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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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