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 and pretty daft, really.
Instead, what I will do is give you the short(ish!) version of who I am, why I do it, and most importantly, how I can help you.
I’m from Kingussie, up in Inverness-shire, which always has been and always will be “home”. However, I’m now lucky enough to 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.
I came down here years ago to do an MA in Gaelic and German at Edinburgh Uni but after I got that under my belt, I somehow ended up working full-time for a trade union and then in IT. I like variety!
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 drives a harder bargain and demands to stay up till all hours on a school night. (My negotiation skills are better than his. So far.)
My children and family portraits tell your story – they’re not merely images of people staring at the camera with peculiarly fixed smiles under studio lights. It’s not a posed story I make up. It’s your story I show.
And I don’t just want you to just put it on Facebook. I want it on your walls, so you’ll be reminded every single day of the truth and reality of your family that lies underneath your daily stress and chaos.
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.
All photographers seem to say that photography is their “passion” 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.
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.
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?
I take on a limited number of clients so I can give each of you the very best experience possible, so get in touch with me now so we can talk about how to create your daily reminders of how much love can be found in your family home and the beauty of your everyday life that too often gets forgotten about.
Now is the time, not sometime, or another time.book your session now!
or perhaps you'd rather have a wee read of my blog first?