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tales of a designer, a logo, Fiona Hyslop, two spacemen & a dog

Last Tuesday we shot our first portrait for a new client to us…VisitScotland. They chose us for the commission after checking out our web site...they particularly liked our shot of Entreprneur Richard Tait, #chuffed (see it in this gallery).  The venue was the Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh and the sitter was designer Maria Garcia Tena who won the competition to design the '2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design' logo. The competition was run by VisitScotland to celebrate young creatives in Scotland.

The shoot involved taking a variety of portraits of Maria with a large vinyl printout of her design in the background, as ever we took additional shots without the logo to keep options open for publicity materials.

A selection of portraits needed to be turned round fast (some requiring Photoshop composite work) in order to meet the launch deadline. We're happy to say all went well and we delivered the images ahead of schedule and were even happier to get an email from the client saying "…Really like them. Think you’ve captured her fantastically. Thanks so much." Makes it all worth while!


For those that don't know (probably very few) the Biscuit Factory,Edinburgh is a brilliant arts & fashion hub in the former Crawford’s biscuit factory just off Bonnington Road in Leith. Everyone at The Biscuit Factory was a delight to work with and couldn't do enough to help make sure we had all we needed for the shoot. The space has fantastic light and is huge. So large in fact, there was a press shoot taking place at the same time for Edinburgh Science Festival involving Fiona Hyslop, two spacemen, press photographers and TV crews....we hardly even noticed they were there!

Below we've also include a couple of shots we took when we went to recce the location. One is of Alan Forgie (one of the Biscuit Factory owners) and the other is tail end of Logie who was having a fab time running around the venue during the recce!




Fashion Show

In 2012 we were commissioned by Glasgow Caledonian University to capture life behind the scenes over an academic year. These pictures are from the student fashion show...we hope we have captured all the buzz and excitement the students had showing their work to their peers, family and friends!!

I hope they had a good time as we certainly did!



Entrepreneurial Scotland

November again… time for the Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner. An exciting time for the Exchange as they have now joined forces with the Saltire Foundation to form ‘Entrepreneurial Scotland' - a new organization being formed in Scotland in a bid to "catalyse" a new era of entrepreneurial and economic growth.

The portraits being unveiled at Thursday’s dinner are the 2013 inductees to the ‘Hall of Fame’ Mr. Roy McGregor and Mrs. Ann Budge which brings the total number of inductees to 40… and we have loved photographing each and every one.

To quote the Exchange these are  “A truly inspirational group of individuals who demonstrate just what can be achieved in Scotland by people with vision, passion and hard work.”

We feel so privileged to have met the Hall of Fame members who are a pretty diverse bunch, through our portraits we have tried to depict something of their personalities and achievements and capture what makes them truly inspirational.

We hope you like these latest two, John Anderson the former chief executive of the Exchange “Loved them”.

To view more portraits see:

Mr Roy McGregor was photographed at Nigg Yard on the Cromarty Firth which was purchased by the Global Energy Group in 2011

Mrs Ann Budge the first female chairwoman of Hearts Football Club was photographed at their Tynecastle ground.

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teamplayers…it's brilliant!

Here's a little taster of what went on behind the scenes at the shoots for our TEAMPLAYERS exhibition. The athletes were all fantastic and so good to work with...really inspirational. We'd like to thank all of them and to wish those taking part in The Commonwealth Games the best of luck.

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The exhibition launched at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh and ran until 18th June 2014. It is currently on show in The Museum of Edinburgh and will travel to The University of Edinburgh Centre for Sport and Exercise later in the year. See the portraits and read more information here.

Go Team Scotland!

Some technical information
We used our standard lighting kit for the actual portraits which is a Hasselblad fitted with a digital back tethered to a Mac laptop. The lights are Bowens Quad 3KM Mini Flash Heads powered by a Bowens Explorer 1500 pack. We used a variety of reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas. Post-production was done in Lightroom and Photoshop. For the behind the scenes images we used Nikon cameras re the short videos and we used Fuji X Series cameras for the stills...a couple of still images are 'grabbed' from video sequences shot on the Nikon.

New 'Hall of Fame' portraits!

The portraits unveiled at the Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner Dinner on 28th November are of the 2012 inductees into their Hall of Fame, Gio Benedetti and Maitland Mackie. They’re fab guys!!

Our association with the Exchange started in 2005 when we were commissioned to shoot all 22 Hall of Fame members to mark the Exchange's 10th birthday. The portraits were exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh who acquired them for their permanent collection. The National Portrait Gallery in London purchased the portraits of Brian Souter and Sir Tom Hunter…happy days!

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The above portrait of Maitland Mackie depicts him where he is most at ease…the farmland he grew up on and from where he developed the global Mackie's of Scotland brand. Maitland graciously gave us a personal tour of the farm and factory so that we could look at the various options for shoot locations. The possibilities ranged from inside cowsheds to the factory where the famous Mackie's of Scotland ice cream is made (for reference a personal favourite of ours is Honeycomb!). Another possible location was in the hills immediately above the farm and factory beside the three wind turbines that power the farm and factory. As Maitland is extremely keen on renewable energy and the environment this is the spot we decided to use as it references where he comes from combined with his thoughts for the future. The tractor in the background is also a nod to Maitland's life in farming. Not wanting to put all our eggs in one basket (so to speak) we also shot an alternative with Maitland in cowshed with some young calves which he tried to control with ice cream…turns out calves favour Chocolate Mint!

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This double portrait of Gio Benedetti was taken in his home. Although an incredibly successful businessman Gio is very much a man whose family and home life are ever bit as important to him as his work. We wanted to reflect this aspect of his character by using his home as a backdrop in one image along with a close up that reveals his thoughtful, caring side that also captures a slight twinkle in his eye…he has a great dry, sense of humour.

We have now shot 34 Hall of Fame portraits in total…time for a new book I think!!

See the project at and portraits at