Special People

On Thursday I bought a lens. The first lens I’ve bought in 4 years! I now own Canon’s L series 24mm ƒ1.4. I don’t normally like wide lenses, but I find ’em handy for weddings and I’m way too comfortable with the 50mm.

I took a couple of test shots at my gran’s house, which turned out to be quite special as I caught her happily interacting with my nephew, Blake, after being upset about her ill health. I love my family.

 
 

150 Miles Of Scottish Scenery

Rab and I set our alarms for 5.30AM and met in Balloch at Loch Lomond. We waited at Luss for the sun to rise then proceeded to Glencoe, stopping off wherever the light or scenery felt right.

As a set these photos aren’t very cohesive, but it’s an accurate representation of the day. A peaceful sunrise with a hint of orange sky, followed by a washed out snowy, landscape, interspersed with strong gradients of the mountainous highlands. The light would change so suddenly, so dramatically.

As much as I love traveling (well, not the flying part), it’s fun, cheap and accessible to get outdoors in your own country and explore. Do it!

 
 

That Office Light

My favourite part of our office space is the light. No wait, the dog. No, I mean the giant bean bag. Actually, I like it all.

 
 

Pact Coffee Nespresso Pods

When I saw Pact’s Kickstarter for Nespresso-compatible coffee pods, I was all over it. I’m not a subscriber to Pact, but I’m familiar with their brand and like what they do. I had faith they’d deliver great coffee in a pod.

As it’s the first production run, there are a few niggles with size (I think they use a thicker foil for the pod). Taste-wise, I prefer these to the official Nespresso pods.

P.S. Discovered my cajón drum makes for a nice backdrop.

 
 

My Nephew, Blake

Words can’t express my love for this little boy.

 
 

Storm Gertrude

I’m meant to be in Copenhagen, Denmark, but I’m in Glasgow, Scotland. Storm Gertrude messed that one up, so it’s safe to say we are not friends. Instead I awoke and drove towards Glencoe. Bad idea.

Mini Coopers aren’t designed for snow (I was skidding all over the road). As I turned to head back, I drove past another Mini in a ditch. I hope they are OK. Plenty of other cars had stop and were tending to them.

Needless to say, this weekend hasn’t turned out quite as planned! At least I still got to use my camera a bit.

 
 

Seb & Mili

Finnieston has become a hive of activity, probably in part due to the opening of The Hydro. Every month there seems to be a new bar, restaurant or coffee shop. Last month, I passed a new addition on Argyle Street, Seb & Mili, an artisan bakery and cafe. I stopped by for an Americano.

 
 

Carolyn Baxter Bridal at Carlowrie Castle

Words can’t describe how proud I am of my sister. Carolyn is a dress designer, recently moving into the bridal industry and designing a range of 5 wedding dresses… all while raising a baby. My sister handmade these dresses from her shop in Broughton Street, Edinburgh.

Shooting in Carlowrie Castle last week was the first chance I had to see the dresses. Now, I’m not the most feminine of women—give me a pair of Nike leggings any day, but even I wanted to play dress up. Carolyn has done a beautiful job.

I’m so proud of my sister and envious of her talent. You can see the all of the dresses on Carolyn’s website.

 
 

South Queensferry

Having visited South Queensferry in July, I vowed I’d return with my camera. Brittany and I enjoyed a burger at Orocco Pier, followed by a stroll around the quaint town centre. At 28, it was my first taste of a vegetarian burger (definitely no substitute for beef, but I’m trying to eat less of that).

All in all, a fabulous day before I throw myself into a busy week of work.

 
 

A New Project Is Brewing

My adopted big brother, Dan, returned to Glasgow yet again. Not for another photo walk (I’ve canned those), but to work on an upcoming project we have bubbling away. I’m excited about this.

 
 
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