Iain’s Prized Possession

Iain travelled all the way to New York City to see his favourite band, Green Day, play. I guess the trip was worth it, because Tré Cool – the drummer from Green Day – personally gave him this plectrum. I think Iain will be treasuring it for a while, he’s a pretty die hard fan.

 
 

Buchanan Street

It’s been a while since I took to the street with my 135mm, and with a shoot falling through last minute but the overwhelming itch to use my camera, street photography seemed the next best option. I forgot how much I enjoy snapping random faces in the crowd.

 
 

Industry Conf

First of all, huuge thank you to Gavin for organising Industry, but for also having enough faith to put Miss Baxter (that’s me) on stage. A first time speaker talking about the insurance industry (paraphrased from James’ blog post), what could go wrong? I had a wonderful time at Industry; a more intimate conference with a varied selection of speakers (though, coincidentally, a few crossovers in themes throughout most of the talks).

I took something away from each of the speakers, ate delicious food, made new friends, had the tastiest coffee of my life, and generally felt pretty grateful all round. But the build-up to my first speaking gig was so horrid, I can’t imagine doing another! Gavin, on the other hand, should continue to organise conferences – he does such a great job. *hint, hint*

 
 

Temporarily Lost

…and I have no idea what I’m doing. I know a lot of ‘creatives’ get into this lull from time to time, but my lull has been worryingly prolonged. I am putting it down to my time being taken up with other things, and – as a result – I’ve found myself picking up my camera less and less. I do have a shoot planned with a girl early May, and it will be good to push myself while doing the style of photgraphy I know will excite me.

 
 

Jack Smith Is…

It was Saturday morning and Jack arrived in Glasgow, complete with an entire box of Krispy Kreme’s for my fatty fat arse. I enjoy showing people around Glasgow because – as much as it has acquired a terrible reputation over the years – I know the good bits and how to sell the city; Tribeca for brunch, the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the (diamond in the rough) city, or a lunchtime drink in Ashton Lane. I think I sold it to him, although that might be because Indie took a shine to him.

 
 

Alan’s Mural

My friend, Alan, whose wedding I will be shooting later in year, asked if I could photograph him painting a mural at a local salon. I had no idea Alan could even paint or draw, or was as creative as he actually is, so it was a nice surprise.

I really struggled with the white balance in these photos; it’s a bit all over the place and was difficult to get right with the green glare from the wall, and the fluorescent lighting above.

 
 

Saturday with Brittany

Brittany and I met for sushi on Saturday, although it didn’t really go to plan as Shilla have stopped serving their amazing sushi platters. Still, we enjoyed some Korean food and quickly followed it up with a scone at The Hidden Lane Tearoom.

I really enjoy taking people to The Hidden Lane Tearoom who haven’t been before. It’s always a nice surprise for them walking down the misleading alley and being met by such a cute cafe. In Glasgow, alleys are generally used for men to urinate in.

 
 

Black Sparrow

Yesterday evening was interesting as I went for dinner with Emma, who I haven’t seen for a couple of years. We caught up over a burger at Black Sparrow (we both had the, well, Black Sparrow – cheddar and jalapeños). Afterwards, Mark joined us, and him and I partook in the Black Sparrow music quiz. We came joint last with another team. This doesn’t bother me too much, but Mark is a music producer!

Also… ISO 6,400!

 
 

The Real Easy All Stars

I don’t photograph live music much; I don’t find it particularly interesting to shoot (I’d rather dance), and the lighting is terrible 99% of the time. But Gary, my friend who plays piano, asked if I’d spend 10 minutes shooting one of the bands he plays for, The Real Easy All Stars, during a charity gig. And I’m a good friend, so I did.

 
 

Ginger

Today I spent a bit of time with Gary. He carried my new guitar home (thanks, Gary) and hung in my apartment while I edited wedding photos. He’s playing a gig at the hotel next door to my house, so I popped over and took some photographs of The Real Easy All Stars, which I’ll share later in the week. It’s been a good Sunday, but it’s been mostly work and no play. I want to play.

 
 
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