Pout 2013 Round Up

First of all, a big thank you to all those who dropped by last month at Pout Edinburgh at the Corn Exchange. An extra thanks to all the lovely ladies who let me take their pictures for the ‘Pout of the Weekend’ competition. I had a great weekend made better by all the beautiful ladies that stopped to talk to me and get their pictures taken. Just in case you haven’t seen the pictures here are the links to Saturday’s and Sunday’s albums on the Pout Facebook page.

Family photography competition news: I was also running a wee competition over the weekend to win a family photo session. There were some great answers. My favourites included ‘bonkers’, ‘dysfunctional’, ‘mayhem’, but the most popular answers were ‘fun’, ‘memories’, ‘love’ and the winner was Andrea Waugh who correctly guessed all 3 words.

Andrea wins a on location family photo session, password protected online gallery and 12×12″ multi image frame to display her great photos in. Congratulations!

That just leaves me to leave you with a few of the gorgeous ladies that made the weekend so fun.

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Love, laughter and a great party…everything a wedding should be!

Mairi and Ryan have known each other since they were children and while love came later…as you can see, we should all be so lucky!

Here’s the beautiful story of their day. Full of love and laughter and finished with a great party!

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A beautiful wedding in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Where would your idea wedding destination be? Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia has to be up there on my list, so I was very lucky last month to get a chance to shoot the wedding of my good friend Fiona and her now husband Andrew. Thanks guys it was amazing.

It was an brilliant few days with fantastic people and a lot of firsts. I’ve never been to a wedding where the bride took less than an hour to get ready. Where guests insisted that the bride and groom have their first dance halfway through desert so that everyone else could get up and dance…they love to party. Or where when it became evident that there was no knife to cut the cake someone kindly provided a swiss army knife. Just so much laughing!

Lots of challenges on the photography front too as I haven’t had to deal with that much sunshine since Fiji a few years ago. Not a common issue in Scotland. The most common lighting challenges usually being tungsten or fluorescent or just the complete lack of light.

If you would like to see the entire gallery check it out here. Thanks to Fiona and Andrew for letting me share their day with you all.

Give me a call on 07763092221 if you want to discuss your big day or send me an email claire@clairewatson.co.uk xxx

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Not my day job…

So I have been promising some cuddly animal photos since I got back from the wedding I shot at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, so here you are. Some of them aren’t quite so cuddly.

It was a bit of a break from the normal day to day and I won’t be shooting for National Geographic anytime soon…I would need a bigger lens for a start, but it was great fun and there were lots of photographic challenges with the bright light and strong shadows. Not something we regularly need to deal with in Scotland, but ideal practice for the wedding.

If anyone is interested in any of the pictures check out www.clairewatson.co.uk for prints or digital files.

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Please help! I love Mondays…

…but I’m not a fan of the end of the week and I’m not sure what to do about it. So any tips and advice would be much appreciated.

I’m starting to think it is a self-employed issue. I used to be normal. Well okay not particularly normal but I used to have a five day work week with the first working day being bad and the last day great then two days off. Now, it’s much more complicated.

Why is it a problem? Well loving Monday is great. I start the week with the feeling of anything’s possible, but by the end of the week I always feel I’m chasing my tail and haven’t achieved half of what I had planned. The result is I feel I have to work through the weekend there are no days off. Is this a bad thing? I’m not sure.

I do feel stressed about the idea of working through the weekend, but it’s common for photography so why does it bother me? Is it just social conditioning? Other people’s expectations? And it’s not like I don’t spend a lot of time training (fitness) through the week, so my work life balance isn’t that bad. It’s the lack of structure I think that I have the issue with at sometimes…I almost feel like I spend more time remembering all the things I have to do that actually doing them.

So this is my small business blog asking for advice from all you busy people. How do you manage your time and commitments to make sure everything gets done and you don’t feel that it is all too much?

All advice and ideas are very welcome!

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Why family photos are awesome!!!

I love photographs. Just as well I decided to be a photographer, isn’t it?

Images connect us to our past. They inspire us and show us who we are and where we came from, so not lots of words on this post…but maybe a few of tears.

This is the start of a personal project for me. My mum has asked me to collect all the family photos and scan them in to make them available to everyone in the family. I’m really looking forward to it, because it lets me learn about some amazing people that I never got a chance to meet.

People like my great grandfather, my gran’s father.

He lied to the army so he could sign up for the First War. His is him on his horse when he was between 14-18 years old.

He lied to the army so he could sign up for the First War. This is him on his horse when he was between 14-18 years old.

Or my grandpa’s father and his grandparents.

My great-grandfather and great-great-grandparents in 1918.

My great-grandfather and great-great-grandparents in 1918.

My grandparents wedding (mum’s side).

The joining of the Saddler Noble clans.

The joining of the Saddler Noble clans.

Or my dad’s dad, who died before my parents started dating.

My grandfather on my dad's side.

My grandfather on my dad’s side.

Printing photographs might not seem so important in these days of camera phones and digital files, but they are. Especially because it’s a lot easier to lose digital files than actual prints. Framed family portraits are beautiful things that you will keep forever, so don’t delay, time stops for no one. Do something special for you mum on mother’s day.

It doesn’t have to be with me, but get some beautiful family portraits done. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Mother's Day Voucher 02.03.2013 onlineTo arrange a shoot or order a voucher give me a call on 07763092221 or email clairewatsonphotography@yahoo.com with your name, the address to send the voucher to and any additional information you would like included, like your mum’s name.
T&Cs available on request.

 

 

 

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Make it a Mother’s Day she will remember…

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.

Two great offers for mums and mums to be this week. Why not instead of getting your mum chocolates that she doesn’t really want, and that you know you will end up eating anyway, or flowers that will be dead in a week, you get her something that she will love forever. A picture of the people that she loves most in the world.

Mother's Day Voucher 02.03.2013 onlineYou can give her a family photo shoot at a location of her or your choice. You could even arrange it as a surprise. The voucher is £100 and includes an online gallery of all the pictures from the shoot from which she can choose her 3 favourite digital images. She can then get them printed when, where and how she likes.

Or maybe you know a great mum to be and are searching for a fantastic maternity or baby shower gift. So what about getting her a ‘Mother & Baby’ voucher that she can decide to use as she wants. The voucher is £250 and the mum to be can decide how she uses it. She might prefer two shoots, a maternity and a newborn, with 30 credits (£300 equivalent) to spend a beautiful album, or three shoots to mark the first year of their little ones life, at newborn, 6 and 12 months, with 20 spending credits (£200 equivalent) to get a selection of their favourite prints mounted and framed.

Mother & Baby voucher

Mother & Baby voucher

Make it a Mother’s Day she’ll remember.

To order a voucher give me a call on 07763092221 or email clairewatsonphotography@yahoo.com with your name, the address to send the voucher to and any additional information you would like included, like your mum’s name.
T&Cs available on request. Digital vouchers only after Wednesday 6th.

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