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Karen Thorburn Photography

Inverness, Highland

(31)
8 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Karen Thorburn Photography logo
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Karen Thorburn Photography

Inverness, Highland

(31)
8 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

About

Choosing a photographer is a big decision. The photographs are one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your wedding day; these are the memories which you will cherish for a lifetime. This keeps me on my toes at every wedding and I would love to capture those special moments for you and your families.

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Phil Gosling

23 September 2019

We were delighted to have Karen photograph our wedding last month. Karen made the whole process simple and an absolute pleasure to work with. On the day we were so relaxed and happy with the way Karen worked and the photos came out beautifully. Can’t recommend enough and would just like to say thanks for all you’ve done. More...

Hi Phil and Cheryl. Thanks so much for your kind words! It was an absolute pleasure working with you both and I'm delighted that you're so pleased with the photographs and found the whole process straightforward and enjoyable! Very best wishes, Karen x

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Phil Carr

23 September 2019

We were delighted to have Karen photograph our wedding last month. Karen made the whole process simple and an absolute pleasure to work with. On the day we were so relaxed and happy with the way Karen worked and the photos came out beautifully. Can’t recommend enough and would just like to say thanks for all you’ve done. More...

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Steph

1 September 2019

We booked Karen for our wedding on 9th August 2019. We had an amazing service start to finish, with plenty of communication from the time of booking last year to the actual wedding day. A lovely, bubbly lady who makes you feel at ease. Our photographs are out of this world. We got married in the Scottish Highlands and didn't know the area well. Karen took beautiful pictures at the wedding venue and then as an added personal touch, even took us to a few locations she recommended for additional shots. Would highly recommend Karen for a professional, trustworthy and friendly service. More...

Hi Stephanie. Thanks so much for your kind words. It was a privilege to be a part of your special day and I'm delighted that you're both so pleased with the images! I'm so glad the rain went off and we were able to take advantage of the scenery. I will think of you the next time I'm passing the Garry viewpoint! Best wishes, Karen x

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Gwen Tynan

1 September 2019

Our wedding photos are just fantastic! Could not have asked for a better service. Karen is so friendly, she made everyone feel so relaxed. She was happy with all photo requests and all the guests commented on how great she was. More...

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Stephanie McCrossan

31 August 2019

We booked Karen for our wedding on 9th August 2019. We had an amazing service start to finish, with plenty of communication from the time of booking last year to the actual wedding day. A lovely, bubbly lady who makes you feel at ease. Our photographs are out of this world. We got married in the Scottish Highlands and didn't know the area well. Karen took beautiful pictures at the wedding venue and then as an added personal touch, even took us to a few locations she recommended for additional shots. Would highly recommend Karen for a professional, trustworthy and friendly service. More...

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Chris Nicolson

24 July 2019

We couldn't have been more delighted at having Karen photograph our wedding. From planning beforehand, to delivery of the photos, Karen was excellent throughout, and lovely to work with. Most importantly, the photos were absolutely fantastic! We can't recommend enough! More...

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Christopher Nicolson

24 July 2019

We couldn't have been more delighted at having Karen photograph our wedding. From planning beforehand, to delivery of the photos, Karen was excellent throughout, and lovely to work with. Most importantly, the photos were absolutely fantastic! We can't recommend enough! More...

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Kylie Pope

30 June 2019

Karen is so lovely to work with! The photographs are fantastic, love the shots and she is fabulous at capturing those candid moments! So easy to get in touch with and really fast responses. Nothing is too small! Absolutely would recommend Karen to anyone looking for a wedding photographer! Thanks so much again Karen for everything! Capturing those special moments for us to treasure forever! More...

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Lorna Sutherland

30 June 2019

We can highly recommend Karen as a wedding photographer. Our photos which I can't stop looking at are brilliant and most importantly really captured the essence of the day and our guests at the wedding. From first meeting Karen, we could tell she was genuine and kind, she really took notice of the things important to us and our day. She was calm influence on the morning before the ceremony and our guests have spoken highly of how discreetly she moved around the wedding getting pictures of everyone. More...

