Paddleboarding in The Times

There’s no doubt that lock-down has been a test as a freelance photographer with further impact yet to be seen. However I’m a firm believer in silver linings, an example of which has been having the time and opportunity to put my archive to work as opposed to having thousands of images languishing on a...

Greg James Pedal to the Peaks

Whilst in the midst of setting up my new gallery (hence the timeline gap in my blog, more on that later!) I was commissioned to photograph Greg James’ Pedal to the Peaks Challenge for Sport Relief; the sort of work that is right up my street in presenting a unique challenge, but little did I...

Whatever the weather

After a warm spell and a few days in near summer conditions, a complete contrast from the fresh snowfall just two weeks ago, the changeable conditions that make Scotland so exciting had me thinking back to some tricky photography conditions this past winter, with one day in the Cairngorms standing out in particular. NorthFace athlete...

A splash of comedy

It’s probably quite unusual to see a nervous comedian, but after being handed a wetsuit and shown a forty foot waterfall, Ed Byrne was understandably contemplative on a canyoning shoot for TGO Magazine. Photography is brilliant in that it provides constant variety, particularly in the outdoor world, and I certainly couldn’t foresee that I’d be...

Wild Weekends

Walkers striding along the West Highland Way, through the middle of the Mamores mountain range on the first weekend of October 2012 probably weren’t expecting to be passed by 600 runners going in the opposite direction. They also probably weren’t expecting to be offered a buffet of chicken noodle soup, rolls, a cheese board selection...

Variety, the spice of life…

I’m sitting at my friends house in Austria while images and snow updates from back home in Scotland are pinging up on Facebook. The landscape in the images (or should I say snowscape) is so different from my memory of last years conditions that it makes me appreciate what I’ve come to love about winter…...

Flying Days…

Action cams and social media have certainly helped us – people everywhere – embrace our vanity. It’s fair to say that particularly from the perspective of adventure sports, the combination of the two has upped the ante. But while we’re engrossed in showing off our latest images and footage online, it begs the question of...


It’s been a busy period that has seen my blog and website neglected a little, but since I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor work on/in the water I can’t complain! I’ve avoided the classic ‘You’ve been framed’ moment – where I slip into the river with my camera around my neck – many times...

Photographing an adventure race

As far as one day adventure races go, the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon is epic in more ways than one. Needless to say it makes for quite a spectacle to photograph, but it isn’t a walk in the park. This gives a little insight to a commission I was given to photograph Team Hope &...

The last heat wave

With an Autumn chill gripping the air it’s great to look back on summer climbing whilst being all too eager for the winter to set in, so that the ice axes and crampons can come out of the wardrobe. The adventure portfolio is growing very quickly, due to my own passion for getting out and also...
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The Glencoe Marathon

This time tomorrow I’ll be photographing runners over the back of the Devil’s Staircase section of the Wildfox Glencoe Marathon, and beyond, as they head towards the finish line on the final miles of the West Highland Way. Surrounded by scenery such as the blackwater reservoir, the Aonach Eagach ridge and the Mamores mountain range,...

Wet West Paddle Fest

I’ve just got back from working in the Highlands, part of this involved photographing, and doing some boat testing, for Canoe & Kayak UK Magazine at the Wet West Paddle Fest, which is the largest gathering of whitewater kayakers in the UK, in memory of the legendary paddler Andy Jackson. Two days of guaranteed river...
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