Cathedral, Dundee
On Friday we had a wonderful wedding at St Andrew's Cathedral in Dundee with photographs later at the ruined Abbey at St Andrew's and then back to the Fairmont Hotel at St Andrew's Bay. Will upload photos soon, but in the meantime you can find a few on my Flickr page:
Well the traditional Scottish summer has forced me indoors! Been working on my studio techniques and of course it's wedding season! New content on it's way very soon I promise!
Gavin Anderson Photography
Whilst Louise Bellin Photography is going from strength to strength I've teamed up with Gavin Anderson to offer full coverage on events and weddings. Gavin has been in the photography industry for over 20 years and specialises in underwater photography.
Working together allows us the opportunity to capture formal proceedings and also to catch those very special candid and reportage shots.
I'm delighted to have been contacted again by Scottish Field. They are publishing this image of the ghillie Jock Monteith salmon fishing on the Tay in April 2011.
Blair Castle Wedding
Gavin and I had a great day shooting Lesley and Scott's wedding at Blair Castle. I have added 3 images to the Wedding Gallery...but will upload a select few more soon.
Another busy week!
This week has been busy again - an interior shoot for Todd & Duncan the cashmere company in Kinross, and then a day on the Tay with Jock Monteith and his clients. Working on some new product ideas and hope to upload new images here soon.
Fancy something entirely different for a birthday pressie....? How about a location or studio fashion shoot? Vouchers available to suit every budget. For more fashion shoot images (a 16th birthday gift) with Jodie click on the Portrait Gallery.
For the full shoot - look here:
Star in Your Own Movie!
The perfect gift, or a motivational pick me up. Treat yourself or someone special to star in a movie poster. The poster can be made from an image you may already have or I can create one for you either in studio or on location. Prices start from £10 depending on your brief, and I can do full coluor or black and white. Please use the contact form to make an enquiry or get more information. To view larger, click on the movie poster image in the Portrait Gallery.
This image is part of the fantastic Hide & Seek exhibition
which has been on display at the Perth Museum since 5th February 2011 and runs until 30th April 2011.
The exhibition showcases the talents of a small group of Perthshire nature photographers who I had the pleasure of meeting at the launch night. Do go along - it's well worth it and completely free!
Seasons of Rural Scotland
This image has made it to the final 5 (out of over 100) in the Winter theme of the Seasons of Rural Scotland photo competition being run by the Scotland National Rural Network.
If you have a minute could you follow this link: www.ruralgateway.org.uk/en/node/3284 to the competition site and click the voting button at the foot of the page.
Thank you so much x
Just back from photographing Andrew and Laura's wedding in Plockton. More images to follow over the next few days. Thank you both for being so great to work with and we wish you every happieness for your life together x
Photojournalism - Ministerial Launch
On Monday I covered the launch of SEPA's Floodline warning service. The event was held at New Register House and launched by Roseanna Cunningham, MSP.
I've added 3 new castles to the Castles Gallery - Tioram, Doune and Balvaird (pictured left). These are my best selling limited edition prints to date, along with the Wallace monument. Prices start from £20 - so do get in touch if anything takes your fancy.
It's been a busy month!
Just back from a wonderful long weekend in the Cairngorms National Park - 2 feet of snow made it even better than expected!
Well my framed prints have been flying off the shelves, and Gavin and I have been taking more wedding bookings. Plan to add new content over the next few days - including price lists - so do check back. Busy busy!
The Monteith Salmon Fishing Services
is Scotland's leading salmon fishing guiding service covering all Scottish Salmon rivers including the Tay, Dee, Spey and Tweed. Jock Monteith and his team pride themselves on their high service levels and informative approach to Scottish Salmon fishing. Jock Monteith is a very well known professional Scottish salmon fishing guide, salmon habitat improvement pioneer, effective Speycasting instructor, salmon fishing television celebrity and Speycasting product designer. He also has huge experience in delivering bespoke salmon fishing events for large groups and corporate salmon fishing events. In 2011 I will be working with Jock's clients to capture special individual and group moments. ...more
Enjoy stunning images of nature from local photographers. The exhibition showcases the talents of a small group of professional nature photographers from Perthshire - Gavin Anderson, Jo Cound, Fergus Gill, Lorne Gill, George Logan, Eric McCabe and Keith Ringland.
Behind every one of the images there is a story. It might be tales of a cold night spent in a hide or the thrill of the chase to seek a rare species. ...more
The BBC have just bought this image of Inchmahome Island on the Lake of Menteith for use as a full page spread in the Spring edition of Countryfile magazine reserve your copy now! :D
It's been a very busy month for me, having sold more of my Scottish Castle limited prints, and confirmed wedding and honeymoon bookings. The only downside is that I should have been going to Iceland next week...but am unable to make it. Hope to get there soon!
