Balinakill House, Argyll

Part of the process of re-building the Lenscurve website involved a large scale review of the tens of thousands of images from weddings and portrait shoots over the eight years that Lenscurve has been going.

Distilling this down to just 5 or 10 images per gallery took several days and there are a lot of great images that had to be excluded for various reasons. When it came to the online wedding galleries I chose 10 images per wedding that I felt could tell the story of their respective wedding days. During this process I started to notice that often the wedding venue played it’s own part in making a photograph work. I thought that I’d start a short series of blogs on the venues that for various reasons have been chosen to feature in our web galleries.

I have used many images from Carol and Colin Field’s wedding for a web gallery and on various items used to promote Lenscurve such as banners, backdrops and sample books. Carol and Colin’s wedding was at the historic Balinakill House in Argyle, Scotland. Balinakill is a very beautiful and characterful rural house which is fantastic for an intimate family wedding like Carol and Colin’s. The house has all the features expected of a modern venue but has been updated but in a way that is sympathetic to it’s original Victorian period with features like the huge fireplace in the main drawing room and stag’s heads on the walls of the hallways. This is the type of venue that you can forget about blurring out a dull or distracting background, you want it to be a part of the photographs.

Colin and Carol’s ceremony was held in the huge bay window of the main room upstairs at Balinakill The positioning of the ceremony room was perfect and the light was beautiful through the huge bay window with the origami cranes forming a colourful backdrop to the couple. After the ceremony a drinks reception was held in the main drawing room downstairs with various music performances taking place courtesy of some of the guests. Richard and I took a few fun shots out in the gardens before moving back inside for the speeches and in the conservatory dining room.

As a photographer specialising in candid photography an intimate venue like Balinakill is fantastic as you have no choice but to be in amongst all the guests and can capture the events of the day up close. This was also the venue that made me decide to sell off my large DSLR camera and huge lens set up in preference of a smaller more portable kit.