About us

      Love, light & the great outdoors

      Our story

      Hey! We’re Katy & Jim: award-winning wedding and elopement photographers based in Dunkeld, Scotland (and available world-wide). Although we now call Scotland our home, Jim grew up in the Lake District and Katy near Dartmoor in Devon, where we spent summers running wild, exploring the mountains, woodlands and fields. We first met in Scotland ten years ago and our love grew through many road trips exploring incredible landscapes — cameras in hand. Katy proposed to Jim while exploring the Westfjords of Iceland, surrounded by ice and winter light. We married on a beautiful May day with an intimate humanist ceremony, surrounded by our closest friends in the full bloom of Katy’s family’s apple orchards.

      We share a lot of passions: nature & the great outdoors, epic landscapes, intriguing cityscapes, art and cinema, experiencing new countries and meeting people along the way. We love books: Jim’s favourites tend to be sci-fi & fantasy (Le Guin, Tolkien), or landscape authors like Robert MacFarlane; while Katy loves the pioneering women: Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf & Margaret Atwood. Other favourite things include: yoga, country walks, pub lunches next to the fire, cooking with friends, wild camping, and…ahem…photography!

      Jim

      Jim originally trained as a biochemist and spent 12 years as a research scientist. Ironically, his first publications in the top journals ‘Science’ and ‘Nature’ were of his photographic work rather than his research. His love of photography grew while he was training to become a mountain leader, spending many weekends up in the hills whatever the weather. Photography was his means to capture and share the breath-taking vistas he was experiencing. Jim’s the guy who will painstakingly research the exact spots to get the most breath-taking images, and the perfect time to capture the best light on your day. If you’re keen to add a bit of adventure to your day (or to a pre/post wedding shoot in a stunning location), Jim will keep you safe along the way.

      Katy

      Katy’s interest in telling human stories is rooted in a decade of experience as an award-winning documentary filmmaker for the BBC, encouraging people to open-up and share their inner-most thoughts and feelings on camera. Her work on Arts docs have covered architecture, painters, musicians and authors, and include films about Phillip Pullman, Margaret Atwood, Jo Brand and Marian Keyes. Telling powerful stories through images is something that has become second-nature to her, and her approach to capturing a wedding or elopement day is cinematic: she knows when to go for the epic wide and when to move in for the intimate close-up. She’s used to putting people at their ease and helping them to feel relaxed and natural on camera.

      Testimonials

      Perhaps the best way to get to know more about the experience of working with us is from some of our previous couples. Here are a few of their kind words:

      Jaione & Tom | Isle of Skye elopement wedding

      ""I can’t recommend The Caryl’s enough. Even before we met them, we were in love with their style but once we met, we instantly knew that it couldn’t be anyone else. They helped us through the whole process, not just with the documents, but giving us several tips and recommendations about accommodation, suppliers and restaurants - and let me tell you, all were perfect! We are not a camera people, always feeling awkward when taking pictures but The day of the elopement they made everything smooth and easy and even if we had the craziest Scottish weather, it was the perfect day! I can’t wait to shoot with you in the future again, guys. Once again, thank you for all your help, support and amazing work."

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Christina & Alen | Boho wedding in Big Sur, California

      The Caryls moody, romantic yet light filled scenic images drew us in. Meeting Katy and Jim via facetime solidified our decision in choosing them to photograph our wedding. We quickly realized these two are the most friendly, talented team. Better yet, they were willing to adventure internationally to shoot our Big Sur Destination wedding, which, in itself, was an amazing gesture. Thanks to Katy and Jim, we not only had the opportunity to hang out with two awesome individuals during our wedding weekend, who were so caring and kind to our family and friends, but we also have the most stunning images and keepsakes to look back on for years. Our friends and family members commented on how friendly and great our photographers were; they definitely were one of the highlights discussed! We highly recommend The Caryls for their professionalism, their ease in making you feel comfortable in front of the camera, for their ability to get the most amazing scenic shots, for their moody and romantic documentary style, and most importantly, for their friendly and easy-going vibe. When we look at our photos, we are immediately taken back to the emotions we felt, as Katy and Jim have the ability to capture that intimacy and those moments so incredibly well.

