Merry Christmas

As always, I am spending Christmas with my family in Inverkip. My family is quite small, comprising of my sister, mother, gran, and my mother’s boyfriend, Phil. Oh, and I mustn’t forget the dogs – they are a huge part of our family, too. My sister and I were walking our dogs this morning, and Malia took a grumpy turn when we headed home.

Merry Christmas! I hope you aren’t having a grumpy Christmas like Malia.

 
 

Mulled Wine At The Gannett

Seriously, what is happening to Finnieston? It’s become a hub of nice bars and places to eat. I am happy. Today Jo – Director at Toad’s Caravan (srs bsns woman) – and I tried The Gannett, which was boasting a particularly festive menu. We washed down our duck risotto with mulled wine, whilst propped on a bar stool at the window and watching handsome men walk past. Or as handsome as they get in Glasgow. *ducks*

 
 

Laboratorio Espresso

Glasgow’s city centre has always lacked a decent espresso bar, in my opinion, being largely occupied by ‘coffee’ chains. I hate coffee chains. I mean, they don’t even sell coffee. The past couple of times I’ve been in the city centre and in need of a coffee, I’ve headed to the newly opened Laboratorio Espresso on West Nile street. The decor is nice, and so is the coffee!

 
 

Wine Tasting

What a civilised afternoon we had. Shawshank and I spent today wine tasting in Peckhams. This basically meant sampling 8 different wines and eating lots of cheese. Oh, and my first mince pie of the season. Afterwards we stopped off at George Square for a mulled wine. I think it’s officially the countdown to Christmas.

 
 

Hamburger Jumper

Ally has a habit of wearing fast food jumpers. I’m already a fan of his chips jumper, and now I’ve arrived to the studio to find him in a hamburger jumper. What’s next? Bacon. I’m hoping bacon.

 
 

Carolyn Baxter Dresses

Following on from my last post, I have finally finished editing the photos from the shoot at No.12 Picardy Place. Danielle is flawless to photograph, but I think the entire team who contributed to this shoot is due credit (MAU = Suzanne Craig, hair = Christina Frampton, dress design = Carolyn Baxter).

With the new year approaching, I have been thinking a lot about photography and how I feel about it. Every year I am picking up my camera less. I’ve become quite lazy. Lazy with how often I shoot and lazy with how I shoot. This needs to change.

 
 

Danielle at No.12 Picardy Place

Last weekend, I ventured through to Edinburgh’s boutique hotel, No.12 Picardy Place, to shoot a few dresses from my sister’s new line. My sister works harder than anyone I know, I don’t know where she finds the time to design and launch new dresses. As always, I’m very proud of her and the work she does.

More photos to follow, but I’m super busy with my big girl’s job.

 
 

True West at Citizens Theatre

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of working with Toad’s Caravan on the trailer for True West, a theatre production coming to Citizens Theatre this week. Obviously my role involved photography; shooting the characters in various poses, as well as the props in preparation for Justin and Joanna bringing them to life with their animation. With this being something completely different to what I usually do, I’m very excited to share it!

Watch the trailer and buy tickets to the production.

 
 

The Simple As Milk Boys

James, David and Scott (the talent behind Simple as Milk) are spending a few days working from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. With them being less than an hour away, it was a given I had to meet them for lunch. We had burgers in lettuce buns from Ketchup (I can’t believe we had the willpower to substitute bread for lettuce), and then I had the daunting task of taking James – who is a coffee snob – for a decent cup of caffeine. We hit up Avenue G on Byres Road. He seemed pleased. I then introduced them to Indie while we strolled around Botanic Gardens, which – in their words – was the only pretty place they’d seen in Glasgow! I only get to see their faces when attending the odd conference, so it was nice to spend an afternoon with them.

On an unrelated note, I’m inching closer to 1000 ‘likes’ on Facebook. If you want to keep up to date with my photos via Facebook, give me a ‘like’!

 
 

Elisha Clarke’s Monsoon Weekend In Glasgow

This weekend saw my friend, Elisha, visit from Ireland. Elisha is a fellow photographer, so I had planned on taking a lot of photos. Sadly, whenever I have a friend travel a significant distance to visit me, Glasgow decides it’s monsoon season. But any weekend I get to eat at Tribeca, Lebowskis and St Louis – and wash it down with a coffee from Artisan Roast – is a good one. Elisha also let me use her 50mm ƒ1.2 for most of the weekend!

 
 
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