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I photographed PAX in the City at The George Hotel in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. It’s a fantastic event run by The PA Exchange and is, rather unsurprisingly, aimed at helping PAs, EAs, office managers and secretaries network and find suppliers. The organisers and exhibitors really push the boat out to make a visually interesting, fun social evening that’s far more than merely a chance to connect with people standing behind stalls. That makes for great photo opportunities. And that makes me happy.
As you’ll spot in the pictures, I also exhibited at PAX, unveiling new flyers, a new photo display, new business cards and a raft of other promotional bits and pieces. The wee man in my logo (he’s known as ticketman) came to life in some curious ways: custom-made gingerbread men that were given away to all the guests, plastic table confetti and he’s even been turned into a charm on a necklace that I am a little bit in love with.
Thanks to the PAX organisers for a great event, to all the exhibitors who made such an effort, to the guests who posed for pics and to those of you who stopped by my stall to admire the photos, enter the competition and have a chat. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.
Note to exhibitors: I have more photos of the event so may have captured you and your stall on camera. Please get in touch with me if you’d like to see the rest or use any online.
I’ve been photographing The Enchanted Forest for years. I’m always laden with camera gear and dressed oh-so-sexily in warm clothes, wellies, a waterproof jacket and a cosy hat that makes me look like a child. As usual, I stocked up on handwarmers a few weeks in advance and prepared myself for all eventualities. Sadly, my camera’s rain cover and the ‘shower caps’ to keep my bags dry were needed as heavy rain descended upon us. When it comes to the crunch, my camera gear has to be kept dry and it really doesn’t matter that my own hood has to be discarded cos it comes between my eyes and my viewfinder.
The weather made it a more challenging shoot but, despite the difficulties caused by raindrops on my lens, wet hands and a slippery tripod, it was a pretty amazing night. The views, as ever, were gorgeous. It’s fascinating to see how the clever creatives behind the event can turn Faskally Wood into a new spectacle every year.
The title of the 2013 show is ‘Absorb’ and please permit me a moment of bragging: one of my photos from last year’s event is the backdrop to this year’s marketing materials, visible on the website, posters and (hurrah!) billboards across the country, among other things. It’s my first billboard. I’m pretty excited.
Anyway, as you’ll see from my photos, there’s plenty to be absorbed by in the forest this year. The bridge looks stunning in a sweeping net of fairy lights, there are colour-changing orbs resting on the loch, an interactive globe for touch play, a huge pseudo-moon in the trees, and (one of my favourite bits) a large stretch of forest lit up in a display that’s choreographed to orchestral music. I like to call it Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark but many have told me that’s not funny and it’s just showing my age
I’m back there tonight so watch this space for more photos!
Here you go – a sneak peek at Kirstin and Jamie’s wedding photos. They married at Whitburn South Parish Church and partied at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel on Saturday 7th September. Apart from the torrential downpour straight after the ceremony (aaargh!), it was a fantastic day. I’ll tell you more soon but, for now, here’s a photographic glimpse of their wedding:
On Saturday 2 February, Rob and Jude married in St Adrian’s Church, Gullane, then feasted and partied at Greywalls Hotel. The wedding put a stop to the endless snow and rain, the bride was beautiful, the hotel and marquee were stunning, and we were in awe of the food that came from Chef Roux’s kitchen.
This is just a first peek at a few of the wedding photos. The happy couple, family and friends will see more soon and then I may reveal some more right here.
PS These pictures are also now on Facebook, ripe for tagging.
I’ve spent the last two nights lurking with my camera in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, capturing the beauty of The Enchanted Forest. I’ll tell you more when I’ve fully recovered but, for now, here are a few of my photos. AND you may like to know that they all feature in the new Enchanted Forest calendar for 2013 and it’s available to buy online now. Yup, we really are that fast.*
+++UPDATE+++ The calendar is now available to buy in Fisher’s Hotel and Just The Ticket, both in Atholl Road, Pitlochry.
*Now you know why I need to recover
I’ve spent hours in the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry over the last few nights, taking photographs to turn into calendars, greetings cards, postcards and prints. I’d love to tell you more but I’m up to my eyes in multi-coloured trees, moon-like objects, leaves and stairs that glow in the dark. *Update!* You can now buy official Enchanted Forest merchandise right here.
I’ve put loads of my Enchanted Forest pictures on my Facebook page. And there are more to come. I hope you like them.
I spent last weekend at T in the Park, shooting promotional pictures for the festival organisers, DF Concerts, and I found a little time to photograph a few bands. Lots more to show’n'tell soon but here are some photos of Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Slash and Ocean Colour Scene.
As if I’d ask for votes. As if! I’m merely informing you that voting has begun for the Scottish New Music Industry Awards and I happen to be one of the contenders for Event Photographer of the Year. I am ridiculously excited about it and will be crossing my fingers and holding my breath until the August deadline.
Anybody can vote but only one vote per IP address is permitted. You’ll find the voting form on the Scottish New Music Industry Awards website right now.
There are 27 categories including Live Club, Sound Engineer, Concert Venue, Media Person, Event, Director, Poster Artist, Radio Show and Record Label. I could go on but you’ll see them for yourself when you go to vote, won’t you?
It was a particularly hard shoot as the meerkats weren’t very interested in the props we supplied; in fact, they were interested in everything but! They kept wandering over to my cameras and even took some time to sniff my arm but we kept playing until they hung around the red, white and blue paraphernalia.
Some of the photos were just begging for captions so we joined forces and the lovely Tricia from Volpa PR has produced this brilliant video. Sit back and enjoy some wedding wisdom from our meerkat friends:
Visit Flickr to see the meerkat photos from my last visit; I’ll put together a gallery of new ones in the next day or two.
I’m delighted to say I’ve been nominated for Event Photographer of the Year in the Scottish New Music Awards 2011! I received my certificate on the anniversary of the first day of my post-BBC life. That felt quite poignant. Thanks so much to those of you who voted for me, it’s very much appreciated.
Unsurprisingly, I will be shouting about this a few more times before the winner is announced in September (I know, I can’t believe it’s that far away!) but I thought it was about time I shouted about it on my website. Voting begins online on the 2nd May. In the celebrated words of Rebecca Black, “I so excited!”.