Monday, April 21, 2008

Mey Selections Surf and Turf

I was asked to produce some 'surf and turf' images for Mey Selections in advance of the O'Neill Highland Open surf championships taking place in Thurso later this week. It was one of them shoots which makes me wonder what the hell is going on in my life!! Natalie, a wetsuit and surfboard from Tempest Surf and Fergus the Aberdeen Angus bull, from Mr Barnetson, Lynegar Farm. Natalie said it was the best male model she'd been photographed with, and I can't argue with that. He was great. I think Natalie was faking the fear a little bit, although her bare feet were looking a bit vulnerable if Fergus had decided not to stand so still. Thanks to Tempest Surf in Thurso for the equipment, to Mr Barnetson for Fergus, and also thanks to George Cormack for his help in setting up the shoot. Big thanks also to the two models, Natalie and Fergus.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Portrait business back up and running!

After a long lay-off I have started doing portraiture again. I am doing a very contemporary, lifestyle type service now, with products to match. I am shooting on location, indoors and outdoors, but no more boring studio shoots. E-Mail for pricing and further information! This is a totally new and modern service so try to get along and see what new products are available.

Stewart McConnach

The latest in the series of characters for Mey Selections - Stewart makes the shortbread which the company sells, as well as many other fantastic bakery products for his own brand Caithness Biscuits - I love the carrot cake best :-)

12th April - Benderloch, Suzanne and Mark

Today I had the pleasure of photographing the marriage of Suzanne Pole and Mark McPhillips, from Dun Na Mara, Benderloch - just North of Oban.
It was a small, intimate wedding and one of those special ones which I was very happy to be part of. The weather was quite unbelievable and we headed onto the beach for some pictures.

Trip to Oban 11th April

Did a few lanscape images on my way South to a wedding.

Jim Cowie - The Captains Galley

I photographed Jim Cowie, who runs the acclaimed seafood restaurant at Scrabster 'The Captains Galley' as part of an ongoing series of character shots for Mey Selections. Jim won Seafood Chef Of The Year last year.

Natalie and the Great Gatsby

I recently did a shoot with Natalie and her magnificent new horse The Great Gatsby. Haven't had a chance to edit them all yet, but here's a few previews. The black horse with the red wedding dress worked so well. The setting was pretty special too.

5th April Laura & Mark, Dingwall

Today's wedding was in the Castle Street Church, Dingwall and saw the marriage of Laura Crombie and Mark Calder, both of Drumdyre Road in the town. The reception was at the Spa Pavilion in Strathpeffer. If yesterdays weather was kind, today's was a different story! A real case of 4 seasons in one day. Wind, rain, snow and some very nice sunny spells. At some stages of the day we had all of those at the same time!!

Shoot with Natalie

Had another shoot with Natalie recently which went very well. Make up & hair was by the incredibly talented Luci Paterson-Brown. The corset and skirt was supplied by Ailsa Joy Rendall from Glasgow

Thanks to both girls for their hard work and Ailsa for supplying the outfit.

4th April Linda and Kenny, Inverness

Today's wedding was Linda Henderson of Kiltarlity and Kenny Smith of Inverness. The couple got married at Greyfriars Church in Inverness with the reception held at the Lochardil Hotel. It was a long day today, setting off at 7.30am and getting home around midnight, but worth the efforts! The day started with a shoot on Culloden battlefield with the guys which set the day up nicely. The weather was very kind, and we shot almost everything outdoors!

Monday, April 07, 2008

26th March Glasgow

Was in Glasgow today shooting with James Watt College make up artistry students who had to do an 18th Century Ball as a project. The venue was Sloans bar.

Wick v Buckie 22nd March

Wick Academy 2- Buckie Thistle 5

Tracy Devine hair demo 17th March

Tracy Devine, Scottish Hairdresser of the Year was at Thurso College doing a demo for students and local salons today. I got a few minutes at the end to grab some headshots of the 6 models she used. Would have liked a bit more time in better conditions, but quite happy with these.

Durness 14th March

Took a drive up the North-West coast today to do some landscapes, and a few fashion shots of Natalie. It was a great day, very dark and moody sky, ideal for dramatic images.

Had dinner in the Smoo Cave Hotel and it was very nice - highly recommended!!

Wedding Fayre - Portland Arms 9th March

Fairly good wedding fayre today, met up with lots of this years clients and prospective ones for next year. The photographer-who-wants-to-be-John-Baikie was there, selling cheap replicas as ever, but I think most people who appreciate photography can tell the difference between genuine and fake.