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cream of the crop 

We have been lucky enough to have worked with Mackie's of Scotland for a few years now and every visit to their farm near Inverurie is always interesting and a pleasure.

For anyone that doesn't know (what have you been doing?!) Mackie's is a family run company that produces very high quality ice cream, crisps and now fabby chocolate. The ice cream and chocolate are made on their farm which is pretty unusual... no long distances transporting milk to a factory miles away.. Everyone on the farm is on first name terms, it doesn't matter who you are, director, stockman or sweetie kitchen supervisor there's no room for egos here. The number of 'real' families within the Mackie's family is also surprising, brothers and sisters, mothers, and sons and daughters and of course husbands and wives.

Karin Hayhow (Mackie's Marketing Director) knows how special this is and so way back in 2015 she asked us to work with her to make this project a reality.  It took a little while to actually get going (fitting in portraiture shoots with the running of a busy farm, a factory and a very successful company is a pretty complex task). We started gently, taking occasional portraits so that people could warm to the notion of having their portrait taken wearing their work clothes rather than their glad-rags. Karin also interviewed each of sitters so that the portraits could be accompanied by a quote from each of them.

Kevin Jepson, Services Manager - Engineer "I love it in my workshop, it’s my favourite place in the world… that’s because I’ve got a’thing in here, my drills, my power tools, spares... so I feel like I could mak onything!

All of the images have come together in a project called 'Faces of Mackie's' and the above portrait is just one example of the more than 50 portraits we have taken (see others here). Mackie's are using the portraits on their website (here). 

So, next time your enjoying a bowl of Mackie's Honeycomb Ice Cream or a bar of Mackie's Dark Chocolate, sit back, enjoy it and think of people... the 'Faces of Mackie's who have helped bring a little luxury into your day!

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How chuffed are we!!

We are delighted to announce that our portrait of artist Alison Watt has been acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for their collection. The work is part of a small exhibition entitled ‘Building Sights’ that we produced last year as part of the Festival of Architecture. See it in full here

Commissioned by the R.I.A.S. the exhibition consists of six portraits of well-known people who were asked to choose their favorite building in Scotland. Alison chose the Memorial Chapel, Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church Edinburgh.

She said "From the moment I stepped into the chapel, I knew I was going to make work to describe how I felt,..."

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visions of academia

At the end of last year we were commissioned to take eight portraits and a wrap-around cover image for The University of Edinburgh's Annual Review. Many moons ago we were both employed by the University, being familiar with physical layout of the campus as well as working within the educational system came in very handy. After an initial meeting with the client we were simply given an introduction to each of the sitters and we took it from there, obviously we kept our client up to date with our ideas and progress.

We met each of the sitters for a brief, informal chat in advance of their shoot in order to get an understanding of what they do and a feel for how we might portray them. This also gave the sitters a chance to meet us which always helps make things more relaxed during a shoot.

We then began looking for locations, seeking permissions, scheduling, logistics and making sure everyone was happy with what we proposed…thankfully everyone was.

Locations ranged from a science lab to a beach and a cow shed to a cafe, each being pertinent to the sitter's field of expertise. As well as being lovely people all of the sitters 'got' what we wanted to do which made working with them a pleasure…plus we got to see a VERY fancy robot and go to the beach!

The portraits were shot on our digital Hasselblad using a mix of flash and available light. The cover shot, which is a close up of the Principal's Robe, was lit using flash and a torch…you do what you have to do!

From initial meeting to image delivery only took a few weeks with most of the time being taken up waiting to fit in with the sitter's busy diaries.

A few days ago we met with the client to see the final publication and are happy to report that the University is delighted with our work and how we approached the commission…positive feedback is always very welcome!

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Professor Sethu Vijayakumar © broad daylight


Cathy Kitchen © broad daylight


Professor Geoff Simm © broad daylight


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and relax!

Now that everone is back to work after the festive season and hopefully over the first few frenetic days, why not take a few moments to kickback and watch a video of some of our more recent work for some fantastic clients plus a sneaky peek at some of our personal images. You'll maybe have seen some of the shots before but there's also plenty of unpublished images too...enjoy!



the story behind a man and a dog

Below is our latest portrait for Elevator. Based in the North East, Elevator is a social enterprise offering support to entrepreneurs, employees and business leaders in Scotland.

The portrait is of Graeme Bone, Managing Director of Drum Property Group, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the annual Elevator awards ceremony last year. Graeme received the award due to his exceptional leadership in making the Drum Property Group one of the most successful commercial and residential development groups in the country.

The portrait is part of an on-going series that we produce for Elevator's 'Hall of Fame', which features other notables such as Deborah O'Neil, Ciaran Dreelan, Roy MacGregor and Andy Bird. 

We used a sleek, modern building at the Prime Four business park (a Drum Property Group development near Aberdeen) as a backdrop to the shot. We chose this particular building as we needed a background that was dynamic and uncluttered. We wanted the shot to reflect Graeme's leadership and personality, which is bold and precise in business and very relaxed away from work. He has a great love for family, friends and pets...hence the inclusion of Pepsi, his lovely pet labrador.

Both Graeme and Pepsi we're brilliant on the shoot, it's amazing the how well things go when you have a tennis ball in your hand...the ball was for Pepsi as Graeme needed very little direction! All joking aside Graeme was very kind and patient as were all the people we dealt with from Drum Property, namely Fife Hyland plus Keith, Carol and Colin.

For technical people out there we shot the image on a Hasselblad tethered to a Mac and straight into Phocus. We used Bowens QUAD 3KM heads running from an Explorer 1500 battery generator to light the scene. Post-processing took place in Lightroom and Photoshop.

We're pleased to report that Graeme is very happy with the portrait as are Gary McEwan (Chief Executive, Elevator) and Michelle Barclay (Communications Manager, Elevator).......Pepsi hasn't replied to any of our emails.

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