Susie Swanson SDM Photography
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Caithness based professional wedding photographer
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Personal Online Gallery
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Thank You Cards / Photo Stationery
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
SDM Photography is run by Susie Swanson, LSWPP, based in the far north of Scotland. Susie is a wedding & lifestyle portrait photographer covering the Highlands & Islands as well as the rest of Scotland and will travel further afield.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Susie Swanson
Thank you so much for your interest in SDM Photography! I totally love weddings and I would love to capture beautiful memories of one of the best days of your life. Please get in touch if you have any questions, I would love to help!
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Avril and Alan
Married in July 2017
We are so happy that we chose SDM to be our wedding photographer as we were delighted with her service. She had such good patience on the day and was very discrete which ...
Debbie & Derek
Married in April 2015
Very talented lady.
Susan was an absolute treasure to have at our wedding as our photographer! She made all our guests feel at ease with her lovely manner. Very talented lady with a great se...
Eilidh & Conor
Married in April 2015
You won't be disappointed!!
I can't even explain how amazing Susie is , from the moment she arrived in amongst the hustle and bustle of getting the hall ready on the Friday ,helping me into my weddi...
Tricia & Darren
Married in May 2015
We absolutely love our photos
Amazing!! Would recommend SDM to everyone! Susie managed to create such a relaxed and laid back atmosphere for our wedding pictures! We absolutely love our photos, couldn...
Emma & Jason
Married in May 2015
Highly recommend SDM Photography
Susie has been amazing! Professional yet relaxed and produces amazing photos (even if I do say so myself!) What more could you ask for on your wedding day?! Highly recomm...
Donna & Adam
Married in June 2015
Excellent work by susie. So delighted with our photos and she even went to the effort to do another session seen as we didn't get the weather we hoped for. Highly recomme...
Press & Awards
Accreditations / Associations (2)
Achieved Associate Level with the SWPP
Industry Awards (3)
The Guild of Photographers International Top 10 Wedding Photographer Awards 2015
The Guild of Photographers International Top 5 Wedding Photographer Awards 2016
Finalist in the Top 10 Wedding Images 2015 with the Guild of Photographers
Preferred Supplier List
What is your most memorable wedding?
I totally loved Emelie and Jame's wedding. The only guests were the couples parents who didn't actually know the wedding was taking place that day. They were sent on a treasure hunt which ended by them boarding a plane, not knowing why or where they were going! When they arrived at the airport they were met by a taxi and whisked off to a 5 star location, there they were greeted by champagne and invitations to the wedding. I was hired to photograph the deception and It was fun to be a part of and a great start to the wedding day!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
My style is very unobtrusive & relaxed with a natural feel and above all else I would describe my work as honest.
What about your business are you most proud of?
I am very proud I have been in business for over 15 years in a very competitive market but most of all I am so happy people trust me to capture such an important day in their lives and honoured to be a part of it all and witness so many happy times.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
The best advice I have is to hire a professional when it comes to your photos. You will only appreciate the importance of the photographs once the wedding is over. They preserve everything, the cake, the flowers, the dress and most importantly the memories. It is a big risk and mistake to leave such an important task to an amateur. I have never heard anyone regret hiring a professional photographer but sadly I hear all to often that people regret taking the cheep or free option.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I love the relaxed simple weddings. One couple married on a beach special to them in a skeleton of a boat wreak. It was tiny wedding but one of the nicest ones I have had the pleasure of photographing. Tiny details also really stand out to me like sentimental items being incorporated into the day or amazing thoughtful gifts given to the bride from the groom on the morning of the wedding but more so the notes they leave would often have me crying behind my camera!
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
This is a hard question for me. The photographs I love are the ones that happen by chance and not staged or planned. As long as the images capture the joy and emotions of the day then those images are priceless. Don't get hung up on a big list of must have photos because when you are busy making sure they are captured there could be amazing images being missed. But one image that is fun and often overlooked is the confetti shot! Some weddings guests don't think to take confetti so it might be an idea to supply it for them so you know you have enough for a spectacular shot with tons of confetti!
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Umbrellas and a laid back bride! Rain shouldn't put a dampener on your wedding day. Don't worry about the little things you can't control. The best and most fun images I have taken are under umbrellas. One bride that will always stay in my memory was a bride called Fiona. She married on 07/07/07 and it turned out to be the worst day of the summer that year. It lashed of rain and I wasn't up for going outside but she insisted she wanted photos in the garden. So the umbrellas came out and a guest had to hold one above me while I worked. As Fiona & Jim walked back up the garden they threw the umbrellas away. With the rain pouring down they smiled and enjoyed the rain. Not all brides would do this though and its the couple who call the shots, if its raining and they want to stay inside, we stay inside, no problem.
Describe how you got into photography.
I was always into Art from a young age, really only excelling in those subjects at school. After achieving a place at Grey's College of Art in Aberdeen I decided instead to study Photography at Aberdeen College. After that I started doing photography in my local area for 4 years part time then full time and I guess the rest is history!