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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!
Save the Children Christmas jumper

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.

Save the Children Christmas jumper

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

Save the Children Christmas jumper

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


Merry Christmas to all…

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Colin & Justin – style guru’s ?

Then my next job with Glasgow’s self-proclaimed style guru’s Colin & Justin…but not today wearing those jumpers. As usual arrived early to scout out a good location for the shoot, then went off and bought a few Christmas props for the boys to wear.
Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

This was in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, which takes place on Friday 14 December. Over 6,000 people from schools and workplaces across Scotland have already signed up to donate £1 to wear their winter woolies on the day for the charity.

Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

Colin & Justin were true professionals and a pleasure to work with, the only problem I had was editing the images, just a shame I had to leave so many out.
Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

Behind the scenes of Young James Herriot

I spent an afternoon on the set of the new BBC TV drama Young James Herriot, which follows the adventures of James Herriot’s days as a Veterinary student in 1930’s Glasgow, shooting a behind the scenes feature for a magazine.
I had unlimited access to the street set in Glasgow, just no filming during takes!

For the portraits of the main cast (Iain de Caestecker as young James) I had to be very quick, I picked my spot set up a light and waited until they were not needed on set, very happy with the shots and all the actors were more than happy to pose for me.
I wanted to shoot Iain de Caestecker with the Glasgow veterinary college sign, I had to wait until they had finished using the area for filming, by which time the light had faded.
So I set a light on the sign as well as on Ian just to bring out the lettering not too much just enough so it looked natural.

Shooting on set is always tricky, trying not too get in the way of the film crew and extras….and of course not getting myself in any of the shots!

Nobel Peace Prize Concert exclusive images

Good morning from a cold Oslo.
Over in Norway for 3 days as the official photographer for the Nobel Peace Prize concert at the Oslo Spektrum.
This is my 6th year, and it’s always a pleasure……..
As the official photographer I get exclusive access to all the rehearsals and and backstage VIP areas as well as covering the concert itself.
Managed to get onstage during rehearsals for Sugarland, which they were really cool about. When I am on stage I try to make myself as invisible as possible, helps to get the best pix and sets up nicely for all the other artists.

Off now to photograph David Gray rehearsing, so will post some images later!

My 1st Christmas photo of the year!

Good morning all…..
Shot my 1st Christmas photo of the year last week, commissioned by one of my clients to shoot a Christmas tree feature for B&Q who were getting the trees in to all there stores for Christmas. Picture appeared in The Guardian, Daily Record and Sunday Mail.
The farm in question was 20 mile north of Aberdeen and shoot was to start at 9am (of course it would be), but at least I didn’t have to travel up from London as my client did, she turned up on time in a muddy field with a nice clean pair of Ugg boots!

It takes 10 years to grow a tree to this size and the chaps on the farm were very helpful, considering this is there busiest time of year……still have to get myself a Christmas tree.