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Chris Howard

26 February 2019

Karen was our photographer for our wedding over the Christmas period this year. From booking, discussing photos, through to the day itself Karen could not have been more professional and a delight to work with.We both enjoyed her style and understanding, especially as I had recently broken my ankle and could not stand for long for photos.The pictures were exactly as we wished and both of our families love the results.I could not recommend Karen highly enough.Thank you for being a part of our day, More...

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Chris Howard

6 February 2019

Karen was our photographer for our wedding over the Christmas period this year. From booking, discussing photos, through to the day itself Karen could not have been more professional and a delight to work with.
We both enjoyed her style and understanding, especially as I had recently broken my ankle and could not stand for long for photos.
The pictures were exactly as we wished and both of our families love the results.
I could not recommend Karen highly enough.
Thank you for being a part of our day,
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Hi Chris and Carole. Thank you so much for the great review. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your families and I'm delighted that everyone is enjoying the photographs. I hope your ankle has fully healed now Chris! Thanks again and all the very best for your future together. Best wishes, Karen

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Sarah Brown

17 August 2018

Karen was out wedding photographer this year at the Old Fruitmarket. I would recommend her for many reasons, her professionalism, making the experience personable and reassuring us when things got a wee bit stressful on the day! Karen had contacted myself promptly after enquiring, and we discussed what our vision was for the wedding, Karen was able to listen and suggest things that I hadn't even thought of!
Throughout the course of preparing for the wedding, Karen was reachable at any moment, to discuss other ideas, and areas around the venue for couples photos.
Karen also met with my family at a time that suited us, as a young family we had bedtime routines to follow, Karen was happy to met with us after our little one was in bed, and when my husband arrived back for work.
During the day of the wedding, Karen arrived on time, and stayed until she felt was the right time to leave. Karen captured so many lovely and beautiful moments during the course of the day. Capturing the essence of our wedding and our relationship.
I can't thank Karen for everything she has done for us, I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.
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Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your family! It was such a lovely wedding from start to finish. I really enjoyed it and I'm delighted that you're so pleased with the photographs. Karen x

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Thomas Zander

23 July 2018

Traveling Scotland a number times in recent years we fell in love with the Scottish landscape. We discovered Karen Thornburn’s photography work while doing research of traveling sites of the Highlands. We immediately felt a connection with her as her photography has a personal connection with the landscape of the Highlands. We have enjoyed her calendars the past few years, this year purchasing multiple for both home and office. More...

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Monica Bruni

23 July 2018

Beautiful pics!!! Brava!

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Alan Sinclair

23 July 2018

Glenrothes Camera Club was delighted to invite Karen to our club last night where she entertained our members with a display of her stunning work. Karen's presentation was not only informative but she managed to keep everyone's attention throughout with her dedication and passion for photographing our beautiful country. I'd highly recommend Karen to anyone thinking of booking her. Thanks Karen More...

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Clare Swann

23 July 2018

Karen has been taking stunning photographs for almost 20 years and I bought some of her very first commercial work, which received lots of positive comments and admiration. Her photography is absolutely stunning - I love the way she uses colour and she has put many hours into improving her already excellent skills. Karen is extremely conscientious and thorough with an excellent work ethic, I would recommend her to anyone. More...

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Jessie Donna MacAngus

23 July 2018

Karen did an amazing job at my little brother's wedding in May. Amazing pictures and captured the fun filled day. X

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Kelly Russell

23 July 2018

I ordered the 2018 Calendar and upon my return to my office from the holidays, it arrived just in time. I ordered kinda late and it shipped from Scotland to California USA. Well packaged, nice design, and of course, beautiful images. Thank you Karen! More...