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Louise & Nathan | Cairngorms elopement

      “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for capturing our day so perfectly. We felt really emotional looking back through these images and are in awe of how beautiful they are. We had such a wonderful day, and you both played a really big part in that so again, thank you so much! We couldn’t have wished for anything more for our special day. We’ve decided to throw a small(ish!) party to celebrate with our friends and display some of our gallery. It’s been the hardest decision EVER trying to pick which ones as we don’t have room for them all! But that shows how much we love every single photograph as each tells the story of our perfect day. Everyone we’ve shown is in awe of how amazing they are and we share this each time we look back through! We would love to encourage more people to follow their hearts and elope like we did!”

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Kiela & Derrick | Intimate Scottish Castle Wedding

      "Wow - The Caryls are magic workers! Truly. Hire them, please. You will not regret it! We decided to get married in a Scottish castle with 31 of our closest friends and family. Initially we had talked about eloping in the highlands and I knew that I had to work with The Caryls: I was drawn to every single photo they took! When we decided that a small wedding was better for us, I reached out and was beyond thrilled when they said they were available and happy to work with us! We had a few zoom meetings with Katy and Jim and right away they made us feel at ease! We traveled from Washington State to Scotland, which of course were not without stress. But Katy and Jim helped to keep our stress away! The day of the wedding they were patient, kind, and being around them actually brought a calming sense during such a busy day. They worked so hard and the images they delivered to us brought us both to tears. Looking through them is like reliving the best day of our lives all over again. They truly captured every detail and every emotion we felt that day, in the most amazing way possible. We’re forever thankful for them!"

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Kim & Chrissie | Isle of Skye elopement at Loch Coruisk

      "We are so happy we chose The Caryls to photograph our wedding! Myself and my wife Chrissie opted for a private elopement ceremony up in the Isle of Skye, so we knew that when choosing our photographers they had to be very special. Not only would they be taking precious photos of a very special day, but they were also to be our witnesses and signing some very important papers. From the very start we felt so comfortable with Jim & Katy, and when it came to meeting them the day before our wedding we already felt like good friends! Jim & Katy went above and beyond what we expected. They know Skye extremely well and led us to the most beautiful spots on the island where all these amazing photographs were taken. Getting married at Loch Coruisk in the South of the island was their recommendation as well. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us. We felt very special and can only recommend choosing The Caryls to capture your very special day."

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Morgan & Stew | Alternative wedding in Edinburgh

      "We were so lucky to have this powerhouse capture our wedding day. The photos they created are now among some of our most treasured possessions. They were regularly in touch with us in the lead up, getting to know us and making sure they had all the information we wanted them to. It was obvious they wanted us to feel they had our backs which we appreciated immensely. Their directions and staging were subtle but clear and concise, they kept everyone at ease. They let the day happen around them, and captured what went on around them, without disruption or intrusion. Their presence on the day and into the evening was calm, collected, loving and considerate. We didn't want to say goodbye! We will be forever grateful they were a part of one of the most important days of our lives - it wouldn't have been the same without them."

      Nicole & Henry | Dunottar Castle elopement

      "Words don't do this pair justice! We struggle to stop at calling them our favorite photographers.. as they were much more than that! The Caryls helped us with everything from ceremony location and accommodation recommendations to providing the best nerve-killing giggles on our day. Our photographs are just unreal, they captured every sniffle, laugh and flicker of love in the most poetic and artistic way. We were having a really hard time deciding where to elope when we stumbled upon their website and immediately felt at home. From the very first zoom call to saying goodbye the evening of our wedding, Katy and Jim were an absolute joy to be around!! We really and truly could not recommend them enough. If you want to be completely blown away by the way your day is captured, this is the photography couple of your dreams (they were certainly ours)!"

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

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      Features & awards

      Rangefinder Rising Star

      Rangefinder Magazine's Rising Star of Wedding Photography

      We were surprised and delighted that New York Rangefinder Magazine has named us one of its 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography, one of the industry's top awards.