I’m a freelance landscape, commercial and wedding photographer and writer. I’m based on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland but am happy to travel further afield when the opportunity arises.
I offer a wide range of services including (but not limited to) landscape photography tuition; wedding photography; Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) viewpoint photography; public speaking; writing; and other commercial assignments.
I conduct myself professionally, am very reliable and am also fully covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to make an enquiry or booking. I will be delighted to hear from you.
Below are some examples of assignments I have worked on in recent years.
Please visit www.karenthorburnweddings.com for further details of my wedding photography services.
My landscape photography was featured in a five minute slot on BBC Countryfile in July 2017. The film focused on my experience of walking the Fife Coastal Path in 2014 and ascending to the Forth Bridge viewing platform. A number of my images from the Fife coast were shown, along with a selection from my Scottish islands portfolio.
“You were so good with your interviews and all we asked of you on that crazy weather day. I thought the spread of your photographs really complimented the story too so thanks for sending those to me. I wish you the very best for the future in your freelance career.”
– Cathy Clarke, Director for BBC Countryfile
In April 2017, I was commissioned by Concrete Butterflies Media Ltd to capture a portfolio of landscape images for the pre-production of the forthcoming project ‘Flora’ which depicts the life of Flora MacDonald, famed for assisting Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Whilst on location on the Isle of Skye, I captured this image which was used on the homepage of the company’s website.
“Professionally impressive. Creatively inspiring. Gifted.”
– Malcolm R. Fane, Concrete Butterflies Media Ltd
After writing the guest column for the July/August 2016 edition of Scottish Islands Explorer, I was invited to write an article on the Black Isle for the March/April 2017 magazine. The piece, which is illustrated with my photographs, describes the geography and history of the Black Isle, environmental issues facing the area and some of the factors that inspired me to relocate to this Highland peninsula in 2013. With the permission of Scottish Islands Explorer, the article has been reproduced in full on the official website for the Black Isle and can be accessed here.
“A note to say how well you wrote on the Black Isle in Scottish Islands Explorer. I was particularly pleased on your references to ship to shore [oil transfer] and the wind turbine vote. As a member of Transition Black Isle I was delighted you brought these issues up.”
– Julian Paren, Director for Transition Black Isle and Black Isle Tourism Team
I have captured a number of images used in Wind Prospect’s Environmental Statements. I have a sound understanding of Environmental Impact Assessments and the photographic requirements needed for viewpoint photography in order to comply with industry guidance. I am fully equipped with a full frame sensor DSLR camera, 50mm prime lens and a tripod with a panoramic head which can be used in either landscape or portrait orientation.
I gave a talk to Inverness Camera Club in February 2017 titled ‘The Black Isle and Beyond’. It featured my landscape photography portfolios with a focus on the Black Isle and the Scottish islands, in addition to my wedding photography portfolio. I am currently taking bookings from camera clubs and other groups for future lectures.
“Well done for last night Karen. I really enjoyed it and also the passion you have for photography, Scotland and the environment. It really did come through. I got more ideas of where I want to go and what I want to see.”
– Owen Cochrane, President, Inverness Camera Club
“Just wanted to reach out to you and say I loved your talk last night. I loved seeing your visions and dedication to get ‘the shot’; very inspirational. I found your talk extremely informative and easy to understand and just enjoyed listening to your enthusiasm and passion within your photography journey; really cool and totally inspired me to get out more, be patient, try harder and look at the details as well as the bigger picture. So thank you very much for sharing your pictures with us all.”
– Staci Mcneil, member, Inverness Camera Club
I’m very passionate about the natural world and communicated this in my article on bumblebee conservation, written for Land Compass in August 2016, which also featured my photograph ‘Thistle and Bumblebee’.
I was approached by British Vogue and invited to promote my landscape work in the ‘Capture the Moment’ photography feature in the January 2016 issue.
I was invited to write an essay and illustrate it with my photographs for the Just A Pack travel website. I reflected on the many reasons why I love landscape photography in Scotland, from memories of childhood holidays in the Highlands; to the ever-changing seasons, weather and light; and the sheer pleasure of exploring the great outdoors both on and off the tourist trail. The article, which was published in January 2016, can be accessed on the Just A Pack website here.
“That article was right up my alley. I really enjoyed reading it and hearing a native’s outlook on her beautiful Scotland. The pictures are beautiful.”
– Valerie Delano, New York, USA
My work has been featured in the St Kilda Club calendars on three separate occasions. My photograph ‘Towards Boreray’ was selected for the front cover of the 2013 calendar celebrating this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tel: + 44 (0) 7761985752
© Karen Thorburn