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Jacob H Christensen

23 July 2018

Great workshop on the black isle, 41 years living up here and never been to these location, Karen was going around on an individual basis giving us pointers..

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Charmaine Jones

23 July 2018

A wonderful Photographer who did well to put up with my zany family. She was very relaxed and accomodating and I'd recommend her to anyone having a wedding.

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Rachel Goodswen

23 July 2018

We are so happy that Karen was our photographer on our wedding day. She was absolutely fantastic, and understood exactly what we were looking for. The photos she took were absolutely beautiful and really captured our special day. Thank you, Karen! :) More...

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Emily Hesling

23 July 2018

Karen did a family photo shoot for us with our 1 week old daughter to mark her arrival. Karen's professional approach captured this magical time for us perfectly and we really enjoyed the photo shoot. She was very accommodating with our suggestion to take photos in our local woodland and her calm observant approach was invaluable for not only our young children but our pet as well! The images are gorgeous in a style that suits our family. Thank you Karen! More...

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Kate Buchanan

23 July 2018

As an HSS celebrant I work with many photographers and Karen is right up there with the best. Friendly, kind and so unobtrusive during the ceremony, yet producing lovely images of the most intimate moments. She also sent me a link to view the album ( with the couple's permission of course :-) ) which many photographers promise but fail to do! I don't think anyone would regret booking her services, first class. More...

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Karen Thorburn

23 July 2018

Posted on behalf of Cheri Block Sabraw:

As an admirer of Karen Thorburn’s stunning photography, I contacted her in order to purchase a print.

The process was easy; Karen is attentive to all inquiries; the print arrived in the USA about 2.5 weeks.

I plan to paint in my studio the picture of the white pony on the Isle of Harris.

I will surely invest in more of her photography as she is able to capture the vast landscape of Scotland, truly one of the most gorgeous places I have ever visited.

Sincerely,

Cheri Block Sabraw
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Alison Gordon

23 July 2018

Karen did an excellent job of capturing our wedding day, very informal and natural photos.Every photo taken shows our wedding story from start to finish.She has a lovely calming nature and I was unaware of her snapping away during the service.I was super impressed with the quality of the wooden USB we received in the post..lovely touch and keepsake and the photos added to music was also an added bonus to share with friends xx More...

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Alison

22 July 2018

Karen did an excellent job of capturing our wedding day, very informal and natural photos.Every photo taken shows our wedding story from start to finish.She has a lovely calming nature and I was unaware of her snapping away during the service.I was super impressed with the quality of the wooden USB we received in the post..lovely touch and keepsake and the photos added to music was also an added bonus to share with friends xx More...

Hi Alison. Thanks so much for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to do your wedding photography for you both. I'm delighted that you're so pleased with the images along with the slideshow and USB. It was a super day; lots of happy memories for you and your friends and family! Thanks again. Karen xx

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Lauren & Matthew Schwertfeger

2 July 2018

Karen was lovely to work with, so easy going and full of great ideas. She really allowed us to relax on our wedding day, knowing that she was taking care of preserving our memories. The photographs were beautiful and we loved her style of capturing everything in the moment. We can not thank her enough- she was so accommodating, we could even say she saved the day when our transportation literally didn't show -she stepped in without a beat and ensured we made it in time. More...

Hi Lauren and Matthew. Thanks so much for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure working with you both and meeting your friends and family. It was such a shame when the bus didn't show up but I really enjoyed chatting to you both in the car on our way to and from Eilean Donan. Thanks again for choosing me to share your special day with you. Best wishes, Karen x

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Gillian Miller

1 July 2018

Karen was so good with us from our first meeting! Joseph and I weren’t too keen on posing all day but Karen made us feel so relaxed and took natural images of our guests and us enjoying the day just like we wanted. She was so discreet that we hardly even noticed she was there. We are so happy we chose Karen as our photographer as we now have a beautiful collection of photos that capture the atmosphere of our day perfectly. More...

