• Wick, Thurso, Caithness & Highlands Wedding & Portrait Photographer

    Thanks for stopping by, I'm the Julie in Julie Fraser Photography.

    I photograph Babies, Children, Families, Couples & Boudoir either indoors in my Studio or outdoors in our lovely countryside, using the fabulous natural light that we have up here in the Far North of Scotland.

    I also offer Wedding Photography for discerning couples with prices starting at £650.

    As a Julie Fraser Photography session is an investment in the most personal work of art that you will possess, I offer a variety of beautiful Wall Art products that have been selected for their quality, ensuring that your custom art will be treasured for years to come. Classic Portraiture Sessions start at £50 and I offer a wide range of pricing packages and A La Carte options to suit many budgets. The majority of my clients spend, on average, £300 - £500 on beautiful custom artwork for their homes.

    Go get a coffee or tea and then sit, relax and look through my pages, if you like what you see and appreciate good photography get in touch so we can start planning your photography session together. If you want to jump straight in and ask some questions just click on Enquire in the header above.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Julie xx

Sylvia is only 50 and she has terminal cancer….

She was admitted to hospital just under 3 weeks ago where long term partner Terry was told to sit and hold her hand as she probably wouldn’t make it through the night as she was so ill….she did make it and then she rallied round to slowly improve bit by bit under the care given to her by the nurses in the Palliative ward of Town & County Hospital in Wick.

Sylvia told her nurses that she would love to marry Terry before she dies and that sentence set an incredible set of wheels in motion to bring together a host of local businesses to help grant Sylvia’s dying wish.

Tuesday 9th of February saw everything come together and the transformation of a hospital day room into a beautiful wedding venue for Sylvia & Terry.

The Day Room was transformed not only by the nursing staff but also by Carol Smith of To Have & To Hold along with Fiona Miller Interior Textiles. Decorations were supplied by Gail’s Gift Box, Sam’s Furniture and Driftwood. Flowers were supplied by The Flower Patch, personalised champagne glasses were gifted by Willie Bain Engraving.

Next was the transformation of Sylvia. Helaina Rosie coloured and styled Sylvia’s hair both before and on the Wedding Day, using a Lark & Lily bridal headpiece in the back of Sylvia’s hair and the bracelet Sylvia wore was made by Craftastic. Vana Guy provided her excellent make up skills to give Sylvia her blushing bride look. Make up and perfumes were supplied by Reid’s Chemist and Superdrug. Of course every bride needs a stunning wedding dress and Beverley from Simply Bliss Bridal Boutique brought a selection to the hospital before the wedding for Sylvia to choose from. The dress was simply stunning and for the Groom, McAllan’s supplied Terry with kilt hire for the day, Jennifer Easton of JAED helped make perfect fits with her dress alteration skills. George Dunnett provided a limo and driver to allow Sylvia to have a wee tour around town before “arriving” for her wedding. She was piped into the ceremony by Michael Miller.

Sylvia was escorted down the aisle by her brother, Alan and the ceremony was conducted by The Reverend John Nugent of Wick St Fergus Church who read beautiful and poignant words. Not only was I there capturing the ceremony, but videoing it was STV News who had travelled up from Inverness to interview the couple after finding out about the community spirit in Wick. There was a buffet with food and drink fit to feed and water an army, all supplied by Tesco Wick Community , The Norseman Hotel and the Nursing Staff and their friends and family.

All in all Sylvia & Terry’s wedding day was a huge success, all organised within 2 weeks with the local community pulling together to help one of its own.

One of the nursing staff contacted me after the wedding and said that Sylvia said it was like a dream she couldn’t believe that people would do something like that for her. Well they did Sylvia and you’re now Mrs Vine….its time for you to concentrate on your future, no matter how long you may have, make the most of it and keep fighting lovely lady, you’ve come such a long way in 3 weeks. There was a lot of love for both you and Terry in the hospital today and I’m sure you will treasure the memories that you have.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your day and for sharing your wedding day story.
Love to both of you xx

And to the Nurses and Auxiliaries at the Town & County Hospital….you do a fantastic job day in day out and to go above and beyond your duties in this way shows how special and caring you are. You truly are angels. Thank you for what you do for all your patients

  • 10/02/2016 - 23:01

    Angela Robinson - What a lovely story, congratulations to Sylvia (you are a beautiful bride!) and Terry, and to all who helped make their dreams come true! Lovely photos too! xxReplyCancel

I know we’re nearly half way into January but it’s not too late to still say Happy New Year to you all.   We’ve started 2016 with some really miserable weather where no one is able to get out and about without getting either blown away or soaked to the skin in the process.

So to warm up your winter I have the following offer limited to the first 20 bookers.  Your chance to get some updated photos at an amazing price for professional studio photography.  You can choose your favourite 3 images from a selection of around 15-20 to download and print off wherever you wish or choose to have your chosen image(s) on one of my beautiful new wall art products and receive an extra 20% discount on the RRP on it.

The offer is for any type of Studio session (excluding newborns) so you can choose from Babies over 4 months old, Children, Family (up to 6 people), Couples even Boudoir for a Valentine’s Day Surprise!

To be one of the first 20 people to book please fill in the form below asap and I’ll get back to you to confirm your booking

Bella Noir Clothing is a small online clothing boutique based here in the North of Scotland. Fashionable clothing is not readily available in the area as there are only a couple of independantly owned boutiques as well as a 2 or 3 chainstores. Choice is limited and often you can find yourself out at the weekend wearing the same or similar to a few others.

Bella Noir’s owner, Demi Macgregor, found out herself how hard it was to get fashionable clothing at short notice locally so seeing the gap in the market set about sourcing where to buy clothing and conducting market research to see if she her idea could work as a viable business that she could run from her home on top of her full time job.

