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 hard drive.

It was nice to flick through some of my water sports work to find a suitable image for The Times last week for a feature in their Weekend supplement. Having worked with Bridget, one of their journalists, on a shoot alongside Red Paddle Co. and Daffy’s Gin, it was a nice reminder of an exceptional spring day on the water with great company at a great location… paddle boarding and foraging into the afternoon and then making gin at Daffy’s Gin School into the evening, all capped off with a feast and a good Scottish ceilidh.

My image of Bridget Harrison and Somersault the paddle boarding dog.

It’s refreshing to contribute to a feature which promotes activities that benefit the body & soul in these times and hopefully it provides inspiration as things start easing towards normality. Paddleboarding is a wonderful sport which gets people into an environment they wouldn’t usually explore, whilst being a particularly safe water sport with the correct instruction. There really isn’t anything better than having water beneath your feet and feeling the rhythm of it around you.

I have a few more examples to come of recent work in use which I’ll post up here. Whilst I look forward to charging forward with future photo-shoots, this past few months have served as a reminder how important (for all manner of freelancers) it is to appreciate and treasure the work you’ve created in the past and make sure it keeps working for you!

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