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!

 
 

Bachelorette In New York

My third trip to New York! This time it was for a Hen Do (bachelorette if you’re American). My sister is getting married in June, so we headed to NYC for 5 days to celebrate… except I was ill. I’m probably the only person who has visited New York and lost 6 pounds. Even with a stomach bug New York is a lot of fun.

As it was a hen do, I didn’t take many pictures. I feel OK about that. The trip wasn’t about being creative, but simply spending time with my sister and friends. I’m now driving 214 miles to Isle of Skye, where I’m sharing an apartment with a group of Scottish Instagrammers. This will be a creative trip. Follow along on Instagram.

 
 

Rohan Gunatillake For Offscreen Magazine

I had the pleasure of meeting Rohan and Emmie of Mindfulness Everywhere for the latest issue of Offscreen Magazine. I’ve wanted to meet Rohan for a while. He lives locally to me and is marrying mindfulness and technology. He’s written a book, built an app, and created a physical product.

I also love Offscreen Magazine. I’m a sucker for print magazines, and Offscreen is of particularly high quality. It’s also of a subject that interests me—creativity, business and tech. You should check it out for a dose of inspiration.

 
 

Hello

Gosh, this is the longest I’ve went without updating my photo blog. I won’t be making a habit of it, it just so happened I’ve been ‘busy’. (I hate that word. Despite being ‘busy’ I’ve still found time to watch Casey Neistat Vlogs, so it’s less about being ‘busy’ and more about not prioritising taking pictures.)

I have some exciting trips coming up, so that will change. In a couple of weeks I’ll be in New York for my sister’s hen do. When I get back from NYC, a bunch of us avid Instagram users are heading to Isle of Skye for a photo trip. FUN!

 
 

For Fika Sake

Another new addition to Glasgow’s coffee (and cake) scene, For Fika Sake. A Swedish inspired coffee shop, ‘Fika’ means to have cake with coffee. Which I did. When in Rome…

 
 

Special People

On Thursday I bought a lens. The first lens I’ve bought in 4 years! I now own Canon’s L series 24mm ƒ1.4. I don’t normally like wide lenses, but I find ’em handy for weddings and I’m way too comfortable with the 50mm.

I took a couple of test shots at my gran’s house, which turned out to be quite special as I caught her happily interacting with my nephew, Blake, after being upset about her ill health. I love my family.

 
 

150 Miles Of Scottish Scenery

Rab and I set our alarms for 5.30AM and met in Balloch at Loch Lomond. We waited at Luss for the sun to rise then proceeded to Glencoe, stopping off wherever the light or scenery felt right.

As a set these photos aren’t very cohesive, but it’s an accurate representation of the day. A peaceful sunrise with a hint of orange sky, followed by a washed out snowy, landscape, interspersed with strong gradients of the mountainous highlands. The light would change so suddenly, so dramatically.

As much as I love traveling (well, not the flying part), it’s fun, cheap and accessible to get outdoors in your own country and explore. Do it!

 
 

That Office Light

My favourite part of our office space is the light. No wait, the dog. No, I mean the giant bean bag. Actually, I like it all.

 
 
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