I grew up in a rural community in the north east of Scotland, in fact I spent the early years of my life on the farm where the famous Mackies ice-cream was made, and I was lucky enough to be a child at a time when I could head out the door, explore the surrounding countryside, and return only when I was hungry. I enjoyed being in the great outdoors, and experienced first hand Scotland’s variety, colour, beasts and beasties. Weather was no barrier to an eager child if you wore the right clothes and had the right attitude.
I fell in love with photography from an early age but it was not till I was 19 before I took it seriously. I spent 2.5 years studying photography in college before becoming full time. My first camera was a 35mm Nikon f8 that I still use today. I upgraded to my first digital camera: Nikon D100 then to a D3 and now I work with the Nikon D810.
As an adult, I still venture out into the wilds of Scotland, with the right kit, hungry for the right shot, facing sleet or dazzling sun, crossing coastal cliffs or hiking up rugged mountain ranges. Like so many people I have a passion for this land and attempt to convey its mystery and its magic in every shot. The light in Scotland is a photographer’s dream and it’s a true pleasure to work here. I don’t see how a photographer could fail to be inspired and captivated by Scotland’s landscapes. The countryside, the weather, the seasons, the wildlife; it’s simply enthralling and always challenging
The timeless quality about being a professional photographer is that at the end of the day, at the end of a shoot, when I’m exhausted and have captured the best shots I can, just like a child, I return home for dinner and start planning the next big adventure.
My purpose with my landscape photography is to bring these wild places to the viewer, to make them feel that they are right there with me.
I love being my own boss but it does keep me stuck in the office editing and paperwork. I am planing to explore the wilderness of Scotland and perfect my wild camping. I have a number of trips planned for the Faroe Islands where I will be connecting with a number of fantastic landscape photographers.