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Solar Eclipse


A rare partial solar eclipse is seen over The Kelpies, Falkirk Scotland.
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solar eclipse/Scotland

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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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Scottish Edge Final

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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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Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games uniforms

Glasgow 2014

HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

Artist Iona Leishman


Artist Iona Leishman.

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!

Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

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!

Tom Daley/Glasgow 2014

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!

5 star eco self-catering


Finally the grey doom of the skies have lifted and the sun is out and the nights are getting longer…all good for photography!

So yesterday I was over in the far reaches of the west coast, just outside Kirkcolm shooting a magazine feature on a 5 star eco self-catering holiday house.

This place was fantastic, what a location the views out to sea were worth the three hour drive!

dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

Dundream eco retreat, just the ticket for a weekend away to unwind and enjoy the coastal walks.dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

The only challenge here was to balance the light inside with the outside so you can see the fabulous views.
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And the master bedroom…you would not want to get out of bed with that view.
dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer
dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

Great thanks to Elaine, who runs Dundream for all her patience in making my working day such a pleasure.
dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer
dundream, Kirkcolm Stranraer

First signs of winter


It was one of those rare days when the light was good and I had the time between jobs to stop and just take a few pix.bridge4

Late afternoon with the first signs of winter.
Clackmannanshire Bridge
Clackmannanshire Bridge
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