Hi, I'm Doug. I am a freelance photographer based in Ayrshire, Scotland. Although I live in sunny Ayrshire I am open to travelling across Scotland, Northern England (my birth place, hence the Northern Aye!) & further afield
As a married man, I know how important and fun the big day is. This is what inspires me as a wedding photographer. For me it was the best day of my life! All my favourite people in one room and getting to celebrate love & friendship. There's no other day like it. That is why it is so important to have beautifully captured photographs to look back on for years to come. I take a relaxed and candid documentary style approach to my wedding photography trying to get the most interesting shots that will show the unique character of each wedding individually. I make best use of natural light and dream of golden hour couples portrait shoots.
I am inspired by the contemporary portrait and documentary photographers, such as the Magnum photographers, who find inspiration in daily life as well as the big moments. I have studied documentary photography at the University of the Arts London. When I'm not busy capturing weddings I also do other commission based work, including clients such as The Telegraph, Van Cleef & Arpels and the RSPB, and also pursue my own personal projects. You can see that here. I also find much inspiration in nature and exploring the sights of Scotland with my son and fluffy cocker spaniel Rasmus, and visiting art galleries with my wife. I have had a camera in my hands for as long as I can remember but an interesting fact about me is that I used to work in wildlife conservation where I tried to save species and habitats from exctintion.
Awards and Commendations
Winner - British Journal of Photography - Portrait of Britain Volume 6 (more here)
Highly Commended in the Botanical Britain category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Published in Portfolio 8 (Available Here)
Winner of RSPB Dear Green Futures Glasgow Urban Wildlife Photography competition. Image displayed in the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery.
Images shortlisted in Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
Image used in Scottish Herald Charity Calendar 2018
My Images have been used to illustrate blogs and publications for the Woodland Trust and RSPB
As you can see from my commendations I also have a keen interest in documentary photography and I also manage Doug Shapley Photography my sister site dedicated to all things non-wedding.