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4am start with Tom Daley!


4am start with Tom Daley, Nile Wilson and Denise Lewis…which really means up at 2am to drive the 70 miles to the location, the glamorous life of a freelance photographer!

But a great morning shooting with Tom, Nile and Denise who were on top form even at that time, I love an early start especially in the summer as you always get a great sunrise even in Scotland.

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Shooting at that time of the morning has it’s benefits and challenges, on the plus side shooting a portrait outside with early morning light (golden hour) is fantastic but freezing the action of Tom jumping is a bit of a challenge, high iso and a fast shutter with shallow depth of field (for all you guys who keep asking what the tech is) the shot above was shot at iso 1250/500sec at f2.8 on a Nikon d4s with a 16-35mm lens.

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Great also to work with Nile and Denise.

As always a great shoot is a team effort with a lovely client and big thanks to Haven who were hosting us all…and supplied us with coffee and a fantastic breakfast!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games uniforms

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HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

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!

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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!

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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!