I found out today this image came runner up in the Scottish Environment Protection Agency call for images: Winter & the Environment. As such it has won me £25 :D
Canon 5D MkII
My new camera is here. I have added a "Kit List" section. I am absolutely blown away with what this piece of kit can produce. One very happy photographer! Watch this space....
Baxter's Loan, Dunblane
This image was published in the February 2011 edition of Scottish Field magazine. Have loaded this and 2 more images to the Trees gallery tonight.
The Light is Against Me!
Well I had high hopes for lots of new images...but since Christmas Eve the light has been dreadful. I'm still getting to grips with my new lens, and plan an early start tomorrow morning to capture an image I have been itching to try for at least 6 months. Will keep you posted! Had a great walk with friends today....and although we enjoyed great views - the light remained flat.
Happy New Year!!!!
2010 has been a wonderful year for me and I have learnt so much and seen so much more of this stunning country.
2011 will be a year to move on and I'm so looking forward to it. Best wishes to everyone who has been part of my life in 2010. All the best for 2011 - anything is possible, and if you want something bad enough - you will get it. Make the most of every moment. Happy New Year!!! xxx
PS: I recently received a request from Calum Watson, a student at Forth Valley College who wanted to use this image in his web development project. Best of luck with it Calum!
At last! Six new images added to the Trees Gallery. Hope you enjoy them. As ever - more content and news can be found on my Flickr pages
. If you've been here recently you may need to hit the refresh button on your browser. Thanks.
The Big Freeze!
Well haven't the last 2 weeks been wonderful....? It's been so frustrating working from home when all I want to do is grab the camera and head out across the fields. You can see some of my Big Freeze Britain images on my Scottish Field Gallery
or on my Flickr pages
. But I do hope to update this site very soon. Thanks for browsing and thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment - really really appreciated. Thank you!
International Press Association
Three of my images have been selected for the International Press Association Photo Contest 2010. If you would like to vote for me - click the link below.
Lou's entries in the International Press Association Photo Contest
Work work work!!!
Sorry - once again I have been so busy - working hard and been on a jaunt south of the Border. Today has been sledging and snowman building - we hope it stays like this until March! Also been doing some studio work - which has been very different for me. Hope to upload more new content tonight in between throwing logs on the fire and sipping my Dalwhinnie. Keep warm everyone!
Where Has The Time Gone....?
I cannot believe over a month has passed since my last post... I have been really busy - the house was covered in scaffolding for a couple of weeks, both the integrated microwave and the central heating packed in, and work has been completely mad. We're still smiling though :D On the positive family & friends have been wonderful, I've finally decided on my new full frame dslr, been working on a home studio, and we've had 4 lovely days at the cottage on Loch Fyne.
Promise to upload more content very soon!
Sorry - been really busy responding to a call for a book cover. Many thanks to my 3 willing models! Have uploaded some new content to the Minimal Gallery. Thanks for looking.
I've uploaded 6 new images to the Landscape Gallery. Enjoy!
I've added some new content to the Castle Gallery. Hope you like it. More landscapes and portraits coming soon. I've also added a Client List section and (fingers crossed!) hope to be adding to it soon.
New York Fashion Week
I've been contacted by the PR team of a fashion line who want to use this image to showcase their Spring 2011 collection as part of New York Fashion Week!! Negociating the T's&C's as we speak (thank you Fraser, Rob, Steve & Brian). Thanks also to E-J, Shona, Carol, Margaret and May for celebrating with me last night x
Gosh - that's like an Oscar acceptance speech :D
Sorry - we've been so busy over the last couple of weeks. I've been preparing a disc for a retailer in Falkirk and we've been out and about making the most of every minute before the clocks change. Will be adding new content over the next few days - so do check back. Thanks!
Two new tree images added tonight. Hope you enjoy them.
Thanks for the good luck wishes posted in my guestbook. Thank you all xxx
Just back from Glen Coe, Moidart & Ardnamurchan with over 150 images of cottages, castles, landscapes and dreams......oh and a super suntan too!
I offer a refreshingly different approach to wedding photography. Now taking bookings into 2012. Please use the contact form for more information.
I've had a license request for this image via Getty Images!
New images added to Landscape and Portrait Galleries. Hope you enjoy them!
This images was invited to, and subsequently voted the Winning Photograph of the Flickr Hall of Fame Contest, August 2010.
Just wanted to express my gratitude and thanks to my Flickr friends for their support, encouragement and inspiration. Thank you all xxx
Back from Ardnamurchan. The light and shadows of the west coast were breathtaking. Perfect solitude.
Just back from a camping expedition to Sutherland with my daughters. Came back with 200 images of landscapes and dreams.......watch this space. ...more