I set my alarm for the unthinkable hour of 5AM, but we had to chase the good light. Armed with coffee in flasks and half a dozen cameras, we road tripped to the Scottish Highlands while everyone else was still in bed. It was worth the 5AM rise.
Last week, I spent a few days in Cardiff, Wales because I was speaking at Practical Takeaways about ‘Bringing Creativity Into A Non-Creative Industry’. It was good craic. I got to meet Alex Mills (and his eyebrows) from The Apprentice, spend some time with The Nicest People From The Internet, Craig and Amie Lockwood (by the way, Amie is working on a tremendous book that intends to break social norms. Please back it on Kickstarter!) and Dan Rubin, who I’ve invited to Glasgow in the past to host a Glasgow Photo Walk workshop. He is no stranger to the camera, that’s all I’ll say.
Earlier this month, I traveled the furthest south I’ve been (in the UK) and photographed Sam and Trisha’s wedding in Lewes in sweltering heat no Weegie is prepared for. It feels cliche to say, but it really was a spectacular wedding. Lewes was a treat to photograph in, with quaint buildings and a castle nearby, and Sam and Trisha themselves were a beautiful couple. Imagine my delight when I turned up and was told the wedding was outdoors. Yas, natural light! This just doesn’t happen in Scotland.
Thank you, Sam and Trisha.
I was humbled to be invited to Geri‘s hen weekend. I have to say, it was certainly a hen party of variety, with the obligatory dancing until the AM, but also trips to the beach, ice cream, and a night in with Play Doh (which is way more fun than it sounds. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much).
I also met Laura, who is in this photo I took at Musselburgh Beach. Laura rarely wore shoes and always sat on the floor, not the sofa. I really like that about her.
Nature. Exercise. Hydration. Cameras. Good Saturday hike with Mark, even if he was feeling a bit hungover! I need to make more time for getting out of the city on the weekends I’m not booked for work. It beats an idle day in front of the PlayStation, especially when finishing the afternoon with lunch by the loch.
It’s been a while since I shot just for fun. I’d forgotten what it feels like. I asked Greig if I could photograph him after watching Into The Wild, noticing a distinct resemblance between Greig and Emile Hirsch. Greig isn’t used to being in front of the camera, not that you could tell—it was a very natural shoot and he didn’t mind the occasional stares as we scouted the Merchant City for good spots to shoot. Maybe that’s because he’s a musician and is actually an attention whore.
It isn’t often I get to attend a conference and stop off at the seaside on the way home. Rab and I road tripped back to Glasgow/Stirling from Aberdeen and stopped off at a tiny village called Stonehaven. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a place to park (seaside town + sun = no parking), but I just had to photograph this limitless expanse of sea dwarfing the yacht.
My sister stopped by my apartment today, in between dropping one of her dresses off at a shoot with Rebecca Fox, and a massage I booked for her 30th birthday. We went for ice cream. Well, Carolyn did. I had just ran 8K so was behaving myself… for about 5 minutes.
This time last year I was a nervous wreck. I had taken to the stage in Newcastle for my first public speaking gig. I’m back at Industry for another year, but not as a speaker – instead enjoying the conference from an attendee’s perspective.
I particularly enjoyed Greg Hoy‘s talk, ‘Work Is The Magic Bullet’, which centred around work ethic (funny timing as work ethic has been a topic playing heavily on my mind as of late), and Paull Young, who talked about inspiring people with beautiful design and stories through the charity he works with, charity: water. So good! Thanks for another great year, Gavin.
P.S. It is a bit of a tradition I photograph Jack …