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 a pet and equine photographer based in Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland.
Here a little bit about myself. I was born in the far north of Germany very close to the Danish boarder, as you would expect growing up in a military family, we moved around a good bit. When I was 4 years old we moved to Leicestershire in England where we lived for 5 years before moving back to Germany. When I left home I spent some years working in the equine industry, working as a groom and rider for international riders in Germany and the Netherlands. I was a great time, I travelled 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 now 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 many 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 pet or horse.
My photography journey started off quite early, as a child and teenager I used to snap away on old compact film cameras and then on mobile phones. A few years ago, I decided it was time to invest in a 'proper' camera, since then I have had a couple of upgrades and am now using a Nikon camera and high-quality lenses for all my photo shoots. Early 2017, I started Iska's Images, it has been an amazing journey so far and I am looking forward to what the future brings.
My passion is Equine and Dog Photography. I consider myself very lucky, to have the opportunity of meeting amazing animals and capturing forever lasting memories for their owners. My love for both, photography and animals, makes being an equine and pet 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 and am lucky to be able to be part of couples big days, capture the emotions of the day and create something very special for the couples.
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.