Rewarding yourself for hard work?

I was just working on my other blog for my challenge for this year which is to complete Celtman, an ironman type distance extreme triathlon (yes I am a wee bit mental…but in a good way, honest!). If you want to find out more about what I’m doing you can check out the blog here…

5 Top Tips for a Positive, Relaxed and Fun Family Photo Experience

I know the standard fare of family photography is everyone gets dressed up and warned or bribed…whatever works for you…to behave. Then you all get in the car and go to some studio where you stand against a pale background or sometimes you take your own stuff and lie on the floor. My memory of…

Fun experiments with Animoto and Youtube

After an ongoing fight yesterday trying to get the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Animoto, Youtube, Pinterest, Rebel mouse to talk to each other…so much technology for someone with a very limited level of understanding of the internet…I don’t think that is even the correct term now…it’s moved on. I decided enough was enough and had a…

Edinburgh Wedding

Lovely people and a lovely wedding. I never quite got round to blogging about this fabby Edinburgh wedding. It was over two gorgeous days and the lovely couple, Claire and El, gave me lots of scope to add my ideas…even when it included standing on a plinth on the High Street with all the tourists,…

Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails…

…that’s what little boys are made of. I love doing kids portraits on location, they’re just so much fun…but also really challenging. Different weather conditions, how the kids are feeling, time constraints, are only a few of the factors you have to deal with. My most recent shoot was one of my most challenging so…

Sleep Out 2012

Working with great people always makes me happy, so last week I was really pleased to be working with the Rock Trust again. The Rock Trust is a great charity based in Edinburgh. They do inspirational work helping young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. To find out more about what…

Family portrait fun…

Time to share the fun. I had a great time working with some inspirational young people from my high school, if you want to see the highlights check them out here and vote for your favourite by ‘liking’ it. All comments would be most welcome and if you want to hear more on the Futures…

Futures in the Arts…

…why personal projects are fun and important.  I had the opportunity to contribute to our local arts festival, the Biggar Little Festival, biggART exhibition at the Gillespie Centre. It did leave me with a bit of a quandary. What to exhibit?  I haven’t had time this year for a lots of photos for fun or…

My first wedding…

So when I decided I was going to be a family photographer…who does weddings…in January I realised I needed a guinea pig…or at least a very brave couple who would be happy for me to shoot their wedding. 1 hour later, thanks to Twitter, in steps the very lovely Fiona and Paul. Long story short, engagement…

The story of May…

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since my last blog. I’m shocked and appalled at myself…well not really, but I felt I should show some contrition…don’t ask me why. I think my mother may have managed to pass on her Catholic guilt without passing on the actual Catholic bit. No idea how she…

Weddings…what does the customer want?

As usual I’d love feed back on this one…what do couples want when it comes to weddings? This has been going round in my head for a while now. It all started when I was designing a couple of layouts for ads I am placing in the Wedding Guide for Scotland and the Best Scottish…

Weddings and the weather…

I love taking pictures outside, but there is no avoiding it, I live in Scotland. For those of you from further afield, our weather can be a little inclemental, to put it mildly. Over the last two days we have had flooding, bright sunshine, snow, frost, strong winds…and probably a few more that I missed, just to…