3 mums, 3 toddlers and a baby.

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3 mums, 3 toddlers and a baby.

Escape time in Aviemore

Sometimes a bit of escapism is needed. 2015 is about to kick off to a very busy start so recently a few photography friends and I headed up to Aviemore for a couple of days escape to my folks house. This is my favourite spot in Scotland. It's a place that is very special to me and my family and with no phone reception it is just bliss! My bubble. Thanks to Lindsey, Jen and Zoe that made the journey up north with me. It wasn't quite as relaxing as it used to be with four kids in tow, but we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Jamie, Ollie and I head to New Zealand next week for a long awaited for trip to see Jamie's family and then a quick stop off in OZ on the way home to see a couple of very special friends of mine get married, eeeek i'm excited! Then its straight back into wedding season which is going to be an amazing one with weddings dotted all over the UK. I'm hoping to squeeze in the odd trip up to Aviemore in-between the wedding madness, but in the meantime photos of our recent trip will keep me satisfied. Never underestimate the power of a photograph. 

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The Briggait Wedding fair with The Glasgow Wedding Collective

A big thank you to The Glasgow Wedding Collective for putting on another brilliant wedding fair on Saturday. The fair look place at The Briggait, a new venue in Merchant city which was a  the perfect setting for the event. Thanks to everyone that came to say hello on Saturday and an even bigger thanks to the lovely couples that booked with me for this year and next. I wish i'd taken more photos of the event itself but the day went so quickly I could hardly dew breath. I grabbed a few quick photos at the end of the day of my stand. Check out The Glasgow Wedding Collective website for photos of the event soon. 

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The huge 2014...

To sum up 2014 is a tough job. It was a huge year for me and my family. A huge incredible year full of high highs and some rubbish lows. It was a year of major life events. In February Jamie and I made our two into a three with the arrival of Ollie. The months to follow Ollie's arrival were a little bumpy as both Ollie and myself spent time going in and out of hospital. At points 2014 seemed to stand still and at others it seemed to speed past without me realising another month had been and gone. Meanwhile a wedding was being planned in the background and for this I have to thank my wonderful family for taking over the reins. Jamie and I got married in July in Aviemore  surrounded by our family and friends that ventured from all over the world to join us. I've always had a great understanding of the importance of weddings however it isn't until you stand looking around a room full of people from all aspects of your life, all under the same roof (or Tipi in our case) that you realise how pretty dam special it is. It was an incredible day and wish I could do it over and over again. Following a baby and a wedding we moved house in October. We now have a garden and a room to turn into a studio,  the icing on the cake of an exciting year. Amongst all of this I have been busy with work, photographing many wonderful weddings In Scotland, England and even in the South of France.  I've photographed  Newborns, families and some commercial shoots aswell. 

The year was suppose to end in the Southern Hemisphere, on the beaches and in the Ocean of Jamie's homeland NZ and then onto OZ..  However our plans were scuppered as Ollie came down with a nasty ear infection that prevented us from flying, we will just have to squeeze in a trip to OZ and NZ in 2015 instead. So we swapped the beaches and ocean for the Cairngorm mountains for Sledging and long wintery walks with my family. 

Some years can be uneventful and others make a significant turn. 2014 will be one of the biggest years I will ever experience and I want to thank all those that shared it with me. So what does 2015 hold. A year of sharing other peoples big events. I have a busy year ahead photographing weddings in some very exciting locations. I am opening my new studio to concentrate more on new born and kids shoots and we'll be taking a couple of trips overseas.  Jamie and I have big plans for 2016 so heres to 2015 paving the way for those plans to happen. May it be a little less eventful than the previous year but just as wonderful. Here's a small selection of images to sum up my big fat 2014!  

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John and Linzie

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John and Linzie

So here it is, the first blog of the new website. I have a huge back log of weddings, newborns, baby's, families, furniture and random ramblings to blog but I thought I'd start it off with some photographs from a workshop I did back in October staring my lovely photographer friend Linzie Russo who has just moved back to Australia. I would be lying if I said I wasn't horribly envious of her as she dips her toes in the warm ocean and enjoys beach time with her family, but we will be seeing each other on the warm Sydney beaches in just over a month so no time to miss each other just yet. 

As a photographer I think it is extremely important to keep on our toes with what we do and there is always room to up skill, after all it was many moons ago that I studied photography at uni.  Lisa Devlin and Adam Bronkhorst from Photography Farm came up to Scotland for a couple of days to run a 2 day workshop called Farm elements. On day two we went rambling in the Scottish hills with Linzie and John and to capture some final images of their time in Scotland together. Heres what I got....


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