Sandy Young Photography Blog

scottish photographer

Archive for food

Scottish Game Fair

One of my New Years resolutions was to post more on my blog, so this is my third post this year…not not sure if I should congratulate myself or not!

For the past three years I have covered the Scottish Game Fair at Scone, Perthshire a lovely part of the country. This year I was the sole official photographer tasked with getting all the press, PR and marketing photography over three days.


It’s long days and hard work (over the three days I walked 14.5 miles) but so rewarding, I love this event so many great picture opportunities to be had!





I had a call from a magazine to do a feature on deerstalking with a top London chef.

This sounded exciting just the sort of feature a photographer lives for, with the potential to make for some stunning images.

Marcus Verberne/deer stalking 

4am start lots of hiking up hills and finally just as the sun came up we spotted a few deer, time for the chef to catch his lunch!

 Marcus Verberne/deer stalking

It was just such a beautiful morning perfect conditions for photography, first thing or last thing when the sun is at it’s lowest, the golden hour!

Marcus Verberne/deer stalking

Great shoot (sorry about the pun) with a set of pictures I am really proud of, but think I will be sticking to buying my meat off the supermarket shelves!

Marcus Verberne/deer stalking

Who doesn’t love chocolate!

As a bit of a foodie I love it when I get the chance to combine two of my favourite passions…photography and food.
Cocoa Black, Peebles based chocolatier.

I was recently commissioned to shoot a feature on a chocolate maker in the Scottish Borders, Coco Blacks.
The first thing that hits you is the wonderful deep aroma of chocolate, so thick in the air you can almost feel the calories piling on!
Cocoa Black, Peebles based chocolatier.

Run by Husband and Wife David And Ruth Hinks who do I fantastic job, and don’t forget to visit the Café if your ever in Peebles.

When I was there they were making Easter bunnies, rows and rows of chocolate bunnies!
Driving home I left I had a deep urge to eat some chocolate!
Cocoa Black, Peebles based chocolatier.

Edinburgh’s newest Indian Restaurant

The value for money was one of the best things about the Dhaba Diner. The restaurant is an indian ‘tapas’ style, which allows you to choose from the variety of small dishes that range from as little as £2 to no more than £5. We were recommended around 3 starters for the 4 of us eating and 6-8 mains. This was more than enough for all of us however we managed to finish it all as the food was delightful. I was especially intriagued by the Haggis Pakora which turned out to be delicious. This is a brilliant spin on contemporary indian and scottish food and turned out to be a great combination! Overall the food was exceptionally spicy however this is what would be expected in an authentic indian diner.

The service was great, friendly and attentive. Despite the small hiccups with our order. I definitely had a great night out and would choose to eat at Dhaba Diner again. I would also definitely recommend this to any student on a budget as their ‘Quick Dhaba Lunch’ (served between 12.00pm and 15.00pm) is an utter bargain at £4.95!

A week photographing Prince Charles…

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles.
I had six commissions during the week photographing Prince Charles during his weeklong engagements in Scotland.

The first image were from a reception for the Prince’s Trust at The Palace of Holyrood House. I have shot in the Palace many a time and the rooms are stunning just what you would expect from a royal palace…large wonderful tapestries depicting a range of historical events from a time when “great” was still in Great Britain!

The second couldn’t have been more different, on board Marine Scotland’s new research vessel during a visit to Leith harbour he helped serve up fish & chips in the ship’s galley.

Below he addressed the sixth World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh at the EICC.
And then off to the National Museum for Scotland to hand out awards at the Scottish Business in the Community, 30th Anniversary Dinner

Another reception…Don’t think I released just how hard the Royal family works, until you see it first hand over a few days.
Then a tour round Craigroyston Community High School where he stopped and engaged with pupils and staff.
What a week great fun and managed to get a fantastic set of images while keeping my distance an observing the Royal protocols.
A long week shooting all day then editing well in to the wee hours, to get the images over to my clients. I also shot a video of HRH making his speech at the EICC, edited and uploaded to clients website within a few hours.

Kirsty Wark portraits

Got a commission to photograph Kirsty Wark for a big glossy mag, now my only perception of Kirsty was the one from Newsnight, and to be honest she comes across a bit scary I mean I wouldn’t ant to be on the end of on of her interviews!
So her PA phoned to arrange a time, she is free next Tuesday at 7.30 she has a few errands to run but will be back for 7.30 perfect 7.30pm it is! No I mean AM…… long lie for me, who has errands to run that early.

So turned up a this fantastic Victorian house in the west end of Glasgow just as the make-up girl was arriving which gave me plenty of time to set up some lights and have a nice chat over a coffee with Kirsty. Turned out all my fears were misplaced (as usual all is not true in TV land) she couldn’t have been nicer even that early in the morning, made me some fresh coffee and toast then we got started, I had to be finished by 9.30am so during the make-up I reccied the kitchen (as it was a feature for her appearance on celebrity Master chef) I decided on a few different setups.

A few weeks later when the magazine came out I received a lovely email from Kirsty thanking me for a great set of pictures.

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.