For the next few months I've set up a pop up studio at Hayburn Studios in Partick.
This is ideally suited to those seeking professional portraits, product photography and other small scale photography. (as well as giving me space to play on a few personal projects.
Now I won't be here forever, but if you're looking for that perfect profile picture, web site portrait or an artistic portrait that conveys your inner soul,get in touch
For product photography, while the modern access to digital media means that it's not that hard to take an ok picture, it still takes a professional touch to make your picture really stand out.
New Muses and other
I know my titles are usually a little more obtuse, but I've been reading up on
this blogging lark and apparently I should choose headings that actually mean
it's been a while since I posted as the Spring rush of weddings and events
kicked in, so I thought I'd ignore all those and write a post about my muse
project. At the end of last year I felt like I'd left a few creative
opportunities unrealised and decided I needed to give myself more of a chance
to take a run at these in 2017.
Here I am with my reviewer's hat on so lots to cover:
There are a couple of main aspects to any photographer's
workflow following a wedding or any other shoot.
1. The cull.You go through the photos and eliminate the
rejects and keep only the strongest photos. For a wedding you might cut out the
blinks or the wandering looks or shots that just didn't work. For a fashion or
beauty shoot you might be even more brutal in your selection to reduce the
selection down to just the few that really convey the story or message you were
trying to create.
Last summer I had the good fortune to go along and talk to Sir Ludovic atArdgowan Estate
about maybe doing a photoshoot at the house. There were plans in place to refurbish the house to make it a little more accommodating for weddings so in the end our shoot ended up scheduled for the end of February.
We were always chancing our arm shooting at this time of year, so to protect our models from freezing to death completely I planned the shoot indoors. With the event coordinator, Adrian's, help we were able to pull in Shona from
Disclaimer: I'm basing this review on photobooks I have ordered from Blurb and Loxley Colour in the past and a free sample preview that SAAL Digital had kindly offered recently.
It's not uncommon in this budget conscious age for couples to seek to economise on their photography and cut out the traditional album or even photobook. They get their pictures on a disc or USB and are then left to their own devices. While it's not difficult to order up a print or two online it can be a little daunting to pick out a reliable printer to produce a photobook or album.
This started out from an idea at a conference/workshop day where one of the talks was about promoting your business on social media. As a photographer I'd always steered away from anything video related as I'm fully aware that I'll not be the next Spielberg, though I can take a pretty good photo. But as a tangent to the talk they were giving I thought it might be a fun idea to try and offer a bridal blog with a difference.
Many moons ago I persuaded one of my winter wedding couples
to jump on the carousel in George Square. It made for some colouful and unusual
photos and was even featured in Tie The Knot Magazine (Best Scottish Weddings
at the time) back in the day.
There's a big attraction to the sounds and sights of the
circus, carnival and fair. So I was quite thrilled when discussing a shoot with
Rachael, who I'd worked with a couple of times before, and she'd come up with
the idea of being a clown on a carousel.
I was sat in a photography seminar being told the joys of
social media and how video was the up and coming thing that would save us all
from obscurity. Naturally this is great news for a photographer, who takes
However this did spark an idea in my mind. I could wax lyrical
for hours in front of the camera about all things photographical, from posing
and lighting through to different arrangements of family groups, reportage and
candid photography and all sorts. The kind of thing, that might prove quite
interesting to photographers and maybe include some useful information for
The other week I had the pleasure of returning to the beautiful Newhall Estate for a shoot.
I'd been there twice before for bridal shoots, though this time I had something quite different in mind.
With the help of Victoria and Marlene we took a trip out on a reservoir in amidst the hills. The owner of the estate had kindly offered to lend me his 4X4 to get up the reservoir, though little did I anticipate that he would lead us over the top of the hill and down the other side for a somewhat nerve wracking roller coaster across the farm tracks.