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My favorite pix 0f 2014


It’s been another great year, now in my 14th year as a freelance photographer…wow can’t believe where the time has gone!
Over the years I have been privileged to photograph some amazing things, meeting some great people and traveling to places I would never think of going to, all with there own individual challenges but I would not swap my job for anything else!
I have put together a few of my favorite images from 2014, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them! They all tell a different story and mean so many different things to me.
Nick Clegg / Spark Energy

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Scottish Edge Final

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

Andrew Fairlie/European Week for Waste Reduction.

Rob Clarke

Rob Clarke

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Love Your Clothes

Save the Children Christmas jumper

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party to Launch Strictly Come Prancing

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Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games uniforms

Glasgow 2014

HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

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Artist Iona Leishman


There are some great historical events coming up in Scotland over the next year.

I was recently commissioned to photograph artist Iona Leishmam, Historic Scotland’s First Artist in Residence.
Iona had just completed a series of paintings to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden the 1513 battle which killed James IV.

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Shoot was organised at the fabulous Stirling Castle, if you haven’t been well worth the visit, with great views looking down over Stirling.

Big thanks to Iona and the Historic Scotland press team who were very patient with me as the shoot took a lot longer than normal… trying to shoot mid morning without getting any tourists in shot is never easy!

A day with Tom Daley


Spend a day recently photographing the very hard working Olympic diver Tom Daley.
Who was in Glasgow to promote the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which he will be competing in.

Certainly got plenty of mileage from him!

Early start for a Sunday, 8am at the Finnieston Crane on Glasgow’s River Clyde where Tom was about to abseil off!
Right Tom up you go and abseil down, if I don’t get the pix I need, would you mind doing it all again…luckily for Tom I managed to get all the images in one take!

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Next up it was over to The Old Fruitmarket where there was a good few hundred screaming teenagers waiting for him.
A lucky few who had won a competition got to meet him, and ask a few questions.

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And not forgetting the obligatory if a celeb comes to Scotland make sure you get them in a kilt shot!

Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

I had been pestering his PR all day about doing a shot under the Kingston Bridge, as she was from London she had no idea what I was ranting on about. There is a great mural under the bridge with a swimmer and diver so managed to persuade them to stop at the traffic lights for five minutes.
I got there half an hour before to set up on a traffic island (amazing how many people you know who drive past then text, was that you I passed looking like an idiot with lights, stands and camera, lurking under a bridge).
So glad it all worked out and I got a great image of Tom with the mural in the background, but only when the lights turned red!

Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

Next it was over to the Daily Record building for Tom to do a spot of guest editing with the help of some local school children.

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Last shot Tom was trying his hand at some bowls at The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre which will host the Commonwealth Games 2014 Lawn Bowls competitions.

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Exhausted but a very rewarding day!

The Queen’s Gallery, Photographs of the Middle East – photocall


The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East.
Great photocall this morning in what turned out to be a very busy day!
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Photographer Francis Bedford (the first ever royal photographer) accompanied the future king, ( King Edward VII) The Prince of Wales who was sent on a four-month ground breaking educational tour of the Middle East in 1862.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople
The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and traveled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents. On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that the public had ever seen.
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Now the photographs of the four-month-long tour, which was organised by Queen Victoria to occupy a 20-year-old Prince after he left university, have gone on display for the first time in 150 years.
Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, is playing host to a major new exhibition charting the tour, the images of which were said to offer the outside world some of the first glimpses of the Middle East.

Former Beirut hostage John McCarthy, who is making a BBC documentary charting the life of Bedford, launched the exhibition.
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And while my colleagues took a well-deserved rest I was off to the next job!

The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Colin & Justin – style guru’s ?


Then my next job with Glasgow’s self-proclaimed style guru’s Colin & Justin…but not today wearing those jumpers. As usual arrived early to scout out a good location for the shoot, then went off and bought a few Christmas props for the boys to wear.
Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

This was in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, which takes place on Friday 14 December. Over 6,000 people from schools and workplaces across Scotland have already signed up to donate £1 to wear their winter woolies on the day for the charity.

Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

Colin & Justin were true professionals and a pleasure to work with, the only problem I had was editing the images, just a shame I had to leave so many out.
Colin and Justin / Christmas jumpers

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.