Monday, 30 November 2009

Homecoming Live: In Pictures

Homecoming Live took over the SECC in Glasgow in Friday night with an array of Scottish bands and artists which included Deacon Blue, Twin Atlantic, Idlewild, Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote and Midge Ure. The concerts kicked off a weekend of celebrations to mark the end of Homecoming Scotland 2009. More pictures here.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Who ate all the Pies?

I did. Well, a couple anyway. Celebrity Irish chef Paul Rankin was a the new Sainsbury's superstore at Braehead near Glasgow recently to promote his new range of luxury pies which include peppered venison and mushroom. I have to confess that I was given a box of pies to take home and I can safely report that they were delicious. And Paul was a top guy as well.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Shooting with Innis & Gunn

Edinburgh based brewers Innis & Gunn recently produced their 5 millionth bottle of beer. To publicise the event I was commissioned to produce press and corporate images of Dougal Sharp, renowned brewer and owner of Innis & Gunn.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Big Ticket

Culture Minister Mike Russell launched the Historic Scotland Free Weekend at Stirling Castle yesterday. To celebrate St Andrew's Day and the finale weekend of Homecoming Scotland 2009, Historic Scotland are throwing open the doors of 47 of their properties for free. To find a property near you text 'WEEKEND' to 84118 or visit the HS site.

Both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles are also free on St Andrew's. How many properties can you visit on one weekend?

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Santa's Little Helper

Gillian Burke, owner of Ollie & Forbes photographed for Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum Magazine. Ollie & Forbes is a new online retailer based in Edinburgh specialising in contemporary children's toys presented in jute bags.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Sir Jackie Stewart

Scottish racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart OBE dropped by the Famous Scots exhibition at the Scotland'sPeople centre in Edinburgh this morning to see the story of his life and family tree. The Formula 1 champion in the final Famous Scot in the series and the exhibition runs until 31st Dec 2009.

Previous people featured include Billy Connolly Brian Cox and Tilda Swinton. The exhibition is part of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Radio Forth Awards

Sugababes, Spandau Ballet, The Noisettes and Amy Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield were among the big names who appeared at the seventh annual Radio Forth Awards at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh yesterday.

The Awards celebrate the best in music, sports and entertainment and also honour local heroes from communities in and around Edinburgh.

More photographs on the Forth One website here.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Little Comets

Little Comets lead singer Robert Coles performs at the Jewel & Esk college last night as part of a tour aimed at giving music students the opportunity to stage their own concert. The Newcastle based band took to the stage alongside current and former students.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The Dalmore Oculus

Whisky consultant Marin Green from Bonhams examines The Dalmore Oculus, a rare and unique bottle of precious whisky assembled from some of the most exceptional whiskies of the past 140 years. The whisky is part of Bonhams auction which takes place tomorrow and is expected to fetch between £15,000 - £20,000.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

David Calder

I first met David Calder a couple of years ago when I photographed him for his weekly fitness column in Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum Magazine. When David set up his new fitness, wellness and therapy studios in Edinburgh's West End I was delighted when he commissioned me to provide images for his website and advertising.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Caledonia clears Perth Concert Hall

Back to work after a couple of weeks off and straight to Perth for the finale concert of Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber festival which ended with the Caledonia concert. I must say it's always a joy to photograph Dougie and get the chance to listen to some great music at the same time keeps those back to work blues at bay.

The show ended with a star studded line up onstage to sing Dougie's most famous song - Caledonia complete with pyrotechnics during the last verse. Unfortunately the smoke set off the automatic fire alarms and the hall had to be cleared before the cast could perform the final number of Auld Lang Syne. Rock and roll.