East Lothian based wedding photographer Grahame Smith LMPA

Me... I'm Grahame... and I'm ably assisted in the running of GWS Photography by my good lady Allison, and daughter Annie.

I've been taking photos as long as I can remember, "borrowing" my dad's 110 & 126 cameras and shooting whatever film was left on them, then waiting weeks... sometimes months for him to get them developed & printed and see what I had captured... sometimes not even remembering what I set out to photograph in the first place.... but the bug was placed . Every photographer's "About Me" page says something like that.
I was always into cameras and aeroplanes, so I applied to join the RAF in 1982 as a photographer - only to be told I'm over qualified !

Does that mean I'm STILL over qualified to be a photographer ? Who knows.

Anyway - after a VERY short career as a trainee aircraft technician I left, got married in 1990 and my wife Allison and I got our wedding video & photos back and thought - they're awful - we can do better than that... and so started our road down the "professional" level of videography & photography.



Boring/Official bit alert - I gained Licentiateship with the Royal Photographic Society, The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, and more recently with the Master Photographers Association, which was by far the more exciting qualification to gain, having to show business and workflow processes as well as photographic skill.

I am a Fuji camera user, some call us X-Photographers... but that just makes us sound like super heroes... I wish :)
I switched from full frame Canon DSLRs to Fuji cameras fully in 2015.
Having got a taste of what Fujifilm were about to do to the camera world when I bought an X100. We now shoot with an XT1, an XPro2 and an XT2. But the cameras are just tools... although the Fuji tools are wonderful.
I find these cameras have released further creative energy into my photography. I just love the cameras and the photos they produce.

But you're probably looking on here to check out a wedding or portrait photographer, so let me go on about that for a bit...

Choosing a photographer is more than just choosing the guy with the camera.
On your wedding day, most vendors turn up, do their job over an hour or so and leave you to get on with your day.
A good professional photographer is with you from early in the morning until possibly late at night.
Being there for you, helping to make every section of the day run as smoothly as possible, just as you’d imagined it would.
I believe I have built a solid reputation on being a friend on the day, as much as being a great photographer.
The duties performed by GWS over the years at weddings go way beyond what is in the remit of the average photographer...
...but GWS Photography aren’t your average Wedding Photographers.

In 2016, I won the Scottish Region of The Master Photographers Association "Reportage Photograph of the Year", and also the Open category.

I also won two Merits in the National Master Photography Awards in 2016.

Back into my personal life, I was (or I might actually still be) in a band... I play bass guitar in a punk covers band, that started of as a laugh in 2003, but within 6 months we were supporting some of our heroes (Stiff Little Fingers) at venues such as Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms, HMV Picture House and Glasgow Barrowland.
The only reason I mention that is being a photographer is quite the same thing in many ways as being in a band, especially at weddings, as once you're out there , doing what you are paid to do... you have to do it to the best of your ability, no matter what happens.

You practise and practise, constantly, so that every time you play, you are better than the last time. This is our ethos to our photography.
We want to be better than we were yesterday.
Every day.



I'm always available to call or email. I can be reached on the studio mobile on 07415 878244. Chances are if you email me at anytime you'll get a reply fairly soon afterwards... quite often I'll be up in the wee hours... working away on somebody's portfolio :)

You'll see lots of photographers mention similar things as above, but one thing I can promise you is I have experience and devotion to this trade. Every wedding is a pleasure to do - and a learning experience.
I go through a process after every wedding... making notes on how people reacted to the day - not just the photography - but the whole experience, and I try to find way that I can help improve the day with the service I offer.

So, now you're interested... where do you find us so you can come visit ?
Our address is...
GWS Photography
Unit 5, East Links Family Park,
Dunbar, EH42 1XF

If you're using a sat nav, it's best to punch in East Links Family Park, as the post code will take you slightly off site, and we've only been here since August 2016, so the inter-web will take a while to realise we're here now.

If you're coming by car from the Edinburgh side, turn off at the Beltonford roundabout and head along the road until you see the signs for East Links Family Park.
Here's a few pics to help you...












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