Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Scottish Renewables

The renewables industry descended on Glasgow recently for the 2010 Scottish Renewables conference which brought together all the leading players in the field to discuss hydro, marine and wind energy supply for the future.

More info here.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A Day at the Museum

Museums Galleries Scotland, which represents over 350 museums and galleries, has announced 13 museum and gallery projects awarded a share of £750,000 of capital funding.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop MSP and Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland were at the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow to make the announcement. More information here.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Carmina Burana at the Usher Hall

Over 400 students from Erskine Stewart's Melville School took to the stage on Saturday night at the newly refurbished Usher Hall in Edinburgh to perform Karl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Friday, 26 March 2010

3 Months Freeeeee!

TV star Hamish Clark saddles up once again to promote Historic Scotland's new membership campaign which is launched today. HS are offering three months free membership when you sign up for 12 months, offering access to hundreds of properties all over Scotland. More details can be found here.

Hamish was photographed at Doune Castle near Stirling during the filming of the new TV ad which can be seen here.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Nice Buns!

Photographed for Greggs. Eaten by me.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Run With Mark

'50 marathons in 56 days man' Mark Cooper took his training to unusual lengths by running a full marathon at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre last Saturday.
Mark aims to run 50 marathons in 56 days, starting in Holland in May, finishing in Spain 56 days later, raising funds for the Headway Group charity.

Find out more about Mark's attempt here and sponsor him in any way you can.

Friday, 19 March 2010

The Dakota Forthbridge

You've probably driven past it countless times on your way to the Forth Road Bridge. It's the big black building with the blue neon sign saying only 'Dakota'.

I was commissioned by the Dakota hotel this week to photograph their private dining areas, restaurant and the Edinburgh Suite which is pictured above. The photographs will be used in their new brochures and on the Dakota website.

It's a fantastic looking building inside and out which made it very enjoyable to photograph.

The client loved the images too:

'The images are fantastic, exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for being so patient and for really understanding the Dakota Brand, it really shows in the images.'
Michelle Orr
Sales & Marketing Executive


Thursday, 18 March 2010

World Heritage Sites

Orkney is soaked in more than 5,000 years of history. Picts, Vikings & Medieval Knights all left their mark on this breathtaking landscape.

In this commission from Historic Scotland we traveled to Skara Brae to shoot the cover for the Orkney leaflet. The shoot was particularly challenging as we literally faced four seasons in one day; from rain, horizontal hailstones, sunshine and gales.

More information on Historic Scotland's Orkney sites can be found here.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Defender of the Nation

Edinburgh Castle is the Jewel in the Crown of Historic Scotland's properties and has been described as 'A mighty fortress with many treasures & a favoured residence of Scotland's Kings & Queens'.
This leaflet is the result of a commission from Historic Scotland to provide photography for marketing materials for properties the length of Scotland.

We shot the cover early in the morning before the hoards of visitors began to arrive. The castle welcomed 1,196,481 visitors through its doors in 2009 and is Scotland's top paid visitor attraction. More information on the castle can be found here.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Historic Scotland Member Handbook

Hot off the press - The Historic Scotland Member Handbook for 2010/11 hits the shelves this month. The guide is packed with information on over 345 Historic Scotland properties all over Scotland.

I shot the cover for the handbook at Craigmillar Castle last year. The weather was very kind to us that day with sunshine and blue skies.

More information about Historic Scotland properties can be found here.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

La Potiniere

La Potiniere restaurant in the beautiful village of Gullane in East Lothian. Photographed for The Scotsman Magazine.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Scottish Drama Training Network Launch

Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP launched the Scottish Drama Training Network, a major new initiative between the RSAMD, Queen Margaret University and Napier University. Mr Russell was joined by students from Queen Margaret University costume department.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Europe's Largest Advert

The transformation of The St James centre in Edinburgh has begin. Long disliked by locals, the area is being transformed for retail and urban use and renamed as St James Quarter. More information about the project can be found here. The old offices of New St Andrew's House are currently hidden behind the largest advert ever to cover a building in Europe. An improvement, some might say?

Monday, 1 March 2010

Scotland on Sunday Eligibles 2010 Party

Scotland on Sunday Eligibles 2010 party at The Caves Edinburgh. Were you there?
See all the photographs here.