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I will start by introducing myself: my name is Iska Birnie (LBIPP) - the woman behind the camera! I am an award-winning photographer, based in Aberdeen in the beautiful North-East of Scotland. 


I mostly work in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but I also travel across Scotland and further afield when required. I specialise in wedding photography, but also offer portrait and boudoir sessions, as well as dogs and equine photography.

As a very outdoorsy person, I love spending my spare time with my horse Sam (a beautiful Dutch Warmblood) and hill walking with my wonderful husband Chris. 

My photography

My aim is to capture emotions, forever lasting memories and create images that will become more and more precious over time. I love photography and hope that the enthusiasm I feel for every photo session comes across in my photographs - whether it be a wedding, a dog portrait session or anything in between. My approach to photo sessions is a relaxed one, combining the best of directed poses with spontaneous reportage and action shots. No two sessions are the same, I make every session as personal and individual as possible. I want you to enjoy the experience and leave with beautiful images you will love and treasure forever.

My Story

Photography has always been a big part of my life - from a young age, I’ve been ‘snapping’ away, capturing memories. I love looking at photographs and seeing the stories they tell, whether that may be in an album or as wall art in someone's home.


My photography career started with dog and equine photography. I love getting to know my animal clients and capturing their true personality and character, while creating forever lasting memories. Added bonus are the masses of cuddles and wet kisses I get - mostly from the animals.


My husband Chris and I got married at the beautiful Logie Country House in August 2016 and our wedding was photographed by the very talented Janie Barclay. After our wedding Janie gave me the amazing opportunity to dip my toes into wedding photography. I absolutely loved it from the first wedding onwards - my dream of becoming a wedding photographer came true. Over the following years, I worked very closely with Janie, learning the tricks of the trade, before she retired early 2019. I am very grateful for everything Janie has done for me and taught me and am honoured to have worked alongside her.

My beautiful horse Sam and I, captured spectacularly by Janie Barclay during our Trash the Dress session. I believe my love for horses and knowledge of their behaviour and quirks, helps me in my dog and equine photography.
Please head over to my animal photography website for more information. 


2019 was a great year for me. It was a very busy after Janie retired and I took over the reins at Janie Barclay Photography, but you won’t hear me complaining. In the background I worked hard on rebranding and turning Janie Barclay Photography into Iska Birnie Photography - launching the new brand end of September 2019, in time for the upcoming wedding exhibitions.

Apart from rebranding, I successfully entered the annual photography competition through the British Institute of Professional Photography. One of my images - the runaway bride - won an award in one of the wedding categories. I was also awarded qualified status (LBIPP) by the British Institute of Professional Photography after submitting 20 images and 50 pages of supportive evidence for judging.

Iska Birnie

Multitasking Ninja and Award-Winning Photographer

Tel 07807 776016

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