Love.

When she’s happy, I’m happy.

 
 

Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Half an hour from my city flat is Cameron House, a luxury hotel on the quiet banks of Loch Lomond. I’m not so interested in Cameron House as much as I am the banks it sits on. Imagine waking up to that view every morning (granted that the weather isn’t always this good)!

 
 

Macy

I haven’t photographed Macy since she was a puppy… 2 years ago! With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, Sheryl and I took the dogs a walk along the Clyde. Indie—my dog—isn’t the most sociable when it comes to other dogs, but she did well with two pugs dancing around her paws.

 
 

Lagom, Milk + Krispy Kreme

Finally. Some down time to myself. I choose milk, a toffee doughnut, and a read at issue 2 of Lagom, which I haven’t had a chance to flick through yet. I like the photography in this magazine.

 
 

Sam Zawadzki

A common excuse amongst hobbyist photographers is lacking leisurely time to pick up their camera. Personally, I think photography can be as accessible as you make it. For example, this brief shoot took no longer than 30 minutes. It isn’t a model from a professional agency—merely a friend who needed some photos of his face.

My point is, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get shots like this. Grab a friend, grab your camera, clock out for a half hour and take some solid shots.

By the way, I’ve just launched my first email course designed to get new photographers into the habit of picking up their camera more. If the idea of shooting regularly and transitioning away from Auto interests you, check out my course.

 
 

Morning Long Exposures

I shot this at ƒ20 with a 30 second exposure. How did I do such a thing in broad daylight? Because I got a ND filter from Wex Photographic! I’m late to the filter game. I actually have quite a minimal set-up with my equipment (well, I think I do), so I tend to refrain from adding accessories to my camera bag, but it’s fun to do something different. I don’t often shoot landscapes, but I’ll be trying more of them now I have this filter. I’ve even attempted some 5 minute exposures at night, although those didn’t turn out so well… Practice!

 
 

Laura

Now here’s a girl I don’t see much of anymore. I probably write that too frequently on my blog. Laura also takes photos, so I roped her into helping me set up a shot for my upcoming email course. Laura may not be overly confident with the technical aspect of photography, but she has a creative mind and enjoys composites. You can see <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/lauramute”>Laura’s photos on Flickr</a>.

 
 

Family Trip To Paris

I finally made it to Paris, taking my mother and sister along with me. The crepes were tasty. The Eiffel Tower was impactful. The men are handsome, but they smoke. We walked 8-10 miles every day. I got to use Uber for the first time. People taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower made me laugh. I saw the hotel my dad took my mum to when she was 21. Jack Russells are popular in Paris. I’d like to go back.

 
 

Montparnasse Tower In Paris

The light wasn’t right. It was overcast and dusk was falling, but I wanted to see that famous view—the Eiffel Tower. As much as the Eiffel Tower took my breath away from up close, I didn’t fancy the long queues that meander around the landmark. Montparnasse had no queue and you get to see the Eiffel Tower. Win.

 
 

Piccolo Saturday

I took a break from working on my photography workshop to check out The Steamie, a new coffee shop in Finnieston. Oh man, I love living in Finnieston. New places pop up all the time. It’s really come along since The Hydro was built.

Anyway, The Steamie reminded me of Artisan Roast in Edinburgh. It’s a welcome addition to Argyle Street—a judgement I’m basing on my piccolo and caramel shortbread. Delicious!

P.S. Due to receiving a number of messages on Flickr about buying licenses for my photos to use (mostly web designers), from now on—when I upload a photo to Flickr—you can buy a license to use it in your work.

 
 
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