In the second part of the Country meets Creative blog series, I talk about my passion for Scotland and the amazing country I am proud to call home.
As a child I was lucky enough to be brought up on a farm in the north-east of Scotland, spending most of my time outside, exploring and creating mini adventures with my sister. And since my parents also loved Scotland and the outdoors, our holidays would often be spent in a caravan appreciating everything the Scottish outdoors had to offer us. I feel very fortunate to have spent holidays in Scotland, enjoying the natural environment and stunning landscapes. From culture and castles to sea fishing and horse riding, these are some of my favourite childhood times; yes, even the time me and my Dad ran out of petrol in the dinghy at sea, but you get the idea; it was idyllic!
From Applecross to Skye and the islands of Rhum, Iona and Gigha, I have amazing childhood memories of time spent in some of the most spectacular surroundings. Not only that, but my upbringing instilled in me a strong sense of Scottish culture: our rich national history and our values of friendship, openness and warm welcomes. These are values that I still hold dear and that directly influence and inspire my photography on a daily basis.
And that’s me! An outdoor, natural light photographer often found sitting (or knealing or lying or crawling) in amongst the heather or trees for that perfect shot. I see light and the perfect framing for an image wherever I travel; my daily life is literally full of still frames created in my mind’s eye. I truly believe that the landscape on our doorstep gives every image a true WOW factor.
Can you picture yourself in the stunning backdrops of Lochindorb, Skye, Dunnotar Castle, Rannoch Moor or Glencoe? These locations, combined with the amazing people I am lucky enough to photograph, make my heart skip a beat and my photography speak volumes. And being Scotland, this is true come rain, hail, snow or sunshine.
So what are you waiting for? Embrace the opportunity to have your special images captured in this truly spectacular landscape. My Scotland is yours, too!