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2015 – A review of the year for Inverness Photographer

Happy New Year!

2015 shaped up to be a rather monumental year on a personal level with the sale of our Glasgow home, purchasing our Inverness home and working on relocating our businesses north to Inverness. The icing on the cake came late on Boxing Day with the arrival of Lucy Kate, a daughter for Fiona and I, and a little sister for Ally.

Work life was also exceptionally busy, and exciting – with weddings all over Scotland and as far afield as London and Colorado! Other projects also took me travelling back into the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore, with an additional first time trip into Laos for the year end.

2016 will hopefully be as exciting a year, as I celebrate the 10 year anniversary of being in business – possibly with an exhibition of previously unseen images.

The calendar still has plenty of free space however, so now is the time to be in touch if you or someone you know has a project in mind.

For now, take a look through some of my favourite photographs from these last 12 months, some from Inverness, and some from a little further afield!


January – My year started with the first of my overseas trips to the Philippines.

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February – My first wedding of the year was the elopement of Jordan and Julie who came to Scotland from their native USA to get married in Aboyne. We had a great day travelling through Aberdeenshire capturing a selection of shots, including a trip to the Queen’s highland home at Balmoral!

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I was travelling again in March, with Mark and Diana’s wedding in Dunkeld and a commissioned project to shoot an editorial travel feature on Glasgow for Canadian airline Westjet amongst my favourite jobs.

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Wedding season got into full swing in April, with Alex and Suzie’s wedding at Aultmore House, Niall and Catherine’s wedding in Glasgow and Airth and Laura and Kevin’s wedding at beautiful Achnagairn.

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May was one of the busiest months I’ve ever had, with Alex and Susan’s wedding in Inverary feeling fairly local compared with Phil and Rose’s wedding in London, and Andrew and Jennifer’s wedding in Coloardo! I also managed to fit in a trip to Thailand and Singapore inbetween – just!

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I was back in Thailand again later in June, but not before a few more weddings in Lewis, Camusdarach and back at Achnagairn.

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I started July in Thailand, but was soon back in the UK for weddings all over Scotland and a week down in London.

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I was still shooting weddings well into August, with more trips on the road in Glasgow, Blanefield and Aberdeen including some more local Inverness weddings.

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September was America month, as I shot the weddings of 3 american couples inbetween a few Scottish couples, followed by a trip to America for our family holiday.

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I managed a little holiday time in October,with a road trip in the USA with Fiona, Ally and Bump. A few days in the Carolina’s was great creative therapy to come back to a busy end of the year. A cabin in the woods was also an ideal editing environment for more weddings, and editing my scottish roadtrip photo diary with Jason and Julia. My first visit to a highland games was a fun job to shoot at the end of the month, with an editorial assignment for Red Bull.

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I was delighted to make the most of a late Autumn for Becky and Struan’s engagement photo session on the first day of November. But I was soon back on my travels again, this time to Laos.

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And then it was December – I was busy with a variety of editorial jobs through the month, but grateful for a little time to relax and take stock too – it’s been a busy year!

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2016 marks 10 years since I first became a full time professional photographer, so it will hopefully be another exciting year for projects. I’ve still got plenty space in my diary as things stand, so if you or anyone you know would like to talk to me about a project you have in mind, now is the time to get in touch!

Send me an e-mail!

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Thailand Travel Photography

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I’m working through the last of the edits of wedding season before I head off for the last big travel photography project of the year in Laos, next weekend.

It’s been a busy year, and as I fly out next weekend, it will mark the last of 7 overseas projects this year, and my third trip into Thailand of the year.

Despite having been to Thailand many times, my last trip was the first time I had made it to Chiangmai, and it’s definitely a place I would reccommend if you are considering a trip in the near future. I’d specifically reccommend checking out the Silver Temple, a little off the obvious tourist trail, but definitely worth a visit if you’re keen to capture some good images. Be sure to get their early though – if you’d like to see Monks and avoid the heat!

I’ll be working on catching up on some admin over the next week also, if you have questions regarding any projects or are keen to have your wedding albums ready in time for Christmas, now is the time to be in touch!

I’m expecting to be away from next Saturday (07th) and returning on the 20th November, as I expect to be travelling in more remote areas, I don’t expect to have much e-mail access.

Baby Mackay number 2 is also due to make an appearance shortly after I’m back and Santa makes and appearance, so now is the time to get in touch!



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Phil and Rose – A Woodford Green Wedding

I’m in London, a fantastic city and also the place where I first seriously picked up a camera more than ten years ago.

I was delighted to capture the wedding of Phil and Rose earlier today at All Saints Church in Woodford, with the reception at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell.

Just like my wedding last week, Phil is the third sibling in his family of four to get married, and I have also been privileged to shoot all three.  It makes it a very special privilege and it’s great to share the day with their families.

Next up, I’m headed back home to Inverness and then I’m off to Asia for two weeks.  My next wedding is in three weeks’ time in Colorado!

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My two favourite photos of 2014

I get asked often as a photographer what my favourite image is and it’s normally a pretty impossible one to choose.

I did managed to narrow my choices down a little to pick out my favourite image of 2014 but felt I needed to choose two, partly because of the stories associated with where and how they were shot!


The Lady on the Road to Ba Be Lake

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I shot this first image of the Lady on the Road to Ba Be Lake of the first of my two trips into Vietnam in April of this year. I was travelling down to Ba Be Lake to shoot for one of my NGO clients along with a guide and the driver who had collected us from Hanoi. We decided to stop for lunch on the road on the way down, and taking a little wander around the few houses we had stopped by, I came across this lady and her family. It was one of those great experiences you have when travelling when you don’t quite know what to expect but you find little moments of magic in the most unexpected of places. I loved shooting some images of this lady, and interacting with her and her family. We couldn’t speak the same language but we shared plenty of smiles!


Richard and Kelly – A Heathy Lea Wedding

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Richard and Kelly were married in August and had wedding reception at Heathy Lea, a beautiful venue on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire.

I had first met Richard and Kelly briefly the year below when they were guests at the wedding of Sian and Shankar at Cameron House in Loch Lomond. They had got engaged the day before, and I was delighted when they got in touch a few months later to ask if I would be able to come and capture their wedding photos for them!

They had done an incredible job of styling their wedding, which as a photographer makes the day so much fun to photograph, and they also had a lot happening throughout the day, meaning there was plenty for guests to do and for me to see!

The tree in the photo sits on the Chatsworth Estate just in front of Heathy Lea, and the rope swing in the photo was well visited by their guests throughout the day.  This frame was shot with the very last light of the day when the moon was out (top right of the frame), and it was a shot I was delighted to get.

2015 should be an exciting year, as we look to get settled into Inverness as a family, and I’m looking forward to being out and about photographing new projects and finding some new spaces to work in. If you’re in need of a photographer then I’d be delighted to hear from you, and in the meantime, Happy New Year!