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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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Portraiture Gift Vouchers

Christmas is a special time to get to share with family, and what better way to celebrate that, than with a voucher towards a family/kids portrait session? I’m not currently accepting any  more bookings for portrait sessions until the new year, but a voucher allows the chance to make the most of better (warmer!) weather in a few months time. Costs for vouchers start from £50 and can go up to any amount you specify.

With only two weeks to go until Christmas time is running out to come up with some ideal presents, but a gift voucher towards a family portrait session is the perfect gift to make sure that memories can be made in 2016.

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Portrait sessions are available throughout Scotland, with portrait package prices starting from £95. All packages include:

  • an on location session – Let’s get out and about and shoot some images in the spaces that mean the most to you.
  • a post session edit – Your images edited post session and available to view on your private password protected gallery.
  • a print credit – To order and make the most of your images. Prints start from £12 and digital files are also available to purchase.
  • a mobile app of your images – Perfect for tablets and smartphones and sharing your images on the go with friends and family!

Gift vouchers come as a card for you to gift to the recipient alongside a letter outlining their options.

Gift vouchers can also be redeemed against a range of other services, including my wedding photography services, or on private camera tuition!

Want more information? Send me an e-mail!

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Unique Christmas Presents from Roddy Mackay Photography

Are we allowed to talk about it yet? It’s officially one month until Christmas eve, so rather than risk doing your last minute christmas shopping in the Tesco petrol station, now is the time to get shopping for something that little more unique.

As a small business I am delighted to be able to offer a range of options for a unique Christmas present including beautiful prints from around the world, a gift voucher towards a portrait session, or an option to have a loved one spending some one on one time learning how to make more of their camera.


Search my archive for something special:

With 10 years of travel around the world under my belt, you should be able to find some photographs in my archive for a unique present. In addition to images from Scotland, you’ll also find a selection of images from 29 other countries and iconic locations such as New York, London, Paris and Tokyo. The archive isn’t quite as organised as I would like it to be just now, but you can access a special selection of some of my favourite images in the link here, prices start from just £25.

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Gift Vouchers towards a Portrait Session

Christmas is a special time to get to share with family, and what better way to celebrate that, than with a voucher towards a family/kids portrait session? I’m not currently accepting any booking for portrait sessions until the new year, but a voucher allows the chance to make the most of better (warmer!) weather in a few months time. Costs for vouchers start from £50 and can go up to any amount you specify.

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Learn how to use that camera!

Still struggling to figure out how to use last years Christmas present? Desperate to take images as good as the ones you see elsewhere? One on one camera tuition can help you learn how to make more of your camera! I’m happy to offer one on one lessons talking through the basics of camera control, creating images, archiving material and portfolio development. If you want to find out more information – read on here.

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Get in touch!

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Photography Tuition – No more ‘auto’ settings!

Would you like to make more of your photography? Or take your camera off ‘auto’ and be a little more creative?

I’m pleased to now offer one on one photography tuition to those looking to make more of their camera, or who are ready to make the step up to the next level with their photography.

Tuition is offered based on a mixture of what you would like to learn, mixed in with a little direction on set challenges to help you think through the process of what you would like to achieve.

Basic lessons cover elements of image construction, correctly exposing the camera on manual control, and learning how to to override the auto settings to achieve your own creative vision.

Additionally I can offer lessons on learning how to look for light, controlling your subject to get your desired results, archival and post processing of images.

I’d also be happy to guide you through some of my favourite portfolio shots, how I shot it, and how you can aim for the same.

Lessons start from £95 for a 2hr base lesson, or £275 for a full day six hour lesson.

if you’d like to know more, or to enquire about availability, send me an e-mail here.

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Becky and Struan got in touch not long after their engagement to ask if would be able to take some photographs with them to celebrate their engagement – I was delighted to be asked!

I travelled down from Inverness to meet them in Aberfeldy, where Struan is originally from, and we spent some time exploring different corners of Aberfeldy and further along Loch Tay on what was a beautiful autumn/winters day.

With it being the 1st of November I was a little nervous about what weather we could have to work with for their photo session, but we had a beautiful day with clear blue skies and bursts of colour from the trees all around. The autumn colours really seem to have lasted much longer this year, something I’m very grateful for!

As well as having some time to take photographs at the Birks of Aberfeldy we headed on to Ardreonaig to spend some time down at Loch Tay, the calm waters of the loch made for beautiful reflected light, great to work with!

If you are recently engaged, or are looking for the perfect Christmas present for a loved one then please do get in touch – I’d be delighted to advise further on options for capturing some beautiful photographs for you.