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About Me

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.

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Wedding Photographer Scotland

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.

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