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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!

Lunch with an Old Bag/Sister Sledge

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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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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!




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!

The Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Ball

The Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Ball

Another great fundraising night by the Prince’s Trust to celebrate some of their young ambassadors, an elegant black tie event with auctions, fashion show by Basler and a special performance by 2011 x-factor runner-up Marcus Collins.

The event was held at the luxurious Grand Central Hotel Glasgow, having shot a few different events a this wonderful hotel I know what to expect in the way of the lighting set up they use and also access to the stage areas and any other last minute requests that always crop up on the night!

First up after dinner was the fashion show by Basler, a great collection of evening wear.

Just before Marcus Collins preformed I set up to do a quick portrait of him in the corridor as he was going in to the Ball Room.

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.

Susan Boyle gets honorary degree…

Its Friday and and its been a busy old week.
With a few mixed shoots, from the usual corporate portraits, photocall and PR jobs.
Yesterday I was commissioned to photograph The Queen at the Place of Holyroodhouse today it was Susan Boyle getting a honorary doctorate for her contribution to the creative industries.

Susan with her honorary degree from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Fake Bake Glitz and Glamour Ball

After a few long weeks, I was looking forward to a quite night in on a Friday night, as I am working all weekend.
So this was my chance to kick back and enjoy a Friday night in for change!
But running your own business means there is no such thing as a Friday night off or a bank holiday for that matter!
Got a call from a client to cover the Fake Bake Glitz and Glamour Ball??
I should really learn how to say NO… As this is not my thing, Made in Chelsea? Amy who? What’s Towie and who or what is Gordie Shore…never mind Scousewives and seemingly there desperate!

Arriving was Peter Andre and Amy Childs…looks like she has been through Hilary Devey’s

Pictured with Amy Childs is Michelle Heaton, don’t have a clue who she is… googled her and nothing! But seemingly she is famous. Well the Daily Mail used the picture…

Turned out not to be to bad a night, got to catch up with a few fellow photographers I have not seen for a while.

And it was all for a good cause in aid of the Save Your Skin campaign.

Scottish Business Awards

Scottish Business Awards at the EICC.
What a night for Scottish business, a great showcase of what we can all do!
Ultimo creator Michelle Mone (wearing a Valentino dress) who was presenting an award looking as glamorous as ever, followed by the keynote speaker Sir Bob Geldof!

Congratulations to all the winners!
Business Innovation of the Year
• Vascutek
New Business of the Year Award
• We are everyone
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
• James Watt – Brew Dog
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award
• City Building
The Marketing Strategy of the Year Award
• Greene King (Belhaven Brewery)
New Product of the Year Award
• Linn Products
Green Business of the Year
• Argent Energy
Entrepreneur of the Year
• First Oil – Ian Suttie
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
• Vets Now Ltd
Customer Focus
• Insights Learning and Development
• Barrhead Travel
Growth Strategy of the Year

And a special award for Sir Tom Hunter (pictured below) who was clearly delighted to receive his award.
Not sure who is more shocked Sir Tom Farmer or Angus Deayton but the unofficial award for drinking all the free booze goes to……

Nobel Peace Prize Concert images

Here are some of my favourite images taken at this years Nobel Peace prize concert in Oslo over the last few days.
Spent 3 days photographing the rehearsals, press conference and the concert itself as the official photographer.

L-R Bernhoft rehearsing, I got this shot just standing under him at the stage with a 20mm lens, I knew with his singing style at some point he would bend down a bit so I could get this powerful shot capturing the passion of his music. For the shot of Dane Helen Mirren and American actress Rosario Dawson I thought it was too low to shoot but I still managed to get a fanatic image of the two hosts.
American country due Sugarland were great, for this shot felt it important to get them both in the same frame so I got on stage with them and shot on a wide-angle lens for about 30 seconds. I wanted to capture some of the impressive stage set-up, which worked out well with singer Jill Scott.

Who says you need light to make a great picture! This image of Ellie Goulding rehearsing, she was not keen on being photographed as she had just arrived straight off the plane to rehearsals with no make-up. So I shot this image of her and left her too it.
With American R&B soul singer Janelle Monae (who was amazing) I watched and photographed her in rehearsals and got this shot, so when it came to the concert I got into position to get this shot of her and guitarist Kellindo Parker and it worked out just perfect…. sums up the electrifying performance…across between Michael Jackson and James Brown!

For the picture of Angelique Kidjo this is one of those lucky occasions of being in the right place, she had decided during her performance to jump off stage and go through the audience as she came back round towards the stage I got this great shot with a nice bit of backlight creating a shadow which makes the picture. After the show Helen Mirren and Rosario Dawson who were chatting away so I just went up and asks dif they would mind looking to the lens for a few shots, I like this on a as it captures them in a nice relaxed pose. David Gray….best dressed man at the rehearsals.
And of course it all goes to the 3 women who won the Nobel Peace Prize Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman.
I hope you all enjoy my images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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!