Mum and dad swing their son in the air in Edinburgh, Scotland

Lifestyle Family photography

Families are all different with unique quirks. You deserve an original artwork that represents your real family lifestyle.

Here at Acorn to Oak we offer natural, informal, real life family photography based in Fife and Edinburgh. From maternity and birth to baby and family portraiture, we’ve got you covered.

Matt Dale is a seasoned professional photographer who setup Acorn to Oak as a branch of the award winning Fern Wedding Photography, which he co-founded in 2011. It was the natural progression as all his wedding clients started to have babies.

Watercolour monkey

Celebrate the best thing in life...

…Family

Toddler lying on Blackford Hill with Edinburgh Castle in background, Scotland

Environmental Portraits

Unique, epic portraits of your family within one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Take advantage of Scotland’s famous views and have unique, sentimental and honest images of your family.

Watercolour lion

“Families are like Fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.”

About me

I first picked up a camera in 2006 when I left my home in New Zealand to travel the world. I wanted to document my travels not only for myself but to show my friends and family how beautiful the world is. I see patterns, shapes and emotions everywhere I go, the challenge is capturing photos for others to view the world through my lens.

I started by photographing travel, landscapes and animals but quickly fell in love with the beauty and vibrancy I found in photographing people. I like adventures, new experiences and tackling unusual challenges. I found my niche in family and wedding photography because it includes all the things that motivate me, it’s also an opportunity to meet new and interesting people, every day. What could be better than working with happy people while doing the thing you love?

What makes me different?

I like to bring the outdoors into my family portraits. I want to capture your family in a familiar place or a striking landscape. I love the outdoors and the natural beauty of Scotland. I also cities like Edinburgh, built from natural materials and adding it’s heritage to the backdrop of a portrait. I love to show these things off in my photos.

I started by photographing travel, landscapes and animals but quickly fell in love with the beauty and vibrancy I found in photographing people. I like adventures, new experiences and tackling unusual challenges. I found my niche in family and wedding photography because it includes all the things that motivate me, it’s also an opportunity to meet new and interesting people, every day. What could be better than working with happy people while doing the thing you love?

I’ve spent many years as a photographer and I’ve learned that the images I create which have the biggest impact and importance to the families I photograph are natural, unposed and fun photographs of families doing what they enjoy, in beautiful and sentimental places.

Family portraits

Professional photographs of your family growing up from the comfort of your own home and garden or a location of your choice.

I pride myself on putting the whole family at ease and helping to create a fun memorable experience. My style is a world away from awkward posing in a formal studio setup.

Whatever is important to your family that is what matters and Matt will focus on telling your own unique, personal family story through photography.  

I have been the go-to photographer families since 2017, following the success of my wedding photography work. It’s been great to catch up with couples again. It’s a privilege to get to know a family and watch them grow over time.

Babies

Capturing lasting memories of the wee ones is a personal favourite job for me. My calming nature has branded me the nickname “the baby whisperer”.

Why not combine a baby photoshoot with a session for the whole family?

a “day in the life” session

Maternity portraits

At a location of your choice, whatever you want to wear, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get beautiful portraits celebrating the magic of new life.

Have a fun creating memorable images with your bump.

Birth photography

While labour is clearly an intimate time it’s also a huge and significant life experience. Having a photographer present may not be for everyone, however we offer this highly professional and compassionate service for those wanting to capture their miracle of new life.

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You photograph Births?

While labour is clearly an intimate time it’s also a huge and significant life experience. Having a photographer present may not be for everyone, however we offer this highly professional and compassionate service for those wanting to capture their miracle of new life.Before getting into photography I had 10 years experience working as a carer. It was a job that required respect and understanding, which is vital in birth photography too.

I know when to keep out the midwife’s way and can offer an additional supportive calming presence. I think the images speak for themselves as to the importance, significance and sentiment of a birth, not just the labour itself.