Hi! I'm Ken Thomson, a photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland.

With my wife Janet I formed Team Thomson Photography in 2001 when we returned home after many years living and working in the United States. We were the first professional wedding photographer married couple working in Scotland, and the contents of this page mainly reflect the weddings of many of our wonderful couples.

With Janet now concentrating her efforts on fundraising to help the people of Rwanda rebuild their country I have refocused on photographing people and families. I'm available to photograph your family including newborns, babies, toddlers and teens plus lifestyle, parties and gatherings - in fact any family event. Many of my customers prefer to maintain their privacy, so we do not share customer images online unless specifically asked.

Please get in touch if you want great no-fuss photography of yourself or your family and friends!

Ken

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Laura & Douglas | Wedding Photography at Cameron House

Outside of the joy of sharing happy family occasions, nothing gladdens the heart of a wedding photographer more than having a tall police officer guest helping to organise family members for the group photographs. Laura’s brother Ian (and a former Team Thomson groom) did the honours at Laura and Douglas’s Loch Lomond wedding at Cameron House, so let me just express my gratitude here and now! The superb vintage wedding cars were provided by Waterside Weddings, who’s drivers are unfailingly courteous and helpful.

I find myself being drawn  more and more to subtle photographs featuring layers, reflections and repetition, and the final photo below is one of my recent personal favourites.

photograph Wedding Thank You cards displayed at the bride

Bridesmaid looking out from the wedding car in Glasgow. Photograph ©2012 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in ScotlandBridesmaid looking out from the wedding car

Beautiful vintage wedding car in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph © 2012 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Bride and Groom at their favourite view at Cameron House Loch Lomond, Scotland. Photograph © 2012 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Spirited dancing at Cameron House Wedding, Loch Lomond, Scotland. Photograph © 2012 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Romance, Reflections and Layers; an evening wedding photograph at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland. Photograph © 2012 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland


Lynsey & Martin | Wedding Photography at Taychreggan by Oban

Lynsey and Martin chose the beautiful idyllic spot of Taychreggan on the shores of Loch Awe for their wedding. Lynsey is definitely the details queen, she had lovely little touches everywhere and we were really on our mettle to ensure nothing was missed in the photographs. Most ambitious of all was an old snapshot of each guest to identify their seating at the tables, this was a  big hit with the guests (that’s the bride & groom as children you can see in the photo below). A beautiful sunny day meant Lynsey & Martin were married outdoors with the sound of waves lapping on the shore. The fine weather also allowed us to go out again after dinner for a few extra photographs when the light was lovely and soft.

Photograph of unusual original wedding seating plan at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

Close up photograph of unusual original wedding seating plan at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

Bride and Groom coming up the aisle after their outdoor wedding ceremony at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

Unusual and original table place setting for wedding at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

Bride and Groom stroll under a magnificent tree by Loch Awe at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

Romantic photo of bride and groom alone after their wedding at Taychreggan by Oban © 2012 Team Thomson Photographers Scotland

 


Amanda & Stuart | Wedding Photography in Glasgow

The mark of a professional wedding photographer is the ability to deliver strong images reliably in all circumstances. The circumstances of Amanda & Stuart’s November wedding were simply awful wet, windy weather. I had already planned to use one of the hotel bars for some romantic photos so the weather wasn’t really a factor, at least once we were inside! It helps to have the latest camera and specialised professional lenses which are designed for low light conditions – plus a beautiful couple very much in love!

Professional romantic winter wedding photograph in Glasgow


Caroline & Mike | Wedding Photography at Mount Stuart Isle of Bute

Every venue presents unique opportunities for wedding photographers with a creative eye, and Mount Stuart has more than most due to the extravagance of the Gothic Revival architecture. I asked Caroline & Mike to take five minutes away from their wedding reception after I saw the potential of this hallway with it’s fantastic design and lighting. The result is a lovely wedding photograph that I feel reflects the romance of the couple and of the setting, and proves that great wedding photographs need not take all day to achieve.

 


Laura & Michael | Wedding Photography at Roman Camp, Callander

We’ve never had a problem with uninvited guests at the weddings we’ve photographed, but we had an interesting exception when Laura and Michael were married at the Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. A small bat flew in and circled the room during the ceremony to the amusement of most guests, although some of the bridesmaids were a little concerned! Everything proceeded without interruption and it was decided that a bat at your wedding is a good luck sign. Again we were able to catch many natural moments, including when Laura and Michael stole a kiss while waiting to go in to dinner – in fact, only the last photo below is directed, everything else was captured naturally as it happened. I must also mention the band Corra who were absolutely fantastic – among the best I’ve heard, highly recommended.

Beautiful yellow wedding flowers and engagement ring. Roman Camp Hotel, Callander, Scotland. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

Bride checks final details in the mirror before her wedding at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

Groom helps pin the buttonholes before his wedding at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

A light moment during a wedding ceremony at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

Lighting the Unity Candle during a wedding ceremony at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

Bride and groom stroll in the gardens on their wedding day at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

A stolen moment for the bride and groom on their wedding day at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland

Romantic photo of the bride and groom at twilight on their wedding day at Roman Camp Hotel, Callander. © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers Scotland


Katie & Matt | Wedding Photography at Dalmunzie Castle

Just the thing to bring a smile on these cold winter days – a classic outdoor summer wedding at what is surely one of the most romantic spots in Scotland, Dalmunzie Castle.

