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Family Trip To Paris

I finally made it to Paris, taking my mother and sister along with me. The crepes were tasty. The Eiffel Tower was impactful. The men are handsome, but they smoke. We walked 8-10 miles every day. I got to use Uber for the first time. People taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower made me laugh. I saw the hotel my dad took my mum to when she was 21. Jack Russells are popular in Paris. I’d like to go back.

 
 

Montparnasse Tower In Paris

The light wasn’t right. It was overcast and dusk was falling, but I wanted to see that famous view—the Eiffel Tower. As much as the Eiffel Tower took my breath away from up close, I didn’t fancy the long queues that meander around the landmark. Montparnasse had no queue and you get to see the Eiffel Tower. Win.

 
 

Isle of Skye

With scenery like this, who needs to hop on a plane? 4 hours of driving North and I was in Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. Admittedly, I should have done a bit of research. It’s January and the whole town (Portree) was closed. No shops, restaurants, or seafood (which—second to taking photos—was what I was looking forward to). This didn’t hamper my experience, though, as I still got to see the Quiraing, which took my breath away!

Visiting Skye has left me fascinated with the slow, sleepy pace of island life. It’s easy to see why Danny MacAskill became the talented cyclist he is… because there isn’t much else to do!

P.S. You should watch The Ridge if you haven’t. It was filmed in Skye.

 
 

York

On Sunday, I drove the 200+ miles to York for a photography job. I spent most of the day in Bytemark‘s office, meaning I got to see very little of the city for myself, but from what I did see, York is absolutely stunning in the autumn time.

I stocked up on an unusual array of beers (ones we can’t get in Glasgow, which is surprising given we’re known for our drinking), took a morning stroll along the canal, and generally marvelled at the beautiful buildings and quaint streets.

The following day I travelled to Manchester to visit Bytemark’s Mancunian office, but was met with horrendous weather. It’s only the second time I’ve visited Manchester, but both times I’ve …

 
 

My Two Loves

A deli board and red wine. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Monday afternoon. This was taken a few months back, when my friend (Lindsay, pictured) and I visited Manchester for one day. We were on the hunt for a deli board and came across Wood, a deli and wine bar in The Northern Quarter. It was perfection. These were the only two frames I shot in Manchester. As much as I loved the food and drink, the city didn’t excite my eyeballs enough.

 
 

Sam + Trisha

Earlier this month, I traveled the furthest south I’ve been (in the UK) and photographed Sam and Trisha’s wedding in Lewes in sweltering heat no Weegie is prepared for. It feels cliche to say, but it really was a spectacular wedding. Lewes was a treat to photograph in, with quaint buildings and a castle nearby, and Sam and Trisha themselves were a beautiful couple. Imagine my delight when I turned up and was told the wedding was outdoors. Yas, natural light! This just doesn’t happen in Scotland.

Thank you, Sam and Trisha.

 
 

The Aberdeen Seaside

It isn’t often I get to attend a conference and stop off at the seaside on the way home. Rab and I road tripped back to Glasgow/Stirling from Aberdeen and stopped off at a tiny village called Stonehaven. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a place to park (seaside town + sun = no parking), but I just had to photograph this limitless expanse of sea dwarfing the yacht.

 
 

To Kames

On Saturday I shot my first wedding of the year, demanding a 2 hour trek to Kames, Tighnabruaich, part of which required a ferry ride. The drive to Kames was nothing short of stunning. I can’t describe how it made me feel. It’s only taken me 20 years to appreciate the beauty of Argyll and Bute, having grown up in Dunoon from the age of 6 and leaving for the city at 17.

The couple were kind enough to book me a room in a hotel overnight, giving me the opportunity to appreciate the drive in the morning light. I had to snap a photo of the local service station. I’ve never seen a petrol station so small and I lived in Kilmun for 11 years.

I wish my camera could do the scenery justice, but it doesn’t.

 
 

Welcome, 2014

There is nothing better than a road trip to the Scottish highlands. It never fails to leave me feeling grateful and inspired, I’m thankful this beauty is only a 2 hour drive from the city I call home. Today, my eyeballs couldn’t quite take it all in. I think I need more road trips in my life.

The bitter weather meant we didn’t spend much time outdoors, stopping off at Glencoe Mountain Resort for a hot chocolate, and (the muchos recommended) The Real Food Cafe for fish and chips. I also tried my first pickled egg. Sold!

Perhaps the best part of visiting this area of Scotland, though, is the lack of phone signal. I can’t check-in on Foursquare, or upload my iPhone snaps to Instagram, or live tweet my adventure. No distractions, just excited eyeballs.

 
 

Ryan and Beth

When Ryan and Beth first approached me to photograph their wedding, I remember Ryan telling me it was going to be “really cool”. I wasn’t quite prepared for how cool. I think this is every wedding photographers’ dream; quirky venue (a teepee in the English countryside), beautiful couple, plentiful emotion amongst family and friends, and a striking attention to detail. It was difficult for me to whittle my photos from the day into a concise blog post, there was just so much to capture. I’m eternally grateful to Ryan and Beth for giving me the opportunity to be there, to be a part of their day. It was a wedding I’ll never forget.

 
 
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