The Hidden Lane Tearoom

The Hidden Lane Tearoom is true to its name, tucked away in a charismatic courtyard that you have to venture down a discreet alley off of Argyle Street to get to. I went with Shona, who was the perfect person to discover this gem with as she enjoys her vintage crockery, classic tea and so on. We went late afternoon when it wasn’t busy, which was good as this place is tiny. The food was good, chai tea was on the menu, and the general atmosphere of the place was… different, but definitely in a good way.

 
 

Wee Shoes

Baby shoes always look so cute, don’t you think? I just couldn’t stop myself from taking this photo as I walked down these stairs. The light hitting the staircase was too good to resist, and the shoes just laying there made me do those annoying, girly noises.

 
 

French Lollipops In A Scottish Fishing Village

I hate to be the cliché that every British person is by bringing the weather into it, but seriously, we had Summer for a whole 4 consecutive days this year! We caught the last of it yesterday evening by taking my Mini to Arrochar, investigating an abandoned house, getting food posion (I don’t think James will be rushing back to McDonalds any time soon), and watching suicidal kayakers. It’s nights like these that make Summer special.

 
 

Merchant City Music Festival

Once a year you can find the Merchant City music festival happening in, well, the Merchant City of Glasgow. Stalls with foods from all around the world, several stages with music and drama acts, but most importantly a crowd of adverse people good for photographing. The good looking guy riding the bike, the woman dressed as a fish, the cute kid skipping past the camera, the couple having a moment, the father and son walking home with a new video game, the recluse taking time out to listen to music in the last remaining spot of sunshine, blah blah.

 
 

Glasgow

My plans fell through last night fairly last minute. Not to worry, I thought, it’s Glasgow and there’s always something to do. Right enough I got a text from one of the guys I longboard with, reminding me his band is playing at the Merchant City Festival, and an hour later I was sitting in a beer garden with one of my oldest and best friends who is visiting from Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives. This was the view from the house party I ended up at.

 
 

Bridesmaids

Yesterday I had the honour of being a part of my friend’s wedding, Sheryl (I’m the girl in the kiwi dress with the silly face). I’ve known Sheryl since college, and she’s my first friend I’ve seen to walk down the aisle. Needless to say, it was an emotional day. Anyway, despite being a bridesmaid I had to take my camera and capture as much of the day as I could without distancing myself from being a part of it. I just wanted one shot of Sheryl and John that I would be happy with. I wish you guys all the best!

 
 

Floating Pug

Here is my friend’s pug, Ella, floating in the air and stuff. I’ve photographed her before, both on this blog and on Flickr. My mum is looking after her for the next few days while my friend does that wee thing called getting married (I’m a bridesmaid).

 
 

The King Hats

I went to high school with these guys and even played in a band with one of them, so when they asked if I’d take photos of them at their next rehearsal I happily obliged. Unfortunately the bulb had burst and all I had as a source of light were some fairy lights. Sometimes it’s nice to shoot at ISO 6,400 and have some noisy, black and white shots, but I found they didn’t turn out great with having to have a reasonable shutter speed to capture the band when playing. Ach well, practice, practice, practice.

 
 

Debora Buckie

This was the first shoot I’ve ever done in the city, or in any streets for that matter, and I loved it. Perhaps not surprisingly with a model as gorgeous as Debora dressed in a bold, red dress, we garnered a lot of attention. From cars driving past multiple times so they could catch a glimpse, to men approaching and asking for their photograph to be taken on their mobile phones. Pretty crazy, but I definitely want to use the streets of Glasgow as a backdrop again fo’ sho.

 
 

Vintage Sundays

Shopping. Admittedly I haven’t done much of it since moving to Glasgow, just because finances are more demanding in the city, but I’ve been working really hard lately (6 or 7 days every day for the past month) and fancied a spending spree. In particular we decided to hit the vintage shops in the West End for a bit of a different experience, something neither of us had done before. However, my big aim today was to buy a longboard, but despite wandering around for hours we couldn’t find any skate shops open. First thing tomorrow I’ma hit up Boardwise!

 
 
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