About us

      Love, light & the great outdoors

      Our story

      Hey! We’re Katy & Jim: wedding and elopement photographers based in 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 around our respective homes. We first met in Scotland eight years ago and our love grew through many road trips and days exploring incredible landscapes—cameras in hand.

      We share a lot of passions: nature & the great outdoors, epic landscapes, intriguing cityscapes, architecture, art and cinema, experiencing new countries and the people that we meet along the way. We love books: Jim’s favourites tend to be authors who write about landscapes like Robert MacFarlane, Bill Bryson and JRR Tolkien; while Katy loves the pioneering women: Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf & Margaret Atwood. Other favourite things include: yoga, country walks in the rain followed by pub lunches next to the fire, cooking with friends, wild camping and wild swimming.


      Jim originally trained as a biologist. His love of photography grew while he was training to become a mountain leader, spending many weekends up in the hills—whatever the weather. His camera was a means to capture the breath-taking vistas he was experiencing, and share them with friends. 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’s interest in telling human stories is rooted in a decade of experience as a documentary filmmaker for the BBC—encouraging people to open-up and share their inner-most thoughts and feelings on camera. 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 very 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 and their ease and helping them to feel relaxed and natural on camera.


      Perhaps the best way to know more about us is directly from some of the amazing couples we’ve worked with. Here we share some of the kind words they’ve left for us on Google reviews.

      Cristine & Alex | Scottish elopement on the Isle of Mull

      "The Caryls are the best photographers in the United Kingdom! A wedding abroad is always a challenge and finding photographers is a crucial point of preparations. We considered a lot of candidates, but finally stopped at the Caryls. And never regret about our choice. From the earliest stages of preparations they provided us support and assistance with the ceremony site selection, legal and financial formalities. We’ve been constantly in touch and they were ready to reply any question. Jim and Katy assisted us a lot with organization of the whole day, gave us precious advises and were very attentive to details. We felt this support both during wedding preparations and on the wedding day, and even after it. Indeed, in the very beginning we felt it as an incredibly crazy adventure and till the very last moment everything seemed unreal. But in the end this day has become one of the best one in our lives. The Caryls have not only been our photographers and witnesses, they’ve become our friends and we would be happy to stay in touch with them."

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Adriana & Neil | Scottish Highland castle wedding

      “The Caryls are the loveliest couple and amazing photographers! They captured so many special moments on the day that I either hadn’t been able to see first hand or had forgotten! We hired them because we had seen the photos they had taken for friends of ours and absolutely loved how they captured them. We would 100000% recommend them to others—you will not be disappointed!! They specialize in elopements out in the wild but don’t hesitate to hire them for something more traditional! Our wedding was somewhere between traditional and not so traditional and they just captured everything so beautifully. On the day, they made us feel so relaxed and they almost just blended into the background. Not intrusive or demanding, they just let us be and captured the day as it unfolded. They whisked us away for a romantic quiet session in the woods right after we were married, and it was so special to have that time together. I will cherish that moment and those photos forever. Can not recommend them enough!”

      Read the full story of their day on our blog.

      Lauren & Mat | Scottish elopement in the Cairngorms

      "We cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you both did. We absolutely loved going through them and reliving every moment of the day! Our families were so thrilled with the photos, and said that it felt like they were there - which was exactly what we were hoping for. We’ve shared a selection with quite a few of our friends and absolutely everyone has been blown away by the beauty that you managed to capture - at least one person even said the pictures moved them to tears! Honestly, you did such a perfect job and we are so grateful to have had you there with us :) THANK YOU!!"

      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."

      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."

      Annie & Jonny | Glencoe engagement shoot

      "Describing Katy and Jim as two wonderfully talented photographers, whilst absolutely true, still doesn't seem to do this couple justice. There's more to it than that. Through their wonderful passion and incredible skills behind the camera, they are able to create images which capture the most intimate feelings between people, and I never knew that was possible. They have this fantastic ability to put people at ease, and create a light, natural atmosphere... never once feeling staged or uncomfortable. Combine this with their love of the Scottish wilderness, and you've got a formidable combination. Myself and my fiancé Jonny have been lucky enough to experience two photoshoots with The Caryls, and both times we have been so deeply touched by the magical images which have resulted. It's one thing to love a person, but it's another thing entirely to have the very essence of that love (a look, a laugh, a brush of the hand through the hair), crystallised forever in a photograph. I will be forever grateful that we met Katy and Jim, and for the photos which we will love for a lifetime."

      Sarah & Euan | wedding in Fort Augustus, Scotland

      "Katy & Jim are some of our favourite people and we couldn’t recommend or thank them enough. From the moment we first met with them down in Glasgow we knew they were going to capture our day perfectly. Every person we have spoken to since our wedding day have great things to say about them both, they were so friendly and such great company to have around. Our wedding photos are amazing and we love each and every photo they have captured for us, they are so special to us both and we love that they captured such special memories for us to look at together forever. We love The Caryls!"

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