In 2008, when my photographic career was just a baby, Heather and Luke were the first couple I ever photographed together. Naturally, I was super excited to capture their love again 8 years later during their engagement photo session. We decided on the location of Threipmuir reservoir in the outskirts of Edinburgh as, being big lovers of the outdoors, they wanted this to be reflected in their images. I often travel here as the mix of tree lined, forest paths, sandy reservoir beaches and the distant Pentland hills make for some gorgeous scenery. Even though you're so near the city, you feel like you could be miles away. It's clear that Heather and Luke's love over the years has done nothing but grow and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding day next month!
The Pentland Hills in Edinburgh were a gorgeous backdrop for an engagement photo shoot with Emma and David. They have wandered this beautiful landscape many times together and so it was the perfect place to capture their love. After 8 years together, they are tying the knot at Glencorse House next month and I cannot wait to capture their special day! It's going to be gorgeous!
During our photo shoot, we were met with typical Scottish weather, constantly changing between rain showers and glorious sunshine, but Emma and David completely took it in their stride and were amazing to work with! Our photo shoot was filled with smiles and giggles, and it's obvious that these two are head over heels for each other.
At the beginning of April I traveled to the beautiful island of Sardinia off the South West coast of mainland Italy. Sardinia is known for it's sunny blue skies and turquoise seaside and it definitely didn't disappoint. I was super excited to travel to Mari Pintau beach nearby the capital city, Cagliari, for a photo shoot with this gorgeous couple, Silvia and Riccardo. Shooting in Scotland, the weather is often extremely temperamental but, as with every day during my stay, I was met with gorgeous blue skies. I loved being able to shoot in such a gorgeous seaside location as it's not something I get the chance to do very often. Silvia and Riccardo were clearly naturals in front of the camera!
It was an unusually warm November day at Jerusalem Mill Village in Hartford County, the idyllic setting for a photo shoot with Eva and Evan.
After getting engaged in March in my hometown of Edinburgh, it was my turn to travel to their home in Baltimore, America to capture the engagement photographs for this special couple.
Aside from photography, travelling is most definitely my largest passion. I love hopping on a plane and experiencing different parts of the world and it's cultures. I also find that travelling is a great way to kick start your inspiration and helps you come up with fresh ideas, something which is extremely important for any artist. In July I visited the island of Crete in Greece for the first time and had a great time exploring different parts of the island. Naturally I took lots of photos as I love having memories to look back on.
One of the challenges of living a creative life is trying to keep yourself both inspired and motivated pretty much all the time.
If you’re commissioned for a job you cannot turn around and explain that your ideas and inspirational thoughts are off on holiday. Your clients want your expertise immediately and you have to be fully prepared to jump into creative action.
In 2010 I visited Paris for the first time. Initially I really didn't think that I would like the city however after two weeks of Parisian lifestyle, I fell in love with it - now it's one of my favourite, if not favourite cities. I had my camera with me so I decided to document my trip as I visited different areas. I loved capturing the Parisian markets because they always had a great atmosphere, bustling with loads of people. You don’t see many outdoor markets in Scotland, or not to the same extent anyway.
Last week I had a new editorial out in Ellements Magazine Nov ‘13 issue. My make-up artist Sarah Mitchell approached me with the original idea for the shoot and soon we were brainstorming away together. Personally this is one of my favourite things about collaborating with other creatives as your ideas grow and develop as you bounce thoughts and visions off of one another.