Being an online shop in its infancy Demi is limited to the amount of clothing and sizes she can carry as stock however from what I saw she is offering a great selection and as her business grows she should be able to invest in larger selections.

Demi was looking for a photo shoot to help show off some of her stock so between us we came up with a Look Book style of shoot with her friend Kayte and the winner of an online competition she ran to be a Model for the Day, which was won by Tammy Hislop who travelled up from Edinburgh to take part in the shoot. Also part of the team were Vana Guy for her amazing make up skills and Keighley Campbell as Hair Stylist Extrodinaire for the day. The outfits chosen by Demi are set off with jewellery that is designed and hand crafted by Kelly Munro.

We had planned an outdoor shoot however the Caithness weather was against us even though the morning started off so lovely. Thankfully we had a back up plan as Demi had contacted Pennyland House B & B and they very kindly let us use their premises.

So while Demi is busy putting the images on her website with details of sizes available here are some of the images taken on the day

Credits

Photography – Julie Fraser Photography
Clothing – Bella Noir Clothing
Make Up – Vana Guy Make Up Artist
Hair Stylist – Keighley Campbell of Hair @ 21
Jewellery – Kelly Munro Jewellery
Venue – Pennyland House B&B
Models – Demi Macgregor, Kayte Miller & Tammy Hislop

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Had a great time with Gillian & Ben at Freswick Castle for their engagement or pre-wed session. I explained to them that the priority of these sessions isn’t to get fantastic images but to get to know each other and for them to get to know the way I work with my clients so it will be more relaxed on their wedding day. As it happens we did get some great shots of this camera shy couple.

When we arrived it was fairly windy and there were a few spots of rain but thats what you expect in Caithness at any time of year! We took shelter in the archway into the castle grounds and started by taking some photos there and then when the rain eased and the wind dropped a little we ventured into the courtyard and then down to the shoreline.

Freswick Castle is a retreat for creatives, they have had many artists, authors, poets and sculptors staying and one of their guests created a stunning piece of landscape art called EKKO made from ancient stones found on the grounds of the castle.

I can’t wait for Gillian & Ben’s wedding on Hogmanay, its going to be wonderful but I think we will be chasing the light in the middle of winter.

On July 18th I was honoured to photograph Stephanie & Dave’s wedding at the beautiful Bunchrew House Hotel just a few miles outside Inverness.

Steph had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony underneath the Wishing Tree and it was touch and go as to whether she would have her wedding day wish fulfilled or not as the clouds were rolling in and there were a few spits of rain early in the morning. However the decision was made at 1pm that it was all systems go for an outdoor ceremony and the staff at Bunchrew in military precision set out the chairs for the wedding guests, the clouds dispersed and the sun made an appearance for the rest of the day. It was a beautiful ceremony and the backdrop of Bunchrew made for beautiful wedding photos.

Where did you meet each other?
We were in the same year at high school, but we only started going out when we both went to university in Glasgow.

Was it love at first sight?
Not quite, we were both pretty young when we first met. Towards the end of high school, we spent some time together as mates because we had friends in common

Long engagement or short engagement?
Somewhere in the middle… We got engaged in September 2013 and we wanted a summer wedding, so we got married in July 2015, because there was no way I could get organised in 10 months!!

Tell me about your dress…where did you get it, who was the designer, did you try on lots before finding “the one”, how did you feel seeing yourself in your chosen dress?
It’s a Stella York dress that I got from Simply Bliss in Wick. It was the first shop that we went to and we went with about a year to go before the wedding just to get some ideas of what I might like. It turned out that I was really keen on that one, but it was strapless. Beverley suggested adding an “illusion neckline” and Gail Macgregor (based in Elizabeth’s in Thurso) made the top from just the tulle, lace “motifs” and beads…. her skills are amazing!

Why did you choose Julie Fraser Photography for your photographs?
We really liked Julie’s photo’s and the packages she offers, but we also picked Julie Fraser Photography because Julie is the type of person that we wanted to deal with.

Who did your flowers?
Amanda Call (based in Tomich, near Beauly) did our flowers and I would definitely recommend her to anyone getting married in the Inverness area

Where did you have your ceremony and reception – why did you choose those venues
The ceremony and reception were at Bunchrew House Hotel, just outside Inverness. We chose it because the setting is really nice; it’s small, so you can have the whole place to yourselves and the service and food were fantastic. (Particularly the service, the staff literally couldn’t be more helpful).

Who designed your wedding cake – who came up with the design?
Ros Campbell at Cups designed and made the cake. We had seen quite a few details from her previous cakes that we liked and she came up with a way to put together the ideas we had.

Who were your band and why did you choose them?
We had Whisky and we chose them because we wanted a mix of ceilidh dancing and other songs.

What was the most unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Most of it is a pleasant blur, the day went so quickly, but the most unforgettable part was the exchanging of the rings.

Honeymoon or Staycation?
Honeymoon to Dubai then the Maldives… It was fab.

Do you have any tips for future brides who might be reading this?
Don’t leave the “little details” to the last minute, it adds stress that you really don’t need. Wherever possible, have a contact/wedding planner at the venue. Ours was fantastic and we were able to cover everything with her and we ended up with what we wanted. Also make sure you take at least 5 minutes at some point on the big day to spend just the two of you, it’s supposed to be your day together after all.

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Venue – Bunchrew House Hotel, Inverness
Photography – Julie Fraser Photography & Robert Taylor Photography
Wedding Dress – Simply Bliss, Wick
Dress Alterations – Gail Russell
Wedding Cake – Cups Tearoom
Flowers – Amanda Call
Make Up – Aspen Spa
Band – Whisky

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