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. 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 wild swimming.


      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’ was 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. His cameras were a means to capture 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’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.


      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:

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Melissa & Luke | Scottish elopement in the Cairngorms

      "When we decided to get married outside in Scottish winter we didn't know what we might be letting ourselves in for. We loved the idea of eloping but didn't really know if we were just being crazy. When we spoke to Katy & Jim about our plans we were instantly put at ease. The Caryls have done this before and they were helpful in suggesting locations and timings for our ceremony that would both photograph well and also be practical on the day. When we got off the phone to them, we immediately started to get excited. Our elopement was small and with so few guests we thought the value of having really good photographs as a lasting memory of our day was essential. The Caryls images have a beautiful, wild, almost ethereal feel to them that is both artistic and documentary. If you're thinking about an outdoorsy elopement Katy & Jim are two of the best. They are professional, experienced, and take wonderful photos. Beyond that, they were a pleasure to have around on our special day and we highly recommend 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."

      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.

      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."


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