Landscape photography in Scotland

And now for something completely different. As promised in the last post here’s the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series of posts about other non wedding related stuff. It will all be photography related, after all that’s what I do, for couples, for commercial clients or just for myself. Don’t worry I won’t start posting pictures of my lunch but my thinking at the moment is that I’ll post other pictures I take. Personal photographic projects, stuff about photographers I like and probably, on occasions, some commercial work if I think it might be of interest to anyone other than my bank manager.  I’m hoping that by doing this you, dear reader, will get a better insight into who I am and what I do, a far better insight that I can give you in words on an about me page. After all this is the stuff that makes me tick, the stuff that defines me, not the cutesy crap about how I love walks in nature and swimming with dolphins or whatever. If I do ever write about that stuff it’s because I was making pictures at the time.  All the wedding posts will still be coming through to the blog. Normal service will continue, think of this as added value. If you love it please let me know. If you like it but think I could do better again please let me know. If you hate it and want to stick to the wedding stuff click on the ‘weddings’ (or related) category links and all you’ll see is weddings. If you don’t want to see the weddings and you only want to see this personal stuff? That’s right – click the ‘personal’ category link.

Moving on. Towards the end of last year I had a text message in the early hours of one morning from an old friend, Ian, who I hadn’t seen for a few years. We used to work together on the F1 circuit but I escaped from that years ago and hadn’t seen him since. Quite out of the blue he suggested that we get together on a road trip. The plan being to just drive into the Highlands of Scotland and see what happened. So in the blink of an eye I found myself standing outside Glasgow airport waiting for him to arrive in his souped up Land Rover.

Ian had worked out a vague route that we might take but nothing was set in stone. The rough plan was to head North West through the Trossachs National Park, past Loch Lomond towards Glencoe and Fort William where we would stop for the night. The next morning we would continue North West towards Applecross and then over the next two days take a route that would bring us back in a gentle loop through the Cairngorms and eventually down to Glasgow where I would hop on a flight back to Devon. As we drove around this loop over the course of a few days the rain fell and then snow came in and throughout it all the landscape kept changing as the light changed and the skies cleared or clouded over.

I went ill prepared for making landscape pictures, taking only my little XPro2 and a single lens, not my high resolution DSLRs and set of heavy duty lenses and probably more important no tripod or filters, The Xpro itself would have coped fine had I brought a more complete kit as well. What was I thinking? It’s a mystery.  Consequently it’s a trip I need to do again. Fortunately I have two weddings coming up in Scotland, one in Edinburgh towards the end of this year and another in Galloway early next year, so lots of opportunity on the horizon and I was excited to learn the other day that Galloway is home to the UK’s only dark sky park so come next April or so I would say its a fair bet that I’ll be wanting to show you some starry sky pictures.

If you’re getting married in Scotland or anywhere else and looking for a photographer, or of course if you have some other commercial project you want covering, I do that too so drop me a line.

I should shut up now and show you some pictures!

Michael Riley Photography


I am a a multi award winning UK and destination wedding photographer. Based in Devon, I offer wedding coverage throughout the UK and anywhere else in the world for couples who like my work and approach to a wedding.


My wedding photography is entirely unposed, natural & candid. My style is documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography which means that I don't intervene in the day for the sake of a shot. I don't pose, interfere or otherwise fuss and faff. Everything is relaxed, laid back and fun allowing for those natural moments to come through and be recorded as memories. You get all the moments observed not orchestrated. If you like the sound of this get in touch via my contact page.

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