Thank you very much for visiting my page. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Iska Birnie and I am the woman behind the camera. I am an award winning pet and equine photographer based in Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland.
Born in the far north of Germany very close to the Danish boarder, as a child in a military family, we moved around a good bit. When I left home I spent some years working in the equine industry, working as a groom and rider for international show jumpers in Germany and the Netherlands. It was a great time, I traveled all over Europe to the big competitions (incl. The London Olympia Horse Show), met interesting people and got to ride amazing horses. In 2012 I moved to bonny Scotland, were I live with my wonderful husband Chris and of course my horse Sam - a Dutch Warm-blood gelding, who used to be a well-established and successful dressage horse, but is now retired from competing and enjoys life as a happy hacker! (That's us in the photos at the bottom of this page, photo credit to Priscilla Groart)
I've always had a love for nature and animals, as I child and teenager I spent hours and days outdoors with my black Labrador Candy and my pony Beauty. I have loads of lovely memories and funny moments with them to think back on. Still being a horse owner now, I understand what it is to have an animal. The commitment, the work and the unconditional love that bonds you and your pet or horse. No matter how bad a day you are having, you can always tell your furry friend about it and they don’t judge you! The friendship and connection you have with your animal is unique, and that’s what I aim to capture in my photos, as well as the true character and personality of your dog or horse.
My photography journey started quite early, from a young age I used to snap away on old compact film cameras and then on mobile phones. Before our honeymoon, I decided it was time to invest in a 'proper' camera, since then I have had a few upgrades and am now using a Nikon camera and lenses for all my photo sessions. Afterwards I started Iska's Images, and it has been an amazing journey so far, I am very much looking forward to what the future brings. In July 2019 I won my first award as a member of the British Institute of Professional Photography and also achieved Licentiate Status, after submitting 20 images and 50 pages of supporting evidence for judging.
My passion is Equine and Dog Photography. I consider myself very lucky, to have the opportunity to meeting amazing animals and capturing forever lasting memories for their owners. My love for both, photography and animals, makes being an equine and dog photographer the best job in the world.
Inspired by our own wedding and our amazing wedding photographer Janie Barclay, I joined Janie's team of wedding photographers. I love weddings and feel always lucky to be part of a couples big day, capturing all the emotions and creating something very special for them. End of 2018 Janie retired and handed the rains of Janie Barclay Photography to me, since then I have re-banded an am now continuing under my own name Iska Birnie Photography.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to enquire about or book a photo session. I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you again for visiting my website.