We love to document real moments and emotions rather than to direct and pose. This approach really paid off when Katie & Matt, who had decided not to put themselves in the spotlight with a traditional first dance, couldn’t resist a quick spin in the empty room while the band were tuning up. We were on hand to photograph this unplanned moment which truly captures the couple and their story. Priceless!

A bridesmaid assists the bride on her wedding day at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Bride, groom and guests during an outdoor wedding ceremony at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Bride and groom coming down the aisle after their outdoor wedding ceremony at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

Confetti covers the bride

Bride and groom stroll in the grounds of Dalmunzie Castle in an image reminiscent of W. Eugene Smith

A quiet moment for the bride and groom after their wedding at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

An unplanned first dance caught by the photographer as the band tunes up for the wedding reception at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland

A romantic twilight moment at Dalmunzie Castle.  © 2011 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers in Scotland


Debbie & Robert | Wedding Photography in Glasgow

 

Debbie & Robert’s wedding was a low-key family and close friends affair in Glasgow. Debbie looked fabulous in her dress from Dolce & Gabbana, Robert managed to look pretty good too!  The City Inn by the river was a classic Glasgow setting for the delicious meal and for the reception. Robert called in a few favours from fellow musicians, so guests enjoyed dancing to three different bands.

For something a little bit different, we’ve produced a comic book page telling the story of the day in just six pictures -

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Sarah & Oliver | Wedding Photography at Mar Lodge

Sarah & Oliver’s wedding at Mar Lodge was our first visit to this beautiful hunting lodge set in magnificent Scottish scenery near Braemar. We were impressed by how very helpful the staff were in making sure everything ran smoothly and to time. Among the many little special touches Sarah & Oliver had added to their day was a Wish Tree at the reception where guests can write a message or some marriage advice for the newlyweds; an intriguing alternative to a Guest Book.

Beautiful Wedding Flowers Bouquet at Mar Lodge Scotland. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson

Junior bridesmaid looks on as the bride checks her veil in the mirror, wedding at Mar Lodge. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson

Bride coming down the stairs at Mar Lodge, Scotland. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson

Wedding Ceremony at Mar Lodge, Scotland. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson

A stolen romantic moment for a couple on their wedding day at Mar Lodge, Scotland. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson

Bride and Groom dancing at their wedding at Mar Lodge, Scotland. Photo © 2010 Team Thomson


Rhoda & Ross | Wedding Photography in Renfrewshire

Rhoda wins the award for calmest bride ever, staying extremely cheerful even though her wedding dress didn’t arrive until literally five minutes before she had to leave! In the interest of fairness I’ll also nominate Ross for an award – he wrote the Bridal March.

Smiling bride arrives at her wedding in Kilmacolm Scotland © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers

The Marriage Ceremony, bride and groom say "I do" © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers

Wedding in the magnificent St Columba church in Kilmacolm Scotland © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers

Romantic photo of the newlywed couple at their wedding in Scotland © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers

Bride and groom laughing together after their wedding ceremony in Kilmacolm Scotland © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers

A romantic moment for the bride and groom at their wedding reception © 2010 Team Thomson Wedding Photographers


Leanne & Shaun | Wedding Photography at The Barony

The Barony was the classic Glasgow setting for Leanne & Shaun’s wedding. Leanne wore the most amazing Ian Stuart dress – the words “fairy-tale princess” only begin to hint at describing it.  The Barony was the ideal setting to show off the dress – this former church is a spectacular wedding venue located in the oldest part of the city and close to Glasgow Cathedral.

Bride prepares for her wedding at her home in Glasgow, Scotland

Groom laughing on his wedding day at The Barony, Glasgow Scotland

Bride and father come down the aisle as the groom waits expectantly at The Barony in Glasgow, Scotland

A kiss at the bus stop for the bride and groom, Glasgow, Scotland

First Dance, wedding at The Barony in Glasgow, Scotland

Romantic moment for the bride and groom at Glasgow Cathedral


Tracey & Stuart | Wedding Photography at Achnagairn House

Tracey & Stuart’s wedding was one big weekend house party, the setting Achnagairn House near Inverness. You rent the house and provide literally everything needed for the stay and the wedding – even the tea urn was brought in by the families. The ballroom was the setting for the wedding ceremony, and was beautifully transformed by Angela Stewart Flowers.  The evening bar was provided by Moray Forth Radio to raise cash4kids. Another innovation was the provision of a video diary room, complete with the Big Brother chair. Finishing the day in style, Tracey & Stuart provided a whole roast pig for their guests!

