THE H + THE S STAND FOR HEART AND SOUL.
No, they don’t really – but they should do, because alternative wedding photographer Carole-Ann is the heartiest and the soul-iest around. Brilliantly bright and colourfully candid moments are her forté (and they’re great candids as well, because she’s a HOOT and y0u literally can’t help but be your best self around her), but she also delights in the deep and delectable – both in terms of deep love and deep, rich colours. We chatted to her about what life is like at Harper Scott HQ, where – she doesn’t mean to brag, but – she wins Employee of the Month every. single. month, where she takes her inspiration from, and the words she loves to live her life by.
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I’m Carole-Ann, the absolute queen who wins employee of the month, every month, at Harper Scott, an alternative wedding and family photography business. Based in Perthshire and employer to one employee.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE
It’s very fluid! Having a laptop is ideal as I can go whoever I fancy. I usually just go with my mood and choose a work space from there. There’s days our cosy lounge with log burning stove is my place. Other days it’s a coffee shop. Sometimes I want silence so I steal Rich’s (my husband’s) desk space which is tucked away in a room at the back of our bedroom.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
It’s almost impossible to pin point. It was in 2011 I did my first official photography course. I left teaching in 2012 to work on my photography degree. Harper Scott Photo was officially set up in 2015. Those dates aside, the actual point it all began is fluid. We’re all creative beings and as such, where I am now is a culmination of life itself. Basically, it’s an ongoing evolutionary journey and Harper Scott is an expression of that.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
A series called Elevator Conversations. When we lived in Dubai, our apartment was on the 43rd floor. I began documenting these trips quite obsessively. It was fascinating stuff and I still love the project. Those elevators spoke of how culturally diverse our word is. How rich out conversations can be. The silence too. A lot of these ideas are central to what and how I shoot now.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Nature. Art. Family. Faith.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
There’s literally no typical day. The variety of work routine is one of the things I enjoy most about being a photographer. That said, my weeks have a similar rhythm and usually involve: creating blog content, planning Pinterest and Instagram posts and copy, editing, shooting, connecting with couples who’ve booked me, replying to enquiries, interacting with other creatives.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
Edinburgh. Living in the country, I miss the pace and energy of city life.
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
Barras Art and Design
…ok. That’s four. Numbers aren’t my thing!
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
As the most hyper-untrendiest girl around, I absolutely cannot comment on this. That said, I’d be over the moon to see sustainable wedding become a real thing. Not a lip-service, token paid wedding. I’m talking all-in let’s consider our environment kind-of-a-wedding.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Not to follow other wedding photographers and just do your own thing. One other piece of excellent advice is from my mum. She always told us to treat others how we’d want to be treated. Mum was right. Be more mum. Be nice to people.