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Not my usual…Let Fanny Fly!


You get some weird jobs as a professional photographer!

Commissioned by a client for the ‘Let Fanny Fly’ campaign, early Sunday morning in the pouring rain…the irony was not lost on me!

A giant inflatable 19ft vagina-shaped blimp, banned from Edinburgh Fringe Festival started the “Let Fanny Fly” campaign.

All for a good cause the women’s wellness brand, Elvie.

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Best of June


It’s been a very busy month with lots of long days, stating early and finishing late…still editing at 2am so my clients have their images for first thing the next working day.

I wouldn’t change it for the world, as I sit here in my kitchen looking out on a lovely sunny morning listening to the radio working away.

Being self-employed is fantastic not for everyone but certainly for this photographer, still not bored and  now in my 19th year as a freelancer!

A few images from June, I choose them for many different reasons, how good the light was on a specific shoot, the people oh and the people, working across so many diverse  industries is such a pleasure and an insight.

meeting them all from apprentice electricians all the way up to the CEO and everyone in-between, I always enjoy a good chat with them before I start taking a picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Selfie Day


Its National Selfie Day…yes really its a thing!

Love them or hate them their here to stay, I was recently asked to by a client to write a short brief on how to shoot the perfect selfie in a lift for  #nationalselfieday.

With the help of model @iamrebeccadonaldson at @apexhotels who was a great sport and in typical selfie fashion I shot lots of pix to get the right one!

APEX GROUP - National Selfie Day infographic

 

Capturing the perfect shot of yourself in a lift is big business  there’s 400,000 tagged posts alone on Instagram, With #liftselfie, so the brief was to shoot in a lift @apexhotels.

Here’s my tips on how to elevate your selfie (#elevatorselfie ) …

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1…Make sure your eyes are in focus, this makes such a difference when viewing your   selfie, smile like you mean it!

2…hold your Smartphone above, (chin down camera up) this gives you a more flattering look and defines the jaw line, try lots of different poses and angles to find your best look…practice makes perfect!

3…Light is everything in photography! Try to shoot in diffused natural light, no direct as this will throw unflattering shadows on your face and don’t use the flash as this is to harsh for a nice selfie. The “golden hour” (during sunset and sunrise) is best for outdoors when the light is at it’s most beautiful.

4…Be mindful of your background, the best selfies have really interesting ones or a nice plain simple one and watch out for photo-bombers!

5…Get to know your camera, try using the self timer for a more professional looking portrait and find a good app like snapseed or lightroom and don’t over edit!!

Apex Hotels  Ôelevate your selfieÕ

Michael Gove PM?


I love my job, every day is different I get to see so many varied industries.
So when I was commissioned to photograph Michael Grove MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and prospective Prime Minister, on a visit round a factory that makes floorboards, it didn’t sound too exciting but it was very interesting learning how the process works.


Putting politics aside I found Michael Gove to be one of the politest well-mannered politicians I’ve photographed (the worst a former PM who didn’t last) and had a genuine interest on his visit.

All in all a good finish to the week!

Best of September


It’s been a very busy month, with lots of early start and late nights sometimes on the same day…

I’ve put together a few of my favorite images from September, I’ve picked them for various reasons, for the technical challenges to weather, being in the right place and some just because I had a such a nice time on the shoot.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them…
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Bo’Ness Revival


I’ve always fancied going to the Bo’Ness Revival, a classic car hill climb event revived in 2007 but for one reason or another usually due to work commitments I’ve never managed along so I finally made it this year…71 years after the fist British hill climb was held at Kinneil Estate in 1947!

One camera and one lens, none of the usual two cameras four lens a set of lights and a laptop I would usually turn up to on a shoot, well it was my day off!

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I was hopping for a nice sunny day but the Scottish weather didn’t let me down…it rained, that small stuff that really gets you wet! But it didn’t deter me from enjoying my day, there was so many classic cars just in the car park (which was free,hats off to the organisers for this), I parked up next to a DeLorean, also spotted a really nice Alfa, a Jag and a few MG’s all before I got to the entrance!

What a great collection of classic and vintage cars, the best bit walking round the paddock seeing all the cars getting prepped for the hill climb.

Spotted this lovly old 1957 Audi Auto Union 1000.

What a great day despite the weather, hopefully I’ll be back next year. Defiantly worth a visit, more than just the usual classic car show – paddock access and racing make it just that wee bit more special.

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!