Coffee and Cameras

And doughnuts.

Last weekend, Rab and I did a small coffee shop tour in Glasgow. We visited McCune Smith, Spitfire Espresso and Meadow Road (and Tantrum Doughnuts).

McCune Smith: I had a tasty coffee from the AeroPress, but the service was really slow.

Spitfire Espresso: Great sandwiches to compliment your coffee.

Meadow Road: Nice decor and interesting floor, which makes for a good photo backdrop.

Tantrum Doughnuts: Krispy Who? This is where to get your doughnut fix.

 
 

Straight Up Portrait

Spent some time with Rab today, a fellow photographer. It feels good to shoot a straight up portrait. It’s been a while since I’ve picked up my camera for just ‘me’. The aim of our day, however, was a tour of some of Glasgow’s indie coffee shops. Stay tuned for those photos…

 
 

Craft Beer With Honest Brew

I’m new to beer, certainly no connoisseur, yet I really enjoyed digging through Honest Brew‘s craft beer box (as did my friends). Our favourite of the evening was Beavertown’s Neck Oil.

Six beers, three friends and a lot of pizza. It was the perfect end to the weekend. So much so, I’m considering a subscription to Honest Brew for more social occasions like this.

Oh, and as someone who enjoys good design, I appreciated the branding on a lot of the bottles. Craft beer is pretty!

To get your first box for £9, enter ‘halfprice’ at checkout.

Cheers!

 
 

Coffee In Artisan Roast

I caught up with Rab, a talented Instagram photographer, over coffee in Artisan Roast. His coffee left a pretty pattern in the coffee cup. That’s the only excuse you need to take a photo.

 
 

Holiday Snaps From Florida

Okay, they are basically just baby photos! But it was my first time spending a solid week with my beautiful nephew, Blake.

This was my first sunshine holiday in 6 years. After my sister’s wedding on Saturday, my family flew out to Hudson in Florida. They are still there for another week, but I had to cut my trip short due to Indie (my dog) and some work I have booked in.

I used this holiday as an opportunity to relax, drink Bud Light Lime, swim and play with Blake. I feel suitably refreshed!

 
 

Puppies!

On Saturday I took a road trip to Dundee with Ayden. A 180 mile round trip to pick up Ayden’s new puppy, Bronson. Of course I had to take my camera.

Luna had just been collected by her new owner, leaving Olive, Max and Bronson (Ayden’s puppy). Max (the black puppy) is the runt of the litter. His back paws have fallen off to leave him with stumps, but he’s a beautiful pup and was walking about without any issue.

It was quite a challenge to visit a litter of French Bulldog puppies and leave empty handed. It’s safe to say I will now find any excuse to visit Ayden and Bronson!

 
 

Happy Birthday, Blake

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Blake, my nephew, was born. For his 1st birthday we took him to Edinburgh Zoo. He looked inquisitively at the animals, crying when they’d get too close. I love this little boy so much. 11 days until we go to Florida on a family holiday…

 
 

Gin From A Teapot

Shawshank (that’s my friend. It’s not her real name. Shawshank is from Uist and I was unable to pronounce her name. We gave her this nickname over a decade ago and it’s stuck) invited me to Cup Tea Garden to drink gin from a teapot. It complimented our afternoon tea perfectly.

Definitely a recommended visit if you like gin. Oh, and afterwards pop around the corner to The Spiritualist for more gin.

 
 

Stav and Hellen at Friars Carse Country House Hotel

Congratulations to Stav and Hellen, who married at Friars Carse in Dumfries. I’m a sucker for an outdoor ceremony, and these two made my job easy by, well, being so in love.

 
 

Instameet In Isle Of Skye

Where do I begin with this trip? Firstly, let me thank Rab for organising Skye16.

I arrived on Friday, where we (James, Virginie, Rab and I… you’re going to discover some pretty Instagram feeds in this post) headed out to catch sunset. Parking the car, we walked a couple of kilometres to a lighthouse.

To avoid having the same photo as everybody else, we went in our different directions. Friday night—sat atop a sunny hill in Skye watching the sun go down—was one of my highlights.

On Saturday we headed to Dunvegan Castle. As a Scottish wedding photographer, I shoot in a lot of castles so they’ve admittedly lost their novelty. Fortunately, Dunvegan Castle offer seal boat trips. You’re guaranteed to see seals, but I wasn’t prepared for just how many.

I may have added too many seal photos to this post, but we saw loads. They’re cute and I couldn’t narrow it down!

Afterwards, we drove to the most westerly point on Skye, Neist Point. The best part of this trip was being surprised by the locations of Skye and its versatility. No wonder it’s such a popular spot with photographers.

Neist Point was stunning, but very cold, windy and wet. I lasted half an hour braving the elements before returning to my car for heat. The others I was giving a lift to (Ross, Ali and Stuart) managed to brave 2+ hours of the elements, and even trekked down to the lighthouse.

Perhaps I’m not as dedicated to capturing the perfect image, but I didn’t want to get sick. I have 3 weddings in the next 3 weeks, and nobody wants a snotty wedding photographer.

Sunday arrived. Our last day saw a 5.30AM alarm to get to The Storr for some early morning light. Flat, boring light meant there wasn’t much of a sunrise, but we did beat the crowds at this popular landscape.

I’m not much of a climber. I’d rather lift weights than do cardio, so I found the climb left me breathless. It was, of course, worth it to see Old Man of Storr, but my camera couldn’t do it justice. I couldn’t take a good photo of this. Deflated, I decided to descend before the peak.

Rab talked me out of it, telling me the peak is worth it for the view—even if I don’t photograph it. I’m glad I took his advice.

This whole weekend was different for me. The more I shoot for work, the less I do so for pleasure. This was a creative trip, purely for pleasure where I met many photographers and Instagrammers who have inspired me.

Guys, I love photography!

 
 
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