Hello! I’m Steve Seymour. Parallel57 is my photography and filmmaking company specialising in high quality wedding photography and wedding videography.
I started photographing weddings in 2007 and formed Parallel57 in response to people’s obvious preference for non-traditional, creative, natural, emotive photos and films.
Since then, travelling from my happy base in the Highlands (right on the 57th Parallel, funnily enough), I have photographed and filmed weddings all over Scotland – from community weddings on remote Orkney Islands to celebrity weddings in sumptuous castles. Usually it’s just me, but for some weddings I bring one of my talented and trusted associates.
I really enjoy weddings. People always bring good will. They say things they don’t usually say (I often get choked up during speeches!) and allow themselves to be open and honest and a little bit vulnerable.
My response is caring, friendly and quietly confident, and that’s mainly what has helped me capture the kind of photos and films you see in my portfolio. Well…that plus a creative eye. And some technical know-how. And some very expensive equipment.
This is what my clients say about working with me.
Personal Photo Gallery
Photographing and filming weddings is a social activity. People need to connect with you before they drop their guard and allow you to capture something authentic about them. In that spirit, I’ll drop my guard too. The best way I know is through photos. So here’s a personal selection that hopefully gives you some idea about who I am and what I value:
Me with my wonderful son, Fin.
Every year on the first day back at school I take a photo of Fin on the doorstep. It’s a good way to see him growing up. But it also makes me a bit sad because he’s growing up so, so fast. Which in turn reminds me to make the most of this moment, here and now, because it’s so fleeting.
My utterly gorgeous wife, Elspeth. She’s feisty and funny and a bit OCD about loading the dishwasher.
Mildred the Cat. We got her when we were living in Taiwan and brought her back with us. She’s the only one who really understands me, as you can see.
My mum and dad. Bless ‘em.
I got seriously interested in photography because of my passion for diving. I wanted people to see what I was seeing so I bought a fancy camera. This was taken in the Galapagos Islands during the three years I lived in South America. I wasn’t scared. Honest.
A more delicate photo of coral at night when it has opened up to feed. It brings back a very peaceful memory of bobbing about on a Caribbean seabed at midnight.
Another passion is mountain landscapes (which may be why I now live in the Scottish Highlands). This is Denali in Alaska during a once-in-a-lifetime roadtrip through North America a decade ago.
A photo of The Great Wall from a school trip I was leading during my teaching days (fourteen years as an English teacher in the UK and overseas).
A detail from the Ring of Brodgar – a 5000 year old neolithic stone circle on Orkney. It was just me, the wind and the evening sun. If you’ve never been to the Orkneys you should probably go. They’re wonderful.
From a monastery in Laos. Buddhism has a growing influence on my choices and values.
With lovely clients, Amy and Olly, at Achnagairn House during the Photobooth. Not something I normally do but one of Olly’s eversoslightlydrunk friends really wanted to photograph me in the Photobooth.