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Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day…


get your Christmas jumpers looked out for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Sports personality Judy Murray and celebrity chef Tom Kitchin donned their Christmas jumpers for the cause.

The Impossible Row!


As a professional photographer you get to meet and photograph some amazing people, yesterday was one of those days when I met Jamie Douglas-Hamilton who plans to row from Cape Horn in South America to mainland Antarctica across Drake Passage, considered the most dangerous ocean crossing in the world.

Noel Cowards Mad Dogs and Englishmen comes to mind!

The Impossible Row,  no one has rowed this far South before and crossed the Drake Passage by human power alone. Not only can seas reach up to 80 foot in the Southern Ocean but the crew will be rowing against the current. Jamie is the only British member of a team of six who will row in 90-minute shifts around the clock, with little to no sleep for 24 hours a day for around three weeks in cold to freezing conditions.

And over Christmas so no roast potatoes for Jamie!

As Jamie said “should be fun” …All the best to him and the rest of the team.

The expedition is being recorded by the Discovery Channel, which is sending the aptly named Braveheart vessel to follow the journey, however the boat will offer no support or supplies to the athletes. The expedition can be followed online with updates on Twitter at @actiphwater and @discovery.

Ian Rankin in a phone box!


Quirky new tourist attraction in Edinburgh.

In my job you get to photograph lots of interesting things as well as some decently nice people, I’ve photographed Ian Rankin (him of Rebus fame) many time over the years and he’s one of the nicest chaps you could work with.

Great shoot for my client which made the front page of The Scotsman as well five other papers.

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So on to “Gilbert” a refurbished phone box by bespoke tailors, Stewart Christie & Co on behalf of Save the Children…

What you do is you go in to Stewart Christie & Co ask for the key make a donation and then take a selfie in the phone box, kitted out as an old Victorian box with some lovely vintage touches.

All the donations got to Save the Children…have fun and contribute to a great charity all in one.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!


Quick job yesterday for a great cause, popped in to Macmillan Cancer Support, Glasgow for a few pictures of the support nurses taking part in the 29th World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

 

Macmillan hope to raise over £2m in Scotland from the events, and almost £30m across the UK.

Last year the support line, open seven days a week, answered almost 4000 calls from people in Scotland.
The staff are on hand between 8am-8pm to offer emotional support, expert cancer information and benefits advice.

Moulin Rouge dancers


Moulin Rouge dancers help raise money at the annual Lunch with an Old Bag.
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All three Scottish dancers from London’s West End show Performed at the Prestonfield House Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh (an amazing venue).

I’ve been shooting this event now for 11 years now, over 300 well lubricated ladies get together to help raise funds for the The Prince’s Trust Scotland to transform the lives of thousands of young people.

 

Since the first Lunch with an Old Bag the event has raised more than £4.7m, which translates directly as help for over 4,700 young Scots.

Best of June


It’s been a very busy month with lots of long days, stating early and finishing late…still editing at 2am so my clients have their images for first thing the next working day.

I wouldn’t change it for the world, as I sit here in my kitchen looking out on a lovely sunny morning listening to the radio working away.

Being self-employed is fantastic not for everyone but certainly for this photographer, still not bored and  now in my 19th year as a freelancer!

A few images from June, I choose them for many different reasons, how good the light was on a specific shoot, the people oh and the people, working across so many diverse  industries is such a pleasure and an insight.

meeting them all from apprentice electricians all the way up to the CEO and everyone in-between, I always enjoy a good chat with them before I start taking a picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of September


It’s been a very busy month, with lots of early start and late nights sometimes on the same day…

I’ve put together a few of my favorite images from September, I’ve picked them for various reasons, for the technical challenges to weather, being in the right place and some just because I had a such a nice time on the shoot.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them…
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TV Game Show – And They’re Off!


I had a great day recently shooting a new game show special – And They’re Off! with TV presenter Ore Oduba winner of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Very interesting to see how a TV show is filmed and all comes together, long day for everyone, change of audiences and contestants to film four episodes in one day!

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As a photographer technically it’s a bit of a challenge with lighting and keeping out of the way of the camera teams and crew while filming is going on, as well as the sound issues from my camera, you have to be a bit of an invisible man at these types of shoots not to be seen and defiantly not heard but still deliver a very high quality set of images.


All in all a great day and Ore was great to work with!

Grand Central Hotel champagne bar gets a makeover.


The iconic Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow has given their champagne bar a bit of a makeover.

Nice wee job for a Friday morning with former Miss Scotland and TV presenter, Jennifer Reoch.

Love this iconic Champagne Bar with all it’s history and the old style décor mixed in with a blend of 21st century luxury.

Great shoot photographing the refurbished bar where the likes of Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire enjoyed a wee tipple!

 

Lunch with an Old Bag!


This is my sixth year photographing Lunch with an Old Bag and it just gets bigger and better!

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LWOB is an annual charity fundraiser on behalf of the Prince’s Trust Scotland at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh courtesy of owner James Thomson OBE and  raised a whopping £706,593!

The event was attended by a host of stars, including disco legends Sister Sledge, who doesn’t remember dancing to “we are family” and “lost in music” still sounded as good today and brought back some great memories from when I was a teenager at the local disco!

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Great to see the gorgeous Clare Grogan from Gregory’s Girl.

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Hosted by Des Clark who does an amazing job every year.

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I missed out on seeing comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli at the Fringe so this was a great surprise and he didn’t disappoint!

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