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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.

Judy Murray shoot


Great shoot with Judy Murray, and for those of you who have been hiding in a cave for the last five years…mother of Andy and Jamie Murray you know the two Scottish guys taking over the tennis world!

It was the opening of a new 10 million pound David Lloyd fitness club in Newton Mearns, Glasgow, really nice place and if I lived closer I would join!
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Big thanks to Judy and the team at Lloyds for making it such a great shoot, oh and PR chums take note we all had a lovely lunch at the club while editing the images courtesy of Claire the really nice PR girl!

Deerstalking


I had a call from a magazine to do a feature on deerstalking with a top London chef.

This sounded exciting just the sort of feature a photographer lives for, with the potential to make for some stunning images.

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4am start lots of hiking up hills and finally just as the sun came up we spotted a few deer, time for the chef to catch his lunch!

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It was just such a beautiful morning perfect conditions for photography, first thing or last thing when the sun is at it’s lowest, the golden hour!

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Great shoot (sorry about the pun) with a set of pictures I am really proud of, but think I will be sticking to buying my meat off the supermarket shelves!

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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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Andrew Fairlie/European Week for Waste Reduction.

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

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!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to Glasgow


Some times you just have to love your job…
What a week, I had the rare occasion of taking a bank holiday off, had a great day out with the family.
Then it was back to work…one day I might just get a real job!
Had the great privilege of photographing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or as there known in Scotland The Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Glasgow to tour the Emirates Arena, specially built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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They were both great to photograph, nothing to challenging on the technical front.
Just making sure I got some great shots for my client…and of course the Duchess smiling.
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12 year old Beth Gilmour who designed Clyde the official 2014 mascot meets the Duchess of Cambridge with Clyde!
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Prince William receives a gift from 7 year old Audrey Grevemberg.

And here’s one I did yesterday of Prince Charles sharing a joke with trainee chefs on the Prince’s Trust “get in to programme” at Dumfries House.
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