I couldn’t get a dog sitter, so I took Indie to Newcastle with me. What an adventure we had! 8 mile walk around the city centre, dinner at Dat Bar, cocktails at the hotel bar. I hope we many more adventures, Indie.
It was lovely to start 2018 with a family holiday to Lanzarote. This was my nephew’s first time on a plane and he loved it—even through heavy turbulence on the flight home. It was special to experience everything with him for the first time.
It was all-inclusive and I was expecting to come back fat. Fortunately the hotel had an amazing salad bar (yes, I get excited about salad).
This time last week I was on a family holiday in Lanzarote. It was mostly about entertaining the kids, so there wasn’t a lot of photography action or culture. I did enjoy the express volcano tour, which is when I took these landscapes. (If I was doing this trip with other photographers, I would have hired a car instead of tagged along on an official tour. This experience would be better at sunrise or sunset.)
Lanzarote has a lunar landscape after a volcano erupted for 6 years, which produced 32 new volcanoes. The landscape feels so barren with layers of volcanic rock instead of the greenery I’m used to. Alongside that, there are very strict rules about architecture. Every building must be painted white and can not exceed 4 floors. The volcanic activity makes for some interesting pictures.
My first island wedding! And also a rare wedding I attended as a guest—not the photographer. Still, I had to bust out the camera to capture what an island wedding is like.
Shawshank got married in South Uist, which is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It was a lot of fun. Islanders really know how to party.
I’m so happy for my friend Shawshank. I’ve only met Gary a handful of times, but it’s enough to know I like him and I’m excited about their future together.
I can’t believe it’s taken me 13 years of friendship to get to Uist. South Uist is where my friend, Shawshank, is from. She’s been trying to get me on a propellor plane to the Outer Hebrides for many of those years. By the way, the plane was even smaller than I imagined. My aisle only had one seat!
It was worth the journey, though, and I’m charmed by island life. I also considered going vegetarian after meeting all of these lovely cows.
Thanks to Lisa and her dog, Bella, for letting me crash in their house!
Every time I’ve driven past Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa, I’ve thought to myself I have to stay there. This weekend, Naomi and I spent three nights at Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa. We enjoyed good food, red wine, horror movies and a 90 minute massage. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time and I’m a little disappointed to be back to reality!
I wasn’t thrilled about turning 30. To soften the blow I celebrated my birthday abroad. The criteria was the following:
A flight to Geneva was £80 from Edinburgh and only a 2 hour flight. With a lake and mountains within distance, it was the ideal location.
I train hopped from Geneva to Lausanne and Vevey. Lake Geneva was very grey. I come from Scotland-I am used to grey weather, but we often get a break in the cloud at some point during the day.
For the 4 days I was in Switzerland, it was coated in a grey blanket of cloud.
I tried chasing the light by visiting Lausanne and Vevey, but the weather app lied to me. Still, this didn’t dampen my trip and I did a lot of street photography seeing as landscapes were out of the question.
Despite the greyness, I had a wonderful birthday. Switzerland was beautiful, I drank good coffee and expensive gin, and I got to try out a different style of photography.
Chad and Scott booked a week in Warsaw, Poland and I invited myself along for the weekend. Wanting to get away for a winter adventure, Warsaw was perfect for mulled wine, 2-for-1 hotdogs, card games and history.
I didn’t have a bad meal or coffee in this city. I also played my first game of Jenga.
I arrived on Friday, where we (James, Virginie, Rab and I… you’re going to discover some pretty Instagram feeds in this post) headed out to catch sunset. Parking the car, we walked a couple of kilometres to a lighthouse.
To avoid having the same photo as everybody else, we went in our different directions. Friday night—sat atop a sunny hill in Skye watching the sun go down—was one of my highlights.
On Saturday we headed to Dunvegan Castle. As a Scottish wedding photographer, I shoot in a lot of castles so they’ve admittedly lost their novelty. Fortunately, Dunvegan Castle offer seal boat trips. You’re guaranteed to see seals, but I wasn’t prepared for just how many.
I may have added too many seal photos to this post, but we saw loads. They’re cute and I couldn’t narrow it down!
Afterwards, we drove to the most westerly point on Skye, Neist Point. The best part of this trip was being surprised by the locations of Skye and its versatility. No wonder it’s such a popular spot with photographers.
Neist Point was stunning, but very cold, windy and wet. I lasted half an hour braving the elements before returning to my car for heat. The others I was giving a lift to (Ross, Ali and Stuart) managed to brave 2+ hours of the elements, and even trekked down to the lighthouse.
Perhaps I’m not as dedicated to capturing the perfect image, but I didn’t want to get sick. I have 3 weddings in the next 3 weeks, and nobody wants a snotty wedding photographer.
Sunday arrived. Our last day saw a 5.30AM alarm to get to The Storr for some early morning light. Flat, boring light meant there wasn’t much of a sunrise, but we did beat the crowds at this popular landscape.
I’m not much of a climber. I’d rather lift weights than do cardio, so I found the climb left me breathless. It was, of course, worth it to see Old Man of Storr, but my camera couldn’t do it justice. I couldn’t take a good photo of this. Deflated, I decided to descend before the peak.
Rab talked me out of it, telling me the peak is worth it for the view—even if I don’t photograph it. I’m glad I took his advice.
This whole weekend was different for me. The more I shoot for work, the less I do so for pleasure. This was a creative trip, purely for pleasure where I met many photographers and Instagrammers who have inspired me.
Guys, I love photography!