Frances Thorburn is a fantastic singer-songwriter and an actress, known to many for her role as Kim Monroe in River City, and a couple of weeks ago she put on a truly splendid evening of music to raise funds for Moe Abutoq, a film director and a friend of Frances who was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago. The illness has been rapidly advancing and its treatment requires travel to Mexico and some £60,000. Frances invited a host of musicians for the night including Martha L. Healy, Kathryn Joseph, Angie Darcy and many more. "Celebration of Songs", as the event was called, took place on February 8th at Saint Luke's and featured material ranging from show tunes to Americana, Broadway to Paula Abdul (yes, really). I was lucky enough to be there and capture the night (see images below). If you didn't manage to attend the fundraiser you can still help Moe by donating to the JustGiving page Frances set up:
Had a super quiet New Year with friends in Otter Ferry and now it's back to Glasgow and back to work. Happily though, I have to say, as I always get a bit lost during the festive season - sitting on the couch, stuffing your face and doing nothing is fun for a day or two but after that, I start getting antsy. So here we are, another year over and below are some of my favourite images I took in 2017. Hope you like them too.
And for my own future reference more than anything else,
my favourite music of 2017 (in no particular order):
Margo Price "All American Made"
Tove Lo "Blue Lips"
Dua Lipa "Dua Lipa"
Pink "Beautiful Trauma"
Betty Who "The Valley"
Madonna "Rebel Heart Tour Live"
Stout & McKay "Bare Knuckle"
Lana Del Rey "Lust For Life"
Drake "More Life"
Tove Lo "Disco Tits"
Dua Lipa "IDGAF"
Lorde "Green Light"
Pink "Beautiful Trauma"
Taylor Swift "Don't Blame Me"
Selena Gomez "Bad Liar"
Charli XCX "Boys"
Lana Del Rey "Love"
It was over a year ago that Diana Schad interviewed me for Radio Pulse on her Night Nurse music show. Being the only non-musician to ever be featured on the show I was surprised (and delighted!) to be invited back last month. Listen below for more talk about photography; which magazine I'd like to have my work featured in; travelling in Scotland, my music choices and more:
You may have seen Nicole Caldwell belting out "Purple Rain" on the X-Factor recently. I've been a fan of her voice ever since I've heard her perform with Soul Nation Choir a few years ago. Being able to finally work with Nicole on her very first photoshoot as a solo artist was a great opportunity. And a lot of fun! The brief was "bohemian/hippie/natural" so off we went last month to Mugdock Country Park (one of my favourite places to shoot) with Caroline Stewart on makeup duties and spent an evening walking about, laughing and talking nonsense. Oh yes, and we took some photos too. Enjoy!
PS. Big thanks to David for all the help!
Sandie Robertson is a trainer and wellness coach whom I photographed several times in the past years. Gearing up for another photo shoot earlier this summer, Sandie decided to go beyond the usual headshot/portrait photos we had done in the past - the ever-brilliant I'll Be Your Mirror was asked to help with styling the session and Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton was chosen for its location. Given Sandie's background in all things equestrian (both as a show jumper and now as an equestrian confidence and performance coach) and her past career as a model it all made sense. Results below: