I’m an Edinburgh family photographer, and I could bore you with my whole life story or Donna could talk about herself in the third person, but she won’t do that because it’s not very friendly. She'd rather show you who she is and how she can help you.
I’m from Kingussie, up in Inverness-shire, which always has been and always will be “home”. I now live on the edge of Edinburgh where we see the hills in the distance, cows in the field at the end of the road, and plenty of trees. It's almost like being home!
I came down here years ago to do an MA in Gaelic and German at Edinburgh Uni, and after a few plot twists along the way involving trade union work and IT, I'm now an Edinburgh family photographer.
And now I have a pull to create beautiful artwork, an inner tech geek trying to get out (fancy cameras!), and an addiction to perfection (editing wizardry and fairy dust!) ... It all makes me love what I do here. And a huge curiosity about and interest in people.
My two children alternate between being the light and the bane of my life.
The younger one has developed a habit of either simpering or sighing whenever I point the camera in her direction but occasionally models for me for Kinder Eggs.
The older one is 15, so, moving swiftly on ... (Teenagers! Right?!)
Because it’s people like you who make my hands twitch to lift the camera to my eye. Endlessly fascinating people, with endlessly fascinating relationships.
And I love to get that connection between you, to show who you are rather than merely what you look like.
All photographers seem to say that photography is their “passion” (ugh, kill me now!) but, much more than that, mine is people. And what photography gives me is a glimpse into their lives and a way of recording it for them.
Because I know how vital that is and how much you and your family will value it.
What it’s like when you look back over the last ten years and realise you have hardly any pictures of you all together, as a family, because you were always too busy to think about it.
When a parent is no longer with you and you realise you didn’t photograph her enough when you still had her.
And I do it because I remember all too horribly well what it’s like to be in the trenches, to be so busy getting through each day that when it’s
over, all you can do is gather your breath to go through it all again tomorrow.
I know you need reminded of how you’re not a rubbish mother just because you’re pulled in so many different directions at once, and I know how seeing these reminders on the walls of your home can slow you down, make you smile, and remember what’s important, what’s real.
I know, because I’m not really so different from you. I’ve been at the coal face too.
I don’t want to be treated just as a “service” by you, and I sure as heck will never treat you just as an invoice number.
I want to get to know who you are. You’re not just a "photo package" to me, and I’ll never be just about filling up my calendar with “shoots”.
Doing it my way, I get to create art, meet fascinating people, and have a rare old time doing it! And you? Well … Talk to me. I suspect you're looking for something special and not just ordinary, aren't you?
or perhaps you'd rather have a wee read of my blog first?