At the beginning of each year I like to do a photography review of the previous year. Every year is completely unique to the previous with 2013 being a lot more busy for myself with commercial work than weddings (complete opposite of 2012) but with some really great moments.
My day to day job nowadays is car photography and it’s a job that by and large I really love doing. For four days a week I travel around Edinburgh taking photos of cars for companies like Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Lexus, Subaru, Skoda, Toyota, Honda and more and it’s a job that pays pretty well and eventually I’ll have a thorough sort of my photos and I’ll post some online.
Another thing that has been really great about 2013 is I’ve been doing a lot more food photography. I absolutely love doing food photography, often as it involves eating the food afterwards and my wife Liv got her first book publishing deal in the autumn which involved making an awful lot of food in a very short period of time. In the space of about two months approximately 60 dishes had to be created and photographed and while this might sound easy, with our work, family and studying commitments this was hard, especially on Liv.
As well as having our daughter and Liv working as a part time chef at one of the busiest restaurants in Edinburgh she’s also studying at university on a course which so far she really hates. Hopefully this will improve for her. A final note about the food photography, the first few cook book design photos are ideas we came up with and really like although sadly they are not what the publisher is after.
The last thing in this blog post and the main content is about wedding photography. The 2013 wedding season was really different to 2012 with more big weddings and less registry office weddings and there were some really great highlights. The photos below don’t contain photos from every single wedding I did, there would simply be too many, but these are some highlights which Liv helped me select.
My two main highlights of 2013 were all the great couples I got to work with and of whom there are too many to mention. Another highlight was some of the new venues I got to work at.
I’m a country boy at heart and got to photograph my first farm wedding at Cormiston Farm. Despite my horrendous hay fever on the day I really loved this wedding, especially as it was the only wedding of 2013 that Liv worked with me.
Another new venue was Orocco Pier in South Queensferry. South Queensferry is one of my favourite local areas and on the day we had the most spectacular weather with possibly an even more spectacular background of the Forth rail bridge.
The two final highlights were Glenskirlie Castle and The Caves. Of the former this was a lovely castle a short distance from Edinburgh and the whole day was great fun. Of the latter I’ve photographed a few weddings at the Caves sister venue, the Rowantree, but while the two venues are within the same venue they are completely different in terms of size and lighting. Both are equally great venues but very different.
So that’s all the writing for this post. There were many highlights, lots of fun moments, a fair few stressful moments but 2013 was a really good year and I’m looking forward to 2014.