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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!

 

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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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The Queen’s Garden Party


One day I’ll get a real job!

Those of you who are regulars to my blog will know how much I love my job, and this is one of the reasons why!

I was commissioned to cover The Queen’s Garden Party at The Palace of HolyroodHouse.

I’ve photographed the Royal Family on many an occasion over the years but this is my first garden party.

What a great day and not even a typical Scottish summers day dampened the occasion, everyone I spoke to and photographed were loving it, from the ladies of the woman’s institute to serving and ex members of our amazing armed forces.

 

 

Tartan Gig 2017


 

 

 

 

Covered a fantastic gig on Saturday at the Glasgow SSE Hydro!

Tartan Gig 2017 the Girlguiding concert, very busy day as I was the only official photographer and tasked to cover everything!

With it all going on at the same time as the concert, first two songs shoot some fans enjoying the concert and get back stage for some shots of the artists at the media board, all in all a great day and a very happy client.

Not exactly my sort of music but you have to appreciate live gigs.

Louisa Johnson was amazing and the very energetic John Newman was a challenge to capture!

 

 

 

Love your clothes!


Good bit of forward planning by the PR and myself made this a great and enjoyable shoot.

The idea was to get coverage for a new campaign to encourage Scots to value clothes more and waste less.

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With the help of former supermodel and head of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Anna Freemantle, designer Niki Taylor and some fashion students it was off to Nathan’s Wastesavers recycling plant, which made for a great backdrop to a very worthy campaign.
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The aim…to get people to value their clothes more and reduce the environmental impact of the clothing sector and how to ‘upcycle’ clothes to make them last longer.
http://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

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A day with Tom Daley


Spend a day recently photographing the very hard working Olympic diver Tom Daley.
Who was in Glasgow to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which he will be competing in.

Certainly got plenty of mileage from him!

Early start for a Sunday, 8am at the Finnieston Crane on Glasgow’s River Clyde where Tom was about to abseil off!
Right Tom up you go and abseil down, if I don’t get the pix I need, would you mind doing it all again…luckily for Tom I managed to get all the images in one take!

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Next up it was over to The Old Fruitmarket where there was a good few hundred screaming teenagers waiting for him.
A lucky few who had won a competition got to meet him, and ask a few questions.

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And not forgetting the obligatory if a celeb comes to Scotland make sure you get them in a kilt shot!

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I had been pestering his PR all day about doing a shot under the Kingston Bridge, as she was from London she had no idea what I was ranting on about. There is a great mural under the bridge with a swimmer and diver so managed to persuade them to stop at the traffic lights for five minutes.
I got there half an hour before to set up on a traffic island (amazing how many people you know who drive past then text, was that you I passed looking like an idiot with lights, stands and camera, lurking under a bridge).
So glad it all worked out and I got a great image of Tom with the mural in the background, but only when the lights turned red!

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Next it was over to the Daily Record building for Tom to do a spot of guest editing with the help of some local school children.

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Last shot Tom was trying his hand at some bowls at The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre which will host the Commonwealth Games 2014 Lawn Bowls competitions.

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Exhausted but a very rewarding day!

First Christmas picture of the year…


Funny old game…press photography.
I shot my first Christmas picture on one of the hottest days of the year, back in July!

Commissioned to shoot some celebrities for the 2013 Save the Children Christmas jumper day on the 13th of December.
Once the bad taste cast-off Christmas presents, you get to wear a Christmas jumper for the day and donate £1.

Back stage at this years T in the park I managed to photograph a few of the bands, I did get a few funny looks when I appeared with some woolly jumpers, but they all took it in there stride!
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I managed to get 10 minutes with The Proclaimers, Charlie and Craig who I have photographed on many an occasion over the years were great sports and more than happy to add their support to the Save the Children jumper day appeal.

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Of Monsters and Men, were great fun to work with.

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Decon Blue who wanted to keep the jumpers, must be an 80’s thing!