Happy Birthday To Me

I’m a few days late in posting this, but the 25th of January was my birthday. Birthdays stop mattering after a certain age, but I made sure I had a day of ‘me’ stuff. It looked like this:

Had breakfast at Tantrum Doughnuts Did a bit of work Bought a new video game (Wildlands. It’s really good.) Enjoyed tapas and cocktails in Finnieston

 
 

Indie’s First Time Off A Lead

Indie’s almost 12, yet I’ve never let her off the lead. Well, that’s not true. There were a couple of occasions and she ran away. She follows her nose—even if that puts her in dangerous situations. It does mean she never gets much of a chance to stretch her legs and run around.

Somebody on Facebook posted about a dog run in Glasgow and by the next day I’d booked a 30 minute slot for Indie. I didn’t know what to expect, so I packed a ball and some toys for her to run around with. It turns out she never left my side and just wanted to dig in the snow. It was very cute.

 
 

Family Holiday in Lanzarote

It was lovely to start 2018 with a family holiday to Lanzarote. This was my nephew’s first time on a plane and he loved it—even through heavy turbulence on the flight home. It was special to experience everything with him for the first time.

It was all-inclusive and I was expecting to come back fat. Fortunately the hotel had an amazing salad bar (yes, I get excited about salad).

Highlights were:

  • Visiting the volcanoes
  • Holding lava rock in my hand. It’s scorching!
  • Spending time with my nephew, Blake
  • Getting some Vitamin D
  • Reading Birdsong on my balcony with sparkling wine

Downsides were:

  • 2 year old tantrums. Respect to all parents out there!
  • Seeing the camels chained together, having to heave fat Brits up a volcano
  • My sister getting ill. There was a bug going round and quite a few of us got it. Fortunately I didn’t, which is a miracle considering I was sat next to my sister for 5 hours on a plane
 
 

Lunar Landscapes

This time last week I was on a family holiday in Lanzarote. It was mostly about entertaining the kids, so there wasn’t a lot of photography action or culture. I did enjoy the express volcano tour, which is when I took these landscapes. (If I was doing this trip with other photographers, I would have hired a car instead of tagged along on an official tour. This experience would be better at sunrise or sunset.)

Lanzarote has a lunar landscape after a volcano erupted for 6 years, which produced 32 new volcanoes. The landscape feels so barren with layers of volcanic rock instead of the greenery I’m used to. Alongside that, there are very strict rules about architecture. Every building must be painted white and can not exceed 4 floors. The volcanic activity makes for some interesting pictures.

 
 

Coffee Time With Rab

Hanging out with my friend, Rab, is one of my favourite things. We both like photography and coffee, so weekend hangs will consist of cameras and caffeine.

It was the 23rd of December, so town was busy with last minute shoppers. We escaped to Laboratorio Espresso in between shooting street photography. I wasn’t happy with any of my street shots, but the coffee was tasty.

 
 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I spent Christmas in Edinburgh with my family this year. On Christmas Eve we went to The Paper Mill for dinner. The food and atmosphere was lovely, but we all agreed the service wasn’t great. This was the first Christmas my nephew has understood Santa and presents, so there was a lot of excitement on Christmas Day. I got an Amazon Echo, but these days I am enjoying giving presents more than receiving them.

 
 

2017: My Best Photos On Instagram

Instagram and I have a funny relationship. It’s one of the first apps I check in the morning, but the algorithm updates amongst other things irk me.

These are my top 9 photos of 2017, judging solely by engagement. They aren’t my favourite photos of the year. I like taking photos like this and this. But Instagram likes selfies and animals.

Follow me on Instagram for many more photos in 2018!

 
 

Indie

Indie’s operation is a distant memory. Stitches out, jumper off, cone head in the bin. She’s still getting special treatment, though, and is getting comfy on my bed.

 
 

Coffee Break at Black Pine

Now I’ll be arranging all of my client meetings at Black Pine Coffee! Last weekend I met a couple whose wedding I’m shooting next year. I ordered a coffee brewed with the Chemex and nursed it while a dog stared at me.

 
 

Foggy Mornings

Waking up to fog is a lot of fun when you’re a photographer. You just have to get outside with your camera.  The fog—coupled with the roads being closed for Santa Dash—gave this morning an eerie vibe. I couldn’t stay out for too long, though. It’s minus 2!

 
 
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