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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!


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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Pedal for Scotland

I shot a few pictures last week for the launch of the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland bike ride on the 9th of September.
Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland internationalists Ross Ford and David Denton officially welcomed freshnlo Pedal for Scotland to Murrayfield (which will host the finish line) by getting on some comedy bikes.

After a few practice rides we were ready for the real thing, but I wouldn’t fancy riding the full 47 miles on one of these bikes!

freshnlo Pedal for Scotland is taking place on Sunday 9th September, setting off from Glasgow Green and finishing in style at Murrayfield Stadium. From newcomers who just want to get fit and enjoy a fresh challenge to serious road cyclists, participants have the choice of two different routes: The classic freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Challenge Ride is a 47 mile ride between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The other route has been made considerably harder for 2012. The 110 mile timed ride now features 2400m of ascent, taking a longer route between Glasgow and Edinburgh for a more serious challenge.
Supported by charity partner Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres for the fourth year, participants can also raise money for a good cause.

Amnesty at the Edinburgh Festival

I get commissioned every year to photograph the Amnesty comedy gig “Stand up for Freedom” at the Edinburgh Festival and they never disappoint.
Take the best comedians from the festival and put them on in one show…what’s not to like!
Hosted again by Fred MacAulay and Susan Calman, the line-up that includes the multi-talented Josie Long; Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2011 Hannibal Buress; star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week Sara Pascoe; sketch trio Pappy’s; David O’Doherty; newcomer Rob Beckett; cabaret duo Frisky and Mannish

This year Amnesty were showing their support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

If your like me and don’t have the time to see all of the festival, this is a great way to get a fantastic taster.
Don’t miss the Comics v Critics football match on Sunday 2pm kick-off at the Meadows.

Room service anyone!

Usually I would get this kind of job in August, during the Edinburgh International Festival!
Launch of a lovely new hotel in Edinburgh, Hotel Indigo…not much to see from the outside but great spacious contemporary rooms inside (I get to see a lot of hotel rooms in my job!).
So the hook is book a room, order room service and on the menu, an award-winning comedian in Janey Godley will come up with your club sandwich and do a 10-minute performance in your room!

10 minutes of Glaswegian humour at it’s best!
Best way to start a Monday morning.