Kelvingrove Cafe Cocktails

Joanna and I met for lunch and cocktails at Kelvingrove Cafe, a fairly new addition to Argyll Street. There seem to be many new places popping up along Argyll Street, which is good for me as I live so close and like to eat. Anyway, back to Joanna…

Jo set up Toad’s Caravan – a collaborative work space in Ruthven Lane – which is where I now work and how we met. She’s talented, ambitious and very hard working – my kind of woman! It was fun to chat over our cocktails, which were served alongside a plate of sliders. I had a mac and cheese slider, which was kind of weird, but definitely in a good way.

 
 

Ryan and Beth

When Ryan and Beth first approached me to photograph their wedding, I remember Ryan telling me it was going to be “really cool”. I wasn’t quite prepared for how cool. I think this is every wedding photographers’ dream; quirky venue (a teepee in the English countryside), beautiful couple, plentiful emotion amongst family and friends, and a striking attention to detail. It was difficult for me to whittle my photos from the day into a concise blog post, there was just so much to capture. I’m eternally grateful to Ryan and Beth for giving me the opportunity to be there, to be a part of their day. It was a wedding I’ll never forget.

 
 

Summer

I blinked and I missed it. I’m struggling to keep my eyes open as I sit here typing this. The right one is twitching sporadically and I have a headache. Weekends are non-existent, and each day is indistinguishable to the next as it involves the same thing – WORK! It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m actually not. I’m tired, but I’m incredibly grateful for how kind the summer has been to me in regards to my career. I’ve landed some amazing work, made a wee bit of money, and been pushed well and truly out of my comfort zone. It’s forced me to look at how I handle my workflow, and juggle both photography and my big girl’s job. …

 
 

Afternoon Tea at Mar Hall

It was my gran’s 81st birthday a couple of weeks ago. I presented her with a list of birthday options, including dinner at a nice restaurant and go-karting. A knee operation didn’t stop my gran from zealously choosing the latter, despite me having actually listed it as a joke. I managed to talk her into afternoon tea at Mar Hall instead, which we finally did today. Maybe we’ll do go-karting next year, gran.

Anyway, afternoon tea at Mar Hall has become my favourite afternoon tea to date. The coffee was good, the chairs comfy, and the cakes brought to you in a doggy bag if you couldn’t manage to scoff them, which we couldn’t. Surprisingly. Oh, and the company was …

 
 

Ben Susskind

This is Ben. He sits near me in Toad’s Caravan. He looks like the werewolf on his t-shirt. My biggest fear as a child was werewolves and I’d often have nightmares about them, but Ben doesn’t scare me.

 
 

Toad’s Caravan

After 8 years of working from home (and going crazy. If you meet me and my social skills are bad, you now know why), I’ve moved my work space into Toad’s Caravan; a creative collective tucked away in the heart of the West End on Ruthven Lane. There’s still available desk space if any of you freelancers in Glasgow are looking for a studio to work from alongside other creatives? Maybe we can be friends. Maybe we can fetch each other coffee. Maybe we can walk to work together. But you have to like my dog, because she comes to the studio with me every day.

 
 

Tchai-Ovna

After attending Young Rewired State, I met Mark Young – part of the GatherContent team – who spoke about marketing within a start-up. This interested me hugely as I’ve just built my first app (and rolled out the beta to select individuals). I badgered him into meeting me for a tea to talk some more. This was my first Tchai-Ovna experience, although we gave the shishas a miss, and I have to admit it was… weird. Not bad weird. Just weird.

 
 

These Little Kings

My friends are insanely handsome and I love them. Thanks for being in my life, boys!

 
 

Danielle In The Junkyard

My sister, Carolyn, has been telling me for some time about a junkyard on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When Suzanne and Christina contacted me to do a shoot for their portfolio – Suzanne being a make-up artist and Christina specialising in vintage hair – the junkyard gave us the go-ahead to shoot there. Cue lots of strange looks from people scavenging for a bargain.

With us being in a junkyard, I was able to utilise my (very random) surroundings to enhance the photos. For example, I held a weed up to the camera to produce the yellow blur on a couple of the shots, and found a grungy window to shoot through, which gives a nice, softened effect. And then I washed my hands.

And of course, with my sister being a dress designer, we had Danielle wear Carolyn’s evening gowns… and swimming costume. All of which are in stock in my sister’s shop.

A fun shoot with a great team. Hopefully we get to collaborate again soon.

 
 

Scott

This is the guy who got me lifting weights. Over two years ago, when I first joined the gym, Scott gave me a gentle nudge towards the weights as I was solely doing cardio. Like most women, I was a bit apprehensive as I thought I would bulk up. Two years on I can squat while lifting Scott above my head, as well as bench press him.

Maybe that last sentence isn’t true.

 
 
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