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WW2 Polish war veteran Ludwik Jaszczur

Yesterday on a completely different job, I spotted Ludwik a ww2 Polish war veteran, as I have a great passion for ww2 history I started chatting to Ludwik, turned out he fought at the battle of Monte Cassino.

WW2 Polish war veteran

I had a great chat with him and he was more than happy to pose for a picture.
let us not forget the great sacrifice made by all these men who fought at a very young age during ww2.
Now 93 Ludwik still runs his own shop in Edinburgh, repairing zips and locks for leather handbags.

Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day…

get your Christmas jumpers looked out for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Sports personality Judy Murray and celebrity chef Tom Kitchin donned their Christmas jumpers for the cause.

3D Art…

I’ve never photographer 3D art before, so I was very intrigued by it, as any I’ve seen look amazing.

And this one by created by 3D Joe & Max for Auchentoshan was fantastic, just a matter of the right lens and the right angle to get the best possible 3D effect (which you don’t really get with the naked eye).

The artwork can be seen at Edinburgh Airport for the next two weeks…



World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

Quick job yesterday for a great cause, popped in to Macmillan Cancer Support, Glasgow for a few pictures of the support nurses taking part in the 29th World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.


Macmillan hope to raise over £2m in Scotland from the events, and almost £30m across the UK.

Last year the support line, open seven days a week, answered almost 4000 calls from people in Scotland.
The staff are on hand between 8am-8pm to offer emotional support, expert cancer information and benefits advice.

Moulin Rouge dancers

Moulin Rouge dancers help raise money at the annual Lunch with an Old Bag.
Lunch with an Old Bag_Moulin Rouge dancers

All three Scottish dancers from London’s West End show Performed at the Prestonfield House Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh (an amazing venue).

I’ve been shooting this event now for 11 years now, over 300 well lubricated ladies get together to help raise funds for the The Prince’s Trust Scotland to transform the lives of thousands of young people.


Since the first Lunch with an Old Bag the event has raised more than £4.7m, which translates directly as help for over 4,700 young Scots.

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!

APEX GROUP - National Selfie Day infographic


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 ) …

Apex Hotels  Ôelevate your selfieÕ

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!!

Apex Hotels  Ôelevate your selfieÕ