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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


Scottish Edge Final


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Glasgow

Andrew Fairlie/European Week for Waste Reduction.

Rob Clarke

Rob Clarke


Love Your Clothes

Save the Children Christmas jumper


Mad Hatter's Tea Party to Launch Strictly Come Prancing


Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games uniforms

Glasgow 2014

HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh


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.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

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.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

And while my colleagues took a well-deserved rest I was off to the next job!

The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Burn those credit cards!

First new years resolution dealt with!


Merry Christmas to all…

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.


Picture of the week

Shot a job for a client today, and they have made it their picture of the week –
The European launch of ‘Speak up for Pandas’ in Edinburgh. A Europe-wide search for a group of Panda Ambassadors to win the chance to visit Chengdu and work on a conservation project, whilst spreading the conservation message around the world .

The campaign is pioneered by the Chengdu Panda Base in China that plays a leading role in fostering continued growth of the giant panda population, and also rescues and rehabilitate pandas to return them back to the wild. Chengdu is the world’s hometown of giant pandas.

The launch will kick off in Edinburgh – which has been chosen as a location because of its links with the giant panda and has two pandas in residence at the Zoo.

Early start to shoot in Edinburgh Castle before the doors opened to the public, then off to Arthurs Seat.
Good bunch of people and the students in the panda costumes were great to work with, all in all not a bad Monday!


Edinburgh’s newest Indian Restaurant

The value for money was one of the best things about the Dhaba Diner. The restaurant is an indian ‘tapas’ style, which allows you to choose from the variety of small dishes that range from as little as £2 to no more than £5. We were recommended around 3 starters for the 4 of us eating and 6-8 mains. This was more than enough for all of us however we managed to finish it all as the food was delightful. I was especially intriagued by the Haggis Pakora which turned out to be delicious. This is a brilliant spin on contemporary indian and scottish food and turned out to be a great combination! Overall the food was exceptionally spicy however this is what would be expected in an authentic indian diner.

The service was great, friendly and attentive. Despite the small hiccups with our order. I definitely had a great night out and would choose to eat at Dhaba Diner again. I would also definitely recommend this to any student on a budget as their ‘Quick Dhaba Lunch’ (served between 12.00pm and 15.00pm) is an utter bargain at £4.95!


Pedal for Scotland

I shot a few pictures last week for the launch of the freshnlo Pedal for Scotland bike ride on the 9th of September.
Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland internationalists Ross Ford and David Denton officially welcomed freshnlo Pedal for Scotland to Murrayfield (which will host the finish line) by getting on some comedy bikes.

After a few practice rides we were ready for the real thing, but I wouldn’t fancy riding the full 47 miles on one of these bikes!

freshnlo Pedal for Scotland is taking place on Sunday 9th September, setting off from Glasgow Green and finishing in style at Murrayfield Stadium. From newcomers who just want to get fit and enjoy a fresh challenge to serious road cyclists, participants have the choice of two different routes: The classic freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Challenge Ride is a 47 mile ride between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The other route has been made considerably harder for 2012. The 110 mile timed ride now features 2400m of ascent, taking a longer route between Glasgow and Edinburgh for a more serious challenge.
Supported by charity partner Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres for the fourth year, participants can also raise money for a good cause.