Whilst based just outside Falkirk, he has undertaken photography throughout most of Central Scotland - Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.
Mike describes his style as relaxed, contemporary and documentary.
He looks for opportunities for images in the unlikeliest of places, and doesn’t get phased by things like bad weather – his spin is it just makes for more interesting photographs!
Mike tells us a little about a recent summer Big Day he captured,
"The Weather was glorious as I headed off for Linlithgow on the first leg of the wedding of Fiona & Scott.
My first brief was to catch up with all the guys to do some shots around St. Michael’s Parish Church and also the adjacent Linlithgow Palace."
"I’d been asked to get one specific shot of the guys walking up the cobbled road on the approach to the Palace so I readied myself at the top of the road and waited. On cue, I spotted Scott and the rest of his groom’s party in the distance and fired away –couldn’t have asked for any better spacing between them all…all six in the perfect position for the shot."
"With guys shot (not literally), I headed back up the road to Larbert to join up with Fiona & the girls. Scott had laid on some “interesting” bridal cars and Fiona had no idea what they were and, on that point, neither did I (despite my probing)."
"Scott had wanted me to capture Fiona’s reaction as she stepped out of the house and saw the cars which, having now arrived, I could see where a VW camper van for the bridesmaids and a VW Beetle for Fiona…great choices."
"Church ceremonies can be a bit hit and miss as to what you’re allowed to photograph.
Sometimes, no photography is permitted at all.
On this day, however, I was given carte blanche to pretty much go where I wanted, providing I was not interfering.
St. Michael’s is a beautiful church, so it seemed only right to ensure I captured this in some of the images, so a position at the back of the altar seemed like the best place to go and, luckily, this also provided some great light streaming in from the high stained glass window providing some of my favourite images from the day."
"With the ceremony complete, and everyone now back outside, we headed off to do a handful of group and bride & groom shots.
Fiona & Scott are a great couple to work with, and, as on the pre-wedding shoot, didn’t need an awful lot of direction from me to get some great looking images."
"Fiona & Scott had chosen the Norton House Hotel as the venue for their reception, which, from what I could gather from the speeches, was the umpteenth venue that had been visited during the search.
Great choice though, in my opinion. I’d only been asked to stay until for the cake cutting & speeches which, I must say, were some of the best I’ve ever heard – well done guys, certainly got some good reactions for me to photograph."
Thanks to Mike for sharing his lovely images.
I adore the retro transport. While I love the luxury and style of Wedding Cars, its nice to see something different and the Bride loved it and it seemed to go well with her vibrant personality. Gorgeous images with lots of light and happiness abouning from each frame.
To Contact Mike Cook Photography
Phone: 01324 557977