Photograph of Achnagairn House wedding venue near Inverness. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Marriage ceremony in the ballroom at Achnagairn House near Inverness. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Bride, groom and bridesmaid laugh during wedding ceremony at Achnagairn House. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Atmospheric black and white photograph of bride and groom leaving their wedding ceremony at Achnagairn House. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Candlelit ballroom at Achnagairn House set out for the wedding reception. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Bride and groom share a moment of laughter during their wedding at Achnagairn House near Inverness. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Bride listening to speeches during her wedding reception at Achnagairn House. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography

Romantic evening photo of bride and groom in front of their wedding venue at Achnagairn House near Inverness. Photo copyright © Team Thomson Photography


Andreea & Colin | Wedding Photography at Lennoxlove House

Andreea & Colin came from overseas to marry before family and close friends in the wonderful and wildly romantic setting of Lennoxlove House.  The house, recently refurbished, and the gardens are truly outstanding, a superb setting for a Scottish wedding.  The ceremony took place in Lennoxlove’s own chapel, located within the main house. The evening party was extremely spirited – everyone had such a good time that it seemed there must be twice as many guests as were actually there.

The bride makes sure her veil is perfect on her wedding day. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Groom and friends relax in the local pub before the wedding ceremony. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

The bride

A quiet moment of reflection for the bride before her wedding ceremony at Lennoxlove, Scotland.  Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Bride

A private moment in magnificent surroundings for the bride and groom as they wait to be announced at their wedding breakfast at Lennoxlove.  Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Bride and groom wedding photograph, evening at Lennoxlove, Scotland.  Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.


Nisreen & Ib | Wedding Photography at Cornhill House

Nisreen and Ib planned the wedding with everything – and then added a bit more! The ceremony incorporated both Sudanese and Scottish traditions to reflect the backgrounds of the couple, and many family members were involved. Then African dancers entertained the guests, followed by belly dancers, followed by dinner, speeches, a candle-lit cake cutting in the gazebo, followed immediately by fireworks, a ceilidh and then a paper lantern release – wow!  Apologies if I missed anything, but my head is still reeling.  The entire event took place in the beautiful Clyde Valley surroundings of Cornhill House at Biggar.

**UPDATE** – Nisreen & Ib’s wedding featured in Real Life Weddings magazine – click to view

Photo of Sudanese Wedding Ceremony, bride and groom

Photograph of Celtic Handfasting wedding ceremony

Brie and Groom Dancing with African Dancers at a wedding in Scotland

A happy, smiling bride and groom on their wedding day

Bride and Groom enjoying a summers evening on their wedding day in Scotland

Bride and Groom enjoy their first dance at their wedding at Cornhill House, Biggar, Scotland

The Bride and Groom enjoy an evening fireworks display at their wedding at Cornhill House, Biggar, Scotland

Bride and Groom release a paper lantern at the end of their wedding day at Cornhill House, Biggar, Scotland


Jennifer & Leigh | Wedding Photography at Gleneagles Hotel

There was a lovely relaxed family atmosphere to the day when Jennifer & Leigh were married in the elegant surroundings of the Glendevon Room at Gleneagles Hotel. The tables for the wedding breakfast were decorated in a most vibrant colour that we feared might not be fully captured in the photographs – fortunately, we were wrong! A large proportion of the wedding party had travelled up from England, but they became enthusiastic Scottish dancers when the band struck up with some ceilidh music.

Bride checks her dress one more time in the mirror before her wedding ceremony at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Portrait of the Groom (left) and his Best Man at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Wedding Ceremony in the Glendevon Room at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Bride

Bride and Groom walk in the grounds after their wedding at Gleneagles. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Cool wedding day socks shown off by the groom. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Magnificent table setting for a wedding breakfast in the Glendevon Room at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Bride and Groom enjoy dancing during the ceilidh at their wedding in Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

A romantic moment for the couple at the end of their wedding day at Gleneagles, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.


Laura & Richard | Wedding Photography at Lochgreen House

A dark and heavy rainstorm formed the romantic backdrop to Laura & Richard’s wedding ceremony Glasgow University Chapel – at least we kept telling the guests it was romantic!.  Laura is highly organised – it is the first time I’ve seen the bride take charge of the Marriage Register, showing everyone exactly where to sign. After the ceremony, the remnants of the storm provided the opportunity for more romantic moments as we incorporated umbrellas and reflections in puddles into the photography. The day was bright and breezy by the time we reached Lochgreen House in Troon – we could have been in another country. Laura’s dad made an speech that was both funny and touching – and note the photo of the tags betting on the length of the speech – the shortest guess was 48 minutes!

The groom adjusts his tie as he prepares for his wedding in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Wedding car drivers shelter the bride with umbrellas as she arrives at her wedding ceremony at Glasgow University chapel. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

The first kiss - almost - as the couple are married at Glasgow University chapel, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

The bride and groom are very happy to sign the register during their wedding ceremony at Glasgow University chapel, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

The bride and groom reflected in a puddle after their wedding at Glasgow University, Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

Cheers! Wedding guests and the couple enjoy their group photo at their wedding reception at Lochgreen House, Troon in Scotland. Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.

A romantic evening photograph of the bride and groom at Lochgreen House, Troon, Scotland, Photograph © Team Thomson Photography.