Hat trick of portraits

Always nice to score a hat trick of portraits of Humza Yousaf, Kate Forbes and Ash Regan, and be assured a winner. As a documentary photographer my days of chasing the news on a daily basis have receded into the earlier part of my career. But none the less it’s enjoyable and important to still […]

Editorial portrait photographer

Keepin’ it relaxed! – I get a lot of assignments as an editorial portrait photographer here in Scotland, and last week I assembled in a folder the relaxed and honest portraits you see here, mostly shot on recent editorial portrait assignments for newspapers and magazine clients. I shoot a lot of work that I don’t […]

Exhibiting in UAE

My photography project ‘Unsullied & Untarnished, the Common Ridings and Festivals of the Scottish Borders’ will be exhibiting in UAE, in Sharjah emirate, from 9th-15th February 2023, at Xposure – the leading international photography festival. I’m delighted to be invited by the curator Simon Newtown and his team to exhibit photography work from Scotland, and […]

Mikhail Gorbachev in Aberdeen

Many years ago, back in December 1993 I was fortunate enough to photograph former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Aberdeen, Scotland, as he came, accompanied by his wife Raisa, to be awarded the Keys To the City. Yesterday evening I was saddened to hear that he has passed away in Moscow aged 91-years. My photographic […]

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland

The clock was ticking recently when I was on assignment for the Financial Times in Angus for a portrait session appointment with the Right Honourable Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, and Conservative Party Member of Parliament. Always nice to be asked to do such photography portrait shoots with people who are in the […]

Portrait of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

This past weekend I had a few moments in which to photograph a portrait of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The shoot took place here in Glasgow, very locally which was nice. As much as I prefer photographing the ‘man/woman in the street’ who doesn’t usually get photographed, it is always nice to get a few […]

Show Us Colonsay

I recently returned from a week of photography on the Hebridean island of Colonsay, where I worked with colleague photographers from Document Scotland, and collaborated with the local community to build a portrait of their island through photography. The project was Show Us Colonsay, supported by Creative Scotland, and Street Level Photoworks gallery in Glasgow. […]

Scottish Crime Writers

Scottish author Irvine Welsh in front of stone wall

“Can you shoot a few portraits for a French client, of some Scottish crime writers?” was the message. “Oui, c’est bon!” I replied. Back in March this year I met up with French journalist Julie of Le Point magazine, and we travelled between Glasgow, Bothwell, and Edinburgh for the photography assignment. Julie’s article’s premise was […]

Portrait of Anas Sarwar, of Scottish Labour

I recently was commissioned to photograph a portrait of Anas Sarwar, member of Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Labour Party, for the Financial Times. The portrait shoot took place here in Glasgow, just after the interview for the same article. As ever I arrived early and had a scout around the neighbourhood, to […]