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Vince Cable announces new Wind Energy programme in Edinburgh

Starting off the week with a politician…but it was great news for Scotland!
The Business Secretary announced a new Wind Energy programme in Edinburgh, developed at the University of Edinburgh’s offshoot company Artemis Intelligent Power.
Vince Cable pictured talking to Dr Win Rampen Managing Director of Artemis.


6 Royal visits all in one week

This week I will manly be photographing Prince Charles or the Duke of Rothesay, as he’s is known in Scotland.
Dust off the suit and look out a few ties! I have six separate commissions with Prince Charles and Camilla this week. I usually shoot around six for the whole year.
Should make for some great pictures, a good mixture of different visits.
Keep an eye out on my blog, as I will be posting later on this week…

This is one form a vist last year at the opening of Greenlaw Town Hall.

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……

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.

Nick Clegg visits CR Smith HQ

Hi All and Happy New Year!
This is my first post back after the festive break…..relaxed, ready and detoxed for 2012!

Shooting a high profile politician such as the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on a walk-about is never an easy gig.
Trying to get a clean newsworthy image, without all the usual entourage (maybe a bit too glamorous a word for Nick Clegg) a politician seams to bring these days as well as my fellow photographers, TV and radio colleagues.

L-R CR Smith finance director Hugh Eadie, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Willie Rennie leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and CR Smith chairman Gerard Eadie.

A quick visit to the CR Smith HQ in Dunfermline all done in less than an hour, quick edit in the car and the images are sent out to all the papers in the UK within 20 minutes of the Deputy Prime Ministers departure.