What a wet summer we’re having! On the one day that Karen, David and I were all free before their wedding at Lake Como in Italy, it was, of course, raining…… Many of the photos I took feature vertical white streaks of falling water as they bravely posed in the drizzle.
Hopefully we’ll have some warmth and sunshine in a month’s time, although David tells me that it’s been unseasonally wet in Italy too.
If you’re on speaking terms terms to a rain god, please talk to them now!
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for our quick engagement portrait session on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. Becca and Rowan are such a relaxed couple that photographing them at their wedding at Wedderburn Castle in October is going to be a delight – even if the weather isn’t likely to be as wonderful!
I can’t remember the last time I had a summer holiday. After all, summer is the peak time for wedding photographers. However, some things are more important than work, and after meeting Charlotte and her two sons eight months ago, I quickly booked two weeks out of my schedule, at the beginning of the English school holidays.
They arrived two weeks ago in North Berwick and I was slightly apprehensive of what the boys would think. However, two borrowed bikes, beaches galore, a football and weather that was (except for a couple of days) perfect, seemed to provide enough entertainment for two teenagers. They even managed to meet a schoolfriend from Oxford on the beach! It was also Charles’ birthday, so that was an excuse for one of the two parties we had. (That’s Charles, grinning with his new laptop, in the second photo below.)
It was really great for them to see where I live and to meet my friends again (they’d last seen them in Marrakech.) I now see a flurry of Facebook activity going on between Seb, Charles, Neil and Callum!
Charlotte and I live 360 miles apart – a whole days travel whether driving or taking the train – and our conflicting work schedules mean that this was the first time she, Seb and Charles had visited North Berwick. In fact, it was the first time they’d been to Scotland.
I have plans for the next trip they make……
Ten years ago this week I was about to return to the UK from a three month trip across the USA. I’d been visiting the ten places called ‘Paradise’ and photographing and writing about the people I met.
Unfortunately, my nascent publishing deal dissolved with the attacks of 9/11. My book took a back shelf as I turned away from Fleet Street newspaper and magazine photography and writing, and turned towards the much more enjoyable world of weddings instead.
However, new technology means it’s easier to be your own publisher, and easier to distribute your work. So I have decided to release ‘Paradise Found’ as an eBook in PDF format.
I’ve re-arranged the layout to make it look even better on an iPad, while those reading it on a computer won’t be disappointed either.It’s 123 pages long, with a chapter on each Paradise. The pages alternate between a page of text and a full page photo. And it’s only $5! That’s a measly £3.17 ish….. You can pay via PayPal on this page, and once completed your browser will redirect, and the download (in zip format) will start. The file is 25Mb, so be patient.
Please spread the word! Meanwhile here’s a photograph from each Paradise. You’ll have to read the book to work out where exactly in the USA each one (apart from one!) was taken.
I returned from Nairn the long way round, via Aberdeen. I was there to photograph four year old Callum and two year old Innes. Apparently I’d photographed Callum before, when he was a very young baby and his parents were guests at a wedding I photographed.
The only way the weather could have been worse was if it had been raining, but then to two young boys, a freezing gale force wind is something to be enjoyed (unlike us adults!)
As I left Aberdeen, the radio was announcing a road near Glenshee closed because of drifting snow, and that the Shetland ferry was stuck outside Aberdeen harbour in 70mph winds….