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GIllian Miller

12 June 2018

Karen was so good with us from our first meeting! Joseph and I weren’t too keen on posing all day but Karen made us feel so relaxed and took natural images of our guests and us enjoying the day just like we wanted. She was so discreet that we hardly even noticed she was there. We are so happy we chose Karen as our photographer as we now have a beautiful collection of photos that capture the atmosphere of our day perfectly. More...

Thanks Gillian for your lovely review! I'm delighted that you're so happy with the photographs. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph your wedding. Thanks again for choosing me to capture these memories for you.

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Emily Hesling

25 April 2018

Karen did a family photo shoot for us with our 1 week old daughter to mark her arrival. Karen's professional approach captured this magical time for us perfectly and we really enjoyed the photo shoot. She was very accommodating with our suggestion to take photos in our local woodland and her calm observant approach was invaluable for not only our young children but our pet as well! The images are gorgeous in a style that suits our family. Thank you Karen! More...

Thanks Emily! It was an absolute pleasure capturing these photographs for you.

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Simon and Aileen Hepple

14 April 2018

Karen was fantastic.
We are so glad that we chose her.
She blended in seamlessly without trying to be the life and sole of the party, like I've seen some photographers try and do.
She arrived early to get an idea of the scenery and to get some good ideas for some shots too.
Karen was very professional. She knew what we were looking for from the get-go and effortlessly delivered on her promises. All her photos captured the mood and setting of our wedding perfectly.
She was very happy, friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend her.
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Hi Simon and Aileen, Thank you so much for your kind words! It was an absolute pleasure to do your wedding photography for you. It was such a lovely, intimate occasion and a real privilege to be a part of it. I hope you will enjoy looking back on the photographs for many years to come! Best wishes, Karen

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The secret to capturing a great photograph is to have a vision in my mind's eye beforehand. This means thinking about how I want the image to look; knowing a location or venue well; making people feel relaxed around the camera; responding to the light; and being able to dial the correct settings into the camera quickly in order to capture that perfect moment.

I like to 'break the ice' with a friendly chat by finding out a couple's vision for their wedding day. I establish practical details such as locations, timings, number of guests, preferred photography package etc. but I also try to get a sense of the couple and what works for them.

Every wedding is unique and very special. I love being surrounded by people on such a happy occasion and creating images for a couple and their families to treasure for a lifetime. It's a privilege to be trusted to do such an important job.

I have had a lifelong passion for photography, stemming from early childhood. I set up my business as a side-line in 2009 and am thrilled to now be working as a full-time professional photographer, doing what I love for a living.

You need to feel comfortable in the presence of your wedding photographer in order to get the best possible images on your wedding day. I'm easy to get along with and, having recently gotten married myself, I know how it feels to be on the other side of the lens! I appreciate that every wedding is unique and I take the time to capture the all-important details as well as all the emotions of the day. I have a lot of energy and passion which keeps me going during a long photo shoot yet I am discreet and subtle, which allows me to capture natural, relaxed-looking images. I'm a perfectionist and very organised so you can trust me to be punctual, deliver images on time and individually edit and enhance every photograph from the wedding day to a high standard.

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Services

I offer a range of wedding photography packages to suit different budgets. Typically, I start the day with the preparations in the morning and shoot through to the first few dances in the evening reception, but I can offer a reduced fee if you don’t need a full day’s coverage. I’m very flexible, always open to ideas and happy to provide a customised quote as I appreciate that every wedding is unique.

I offer a choice of portrait photography packages. Perhaps you’re planning a family get-together such as a birthday party or anniversary, or would like to set aside an afternoon specifically for a portrait session. Either way, I would be delighted to capture some memories for you and your loved ones.

I am available for a wide range of commercial photography assignments. I work closely with my clients in order to gain a full understanding of their needs. I am very creative and can quickly develop ideas but I am also flexible and happy to follow a more prescriptive approach if required.