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My Sister’s Engaged

My sister’s fiancé, who is a footballer, was meeting with a Glasgow agent about football ‘hings, so it was the perfect opportunity for my sister to stop by the studio and chat about wedding ‘hings. I attend weddings all the time as a photographer, but I can’t wait to be a part of my sister’s wedding. To celebrate their relationship. To dance. To relax. It isn’t for a while yet, but my photographer perspective has already rubbed off on my sister, who has been sending me potential venues based on natural light (yes!).

 
 

Anderston

Anderston, the district I live in, is a juxtaposition of beauty. Modern architectural delights, The Hydro and SECC, compliment the skyline, contrasted with derelict buildings, such as Bilslands’ Bakery. I have a fascination with Bilslands’ Bakery, but for the 3 years I have lived here, access has been blocked. I’d love to see inside.

Bilsland Brothers Limited, 1872-1985

James Bilsland ran a small family bakery in Anderston, Glasgow. In 1872, he was later joined by his brothers, William, Alexander and John.

William Bilsland had a flair for business and with him at the helm they soon acquired a number of bakeries around Glasgow.

In 1881 Bilsland Brothers became so prosperous they decided to build a factory to help them keep up with the demand. The bakery was completed in 1882 in Hydepark Street, Anderston, Glasgow.

 
 

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!

 
 

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’!

 
 

Coffee, Dumplings And Crabbies

This weekend saw the return of Kiltr‘s street feastival. Not festival, FEASTIVAL. This was my first time visiting, though, and – despite verging on being too busy – Jen and I enjoyed a Dear Green coffee (best in Glasgow) and vegetarian dumplings, washed down with Crabbies. I opted for the spiced orange flavour. I left with a very happy tummy.

 
 

Ayden at Bellahouston Park

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I met this girl. We’ve managed to get pretty close over that year, and I’d now consider Ayden a good friend. She knows my secrets. She also lets me turn a casual hot chocolate and stroll in the park into some kind of photoshoot, because, admittedly, it has been a while since I’ve really shot for myself. I want to get back into it, and this impromptu session reminded me just how much I love having my camera by my side.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

May on Buchanan Street

Remember my November on Buchanan Street photo? It was damp and rainy. Well, this is my May on Buchanan Street photo. It is also damp and rainy. Scottish summer!

 
 
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