Double exposures with off-camera flash in the studio. Om nom nom.
Sunday saw Kaitlin, Rab and I head to Stockbridge in Edinburgh. Stockbridge is fairly central yet feels like its own village. I’d love to live here, but property prices are sky high.
There’s a market that—even on a grey Sunday—was bustling with people and dogs. I had Steampunk coffee and drooled over the gyoza.
Afterwards we walked up Calton Hill. Despite being in Edinburgh a lot, I’ve never explored Calton Hill. It’s a hotspot for tourists because you have a view of the city.
10/10, would Edinburgh again.
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!
Dan Rubin returned to Glasgow for his second Glasgow Photo Walk workshop. We decided to chase the morning light for the photo walk segment, setting our alarm for 4.45AM. Urgh. The dull, flat light we were met with didn’t exactly make the early rise worth it, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got.
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’!
Another January, another New Adventures in Web Design. I have attended this conference every year, and can safely say the third and final New Adventures was my favourite. The topics covered and how they were delivered inspired me, to say the least. I know a conference has been worth the expense if I’m itching to run home and create, which New Adventures did (and I’d be running almost 300 miles). My personal highlight of the conference was Wayne Hemingway’s talk.
Initially I was mildly displeased the conference fell on the day before my birthday. Did I really want to spend my 26th birthday driving home for 5 and a half hours to an empty house? Naw. I stayed an extra night and hoped there would still be familiar faces kicking about. Chloe, Andy, Stringer, Hughes, Jack Smith, Mark, Paige, Jack Osborne, Leckie and Robbie treated me to dinner at Bonzai, followed by cocktails at the Lace Market Hotel. I’m still very grateful for their kindness.
The photo walk was another highlight. Despite this being my third year visiting Nottingham, I hadn’t seen much of the city. I was surprised by how pretty it is. Of course, with my preferred subject matter being people, I spent the photo walk shooting the attendees as opposed to our surroundings.
All in all, a fantastic end to New Adventures in Web Design. Nottingham, you’re nice.
Had a few friends come round last night for some pizza and cider, so I busted out the camera for some straight-up portraits. It’s nice to stand on a chair, be taller than everyone and do some straight-up portraits. These two guys are both called Ryan. They play in These Little Kings with another guy called Ryan.